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Patrick Halter
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You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all different
Just dropping a quick note here to point out what you all already know: this blog's update schedule has taken a mortal blow. But don't worry. It's just at exactly 0 HP, and in my games that means that with quick attention, it can recover, given time. And I'...

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Mapping doors
Doors are driving me a bit batty. I should explain. Architecturally, one of the things old-school dungeon mapping has gotten right, I tend to think almost by accident, is the ten-foot square. That is, judging by real-life dungeons like Diocletian's dungeon ...

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A bit of housekeeping
Happy New Year! I'm going to use the fact that time is arbitrarily (though conveniently) marked in the Gregorian calendar in such a way that this time appears special to noodle on about this blog for a bit. I seem to have continued writing decently regularl...

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Bisociation as dungeon device
Let me share something with you. I committed to building a megadungeon for the Desolate North a while ago. Quite a while ago. The first thing I started with was an idea of what kind of place I wanted and a tie-in to the campaign. I decided on an old dwarven...

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Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to one and all. May your holiday be filled with cheer and possibly even gaming. I need to think up some kind of Christmas-ish holiday for the Desolate North. Perhaps a Wild Hunt...

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Caravans
Whew! That last post was a doozy. Let's go with something easier. It needs to get done anyway. As part of a previous post about real-life adventurers, I mentioned that they practically always go on caravans. How can we encourage that in gaming? One thing ab...

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Necromancers are pansies
Necromancer Requirements: WIS 12 or below Prime Requisite: CON Hit Dice: 1d4 Maximum Level: 9 Alignment: Chaotic Necromancers are reviled the world over, with the exception of the Qynarate, where they fulfill the role of both priests and slaves, forced by t...

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Lessons from real adventurers
I've been reading books by real world adventurers lately. These are people who actually did what we pretend around our tables to do: these men went out into the deep and untamed wilderness, crawled around the hexes, and even in some cases descended into dun...

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Gaming without minis
I don't have a miniatures collection. This is probably one of my biggest hang-ups when it comes to running a game. I like minis. I enjoy the tactical and tactile aspect of setting up the battle-mat. I like the sight of them on the table, and I like the focu...

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My brain is melting
We're entering crunch time in the Halter household, what with the end of the semester coming up, along with the impending occupation of various (mostly in-law) relatives for the holidays. On top of that, my mind is beginning to wander: I was eaten by Factor...
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