August 15, 2019

Keeping Score | Mental Ability Score Names

Comments from the Finger: Kindly written by old friend of Vecna, Grand Moff Xela.

Something that has always intrigued me about D&D is the representation of a character’s capabilities through their ability scores. It's a system that offers a simple and intuitive way to understand exactly what a character is capable of at a glance, and has remained much the same throughout various editions of the game. But what if you could get more from your score? What if your abilities weren’t just numbers on a sheet, but offered a little more flavor, a word of description to help describe how skilled or inept your character is at that ability? Here are the first three charts detailing words you can use to spice up your descriptions of your ability scores. We’ll start with the mental abilities, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

August 13, 2019

Three Goblins in a Trenchcoat

Comments from the Finger: Sorry for last week being pretty dead. Starting now, we're going back to regular two posts a week!
"You're clearly three goblins in a trench coat. I can see the eyes poking out of the pants."
"Boygle, he knows too much!"
"Shh! Nobody suspects anything. We just take him to the back room and cut his humie throat."
"I can still hear you..."
Three Goblins in a Trench Coat 

You're definitely just a normal person, and not three goblins in a trench coat. You like normal tall person things, like seeing over crowds and reaching tall shelves. Even the assertion that you're three goblins in a trench coat is frankly insulting, as a matter of fact. You're just a regular tall person wearing a lumpy trench coat, walking awkwardly. Definitely nothing weird about that.

August 1, 2019

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Comments from the Finger: We're at GenCon this week! So this post is something of a GenCon interlude provided by whistlehunter.


Awoken by the fury of a devastating weapon, Godzilla is the apex predator of an ancient race of colossal beings, known as the titans.

July 26, 2019

Dark Matter | Off the Record

Comments from the Finger: Still working on a bigger post this week. Take these totally non-OGL suggestions for your own Dark Matter game in the meantime.
     Remember, you can get the Final PDF of Dark Matter on the Mage Hand Press store or on DriveThruRPG!

Dark Matter | Off the Record

When we wrote Dark Matter, we had to abide by the OGL -- a set of guidelines which limits which parts of 5th edition we're allowed to use, in exchange for using the system without fear of legal backlash from Wizards of the Coast. This means we weren't able to include all of our craziest, most bonkers ideas in the book, and had to come up with some creative solutions instead. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't use them (off the record, of course.)

July 19, 2019

Modern Spells to Die By

Comments from the Finger: Earlier this week, I realized that there wasn't a spell that runs over my enemies with a bus. I decided to rectify this problem.

Modern Spells to Die By

It might seem that baleful modern magic would be dreadfully obvious. Not so! The subtle modern arcana just kills you in ways that you're likely to die by anyway.

July 12, 2019

Vogue Trader

By way of justifying this, I should cite the original tweet:

Okay Sam, I got you. Here's our second, and inevitably most fabulous one-page RPG, Vogue Trader: