Shortly after the final D&D Next Playtest Pack was released, a friend of mine chided me for forming opinions on D&D Next without giving the final packet a thorough read-through. As a result, I used my travel time to-and-from a wedding as an opportunity to read through the packet and do my best to analyze […]

I began work on a new project recently so it seemed an appropriate time to introduce what (I hope) will be a regular feature of this blog: The Project Overview.   The Project Overview is a post designed to cover the most important features of any game I’m producing: The Purpose, The Highlights and The […]

I’ve noticed that many other amateur game designers I’ve talked to focus heavily on the setting of their game, often getting into minuate of architecture and fashion before even considering fundamental design concerns such as Character Advancement. This isn’t particularly surprising when you look at some of the older generation of RPG and compare the […]

If you are in the Chicago area and want to meet the creator of Four-Color Heroes (me!) I will be holding a public playtest of the latest build this Saturday (6/8) from noon to 4pm at Mad River Bar & Grill (2909 N Sheffield Ave). The Playtest group is already filled up, but if you […]

Of all the things that D&D has done well over the years, providing mechanics to allow mundane characters to do interesting things hasn’t been one of them. In particular, mundane characters in combat have typically been limited to hitting things for damage as far as tactical choices go. To that end I am adding a […]

  Like a lot of people, I’ve been doing some thinking about the D&D Next design process. My personal opinion is that the developers didn’t start with a sturdy enough framework before they began throwing ideas around – or at least they haven’t been sticking as close to their espoused framework as I would in […]


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