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    D&D Essentials Kit Offers a New Place to Start

    One of the biggest surprises at D&D Live 2019: The Descent was the announcement of the D&D Essentials Kit. The D&D Starter Set has already been around several years so it was surprising that that...
  2. Acquisitions Incorporated Takes Over D&D

    Wizards of the Coast's collaboration with Penny Arcade to create a Dungeons & Dragons supplement featuring Acquisitions Incorporated has been 10 years in the making (sort of) – the original...
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    Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions

    Acquisitions Inc. has earned a special, beloved place in the actual play segment of the game industry. In 2009, long before Critical Role, Sirens of the Realms, or Dice, Camera, Action, Penny Arcade...
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    Ghosts of Saltmarsh: A Review

    Wizards of the Coast is promoting Ghosts of Saltmarsh as an adventure book with a setting and rule supplements so since I already did a spoiler-free review of the book overall, let's take a closer...
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    Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions

    Ghosts of Saltmarsh will make Greyhawk fans happy without losing newer D&D 5th Edition players. Billed as a supplement for nautical adventures, it's a mix of new rules for ships and sea travel,...
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    Stranger Things and D&D at Last: A Review

    The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set was pretty much inevitable. From the moment we saw Mike DM D&D for his friends early in the first session of the Netflix series, the clock started...
  7. Murders, Capers, and Laughter: An Interview with Craig Campbell

    Most companies design an RPG and use the same rule set, with or without new editions, for everything. With NerdBurger Games, Craig Campbell created three RPGs using three very different sets of...
  8. War Birds Dives Into WWII History: A Review

    RPGs are commonly played to blow off steam and as a bit of wish fulfillment, but they can also be used to immerse yourself in a new experience as well as be a teaching tool. The game anthology War...
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    Love and Sex in the Ninth World: A Review

    Despite the title, Love and Sex in the Ninth World, this supplement, or as Monte Cook Games calls it, “Glimmer,” could be very useful for any GM, not just those that run Numenera.


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    Strongholds & Followers: A Review

    After raising $2,121,465, Strongholds & Followers might be the most anticipated Kickstarter RPG (at least until the next record is broken). Of course, the bulk of the money raised went to the...
  11. RPG 2019 Resolutions: New Year, New You

    A new year brings new resolutions and why should gaming life be any different? Whether you're a player or GM, these ideas can improve your games.

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    Try a...
  12. Burning Questions: What Do New DMs Need to Know?

    This week’s burning question: What are some basics to remember as a first time DM when starting up a new D&D campaign? DMing for the first time can be scary so here are a few tips to make DMing your...
  13. Celebrate the Holidays with D&D in Winter's Splendor

    If getting your whole group together to play during December is a challenge, a holiday one-shot might be a perfect solution, and the official D&D Adventurer's League module Winter's Splendor by...
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    Gift Ideas for the D&D Gamer

    December means gift guides. Whether you're shopping for the gamer in your life or want to show some appreciation for your GM, I've got suggestions for you, focusing on the world's greatest...
  15. Joining the Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica -- a Review

    How much you like Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica will depend upon what you want. If you're a Magic the Gathering player who wants an RPG version of Ravnica, GGtR may or may not satisfy you, depending...
  16. Staring Directly Into the Invisible Sun -- A Review

    Invisible Sun, the surrealist RPG by Monte Cook Games is definitely unique in many ways. While premium or high production value board games and LARPs have become increasingly common, the RPG industry...
  17. Plumbing the Depths of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage -- A Review

    Wizards of the Coast has worked hard to provide a variety of adventure types for 5th Edition and with Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage they're tackling megadungeons. Mad Mage can be played on its...
  18. First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica

    A segment of the Dungeons & Dragons' fan base have been clamoring for setting releases and while Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica won't appease those who want a 5th Edition update of an older setting...
  19. First Impressions – Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage

    Calling Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage the “dungeon to end all dungeons” would be a mistake but clearly Wizards of the Coast is aiming for fans of such things. While it's big, it's not the...
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    Orun: The Anti-Post-Apocalyptic RPG

    It seems every RPG Kickstarter claims to do something different. Most aren't, but Orun by New Agenda Publishing definitely is — a “Post-Apotheosis, Afro-futuristic Sci-fi RPG mixing Mysticism and...
  21. Treat Your Players With These Halloween Tricks

    Give your players a Halloween treat without running an actual horror RPG. Any role-playing game can have a dose of spookiness.

    Photo by Robert Heiser on Unsplash

    The genre of the...
  22. Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos Makes Everything Better (for Pathfinder)

    A running gag in the game industry is that adding Cthulhu makes everything better (much like bacon) but adding it to heroic fantasy isn't easy. That calls for not just an expert but a specialist, and...
  23. Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos Returns to 5E D&D

    After H.P. Lovecraft – of course – the person most associated with the Cthulhu Mythos is Sandy Petersen. When the rest of the still-new role-playing game industry was making variants of Dungeons &...
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    Big Fantasy Adventure in a Tiny Dungeon

    Everything goes through cycles of being large to small to large again, like cellphones. So after a long trend of “megadungeons” Tiny Dungeon 2E is a refreshing change of pace.


  25. Pulling Off a Dragon Heist in Waterdeep

    Since the majority of official D&D adventures have been set in dungeons (or the equivalent) and wilderness areas, making the latest hardcover adventure, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, a city-based...
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    Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions

    I love heist/caper stories and urban fantasy adventures so the minute the D&D team announced Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Now that I've got it? I'm still excited.
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    X & O For More Fun

    The main purpose of RPGs is to have fun but ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves is tricky. First you have to agree on a game, then a play style. A dozen or more things after that can make or...
  28. Sailing the 7th Sea to the Lands of Gold and Fire

    Every older RPG that has been revived after being out of print for a number of years wants to be 7th Sea. Its 2016 Kickstarter raised $1.3 million, breaking crowdfunding records for role-playing...
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    Fleshing Out a Backstory...with Cards

    GMs and players share a common problem – getting a group started. No matter the RPG or the genre, turning individual characters into an adventuring party, superhero team, supernatural coven or pack,...
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    Finding the Lost Tales of Myth Drannor

    How you feel about Lost Tales of Myth Drannor, which just won the Gold ENnie Award for Best Organized Play at Gen Con, will probably depend upon your needs as a DM and your personal taste.

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    Exploring the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron

    When WotC announced the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron as a PDF release it caused a great disturbance as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy and frustration. The joy is because the most...
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    Reopening Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

    Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes is so packed with material, my first review mainly focused on the lore and race options. Now we'll address the other half of the book – the bestiary.


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    Opening Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

    Unlike 4th Edition, 5th Edition D&D has had a much slower pace for book releases. While some fans grumble, the change has worked in WotC's favor, making each release an event, and interest is doubled...
  34. Talking Gaming With Satine Phoenix, Part Two

    Satine Phoenix had already done a lot in the game industry before becoming one of the more recognizable women in the industry and a celebrity GM due to her work DMing for the official D&D Twitch...
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    Talking Gaming With Satine Phoenix, Part One

    Satine Phoenix might be the most recognizable woman in the game industry. Her popular video series GM Tips, regularly has about 100,000 views per episode. She's a GM for D&D's official Twitch...
  36. Another Delve Into Xanathar's Guide To Everything

    Xanathar's Guide to Everything packs a lot of useful content for both players and DMs in its 192 pages. Here I'm going to expand on the first part of my review to cover the section that will...
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    Xanathar's Guide To Everything Reviewed

    As the first actual rules expansion of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, Xanathar's Guide to Everything (XGtE) is facing an immense amount of scrutiny, guaranteeing that it won't please everyone. That...
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