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    Gaming for Good with Jasper’s Game Day

    I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Fenway Jones, Founder and Executive Director of Jasper's Game Day, events that raise funds and awareness all year round for suicide prevention with the power of community and RPG games like Dungeons and Dragons. A Focus on Mental Health Fenway...
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    Tracking Down the Elusive Shift: A Review

    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 follow-up, The Elusive Shift, explains how RPGs came to define themselves. Anyone familiar with Jon’s...
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    Planning a Dessert for RPG Couples

    The Heroes' Feast Cookbook has so many recipes that you can mix and match as you see fit, and in this case we decided to skip ahead to a dessert perfect for Valentine's Day: Meal's End. Meal's End Found in the elven recipe section, Meal's End is not specifically part of any Dungeons & Dragon's...
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    What's in the Pie?

    Meat. Pies. Meat in a pie. What could go wrong? A Brief History of Meat Pies Meat pies hearken back to 9500 BC, when ancient Egyptians made meat pies of barley, honey, oat, rye, and wheat. Greeks and Romans had their own variants, but the term didn't come into popular usage until the 14th...
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    Returning Home to Eat Birds

    We're on to our third recipe from the Heroes' Feast Cookbook for Dungeons & Dragons and it's a turkey dinner. There's some compromises the book makes to make it suitable for a tavern's menu, but in a fantasy world the meal lends itself to a fantasy version of Thanksgiving. The Real Life Meal...
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    What Flavor Is Your Fantasy Cow?

    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 like Earth's? Amphail Braised Beef This is our second attempt at a recipe from the Heroes Feast...
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    Making a Heroes' Feast: Traveler's Stew

    We decided to try our hand at making meals from the official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook: Heroes' Feast. The first recipe in the book is the simplest: Traveler's Stew. I'm the proud owner of the D&D Cookbook and my wife and I decided that we'd try some of the recipes (and inflict them on my...
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    This is the Way

    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. The Manda-who? For the uninitiated, The Mandalorian follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter and his ward, a Yoda-like...
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    My Gaming Goals for 2021

    It's a New Year and, while we're still filled with hopeful enthusiasm, an opportunity to start fresh on our gaming goals. Here's mine. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. As I look back on a challenging 2020, it's an opportunity to consider what I would do differently if I had a chance to do it...
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    2020: The Year That Wasn't

    2020 has been a weird year that has had some unexpected results for tabletop gaming. Here’s a look back. Pictures courtesy of Pixabay. For those paying attention to the origins of many series, role-playing games lurked behind just about every major geek pastime as an influence, be it virtual...
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    Stocking Stuffers for Your Players

    Unlike gifts for game masters, a gift for other players from a game master needs to be useable by a group or able to separate into distinct parts. This list is all under twenty bucks and can fit in a stocking, listed from least to most expensive. D&D Potion Candies Cost: $7 Company: Boston...
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    Stocking Stuffers for Your Dungeon Master

    It's one thing to buy the dungeon master in your life a big gift when all the players chip in, but if you want to get something special for a DM that's not too expensive, there are now plenty of options. The criteria for this list is that the gift should be inexpensive (under $20) and small...
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    Gift Ideas for Players

    As an Amazon Vine reviewer I get the opportunity to review a lot of content for gamers. With the holiday season fast upon us, here's the gamer gear for players that got high marks from me. I've ordered them in price from least to most expensive. Flame Markers Brand: SMONEX Price: $9 My wife...
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    Gift Ideas for Game Masters

    I'm a lifelong game master, so I'm always on the lookout for gamer gear that I can't find anywhere else (or in the case of my 3D printer, make myself). If you're looking to buy something for your GM, here's my recommendations. I've ordered them in price from least to most expensive. Dice...
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    Taking the Leap: Buying a Gaming Table

    I finally took the leap and invested in a table specifically for gaming. I never imagined it would take me several years before the table finally made it to my game room. The First Attempt My first attempt at a gaming table was to make it myself. How hard could it be? My game room is large...
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    Gamer Milestones

    As tabletop gaming becomes a lifelong hobby, there are increasing levels of investment in the game as we get older. Here's mine. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. Buying Your Own Rulebooks As lifelong Dungeon Master for my group, I was always the one who had the core rulebooks. But it was telling...
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    Working Through Grief with Role-Playing Games

    I mentioned previously that a long-term player in my Dungeons & Dragons campaign passed away unexpectedly. I also didn't expect a role-playing game would help me deal with my grief. A Very Old Vampire My drunken father tracked me down. He appealed to the Tsar repeatedly, demanding I speak with...
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    Take Care of Your Players

    November is an opportunity to be thankful for what we have, so for this series I thought I’d talk about “that player.” Picture courtesy of Pixabay. That Player There are many reasons people play role-playing games, but there is a particular type of player that is both the best player and the...
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    The Horror! of a Game That Never Ends

    We've all been there: as kids, we started a Dungeons & Dragons campaign but never imagined, decades later, that we'd still be playing in a world we made up. Does it ever end? Should it? Picture courtesy of Pixabay. Dungeons & Dragon's campaign life cycle has always varied with its players...
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    The Horror! of Living Skeletons

    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 are considerably more chaotic. Picture by Pieter Brueghel the Elder - Museo del Prado, Public...
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