This article is going to largely stem from my experiences when adjusting to my Platinum Dragonborn Oath of the Ancients Paladin Gladiator, but that’s largely because she was the only one of the group who I felt required significant adjustments to my world. This isn’t to say she dictated that my world needed to accommodate […]
es·cap·ism əˈskāpˌizəm/ noun; the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
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, […]
For a while now, I’ve been talking mostly theoretical, while including some real-world personal experiences to support my claims. While that won’t completely go away, especially since I have a lot more philosophy I want to go through, I wanted to start talking from a place of experience. The Tutorial Quest or:
Introduction: There are many different kinds of players, but one that never goes away is the murder hobo/vandal. Their style of gaming lay in the foundations of D&D when it first hit the market. It’s still a popular style of gaming, especially with the rise of video games. Monsters and puzzles are seen as sources […]
The year’s seasons with D&D We as people have such a unique connection through our similarities and natural patterns. One of those many ways we connect is with traditions and holidays! Other ways are through leisure, tribal get togethers, games and entertainment. Why not transform these connections into a tradition all of their own? Let’s take […]
These are my 10 Commandments of Tabletop RPGs. Some of these are based on personal experience, where others are based on observation. I won’t always indicate which is which, but I feel confident in my assessment.
Okay, so here is where I am going to break off a little and dive into a more gender-exclusive topic. Let me start with a bit about myself, to sorta get things rolling. Let me also state that this is entirely my opinions, and bias, based entirely on my own life experiences. I was always […]
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 […]
This is going to be by far my most controversial post, which I believe says a lot. Based on my observations, it would seem that the mentality among Game Masters is they have a story to tell, and the players are there to play in it. It’s simply impossible for that to be any farther […]
Introduction: To finish out the run of “Out of the Box” for 2016, I thought it would be appropriate to use the one creature that is likely the most difficult to run. A dragon. The problem with dragons is they are immensely powerful and capable of destroying a party outright within a few rounds if […]
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 […]
This is the first annual Garibay’s Natural 20s (2016 GN20). It is a list of Tabletop Roleplaying Games where the creators rolled a Natural 20 in the creation of their Tabletop Roleplaying Game. Scott Garibay recommends each of these games for play in 2017. All entries (with the exception of the Free Category Element) on […]
Last week I DMed my first game. I originally didn’t have any intention of addressing it right away, and I won’t get right back to it. I still have a number of things I wanted to talk about how I see things before getting to it, but this is something that new DMs should be […]
Introduction: I’ll bet one of the most commonly asked questions placed at the feet of any Dungeon Master is, “Is there a place where I can buy magic items?” This might have been a common occurrence in past editions of D&D, but Fifth Edition has limited access to a magical marketplace. That’s not to say […]