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  1. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E Level Up Your Background Review at What Do I Know

    Brandes Stoddard put out a product on the DMs Guild, with guidelines for changing backgrounds, advancing backgrounds, and recruiting (and paying) NPCs. I've always wanted backgrounds to have more narrative weight, and the rules in this product help to provide some additional gravitas. See what...
  2. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E MCDM's Arcadia Issue #3 Review at What Do I Know

    What Do I Know About Reviews? Arcadia Issue #03 Today on the blog, I'm looking at the third issue of MCDM's Arcadia magazine. This issue has new dream-based ancestries, spells, aerial combat rules, and an investigative adventure. Swing by for a look at the last issue before MCDM's break to...
  3. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E New Unearthed Arcana: Folk of the Feywild!

    What Do I Know About First Impressons? Folk of the Feywild I did a breakdown of the Unearthed Arcana on my blog, looking at trends from Tasha's as well as the previous Unearthed Arcana for Gothic Lineages.
  4. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E Blue Rose Adventurer's Guide Review on What Do I Know

    What Do I Know About Reviews? Blue Rose Adventurer's Guide (D&D 5e) Today on the blog, I'm taking a look at Green Ronin's classic setting of Blue Rose, which has been used with the True20 and FantasyAGE systems in the past. The new Player's Guide updates the setting for D&D 5e. Will you like...
  5. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E First Impression: Unearthed Arcana 2021 Gothic Lineages (Blog Post)

    What Do I Know About First Impressions? Unearthed Arcana 2021 Gothic Lineages I take a look at today's Unearthed Arcana release, introducing the D&D 5e version of the Dhampir, Hexblood, and the Returned. What does this mean for future lineages? Where are these going to show up? What trends can...
  6. Jared Rascher

    Hacking in Cyberpunk (Opinion Poll)

    For this week's poll, I'm hoping to gather some opinions about what makes hacking feel "right" in a cyberpunk setting. How much detail do you need, how many special rules, and what kind of resolution should it have? I also added a section on your formative cyberpunk influences, just to see how...
  7. Jared Rascher

    How Do You Feel About NPC Party Members (A Poll)

    What Do I Know About Opinions? NPC Party Members Answers Finally managed to take the time to collect and summarize the answers from this poll. Thanks to everyone that participated, and let me know what you think either here or on the blog.
  8. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E Arcadia Review (MCDM D&D5e Magazine)

    What Do I Know About Reviews? Arcadia I had a chance to look at the new Arcadia magazine, a D&D 5e product produced mainly as a reward for the MCDM Patreon of Matt Colville's. This is a very slick production with a wide range of articles included. Thanks for giving this a read in advance, and...
  9. Jared Rascher

    How Do You Feel About NPC Party Members (A Poll)

    What Do I Know About Opinions? Long Term NPC Companions I'll be running a poll asking your opinions about NPC party members. I'll be running this poll until January 7th, after which time I'll be summarizing the results on my blog. I would love to get your opinions on this question, so if you...
  10. Jared Rascher

    RPG Survey, What Does It Take For You To Pick Up a New Edition?

    What Do I Know About Opinions? Edition Wars Answers The summary post is up at the blog for those that are interested in checking it out.
  11. Jared Rascher

    Review: The Sleeping Beast (Star Trek Adventures, Klingon GM Screen)

    Fixed. Sorry about that. The original STA screen did not have an adventure included with it. I suspect this may have been due to fact that the Klingon Core Book may not get the "starter set" treatment.
  12. Jared Rascher

    D&D 5E Review: My Dad's Monster Manual (Dungeon Masters Guild Product)

    What Do I Know About Reviews? My Dad's Monster Manual Today on my blog, I took a look at James Introcaso's latest work for the DMs Guild, My Dad's Monster Manual. It's a great concept, where he showed the artwork of various monsters to his father and asked him for details about the creatures...
  13. Jared Rascher

    RPG Survey, What Does It Take For You To Pick Up a New Edition?

    Thanks to everyone that has responded so far. I really appreciate it. I'll post a link to the summary article when everything is closed up on Friday. I am taking note of people that want multiple options for future poll structures. I appreciate the input.
  14. Jared Rascher

    Review: The Sleeping Beast (Star Trek Adventures, Klingon GM Screen)

    What Do I Know About Reviews? The Sleeping Beast This was a little odd, because I wanted to look at the adventure that came with the GM screen, even though the GM screen itself is . . . very much like the GM screen for the Star Trek Adventures game with Klingon font and images. I really wanted...
  15. Jared Rascher

    RPG Survey, What Does It Take For You To Pick Up a New Edition?

    I've been looking at different RPG topics on my blog: WhatDoIKnowJR.com Last week I looked at the tried and true topic of alignment, but this week I wanted to look at what it takes for RPG consumers to pick up a new edition of an RPG. If you are so inclined, please swing by the survey and let...
  16. Jared Rascher

    Player Buy In and Game Sub-Systems

    Lots of games have subsystems for resolving conflicts that don't utilize their normal round to round resolution. 4th Edition and Star Wars Saga have Skill Challenges. Savage Worlds has various sub-systems for chases, mass combat, and social conflicts. Mutants and Masterminds has challenges to...
  17. Jared Rascher

    The Long Dark RPG Time of the Soul

    I need to grow a set. I posted here a few weeks ago about how I was getting burned out by running my Pathfinder game, and I wanted to step back and run something like Savage Worlds, and that if someone in the group wanted to keep going with Pathfinder, I'd step down as GM. I told my group, I...
  18. Jared Rascher

    My Earth 52 Camapign Site on Epic Words

    I finally have my Earth 52 DC Adventures game set up the way I want it to work on Epic Words. I have all of the GM perspective updates posted on the site, for anyone that is interested. Earth 52 - Epic Words
  19. Jared Rascher

    D&D 3E/3.5 I gotz me a wall full o' 3.5

    Core Pathfinder is an improvement over 3.5. That's a fairly simple equation. Not only are the classes a bit more interesting, but the consolidation of mechanics into Combat Maneuvers is great, being able to build encounters based on XP budgets is really handy, and some of the simple templates...
  20. Jared Rascher

    Gamer Guilt Over Potential Gaming Shift

    I'll preface this by saying if this does happen, its months in the future, barring something else going wrong. I'm committed to finishing up my current campaign before I move on from the rules system I'm using, because it just wouldn't be fair otherwise to my players. So, here's the quick...