Thursday Bonus Episode – Reactions to the first episode of the D&D Cartoon

There’s no voicemail episode this Thursday but Hannah and myself have been doing a test recording for a Youtube series where we’re going to talk about fantasy films and how you can take RPG inspiration from them, in this bonus episode we talk about some of our reactions to the first episode of the classic D&D cartoon series.

  • Show being Reviewed: Dungeons & Dragons (Cartoon Series)
  • Produced by: Marvel Productions
  • Originally released: September 1983 – December 1985
  • No challenge intended to any copyrights past or present.

RPG Review: The Hero’s Journey 2nd Editon

In this RPG Review I take a look at an advanced PDF review copy of The HEero’s Journey 2nd Edition written by James M Spahn.

At time of posting this the game is on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gallantknightgames/the-heros-journey-2e/description

Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.

RPG Review – Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells

In this RPG review I take a look at a space-fantasy game that purports to have an old-school feel:

Title Music

Shinigami by XTaKeRuX:
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/XTaKeRuX/Empty_Grave/Shinigami

Used under creative commons licence:
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

RPG Review: B/X Essentials Core Line

In this RPG Review I look at the five books in the B/X Essentials core line:

  1. Core Rules
  2. Class and Equipment
  3. Cleric & Magic-user Spells
  4. Monsters
  5. Adventures & Treasures

The books are written by Gavin Norman of Necrotic Gnome and are available on Drivethru RPG as both PDF and print on demand versions.

Title Music

Shinigami by XTaKeRuX:
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/XTaKeRuX/Empty_Grave/Shinigami

Used under creative commons licence:
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

VR: Peasant Competency Levels

One of the unfortunate things about filming video responses for my Youtube channel is that I tend to do them in an off-the-cuff manner, this is great for getting an unscripted and spontaneous feel to the video, however it does mean that on occasions I tend to forget things and only think about them after I’ve just spent an hour or so editing the video.

The same thing happened recently when I filmed a video response to the following video OSR Gatekeepers: I do not fear death by Your Humble Gamesmaster:

I filmed what I believed to be a fairly comprehensive response to the video in question, you can see my video here:

It was only after the upload had finished that I thought ‘Oh sh*t I forgot to mention the bit about peasant power levels in the video’ – now I’m not going to go back and record the whole thing again to cram that part in so I thought that I’d write a brief blog about it here instead.

The Humble Gamesmaster makes the point that peasants or commoners are often seen as being particularly weak in OSR style games, particularly when in funnel play or in comparison to characters who actually have levels in a more normal PC class (fighter, thief, mage, etc); this is a very valid point, I do have a few issues with it though. After thinking about it for some time, I realised that my main issue was based on an assumptions that I’d made about D&D and OSR style games:

  • Adventurers spend a lot of their “off-screen” time practicing their skills.

I’d always imagined that the fighter spent a lot of their off-screen time practicing combat whilst the thief was out engaging in nefarious activities, the mage was obsessively studying spells and the bard was playing their lute or whatever it is that they do when they’re not annoying the rest of the party and trying to grab some abilities from pretty much every other class.

The Humble Gamesmaster makes the point that peasants or commoners in a standard pseudo-medieval D&D world wouldn’t be weak, they would lead hard lives working the land, I certainly think that’s true, however, I’ve always seen the difference between commoners and PC classed characters in D&D as being akin to the difference between a fitness fanatic and a trained soldier in real life, sure the fitness fanatic might be fit and in reasonably good health, however they don’t exist in the constant state of readiness that the soldier does, knowing that s/he could be shipped out at any moment to face danger and death.

So let me know what you think, are commoners weak in your world or do they have some untapped wellspring of inner strength?

2000 YouTube Subscribers

I’m pleased to announce that a few days ago our YouTube channel passed the 2000 subscriber mark, I’m pleased that people find the videos I put out entertaining and/or useful enough to subscribe and stick with our channel and blog. To mark the occasion I filmed a combination intro/thank you video for the channel. Continue reading “2000 YouTube Subscribers”