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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...

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!

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.

Welcome! If you’re here, it must be because you decided to take your first step into The World’s Greatest Role-playing Game. The only limit to tabletop role-playing games such as D&D is your imagination, making it a truly amazing hobby. With all the history and baggage in a game like D&D it can seem daunting to get started. In this article, we’re going to unladen the baggage and get you re...

Almost everyone plays or knows someone who plays or has played Dungeons & Dragons. For those who aren’t familiar with D&D, we take a closer look at one of our favorite pastimes, complete with tips and some resources.

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...

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...

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....

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...

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 ...

“The talk of the streets and taverns has all been about the so-called death curse: a wasting disease afflicting everyone who’s ever been raised from the dead. Victims grow thinner and weaker each day, slowly but steadily sliding toward the death they once denied.” – Wizards of the Coast

Tale From the Yawning Portal Wizards of the Coast latest D&D adventure resource publication Tales From the Yawning Portal hits wide distribution today. Yawning Portal’s early release hit game store shelves on March 24th, but for those of you who don’t have a local store today is your lucky day. Tales From the Yawning Portal is now available at any retailer near you that carries D&a...

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