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Geek and Sundry GM Tips with Satine Phoenix…and Nerdarchy!

GM Tips Geek and Sundry Satine Phoenix

Thanks to so many awesome Nerdarchy fans and supporters, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted were able to make it out to Los Angeles earlier this year to appear on GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. The Geek and Sundry program features different Game Masters each week tackling topics and themes to help the tabletop roleplaying game community. Satine is a tireless advocate for the hobby and has become a great friend to Nerdarchy, and everyone here was incredibly stoked when she made the invitation to appear on her show.

Nerdarchy on GM Tips

Off-the-Cuff Home Brew Games is the focus of Nerdarchy’s GM Tips episode. Fans of our You Tube channel and website are intimately familiar with the improvisational and personal creation approach to roleplaying games, particularly fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons in the spotlight of a lot of our content. In live stream games like the Scarlet Sisterhood of Steel and Sorcery and recorded game plays like the twin campaigns run by Nerdarchists Dave and Ted, Nerdarchy fans can discover the Gryphongaffe setting as it grows and develops right alongside the players – and the Dungeon Masters!

NerdarchyOn GM Tips, the guys discuss their philosophy on creating memorable adventures and experiences for players without a need for copious notes, crafted encounters or preplanned scenarios, all within unique campaign settings. It’s worth noting that Nerdarchy by no means discounts any other methods of running or playing D&D or any roleplaying game. Whether your gaming group runs published adventures like Tomb of Annihilation or Out of the Abyss, adventures within a setting of your own creation guided by the GM’s notes and XP-budgeted encounters, or any other method, as long as everyone at the table has fun you’re doing it right!

In the episode, the guys share their insights on several techniques, methods, tips and tricks for GMs to run immersive, player-driven stories that evoke the spirit of collaboration that makes D&D and other RPGs such a fun and unique experience. Definitely check out the GM Tips video to hear everything the guys have to say. Here’s a quick rundown of some points that emerge:

  • Appeal of homebrew settings compared to published campaign settings
  • How to run adventures with little or no preparation or written material
  • Importance of listening to players and letting them drive stories forward, aid in creation and world build
  • Gaming as an extension of friendship
  • Rolling with changes in the direction of a story
  • Taking notes during play
  • Fostering drama and group dynamics
  • Arranging a buddy system at the gaming table
  • Favorite gaming moments
  • It’s still a game – have fun!

Nerdarchy would like to thank Geek and Sundry for the incredible opportunity to visit the LA studio and appear on GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. It was an unforgettable experience! Nerdarchists Dave and Ted had an awesome time meeting everyone there, making new friends and new relationships as well as the chance to meetup with Nerdarchy fans and play some D&D. We love all our amazing fans and we’re so grateful for the Nerdarchy community as we continue to grow and share our love for gaming with people all over the world.

Stay nerdy!


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Matt Mercer & Friends Prove Every Roll Matters in Gen Con GM Improv Showdown

D&D Gen Con adventure

Gen Con 50 was a records-shattering celebration of gaming culture with countless seminars, panels, events and of course games! Nerdarchy made the pilgrimage to Indianapolis, where Nerdarchist Dave and Web editor Doug met fans and colleagues, met awesome industry influencers and forged new friendships with gamers of every stripe.

Nerdarchy also had the honor of livestreaming a very special event, immediately following the live Maze Arcana game that Nerdarchist Dave played in with DM Ruty Rutenberg and players Satine Phoenix, Amy Vorpahl, Amy Dallen and Andrew Armstrong. Continue reading Matt Mercer & Friends Prove Every Roll Matters in Gen Con GM Improv Showdown

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ThinkGeek Week-to-Week: Geek Gifts and Nerdy Swag 8.13.17

ThinkGeek creates unique products to stimulate the imagination. Everything from apparel, home and office accessories, gadgets, collectibles and more are curated and shared to help fuel your geek core. (Nerds are also more than welcome to shop with ThinkGeek.)

The wondrous and cool nerdy swag from ThinkGeek lets you express your passions, connect with fellow enthusiasts or find the perfect geek gifts for the geeks in your life.

The Nerdarchy staff and our friends from Save or Dice would like to share items from ThinkGeek with our awesome fans and community. Continue reading ThinkGeek Week-to-Week: Geek Gifts and Nerdy Swag 8.13.17

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Web DM Talking D&D and RPG Gaming (What Else?!)

Web DM D&D

Web DM D&D

Nerdarchist Dave made a pact with patron of the internet and welcomed Jim Davis and Jonathan Pruitt from Web DM to the Nerdarchy live chat. Braving the possibly haunted wing of the hospital where he works, Pruitt joined his friend and co-host Davis to talk nerdy about D&D.

As content creators, Pruitt and Davis got started by seeking to fulfill a need they felt was missing. They dive into the history of Web DM, what inspired them to create their YouTube channel and how it all came together. The Web DM guys and Nerdachist Dave connected over their mutual astonishment when they learned there was an internet audience hungry for D&D discussion. Continue reading Web DM Talking D&D and RPG Gaming (What Else?!)

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D&D Adventurers League Community Manager in the house

Nerdarchist Dave and Assistant Web Editor Doug, coming off of Origins Game Fair, welcomed D&D Adventurers League Community Manager Robert Adducci for a live chat. The Nerdarchy team at Origins met Adducci and many other great people there, and were happy to have him join us to talk nerdy for an afternoon.

D&D Adventurers League communityAdventurers League is the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons organized play program. It offers a way for people to get involved in a larger campaign and community. Previously limited to in-store play, the program has widened to include conventions and even home games – as long as the DM abides by Adventurers League rules.

These rules are essentially the standard D&D rules. There are a few elements specific to Adventurers League play designed to maintain a consistent experience across the board. That way, Adventurers League players know what to expect no matter where they take their characters and log sheets for Adventurers League games. Continue reading D&D Adventurers League Community Manager in the house

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D&D Adventure Awaits with Tomb of Annihilation and More

Along with announcing the next storyline in the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons family at June’s “Stream of Annihilation” live stream event, Wizards of the Coast revealed several new products set for release in Q3-4 2017 along with the Tomb of Annihilation adventure. Whether your bookshelf could use a few things to fill the space, you’re a D&D completionist or looking ahead to the holidays at gift ideas for the nerds in your life, here’s a rundown of D&D books and accessories headed your way.
Continue reading D&D Adventure Awaits with Tomb of Annihilation and More

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D&D Was Never a Game, It Was a Hidden, Complex Tool

Nerdarchy + GM Tips = an amazing LA adventure

Greetings Nerds, Geeks, and Gamers of all kinds. Nate the Nerdarch here.

This is my first time doing this so please bear with me.

It has come to my attention that an article on, the article that was previously in this link, did not meet Nerdarchy’s standards for articles when it was posted, and unfortunately, it was published. This was an error and we are correcting it. That is why the article was removed and this letter has taken its place.

The article was removed for several reasons. All of which conflict with the type of site wants to be.

  1. It was pure speculation without stating that it was just speculation. It attributed motives and desires of historical figures without interviews or references to back it up. There are parody sites out there and we are not interested in being one.
  2. It was unbelievable enough that the editor believed it was written as a parody, a joke. While the editor who published the article thought it was a parody, a significant portion of our readership did not think it. We are not interested in confusing our readers. EDIT: for Clarity. Upon reading the author’s reply in the comments, stating that it was not written as a joke, the editor took down the original article.
  3. We consider the overall message of the article undermines Nerdarchy’s mission to grow nerd culture and nerdy hobbies.

Here, at, as well as Nerdarchy in general, we encourage the diverse group of writers who write articles on our site to exercise their freedom to explore any topic as long as the topic is relevant to our overall mission. That mission is to assist in the growing of nerd culture and the hobbies associated with it, like D&D.

In the end we believe that the referenced article failed to meet that standard. Worse than that, it was deleterious to the overall mission of Nerdarchy.

Sorry for any confusion this may have caused and thank you for your time and consideration.

Stay Nerdy,

Nate the Nerdarch

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Nord Games unleashes Revenge of the Horde on your D&D game

Ultimate Bestiary: Revenge of the Horde from Nord Games offers an awesome resource for incorporating a variety of monstrous races into your fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons game. At nearly 200 pages, the book presents creature options for bugbears, gnolls, goblins, hobgoblins, kobolds, ogres, orcs and more. The book is available through Nord Games in PDF and hardcover options, for $15-45. In addition to the D&D version, there is a Pathfinder edition, too.

Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch backed the Kickstarter campaign, and you can watch their Nord Games-sponsored flip-through video above. In addition to the hardcover book, they received the reference deck, all five encounter builder decks and 258 pawns featuring the new creatures from the D&D book. Continue reading Nord Games unleashes Revenge of the Horde on your D&D game

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Starfinder Twitch premiere reveal event June 13!

The cover for the Starfinder Core Rulebook, from Paizo Publishing

Hey, nerds! We’re sure you’re all super excited for the upcoming release of Starfinder. We sure are! There are a lot of really cool things coming up in this game. Seven classes, rules for starship combat, magic — in space! And coming from the people who brought us Pathfinder you know this is going to be something really excellent.

So just in case you’ve been living under a rock or somehow stumbled onto the Nerdarchy website on accident due to a malfunction in your operating system or through a random surge of black magic, let’s review. Starfinder is a science fantasy game, set thousands of years in the future of its predecessor, Pathfinder. That means all of your old favorite races are still viable, and there are some new ones, too. Continue reading Starfinder Twitch premiere reveal event June 13!

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Our adventure with the awesome D&D community is more than a game

Nerdarchy GoFundMe trip to LA GM Tips

Inspired by Nerdarchy’s fantastic opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and be a guest on Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with host Satine Phoenix, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch created the special video message above to share what Nerdarchy means to them and the importance of fans and fellow funny-shaped dice enthusiasts around the world. Continue reading Our adventure with the awesome D&D community is more than a game

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Nerdarchy the comic book! Issue No. 1

Face front, True Believers! In addition to his mild-mannered position as a Nerdarchy staff writer, William C.‘s alter ego is that of Professor Bill. In this other guise he runs Comic Book University, a YouTube channel dedicated to all things comic book. You may also recognize him from the recent live streaming game at Nerdarchy’s YouTube channel. Thursdays at noon EST, Professor Bill takes on the great power and great responsibility of acting as Judge for a game of Marvel Super Heroes RPG. Continue reading Nerdarchy the comic book! Issue No. 1

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Jeff Mach talks steampunk and geek culture with Nerdarchy

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Jeff Mach creates geek events like Steampunk World’s Fair

Jeff Mach from Jeff Mach Events stopped by for a Nerdarchy live chat to talk about conventions, steampunk culture and creating strange, wonderful new homes for people whose interests lie outside the norm. As one of the east coast’s largest creators of unique events for non-normal people, Jeff Mach Events runs the world’s largest indoor Renaissance Faire, Wicked Faire, Steampunk World’s Fair and more. Continue reading Jeff Mach talks steampunk and geek culture with Nerdarchy

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Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with Nerdarchy

Nerdarchy GoFundMe trip to LA GM Tips

Satine Phoenix to feature Nerdarchy

GM Tips host Satine Phoenix
Satine Phoenix is the host of Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips

Following on the heels of Satine Phoenix‘s appearance on the Nerdarchy live chat, Nerdarchy is going on an adventure! Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch were invited out to Los Angeles to appear on Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips, with filming scheduled for July 29, 2017.

But Nerdarchy needs your help.

Nerdarchy needs your help is a very special GoFundMe campaign that’s live right now. By clicking the link you can contribute to the campaign to help get the crew out to LA for Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. In keeping with Nerdarchy’s mission of “for nerds, by nerds,” this clarion call goes out to nerds everywhere to support this campaign to help get the team out to LA.

In the first 24 hours, the campaign was able to raise 10 percent of the goal and with continued support and exposure we are confident that this quest will be successfully completed. This trio of nerds with a passion for roleplaying games and other nerdy things is ready to level up!

Nerdarchy is very proud of what we’ve built over the past three years. We’re ready to take things to the next level in the journey as we grow and expand. This LA trip represents a big step forward. Rest assured we will always strive to pour all our energy and passion into creating the best content we can for the Nerdarchy community.

Nerdarchy needs your help for an LA adventure
Yes, you. Nerdarchist Dave, Nate the Nerdarch and Nerdarchist Ted your help!

Nerdarchy’s LA adventure connects with Geek and Sundry

Nerdarchy to appear on Geek and Sundry's GM TipsBecause of this unexpected and amazing opportunity, the costs for the trip fall outside of Nerdarchy’s budget. With your generous assistance Dave, Ted and Nate can make the trip from the Garden State of New Jersey out to LA to talk nerdy with Satine Phoenix on her show. A fantastic opportunity for the crew, this step forward offers an incredible chance for continued growth and expanded reach for Nerdarchy.

With Nerdarchy’s vibrant and awesome fans always in mind, the crew plans to schedule additional events in the LA area. Meet-and-greets, signings and even live gaming events at the legendary Meltdown Comics are all on the table – along with ways to share these spectacular moments with fans, subscribers, supporters and patrons across the globe.

Keep up-to-date with Nerdarchy everywhere online for updates and developments on this LA adventure, as well as the usual great daily content. This includes YouTube live chats weekdays at noon EST with nerd culture innovators and creators, live game play, GM 911 answers, gaming reviews and previews and more.

What this means and how you can help

Nerdarchy understands that our wonderful fans all over the world might not be able to donate. But you can still contribute to the campaign by sharing the link on social media or any nerdy sites or forums you might be a part of and help our awesome community keep growing.

Nerdarchy’s LA adventure is a fantastic opportunity for our growing community.

Everyone involved with Nerdarchy, from your favorite on-screen personalities, website staff writers and other behind-the-scenes nerds is really excited about this extraordinary opportunity. In addition to the appearance on GM Tips, this trip is a chance for Nerdarchy to interact in-person with some of the primary movers and shakers in the nerd culture media, network and form new relationships within the nerdy community and gain valuable insights that will help Nerdarchy keep growing.

To learn more about Nerdarchy, explore the website, subscribe to Nerdarchy on YouTube, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and become a patron through our Patreon. Nerdarchy works hard to bring you exciting new content everyday and to create new, exciting ways to interact with fans through live chats, online games and more.

Stay nerdy!

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Nerdarchy Invades the Marvel Universe

Class was in session when Professor Bill from Comic Book University (aka Nerdarchy staff writer William C.) took a group of mild-mannered nerds for a trip to the heart of the Marvel Universe for a game of the Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing Game.

Role-Playing Game
Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing Game was produced by TSR in the 1980s.

Nerdarchists Dave and Ted, staff writers Megan R. Miller and Doug Vehovec and Intern Kyle sat down for the daily live chat and found themselves on a journey into mystery. Transported to New York City with only the clothes on their backs and whatever they had in their pockets, they’re confronted by a world filled with purse snatchers, Purifiers, bank robbers and a crime family well-known to Marvel fans (just don’t say their name out loud).

Bumbling their way into super heroism, the Nerdarchy crew uses the awesome power of meta-knowledge and slowly discovers their own superhuman powers on Earth-616 – at least, that’s where they think they landed. With Class 1000 knowledge of the Marvel Universe, our heroes might know they can survive the Good damage of a criminal’s gunshot, but who knows what will happen when they run into beings of Incredible, Amazing or Monstrous power?

Marvel Universe
The Universal Table determines the outcome of all the action in the Marvel Super Heroes RPG

In this first issue, the crew meets a few established Marvel heroes on a rollicking romp through NYC. Like your favorite Marvel superheroes, these Nerdarchists share plenty of foibles to balance their Remarkable abilities. Only time will tell if they rise to the occasion. With Karma on their side, they’re just a spandex suit away from taking their place among the icons of the Marvel universe.

In the next incredible installment of this new adventure, will the crew unlock new powers? Will they get any closer to finding out why they’re here? Will Ty Johnston find a sword hanging on a wall somewhere?!

Watch the video for a +2 column shift on getting caught up and be sure to like, share and subscribe to the Nerdarchy YouTube channel so you don’t miss the next issue or any of the other marvelous content. Live viewers will have opportunities to jump right into the fun by helping Professor Bill direct the action.  Get out your percentile dice and Universal Table and follow along as the Nerdarchists discover the great responsibility that comes with great power.

And until next time, Excelsior! Uh…um…that is…stay nerdy!

Feeling a Shift Z compulsion to pick up your own copy of this legendary role-playing game? Head over to Amazon and pick up your own copy (fair warning – may require Excellent Resources to justify purchase).


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Wayward Leather puts Designs on Nerdarchy Live Chat

Nerdarchists Dave and Ted welcomed artist and craftsperson Mellie Z. to the Nerdarchy live chat to talk shop about her fantasy-themed leatherwork creations. Mellie hand-crafts fantastic pieces for display, wearable garments and accessories, bags and “monster boxes.”

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Mellie Z. creates handmade, fantasy-themed leatherworks.

Her work has been shown at conventions like Dragon Con and the Steampunk World’s Fair, gotten compliments from luminaries like Stan Lee and joined the collections of nerd-culture icons like award-winning author George R.R. Martin and Nerdarchist Ted himself, who loves his Ludlow the Mimic bag. (Mellie’s policy is that anything she creates that has a face gets a distinctive name.)

Mellie shared a few tips on leatherworking including insights into her process, both technical and creatively. During the chat she answers Nerdarchy fan questions and quickly became a viewer favorite.

In addition to her convention and fair appearances where her work is on display and for sale, Mellie maintains a website and etsy store where items are available for purchase. She also offers custom pieces and commissions.

Wayward Leather Design
One of Mellie Z.’s most eye-catching creations.

After you watch the live chat, head over to Wayward Leather Designs’ website where you can get your own monster box or bag, view a gallery of Mellie’s work and find an event calendar showing where she’ll be next. You can also follow her on Facebook to stay updated on her work and connect with other fans, and on Instagram where you can discover photos of all her creations (and random cat pictures, too).

As always, Nerdarchy Patreons get priority access on asking questions for daily live chat guests as well as exclusive monthly rewards and chances to game with Nerdarchy. Be sure to like, share and subscribe to the video and the Nerdarchy YouTube channel, follow on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss out on content and, as always, stay nerdy!