The Art of 4th Edition: Ralph Horsley

Over the two year of life span of 4th Edition so far, a few names have emerged as the go-to illustrators for the product line. Such illustrators, like William O’Connor and Wayne Reynolds, have become a recurring presence that have come to represent the visual identity of 4th Edition, much like Jeff Easley and Larry … Continue reading

Great Moments and Highlights at Polyhedral

If you’re wondering why My Girlfriend is a DM hasn’t been updated lately, then it’s likely you weren’t at Ludos Bar & Restaurant last Saturday. We and a bunch of friends, held POLYHEDRAL, an RPG event where newbies and veterans of pen and paper role-playing games alike sat together, rolled some dice and had fun. … Continue reading

Player’s Challenge: Playing Against Type

Matthew has pointed out that between the two of us, I’m the one who most enjoys experimenting with race and class in D&D. Even in other systems, I enjoy trying different things, though I admit, this means I haven’t really mastered any one race or class. Two things pique my interest the most as a … Continue reading

4th Edition at the Beach: The End of Questions of Faith, Season One and Localizing RPG Campaigns

In my last post, I announced that we at My Girlfriend is a DM would be spending the Holy Weekend at the beach. Most of us got nothing in the way of a tan, and not for lack of trying. However, we finally completed our run of Jammi’s Questions of Faith campaign through the heroic … Continue reading

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Setting

As those of you who follow this blog regularly may know, both of our D&D campaigns are set in the world of Eberron, the most recent campaign setting created for the D&D brand that sports what I call a ‘dungeon noir/etherpunk’ vibe. Most gamers know that Eberron was the winning entry in the fantasy setting … Continue reading

Playing it by Ear: How to NOT Freak Out as a DM.

Being a DM was a challenge enough, but juggling DM duties with an 8 hours a day, 5 days a week job is akin to balancing plates while jumping on a ball and singing opera.  and I don’t know opera. As Matthew mentioned earlier, most of the group has been fairly busy.  What he didn’t … Continue reading

State of The Game: March 2010

One of the reasons why you haven’t seen many posts lately on the art of GMing or playing RPGs is that we haven’t really played much lately. That should change in a month or so, as things are settling in our group once more. Two of the players were preoccupied with opening a bar & … Continue reading

Fringes of Khorvaire, Session 3

The third session of Fringes of Khorvaire was a mini-session more than anything else. Just a social encounter with Qolleb, the leader of a band of treasure hunting orcish freelancers. In all honesty, this really served as an excuse to take the campaign into an actual direction, as the moments after Khyber’s Harvest was really … Continue reading

All Choices and No Decisions

Apologies for the decreasing post rate that this blog has been experiencing as of late. Posts usually emerge when I’ve had all my game planning done, but I’m now experiencing my very first DM’s block! Que horror! Que shock! Of course, the dilemma of trying to lock down plans for a session is common to … Continue reading

Fringes of Khorvaire, Session 2

This Friday’s campaign session, continuing off from the start of a new campaign, unintentionally emerged as an experiment in skill challenges. We wrapped up the final leg of challenges in Khyber’s Harvest, battling dolgrims in the darkness and beating the crap out of the leader of a cult of Belashyrra, the Lord of Eyes, and … Continue reading