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For Crits And Giggles

Does it get any better than the rolling of a natural 20 (or a natural 1)? Nope. And these days, with so many critical hit/fumble resources at our disposal, there’s never been a better time to enjoy this aspect of the tabletop RPG hobby. Gone are the days of a natural 20 simply being double damage, and a natural 1 simply being the dropping …

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Games Within Games

Appendix F of the 1e AD&D DMG deserves another look. EGG wrote on page 215, “You may, of course, make up any games for wagering purposes you wish.” Having seen our fair share of the entries included in Appendix F, here follows three new dice games to satiate your players’ needs for the rush that only gambling can provide. As a bonus, these new dice games …

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Q&A with Tom Fonss

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing tabletop RPG legend Tom Fonss chime in on CRIT JUICE and all things geek, so let’s do this,  with relish. Q:  CRIT JUICE is a blast.  How did it all begin? TF:  Thanks, man! Gary Soldati, or “Handsome Gary” as I hope the entire world knows him, sent out a Facebook message …

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Looking at the Beautiful Hacklopedia of Beasts

I fully admit that this article is several years late. I don’t actually play Hackmaster, so I had no reason to get any of the books. Yet, when the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons’ Monster Manual was set to come out, forums and blog posts were filled with people asking it to be like the Hacklopedia of Beasts. I …

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Monsters As Playable Race

Your old-school DM suddenly announces “We’re starting a new campaign, in which everything from the classic monster books is allowable as a playable race. As for maximum height and width, we’ll draw the line at umber hulk, but otherwise anything goes.” You might spend hours leafing through the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual, Monster Manual 2, Fiend Folio, Creature Catalogue, and more! In an …

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Maintaining Momentum

Momentum isn’t everything, but it’s certainly something, and today we’ll enjoy a look at ten fun ways that DMs can keep it going during those days (or nights) when enough players are unable to attend a scheduled tabletop RPG session. Minifigs Whether you’re gluing, filing, priming, painting, washing, adding hobby rocks to the bases, glazing, varnishing, or just doing a …

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Celebrity ChariD20 – Next Sunday

I had the honor to interview my friend and fellow Multiverse writer, Satine Phoenix, about her upcoming event – Celebrity ChariD20 (CCD20). What is CCD20?: CelebrityChariD20.com celebrates Storytellers by Fundraising for the Childrens literacty charity: Reach out and Read!  How did all this start?: I started Celebrity ChariD20 back in 2010 at Meltdown Comics. I was running the Hollywood Table-top …

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Rules Light RPGs

There has been a recent proliferation of rules light RPG’s. Initially, the OSR was partly about getting back to the original role playing game and the less complex rules. Many clones focused on a more organized or easy to follow presentation of rules. Some RPG’s are more focused on role playing and strive for minimal and flexible rules that are basically …

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Rolling With Stranger Things

Okay, I’m a bit behind. I don’t have Netflix, a situation I changed for a month when I saw Frank Mentzer offered to run the Stranger Things cast through a D&D game with his edition of the books, which appeared in the series. Just to recap, Stranger Things is a Netflix series of eight episodes set in 1983 with a …