The Renaissance Woodsman

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Carnivore Knights

A figure in glimmering armor stalks silently through the courtyard. A monk, fear in his eyes, bolts from the shadows towards the abbey doors. Frost forms in his heaving breaths. The figure moves like an arrow, trailing ash and dust, producing a silver sword that strikes the head from the monk’s body. It drags him … Continue reading Carnivore Knights

A Bounty Of Experience Points

In my last post, I discussed experience points as a motivator for certain kinds of behavior. Specifically, how awarding experience for losing might make players more comfortable with it. I want to expand on that. So come on down to the Woodsman’s EXP Emporium, where we’ve got more experience points than you’ll know what to … Continue reading A Bounty Of Experience Points

Death Revisited

I did a post a while back about how to allow players to lose fights without a TPK. That post focused on enemy behaviors and system-arbitrary things you could do as a GM to keep a story rolling even when players lose badly. Today I want to focus on some more systemic ways to achieve … Continue reading Death Revisited

Unbeatable Monsters

This week I’d like to show you some unbeatable monsters. Well, not actually unbeatable, but monsters that are going to seem wildly unfair to your players. At least until they do a little research and figure out a weakness or three to exploit.  I like puzzles more than combat, in the average RPG. It’s not … Continue reading Unbeatable Monsters


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A lightweight tabletop RPG that leans into random chance.

Play as dungeon delvers and adventurers with strange powers, strange looks, and even stranger friends. Play as an organic Green Wizard, a Barbarian Monk, or a Ranger with total telekinetic control over all horses. Roll up a random alignment such as Pro-Fire, Anti-Plants. Do service to the fire god and throw holy fire from your hands. Make dark deals with the plant demons for incredible powers.

Art by me (And a dozen classical painters who can do real art)

The Blog


Worldbuilding, adventure concepts, and other ideas about how to run games or write fantasy.

Art by Fahmi Fauzi

D&D 5th Edition Homebrews


A collection of all my homebrew content for D&D. Everything from pop culture magic items to house rules. Drop me a line if there’s anything specific you’d like to see.

Art by Swang

Cube Legacy

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A magic the gathering draft experience that can be added to any set of cards you want to draft. Print, cut out, and sleeve, then draft alongside other cards, editing them permanently! With each draft, the cube changes.

Art by Peter Mohrbacher

Obscure Games With Obscure People


A podcast where we find obscure tabletop games, play a one shot with them, and then review them. Stars a rotating cast of funny people, some laden with deep RPG lore, and some fresh faced and new. Always something different happening here.

Art by Mitchell Malloy


In this free tabletop RPG, you play as famous actors creating the newest blockbuster. Deal with producer meddling, limited audition options, and the possibility (probability) of being recast midfilm! All you need is paper, playing cards, and two d6s!

Art by Lucas Films

Fusion Dance


An RPG I wrote to emulate something at the middle point of Dragon Ball Z, Steven Universe, and the Power Rangers. Too much Japanese 90s TV led to this. Play as a group of heroes who must combine their powers to defeat the forces of evil.