Hudspeth Games

Hi, I’m Quentin Hudspeth.
I’m a gamer — board games, card games, roleplaying games, and video games.
I’m also a designer of board and card games and tabletop RPGs, and here you’ll find an exploration of my work in those areas.


  • Earth Bender
    Several years ago, now, one of the other GMs in my gaming group wanted to run a Pathfinder game. I was kind of bored with the standard classes and in a mood for designing, at the time, so I asked… Continue Reading…
  • Unlocking Knowledge (Monster) in 5e
    I run 5e D&D with a group of players that encompasses a large span of experience and knowledge of the game. We have folks who started playing in the late 70s or early 80s with Advanced D&D 1st edition; those… Continue Reading…
  • The Calendar of Harptos
    It is 1495 DR; Fengarsday, in the third week of The Melting An interesting aspect of the Forgotten Realms setting is the Calendar of Harptos. As you can see in more detail in the Sword Coast Adventurers’ Guide (SCAG), the… Continue Reading…
  • Lighting, Vision, and Light Sources in 5e
    Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about lighting in fantasy RPGs, especially in D&D 5e, which is my main game. When designing a game, you have to make concessions to reality in the name of game play. You simplify some things… Continue Reading…
  • Restraining Bolt
    New Spell for 5e D&D This spell was inspired — as many of my designs are — by banter around the gaming table. Someone made a Star Wars reference. Someone else mentioned restraining bolts. And still someone else quipped, “That… Continue Reading…
  • Vagabond (5e Background)
    Just a quick post today to share with you a new character background for D&D 5e, the Vagabond. Vagabond You grew up in the liminal spaces between cities and the countryside; alone, orphaned, and destitute. You had no one to… Continue Reading…

The Morgenstern Family Papers

The Morgenstern Family Papers is a collection of spells for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e released in two parts as Morgenstern’s Spellbook (2010) and Resnet’s Spellbook (2011). Rasmus Morgenstern, Wizard extraordinaire, was fond of riffing on the effects of existing spells,… Continue Reading…

Playing the Market

Playing the Market is a system-independent supplement for any RPG with a market system where characters can go shopping for gear. Rules are provided for both fantasy and modern/future settings. The basic mechanic for Playing the Market is for the… Continue Reading…

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Star Rise

An Original Space Opera RPG Star Rise balances Combat, Exploration, Investigation, and Social Interaction Star Rise is set in current metropolitan America and myriad locations in the Galaxy during the early days of conflict escalation between the Galactic Union and the Thalock Protectorate. In… Continue Reading…

Caltrops

Caltrops is a small system-independent supplement for fantasy themed RPGs. The warrior goblins of Tufartu Reach live austere lives. Their days swing from the abject boredom of the military camp to the glorious horror of battle. To pass the time… Continue Reading…

Uncivil Engineering

A Game of Constructive Interference Play as rival construction firms working fora mad land developer who wants severalmidrise buildings constructed NOW, thankyou very much — regardless of what goes inthem… or doesn’t. Claim your stake in the buildings. Fight for… Continue Reading…