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The art of collaborative adventure design

Taking a break from the usual musings on nurturing a tabletop gaming habit amidst the time demands of busy adult lives, this week I’d like to share some insider thoughts on a Nerdarchy project I’m involved with. “Floshar’s Fate” (title subject to change) is a free Dungeons & Dragons 5E one-shot adventure in the works from several Nerdarchy writers in honor of Geek & Sunday’s International Tabletop Day 2017 on April 29. Don’t worry – there’s no spoilers here, so whether you’re a DM looking forward to running this adventure or a player hoping to experience it at your table, there’s no secrets or details here that will sully it for you.


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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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Solnar (Swift Arc) – Difficulty Levels

Solnar Swift Arc is a new Tabletop Roleplaying Game that I am currently developing. Other articles on solnar swift arc player  Solnar Swift Arc’s game development can be found on Nerdarchy here – Genesis Die Pool Impact Rolling Races Combat PC Moves.


Solnar (Swift Arc) presents Players with three levels of difficulty, specifically numbers that must be met or exceeded to succeed at a task that requires a roll.

  • Drudge 6
  • Veteran 12
  • Elite 18

These Difficulty Levels correspond to the NPC Levels of Drudge, Veteran and Elite. These Difficulty Levels indicate that accomplishing this task would be possible if that level of NPC did everything possibly could, expending all their available resources to accomplish the task. A Difficulty Level is set by the solnar swift arc playerGamemaster after the Player declares what their Player Character (PC) is attempting to do and lists all of the resources they are bringing to bear to accomplish that task. When the Gamemaster (GM) declares the Difficulty Level they will also specify all of the obstacles that are present to make the Difficulty Level the value it is set to. If there is an obstacle (or multiple obstacle) that the GM is keeping secret from the Players to allow the story to unfold in a dramatic way, the GM will declare that there is an Obscured Obstacle (or Obscured Obstacles).

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How to Speeks Goblin| Tabletop Terrors in Honor of International TableTop Day

International TableTop Day

International TableTop Day

Time to check in on Gil Beatin & Killicia Slay just in time for International Tabletop Terrors Day. Oh my is that Durgen from A Fistful of Dice and The Provokers on the table? I don’t know if I want to see what happens to this poor dwarf at these goblin hands. I’m sure they are going to take their time with this grisly game especially with it being International Tabletop Terrors Day. Continue reading How to Speeks Goblin| Tabletop Terrors in Honor of International TableTop Day

Ryan is one of the founding members of Nerdarchy. He enjoys all things genre related: art, RPGs, indie tabletop games, novels, film & television. When he is not creating art, brainstorming ideas for games, or tabletop games, Ryan enjoys the nightlife that his native Philadelphia, PA has to offer.
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The Munchkin Card Game From Steve Jackson Games- Nerdy Holiday Traditions

munchkin cards

Hello Nerdarchy reader. Nerdarchist Dave here to share a nerdy holiday tradition. On December 24th family starts descending on my household. Which means it is only a matter of time before the Munchkin cards begin to fly.

It all started years ago when my brother Nerdarchist Ryan bought my son David the Munchkin card game from Steve Jackson Games as a Christmas present one year. Part of the tradition is Ryan comes to stay with us Christmas Eve until the day after Christmas. Nerdarchist Ted ends up at my house on Christmas day not to mention my other brother Jeremy, also a gamer. Continue reading The Munchkin Card Game From Steve Jackson Games- Nerdy Holiday Traditions

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.