It’s time for an adult discussion about criticism. So put on your big boy pants or your big girl panties and learn how to handle it. Because I’m tired of having to tell people to shut up and get out of my way.
We need more spreadsheets! Let’s have another look at the XP advancement system in 5E. This time, with an eye toward rewarding players for playing the right way. And let’s forget a little bit about game balance. Because perfect balance is a lie.
Mana. Magical electricity. Magic points. Where did this ubiquitous word for magic energy come from? It doesn’t come from the Bible. And it doesn’t come from Egypt. Actually, we have to head out the Pacific Ocean to find its origins.
Can we abbreviate a D&D 5E Stat Block enough to include monster stats inline with the adventure? Without creating a layout nightmare or wasting huge amounts of page space? The answer is yes. Can we abbreviate the discussion about user interface design and how it relates to RPGs and why it’s important? Hell no!
Apparently, I’m a “big gun” because the Potelbat podcast got a question they couldn’t handle and brought me in to help.
I don’t shy away from had questions. So, if you ask me “how do I get more creative,” I’ll give you an answer. It’ll be a bulls$&% answer filled with stupid analogies about weight lifting and nutrition, but it’ll be an answer. A CREATIVE answer.
Here’s the thing: sometimes when you f$&% up the way YOU run YOUR game, you manage to f$&% up MY game too. And when you do that, it pisses me off. So learn how to handle f$&%ing die rolls already so I don’t have to hunt you down and beat you unconscious with a Dungeon Master’s Guide.
If you ask most GMs what the most important part of an adventure is, they’re going to tell you that it’s the backstory. And they’re wrong. Backstory is one of the least important parts of the adventure. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore it completely. It’s just a matter of doing it right.
You know what a chandelier is, why do you need us to explain it? Well, because while you might know what it is, there is a lot of stuff surrounding it you probably don’t know. For example, how were some of the smelliest people ever to grace Medieval Europe also responsible for some of the cleanest people?