Barbarians of Thylea

Harking back to Conan and the original D&D barbarian class. The barbarians of Thylea, in general, detest magic and those who use it. They will, at low levels of experience, refuse to employ any sort of magic item if they recognize it as such. They will often seek to destroy magic items, and if successful […]

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Old School Alignment

My world tends to be more Greyhawk than Forgotten Realm, more John Carter than Lord of the Rings so alignment is about the cosmic war between order and chaos (most exemplified by the Blood War in the D&D mythos).  Lifting this from Dungeon Crawl Classic as this is a good definition of the three-axis of […]

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Goblin Spider

There were some monsters from the AD&D Oriental Adventure book I did not convert originally because I didn’t see the point of them from an D&D ecological point of view the goblin spider was one of these.   However, these are legitimate creatures from Japanese mythology so for completeness sake here is the goblin spider. It also […]

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Goblin Rat

There were some monsters from the AD&D Oriental Adventure book I did not convert originally because I didn’t see the point of them from an D&D ecological point of view.  However, these are legitimate creatures from Japanese mythology so for complexes sake here they are. Goblin Rat Goblin rats live on the fringes of human […]

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BECMI Warmachine

So I have tried various systems for mass combat over the years with D&D and most recently used the system from Strongholds and Followers which is innovative but we found it too slow and disjointed from the PCs actions.  My PCs actually preferred to be directly in command of the units or fight on the […]

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1e Psionics in 5e

Thinking more about 1e I figured it would be a nice option to allow the chance for latent psionics as we did in the old days (I recall having 1 character who rolled the required % number over decades of play).  Here are the 5e updated rules. PSIONICS Psionics are various powers derived from the […]

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Restricting Class Options in 5e

I just finished listening to the latest Tome show episode and it reminded me of the old 1e and 2e restrictions on classes based on ability score rolls.  I had forgotten about this and the game has moved on from this restriction.  But I thought it may actually be a good optional rule.  It would […]

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Old School XP in 5e

Here is a simple rule I am going to try next campaign.  Monsters are worth 1/10th their listed XP value and a gold piece is worth 1 XP.  I expect it will promote a bit more exploration and creative thinking in how to extract as much treasure as possible from a dungeon.  Reminiscent of D&D […]

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