The party has arrived at a massive stone arch, through which only darkness can be viewed. A single fire rune appears on the keystone of the arch. Hemlock (Rogue): Before we step through the arch, I check for traps. GM: Roll an Investigation check. Hemlock rolls a natural 1. The party groans. GM: You are […]

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The Uses of Uncertainty

“Acid,” Robijeign announced, eyeing wisps of smoke rising from the tip of his blade. His three companions, still mounted, exchanged glances.  “Ankhegs, perhaps?” Imevere wondered. She lowered her hood to improve her view of the scene. Where fields met woodline, something had recently erupted through the earth. A depression of churned earth and smoking, dimpled rocks interrupted what […]

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The Myth of Meta-Gaming

With each new edition of a role-playing game, the hobby gains new players, and that’s a good thing. But each new crop breathes new life into old arguments.  Since 5th edition, I’ve been seeing, in particular, a resurgence in comments about the evils of meta-gaming, often from game masters who say they won’t tolerate it, […]

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