Intwischa’s Vitruvian RPG Character Sheet

I love coming up with an elaborate character backstory. I suck at remembering it in play. Thus, my character sheets end up a study in marginalia: scrawled near the top of the sheet is the reminder that this character is characterized by a wise laziness and always seeks the most effective path of least resistance….

Get Off My Foot: A Fix for Overlapping Skills in D&D 4E

I didn’t realize this until reading a review of Tomb of Horrors, but a problem I’ve had with D&D 4E (and, to a lesser extent, 3.5E) is “overlapping skills.” In other words–the phenomenon of two or more characters both trained in the same skill who get in each others’ way during skill checks. This was…

Playing your Character: What’s my name again?

My name is Charlie. I’m a mechanoholic. It’s true. My disease compels me to pursue the best mechanical benefit in any situation, regardless of whether my character would actually do the thing or not. I can resist mechanics-driven impulses when playing games like FATE or old-school D&D knockoffs,┬ábut when I start playing 4E, all fiddly…