Author Archives: Adam

About Adam

Adam is a husband, an explorer of the inexhaustible, and a hunter for unexpected synergies and collaborative potentials. His explorations into RPGs began with DMing D&D, though lately he enjoys mining the potentials of diverse systems, especially Cortex Plus.

Pioneering a New Domain

Exploring Infinity has a new home! In an effort to better provide clear access to helpful, excellent, exploratory content, we’ve moved to a new domain,, and redesigned the site to better connect you with the content you want. I’m pleased that the new design … Continue reading

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Expanding Fantasy Heroic Roleplaying: A D&D 4e Hack for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

Dave “The Game” Chalker recently made an excellent foray into a 4e D&D fantasy hack for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. Simple, elegant, and iconic hacks like this really show how well and how easily Cortex Plus adapts to diverse genre and source … Continue reading

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Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: Collected Miscellanies

Many people have written terrific reviews, musings, resources, and content for the new Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game by Margaret Weis Productions. I’ve given it a fair amount of musing myself, but decided I’d start by compiling the useful unofficial fan activity into … Continue reading

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Digging Into Infinity – Part 3: New Dungeon-ville Racial Heritages

I’ve been exploring running a game of relationship drama set in my core group’s fantasy universe. I hope it’ll allow us a more intimate appreciation for the social structures in a new era that the group’s epic level 4e DnD … Continue reading

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Digging Into Infinity – Part 2: Taking 4e DnD in New Directions

Last time I explored the breadth of my recent gaming experiences. I expect I’ll be writing a lot in coming days about my terrific experiences lately with Marvel Heroic Roleplaying both for supers and non-supers games. Throughout it all, however, my core group … Continue reading

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Digging into Infinity: My Explorations of Late

I apologize for the infrequency of my posts lately. Craig Payne has offered some truly great work in the meantime, but I’m eager to return to a regular pace of my own posting. So where have I been? Aside from … Continue reading

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Improv Essentials: My 0-prep 4e DnD Toolkit

In case others may find it useful, I want to share the toolkit I use for running nearly zero-prep, low-maintenance yet rich and engaging games of 4e DnD. When I began running 4e games, I meticulously prepared for hundreds of … Continue reading

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The Fierce and the Furry: Playing a Squirrel in DnD

Sounds pretty crazy, right? Or a whole lot of furry fun. One of my regular DnD players honestly wants to play a squirrel adventurer. In his case, I think it’s a perfect option. Since he may actually use it, I … Continue reading

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Don’t Rest Your Headjack: A Matrix RPG

I’ve found designing a Matrix RPG to be problematic in many ways. Nonetheless, I always jump at the chance to immerse my imagination in the freedom and philosophical tension of that wonderful digital/post-apocalyptic world. In the At-will IRC chat yesterday, … Continue reading

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Skinning My First 4e Party: Converting DnD characters to PDQ#

I apologize that this has been a while coming, but here are some sample 4e D&D characters converted into PDQ# format and ready for story-rich, rules-light adventuring. If you like airships and especially if you like Eberron, Swashbucklers of the … Continue reading

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