Seattle’s PaizoCon 2016 Tickets on Sale

PaizoCon 2016

PaizoCon 2016 tickets just hit the street and are available for this four day gaming convention in Seattle Washington. PaizoCon is put on by Paizo the makers of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Continue reading

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manuals from second to fifth edition.

When I started my latest ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ campaign back at the beginning of the year, my goal was to reduce the amount of time I spent preparing for each session. I’d burned out on building crazy complex combat encounters and over-plotting with hundreds of wiki articles linked together like some nutcase’s string-smothered pegboard.

I needed simplification, so I made a vow to keep it to 30 minutes of prep for every weekly session. Continue reading

Before ‘D&D,’ There Was ‘Chainmail.’ But Before ‘Chainmail’…

Chainmail Feature Image

It’s widely known that ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, was the successor of Gygax and Jeff Perren’s earlier work titled ‘Chainmail.’ But this week an interesting find was shared by wargame historian Jon Peterson over on his blog, ‘Playing at the World,’ and it’s definitely a bit of disruptive news… Continue reading

Ready-Made ‘D&D’ 5e Adventures for DMs Do Exist!

5e Collection

I was recently chatting with a fellow ‘D&D’ 5e player (Hey, Tyler!), and he was asking me all sorts of questions about DMing–time demands (in terms of preparation), the need to improvise, coming up with new material, etc. He wants to be a DM, but he was understandably hesitant to jump in. I told him that he could always go with the pre-generated content books that have been released for 5e–‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen,’ ‘Elemental Evil,’ and the most recent book, ‘Out of the Abyss.’ He told me he was looking for shorter adventures similar to the old ‘D&D’/’AD&D’ modules that were so popular in the ’80s and ’90s but they seemed to be in short supply. WHAT?! Short supply? Not true! Continue reading

A Geek Dad’s Year-End, Get-It-Done Self Review for 2015

Calendar 2016

It’s that time again… the end of the year where I give a look back at my geek-related work and home life and try to grade myself (always on a curve and with extra credit tossed in before averaging) on my various endeavors. 2015 was a great year for me for many reasons–there were the inevitable potholes and detours and complete traffic shutdowns, but, all-in-all, I have to say it was a pretty straight road for me personally and professionally. Continue reading

Dungeon Crawler Miniatures: Re-animated, Crowdfunding Baba Yaga’s Hut

Dungeon Crawler Walking Hut

Get your very own Baba Yaga’s Walking Hut with this independently run crowdfunding campaign from Dungeon Crawler Miniatures. Continue reading

Dungeon Casting Part 2: Creating Custom Molds

Custom sarcophagus

In my prior post, Dungeon Casting Part 1: Creating Dungeons With Hirst Arts Molds, I showed you how to create the crypt from ‘Pathfinder’s Crypt of the Everflame’ game module. The key feature of the crypt is Kessen’s sarcophagus. This sarcophagus lid is cast from a custom mold that was surprisingly simple to create. In this post, I will show you how to create your own molds that can be used to cast your own pieces similar, or identical, to Hirst Arts stones. One reason you may want to do this is to create a custom piece otherwise not available, such as this sarcophagus lid. Continue reading

The Dice Section #29: Let Me Tell You About My ‘Shadowrun’ Character

A whole lot of d6

In this episode, our first after a long summer vacation, we discuss those moments in role-playing games—video and tabletop—that made us stop and think. As young players, the idea of character dilemmas and a satisfying story were the stuff of gaming legend. Now that we’re all growed up, we realize that it can happen, but it takes a special group and a GM willing to let go of a little control. Continue reading

‘Empire of Imagination’ – The Gary Gygax Biography

EOI Cover

Books such as Jon Peterson’s ‘Playing at the World’ and the recent four-part book series ‘Dungeons & Designers’ by Shannon Appelcline fill in a lot of the details about Gary Gygax and how he, along with Dave Arneson, helped develop the ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ game that so many of us enjoy today. There’s so much information out there on the history of D&D and how it came to be… but up to now there really hasn’t been much in the way of a biography of Gary Gygax. And author Michael Witwer is trying to change that. Continue reading

Tales of 2D and 3D ‘D&D’ Adventuring

Lava Flow

I love being a DM. It scratches a creative itch for me. Creating an adventure, running it, improvising when necessary to counter whatever craziness the players throw my way–these are all aspects of the job that I absolutely enjoy. Toss in the smiles and laughs of my players at the end of a session as they recall one or two significant events from the night, and there are moments when I could be convinced to actually pay to sit in that chair. Continue reading

Acquisitions Incorporated From PAX Prime 2015 Available to View!

Acquisitions Incorporated Image

The live ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Acquisitions Incorporated game played at PAX Prime 2015 is available to view online. Couldn’t make it to PAX? Skipped the session to play some games? Check out this hilarious live-game online now. Continue reading

GeekDad and GeekMom at PAX Prime


PAX Prime is coming to Seattle in a couple of weeks, August 28-31, and and will be hosting a panel you won’t want to miss! Continue reading

Another Alternative to Inexpensive Minis for Gaming

Skeleton Army

Yesterday, Ryan Hiller provided some great tips on finding inexpensive mini figurines for gaming that included offerings on Kickstarter and eBay. There’s no doubt that miniatures are useful to our favorite games, especially RPGs, and it’s nice to know there are options out there for those on a limited budget. While I’m all for saving money, I also would like to toss out two more factors for consideration when investing in minis — storage and durability. Continue reading

Unboxing the ’80s With Wil Wheaton and


As luck would have it, my Quarterly Co. Wil Wheaton box was delivered the day I went out of town last week, so, as soon as I got home yesterday, I tore into it to see what magical wonders of the ’80s awaited me. I was pretty happy with the first box and was very hopeful for this second, much larger box. Continue reading

PaizoCon 2015: A Newbie’s Perspective


Not only am I a PaizoCon newbie, but I’m a ‘Pathfinder Adventure Card Game’ newbie as well. PaizoCon was the perfect introduction to both the game and the company. Continue reading

‘D&D’ Players Beware — A New Dragon Has Been Spotted…

Dragon+ cover

‘Dragon+’ is a free ‘D&D’ resource that is available for iOS and Android devices (best viewed on a tablet, and my screenshots are from iPad–not sure if features and functions are identical with Android tablets). It contains articles and interviews with a mix of individuals and companies that are providing content and services to ‘D&D’ fans, along with videos, hyperlinks to external content, and plenty of eye candy. Continue reading

Build Your Own Treasure Hoard With Fantasy Coins and Bars

Fantasy Coins and Bars

Dwarven coins emblazoned with anvils and the stoic bearded faces of kings-beneath-mountains. Egyptian specie adorned with Osiris and pyramids. Multicolored hexagonal gems reminiscent of Hyrulean rupees. Every single piece is highly detailed and has the heft of real coinage. Continue reading

The Dice Section #28: ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’

Temple of Elemental Evil board game

Haircuts. Boxing. Sword and sorcery and dungeon crawls, including a revolutionary occurrence in our 5th Edition ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ campaign and a review of the new ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’ board game from Wizards of the Coast and WizKids. We reminisce about childhood games like ‘Hero Quest’ and ‘Dragon Strike’, and (spoiler alert) decide that we could all do a lot worse than ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’ as an introduction to the dungeon crawl genre. Continue reading

‘D&D’ Encounters DM Report: Elemental Evil Session 7

Elemental Evil

Over the last week (since the party returned from defeating the evil necromancer), small tremors have been felt — driving animals crazy (“barking horses”) and causing all sorts of unrest in the town. Just as the party was starting to get restless and considering moving on, a large sinkhole opened up in the center of town — four young children dropped down into the opening. The adventurers wasted no time in mounting a rescue — Goliath Tom lowered down Gnome Krieger with a rope, and they group proceeded to bring the children up, two at a time. As the rescue was going on, Krieger took a moment to examine his surroundings… a natural cave with two exits… one to the north and one to the east. The one to the north was a natural fissure, but the east passageway was obviously (to a Deep Gnome) carved/chiseled into a hallway. Continue reading

Hey DMs! Two MORE New 5th Edition Adventures!

Fifth Edition Fantasy Collection

If you missed David Ewalt’s interview with Nathan Stewart, Wizards of the Coast’s brand director for ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ one of the big takeaways from that article was that ‘D&D’ 5e is very much alive… and doing quite well. Steward shared that ‘D&D’ 5e was “the best launch we’ve ever had” and stated that “everything exceeded our forecast,” two statements that are sure to bring smiles to ‘D&D’ fans everywhere.

Here’s something else that will bring a smile to D&D fans (especially DMs) — Goodman Games has a new Kickstarter to raise funds to get two more Fifth Edition Fantasy adventures published and added to the two current adventures, FEF #1 Glitterdoom and FEF #2 The Fey Sisters’ Fate. Continue reading

‘The Adventure Zone’: One ‘D&D’ Podcast to Rule Them All

The Adventure Zone Podcast

‘The Adventure Zone’ features three brothers–Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy–playing ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ with their dad, Clint. Continue reading

‘D&D’ Encounters DM Report: Elemental Evil Session 6

Adventurers League

Tonight’s Encounters session wrapped up a three-part storyline called “The Necromancer’s Cave.” Because this adventure was spread over three weeks, the players were not given a long rest… meaning that spell casters were all out of spell slots and those players who had not yet died and burned up their hit dice during a few short rests were most likely very low on HP. This was a slog, pure and simple… and the players were definitely on their guard tonight (sort of). Continue reading

‘D&D’ Encounters DM Report: Elemental Evil Session 5

Adventurers League

Things are getting a bit crazy on the outskirts of Red Larch–who could have guessed this small town would have so many unusual activities and dangerous locales within walking distance? This week, Session 5 picked up where Session 4 ended… the players had begun exploring a cave where a few of the town constable’s deputies went looking for trouble… and found it. Continue reading