Gravy Kingpin

Gravy Kingpin exists in two gaming worlds - Pen & Paper and console/PC. He's a part time guardian, part time Dungeon Master, and a full time husband and father of two.

MetaArcade: Play and Create Interactive Stories – Sneak Peek

“With MetaArcade we landed on something we believe can work in all genres of games and interactive fiction—the goal is to let people create easily and still have a robust game mechanic in it which can apply across all universes.” – David Reid, Founder & CEO, MetaArcade

My Concerns about Critical Role Realized

Despite its longevity, Dungeons and Dragons has remained a curiosity to most people.  Over the last two decades, the slow rise of geek culture has given the game some new exposure.  Popular TV shows like Community and The Big Bang Theory have used the game as a prop.  But arguably, nothing has given the Dungeons and Dragons exposure like Geek and Sundry’s Critical Role; a D&D live played...

Role-playing Flaws with Purpose

Character flaws are a great concept. They add depth to characters. Different gaming systems have different rules for applying them. In Dungeons and Dragons, flaws, bonds, ideals..etc. are used to flesh out a characters personality. They are no more than tools intended to help the player role-play their character. But you have to know how to exploit theses attributes. There is a right way and wrong...

Dungeon Master to the Rescue? When, Why and How

In most situations, it is not the Dungeon Master’s role to lead players. You set the stage. You adjudicate the rules. The players are largely the adversaries from your perspective. So, the idea of coming to their rescue would be out of character, right? Well, sometimes it’s what is required, and it’s the right thing to do. Here is when you do it, why you do it, and how you do it....

Christmas on the Sword Coast

I thought I would have some fun with an old Christmas classic. Often (if we are lucky) we can escape the shackles of our daily routine and let our imagination freely roam. One of my favorite exercises is to change up words to songs on the radio, TV dialogue…etc. In fact, much of what I absorb on any given day is reprocessed through filter A’la MST3k where words are replaced and sentenc...

Making Time for Tabletop Games – Mastering the Short Session

Tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) have an aspect that sets them apart from other types of games – we have total control of their destiny. Unfortunately, many are deterred from tabletop adventures due to the sheer amount of time required to enjoy them. I’ve had some experience in playing short-form sessions of D&D, and my tips could help you and your tabletop group make the most ...

Destiny 2 is Parent-Friendly

There’s good news for all those Destiny Dads and Moms out there who struggled to keep their light level relevant in Destiny 1. Destiny 2 is here and, unlike its predecessor, staying relevant with your fellow guardians is a much easier task.

Blade Runner 2049 – My Spoiler Free Review

Blade Runner 2049 Ever since it was announced that a sequel to my favorite Sci-fi film was in production I have been excited and concerned. I was excited to see a story I love get a new life. Its was also refreshing that in a time of movie redo’s this would build on the original. But, I was also concerned that tackling a sequel to a movie that consistently shows up on nearly every Top 10 list of i...

PAX Unplugged Exhibitor List Released

The exhibitor list for the premiere PAX Unplugged event is available now. PAX Unplugged will be held in Philadelphia, PA, from November 17th through the 19th.

PAX’s Newest Convention: PAX Unplugged

Penny Arcade’s newest addition to their list of conventions is coming to Philadelphia in November. PAX Unplugged will focus exclusively on tabletop games.

Force Grey Season Two is Here

Season Two of Force Grey is here, and like its previous season it will showcase D&D’s  upcoming new campaign setting for 2017.

Playing TableTop RPGs Online

There is a small yet vocal segment of the TTRPG community who argues that playing tabletop RPGs online is inferior to the live “in-person” game. They claim something is lost when you remove the personal interaction you experience being in the same room together. I’m not saying there isn’t something be gained from it, but I won’t accept that it diminishes the experienc...

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