When I first heard that Wizards was going to create a cross-brand product between MTG and D&D, I was curious about what they would do with it. Ravnica, when it was announced, had me pretty excited as it was my absolute favorite MTG setting. Now that I’ve had a chance to actually own it, read it and digest it, I think it may just be the best setting book published. Its simply awesome. Lets take a look at it, shall we?

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It’s been another long stretch, but I want to start getting back to writing about the small yet important things that people should pay attention to that make a dig difference in trying to take people to a different world. This time, I want to talk briefly on laws, punishment, crime, and the judicial system, because its a fascinating topic that I think can make a big difference in how players see breaking the law, and why their actions matter in a fantasy, middle ages world. 

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This is going to be quick and simple. NOVA is bearing down on me and I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I want to still put something out there.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about historical accuracy and the feel of an RPG, especially Pen and Paper, and it has lead me to do research on a number of topics that I’ve not really considered before.

Like Bridges.

But, what do bridges have to do with anything? A lot, it turns out.

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The new edition of D&D is starting to trickle out, as I mentioned yesterday, and I am really excited. I had held off on any emotion until I saw the actual rules. I’ve been playing D&D now for 20 some years, and I’ve been through it all. I started with my dads AD&D set, and was amazed when I moved down to Maryland and met people who played this mysterious “second edition” game. I played that system with a fervor for 4 years before 3rd edition was announced. We looked over it, and disregarded it. We saw no use in this edition. I finally got picked to play in an adventure with a friend (it was some sort of raffle), and absolutely fell in love with 3rd in early 2003. Later that year D&D 3.5 came out, and we embraced it heartily, playing it for another 5 years until 4th edition was announced. This time, I wasn’t going to be late to the party, I wanted in at the ground floor. I even bought my friend his own PHB! While we played it for some time, it was not what I had bargained for. 4 years later, after a number of tried, 4e just kinda died. We played Gamma World, tried Dark Sun out, and eventually played the Iron Kingdoms RPG, which was a blast. We’d fallen out of love with D&D, it just wasn’t the same. Wizards eventually caved, and in May of 2012 started their 2 year long beta test of the next edition. I was cautiously optimistic, burn me once, shame on me, burn me twice, well… you know the end.

 

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