Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Session #21: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures

With game-session number 21, we're back to much more goings-on, with the party executing a caper in town, exploring a forest, and then hitting up a weird funhouse dungeon to boot!  Read the session report here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Some thoughts on D&D 5th edition

I've finally had some free time to actually start reading the 5th edition of d20 D&D, and the more I dig into it, the more I like what I see.  It really is, as many have said, a natural outgrowth of 2nd edition, with all the good of 3rd edition's clean and straightforward mechanics, but none of the bloat or the truly egregious game-breaking imbalances.

The fact that spells scale not with caster level, but with the level of the mana point (excuse me, spell slot) spent to cast it, is a big draw.  There is beautiful elegance in that.  Spell-casters are no longer "quadratic" in 5th edition.  And WotC was able to accomplish this without scrapping Vancian spell levels!  Imagine that... the whole 4th edition ADEU system was utterly unnecessary after all.  (With all the sarcasm I can muster:) I never would've guessed!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Windows 10 is... pretty nice, actually

Anyone who regularly reads this blog (...ROTFLMAO, funniest goddamn thing I've said in a year) would surely have noticed that I'm something of a retro gamer and old computer enthusiast.  Understatement, I know.  But, more to the point, while I loved Atari and NES like any other child of the 80s, I didn't get into computers until the 90s.  So I grew up not with Commodore 64s and Apple IIs (although I did have limited exposure to them through friends and school), but with MS-DOS, 32bit Windows, and Macintosh System 6/7.

Monday, August 3, 2015

I feel great relief from two sources (and much consternation from a third)

My summer physics class is going along much more easily than I'd dreaded that it would.  It's the sort of class where attendance isn't taken and homework isn't collected: the grade depends entirely on exam results.  As it turns out, that's precisely the sort of class I'm best at dealing with.  Left to my own recognizance, I can learn just fine, but I tend to do poorly with too much over-the-shoulder supervision.  There are only two weeks left in this class, a test this Friday and a test next Friday, and I'm confident now that I'll ace both of 'em.  So that's nice.

Session #18: Skating O'er the Frozen Bog

The exciting adventures continue here.