As the world of terrain for tabletop roleplaying gaming continues to improve it is cool to see all the directions it is going. I remember doing punch out kits, usually in a woodlike material back in the day. Now the wonderful people over at WizKids have taken this concept and made houses perfect for gaming terrain. D&D Icons of The Realms Miniatures: Icewind Dale: Rime of The Frostmaiden – The Lodge and Ten Towns Papercraft Sets became part of my collection and I’m excited to craft these super sturdy cardboard buildings to use in my fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons games.
Most of us know when it comes to fifth edition Dungeons & dragons usually you cannot directly pick your familiars. The familiars more or less choose you. This mystery and gamble so to say offers a lot of suspense and curiosity to the general game play. The great thing about any 5E D&D game is you can always expand and allow for more options of course within the agreed upon terms with your Dungeon Master and fellow adventurers.
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Over at Nerdarchy the YouTube channel Nerdarchists Dave and Ted get locked and loaded for a discussion of the place for firearms in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. They go over where and how firearms appear in 5E D&D and touch on perspectives related to included them in games. For me the question of whether firearms feel appropriate for D&D brings up a broader view of just what kind of fantasy D&D represents. So let’s get into it.
WizKids has been putting out quality miniatures for quite some time. I can recall their releases during the third edition Dungeons & Dragons era and how they changed what we were doing at the gaming table. For many years I’ve purchased their prepainted miniatures line and loved them. They are great for any who have no desire or inclination to paint miniatures for their tabletop roleplaying game experiences.
The other day I was playing Dungeons & Dragons and the Dungeon Master started describing an NPC casting a spell. Rather than say the NPC begins an incantation he instead began performing an evocative chant that really brought me into the scene and the game. Needless to say I was very impressed. Not only had I thought this DM had seriously prepped the encounter but I thought we had overstepped what we should have been doing at the time.
Over at Nerdarchy the YouTube channel Nerdarchists Dave and Ted explore the art of misdirection in the context of combat in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. Specifically they discuss useful spells from the illusion school of magic to deploy in 5E D&D battles. They identify three terrific illusion spells useful in combat out of 33 total in official 5E D&D sources. Whenever these sorts of videos come up I like to take a look at what the D&D Beyond community offers. There’s over 2,760 homebrew illusion spells in the DDB database so let’s get into it.
I couldn’t be more excited going into our new Dungeons & Delving campaign at Nerdarchy Live. The premise is a dungeon delving reality game show where our characters are treasure hunters. This fascinating premise comes from the mind of our own Nerdarchist Ted. The hype is real and it’s gotten me thinking about the premise itself and why we’re seeing an influx of nontraditional content in the streamed gaming community for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons.
Our friends at Nord Games scored another winner with Dangerous Destinations. The latest Kickstarter from one of our favorite tabletop roleplaying game design teams launched on Jan. 12, 2021 and reached their funding goal in 15 minutes. In just one day Dangerous Destinations hit all their stretch goals too.
Salutations, nerds! Every once in a while the NPCs in a tabletop roleplaying game talk to each other and this has a tendency to become super awkward for a Game Master. Few GMs enjoy the feeling of narrating back and forth with themselves while a group of players wait on hold. Today I’m going to be sharing three ways to handle this circumstance during an RPG session.