Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Darkplane 5e Campaign Setting

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A review of the Kickstarter “Darkplane,” a campaign setting for the fifth edition of ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ This setting combines Gothic Horror, weird almost Lovecraftian touches, and a gritty world to create a setting that just begs to be played in. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Handbooks — 1978 AD&D and 2014 D&D

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Here’s the deal — there are no middle versions of D&D for me. With the exception of a few rare games played over the last 10-20 years, I really stopped playing AD&D consistently in the mid-80s. I only have the D&D Basic Set and AD&D as a comparison with the newest 5e. You’ll get no 2e, 3e, or 4e commentary or debates from me — I wouldn’t be able to contribute anything. In a sense, any feedback I provide here on the new D&D rules should be treated the same as if it were coming from a new player (but a player with experience with RPGs). While I feel it’s a bit unfair to pit the 1978 AD&D Players Handbook against 2014 D&D Player’s Handbook, the reality is it’s not really a battle. AD&D was a product of its time, and it was outstandingly fun. AD&D had its problems (some of which I’ve shared above), but we still played it. A lot. With grins on our faces. Continue reading

Geekery: Is it Better to Go Wide or Go Deep?

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I’ve been internally debating whether it’s better to go wide or go deep when it comes to Geekery. Is it better to dabble, trying dozens of games and books and projects? Or is it better to seriously commit to one thing — Python, let’s say — and immerse ourselves in it fully? Continue reading

The Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon: 30 Years Old Today


Thirty years ago today, Dungeons & Dragons came to Saturday morning cartoon land. Whether you think this was a good thing or not probably depends (as some wizard/crazy old man once said) on your own point of view. Continue reading

Balancing Board Games and Babies, Part II

My Pokemon mentor once said to me, “The family that games together, stays together.” He couldn’t be more correct. A few weeks ago I shared with you how my husband and I balance being parents and gamers. My husband and I … Continue reading

Here There Be Dragons: Looney Labs’ Seven Dragons Game

Since rumors of the Pottermore website began, my husband has been daydreaming. An off hand comment by me that I might be interested in playing a Potter MMO has him fantasizing about all night gaming sessions side by side. With that in mind … Continue reading

Enter the Mega Dungeon: 65 Square Feet of Adventure (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

If you’re like me, when it comes to your pen-and-paper role-playing games, having a well-illustrated battle map on the table is pretty important. While it’s true that you can play a game of Dungeons & Dragons with some graph paper … Continue reading

Ask GeekDad – May 25, 2010, Twitter Edition

Ah, behold the joys of Twitter. It makes our job even easier at Ask GeekDad when we get quick questions via our Twitter account (that’s @AskGeekDad of course!). Today’s queries run the gamut from questions about music and kids’ interests … Continue reading

Geeky Math: RPG x LotR = DMotR

Of course, for those of you who are more into Jedis and Stormtroopers than hobbits and orcs, “Darths & Droids” might be for you. Created by a team of about six or seven people, D&D was inspired by “DM of … Continue reading

RPG Battle Maps Square Off: Battle Graph Dry Erase Boards

Running battles in combat-centric role-playing games can be as painful as stepping on a caltrop. You’re either depending on the Gamemaster to keep the entire scene in his or her head, or you’re constantly drawing and erasing the map on … Continue reading

Dungeon Master’s Guide 2 is a Critical Hit

Today marks the release of the much-anticipated Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide 2. The final entry in the second series of core rulebooks, DMG2 is hands down the best book released by Wizards of the Coast since the introduction … Continue reading