What Dragon Age Means To Me

Andraste’s knickerweasels! It’s time to get personal. It’s time for fanboy-gushing. Readers of this blog may have noticed, or at least suspects, that I am an avid fan of Dragon Age and most things BioWare. So let’s talk about that. This will get ugly. Continue reading “What Dragon Age Means To Me”

Adventuring in Middle-Earth With Dungeons and Dragons

Is it possible to play in Middle-Earth using the Dungeons and Dragons rules? As a fan of both I have always wanted it to be so, but never thought it was possible. Perhaps, once, using a modified basic version of the game, but not today. I concluded long ago that the styles are too different, they are two different fantasy subgenres, it can’t be done.

Publishers Cubicle 7 and Sophisticated Games thinks otherwise. Here are my thoughts. This a first impression, not a playtest review. Continue reading “Adventuring in Middle-Earth With Dungeons and Dragons”

Create Fantasy Names and Languages

How do you create names and languages for your fantasy people and places? Do you make a unique creation, base it loosely on earth, or try to find some middle ground? How do you mold random names and phrases into something consistent?

There are two ways of doing this: Hire a linguist and get it right, or you can fake it. This post is about faking it. Being an amateur hack is just fine for a world builder, as long as you are consistent.

First I will remind you of some basics, then ponder some design goals, before I lay out how I currently do this, and finally, I’ll use my own experiences as an example to fix things when you have already started, but regret your initial name choices.

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Creating Fantasy Maps

Creating a fantasy world means creating maps early on. The key is to keep the map on a sketch level as you are outlining because you will have a lot of moving parts. It doesn’t matter if this a region, continent or the whole world. What matters is that is big enough to cover your plans for the world, and yet leave space to add details and revisions. Continue reading “Creating Fantasy Maps”

Creating Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starting Areas

You need an area to start the adventure if you want to run a fantasy roleplaying campaign. You can spend hundreds of hours creating your world and drawing your maps, but at some point, you want to get started with your game. Or perhaps skip the hundreds of hours, and start right away?

This post is about creating a starter area and setting up a game as efficient as possible.

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