Tales from the Gazebo – Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Bards, Part 5

Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Bards, Part 5 By Cape Rust Wow, it has only taken me 5 weeks to finish my discussion of the beloved/dreaded bard. I’m going to wrap this series up with a discussion of performances, role-playing performances and the magic of music. For all of the areas that bards are an inch deep, performances are a major exception. Bards perform, and as a GM you have to remember this. Depending...

Tales from the Gazebo – Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Bards, Part 4

Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Bards, Part 4 By Cape Rust No foreplay for you; last week sneaky, sneaky Bards and Seekers of the Song, this week, other types. Next I’ll look at the dilettante; this is the type of bard that I think most people have encountered at their gaming table. This is the dabbler, who really doesn’t care about anyone but themselves. Yes a player can have a bard that dabbles and cares...

Tales From the Gazebo – Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Bards, Part 3

Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Bards, Part 3 By Cape Rust We have spent the last few weeks discussing bards, and yes I have gotten long winded as bards are apt to do, but I figure we might as well do this right. Last week we discussed the “type” of party that a bard might fit into. OK, I mostly went into using PC bards in that role that you, as a GM, normally reserve for that one NPC who knows things...

Tales from the Gazebo – Mile Wide, Inch Deep; Bards, Part 1

Mile Wide, Inch Deep… Bards, Part 1 By Cape Rust Of all of the core classes presented in fantasy games, I think I have seen and heard the most debate about bards. They are polarizing; people seem to love them or hate them and I think it is as much about the class as it is about the folks who tend to play them. I have heard the bard called everything from overpowered to useless, thus the mile...

Tales from the Gazebo – Head First: Barbarians, Part 3

Head First: Barbarians, Part 3 By Cape Rust Here we are, week 3, dedicated to barbarians, and the hits just keep coming. Last week I discussed a few barbarian concepts and the introduction of a code to drive barbarians. This week I will get back on track and discuss some interesting multi-classing options and barbarians without borders. I will use the term multi-classing because, let’s face it,...

Tales From the Gazebo – CLASSics: Fighter, Part 2

CLASSics: Fighter, Part 2 By Cape Rust Last week I started this series with the fighter and as usual I got long winded, so here we are with yet another part 2. Writing last week’s installment was actually quite easy. Most of the advice I gave my epic readers had to do with suggestions for making combat better in your games for fighters. This week I’m going to touch on the somewhat difficult subject...

Tales From the Gazebo – CLASSics: Fighter… I Don’t Even Know Her!

CLASSics: Fighter… I Don’t Even Know Her! By Cape Rust Hanging behind the bar in the small tavern is a battered shield and a well used, well maintained sword. The bar keeper sees you eying the hardware and tells your character not to get any ideas. As a player you know that these “relics” belong to the bar keep, because let’s face it, every grizzled old bar keeper has a past. But...

Tales from the Gazebo – CLASSic Introduction

CLASSic Introduction By Cape Rust For the next few weeks I’ve decided to delve into some of the staple classes encountered in fantasy role playing games. Because the focus of Tales from the Gazebo is on GMs, I’m going to pass along some tips to make playing these classes more interesting to your players and ensuring that each class gets enough of the spotlight. Most people running games have...

Review: Scrying Eye Games – The Foul Strumpet (Dreams of Steam)

Dreams of Steam: The Foul Strumpet The Foul Strumpet is a fantasy battlemap by James Miller, published by Scrying Eye Games as part of their Ships of Fantasy – Dreams of Steam series. By Lord Mhor Learn more about The Foul Strumpet here Purchase The Foul Strumpet here Find other Scrying Eye Games products here The Foul Strumpet is a well-depicted battlemap of a steampunk airship. A gas bag...

Review: Rite Publishing – Trader’s Wharf (Fantastic Maps)

Fantastic Maps: Trader’s Wharf Trader’s Wharf is a fantasy battlemap, for the Shadowlands campaign setting, with cartography by Jonathan Roberts and published by Rite Publishing. By Lord Mhor Learn more about Trader’s Wharf here Purchase Trader’s Wharf here Find other Fantastic Maps products here Trader’s Wharf is perfect for a fantasy encounter by the sea or the river....

Review: Kobold Press – The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding is a collaborative fantasy reference product published by Kobold Press. By Venus De Coy Learn more about The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding here Purchase The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding here Find other Kobold Press products here Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms,...

Review: Dramascape – Oriental Interiors

Oriental Interiors Oriental Interiors is a fantasy battlemap with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Lord Mhor Learn more about Oriental Interiors here Purchase Oriental Interiors here Find other DramaScape products here Oriental Interiors is a beautiful battlemap that accurately captures the feel of iconic oriental adventuring environments. There are nine locations, with...

Review: Dramascape – Wagons Roll

Wagons Roll Wagons Roll is a fantasy and historical battlemap with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Lord Mhor Learn more about Wagons Roll here Purchase Wagons Roll here Find other DramaScape products here Wagons Roll is a more of a set of accessories than a battlemap, though there are pages with sections that form long streets or trail segments for encounters. There are...

Review: DramaScape – Ancient Temple Interior

Ancient Temple Interior Ancient Temple Interior is a fantasy battlemap with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Lord Mhor Learn more about Ancient Temple Interior here Purchase Ancient Temple Interior here Find other DramaScape products here Ancient Temple Interior is a dark, dismal battlemap that accurately captures the feel of an ancient holy place. The visual appeal is...

Books for Role-players: Howard Andrew Jones – The Bones of the Old Ones

The Bones of the Old Ones The Bones of the Old Ones is a fantasy novel written by Howard Andrew Jones and published by St. Martin’s Press. By Cape Rust Learn more about The Bones of the Old Ones here Purchase The Bones of the Old Ones As a snowfall blankets 8th century Mosul, a Persian noblewoman arrives at the home of the scholar Dabir and his friend the swordsman Captain Asim. Najya has...

Review: DramaScape – The Observatory

The Observatory The Observatory is a fantasy-styled observatory battlemap with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Aaron T. Huss Learn more about The Observatory here Purchase The Observatory here Find other DramaScape products here The Observatory is a fantasy-styled observatory with a design that I think resembles Renaissance styling. The map consists of two floors plus...

Review: DramaScape – Ruined Mill

Ruined Mill Ruined Mill is a fantasy or historical battlemap with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Aaron T. Huss Learn more about Ruined Mill here Purchase Ruined Mill here Find other DramaScape products here Ruined Mill contains the remains of a mill with a detached house and warehouse. The ruins are kept somewhat generic so as to allow the GM to create the method of...

Thinking Inside the Box: Wizards of the Coast – Dungeon!

Dungeon! Dungeon! is a fantasy board game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe published by Wizards of the Coast. By Aaron T. Huss Purchase Dungeon Board Game” In excellent Wizards of the Coast fashion, the classic Dungeons & Dragons dungeon crawl board game, Dungeon!, has been brought back from the TSR vaults. Although being essentially set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe...

Review: DramaScape – The Old Cemetery

The Old Cemetery The Old Cemetery is a fantasy or horror battlemap with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Aaron T. Huss Learn more about The Old Cemetery here Purchase The Old Cemetery here Find other DramaScape products here The Old Cemetery is possibly the creepiest cemetery I’ve ever seen. This is not the site of religious sorrow or continued respect for the dead,...

Review: DramaScape – The Crypts

The Crypts The Crypts is a battlemap designed for horror or fantasy use with cartography by Simon Powell and published by DramaScape. By Aaron T. Huss Learn more about The Crypts here Purchase The Crypts here Find other DramaScape products here The Crypts is actually a collection of three different crypt maps, all with a horrific fantasy appeal. The first map is a set up like a maze with one of...
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