The Lie You Tell Your Character

Creating a character in D&D is a hell of a lot of fun. You can be almost anything, from a devil-spawn who has renounced their heritage to become a champion of good, to a ferocious gnome barbarian with a penchant for silly hats, to a good ol’ fashioned human who just wants to fling some fireballs. The mechanical process of making a character in D&D is, to quote Matt Colville, something that’s fun to do if you already know how to do it. But the less mechanical side, the “fluff” as it’s known, is a huge part of the fun too. This is where you can get into the guts of what makes your character tick, where they come from, what they believe, who they’re close to, and all the spaces in between. And wonderfully with the advent of Backgrounds in 5th Edition D&D, this fluffy part of character creation has been rolled into the mechanics too. Not a huge amount, but just enough to force even the most number-crunching power-gamer to think about who their character is.

So with that in mind I’d like to delve into the downside of your character – let’s talk about flaws.

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2017 Gaming Resolutions

Happy new year everyone and welcome to 2017, Year 2 of The Crafty Players blog and podcast. We’re going to do a small review of our first year, and where we hope to go from here, in episode 9 of the podcast. But for now, Emmet and Paddy have made some gaming resolutions for 2017. Let’s see what they are! Continue reading

Adventures in Design

The reasons myself and Paddy chose the name “The Crafty Players” may be obvious: we enjoy craft beer and like playing board games. But part of the reason behind the name was  to reflect that both myself and Paddy like to make things. He’s mentioned before in blog posts and podcasts that he enjoys making board games and that he has a few prototypes in the works (one of which almost made one of our friends cry, so it’s gotta be good!), and while I also have notes for my board game opus scrawled across dozens of pages, at the moment the “crafty” side of me is focused on creating and writing adventures for Dungeons & Dragons. The first of these, titled The Graveyard Shift, is free on DriveThruRPG now! With that in mind, this week I’d like to talk about how I approach writing adventures and I’m going to use my current work-in-progress adventure as an example. So strap in because we’re venturing deep into the depths of my DM-Brain!

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Dungeons & Dragon Age – Part 2

Alrighty, so I’m back with the second part on my conversion of the Dragon Age RPG from Green Ronin over to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Some of the things that I discuss here refer to points I made in my previous article so if you haven’t read that I suggest checking it out firstA bit of a warning: this post really gets into the nuts and bolts of 5th Edition D&D monster creation. If you’re a new DM I’d recommend following along with the monster creation rules on page 274 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide.

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Dungeons & Dragon Age – Part 1

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My tumble down the rabbit hole of 5th Edition D&D continues and this week I’m going to share some of what I’ve been working on: a conversion of Green Ronin’s Dragon Age RPG (based on the fantastic Bioware games of the same name) to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Rather than simply show you what I’ve done and have you fawn all over me (cause how could you not?), I’d like to present this as a lucky bag of tips on creating monsters and how to approach converting existing content to an RPG system. Be warned: many an acronym lies ahead.

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RPG: Preparing a Campaign

So last time I chatted about RPGs I spoke about how to prepare a session. This time I’m going to go even bigger and talk about preparing for a new campaign. Like my last post I’ll be framing this in the context of Dungeons & Dragons, but these tips go for pretty much all RPG campaigns.

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RPG: Preparing a Session

As previously mentioned here on the blog and in the most recent podcast, we’ll be bringing you more content centred on tabletop role playing games here on The Crafty Players. To that end, this week I’ve got some Games Master (GM)/Dungeon Master (DM) tips on helping you prep for an upcoming session. I’ll be framing this as preparing to run a game of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, but a lot of this advice can be used for any system you’re planning on running.

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