I wish I could offer my usual cheerful greetings to all of you, My Readers, this Wednesday, but current events have certainly put me in a more somber mood today. As if it was not solemn enough that this week marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11, but the attack on the Libyan embassy and death of the ambassador there does little to lift the spirits. My own thoughts go out to the families and friends of those who died eleven years ago, and to those who suffered losses yesterday overseas.
But for those who came looking for my weekly review, I have posted a new column this week on EN World, about a relatively new supplement for D&D 4E called Elves with Shotguns. Michel Martín del Campo has published through Randomology Games a fairly comprehensive set of rules for adding firearms to almost any 4E campaign setting.
For more information about the game supplement, please click the link below to head over to EN World for full details of my review:
While I am usually a fan of cross-genre variations, firearms in fantasy worlds still gives me a bit of pause and I’m never sure if including them enhances or detracts from the players’ immersion. But these variant rules are flexible and pretty well-balanced, and give the DM a decent measure of control over how pervasive and effective having firearms will be in the setting. For my part, including old style black powder weapons under these rules (Era 1 according to the author) seems like it would add decent flavor without being too overly powerful. Overall, it’s a decent supplement, and offers a lot of different campaign possibilities like pirates with pistols, musketeers, and wild-west crossovers! [Any Boot Hill fans out there?]
So until next blog… I wish you happy gaming!