The whole purpose of life...


“The whole purpose of life has been to pass on what was learned. There is no higher purpose”

Morgan Freeman’s character explaining what to do to Lucy in the movie of that name

ChatGPT: "Write a short story about a knight who has to rescue a beautiful dragon from an evil angry princess"


Once upon a time, in a far-off kingdom, there lived a brave and noble knight named Sir Galahad. He was known throughout the land for his courage and chivalry, and he had saved countless damsels in distress from the clutches of evil tyrants and monsters.

One day, Sir Galahad received a plea for help from a beautiful dragon named Eirlys. She had been captured by an evil and angry princess who was determined to destroy her and all other dragons in the kingdom.

Without hesitation, Sir Galahad set out on his trusty steed to rescue Eirlys from the princess's castle. Along the way, he encountered many challenges and obstacles, but he pressed on with determination and bravery.

When he finally reached the castle, he found the princess waiting for him at the gates, surrounded by her loyal guards. But Sir Galahad was not afraid. He charged forward, his sword drawn, and engaged the princess in a fierce battle.

Despite her many tricks and traps, Sir Galahad was able to defeat the princess and free Eirlys from her prison. The dragon was overjoyed to be rescued and thanked Sir Galahad with all her heart.

Together, they rode back to the kingdom, where they were hailed as heroes by the people. From that day on, Eirlys and Sir Galahad were the best of friends, and they went on many more adventures together, always standing up for justice and protecting the innocent. And the princess was never seen again.

The end.

ChatGPT: "Explain D&D"

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) that is played with a group of people. Players create characters and take on the roles of those characters in a fantasy world where they interact with other characters, solve puzzles, and engage in battles with monsters and other enemies.

The game is run by a Game Master (GM), who acts as the storyteller and controls the non-player characters (NPCs) and the overall plot of the game. The GM also sets the rules and makes decisions about the game world, such as the type of monsters the players will encounter and the challenges they will face.

Players take turns making decisions for their characters and roll dice to determine the outcome of certain actions. The game uses a set of rules and mechanics to determine the success or failure of those actions, such as skill checks and combat rules.

D&D is known for its rich and detailed fantasy world, with a wide range of races, classes, and abilities for players to choose from. It also encourages creativity, improvisation, and teamwork among players, making it a popular and enduring game.

ChatGPT: "Explain D&D in simple terms"

"D&D, or Dungeons & Dragons, is a role-playing game where players pretend to be characters in a fantasy world and work together to complete quests and defeat monsters. Players roll dice to determine the outcome of certain actions their characters take, such as attacking a monster or trying to open a locked door. The game is led by a person called the "Dungeon Master" who creates the story and controls the non-player characters and monsters."

That's life.

You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it.

--Denzel Washington

Playing Pathfinder 1e...

 My small TTRPG group has now started playing Pathfinder 1e, and one of the players is now DMing this new effort! We had our first session last night where we spent a lot of the time learning some of the game mechanics that are different than our previous sessions with D&D5e. Pathfinder is a lot more detailed (crunchier?) for stats and has more math in it. We're meeting again this Thursday to play more Pathfinder, so we'll see how that goes.

TTRPGs that are not D&D5e

Here's a list of TTRPGs that are not D&D5e! Have fun playing whatever YOU want to play.

Pathfinder 2e (hardcover from publisher):
Old School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Referee:
Old School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Player:
13th Age:
Fantasy Age:
Shadow of the Demon Lord:
Age of Sigmar Soulbound:
Pathfinder for Savage Worlds:
Dungeon Crawl Classics:
Index Card RPG:
Mutants and Masterminds Deluxe GMs Guide:
Wicked Ones:
Cyberpunk RED:
Blade Runner:
Hack the Planet:
Tales from the Loop:
Things From the Flood:
Star Trek Adventures:
Battlelords of the 23rd Century:
Death in Space:
Call of Cthulhu 7e Keeper:
Call of Cthulhu 7e Investigator:
Malleus Monstrorum (CoC):
Thousand Year Old Vampire:
Ironsworn Starforged:
Escape From Dino Island:
The Expanse:
Dune Adventures in the Imperium:
G.I. Joe:



The Adventurer’s Guide to the Bible for D&D5e


The Adventurer’s Guide to the Bible converts locations, characters, and monsters from the Bible into material playable with D&D fifth edition. As I read through the 350 pages, I was struck that the material was sufficiently true to the source material while also being a heck of a lot of fun. It isn’t merely a list of people and places as they appear chronologically in the Bible. Instead, Red Panda has created a unique adventure experience that brings roleplaying loosely into the narrative of the Bible.

The book details the basic historical setting evocatively in order to create an immersive campaign setting, as well as an adventure that takes characters through levels 1 – 10. Importantly, the campaign runs parallel to the events of the Bible, so players will encounter familiar people and places from Bible stories, but the adventure, while “on rails” still offers flexibility enough to tell an interesting story around the table.

And if you think inspiration from the Bible isn’t already in your D&D game then you don’t know your history. The Bible has leviathans, giants, oracles, serpents, and sorcerers! It’s the OG D&D. In fact, half of Gygax’s inspiration was the Bible and the other half was Tolkien, who took his inspiration from the Bible.

The spell summon monster and cleric class was created by Gary Gygax using direct inspiration from 2 Kings 2: 23-24. The spell gentle repose is taken from an ancient Catholic ritual. King Solomon was a demon wrangler. And I’m honestlyly going stop there because, as I think about it, I could be here all day with examples and I haven’t even touched on Tolkien and his influences.


Get it here:



Weekly TTRPG Time

 I got some people (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) who are coming over this Thursday evening, as we resume our weekly get-together to play Table Top Role Playing Games (TTRPG). This week we are going to try a short adventure/one-shot using the Pathfinder 1e ruleset. Should be interesting since we have been using the D&D5e rules up until this point. Not sure if we will continue on with Pathfinder, as the company (Paizo) has gone very woke. Maybe I'll just have to limit myself to the first edition material that came out before they went totally woke and ignore the second edition stuff. I also have Basic Fantasy RPG and Old School Essentials, so we might try those.