It seems magic items are one of those things of which players can never get enough when it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, especially in Fifth Edition where these items are not quite as easy to come by as they were in earlier versions of the game, specifically compared to Third Edition where characters could […]
Wheat pennies are a common collector’s item because they usually aren’t difficult to find, sometimes still turning up in change today, and they normally don’t cost very much.
As Dungeon Master, you’ve been preparing a week or longer, planning for your Dungeon & Dragons group’s next session, writing out stats for NPCs, trying to think through various story lines, contemplating possible player character actions and responses, etc. It can be a lot of work, and time consuming. It doesn’t necessarily have to be, […]
Rubies of Eventide, the early days In June of 2003, a company known as CyberWarrior Inc. released a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) known as Rubies of Eventide. Unfortunately, things did not go well, and soon the company announced the new game would close down by the end of the year. This did not […]
Despite all the political outrage, the celebrity deaths, and all the other hoopla that seems to have labeled 2016 as a year of horror, I have to admit I had a pretty good year last year. I lost some weight, landed a girlfriend, went fishing a whole bunch, and I did a lot of tabletop […]
2016 has become known to many as something of a tragic year for celebrities and public personalities. The entertainment industry seems to have had more than its share of deaths this past year, with the world suffering losses of the likes of Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, George Michael and many others.
Back in October, I posted the following to Facebook: Me: Yeah, I have some nerd and geek tendencies, but I don’t let it rule my life. Friend: Don’t you write fantasy for a living? Me: Yeah, but … Friend: And don’t you go to longsword classes? Me: True, but … Friend: And you play D&D […]
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead television show and you pay attention to entertainment news, it will come as no surprise the program’s ratings have been dropping like zombies beneath a hail of machine-gun fire. In all fairness, the show is still pulling in more than 10 million viewers, most of whom are […]
From time to time I hear grumblings about the Champion archetype for Fighters in Fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. Usually such grumblings include something along the lines of the archetype being “plain” or “boring,” that “it doesn’t do anything,” or even that “it’s the most useless archetype in the whole game.” Really? I have to […]
I realize much of the focus of the Nerdarchy website is tabletop role playing games, but it is not all the site is about, and with Christmas fast approaching my thoughts always turn to the Atari 2600, originally known as the Atari VCS. In case you are not familiar with the Atari 2600, let me […]
Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons has been around for more than a couple of years now. Since its inception, it has been obvious the game’s publisher Wizards of the Coast is doing something different with this edition when it comes to the number of publications. Earlier versions of D&D had lots and lots of books, […]
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up in a matter of days, the holiday shopping season kicks off big time. But what to get for your nerdy, geeky, and gaming buddies this year? Last year you might have opted for the familiar, rules books and dice, etc., but this year you would like to […]
Considering for decades Dungeons & Dragons has been the most recognizable name of all tabletop role-playing games, and considering the popularity of Fifth Edition D&D, it might seem the game itself needs no defending. However, from time to time I have noticed online forums with various concerns or complaints raised against the game. The most […]
Few words raise the ire of long-time Dungeons & Dragons aficionados more than “Tomb of Horrors.” The words “Fourth edition” come to mind, but that’s fairly recent and probably somewhat unfair as that version of D&D does have its loyalists. Tomb of Horrors got its start as a gaming adventure back in 1975 when Gary […]
Recently I’ve run across two situations as a Dungeon Master which I believe are worth sharing with a wider audience. First, one of my players came to me concerned he had not played his character’s personality correctly during a recent Dungeons & Dragons gaming session. Second, a player in a different campaign (one in which […]