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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...

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.

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...

“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

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....

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 ...

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

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...

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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