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RPG Crowdfunding News – Legendary Adventures, Inferno, Trinity Continuum, and more
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This week, I look at RPG crowdfunding projects and quickstarters that end between April 8th and 29th. These projects include some epic 5e offerings, options for Call of Cthulhu, Storypath, Powered...
Tracking Down the Elusive Shift: A Review
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In Jon Peterson’s Playing at the World, he correctly pointed out that Dungeons & Dragons, despite being known as the first role-playing game, didn’t actually explain how to role-play. His...
News Digest for the Week of January 29
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. New Dragonlance novels officially confirmed, new goth Unearthed Arcana for D&D, big Kickstarter growth in 2020, and more! Don’t forget...
Worlds of Design: Magic vs. Technology
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In connection with my discussion about differentiating science fiction and fantasy, here’s a related question: How do we tell what’s magic, and what’s technology, especially in light of A. C...
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...
Heroes' Feast: A Cookbook & DM's Resource
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Upon hearing that an official Dungeons & Dragons cookbook, Heroes' Feast, was coming out, my first thought was that they'd take some normal recipes, slap a few cute D&D-themed names on them, and...
Rivers of London RPG: An Interview
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Lynne Hardy of Chaosium was kind enough to tell me more about the upcoming Rivers of London RPG. Based on the best selling-book series by Ben Aaronovitch, Rivers of London combines police...
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.
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...
The Horror! of Player Agency
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Gamebooks provide a branching-path framework for a single player to determine their fate, with more advanced gamebooks using dice to resolve conflicts. But what happens when the choices you make...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Scarlet Citadel, Over the Next Hill, Good Strong Hands, and more
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This week’s RPG crowdfunding projects end by October 22nd. I look at a number of RPGs as well as a new prose novel by Dragonlance alum, Richard A. Knaak, and an ice tray that makes dice out of...
Worlds of Design: When Technology Changes the Game
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Any change you make from the real world will have consequences, possibly massive consequences. If you want your world to hold together, you have to figure out those consequences, which is hard to...
Where's the American Fantasy RPG?
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L. Frank Baum's Oz series established American Fantasy as a genre, and yet it hasn't had much influence on popular tabletop role-playing games despite several fantasy authors providing the...
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...
Worlds of Design: Worldbuilding 101 (Part 1)
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If you want to make up your own adventures, your own campaign, instead of using something someone else wrote, then sooner or later you’ll need to approach world building. This is “beginners notes”...
News Digest for the Week of May 1
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New head of Dungeons & Dragons, PaizoCon going virtual, UK Games Expo Canceled, Gen Con delays event registration, Temple of Elemental...
News Digest for the Week of April 3
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! April Fools products and posts from across the industry, TSR co-founder Brian Blume passed away, entire cast of Far Veronia quits over an...
Was The Witcher Inspired by an AD&D Campaign?
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We previously discussed how The Witcher may have been inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, concluding that although author Andrzej Sapkowski may have seen a tabletop role-playing game, he never played...
The D&D Series Has Arrived
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While we wait for the official Dungeons & Dragons movie to make its debut, fans of the tabletop game have something else to tide them over: a fantasy series that hews closely to its source...
Rivers of London and Chaosium – Talking to Michael O'Brien
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A crop of novels are coming to your gaming table: Altered Carbon, Broken Earth, Dune, The Witcher, and more. For their part, Chaosium joins the party with an amazing entry, Rivers of London...

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