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Whether you’re playing Dungeons & Dragons or your favorite video game, the term “sandbox” gets tossed around a lot.  Why are they important to your prep as a GM and what can take your sandbox to the next level?  Well… I’ll show you!

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...

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!

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...

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...

This Valentine’s weekend most couples would be going to dinners, flowers, chocolates, and all that other lovey-dovey stuff. My wife and I? We spent a romantic weekend building 3D D&D environments. Don’t worry, it was totally worth it!

Welcome to Saving Throw! A recurring article where we traverse deeper into the world of Dungeons and Dragons together. There are lots of moving parts in D&D and it can get overwhelming at times. So we will work step by step to explore the nooks and crannies of our favorite pen and paper game! Today let’s make a character!  I should make a note, we are assuming you have not invested any money s...

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...

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 ...

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