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Tag Archives: World Building

Gaming in the Wild: A Clear Canvas

A funny thing happened when I cast off the shackles of the somewhat underwhelming experience we had going through Dungeons and Dragons’ “Princes of the Apocalypse” adventure module. As the internet does with its click-bait, “The Dungeon Master gave the players control, and you won’t believe what happened next…”

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 73: “Welcome to the Planes”

Fewer aspects of D&D can create mystique or wonder quite like the idea of the multiverse, the spanning expanse of the planes. From the elemental planes and their encircling chaos, to the Outer planes and the Astral sea, with the Hells and Heavens. All this with the material worlds at the center, mirrored by the […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 70: “Exploring Magic – Schools & More”

When considering magic within D&D, there are a lot of smaller considerations that can be made, including not just what makes casters different, but how they might be more similar as well. Even split across the line of arcane or divine casters, all spells fall into the various schools of magic, from Abjuration to Transmutation, […]

Gaming in the Wild: Sleepless Knights Ahead

I am finally ready to announce the project I have become wrapped up in. It’s quite exciting, and we are all looking forward to what will so far be our greatest adventure on the tabletop…

The Toolkit: Backgrounds, Part Two – Connections

“Since you’re determined to get us all killed to get to him,” Sanni remarks, jabbing an accusing finger toward the dragonborn. “You might as well tell us, who is Leighmann Carcer? Why is catching him so important?” Khash wrings the bandit’s red scarf between his scaly fingers, gathering his thoughts for a moment. “A few […]

potelbat Ep. 119 “Answers I”

Right. They missed a lot of episodes in December so Sammy and Brian are going to make it up to you in this episode right here. We tackle questions from Adam and David and Alex and Ben and Eric. All of whom sent in questions to the Ask potelbat thread in our forums. Nearly an […]

The Toolkit: Entertainment, Part One

The Redwood Company stagger from the wreckage at dawn, marvelling at the aches and pains they’ve accumulated over the night. The clashing and clanging of metal, leather and wood begins again in earnest, as it did last night. Certainly, the dwarven operatic group Dvarf know how to throw a party…

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 42: “Starting from the Beginning…”

Whenever we sit down to begin a gaming session, there are many questions that face the players and the GM alike. What kind of game will be played? What tone will be used to set the focus for that game, and what kind of themes will be emphasized? And when setting up the game world […]

Angry Rants: You Don’t Need a System

If you pay careful attention to absolutely everything I do, you might know that I don’t ONLY write about whatever current issue is sticking in my craw in a given week. Sometimes, I write about the things that are sticking in OTHER people’s craws. That is, I solicit questions from members of the community and […]

potelbat Ep. 115 “Showcase: Stories of the Fifth Age”

This episode of potebat is a little different. We do a lot of neat stuff at The Mad Adventurers Society. Other podcasts for instance. Jared and Adam produce the Stories of the Fifth Age podcast. They take a hard look at the rules of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth edition, not so they can tell you […]