Gygax On…Tracking Time in the Campaign

As far back as I can remember, I’ve tracked time in my campaign. Tracking time isn’t exactly an insurmountable problem or onerous burden, even for the busy GM. That’s because it’s both very easy to do and can pay great dividends for almost any campaign.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Gygax On…Henchmen & Hirelings

I’ve always had a soft spot for henchmen, but never been happy with the Leadership feat in 3e (and Pathfinder). I have fond memories of 1st edition D&D when you could have up to 15 henchmen (if you could afford to keep them and were charismatic enough).

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Gygax On…Cleric Spells

(And--I Presume--Druid Spells!)

I don’t play clerics that much—only when no one else fancies it—and so I’m not wise in the ways of their ins and outs. That said, I’ve recently been wondering from where exactly a cleric (or a druid or whatever) gets his spells. Wizards get their spells from study, sorcerers by dint of their bloodlines and, of course, clerics I’d always assumed get theirs from their faith.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Gygax On…Duties, Excises, Fees, Tariffs, Taxes, Tithes and Tolls

As my players will tell you, I am generosity personified while running a game. They are often overcome with the amount of gold, platinum and magical items they uncover.* Their main problem is how to transport their almost boundless wealth from the dungeon!

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Gygax On…Treasure

I’m going to go out on a limb and state that most players love finding treasure. While, of course, you don’t get XP for treasure in later editions of the game, it is rather handy to pay for living expenses and shiny new magic items (if a GM allows magic shops in his world).

Small Treasure Hoard by William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Small Treasure Hoard by William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Gygax On…The Nature and Variety of Challenge

It’s not the world’s snappiest title, but challenge is at the heart of every gaming session. The PCs may have to crush the forces of the evil goblin king, root out a pernicious black cult or simply find their way out of a labyrinthine network of caverns.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

Gygax On…Rules Lawyers

Over the last three decades, I’ve noticed many shifts in gaming culture and practises. A lot of these are driven by technology, changes in society, expectations of the gaming experience and so on. One of the most marked changes I’ve noticed is a subtle shift in who seems to actually be “in charge” of a game or campaign.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)