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    Delving into Dungeon in a Box

    Dungeon in a Box is a monthly subscription service which bills itself as a complete package of materials to run a D&D 5th Edition adventure. The box includes an adventure and a variety of accessories...
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    Yes, unfortunately, international shipping rates...

    Yes, unfortunately, international shipping rates are brutal no matter what.
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    Yikes, thatís not great.

    Yikes, thatís not great.
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    Filled with Dice Envy

    Curious about monthly subscription boxes aimed at tabletop gamers? Take a look at the boxes you can get from Dice Envy!


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    Online retailer Dice Envy offers subscription boxes at three...
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    Collaborating with Your DM

    Is your D&D game a battle of DM versus players? Or do you prefer a collaborative relationship over an adversarial one?



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    Before I dig into this, let me be clear: the best style of...
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    Conversation as a D&D Sidequest

    Last weekend, I spent some time hanging out with a friend from my D&D group. We had other things on the agenda, but we also realized that it was a perfect opportunity to have an in-character...
  7. Yeah, absolutely. I hoped it would go without...

    Yeah, absolutely. I hoped it would go without saying, but: don't be inappropriate. Don't be a creep. Again, this is a rule for D&D and also real life.
  8. No braces were involved, so I don't know what...

    No braces were involved, so I don't know what would have happened in case of a critical fail. Maybe somebody's magic malfunctions, or somebody accidentally falls on a sword! Probably something...
  9. Graph Paper Romance: When D&D Characters Date

    Do your D&D games ever contain romantic elements? Iím not talking about stereotypical antics involving trying to hook up with NPC barmaids or seduce a guard as a distraction. Realistic relationships...
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    Yeah, the time we pretty much did Seven...

    Yeah, the time we pretty much did Seven Samurai/Rio Bravo vs a large group of orc bandits seemed totally fresh to the kids! It was super fun regardless.
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    I definitely keep it fast-paced. And I have to...

    I definitely keep it fast-paced. And I have to steer them into various situations or they would never do anything but shop for magic items and look for pets. I taught them a bit about the need to...
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    Helping kids create characters is a lot of fun....

    Helping kids create characters is a lot of fun. It takes time because they deliberate over every detail, and I have to explain it to them. Heck, it's helped me learn things because I had to...
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    Great Moments In D&D For Kids

    I run a weekly D&D game for children ages 8-14 at my shop. When I took over our Young Heroes League program last fall, I had very little experience as a DM. I started running an Adventurerís League...
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    Just last night, my DM presented my character...

    Just last night, my DM presented my character with actual pages that he wrote, aged, and burned himself. They're full of clues about a problem we're investigating right now. I was delighted and read...
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    Ways to Reward Your D&D Players

    Obviously, the best way to reward your D&D players for participating is to have a good game ready. But when youíve found a good group and want to dig deeper to enhance the experience, here are a few...
  16. At one game I'm in, a playlist they use includes...

    At one game I'm in, a playlist they use includes pieces from Mozart's Requiem. I know that music back and forth thanks to high school choir competitions back in the mists of history. So far I've...
  17. The floor has vivid blue tile. The room is shaped...

    The floor has vivid blue tile. The room is shaped like a long rectangle. The short wall at one end is a charcoal gray -- that's where the big TV is mounted, and the dark color makes it easier to look...
  18. Yeah, that's tricky. We tried to counter the...

    Yeah, that's tricky. We tried to counter the fluorescent lights with the wall and floor colors in my shop's game room, which seems to work pretty well. It's not exactly mood lighting, but it's not...
  19. Yeah, it's important to realize you might...

    Yeah, it's important to realize you might accidentally deploy what amounts to a chemical weapon for some people! That's not my idea of fun.
  20. Me too! I'm allergic to most scented items, and...

    Me too! I'm allergic to most scented items, and it's even worse for my husband. I think it's really cool that the products exist, but they definitely are not for everyone.

    We do a good job of...
  21. Ah, good find! I didn't know about that one.

    Ah, good find! I didn't know about that one.
  22. I only use them for fights too. I can't imagine...

    I only use them for fights too. I can't imagine trying to do everything else that way, what a nightmare that would be.
  23. If it helps, I did kill a PC with a beholder...

    If it helps, I did kill a PC with a beholder recently.
  24. Creating a More Immersive D&D Experience

    When the GM puts in the effort to create a game session for your party, and everyone makes time in their busy lives to show up, you might as well make the most of the occasion. Setting the scene for...
  25. We also have a few thousand minis, and had a few...

    We also have a few thousand minis, and had a few dinosaurs among them, but I also got a tub o' dinosaurs from the toy section at Target, I believe. The triceratops in the photo above is from that...
  26. Boooooooooo, I'm sorry to hear that. I hold onto...

    Boooooooooo, I'm sorry to hear that. I hold onto those things like they would actually work in real life. I keep them all in my notebook forever!
  27. I do like using pictures of settings sometimes,...

    I do like using pictures of settings sometimes, and I've occasionally shown players the Monster Manual illustration of whatever they were fighting if I didn't have the right mini and they didn't know...
  28. Keep These Tools in Your Real-Life Bag of Holding

    Technically, all you need to play Dungeons & Dragons is a set of dice, a pencil, and a character sheet. Sure, itís very helpful to have least one copy of the Players Handbook on the table, of course,...
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    That's similar to what we do at my shop. Time is...

    That's similar to what we do at my shop. Time is usually a big factor, so if a player shows up without a character and isn't able to make one on their own quickly, a pre-gen is usually the only...
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    At this point, I would like to point out one of...

    At this point, I would like to point out one of the most important phrases from my introduction:



    If one new player comes into your longstanding home game, there's a totally different...
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    5e has done phenomenally well, so I think it...

    5e has done phenomenally well, so I think it works fine as it is. But introducing new players presents a challenge because there are so many options and moving parts, and because people learn and...
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    I never want anyone to minimize homoerotic...

    I never want anyone to minimize homoerotic undertones or overtones! But yeah, it's a real problem when the only women in a game are treated like objects or tokens. A lot of that is under the DM's...
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    So many people are coming into the game now with...

    So many people are coming into the game now with at least some knowledge of how things work from watching streaming games (myself included) that itís hard to have any absolute rule that works for...
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    My first two characters were rogues! One I made...

    My first two characters were rogues! One I made myself for an ongoing campaign, and one was a pre-gen that I grabbed because I was joining a campaign in progress to get more experience. I asked what...
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    If a new player has their heart set on playing a...

    If a new player has their heart set on playing a particular class, Iím not going to stop them, but I do strongly suggest they start with something fairly simple and spell-light. Fighters and rogues...
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    There are so many new players right now, and Iíve...

    There are so many new players right now, and Iíve seen and heard about a lot of different experiences they have had. Customers come in tell us. I do hear more negative stories from women about how...
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    We Were All New D&D Players Once

    As a dungeon master and co-owner of a tabletop game and comic book shop, I meet brand-new players virtually every time I'm behind the counter or the DM screen. D&Dís recent popularity explosion has...
  38. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 013: Wrapping Up The Round

    The Mighty Nein take the Gentleman's offer to get the heck out of Dodge. There's a classic D&D skirmish with goblins, wolves, and ogres, and more character background details are shared as the...
  39. I think we're just starting to get to the real...

    I think we're just starting to get to the real meat of the campaign, which is only natural.

    Can I just say that one of the greatest challenges of this gig, aside from trying to distill several...
  40. Yeah, in the screencap I included above, he made...

    Yeah, in the screencap I included above, he made A Face and held it. I wasn't focused on him at the time, but of course I went back and looked later.

    And you're right, Matt said specifically they...
  41. There was SO MUCH happening in this episode....

    There was SO MUCH happening in this episode. Sadly, it wasn't possible to cover everything and do it justice with my word limit. Deciding which details I have to leave out due to space restrictions...
  42. I am! It's hard to compare them because when we...

    I am! It's hard to compare them because when we joined Vox Machina on their adventures, they'd already been playing together for a few years so the characters' relationships were established. There...
  43. Indeed! It's along the lines of what I expected,...

    Indeed! It's along the lines of what I expected, but everything about Caleb makes sense now. They're nowhere near powerful enough to try to take on Ikithon right now, so I'm curious how this will...
  44. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 012: How Caleb Spent His Summer Vacation

    The Mighty Nein face off against a hill giant, enjoy some revelry, we finally learn all about Caleb's inevitably tragic backstory, and the Mighty Nein reach Level 5 on the latest episode of Critical...
  45. It was incredible. And I didn't even report every...

    It was incredible. And I didn't even report every natural 20 that happened. There were TOO MANY (but not quite 13).
  46. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 011: Harvest's Close Hijinx

    The Mighty Nein set a new rolling record as they go to the D&D ren faire for games, drinks, and fights with beasts! Oh, and war also breaks out in the latest episode of Critical Role.


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  47. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 010: The Mighty Nein Get Far Out

    Join the Mighty Nein as they fight their way through a haunted research facility then experience a series of cosmic encounters in the latest episode of Critical Role!


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    "My...
  48. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 009: Rise from the Ashes

    See classic D&D monsters, arcane puzzles, and a secret lab of horrors! Join in as the players embark on a quintessential dungeon crawl on the latest episode of Critical Role.


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    Episode...
  49. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 008: Enter the Zone of Truth

    The character of Yasha returns to the group, the Mighty Nein meet the Gentleman, and everyone Ė including Molly Ė learns a lot about Molly's past!


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    Announcements
    Bad news for Critical...
  50. That was really funny. I think Laura said,...

    That was really funny. I think Laura said, "That's me in a few months." :D
  51. I feel that. I DM all my games at our shop, but...

    I feel that. I DM all my games at our shop, but since we own the place, we can store all our stuff there. We have a ton of minis and a bunch of terrain pieces, but nothing as fancy as painted Dwarven...
  52. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 007: A Matter of Trust

    This week on Critical Role we see Xhorhasian assassins, cosmic dreams, intra-party drama, surprising character revelations, a callback to Campaign 1, and a mid-episode level-up!


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  53. Yup. Sometimes you do a bunch of risky skill...

    Yup. Sometimes you do a bunch of risky skill checks because you forgot you have Mage Hand!

    I didn't get into it in the recap, but they almost forgot to pick up Ulag. Things might have gone very...
  54. The podcasts make it easy to catch up. Theyíre...

    The podcasts make it easy to catch up. Theyíre trimmed down to just the gameplay, so you skip the announcements, breaks, and so forth. I know a bunch of people who jumped in with the new campaign and...
  55. Iím glad! If it helps, each episode gets released...

    Iím glad! If it helps, each episode gets released in podcast form the Thursday after it airs. I know a lot of people who keep up with it that way, listening while they commute, etc.
  56. Oh, definitely. Creating convoluted plans that...

    Oh, definitely. Creating convoluted plans that donít work out well is one of the hallmarks of the game! Itís a real challenge for the DM: maintain your poker face, try to follow their logic so you...
  57. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 006: Be the Chaos You Want to See in the World

    You've heard of flying carpets, but what about a fighting carpet? A rug ruckus, botched plans and worse rolls, multiple heists, and an explosive twist ramp up the action as Critical Role goes Coen...
  58. It's one of the best parts of world-building!

    It's one of the best parts of world-building!
  59. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 005: Adventures With The Tusked Love

    This week in E.N. World's Critical Role Roundup the Mighty Nein learn about secret societies of the world, plan for avoiding ambushes and rifle through popular books to fulfill a character's "quest."...
  60. I considered several alternatives to Ye Olde...

    I considered several alternatives to Ye Olde Navy, but my husband contributed my favorite: JC Copper Piece.
  61. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 004: What Happens In The Sewers, Stays In The Sewers

    Welcome to this week's Critical Role Roundup. This week the Mighty Nein descend into sewers and deal with exploding rats and hatching spider eggs. We have action, new music and a lot more in this...
  62. I did! If you aren't really into streamed games,...

    I did! If you aren't really into streamed games, 500 hours of Critical Role might not be your thing.

    I really enjoyed all the world-building and character development in this one. I'm extremely...
  63. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 003: What's On The Job Board?

    In this week's Critical Role Round Up we're going to take a quick looks at what happened last week, and dive into this week's action from last night's episode.


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  64. That might be your best bet because I have to...

    That might be your best bet because I have to submit the recaps before the final version of the episode gets posted.
  65. This is all official art by Ariana Orner! I put...

    This is all official art by Ariana Orner! I put the credit in the file names but forgot to include it in the actual text. Iím glad you said something and Iíll make sure it gets added.

    Glad...
  66. EN World's Critical Role Roundup 002: The Story So Far

    Want to jump into the current campaign of Critical Role? Here's what you need to know!


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    The story is set on the continent of Wildemount, to the east of Tal'Dorei, about 20 years...
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    I appreciate the feedback, everyone! There's a...

    I appreciate the feedback, everyone! There's a bit of a learning curve. :D

    As Morrus said above, next week I will post a summary of the season so far. The recap of next week's episode will be a...
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    You're right, I should have included the date!...

    You're right, I should have included the date! The official title doesn't appear by the time I turn in the recap, but that Alpha site now has it listed as "Hush." I think we can add that.
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    EN World's Critical Role Roundup 001

    Welcome to the first of my Critical Role recaps! This is a new weekly feature here at EN World that will follow the Dungeons & Dragons campaigns streamed via the Critical Role channels on YouTube,...
  70. Yes, the intro they debuted in Episode 50 was...

    Yes, the intro they debuted in Episode 50 was lightyears ahead of the first one, and that one didn't even show up until several episodes into the show's run. I like the retro intro for the new...
  71. I plan to supply current images for the columns.

    I plan to supply current images for the columns.
  72. Thank you! I am excited. The image above is...

    Thank you! I am excited.

    The image above is from very early in the first campaign, when they realized the show was going to stick around for more than 12 weeks. They quickly cobbled together some...
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