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January 23, 2020

The Fear of a Black Dragon podcast made an episode talking about the module Scenic Dunnsmouth, and unsurprisingly, their discussion turned to how much replayability the module actually has and whether it could be used as a basis for random generation of more villages....

January 19, 2020

I'm dealing with a medical emergency, so excuse the briefness.


Type: Pass/Fail

One-arm Pull Up Negatives - 2 sets of 3, each side (pass)

Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 16 (pass)

Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 2 sets of 8, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 Supe...

January 18, 2020

Rating: A
Length: 370 pages, standard paperback page size, standard paperback font size

Making my way through the pulp authors of yore, the next one on my list was Clark Ashton Smith (how surprising, I know).  I'd heard that his contemporaries (like H.P. Lovecraft and Fr...

January 17, 2020

While commenting on this post from Dan about a look at Gygax's notes for Castle Greyhawk, I mentioned that magical armors and shields get even fewer special properties than magical weapons.  So, in the spirit of hitting two birds with one stone by following up on that a...

January 14, 2020

Finding magical gear should always be a cool moment in a TTRPG, and yet, it seems to often be relegated to something that just adds a passive bonus to a few other numbers and that's it.  That's boring.  Here are four ideas for more interesting magic weapons for D&D and...

January 11, 2020

A new month and a new year means it's once again time to do 100 burpees as fast as I can.  Aside from that, the new year has gotten off to a quiet yet satisfying start.  I've been enjoying a deep dive into the content of The Wandering DMs YouTube channel.  I've bee...

January 6, 2020

One of the side points in this blog post by Paul Siegel was that adventuring in a city environment tends to make it difficult to let the players engage in exploration. I weighed in on the comments with some of my lessons learned from the few city-based games I’ve run, a...

January 5, 2020

I cut my thumb during some food prep this week.  No serious damage, fortunately, so I can't say that it had any significant impact on my workout performances.  I just felt like mentioning it.


Type: As Fast As Possible

7 sets of:

7 Burpees

7 Bridges

Time = 8:00


December 31, 2019

I just watched this video from the Wandering DMs (Dan Collins and Paul Siegel) about their experiences with playing/running games at conventions as compared to long-running campaigns.  Aside from being interesting in its own right, it was fairly relevant to me since I j...

December 28, 2019

I got things back into a more typical routine for this week.  Unfortunately, it seems like I tried to push myself more than I should've, so I ended up with strains in both legs' hamstrings.  Nothing too seriously, so I expect to bounce back fairly quickly, but I did pus...</