Ask the Bastard – PRESTIGE CLASSES

Some people see the core rules as SACRED and don’t bother with all the friddle-fraddle of those convoluted Prestige Classes.

OTHER people see Prestige Classes as the ideal way to refine and fulfill their vision of a truly unique and epic PC.

Where do I come down on all this? WATCH AND SEE:

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GameHole Con 2013 RECAP

IMG_20131101_090939wf…wherein I emerge from the GameHole a stronger, better bastard.

Gamers, last week was the inaugural GameHoleCon in Madison, Wisconsin and let’s GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY right off the bat: yeah, “GameHole” is an awkward name with some wildly ambiguous connotations. Hey, you know what’s NOT awkward or wildly ambiguous? HOW GREAT THIS CON WAS.

This thing is put together by a group of gamers SO HARDCORE they built their ultra-deluxe gaming space ABOVE A BAR. Every session LITERALLY starts with “you all meet in a tavern.” These guys believe in the FINER things and it shows in the way they put together their first Con.

Let’s start with the line-up of guests:

Ernie Gygax preaches to the  faithful.

Ernie Gygax preaches to the faithful.

Old-school, new-school, WHATEVER your school you were getting an ADVANCED DEGREE at GameHole Con. You wanted to delve into the pre-history of the Temple of Elemental Evil? Ernie Gygax, Jim Ward, and Frank Mentzer were there to share their wisdom. You wanted to pry details on D&D Next from the IRON TALONS of WotC’s Chris Perkins? He had not one but TWO panels to talk about what’s happening with the next iteration of D&D. Or MAYBE you just wanted to hang out with Jen Page between her game of Call of Cthulhu and her screening of Geek Seekers.

If you’re like me, YOU GOT TO DO ALL THREE.

Gamers, I'm pretty sureJen Page is holding her forehead like that because she doesn't have any sweatbands.

If I’m not mistaken, someone in this photo is astrally projecting.

Of course I wasn’t just there to be Jen Page’s footstool. I ran my own session of Ask the Bastard LIVE and squeezed 20 different gamers through my Insurmountable Gauntlet of DOOM. And I only killed ONE character the whole weekend! Apparently WISCONSIN MAKES YOU SOFT.

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You know gamers, the CONCEPT of the thief is pretty great.

Actually PLAYING the thief, on the other hand… Let’s be honest, they might as well ditch the class altogether and just make SCAPEGOAT a playable race.

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Trick or Lose 10d6 SAN

This is why you don’t make blood sacrifices in the pumpkin patch, people!


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It’s cool to be the wizard. Right?




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The Paladin!

“Law and good deeds are the meat and drink of paladins.”

Then why do so many people play them like they’re turbocharged on Twinkies and Mountain Dew??

I hate this class. LET’S FIND OUT WHY:

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The Fighter(s)

A fighter, a ranger, and a barbarian walk into a bar… NO ONE WALKS OUT!

This week in my ongoing guide to picking the ultimate class I take a look at the Fighter and two of its main subclasses: ranger and barbarian.

Sure the Fighter kicks ass. But WHICH fighter? And which ass?

(The answer is: ALL THE ASS!)

Ok, I’m pretty sure I just got my blog listed on all the wrong web searches. LET’S WATCH THE VIDEO!


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After a brief hiatus to make room for Gen Con, The Dungeon Bastard Guide to Class Warfare is BACK.

And THIS TIME we’re changing gears as I take on THE GLITTERBOY!

Extrude your laser-tipped drilling pylons, kiddos! You’re in for a ROUGH RIDE!!

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Enter the GAMEHOLE!

…It’s like an octagon, but it has 20 sides and every one of them KICKS ASS.

Actually gamers, it’s a convention in Madison, Wisconsin and I WILL BE THERE November 1st-3rd along with such table top luminaries as Frank Mentzer, Jen Page, Ernie Gygax, Tom Wham, Chris Perkins, and Jeff Easley! Check out the full list!

Need more info? Need some motivation? Need a Dungeon Bastard video?

The answer is YES. YES! YES!!!

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AFTER HOURS… with Rodney Thompson!

In this latest installment of the Dungeon Bastard AFTER HOURS, I hang out with game designer Rodney Thompson. We talk about his first D&D game, the inherent dichotomies involved in being a nerd jock, and whether or not Rodney is, AS ALL EVIDENCE INDICATES, a DOPPELGANGER.

We also roll up some OLD SCHOOL characters going 3d6 RIGHT DOWN THE LINE.

The results… are predictably awful.


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