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Thoughts about D&D5E (after long 3E & 4E experience)

2 D20, d8

I guess everyone has their own preferences about what 5E should have. That's why the news of having a core system and optional rules, both for DM's and players, sounds like a good idea. This makes it even more important to have a very functional base system. D20, hitpoints, target numbers etc. will most likely stay pretty much as they were. Personally, I'm not so fond of hitpoints anymore, but I guess they are D&D.

Space station paper model inspired by Babylon 5 Centauri

Babylon 5 Centauri inspired space station paper model

Remember the opening scene of Babylon 5 (not the pilot, the actual series), where Narn fleet attacks a Centauri space station in Ragesh III I was sold the moment I saw that, as it made an immediate connection to my favourite PC game intro - Master of Orion 2.

Snow-covered gaming terrain

Playing DDM in winter terrain

Playing DDM in winter terrain

One of the earliest terrain items I've created, after dungeon walls and some woods and rocks is winter terrain. Having often seen use, this terrain can be used in almost any genre and world; Marines invading arctic base of an evil mastermind, friends of Drizzt adventuring in Icewind Dale, An icy planet to be explored... 

Pulut (Pigeons) - scratchbuilt wedding cake decoration

Pulut (Pigeons) - the comic wedding cake decoration

I've been drawing Pulut -sarjakuva (Pigeons -comics) for a Finnish young's community site, and like I've often drawn these pigeons to guestbooks and in greetings, I decided to create a decoration for our wedding cake of these comic characters. The same theme was seen in wedding invitation, where one pigeon 'accidentally' prod a ring closer to another pigeon - and the wedding cake decoration was made from this picture.

Miniatures and modelling: Quantity vs. Quality

When you are painting or creating miniatures, scratchbuilding terrain or designing papercraft gaming props, how much effort do you see? Are you going to make everything as detailed as possible, or are you fine with just something vaguely resembling you want it to resemble?

Initiative tracker/PC info sheet to be used with 4E *Updated*

Initiative tracking sheet preview

A little but invaluable tool I've used in my 4E games. I mark up player characters' passive perceptions and insights, plus any other important notes (that don't need to be secret) on this sheet, and when it's time to fight, initiatives are easy to mark on the left side of the sheet.

Below the tables there's a large empty space; you'll find use for it when you start calculating hp's of the enemies!

My players can take out anything! Frustration of a 4E GM

The worst invincible opponent ever

Ptolus players, this post will contain spoilers!

In my last night's game, pc's reached the end of Goth Gulgamel, a fortress half-way up the 3000ft spire shadowing the city. They arrived to the Ageless titan, a dormant undead titan. Fooled by the Rakshasa, they told the titan they want the key to the darkness. Infuriated by some arrogant and foolish adventurers stopping to shop, he attacked.

Asikkala home farm model, finished

Childhood home farm - old buildings

Shortly in Finnish: Tämä on pienoismalli lapsuuden kotitilastani Asikkalassa. Materiaalina on käytetty pääasiassa pahvia ja pienoismalli on upotettu lasikantisen sohvapöydän sisään. Jouduin tekemään pöytään ylimääräisen välipohjan valkopintaisesta vaneerista, muuten tämä malli oli sopivin pienoismallia varten.

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