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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Role-Playing Games

Dungeon Mastering: Why Bard is the Greatest Class Ever

by Ken Newquist / January 6, 2009

Dungeon Mastering has a new column up explaining "Why Bard is the Greatest Class Ever." And on behalf of underappreciated, kicked-to-the-curb bard players every where, let me say "hear, hear!"

Now I should note that in my group, the bard has always gotten the recognition he deserved, and we've had some pretty cool (and not-cool-but-still-fun) bard characters in our games.

RPG Reviews Digest: Manual of the Planes, Draconomicon, Alpha Omega, Sundered Skies

by Ken Newquist / December 21, 2008

Some of the second-stage books for D&D 4th Edition are hitting book stores, which has ignited a new wave of reviews among bloggers. I don't think any of these new books are going to change hearts and minds among those who dislike 4E -- that will have to wait for 2009's Player's Handbook II -- but I do think they serve to fill holes in 4E's lineup.

Game Day: Playing through the Storm

by Ken Newquist / December 19, 2008

Snow plays havoc with Game Days. We plan out everything -- whose house we'll be at, what game we're playing, who's able to make it and then whammo, a Nor'Easter comes roaring in and dumps a half foot of snow over our plans.

In the old days, that would have meant the end of game night but now we have Xbox 360 and Xbox Live.

Secret Lair #18 Dungeons & Dragons. Wait? What?

by Ken Newquist / December 15, 2008

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition and Star Wars: Saga Edition were the big topics of conversation on my third guest appearance on The Secret Lair podcast.  Hosts Kris Johnson and Chris Miller and I spent about a half hour talking about the latest iteration of the venerable fantasy RPG before launching into why my gaming group decided to ditch it in favor of Star Wars.

Game Day: Enter the Sith

by Ken Newquist / December 14, 2008

After five sessions of fighting pirates and swoop bike gangers, the heroes of my Knights of the Old Republic campaign went up against their first Sith: Kaldros Ygin, an arrogant self-assured student of the Dark Lady Aldera. I've been dropping hints over the last few weeks that Ral Duris, leader of the pirates of Zebulon Prime, had a Sith advisor. Ygin was the first evidence that she might not be the only Darksider on the Prime.