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Black Pages Book Series by Danny Bell Explores Urban Fantasy with a Twist

Black Pages is a series from best selling author Danny Bell. I’m going to do my best to give you a taste of the Black Pages series without spoiling it for anyone. Book One is Empty Threat and I just finished reading Book Two, Warning Call. After book one I’d certainly have called the genre urban fantasy, but by the end of book two, I’m having second thoughts. There is a lot of genre-mashing going on in this series. The stories in this series unfold around our protagonist, a young woman in her 20’s named Elana Black. Elana is a nerdy young woman with anxiety issues who works in a book store. When her tale begins she has a very special and unique ability — the power to walk between worlds. Specifically her world, which happens to be modern day Los Angeles. It’s kind of unique. While reading books she finds an opening into these stories where she can enter them, becoming fictional.

Dungeons & Dragons Takes Manhattan

I went on a fantastical adventure in Manhattan in New York City. The Cauldron is a magical gastropub experience located on 47 Stone St., New York City. It’s a pubΒ  catering to the nerdier elements of the city. One of the first sights to greet me as I entered the establishment was two young ladies playing Operation. That’s right, the game with a red-nosed guy who lights up and buzzes annoyingly when you fail to remove a piece from him without touching the sides.Β  The Cauldron’s aesthetic is that of a magical tavern as I made my way deeper in to see a 15 foot tree in the center of the bar. This is no ordinary tree — it has beer taps coming out of it. Magical wands activate the taps so patrons of this magical place can dispense their own ale. A true beauty to behold.

As cool as the surroundings are, I wasn’t on a sightseeing trip or even visiting to participate in the potion classes they hold. Oh, no, I came for the Dungeons & Dragons. Along with sharing my experience below including a photo gallery, you can watch the first episode of Cantrips & Casters I attended live in Manhattan.

D&D Cartoon

Bye Bye Magic Items: D&D Cartoon: The Hall of Bones Ep 3

Time to talk about the D&D Cartoon again. We discuss Episode 3 Hall of Bones and how to add lessons from it into your Dungeons and Dragons game. We believe whether you are the Dungeon Master or a player there is something to learn. Below there is the video and transcription.

Bye Bye Magic Items: D&D Cartoon: The Hall of Bones Ep 3 Video

Bye Bye Magic Items: D&D Cartoon: The Hall of Bones Ep 3Video Transcription

Dungeon Master

Dungeon Master Just Frakked Your D&D Backstory What Do You Do

Ever have your Dungeon Master totally ignore your D&D backstory? Here are some tips, tricks, and advice for DMs and players to get their game back on track. Below you’ll find the video and transcription.

Dungeon Master Just Frakked Your D&D Backstory What Do You Do Video

Dungeon Master Just Frakked Your D&D Backstory What Do You Do Video Transcription

D&D Campaign Ideas

D&D Campaign Ideas – 3 Ways Players Build the Game

Lets discuss a great way for a Dungeon Master to get their players involved in building their campaigns in 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. All of the D&D campaign Ideas don’t need to come solely from the Dungeon Master. Video and transcription below.

D&D Campaign Ideas – 3 Ways Players Build the Game Video

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D&D Gith Race – What Character Class Should You Play

We look at the 5e D&D gith race and subraces. It’s time to pick the best character classes for both the githyanki and githzerai. Plus some unexpected choices as well. Below you’ll find the video and the transcription.

D&D Gith Race – What Character Class Should You Play Video

D&D Gith Race – What Character Class Should You Play Video Transcription

D&D Party

D&D Party Composition: Cohesion & Tactics| D&D Player Tips

It’s important for a D&D party to be able to work together inside and outside of combat. It can be a roleplay tool within Role-Playing Games. We go over player tips for gamers of any level of experience. We try to break it down by expereince levels, in game, out of game, in combat, and out of combat.

D&D Party Composition: Cohesion & Tactics| D&D Player Tips Video

D&D Party Composition: Cohesion & Tactics| D&D Player Tips Video Transcription

5e D&D

Mega Dungeon Crawl to End All 5e D&D Dungeon Crawls

We were contacted by the folks over at Hammerdog Games about their latest KickStart:

The Grande Temple of Jing – 5th Edition: The DUNGEON CRAWL THAT RULES THEM ALL

Now updated for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. And with exclusive miniatures! This thing is massive with huge amounts of talent on this project – Danny O’Neill with Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Ed Greenwood, Jim Ward, Chris Pramas, Stan!, Grimtooth, Matt Mayhew, Dave Gross, Kevin Andrew Murphy and more.

This is the 5e D&D version of the Pathfinder original. With minis, character maps, and some improvements to the book. It’ll still work with Pathfinder, but the focus is on 5e. Did I mention this thing is massive? 65 themed dungeon levels in a book that is 500+ pages. There are levels that are appropriate for levels from 1st all the way up to 20th.

barbarian

D&D Barbarian 5e Guide: Flavors of Rage! for Wizard 5e

Lets explore a 5e D&D barbarian wizard multiclass combination and how they interact with rage. We recently did a video things you can do while you rage. Since it went over so well we deicided to explore barbarian rage and the different subclasses of wizard.

D&D Barbarian 5e Guide: Flavors of Rage! for Wizard 5e Video

D&D Barbarian 5e Guide: Flavors of Rage! for Wizard 5e Video Transcription

D&D Character Classes

Halfling 5e – What D&D Character Classes Should You Play

Our series continues for what D&D character classes should play for your race. This time we will look at the halfling for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. At Nerdarchy we love the wee folk and always have. Halflings, gnomes, and even goblins are all small characters in the fantasy worlds of DUngeons and Dragons. Though they might be small in staure I wouldn’t recommend underestimating them.

Below you’ll find the video and trnascription.

Halfling 5e – What D&D Character Classes Should You Play Video

Halfling 5e – What D&D Character Classes Should You Play Video Transcription

Stranger Things

Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set for 5e D&D

Lets take a look at the Stranger Things starter set for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. We open up the box and take look at what is inside. More than that though we break it down as a 5e D&D starter set. Down below you’ll find the video and transcription.

Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set for 5e D&D Video

Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set for 5e D&D Video Transcrition

D&D 5e Character Builds

Inflict Wounds Build – D&D 5e Character Builds for Adventurers League

Time to delve back into our Adventurers League legal D&D 5e Character Builds series. We will make a very nasty sorcerer with this build. One our Patreon supporters we do a character build based off of the mostly cleric spell inflict wounds. Below you will find the videon and transcription.

Inflict Wounds Build – D&D 5e Character Builds for Adventurers League Video

Inflict Wounds Build – D&D 5e Character Builds for Adventurers League Video Transcription

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