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D&D - Taking the 5th.

I've read the new D&D PHB cover to cover, more than once, and I am getting to grips with the new system. 

And I have to admit I really like it, the new PHB is well put together and the rules flow through a very logical progression so it makes reading and understanding the new rules straightforward.

Here are a few points that I have made with regards to improvements in the new version of D&D

1. Stat increases for the race you pick are a lot better and give you better chances of gaining high scores in the stats that you need. (Not that I am a power player, but getting the right stats does help)
2. The new Advantage/Disadvantage system is very simple but an excellent way to DM situations that are of a benefit or against the PC's.
3. The spell lists are listed alphabetically and not by level or class any more, so finding the spell you need is super quick.
4. The disclaimer on the inside of page two is worth the price of the book on its own....hilarious!
5. Amazing artwork through…

D&D 5th Edition has landed

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Now before we get started I would like to make it clear that this is not a review of 5th Edition D&D, to simply put it there are enough online reviews of WoTC new version of D&D and I am not about to write another one.

This is mostly due to the fact that I am no professional writer and also because I am far too busy reading the 5th Edition PHB and enjoying it.

I've played a few different versions of D&D, starting with the red box when I was 8 and then five years after that being introduced to AD&D 2nd Edition by a friend from school.

AD&D 2nd Edition was the version that I played/loved/read the most, and as you can see from my blog I still play it now.

However times are a changing and even though I didn't like D&D 3rd Edtion or even attempted to play 4th Edition I feel that after reading the new PHB cover to cover that WoTC have finally created a version of D&D that is not only true to its roots but also a much improved and streamlined version of the ru…

RIfts Advenure: Little Spaces - Space Crafts

So one of the GM aids that I use to write and create dungeons is a set of small books called Little Spaces, you might have heard of these being available on the http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/ website.

These books are great for GM's who want to add an extra level descriptive detail to a dungeon, they are well laid out and very easy to follow.

Below are some of the example descriptions that I used in my recently run Rifts adventure.

Description of space station
Size: Medium
State: Abandoned
Population: D100 (I rolled 41, this included baddies and escaped NPC's)*
Crew Status: Dead or escaped. Escaped wasn't on the table, but I wrote this into the adventure.
Mission: Discovery

The above rolls gave me enough of a starting point to be able to build the core idea for the adventure and also figure out the size and shape of the space station.


*Roll Call for abandoned Coalition Orbital Penal Colony Tau Sigma Xi

Inmate/test subject codeAgeGenderPlace of BirthStatusNo.0142MCoalition States.Decea…