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Unusual Builds Tell A Story All Their Own

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5th editionYears ago, in my great grandfather’s time, the emperor sent out citizens to colonize the wild lands and expand the Empire.

This is how we came to live north of the wall. There we found and settled lands that were more fertile than any the empire had ever seen. The game was plentiful, the water clean, and the soil rich.

We flourished, growing from a settlement to a village growing to a bustling town with every family having its own land.

And then the Greenskins came.

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E63 YR1- We are Talking the Fighter and Rogue in D&D Podcast

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Episode 63 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time for another double feature. This time we are talking character classes throughout the editions of D&D.

On Guard Here Comes The Fiercesome Fighter| Dungeons and Dragons Character Classes

Dungeons and Dragons Classes| On Guard Here Comes The Fiercesome Fighter

Nerdarchist Ted and Dave start breaking down dungeons and dragons classes starting with the fighter. The fighter has been a staple of D&D since the basic set from the very beginning.

Heck if you were talking edition wars terms that would be edition 0.0 I think. So needless to say the fighter has been around in D&D a long time.

Rogues From The Shadows With A Sneak Attack| Dungeons And Dragons Character Classes

Dungeons And Dragons Classes| Rogues From The Shadows With A Sneak Attack

The Nerdarchy crew gathers to discuss on of our most beloved Dungeons and Dragons Classes the Rogue.

This character class of all the D&D character classes really got redefined with the move from being the thief class back in the AD&D days to becoming the rogue of later editions of dungeons and dragons.

The rogue may very well be one of the most popular character class in the game at least in our tabletop RPG’s they are. The beauty of this class is it can be a simple or as complex as you like. Of all the D&D character classes with 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder the rogue is the most versatile.

Playing this character class isn’t just about picking pockets, finding traps, and back stabbing anymore. There are so many different roles you can cover with class. Let us know what you think about the rogue. Is he one of your favorite dungeons and dragons classes?

Or maybe you hate the rogue she just really piss you off if so tell us why this is your least favorite D&D character class. Got any good rogue stories please share them in the comments below.

 

 

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EP 61 YR 1- From the DMG We make a NPC and Look Magic- Items Podcast

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Episode 61 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Another dive into the DMG for 5E. This time we take a look at making a NPC from the random generation charts as well an overview of the 5th Edition D&D magic items. Yes it’s another double sized episode.

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NPCs for RPGs from the 5e DMG| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons

Nerdarchy creates an npc from the new 5e dungeon masters guide in this video. We had some fun with the random Non Player Character generator. As fun as dropping the dice are it was even more fun to come up with the stories to go along with the rolls.

One of the awesome things about this edition of dungeons and dragons dungeon masters guide is all the random generator tables in the book. They are great for when you are stumped as the Dungeon Master working on your next adventure.

A couple quick rolls and your writer’s block is slain like an unruly dragon. Feel free to weigh in on 5e’s DMG and the NPC section.

D&D 5e Magic-Item Over View| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide

D&D 5e Magic-Item Over View| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeons Masters Guide

Nerdarchy gives their first impression of magic items in 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We touch on most the changes briefly and point out some of the things we really like.

We also go into some of the changes that are throw backs to previous edition of dungeons and dragons as well as point out the 5e D&D magic item changes.

 

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Improv is Critical in RPG Storytelling

 

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Improvisational theatre in progress. [Image by Aude Vanlathem/www.audevan.com]
Tabletop RPGs are deeply rooted in improvisation. After all, they’re games where people do things by saying they’re going to do them, and everyone else has to react to what’s being done by saying what they’re going to do.

 

This process repeats for two to four hours, or until there’s a good stopping point. Even Game Masters who prefer a more structured style are going to improvise more dialogue than they’ll use their actual prepared material.

This does not even include all the improv for the inevitable unplanned encounters, or how the GM has to improvise describing the outcomes of rolls – especially in combat. Technically you can just say what you’re going to do and exchange numbers across the table to determine success, and not describe what’s being said or done, but what would be the fun in that? Continue reading Improv is Critical in RPG Storytelling

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Diversity in Dungeons & Dragons

diversityBehind the scenes in the Nerdarchy writers’ chat group, there’s been some discussion about creating a repository of pre-generated character builds for our readers, new players, or maybe even for Dungeon Masters to have on hand to pass out for their games. One of the chief requirements we decided on (if we end up doing it) is to make sure that we’re “woke” about character options. While I’m not a fan of the actual term, I fully agree with the sentiment. I’m a strong proponent of diversity. People can easily turn their backs on something because they don’t feel they can identify with anything in it. Not having something they can connect to is very isolating. This is more than understandable. It’s very human for us to want to feel like what we do is reflective of who we are. As a society, I believe we don’t do as good of a job as we can to be inclusive, but I can’t control society. What we can do is to be more inclusive in our everyday lives, and including as much diversity as we can in Tabletop RPGs is one way we can do it. Continue reading Diversity in Dungeons & Dragons

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Gaming Superstitions

In an effort to combine the Nerdarchy YouTube channel and the website articles, I am drawing inspiration directly from this ArmorClass10.com-sponsored video. The subject at hand is gaming superstitions. To begin with let’s define the concept, shall we? Superstition is defined as “a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or practice based on such belief.” With that in mind, let’s delve into a few I have seen, heard of, or been told about. Continue reading Gaming Superstitions

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E41 YR1- Tabletop Super Hero Role-Playing Games Pros and Cons of RPG Genres Podcast

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Episode 41 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We delve back into our pros and cons series for genres of tabletop role-playing games. With each of these videos podcast we look at different genres and weigh out why one might want or not want to play them.

They all present different challenges and advantages for both players and game masters alike. This time we are delving into super hero games. We are actually playing an old school Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing Game right now.

Tabletop Super Hero Role-Playing Games Pros and Cons of RPG Genres

Tabletop Super Hero Role-Playing Games Pros and Cons of RPG Genres
Nerdarchy examines the another tabletop RPG genre. This time we are looking at supers games. For our group we’ve played more fantasy based games more than any other kind of RPG game.

Next would be super hero RPGs. Amongst our group Mutants and Masterminds, Heroes Unlimited, DC Super Heroes from Mayfair, and Marvel Super Heroes the old FASERIP system have all been played by various Nerdarchist.

We played Mutants and Masterminds from Green Ronin Publishing exclusively for several years. There is a bunch of sub-genres within the super hero rpg genre.

You have everything from from the different silver age, golden age, and bronze age and there is different power levels to play in from street level heroes up to cosmic champions of the universe characters.

 

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Stream of Annihilation highlights what’s fantastic about D&D

It’s no fluke that an enormous and continually-growing slate of streaming game play has emerged alongside 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. When Greg Tito joined Wizards of the Coast’s marketing team a couple of years ago as communication manager, adding more streaming programming to their schedule was one of his goals to expand the audience for D&D. Continue reading Stream of Annihilation highlights what’s fantastic about D&D

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E37 YR 1- Nerdarchy Presents Terrible Terrain at Brigade Con an Online RPG Convention Podcast

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Episode 37 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. This is our very first ever live stream with a questions and answers format. At this point we had streamed games using Google Hangouts. Most of which were Dungeons and Dragons, but we hadn’t ever did one of our talk about live videos at this point.

Funny now because we do live chat videos 6 days a week. Sometimes just us Nerdarchy other time we have guests on. In this one we go through our creative process of designing encounters and adventures. We are also taking questions on the subject in the live chat as we go.

Nerdarchy Presents Terrible Terrain at Brigade Con an Online RPG Convention
Nerdarchy explores the art of creating encounters and locations that capture your player’s imagination. We will have a few villains created and go through the process of creating the lair in which adventurers would encounter them.
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Fate Accelerated Planet of the Apes – Caesar, Blue Eyes, Ash, Maurice and Koba

I am too young to have seen the original Planet of the Apes series. However, I was blown away by the dramatic impact of the 2011 reboot of the series through Rise of the Planet of the Apes. 20th Century Fox delivered a fantastic sequel with the 2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In honor of the upcoming 2017 War for the Planet of the Apes, I present Fate Accelerated conversions of the series’ greatest Apes! Continue reading Fate Accelerated Planet of the Apes – Caesar, Blue Eyes, Ash, Maurice and Koba

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E26 YR1- Nerdarchy Talks Growing Up Gaming with Dungeons and Dragons and Other Role-Playing Games Podcast

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Episode 26 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One.  This time we delve into what is was like to grow up a gamer gaming in the 80’s and 90’s. Things have really changed from when I was a kid playing Dungeons and Dragons and what is like to get into the game.

Nerdarchy Talks Growing Up Gaming with Dungeons and Dragons and Other Role-Playing Games

Nerdarchy Talks Growing Up Gaming with Dungeons and Dragons and Other Role-Playing Games As old school gamers the nerdarchy crew has experienced a lot when it comes to gaming over the years. When I was a teenager we’d try out all kinds of games many of which were put out by Gary Gygax and TSR. Everything from Dungeons and Dragons to Star Frontiers or SpyCraft to Gammaworld.

Then there was always other games like Twilight 2000, Gangbusters, Conan the Barbarian, Mayfair’s DC Universe, Marvel Super Heroes RPG, Boot Hill, and many more tabletop role-playing games that I’ve probably forgotten about. In this discussion we talk about what it was like growing up gaming and as gamers. Not to mention how our games have changed over the years and how the gaming table has changed as well.

We even discuss how we are starting to introduce our own kids to our favorite hobby. I’m currently working on putting together a family RPG for my wife and two children. I’ll running them through a 5th edition dungeons and dragons campaign. Feel free to share your own gaming experiences and what it was like for you to grow up gaming.

 

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E14- YR 1 Freak Vs. Geek (Beholder Vs Lich)| Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Podcast

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podcastEpisode 14 brings us to a fun little experiment where we pit Dungeons and Dragons monsters against each other. In this case we have a beholder square off against a lich in Screw Attack Death Battle sort of scenario.

Monster Vs. Monster with the Freak Vs. the Geek (Beholder Vs Lich)| Dungeons and Dragons Monsters

Dungeons and Dragons Monsters| Monster Vs. Monster with the Freak Vs. the Geek(Beholder and Lich Death Match)
Lich Vs, Beholder is kicking off our dungeons and dragons monsters vs monsters series.
We take two classic D&D monsters and we pit them against each other in a no holds barred battle the death or undeath in this case. The idea is we decide a challenge rating, then we come to the table with with a monster, and finally we debate the merits of the monsters against each other until we have a winner.
But it don’t have to end there you the fans can weigh in on the Dungeons and Dragons monster you think should of won. Feel free to join the debate in the comments tell us why you believe the lich should of won or if you agree with the beholder being the victor of D&D monster death match.

 

 

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E12- Yr 1 Fear For Your Immortal Soul With Demons and Devils Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Podcast

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For this episode of our podcast we will be visiting the lower planes. Demons and Devils have been a staple of Dungeons and Dragons since the very beginning of the game. They’ve created this interesting back drop called the Blood War where the Abyss and Hell are at war with each other.

Nerdarchist Ted and I discuss ways to use demons and devils in your D&D game.

Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Fear For Your Immoral Soul With Demons and Devils

Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Fear For Your Immoral Soul With Demons and Devils
Nerdarchist Ted and I sit down to discuss some of the all time most feared dungeons and dragons monsters demons and Devils. Dungeons and Dragons has produced a lot of material on demons and devils over the years so we try not to rehash that as much as give interesting ways to think of using these diabolic monsters.

 

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Great Tabletop: RPGs It’s All About Having Great Players At The Table Nerdarchy Podcast YR 1

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What is the Nerdarchy podcast?

We are taking all or most of our videos from year one of Nerdarchy on YouTube and converting them to a Podcast.

Many fans of Nerdarchy have requested just audio versions of our videos.

So slowly but surely we will turning those videos into audio files and placing them here along with the original video. Continue reading Great Tabletop: RPGs It’s All About Having Great Players At The Table Nerdarchy Podcast YR 1

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Experience schmexperience! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world

A item on my list of potential topics, a comment from Nerdarchist Ryan on a recent Saturday live chat, and something one of my players said to me the other day have coalesced into this week’s examination of different ways to approach your tabletop gaming hobby. A core concept shared by roleplaying games is that characters progress through an advancement system based on experiences. Different systems have different terminology for the mechanics, but essentially it involves accumulating a resource used to reach thresholds of advancement. In Dungeons & Dragons – the game I’m most familiar with – this is represented by experience points. Continue reading Experience schmexperience! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world