D&D5: First System Impressions
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 July 2014, 1:38 pm
As I’ve already mentioned, the new D&D rules have been released into the wilds of the internet, and so they are fair game for commentary above and beyond what I’ve already said based on my play experience at Origins. This isn’t a formal review, but a rundown of what’s in the game and my preliminary […]


On the D&D5 Credits Controversy
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2014, 10:00 am
The free PDF of the new D&D Basic Rules hit the WotC website over the holiday weekend. I’ll have words to say about the new rules in future posts, but right now, because it’s the raging topic of conversation in my circles, I feel obliged to comment on the controversy. Yes, controversy. About the new […]


Origins 2014 Wrapup Part 2: The Games
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2014, 8:47 am
Here’s my breakdown of the games that I played at Origins. Full Thrust (Thursday) Full Thurst is a generic-ish starship minitaures combat game that I’ve had my eye on for a number of years. Unfortunately there were two games of it running at the same time, and I picked the table that wasn’t full. So […]


Origins 2014 Report (Part 1)
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2014, 8:49 am
Origins 2014 has come to an end, and a great time was had by (mostly) all. Here is part one of my show wrapup thoughts. The Games Origins is all about games, and I’ll have detailed thoughts about the things that I played in my next post. In general, however, gaming at Origins is thriving. […]


Origins Thursday Pics
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 June 2014, 5:33 pm



My Origins Event Schedule
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2014, 10:47 am
Origins 2014 has begun, and today I picked up my badge and signed up for as many events as I could fit into my schedule (below.) I will be reporting on each event as the con proceeds, in addition to tweeting under the #OriginsGameFair hashtag, plus as much else as I can get in. Thursday […]


Origins 2014
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2014, 12:42 am
The Origins Game Fair, one of the country’s largest hobby game conventions, takes place in Columbus, Ohio each summer. It starts this Wednesday. It’s a great show and I have fun every year. I’ve only missed two shows since 1995, one due to scheduling issues and the other due to a health problem which is […]


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Reviewed
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2014, 10:00 am
Almost as old as roleplaying games are boardgames that try to simulate them. Back in the day we had TSR’s Dungeon, and later came games like Talisman, HeroQuest and Descent. In principle, such games try to provide some elements of the RPG experience without the prep, bookeeping or scheduling concerns, becuase they can be played […]


Before the Empire
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2014, 9:00 am
My extant version of the Arashálinu Enáthaga began with the first Emperor and only briefly mentioned Alénach, who had arisen as the leader of the White Alliance before the Empire’s founding. Nevertheless the early history of the Dhéruhir is fairly well-detailed in my archives, with an account of the migrations of the then-nomadic Laghá into […]


D&D5 For Free
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 May 2014, 1:41 pm
And then there arose an interesting development regarding the D&D5E Starter Set and its suitability as a stand-alone game system for long-term play. There is, as always, good news and bad news. It’s always my habit to drop the bad news first, so here goes. At this point the Starter Set appears to be what […]


An Expanded Starter Set?
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 May 2014, 4:41 pm
In a follow-up to yesterday’s post, check out this What If from Tenkar’s Tavern. While this is obviously not confirmed, Erik’s reasoning is believable. Extending the Starter Set rules to 15th level makes sense in this context, and would go a long way toward making it a fully playable, simplified iteration of D&D in its […]


Before the Empire
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 May 2014, 9:00 am
My extant version of the Arashálinu Enáthaga began with the first Emperor and only briefly mentioned Alénach, who had arisen as the leader of the White Alliance before the Empire’s founding. Nevertheless the early history of the Dhéruhir is fairly well-detailed in my archives, with an account of the migrations of the then-nomadic Laghá into […]


The D&D5 Starter Set: Complete or Crippleware?
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 May 2014, 2:03 pm
The venerable Tobold wrote a response to last week’s article on the D&D Next reveal, in which he disagreed with me. At least he says he did; after several passes through his most excellent article I’m not sure I see where. Tobold says that D&D4 is a great game. I agree. He says that it […]


D&DNext Incoming
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2014, 3:34 pm
This week Wizards of the Coast announced the release schedule for the new edition of D&D, titled simply “Dungeons & Dragons” but referred to by all as D&D5 or D&DNext. My feeds and social media have been choked with the traffic ever since. Some have squawked about the pricing, at US $50 per core book. […]


Of Lazhám the Betrayer: The Arashálinu Enáthaga, Part 2
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2014, 6:45 pm
Today’s writing sample is another piece of the Arashálinu Enáthaga, detailing the second ruler of Arál Draván and his reign. The document itself, although with much else about the world of Ytherra has been sitting my my archives for many years. It’s tough to say how old this piece is in particular, but it’s from […]


Founders and Forsaken: The Arashálinu Enáthaga (Part One)
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 May 2014, 3:34 pm
Today’s writing sample is not new. Actually it is many, many years old, and only given a quick once-over in the last few days. It’s a part of a significantly larger document that I wrote as part of the history of the Empire of Arál Draván, the greatest surviving nation (for so say its people) […]


Gods and Demons
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2014, 8:41 am
I’ve been working on writing up a fantasy history and cosmology in outline form for a setting that I’ll be using for a tabletop RPG campaign hopefully next year. It’s pretty rough and needs fleshing out in a number of places, and the nomenclature needs some work. It’s also a little over one-third done, near […]


ArcheAge, Land of Promise
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 May 2014, 9:08 am
I have been keeping an eye on the Korean MMORPG ArcheAge for a good while now. Its chief archtiect is Jake Song, former developer of Lineage. With ArcheAge‘s emphasis on its virtual world, though, and on providing its players a plethora of play directions, it appears to be a game with a lot of promise. […]


Halgarad
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2014, 8:00 am
Ardwulf himself hails from Halgarad and this track brings back a lot of in-game memories for me.


Tursh
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2014, 8:00 am
Another in the current series of Vanguard soundtrack clips from YouTube. I never did much adventuring around Tursh.


Lomshir
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 February 2014, 8:00 am
Again with the Vanguard soundtrack. Theme from the home of my Varanthari characters.


Cai’al Brael
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 February 2014, 8:00 am
Another great track from the Vanguard soundtrack. The Wood Elven city is one of the prettiest places on Telon.


Elder Scrolls Online Beta Hopes
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 February 2014, 8:00 am
Zenimax is having another beta event for the Elder Scrolls Online this weekend. I can tell you that I have a code and that I’ll be participating. But there is an NDA, so I can’t say anything more about what’s going on. I can, however, mention that, as of this moment, I don’t intend to […]


Rindol Field
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 February 2014, 11:00 am
The theme from the halfling town of Rindol Field. From Todd Masten’s original score.


Hathor Zhi
Posted by Ardwulf's Lair [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2014, 11:00 am
Another from Todd Masten’s great Vanguard soundtrack.


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