Articles By Author - Paul Baalham

Legendary Locations of Midgard: Dynamic Environments (Part 2)

We continue the look at legendary locations of Midgard in part 2 of the Dynamic Encounters series. Next up is Missala, with its tortured inhabitants. Missala, the Indolent Island (Page 140) The ruins of the diamond palace are on this small island. Long abandoned, its only inhabitants are the pained remnants of the once living. The legends of vast fortunes lying in the ruins encourage the occasional adventuring party into the palace, but only...

Legendary Locations of Midgard: Dynamic Environments (Part 1)

The world of Midgard is filled with wondrous locations, from the Ghostlight Forest in the west to the Dragoncoil Mountains in the east. Some of these extraordinary places present a challenge to those who adventure there, such as the Bleak Expanse with its vicious cold that hampers mundane tasks, or the warped magic in the Ruins of Thorn that play havoc with the flow of time. This article presents a selection of these extraordinary locations as...

Breaking the 4th Wall—House Rules

In my very first 4E D&D session, the first thing my DM said to us was, “Right. First house rule—you get a +2 bonus to skill checks that are relevant to the profession you had before adventuring.” This was several months before backgrounds were released in Dragon 366. It made me smile; it wouldn’t have felt like D&D without a house rule or two. Apart from that initial game, I don’t think I have come across any other house rules as a...

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