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State of Nerdarchy Address

Hello Nerdarchy community and welcome to!

If this is your first visit to our slice of the internet, thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy your stay and come back again. For those already familiar with what we do here, on our You Tube channel and everywhere else, we’re happy to see you as always. The Nerdarchy community is something we’re very proud of and our reason and motivation to keep on doing what we do. We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the incredible support and to spotlight some of the exciting changes and new ventures. Continue reading State of Nerdarchy Address

Web Editor-in-Chief Doug Vehovec is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, with D&D in his blood since the early 80s. Fast forward to today and he’s still rolling those polyhedral dice. When he’s not DMing, world building, or working on endeavors for Nerdarchy or his own blog The Long Shot, he’s a newspaper designer, copy editor and journalist. He loves advocating the RPG hobby and connecting with other nerds and gamers on social media and his site
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Chartopia, Part 4: Rollable lists


Unique results with Chartopia lists, tables and charts

Chartopia list
Any of these and more sewer encounters could take place in a setting just like this. [Art by Alexlinde from]
Hello friends! We’ve already brought up the Rollable List feature on Chartopia – a semicolon-separated list of items/words/phrases within square brackets. It adds diversity to results without needing to call upon multiple tables. But there’s more to it than a single dice roll. Let’s look into what else it can do for you. In the sewer combat encounter table discussed in the second Chartopia article, one possible encounter for players was adventurers. To mix it up we added some variance in how…

[they mistakenly believe you’re hostile/cultists/etc; they attack because they think you’re after the same treasure they’re searching for; they’ve been hired by an enemy to kill the party]

So what else can you do with a rollable list? Continue reading Chartopia, Part 4: Rollable lists

"From the faraway lands of New Zealand, Scott Beccard has been a board gaming and video gaming for as long as he can remember. Role-playing was introduced to him when he was at university through the Star Wars d20 system. He's played a lot since then, in varied gaming systems including different versions of D&D going back to the Basic Rules. These days he gives back to this hobby he loves whenever he can, encouraging new players to try it out and helping them join regular groups."
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E70 YR1- 5E D&D Bard our First look Podcast



Episode 70 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Another look at one of our first look vids. This time we are going over the bard in 5e D&D.

Bard Performing Their Way Through D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes Bard Performing Their Way Through D&D 5E

Nerdarchy sits down to discuss yet another class out out of the player’s handbook of D&D 5e. This time we are looking at the bard and how they hold up in 5th edition dungeons and dragons. Bards could very well be the least used class at our table.

I suspect that may begin to change though. The bard in 5e is far different than any iteration of the game to date. It feels like it’s own thing like never before. They are full on spell casters and the best skill monkeys in the game far exceeding what the rogue can do.

They also spells that are unique to them while at the same time they are able to dip into everyone elses spell list. Depending what archetype you go with determines if you’ll be more spell caster like or more fighter like. Bards what you guys think of them?

My name is Dave Friant I've been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it's always been a part of my life I've kept secret and hidden away. I've always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth. Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I'm gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life. Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG's.
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Gaming Has Changed My Media Expectations

Gaming media characters
Jon Heder, as the titular Napoleon Dynamite, and Aaron Ruell as Kip engage in a nerd battle in the independent film “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Arguing about media is a staple of the nerd subculture. We spend an inordinate amount of time going over our favorite shows, movies and books with a fine-toothed comb picking out small details and jabbing at each other with them, because as nerds it’s just what we do. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise, then, that my friend group is no exception to this.

I’m not going to lie, much of the time it’s my fault. I am a total killjoy to watch a movie or anime with, because I absolutely hate it when the main character does everything. Continue reading Gaming Has Changed My Media Expectations

Speculative fiction writer and part-time Dungeon Master Megan R. Miller lives in southern Ohio where she keeps mostly nocturnal hours and enjoys life’s quiet moments. She has a deep love for occult things, antiques, herbalism, big floppy hats and the wonders of the small world (such as insects and arachnids), and she is happy to be owned by a black cat. Her fiction, such as The Chronicles of Drasule and the Nimbus Mysteries, can be found on Amazon.