prototype cover art for Goody White's Book of Folk Magic

Goody White in print!

Goody White’s Book of Folk Magic, my quirky book of spells for Pathfinder and the Cypher System, is finally available in print! (I’ve actually been shipping out print copies to the Kickstarter backers for a few weeks now, but now those are finally all on their way, so I’ve opened it up for anyone to…

blue wizard

A Song About D&D, Sort Of

You’ve probably heard the song “Closing Time” by the band Semisonic. I saw them open for Barenaked Ladies once, and at that show they also performed a song called “DND,” which is obviously about hanging a “do not disturb” sign on a hotel room door. But they say “DND” a lot, and it sounds like…

Designer Talk

The Idea of Balancing Classes

The previous discussion about John Wick’s article reminded me of a tangential topic–something I said a couple of years ago about balancing classes, which was: It’s impossible to perfectly “balance” a roleplaying game and still have any sort of recognizable individuality in the classes. Is a healing-focused cleric balanced against a sneak-attacking rogue or against a…

covers of the Basic and Expert D&D Box sets

Looking Back at Basic and Expert D&D

I started playing D&D with the original 1981 Basic box set edited by Tom Moldvay* and “graduated” to the 1981 Expert “blue box” edited by David “Zeb” Cook. My cousin David and I played the hell out of those games when we were kids. The hints of mystery and adventure hidden in the very rulebooks. The…

Building a Kickstarter Takes Time

I have a book I’m going to kickstart in July so I can self-publish it. I just spent the past few hours updating details on the build-your-kickstarter page on their site. The basics, the story, the reward structure, the addons, the graphical elements, the video… it all takes time and effort. Plus for the actual…