Category Archives: World Building

Servants of Order and Entropy: Alignment and Allegiance

Earlier this week, Keith Davies posted a comparison of three different “alignment” systems: The nine alignments of AD&D, the three alignments of OD&D, and the allegiance system of FantasyCraft and d20 Modern. In a bit of synchronicity, last week I … Continue reading

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The Unholy Aristocracy Revisited: d100 Demonic Titles

I did this once before as a d30 table, but that was clearly not a diverse enough set of options. Roll d100 for each column; there’s a 50% chance that the gender form of any title is inverted. D100 Title … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Maps: Southern Border Valleys (With and Without Hexes)

After my work in progress post last week, I decided to remove all of the landmarks I had noted during the pen drawing phase. For one thing, I am much happier with my hand-drawn wilderness than with the city/village marks. … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Maps: Southern Border Valleys, Work in Progress

I saw some really awesome, inspiring maps this week, like this wilderness map from Courtney at Hack & Slash and this megadungeon “tourist” map from Gus at Dungeon of Signs. It made me want to follow through with my my … Continue reading

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Unholy Nobility: D30 Demonic Titles

Sure, there are the big bads everyone knows — Orcus, Demogorgon, Asmodeus — but sometimes a lesser-known hellish bureaucrat is called for. Here’s a random table to help with those occasions. Roll 1d30 for each column to determine the fiend’s rank … Continue reading

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We Press on Through the Night: Card-Based Random Encounters in Darkened Wilds

The other night I was flipping through Burgs & Bailiffs, a free PDF on making your RPG more medieval (it’s good — go get it), and I got inspired by Mike Monaco’s entry “The Night Watch.” It’s a great chapter … Continue reading

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Who’s the High Chief in These Parts? (Random Table)

The PCs have bumped into some barbarians, and they’re either parleying or are already defeated and being hauled back to the village. Who do these guys answer to? I put this together with the Arcturun High Chiefs of the home … Continue reading

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Who’s the Toughest Mage-Type Person in the Area? (Random Table)

Following up from my previous post on warriors, here’s a table for magic-users. Roll 2d20: How Tough is the Toughest Mage-Type Person in the Area? 1-2: 3rd level / Novice rank with a couple advancements 3-7: 5th level / Seasoned … Continue reading

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An Infinity of Infinities: If I Ruled the Multiverse D&D Next Blog Carnival

From Rich Green’s intro post: Imagine Mike Mearls has given you the job of coming up with the #dndnext cosmology. What would you keep from prior editions and what would you bin? I was kindly invited to join in the … Continue reading

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Kingdom Playtest: A Town Called Lugnut

Last night I finally got to have my playtest session for Kingdom, the hopefully soon-to-be released game by Ben Robbins. The game focuses on characters who have a vested interest in the fate of their greater community, the eponymous Kingdom. … Continue reading

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