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Michael Tresca

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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?
Welcome to Your NeverEnding Story
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When Jamie Van Doren, Founder and CEO of NeverEnding, approached me about a review of their new RPG platform, I jumped at the chance to learn more. A program that lets you create your own art...
When Fantasy Meets Reality
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What happens when the awesome role-playing idea you created for your character doesn't work in your game?
The Hidden Costs of Game Mastering
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We all know about the burdens of game mastering. But depending on the game, there can also be a physical and emotional cost.
Pepper Patties from Outer Space
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When it came to adding a meat-substitute to the menu in the form of "Surrogate Steaks," Heroes' Feast decided the only way it could be justified in a fantasy setting is for it to come from outer...
Stout and Hairy?
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The appearance of halflings in Dungeons & Dragons have come a long way since their hobbit roots from Lord of the Rings. If the latest stew from Heroes' Feast is any indication, they didn't stray...
Using Meals to Teach Geography
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My daughter so far has only been a fan of a few of the recipes in Heroes' Feast, so we thought we'd create one of her favorites: noodles, from Kara-Tur to be precise.
What Do Elves Eat, Anyway?
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It's no accident that we've skipped most of the "meals" associated with elves in Heroes' Feast, but we finally came around to make one: bacon and asparagus. The bacon surprised us because we don't...
Trading Shepherds for Miners
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We're back with another traditional recipe from Heroes' Feast attributed to dwarves: Shepherd's Pie.
Would You Like Fries With That?
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We recently made "tavern steaks" from the Heroes' Feast cookbook, an excuse to place hamburgers in a fantasy setting. But that's not the only anachronism that creeps into our campaigns.
D&D as Therapy for Kids
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When Katie Lear—children’s counselor, play therapist, and drama therapist in North Carolina—realized how beneficial Dungeons & Dragons was for her own mental health, she decided to use it to help...

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