Articles by Robert

The D&D universe is vast with countless worlds and unlimited possibilities. Giant complex machines already exist in many of these settings. But consider this. At some point, somebody built a great machine that was so complex that it gained sentience. Not magical intelligence like a golem, nor like creatures that…

Also known as “Planetary Romance,” this is the genre of John Carter, of green martians, where the hero has been transported to an alien world, where the technology might as well be magic! This month we bring you ways to spice up D&D with some sci-fi trappings. August 1st –…

When most people think of the planes of Abyss or Hell, they think of an arid, desert-like landscape with cracked earth, fire spouts, and the smell of sulphur. While that may be the popular assumption of the dominant landscape, both planes have other environments within them, from frigid iced-over landscapes,…

Sailors know full well the dangers of the sea: monsters, accidents, illness, and other misfortunes are an ever-present plague. But sometimes the worst danger that befall sailors (and other people who live and work near the sea) doesn’t strike from the ocean depths. Instead it strikes while on land, when…

The background system for Dungeons and Dragons is one of the most inspired additions to the rules set. Players have a lot of wonderful options that can inspire some great role-playing. For this month, since the Outlander was the only background that was completely nature-focused, we decided to add some…

Away from the walls of civilization, in the ill defined wilds lurking at the edge of the maps, there are monsters. For the month of June we are going to turn away from the cities and towns, and focus on the space where the monsters live. New archetypes, backgrounds, and…

Investigation is an aspect that always seems to be baked into horror. Modern investigation procedural TV shows tend to have an element of the horrific, whether in the depiction of bodies, or in the gruesome clues which helps them track and find killers. Even in Curse of Strahd, the setting…