House Rules

Parsing Treasure Parcels

Parsing Treasure Parcels

Treasure parcels have been something that have confused me from the beginning of D&D.  I’ve always tried to give my...

Grabbing Larger Creatures

Here is a small change to the grab rules I am making for my home game. Essentially if you grab a creature one size larger than you it is slowed and you move with it. If you grab a creature 2 or more sizes larger with you then you move with it. The purpose of this change is to accommodate rules where a creature of insignificant size grabs onto a larger creature. Last I checked I was still able to keep moving with a 4-year-old latched to my back so I am confident that I could with a halfling in the same position. This also allows for some rather epic scenes in which a character grabs onto a dragon that is attempting to escape only to climb onto their back and bring them down. Perhaps several creatures grab hold of the dragon, maybe using harpoons, and bring it to the ground.

Superior Implement Training

Superior Implement Training

I hate superior implements.  Not so much the concept behind them, but how they work.  First you have to take...

V-Shaped Races

V-Shaped Races

A reader has requested that I outline my list of V-shaped races which I mentioned in a previous article.  Please...

Empower Your Players for Flexible Encounters

Having been both a player and a DM I understand both sides of the struggle for power. The players want to be strong and powerful so they can handle whatever the DM throws at them. The DM wants to keep their power in check so they don't become too powerful and just bulldoze over all the encounters he's worked so hard on. At the same time he doesn't want to utterly crush them so he ends up holding back on challenges The struggle is back and forth and I've come to understand that it is a balancing act. In the end the DM holds every single card in the deck, but it isn't fun playing by yourself. Giving your players some power actually increases how hard you can be on them since it adds to their flexibility.

+1 Tokens and Divine Favors

In my game I have always found it beneficial to reward my players for doing things that add to enjoyment...

4 Additional uses for Aid Another

[[l:http://www.wizards.com/dndinsider/compendium/glossary.aspx?id=322|Aid Another]] is a rarely used ability among my players which is quite disappointing.  It has some very good usages,...