The low level wizard is one of the most challenging character classes to play in Old School Renaissance games. They have limited access to spells and are very weak in combat. How do you play a magic user?
Comic Recommendation: Barbaric
If you enjoy transgressive, violent, funny, sword-and-sorcery comic books you should check out Barbaric by Michael Moreci.
Grumpy Wizard’s Reviews and Recommendations
I want to be clear about what I review, how I review, and why. Reviews get more traffic than most other types of posts. I don't do many of them. This isn't a review site and I don't want to be known as a reviewer of RPGs, books, and music. I have received requests from …
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Using The Dramatic Question To Solve Problems With Tabletop Role-Playing Games
A few weeks back I wrote about the Dramatic Question and how it works in games. In short, The Dramatic Question is what a scene or encounter is about. Will the characters achieve their objective? The biggest difference between stories and games is how they resolve the Dramatic Question. In stories, the story teller creates …
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Book Review- Flame and Crimson by Brian Murphy
There is a revival of the sword-and-sorcery genre of fantasy underway. This week, I review a book that increased my understanding of the genre.
Old School D&D was Built For Sandbox Campaigns
The original fantasy adventure game was built on the sandbox campaign structure. Sandbox campaigns can take many forms but remain the best structure for OSR gaming.
Analysis of Amber Diceless Role-Playing: Part 1
I played in a few campaigns of Amber Diceless Role-play in the mid-1990s. The experience was formative. It opened my eyes to the incredible possibilities that role-playing games hold. The many roads of my thinking about role-playing games lead back to Amber.