I have automated my Thayan Name generator in a new way so that you can use it online with the push of a button. You can also alter it easily, deleting entries or adding your own and saving a copy for future use. I am also delighted to have received permission to use art by Artemis Morgan, who has some great fantasy art and some awesome Thayan pieces in particular!
I have been adding new work to my blog about Thay this week that has to do with the Salamander War, a chapter in Thayan history that can be tough to pin down. I found it quite rewarding to research and rewrite it for my own ends, and hope you enjoy reading about it.
For my next round of updates, I have worked on reducing file sizes of art, changing the sizes of pieces, and adding new ones. If any image links come up wrong, please let me know. If you have been here recently, you might need to refresh pages to see the changes.
I have also updated the section on adultery in roleplaying games, though it is not yet 100% complete.
I will be looking into updating for better mobile usability and easier reading; do let me know if you have any suggestions.
Welcome to 2018 at Kismet's D&D! I have finally finished my work on an article about women as gamers and game producers, after years of having other matters get in the way. I have added a means for you to link to this site and receive a link in return, as well as a link to my new favorite gaming music site. I hope against hope to have the time to write more for my blog about Thay, since we have begun playing our campaign there again, but we'll see what the gaming gods have in store.
I've added a number of links to the links page to various pages that support me (thank you for using and linking to my resources!) and the link to my Spring article in BUST Magazine.
In honor of Stewart Wieck's recent and untimely passing, I present to you two character generators for DMs and players to use. I have felt the desire to create more, share more, and enjoy more in gaming, and so far I've been very happy with the results. Please let me know what you think and if there are any changes that would help improve them.
We recently had a character background contest on my fan page, Kismet's Gamer Gathering. We had so many fun entries, and one fan suggested putting them together in a readable format. I was able to obtain permission to do so from most of those who participated, and I've placed the winning entries here, along with a link to the entire book (which right now runs some 36 pages in length). I hope you enjoy it!
Now that I've had a moment to breathe, I've been taking a look around the site. I noticed that one of my drow name generators needed tweaking to produce better names, so I went about fixing it. I also realized that I could to a lot better work on my treasure generators, so I did. I hope they work much better now.
Thanks to a reader's tip, I've had to remove a dead link, but I was able to take her suggestion for another resource to my gaming links page. I have also added a link to my latest project, a blog for my new Dragon Age tabletop campaign. It looks like I won't get to run D&D for a while, but you never know when I'll get the chance again. In the meantime, I am really looking forward to exploring Thedas in a new way, via the tabletop rules. You should be able to find more recent articles at the blog.
I have added some resources to the Homebrew Creations page for the Dragon Age RPG, which I've been reading and want to run. One resource is an extensive collection of PDFs that a cadre of fans assembled to expand the offerings of the tabletop game based on things found in the video games. The other resource is a generator I put together for organizations, since the game has some neat, streamlined rules for groups the PCs might run, be part of, or go up against. I'll be putting anything I make for DA here until I decide I have enough to start a site/blog for it.
I've been expanding my Sex and Romance section with the article on adultery I started years ago and forgot to complete. It's still not 100% done but the draft is available in the Google document. Once it's complete, I'll be posting it here, as well.
I've also been adding to my Guide to Thay blog whenever I have the chance.
I have revamped my Sex and Romance section so that it is less D&D specific and more applicable to fantasy games in general. In response to a request I received some time ago, I have also collected the entire guide into a Google Doc for easy reference. It is free and a work in progress, but I hope it will be of use to folks looking to add some love and/or lust into their games.
I suppose nothing inspires you to work on your web site like having it nominated for an ENnie!
I've added links so that you can use the location generator right away without having to download files. I've added two reviews I had posted elsewhere but forgot to put up here: one for the Globetrotter's Guide to London and another for Darkest Age.
I also posted an article about some sins of game design (as well as GMing) that really bother me. I've updated some information and language in a few articles to reflect more recent developments in gaming.
I am now offering an editable Google spreadsheet for my character palette, which is a tool to develop characters for gaming or writing in greater depth. If you run your mouse over the cells, you will find instructions on how to use it.
I've also added a good number of pieces of art from generous artists. I hope you enjoy them! If you haven't visited in a while, be sure to refresh your browser to see the changes.
I have added a new type of location generator to the one I had offered here before. It'll roll everything up for you and is very customizable! I hope you will give it a shot and let me know how it runs for you!
I have also recently started a blog about Thay that builds on what I've established on this site but goes into greater depth, with more daily details, voices, and color. It has been a lot of fun for me to write so far and I hope it will be half as much fun for you to read. I have bigger plans for it that I am afraid to share just yet because I don't want to jinx myself.
I also have to react to seeing Kismet's D&D nominated for an ENnie award this year in the Fan's Favorite Publisher category. It was one of the most pleasant surprises I've had with this site, and one of the last things I expected to see at this late date. I've never had enough time, energy, or means to do the kind of work here that I've wanted to do, but I've kept the lights on and come back to add things. I know it's not as fully optimized as it should be, isn't well connected, and is a relic of an older time, since it's not a blog but a standalone web site. But it's been part of my home online since 2002 and it makes me happy.
I've had quite a few pleasant moments due to Kismet's D&D. Whenever I get feedback - even if it's just receiving an email that someone found something they can use - it always gives me a lift. It was this site which enabled 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming to find me, which led to offers of freelancing work, some great new friends, and continuing projects with Purple Duck Games down the line. But it was a complete surprise when I went to vote for the ENnies and saw my name. I had to click the link to make sure it was the right site that was up for a vote. I took a screen capture so I could wrap my head around it. I want to thank whomever it was who nominated my little corner of the web, as well as anyone who has reached out to let me know you've had fun here. You inspire me.
I've added some advice about what to look for when you are deciding whether a Kickstarter is worth pitching in on. It also isn't a bad guide to basics you should cover if you're starting a Kickstarter of your own. I've also added a discussion about why players should open up to what their DMs want to try, which I wrote last year and forgot to post here.
I've added a page about the roleplaying books I've contributed to as a game writer, so you can see all of them in one place and get a basic idea of what they're about. Some of them are older now (since I started somewhere around 2010) and I've learned a lot over the years, but I'm still glad to have worked on them.
I've also added a page all about my drow book, Drow of Porphyra. It brings together an overview of the whole book and then breaks it down chapter by chapter, and there are links to a purchase site, in case you're interested in snatching them up. As the book grows, I will add more.
Rob McCaleb has created an epic and beautifully detailed map of Thay and in the process he made an Excel file for my Thayan name generator to help him create place names. It generates a list of 100 random names each time you open it or type in any cell, and it is very much what I'd wanted to offer all along. I'll be using it myself and with his kind offering, I'm able to share it with you. Happy gaming!
I've added some new mapping resources to my links page.
Last summer, I started updating some of my pages on Thay but I lost the changes before they could be uploaded when my computer died. I have had the privilege of running our evil campaign again since the end of the year and so I have gotten back to expanding my work on Thay as a whole. Lately I have worked on the general timeline and the city of Eltabbar, but I hope to flesh out a lot more soon.
I added some resources to my gaming links page based on suggestions from folks who frequent my Facebook fan page (and thank you very much, Gamer Gathering!). I also made some Pathfinder-friendly adjustments to my Red Wizard variant class.
As a part of reviewing the pages on my site and working on things behind the scenes, it has been amusing and bittersweet to find a few pages that should have been entirely in the past tense but weren't. At first I noticed that I missed a few verbs on the pages about my first campaign and then I discovered that a whole page needed converting. I remember how difficult it was when I first understood that I had to admit that that campaign was over. Our group had split for good (the couples in it having fallen apart after long relationships) and half of us had moved on/away. I cried while altering the first few pages about that campaign but I got through it. I didn't cry today because I have managed to remain friends with my ex and one of them, my Niki, is a premiere presence in my life. We still game together when we can and our evil campaign has been so much fun lately. But what a reminder!
I have been working on a location generator for the longest time and tonight it is finally ready to be shared. I started on it ages ago and forgot about the project, and then went back to the task of narrowing down the options with some serious thought that took longer than I intended. I almost published it while forgetting a few categories but saved myself from that at the last minute. I don't know if anyone besides me will ever find it useful, but since I got it put together and it's already been inspiring me, I offer it here for your perusal.
Lately I've been updating matters behind the scenes, adding more art, and making small corrections. I just added a few more 5 minute book reviews of books I've used for years but had forgotten to include.
As a part of updating the look and navigation of this site, I've also updated the following: Kismet's Blackguard (now a more recently used Pathfinder variant from my evil campaign), Kismet's Paladin (updated to a Pathfinder variant), My Game Journal (the full journal is now available at nearly 100 pages), D&D Links (added several great ones), D&D Music (added more recent services and soundtracks), and Thay By Region (now has art to represent the various regions). New art has been scattered throughout, with all grateful credit to the artists (and links, because these folks often sell prints and they do great work!). If anything isn't working, please let me know.