Archive for Jeff Rients

A Way Better Random Hamlet Name Chart

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by Kullervo

Jeff Rients came up with a pretty good chart for Random Hamlet Names, but I thought I could do better, so here it is:

d20 Name
1 Barnardo
2 Claudius
3 Cornelius
4 Fortinbras
5 Francisco
6 Gertrude
7 Ghost
8 Guildenstern
9 Hamlet
10 Horatio
11 Laertes
12 Lucianus
13 Marcellus
14 Ophelia
15 Osric
16 Polonius
17 Reynaldo
18 Rosencrantz
19 Voltemand
20 Yorick

D&D Monsters: Now With Illustrations!

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Kullervo

I managed to rope my old man into illustrating these monsters as I stat them up. You may know his work if you were a gamer in the 1980’s (Jeff Rients does, at least), when it seemed like his art was everywhere.

He’s done one drawing so far, the Blightling, and I couldn’t be more pleased:

I’ll be adding his illustrations to my monsters as he does them. All the more reason to follow along!

Jeff Rients: The Dungeon As The Psyche

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Kullervo

In response to a recent open thread on Grognardia, Jeff Rients posted the following comment:

I believe that the descent into the dungeon is a symbolic representation of the rational mind attempting to understand the irrational, unconscious self. Therefore dungeons should have something important to say but they are under no obligation to make any sense.

I don’t know how seriously he meant this, but I think it might be one of the most, if not the most, important things ever said about roleplaying games. I will be thinking about this pretty intensely, so expect a more substantial post about it soon.