13 Mar

GM’s Day Sale 2016

It’s the time of year again. The GM’s Day Sale. It’s the one time a year that bribing celebrating your game master is actively encouraged. Well, encouraged more than usual. Another made up holiday graces our calendars although Hallmark hasn’t jumped on board. Yet.

Instead, the gods of commerce encourage you to go buy things for your GM over at DriveThruRPG.com rather than a glitter-doused card with some saccharine half-apology for ignoring every possible plot hook for twelve weeks straight. Of course, more than likely you’re just going to go shopping for yourself and pick up some new player options with the explicit purpose of assassinating your GM’s carefully crafted villain. I’m sure your GM will appreciate that too…

GM's Day Sale 2016

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20 Jun

Free RPG Weekend Sale

Free Stuff on DriveThruRPG.comTime to try some new games? Want to do it without crushing your bank account like you did with last week’s Steam Sale? You’re in luck because it’s Free RPG Weekend at DriveThruRPG! Use this made up, but still totally real, holiday as an excuse to browse the electronic aisles of DTRPG for free stuff! Along the way, support those publishers by picking up some of their other offerings at deep discounts or just showing some appreciation with the Pay What You Want option the site introduced a while back.

No matter what, you’re going to walk away with some new and interesting titles to bring to the table for your next gaming session.

Free RPG Weekend

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14 Jun

Review of Never Ask Directions

Never Ask Directions - 5EMerric Blackman over at Merric’s Musings took some time to review my sample sidetrek Never Ask Directions that I’ve converted to 5E. The PDF is available through DriveThruRPG as a pay-what-you-want offering. Merric was complimentary but he also pointed out some areas that I agree need some improvement. As with his review of another of my 5E offerings, The Blacksmith’s Burden, I think he’s on the money and the feedback should lead to better products in the future.

Take some time to check out his site as he’s been taking a look at 5E products from a number of publishers. I appreciate the fact that he takes the time for the “little guys” and provides useful critiques that are valuable to consumers and publishers alike.

Head over to Merric’s Musings and see what he had to say about Never Ask Directions.

5 Mar

GMs Day Sale on at DTRPG

AD&D Dungeon Masters GuideJust in case you somehow missed it, DriveThruRPG.com is celebrating GMs Day with a week-long sale. With at least 30% off a lot of great titles, it might be time to check your wishlist for any PDFs that you’ve been holding out on picking up.

And, yes, my works are among the discount offerings so I hope 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons fans pick up The Blacksmith’s Burden and that players of all fantasy games check out my system neutral supplements.

And remember:

“The worthy GM never purposely kills players’ PCs. He presents opportunities for the rash and unthinking players to do that all on their own.”

-Gary Gygax

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23 Feb

Positive Review of The Blacksmith’s Burden

Blacksmiths Burden - 5E coverIt’s always nice when someone cares enough to say something about what you’ve written. Better still when they have good things to say. Merric B. took the time to review my short sidetrek adventure, The Blacksmith’s Burden, over on his website. Feedback, all feedback, is a good thing. He had a couple of concerns, which I’m already prepared to address, but had some pretty positive stuff to say. And, while you’re there, he’s got some good stuff going on so browse around a little. Continue reading

22 Feb

Dungeons & Dragons PDF Recommendations

Just in case you’re last minute like I am, run over to DriveThruRPG and hunt down all of those classic Dungeons & Dragons adventures and sourcebooks and scoop them up at a discount. Wizards of the Coast and DTRPG are celebrating WotC’s two-year anniversary with the site. People had been clamoring for PDFs of Dungeons & Dragons material for a long time and eventually WotC realized that maybe they should get in on that action.


Here’s a look at just a few of my favorites and some of the products that really influenced me.

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22 Jul

Off-Topic Tuesday: Embrace the Grind

Sometimes, I feel like having such varied interests works against me when it comes to making a brand out of myself. Also working against me? Not liking the idea of making a brand out of myself. The common wisdom, available in photoshopped images of lightning on mountains and tweets ending in #truth, says that I should just “be myself.” I try to run with that idea, but I think it sometimes leads to confusion.

Bruce Buffer - It's Time
“It’s TIIIME… to discuss preconceived notions about acceptable interests in geek culture.”

During a discussion of interests, someone I had only recently met through gaming circles said, “Oh, so you’re a bro.” I didn’t really know what that meant. After some thorough research –apparently, I must be a pretty nerdy “bro”– I was happy to learn that I was grossly misclassified. The source of the confusion? My disinterest in several popular science fiction and fantasy series combined with my interest in mixed martial arts. MMA is, apparently, “bro” territory.

Instead of launching into the “well your interests are dumb, too” death spiral that powers the internet, I’d rather explain one of the reasons why MMA speaks to the writer in me. Continue reading