Articles By Author - Lou Anders

That’s the Pits: Some Down-and-Dirty Pit Fighting Rules

My players and I love using the 5E sourcebook’s downtime rules in our campaigns, and the downtime activity they seem to like the most is pit fighting. It seems to be the most profitable for them, and they like the idea of it a lot. But it’s only downtime, so it’s what the characters get up to between games. For one special adventure though—“The Scorpion’s Shadow” from Warlock Lairs 12, to be exact—I wanted to use a fighting pit during the...

Actual Play: Prepping for the Wrath

When I was a kid, and 1st Edition wasn’t called 1st Edition because we didn’t know there would ever be another, we played sitting on the rug with a set of very battered core books, dice you had to rub with a crayon to see the numbers, #2 pencils, and paper, some of it graphed. These days, we’re sitting around a dedicated game table, everyone with laptops and iPads plugged into D&D Beyond, and the table is filled with either 3D printed...

Gaming in the Perilous Southlands (with Kids!)

Way back when time began, I started gaming with Basic Dungeons & Dragons and moved quickly to AD&D. For the next few years, I was into anything TSR put out—Top Secret, Gamma World, Gangbusters, Star Frontiers, Boot Hill—and then I discovered Call of Cthulhu. But my group mostly stopped gaming when we started driving. There were brief returns—I lived in London after college and bought a lot of Call of Cthulhu at Forbidden Planet, and I...

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