Friday, November 5, 2010

DM Tips: My House Rules

It suddenly came to me not too long ago. "Damn. Do I have too many house rules? Is this still D&D I'm playing?" Okay, maybe it isn't that bad. But still, I have a good amount and by God, it is actually helping my players enjoy the game. Originally, upon introducing some of these elements, I was worried about it bogging down an already rules-y game. Somehow, somewhere, is all coming together nicely.

More after the jump break...

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Welp...part two of the Small Dungeon article got deleted somehow. Dammit. It'll be a while before I get to writing ALL OF IT again. Pardon the wait. *smacks head against wall*

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DM Tips: A Small Dungeon Solution

No one likes a dungeon that lasts for multiple game sessions.

Well. No one I have played with, personally (except my wife).

Our groups tend to want to get to the next plot point quickly. Not to say that there isn't plot that occurs in dungeons, but it feels like the standard dungeon just drags on for too long. Many people online, especially recently, have been complaining about the dungeon setting, as well as trying to solve it or get rid of the concept entirely. As an active Dungeon Master, I have seen what these dungeons do to a game:
  • Players forget why they were there in the first place.
  • Players become bored.
  • Players forget that this is a Role Playing Game and not a tactical simulator.
  • Players begin to get distracted increasingly with each session in the same dungeon.
DMs, I have the solution. Well, maybe not THE solution, but A solution.

Create smaller scale dungeons.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Videogame Day! PLAY GAMES!! WHOO!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Today Is A Holiday: September 10th, 2010

Happy Swap Ideas Day! Mine weren't that great...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today Is A Holiday: September 9th, 2010

Happy Wonderful Weirdoes Day. Appreciate the unique individuals in your circle.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy International Literacy Day. READ A BOOK!

Today Is A Holiday: September 7th, 2010

Happy Salami Day. We can always use more food holidays. Nom.

Today Is A Holiday: September 6th, 2010

Sooo, while Be Late Day was late on purpose, these next two were victims of bad timing and extreme circumstances. HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Today Is A Holiday: September 5th, 2010

Happy Be Late For Something Day!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Today Is A Holiday: September 4th, 2010

Happy Oatmeal Day! I'm actually not all that fond of oatmeal, but I plan on grabbing something with Oatmeal in it (NO BAKE COOKIES!!!!!).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Today Is A Holiday: September 3rd, 2010

Happy Lazy Wife Day! Guys, we are on our own for 24 hours. Panic.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Today Is A Holiday: September 2, 2010

Happy V-J Day, celebrating the defeat of Japan during WWII after we disintegrated thousands of civilians. Hurray!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

VLOG August 31, 2010: Epic Munchkin LOLs

Jason drew WHAT after defeating WHAT!?

Monday, August 30, 2010

I Need Space Marines!

Need some Survival Horror in your 4th Edition D&D game? I give you, the Aliens.

Allow me to admit a few things. 1) My Adventure Tools program has not been upgraded in months. Ergo, some of this may be imbalanced due to any updates or errata I've missed. 2) I just didn't feel like making the queen, so *nyah*.


I give to you, the ThatRobedGuy Seal of Approval. And I approve of it. Because I made it. I approve of my ego as well.

And yes, I know. Not the most attractive looking seal on the market, but it is a good stand in until someone with actual talent in Photoshop can put it together for free.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Toy Review: Hunt for the Decepticons, Legends Class Ravage

I found a toy that made me squee. I feel like less of a man now.

RAGE: 2010 Holiday Barbie in AUGUST

WTF!? I know I tend to over complain about how early stores and companies put out their Christmas/Holiday products out every year...BUT COME ON! It is the middle of AUGUST! I should not be seeing the red and white of the winter holidays IN THE DAMN SUMMER!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kicking Grass; submission for The Spoony One's Grass contest

An epic tale of epic proportions filmed epically...epic.

This is my submission for The Spoony One's video contest, featuring That Robed Guy and introducing his faceless companion, Nanashi.

As my first full production, I can see where I will DEFINITELY need to focus on improving. This has been quite a learning experience and I hope to explain more in a future commentary...should I find my microphone.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Quick Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Awesome movie. Awesome comics. Support Bryan Lee O'Malley's work.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Teaser Trailer: Kicking Grass

What? Is that audio from another person's video? Why is that guy in the background laughing at Poe? WHAT IS GOING ON!?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Preview of What I WON'T Offer to WotC

Here's the deal. I have been working on a little thing to submit to Dragon magazine. At first, it was going to be a Class. This turned out to be really difficult. I don't know how they do it at Wizards of the Coast. So instead, they are going to get a few races I've conjured up from the depths of my twisted imagination.

HOWEVER, genius like this cannot be left unpublished. Ladies and Gentlemen! I offer you a small taste of what is to come. BEHOLD:

Those of you who have played in my Humor Campaign understand the power that this class has at its fingertips. Beware. The Mimes are coming.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kobold Hall Map Edit

Made a few edits to the Kobold Hall map from the last post. I made the stairs more real!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Excuses and Genius!


 In other news...CHECK THESE OUT!

Look familiar? It's Room One of the Kobold Hall from the 4th Edition Dungeon Master Guide. Using sprite environments from Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced, I was able to reconstruct a [portion of a] 4th Edition adventure! The idea here is that we could easily have a Dungeons and Dragons video game that doesn't BLOW using the same game system we are using right now in our table top adventures. Why have I not seen this done, yet?

Maybe I just missed it. One moment while I check Newgrounds................nope. Nothing. This one map only took me a few hours. What if it was someone with actual time (and sprite artistry) and my passion to see it through? C'mon people!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Review: The Last Airbender

And don't get me started on the casting, acting, or the dialogue. GAH!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Hectic Life

Seriously. Between having a kid April 1st, moving mid May, and still trying to find a steady job.....ACK! How can I get ANYTHING done?

In any case, with the destruction of the laptop, the 4E Mass Effect project slowly died. I tried to keep it alive, as told in my previous post about it, but the fact is the plug was pulled. Flat-line. Perhaps I shall post what is done so that someone may eventually pick up where I left off. We shall see.

As of recently, I have played some Star Wars Saga Edition, a good amount of 4th Edition D&D, and a dash of D20 Modern. I started my gaming with D&D 3.5 Edition and have found my heart strings pulled when the Base Attack Bonus once again reared its head my way.

THEREFORE! I have taken it upon myself to attempt the creation of D&D 3.759 Edition. This would essentially take the best of STSE, 3.5, and 4th. I am currently still collecting data at this time so nothing can be released as of yet. Best of luck to me, though.

ALSO! Keep a look out for something more official in the ThatRobedGuy Presents... video show. I have recently acquired a somewhat decent video editor that I know how to use a LOT more effectively than my previous choice. I'm thinking of making this show a season based show with 13 to 20 episodes a season, released weekly with a few months in between for writing, filming, and editing. There might be a few tangents here and there based on then-to-be-recent events.

Catch ya, later!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spear Birds! [4e D&D]

Once again, my friend and Dungeon Master, braingoblin, has inspired me to create 4th Edition D&D version of creatures he has placed in our game.

I present to you: Spear Birds!

Monday, March 1, 2010

My friend and DM, braingoblin, was kind enough to sketch out the dreaded Beegeridoo!


Sunday, February 28, 2010

For Your Beegeridoo Needs

More awesome Beegeridoo awesomeness:

And now you have all you need for your Beegeridoo encounter.

Other RPG inspired 4e homebrew: The Beegeridoo!

In a game we have been playing on Saturdays based on Microlite20, my friend TheGreatMrChibi invented a bee monster inspired by an actual bee monster he was encountering as a joke. Here it is, ready to be inserted into your games, the Beegeridoo. It eats fire, breathes lightning, and speaks untruths.

I think I will eventually write up the Queen and a swarm of the smaller beegeridoos. Perhaps even a few minions.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A little taste of what I do...(4D Mass Effect)

 As many of my friends and coworkers know, I am a self-proclaimed game designer. I do not have anything published as of yet, mostly due to my own attention span, but I have many successful play-tested games under my belt with very positive feedback.

My most recent attempts at game designing involve a little game called MASS EFFECT. I love Mass Effect. Bioware created a superb game there. But here's the deal: I want a table top version. I want to be able to take me and my friends around the galaxy shooting some Geth. As of 2008, I have been highly involved with playing 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons. It would only make sense for me to design a Mass Effect game around that.

Want a sneak peek? Well sure. Here is the Asari racial stats.

A quick note: this is draft 2 of this game. I lost the first draft in a terrible computer crash. I get the feeling this version is not as good as the last one. Thusly, please offer any constructive criticism you can to help me reach that former glory.


Ability Scores: +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma
Size: Medium
Speed: 6 sqaures
Vision: Normal

Languages: Terran, Asarin, telepathy (touch)
Skill Bonuses: +2 Diplomacy, +2 Rumor
All is One: When flanking an enemy with an ally, you gain a +3 bonus instead of the usual +2.
Biotic Talent: When you use a power with the Biotic keyword, you gain a +1 racial bonus to attack rolls.
Long View: You gain long view as an encounter power.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

VLOG: TMNT Forever

A very quick review of the latest in the Turtles universe.

VLOG February 5, 2010

A desperate cry for attention...or at the very least a video post allowing you to know that I now have a computer that works.

VLOG January 29, 2010

A quick explanation of what has been going on recently. Once again, thank you to those who created my Dungeon Master screen. Okami, created by Clover Studios for the PS2, ROCKS!

VLOG January 20, 2010

That's right. I no longer have to work off of the webcam and am now free to record where ever I so choose. Of course, this was recorded before the laptop exploded...figuratively.

Also, a quick run down of my plans and the future of ThatRobedGuy.