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Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons

There has been many writings submitted and several readers have submitted great articles that I will highlight during each segment of Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight. In weeks passed on Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight we delved into the "Lethality in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition" and "Tips for...

Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Tips for Integrating Monster PCs into a Group

There has been many writings submitted and several readers have submitted great articles that I will highlight during each segment of Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight. Last week on Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight we delved into Lethality in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition with Blue_Drake. This week we...

Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Lethality in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

I am really pleased with the first month of the Subreddit that I started for Nerdarchy.  There has been many writings submitted and several readers have submitted great articles that I will highlight during each segment of Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight.

This week we are highlighting Lethality in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition by Blue_Drake a.k.a Bob Casale. If you don’t have a reddit account yet, don’t worry. Just sign up here for free and join the conversation. The following is an excerpt from the article.

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief is Used to Create an Immersive RPG

Even with the light from your torch the stairwell’s end cannot be seen. As you cautiously make your way down each step, the cracks and crevices on the sides of the wall quiver and writhe in time to the torch’s flickering flame. 

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief is Used to Create an Immersive RPG creepy stairwellUnseen cobwebs flutter against your eyes and face. There is a rushing sound like one unending breath that you hear too close to your ear. You see something move in the shadows just outside the torch’s glow. You hear a scratching, chattering cacopho-

*crackle, crackle*The Willing Suspension of Disbelief is Used to Create an Immersive RPG gamemastering and chesse puffs

*crackle, crackle*

” Hey pass over those Cheese Puffs”

Sigh… The dreaded words that quell the willing suspension of disbelief in an immersive RPG.

“Pass me the ______” ( food or beverage )

           As a DM, if that blank is not filled by the words “Holy Avenger” or some other fantasy item, it really deconstructs the built up tension.

Thus undermining the work that we, as DMs, put into setting the mood of  encounters.

While experienced players can still hack it when it comes to mood disruptions they still lessen the overall experience for everyone.

Why is that the case?

Famous Wizards of Distinction: Backgrounds and Spells of Magic Users – Bigby

Greetings my fellow Nerdarchists. In the weeks and months to come I am going to highlight famous wizards of distinction by delving into the backgrounds and spells of magic users .

I have already completed articles on Leomund- the nerdy prepper, Tenser- the One Man Army for Goodness, Drawmij the Mysterious Traveler, and Otiluke- the Siege Alchemist.

I will continue focusing on famous wizards of distinction from RPGs but that does not mean I am excluding the backgrounds and spells of magic users from books, movies, and comics. Famous Wizards of Distinction: Backgrounds and Spells of Magic Users - Bigby with goatieGive me a compelling example of wizardry and I will write it up.

This week I am focusing my attention on the cautious yet force-full handy man himself, Bigby.

Famous Wizards of Distinction: Backgrounds and Spells of Magic Users – Drawmij

Greetings my fellow Nerdarchists. In the weeks and months to come I am going to highlight famous wizards of distinction by delving into the backgrounds and spells of magic users . I have already completed articles on Leomund- the nerdy prepper, Tenser- the One Man Army for Goodness, and Otiluke- the Siege Alchemist.

Famous Wizards of Distinction: Backgrounds and Spells of Magic Users - DrawmijI will continue focusing on famous wizards of distinction from RPGs but that does not mean I am excluding the backgrounds and spells of magic users from books, movies, and comics.

Give me a compelling example of wizardry and I will write it up.

Now let’s take a look at Jim Ward ‘s character, Drawmij. A wizard played by that guy.

Famous Wizards of Distinction: Backgrounds and Spells of Magic Users — Tenser

Greetings my fellow Nerdarchists. In the weeks and months to come I am going to highlight famous wizards of distinction by delving into the backgrounds and spells of magic-users . I have already completed articles on Leomund, the nerdy prepper and Otiluke the Siege Alchemist. Now I am turning my thoughts towards Tenser. Why Tenser? Why now? Well I chose him by accessing my on board bio-computer with search parameters of “whomever I feel like.” It spit back Tenser for an answer. Without any input to the contrary I’ll focus on famous wizards of distinction from RPGs but that does not mean I am excluding the backgrounds and spells of magic users from books, movies, and comics. Give me a compelling example of wizardry and I’ll write it up.

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Tricky Dungeons and Dragons Terrain- Goo-Blythe’s Guide to Surviving the Underdark

dungeons and dragons terrain” Uses sure about this tall one? Underdark very dangerous place.” whines Goo-Blythe.

“I’m sorry Goo-Blythe time is of the essence if we are going to reach the Lady Lureanna in time to save her.” said Sir Gregory.

“Yes yes I understand, but must you bring those lights with us?” quietly whines the goblin Goo-Blythe some more.

Dungeons and Dragons Terrain- The Underdark presents many natural challenges

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Dungeons and Dragons Monsters- Chokers Making Adventurers Breathless Since The Year 2000

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Dungeons and Dragons Monsters- Here comes the choker-

I did an article a while back called “Holy Crap! Nerdarchy’s Top 10 Scariest Dungeons and Dragons Monsters” where I talk about chokers and why I like them so much.

Excerpt From Holy Crap! Nerdarchy’s Top 10 Scariest Dungeons and Dragons Monsters-

“These guys were introduced in Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 edition. I instantly fell in love with these little creepers.

Tricky Dungeons & Dragons Terrain — The Insidiousness Of A Swamp

Hello gamers out there. I have the first in a new series of posts for you — Tricky Dungeons & Dragons Terrain. Here we get to examine the elements of nature so you can use them against your players and maybe make them think twice about stepping outside next time. Today we will focus solely on the swamp terrain with other terrains coming later. Feel free to mix up elements if you think it would work in other areas as well.

Dungeons and Dragons Monsters – The Voracious Troll They Have Adventurers As Appetizers

Hello Fans it is Ted and hopefully welcome back to another edition of Dungeons and Dragons Monsters.  Today I will hopefully broaden your horizons in the views of the Voracious Troll.

Dungeons & Dragons Monsters

Trolls are often used as just mindless killing machines, hell bent on killing and eating and the D&D Monster Manual says that they can be used as just that, but there is no reason to stop at what the book says.

Join The Fun With Mystic Realms Fantasy Fair In Wheaton Villiage, New Jersey

larpHello my fellow nerds out there.  It looks like my columns are becoming more a regular here, It is I Nerdarchist Ted.  While I should have spent the day at Wizard World Philly, life intervened and forced me in another direction.

I am glad it was as I was able to attend the Mystic Realms Fantasy Faire in Wheaton Villiage and what a day it was.  Apart from dipping my feet back into the LARP well where my larping originated it was a good show.

As always with the Mystic Realms Fantasy Faire you have a mix of stage shows and vendors, but in addition to that you have a number of interactive places to visit as well as many cool people in costumes.

Dungeons and Dragons Monsters – Fear The Mighty Morphing Mimic

dungeons and dragons monstersIn this edition of Dungeons and Dragons Monsters I’d like to talk to you about Mimics.  There are many ambush creatures in the various books of monsters, but there is a surprising lack of info in this very useful and deadly creature: The Mimic.

Now many of you have probably touched a statue holding a large gem or a massive treasure chest and got stuck.  You then had a battle that either your friends had to fight for you, because you were stuck or you assisted in the battle and probably were victorious and then spent the next three sessions being super careful checking every lever, door, chest, and bizarre object so it does not happen again.

Tabletop RPGs And Board Games And The House Rules To Rule Them All

Hello my fellow gamers out there.

Do you play Tabletop RPGs or board games only with the rules out of the book or box?

If you do you are missing something great.

table top gamesHouse rules be they in a tabletop rpg or board games offer many good and bad additions to the game.  So be careful if you decide to go down that road.  It is possible that if you make significant changes to a game you can alter the creators intent or completely remove the challenge that is implied with the rules.

However with subtle game play changes to your tabletop rpg or board game you can make something that you already enjoy that much better.

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