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What Flavor Is Your Fantasy Cow?
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We recently made braised beef from The Heroes' Feast cookbook, which purports to translate fantasy dishes into real life recipes. Which brings up the question: what if your world's cattle aren't...
News Digest for the Week of January 22
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. News on the D&D television series, Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Kickstarter is live, DriveThruRPG to end saddle-stitch print-on-demand...
This is the Way
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The long-gestating Dungeons & Dragons film continues to creep along, but another series has demonstrated that the game may not need a big budget movie at all: The Mandalorian.
2020: The Year That Wasn't
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2020 has been a weird year that has had some unexpected results for tabletop gaming. Here’s a look back.
News Digest for the Week of December 18
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Casting news for Dungeons & Dragons movie, special Stranger Things D&D stream, Cyberpunk gets a new miniature game but loses Sony...
Worlds of Design: The New Heroes
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The way heroes are portrayed has changed. Multimedia previously positioned heroes as muscle-bound monsters or barely-clothed sirens. Things have changed for the better, and it affects how we think...
Beautiful, Well Made, and Inspiring Gaming Gifts for Holidays
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Many wonderful RPG products are available if you are looking for a gift to give this holiday. Some are beautiful and well made, others inspiring, but all can increase the enjoyment of RPGs for the...
News Digest for the Week of November 20
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Gale Force 9 sues Wizards of the Coast, D&D Comic Relief II, Diablo and Warcraft designers form a tabletop game company, and more! Don’t...
World of Design: The Lost Art of Making Things Up
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In a previous article I shared differences between entertainment media and how it feels imagination is less often required of people today. What changed?
News Digest for the Week of October 30
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. A new Unearthed Arcana for D&D, preview and delay for a Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, Alien and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay coming to...
The Horror! of Living Skeletons
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The Dungeons & Dragons skeleton has long been a low-level foe for novice adventurers. With its archery and lawful evil alignment, it hints at a life of discipline. But in medieval lore, its roots...
Worlds of Design: The Chain of Imagination
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In this article I try to rank forms of entertainment, including tabletop games, in how much imagination is needed and why they don’t always translate across different types of media.
News Digest for the Week of October 16
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Cyberpunk RED gets a release date and price, another Drizzt Do’Urden collectible up for pre-order, Starfinder Alexa app gets three new...
The Horror! of Labyrinths
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Adventures in Dungeons & Dragons have always been rooted in dungeons, mazes where branching paths lead to different rooms, constricting player choice but not limiting it to one path. Labyrinths...
News Digest for the Week of October 2
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! A new Sage Advice update with D&D 5e rules clarifications, the rogue playtest is available for Level Up 5e, the unseen finale to the...
GMing: What Keeps Long Running Campaigns Exciting?
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You have a new campaign to start. You need a starting location, NPCs, and an adventure. Months later, you need to make an adventure for a 14th level party who need strong NPCs and monsters to...
News Digest for the Week of August 28
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New D&D book announced, big Dungeons & Dragons streaming event announced for September, a preview of the new Warhammer 40K: Wrath & Glory...
Robots & Cyborgs & Oz, Oh My!
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The Wizard of Oz has become iconic thanks to the titular movie that established L. Frank Baum's world. And yet, there are over a dozen of books set in Oz in the public domain that go well beyond...
Making It in the RPG Industry
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Can you make a living in the tabletop role-playing industry as your sole source of income? Unless you work for one of the major game publishers, the odds are against you. But there’s another way...
D&D, Conan, and He-Man: Toys That Never Were
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With She-Ra and He-Man returning to Netflix as series that invoke the nostalgia of the 80s with a modern sensibility, several retrospectives have explored the origins of the toy line that that...



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