JnJake

Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPG nerd. Die hard New Yorker. Co-Founder of JNJtabletop.

How to Make the Perfect Fighter in D&D

From the classic knight in shining armor to the amazon princesses, and a certain bow-wielding elf we all know and love, fighters embody the classic fantasy heroes we all grew up with. They have the potential to take over combat, tell deeply emotional stories, and lead armies to victory against all odds. If that’s the case, why do some find them to be “vanilla” or “boring” when it comes to Dungeons...

Sorcerers, Wizards, & Wandavision Oh My!

Wandavision has taken so many of us by storm and the latest episode got me thinking about the differences between Wizards and Sorcerers in Dungeons & Dragons.  This article may have a spoiler or two so if you haven’t watched through episode 8 (“Previously On”), you have been warned.

Why Some D&D Encounters Are Just Better Than Others

Have you ever put a combat encounter together that you were really excited about? You poured over the mechanics and formulas you’ve been given and you made sure everything was just right. Then you ran it. It did not go anything like you thought it would and, frankly… well it sucked. Oh man have I been there, but not to worry, to Obi-Wan you listen because this article will help take you beyond the...

Game Changing NPCs Make All the Difference

One of the most important things that will really draw TTRPG players in is great non-player characters (NPCs). What makes a good NPC? What makes a bad one? Do you need to flesh out everyone the party meets? Let’s take a look at how you can grab your players’ attention with fantastic NPCs!

Console Wars, Labels, & Changing the World

Oh console wars, why are you still a thing? It’s Team Xbox vs Team PlayStation… again <sigh>. Why do we keep debating this topic? The answer to this debate is so easy that at this point I really can’t help but wonder if maybe we just enjoy a good fight.

Baldur’s Gate 3 – Early Access First Impressions

It’s been 20 years since a new Baldur’s Gate video game has been released and Larian Studios has remedied that. Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently in early access and if you enjoy Dungeon’s & Dragons 5th edition, you’re in for quite the treat!

Session Zeros Are For Heroes

There are about a million different ways to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons, and each way is just as valid as the next. From silly games filled with dirty names to voice actors performing world-class improv, it’s easy to see how different people can bring different expectations into each game. The best way to go about making sure everyone is on the same page is a Session Zero.

Player Agency: What Makes Dungeons and Dragons So Special

We’ve all been there. You’re playing your favorite RPG and the main character has a significant decision to make. The computer gives you three options; its programming tells it to. Admittedly, the options are pretty good, but you have something else in mind. Enter Dungeons and Dragons. Instead of a computer making decisions on how the environment reacts to you, the Dungeon Master does that. That’s...

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