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Michael Tresca


Upcoming D&D


October 2021
Fizban's Treasury of Dragons

November 2021
Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos


January 2022
Rules Expansion Gift Set
(includes Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Universe)

March 2022
Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep

2 Classic Settings

2022 or Beyond

2 Brand New Settings

Another Classic Setting


Revised Core Rulebooks
(D&D 50th anniversary)

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Michael Tresca

Michael Tresca

Gaming & Giving This Holiday Season
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It's that time of year where we have an opportunity to give back to the community we know and love. If you're feeling charitable, here's how you can help.
When Squid Games Meet Role-Playing Games
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The dystopian Korean series Squid Game is popular on Netflix, building on a genre of survival horror involving contests of skill. Thanks to the lethal nature of the contest, it can easily be...
When RPGs Meet SCP
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The SCP Foundation is a fictional secret organization created through a wiki-based collaborative writing project. It's also a treasure trove of ideas for role-playing games.
Game Wizards: An In-Depth Review
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Jon Peterson's thorough retelling of the origins of Dungeons & Dragons is less about the game and more about the two men who helped create it: Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Their fraught...
Return to Oz: Top Ten Creepiest Monsters (#5-#1)
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Continuing our countdown, these monsters have strayed far from the cute and kid-friendly into body horror, torture, and undeath.
Return to Oz: Top Ten Creepiest Monsters (#10-#6)
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Oz has been associated with kid literature since its debut, but there's a darker side. These creatures are proof that nobody should be alone in the woods at night in Oz.
Return to Oz: When Wizards Go to War
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Traditional medieval tactics involving overwhelming numbers are no guarantee of success. It's true in Oz and thanks to high level spellcasters, true in D&D too.
Return to Oz: Taking Down the Big Good
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There's a high-level, all-powerful favorite NPC in every campaign and in Oz, that's Ozma. What's a bad guy to do?
Return to Oz: WMDs (Wishes of Mass Destruction)
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In Oz, like in high level Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, wishes are everywhere. How do you manage access to these wishes without it spiraling out of control?
Return to Oz: A Thousand Ways to (Not) Die
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In Oz, there are many ways to die and far more ways to not die but suffer for eternity. For tabletop role-playing games, it's a great example of how a campaign can deal with characters who never...
Return to Oz: Who Comes from Where?
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Creating domains that are easy for characters to plug into is a great world-building exercise for players and game masters alike.
Return to Oz: Ozbusting Assumptions
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In the previous article we talked about the possibilities of using L. Frank Baum's Oz as a replacement for the Feywild. But there are a few misconceptions DMs will want to address before they do.
Return to Oz: Defining the Universe
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I've written before about the world of Oz as created by Lyman Frank Baum. The setting has several appealing aspects for campaign building, including the fact that it's a well-known universe, much...
Carrying Dice (With Help)
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I have dozens of dice sets and I suspect I'm not alone. But where to put it all?
Mapping It All Out (With Help)
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My recent D&D session at Boy Scout camp forced me to make some hard choices about what maps I could realistically bring with me. So which maps work best?
Making it All Up (With Help)
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Random generators can be used to generate campaign ideas, from scenario-starters to sandbox campaigns. But how much randomness do you really need?
Camping and D&D: Actual Play
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In the last article I explained how I (over)prepared for a week-long adventure with my Boy Scout troop. Now it was time to play. Things didn't work out the way I anticipated.
Camping and D&D: Preparing for the Trip
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I've been recently named Scoutmaster of my Boy Scout troop, so I thought it'd be a good opportunity to introduce Dungeons & Dragons to my younger Scouts during camp downtime. But first, I had to...
Kids Arcanum’s Crafty Quest Box: A Review
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I’ve known the creator of Kids Arcanum since before the company’s inception, so when Mike Best released a Kickstarter to introduce kids to role-playing, I jumped at the opportunity to back the...
NeverEnding: Beta Review
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Last week I interviewed the founder of the online role-playing game character platform NeverEnding, Jamie Van Doren. But how does it work in practice?

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