Author Archives: Joseph

One-Shot: “Drowning in Gold” (homebrew)

My daughter came home yesterday and immediately demanded we play D&D. Since the last campaign was over, I grabbed my notes for 13 Dungeons and had her roll up a character using my homebrew system. Three minutes later, she had … Continue reading

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Homebrew Monster: Ravenwolf

Introduction I recently read a blog post by Patrick Stuart about how a classic D&D monster, the owlbear, doesn’t seem to embody any of the cool traits of either owls (silent fliers with super senses) or bears (honey-loving tree climbers). … Continue reading

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Quest for the Forest Gems: Session #5

Can’t stop, won’t stop. My daughter insisted we complete her campaign! Play time: 1 hour Characters: Rose the Druid (2) Homeward Bound Rose the Druid slept the night in Fang Castle, and in the morning Bella made pancakes. With the … Continue reading

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Homebrew Monster: Mycotic Zombie and Mycotic Sprawl

Introduction I like mushrooms. They look cool, and have cool names like Destroying Angel, and are part of a completely unique Kingdom of lifeforms. I like that there is a giant mushroom under Eastern Oregon that is 8,000 years old … Continue reading

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Quest for the Forest Gems: Session #4

Night after night, my daughter comes to me with her jingling bag of dice, demanding more adventure! Play time: 1 hour Characters: Rose the Druid (2) Beetles and Treasures Rose the Druid set off from the shores of the Mirror … Continue reading

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Book Review Mini: Frankenstein (Shelley)

What’s it about? (SPOILERS!) Victor Frankenstein goes to college to study science and medicine. He eventually discovers a formula and process for building a living being out of spare parts. But he finds his creation hideous and runs away from … Continue reading

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Quest for the Forest Gems: Session #3

My youngest demanded that we continue the adventures of Rose the Druid, and the quest to recover the five Forest Gems to restore the magical woods. So we did! Play time: 1 hour Characters: Rose the Druid (2) To the … Continue reading

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Book Review Mini: Beowulf (Heaney)

What’s it about? (SPOILERS!) The hero Beowulf sails to the great hall of Heorot where the people are being terrorized by the monster Grendel. After a some courtly conversation, boasting, and insults, Beowulf and his men go to sleep in … Continue reading

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One-Shot: Infernal Firefox (homebrew)

I had an opportunity to run a quick one-shot for some friends using my homebrew RPG system. It’s a little like Dungeon World, World of Dungeons, Blades in the Dark, etc. Level-less, class-less, roll 1d6 to resolve an action. Low … Continue reading

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To Hunt the Stars: Session #3

The adventure continues!┬áLast time, our heroes went diving for tongs in a boiling lake, went apple-picking in a twisted orchard, and lost two friends to a voracious meadowshark and a pack of talon-dashers… Play time: 4 hours Adventurers: Altair the Clockwork … Continue reading

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