Mixed Signals

Straight-forward gaming

Since its so-called "new world order" initiative, Magic the Gathering puts reminder text after important mechanics. However, there are some core keywords (called "evergreen" by Magic R&D). These keywords are explained in section 702 of the [official rules document](https://magic.wizards.com/en/...

I picked up the Anniversary Edition of Rise of the Runelords, the very first Pathfinder adventure path. This is my review of the fourth module, Fortress of the Stone Giants.

This module, in a way, is the turning point of the Runelords adventure path. It's in this module that the players lea...

I picked up the Anniversary Edition of Rise of the Runelords, the very first Pathfinder adventure path. This is my review of the third module, Hook Mountain Massacre.

Mountain raid

In the third module of the Runelords adventure path (chapter 3 in the Anniversary Edition), the players go u...

I picked up the Anniversary Edition of Rise of the Runelords, the very first Pathfinder adventure path. This is my review of the second module, The Skinsaw Murders.

Serial killer on the loose

I'm a great fan of slasher flicks like Friday the 13th. Strangely, though, I have no interest i...

I'm a big fan of the alignment system in D&D, and have been since I learned about it in the original DragonLance Adventures book. I used to think that there could be nothing to lure me away from it, especially not in the context of D&D. I'll admit that recently there's been a system that has appe...

As a DM, one of my self-appointed tasks during the initial reading of an adventure is to identify the major plot points. These are vital because they're the "map" for what I can emphasize to make the adventure feel coherent. It's also the map for how the characters make progress.

If I forget t...

I picked up the Anniversary Edition of Rise of the Runelords, the very first Pathfinder adventure path. This is my review of the first module, Burnt Offerings.

Swallowtail festival

If you've played enough starter Paizo adventure paths, you may recognise the opening formula. The players fi...

I picked up the Anniversary Edition of Rise of the Runelords, the very first Pathfinder adventure path. This is my review of the first module, Burnt Offerings.

Player's guide

When you've been invited to a D&D or Pathfinder game, it can be difficult to know what to plan for. You can build...

There are three incarnations of the fantasy tradition of half-sized humans that come to my mind when I think about halflings. I admit there are more than that worth considering, but my knowledge and experience is limited. For instance, the halflings of Athas in Dead Sun are savage and cannibalist...

Some time ago, I picked up the Anniversary Edition of Rise of the Runelords, the very first Pathfinder adventure path. It's 428 pages containing six modules, starting with Burnt Offerings. Over this Waitangi Day's weekend, I finally had the chance to sit down, kick my feet up, and start reading...

The base rules of Magic: The Gathering are no more complex than any other card game, such as Poker or Bridge.

Setup

You start the game with 20 life pointns and a deck of 60 cards, unless you're playing the Commander variant, in which case you start with 40 life and 100 cards.

At the start of...

This is Part 11 of a series wherein we talk about generating an entire campaign, on-the-fly, for your favorite fantasy role-playing game(s). In the future, it might have a tighter focus on either D&D or Pathfinder, but for now, let's consider this material more-or-less generic.

NOTE:...

I'm playing through the Rise of the Runelords adventure of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and this is my game log. Last night, I played the third scenario: Trouble in Sandpoint.

Introduction to strategy

The first scenario was an all-out attack on Sandpoint, so my strategy was to s...

This is Part 10 of a series wherein we talk about generating an entire campaign, on-the-fly, for your favorite fantasy role-playing game(s). In the future, it might have a tighter focus on either D&D or Pathfinder, but for now, let's consider this material more-or-less generic.

NOTE:...

I picked up a hardcopy of [Black Monastery](https://froggodgames.com/frogs/product/the-black-monastery/) (you can also [purchase it as a PDF](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/112797/The-Black-Monastery--Pathfinder-Edition?affiliate_id=845571)), which I'd purchased once before as a PDF in a...

You may know Magic the Gathering as a card game, but many Magic the Gathering (MTG) players also know it as a multiverse of rich lore and exciting tales of adventure. Wizards of the Coast, the creators of MTG, have published books (both hardcover and online) and comics about the characters an...