Castle Amber Designer’s Diary: The Magnificent Ambers
Oct15

Castle Amber Designer’s Diary: The Magnificent Ambers

Castle Amber Designer’s Diary: The Magnificent Ambers by Michael Curtis Castle Amber is more than just a funhouse dungeon, although that’s easy to overlook, especially for younger game masters. While there’s plenty of monsters to fight and treasure to be looted, the Castle features something that was uncommon for many early adventures: plenty of roleplaying opportunities in the form of the Amber family members The Ambers aren’t...

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Castle Amber Designer’s Diary: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Sep12

Castle Amber Designer’s Diary: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Castle Amber Designer’s Diary: We Have Always Lived in the Castle By Michael Curtis Castle Amber is one of my favorite modules, hands-down. From the moment I picked it up at Great Escapes Hobbies in the Sun-Vet Mall in 1981 to the minute I’m writing this, I’ve loved “Chateau D’Amberville” and all its weird inhabitants. Like a good novel, I appreciated it on one level when I was 10 and another when I’m (mumbles something...

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Designer’s Diary: Hunting for Easter Eggs
Jul03

Designer’s Diary: Hunting for Easter Eggs

Hunting for Easter Eggs By Chris Doyle Publisher’s note: Read this designer’s diary after you have read OAR4: The Lost City! You will appreciate it more that way. One of the best parts about converting classic TSR adventure modules to the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons is hiding Easter Eggs. Since my early days writing for the 3.0/3.5 Dungeon Crawl Classics line, I’ve enjoyed placing Easter Eggs. Adventures are all about the...

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Designer’s Diary: Inspiring The Lost City
Jun22

Designer’s Diary: Inspiring The Lost City

Inspiring The Lost City By Chris Doyle Before I start an Original Adventures Reincarnated project, I often spend a few weeks reviewing the material to give me inspiration. Converting and designing The Lost City was no different. Off the top, here are a few of the more noteworthy sources I drew on for inspiration. I admit I’m not a hard-core Appendix N fan (sorry, boss). I’m a very slow reader, and it tends to put me to sleep. Sure,...

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Designer’s Diary: The Process of Converting a Classic Adventure Into An Original Adventure Reincarnated
Jun02

Designer’s Diary: The Process of Converting a Classic Adventure Into An Original Adventure Reincarnated

The Process of Converting a Classic Adventure Into An Original Adventure Reincarnated By Chris Doyle When interacting with the fans of the Original Adventures Reincarnated books, often the first question I get is, “How do you go about converting the module to fifth edition?” (This is usually followed up by, “How can a 32 page 1st edition module end up as a 300+ page homage?”, and “How come a pdf doesn’t come with the book?”). Today...

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Designer’s Notes: Exploring the Lost City
May07

Designer’s Notes: Exploring the Lost City

EXPLORING THE LOST CITY By Chris Doyle I consider February 2, 1981 as the date I started playing roleplaying games. That is the day when I came home from school and sitting on the dining room table was the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules boxed set, obtained from Sears via mail order. This was the set graced with purplish-hued Erol Otus cover art of an underground scene depicting a fighter and a magic-user (before we called them...

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Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook #3: The Future Was Then
Nov08

Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook #3: The Future Was Then

OAR #3: Expedition to Barrier Peaks will be here before you know it. If you need any more excitement—on top of Michael Curtis’ first Designer’s Notebook entry, and his second Designer’s Notebook entry—we’ve got another one for you. And don’t forget, you can now pre-order OAR #3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks in our online store! Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook #3 by Michael Curtis The Future Was Then...

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Designer’s Diary #2: All the Easter Eggs in Creep, Skrag, Creep
Oct21

Designer’s Diary #2: All the Easter Eggs in Creep, Skrag, Creep

All The Easter Eggs in Creep, Skrag, Creep By Stephen Newton “They fastened around my waist another black and silver symboled belt, and set upon my head a chaplet of the black oak leaves. De Keradel drew from his belt the maul and put it in my hand. I shrank from its touch and dropped it. He picked it up and closed my fingers around it. I tried to unclose them and could not, although the touch of the maul was loathsome. I raised the...

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Designer’s Diary: Creep, Skrag, Creep!
Oct11

Designer’s Diary: Creep, Skrag, Creep!

Designer’s Diary: Creep, Skrag, Creep! By Stephen Newton “De Keradel is an enthusiast, and thorough. Like Napoleon, he knows that you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs; nor can you have meat without cattle; nor human sacrifices without humans.” – Creep, Shadow!, Abraham Merritt I chose that quote to set the mood for the DCC Horror adventure, Creep, Skrag, Creep! It is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite...

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Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook, Entry #2: All the Androids Were Karate Fighting (and Fencing and Boxing too)!
Jun07

Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook, Entry #2: All the Androids Were Karate Fighting (and Fencing and Boxing too)!

The excitement for OAR #3: Expedition to Barrier Peaks continues to grow, and everyone here at Goodman Games is excited about the book and sharing it with fans. We already shared Michael Curtis’ first Designer’s Notebook entry, and now we continue with the second part, talking about some of the combative moments in the adventure. And don’t forget, you can now pre-order OAR #3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks in our...

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Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook, Entry #1: Of Sleek, Futuristic Design
May02

Barrier Peaks Designer’s Notebook, Entry #1: Of Sleek, Futuristic Design

At our What’s New With Goodman Games seminar at GaryCon, we announced OAR #3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. We’ve been releasing additional details around the project as they’re finalized, including the fact that it will feature new art by Erol Otus, an introduction by Tony DiTerlizzi, and several other tidbits. Today we bring you some designer’s notes from the lead author, Michael Curtis. As we finalize the layout we will...

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The Isle of Dread: Chris Doyle Interview
Aug24

The Isle of Dread: Chris Doyle Interview

At Gen Con this year, Goodman Games announced our next release in the Original Adventures Reincarnated series: The Isle of Dread! This iconic wilderness adventure is one of the most popular D&D adventures ever released. For an entire generation of gamers it served as a tutorial on wilderness adventure design, and successfully demonstrated how the pulp genre roots of Appendix N could be adapted to fantasy adventure design. The...

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