Month: February 2021

  • Appendix N

      Since returning to gaming this year, I don’t seem to be able to lift a stone without finding something about Appendix N beneath. Appendix N of the Dungeon Master’s Guide contained Gary Gygax’s “Inspirational and Educational Reading” – a list of authors who inspired Dungeons and Dragons. I must have read the DMG dozens […]

  • Why Peakrill?

    The Hope Valley – old OS map and my interpretation What is a Peakrill, and what relevance does it have to this blog? Well, the what part is easy:  Peakrel (also Peakrill, Peakril) – Pronunciation /ˈpiːkr(ə)l/  – NOUN, rare British – An inhabitant of the Peak District. What a brilliant word, eh? And as for the […]

  • Money and coinage in RPGs

    Dinar of Varahram III by Ashley Van Haeften I recently read the book Debt: The First 5000 years by David Graeber, and as well as turning my ideas about money on their head, it got me thinking about the way that money is handled in RPG rules (I’m talking D&D-alike fantasy RPGs here, although I imagine […]

  • All 5s and 7s poetry dungeon

      Here is my response to Patrick Stuart/False Machine’s challenge to write a poetry dungeon – in this case, more poetic than playable, and not very poetic at that – All 5s and 7s.