The Tundra Guard

I have heard it expressed that it is difficult to design in the fighter class space without delving into other class concepts. This includes making “non-magical” versions of them, or mixing and matching magic with core components of fighter in different ways. I certainly understand the somewhat limited nature of combinations, but there is more to…

Epic Weapons – EQ5e

I am now committed to a complete overhaul of the EverQuest 3e supplements. I love EverQuest for myriad reasons, but I really dug the setting when I was younger. I might also have the full series of books, modules included. I might have an unnatural attachment due to my time with the video game. What…

She’s Crafty – Part 1

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last month. Turns out, this was a beast to write and got the best of me for a while. I couldn’t move on until I worked this out. I have been thinking a lot about crafting recently. Well, that’s something of a lie. I have been thinking…

Color Blindness, Pattern Recognition, and Encounter Design: Part Two

Three years ago, I wrote this. In the intervening three years, I am sad to say shit hasn’t changed. I am moderately-strongly red-green color blind, but I exhibit some symptoms of blue-yellow colorblindness. Last year, I got a pair of EnChroma glasses as a present, and it has significantly improved my life. It’s a jarring…

Spoiler: The Raid 2 is so good it’s crazy

If you had asked me Sunday afternoon what was the best film I had seen this year, I would have told you that it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier. By the time evening rolled around, I would have given you a different answer, The Raid 2. I walked out of the movie theater feeling…

Oblivion, Derivation, and Sense

Oblivion might just be the most sci-fi movie ever made. It felt like a lot of the choices were made simply because the writers and director liked what they saw in other films and said, “I gotta get me one of those”. While it doesn’t quite hit every single thing in a sci-fi movie, I’m…

The Borrowing Games

Next month, the movie version of the Hunger Games hits the big screen. I am very excited about this film, but I want to be clear about one thing. I am not a fan of the book itself. Out of the trilogy, I only enjoyed the second one, and the third one wasn’t terrible. So…