D&D 5e: The Thri-Kreen Personality

  Not too long ago, I wrote that I thought I was coming to the end of this series of posts. Then a reader reminded me of all the races I hadn’t touched on yet – slightly further from the beaten path, but still popular enough to merit a full post […]

The 4e thri-kreen

Emotional Play in Games

This post is a reaction to Bluestockings’s Be Vulnerable: Emotional Play and Toxic Masculinity. I’ve been chewing on it for a few days, and I find that there are important things it doesn’t say, solely relative to my own gaming space. Nothing you read here is going to reject anyone else’s […]


LARP Design: Ritualism

The final three-day event of the Dust to Dust LARP campaign ran last weekend. Dust to Dust has been a part of my life since 2006, and even though it has to end, I still have a hard time believing that it is done. I’ll probably be writing a lot […]

Ritual Rune

D&D 5e: The Drow Personality

You know, when I wrote the first post in this whole series, I said straight out that I wasn’t going to do separate posts for subraces, which was absolutely about my stomach-turning reluctance to try to write drow personalities that are remotely playable in group environments (but aren’t all clones […]


D&D 5e: A Ghoulish Repast

The ghoul has long been one of my favorite types of D&D undead. It doesn’t even matter that the original ghul of Arabian folklore is a demon instead. Cannibalism – especially a compulsion to commit same – is a kind of horror that seriously unsettles me, so I love stories about […]


D&D 5e: The Kobold Personality

I’ve been writing a series on personality features for each individual non-human race for awhile now, and today – thanks to a request from a reader – I’m covering kobolds, one of the only remotely PC-playable races that even goblins can look down on. The lore around kobolds has changed a […]


D&D 5e: Way of Lost Souls Monastic Tradition

I liked the Innistrad block of M:tG so very, very much, and I loved Plane Shift: Innistrad. There’s just one really important thing from Innistrad that it didn’t have: the Geist-Honored Monk. As it happens, I don’t know the M:tG canon for this card, but I found it fascinating. What […]


D&D 5e: Team Magic Items

Back in the 3.5 DMG II, there were magic items that benefited the whole party. I don’t remember the details of their design, and I’m deliberately not going back to look them up now, but I always liked the idea – company banners, totems, that kind of thing. I was […]


D&D 5e: Warrior Orders and Maneuvers

Inigo Montoya: You are using Bonetti’s Defense against me, ah? Man in Black: I thought it fitting considering the rocky terrain. Inigo Montoya: Naturally, you must expect me to attack with Capo Ferro? Man in Black: Naturally, but I find that Thibault cancels out Capo Ferro. Don’t you? Inigo Montoya: […]


Session Postmortem: The Great Old One Opera

In a recent session of my Aurikesh campaign, the PCs followed up on a previous investigation into a theater that had some kind of connection with an Abomination – my setting’s term for the Great Old Ones. I think that the players had a very good time, and I know […]