The Dice Section #25: ‘Wrath of Ashardalon’ and the Perfect Dungeon Crawl

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This week on the podcast, we talk about the perennial geek favorite: the dungeon crawl. Why does the lure of loot always get us back down into those dark, dank catacombs? What makes the perfect dungeon crawl experience, and why do so many games fall just short of what we’re hoping for? We play Wrath of Ashardalon, one of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games, and talk about everything from Descent: Journeys in The Dark to Diablo III. Continue reading

Original ‘D&D’ and 5th Edition, Some Side-by-Side Comparisons Part I

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing some investigations into “classic” Dungeons & Dragons for an upcoming Adventurers League three-week (six hours) session. Way before Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, and even before the Basic Set (1977) that was my starting point with the game. I’m talking about what many folks refers to as Original D&D or OD&D. Continue reading

The Dice Section #22: ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

The Dice Section: Dungeons & Dragons

The Dice Section is a podcast about tabletop games and what makes them great. On and off for the past few years, my co-host, Dave Kirby, and I get together and talk about what we’ve been playing and why. We try to go in-depth with the games we love and explain what’s so special about them, how they fit in with our own personal day-to-day stories, and why we keep coming back to the table to play more.

I’m excited to bring the show over to the GeekDad Podcast Network and host it here. Continue reading

Prepping for D&D With Obsidian Portal Campaign Wiki

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Prepping for a roleplaying game doesn’t have to take hours. With the help of Obsidian Portal, I only spend about half an hour a week on mine. Here’s how to use campaign wikis to up your Dungeon Mastering game. Continue reading

Best Board Games of 2014

Best Board Games of 2014

It’s time for one of my favorite posts each year: our Best Board Games list! Continue reading

Traveling the Planes of Dungeons & Dragons

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When I was a kid, I drooled over the inside covers of Dungeons & Dragons books, marvelling at all the different campaign settings and splatbooks. Out of everything, the Planescape setting was the most fascinating. Continue reading

Game Review: Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing

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Having played a brief demo of WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing at this summer’s GenCon, I was really looking forward to the fall release of the Starter Set. I’ve finally had the chance to play a few sessions, and am itching for more. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Dungeon Master Guides – 1979 AD&D and 2014 D&D

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The circle is complete. Wizards of the Coast has released its 5th edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, and with that book the trio of books that has formed the basis of Dungeons & Dragons for decades is united again in a new edition. Earlier this year, WotC released the 5th edition Player’s Handbook and followed it up with the 5e Monster Manual. Based on reviews and fan reaction and my own informal discussions with numerous players during my own Adventurer’s League gathering every Wednesday evening, the opinion seems to be that the 5th edition is a welcome return to traditional dungeon crawls and role playing to satisfy veteran players while bringing in enough new content and rule updates to freshen up the game and make it welcoming to new players. These reactions, however, have been based on the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and the handful of ready-made adventurers that have been offered up to dungeon masters and players through the Expeditions and Encounters events. The 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide has been the most obvious missing element, but no longer. It’s here… Continue reading

A Small Taste of D&D – Attack Wing

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If you’ve been waiting for a tabletop aerial combat game that includes more shimmering scales and fewer S-foils — more actual fire power than, you know, “firepower” — you’ll probably be interested in WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing, set for release next month. I had a chance to play a short demo at this year’s Gen Con, and it sure seems like fun. Continue reading

The Getting Excited for Gen Con 2014 Super-MEGA Post

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One of the best things about going to a big gaming convention is, of course, all the cool new games you get to try out (and buy). And another is fun events that are made possible by large groups of people in one place. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

Video Games, D&D, and Farting on the Bus: Bad for You Is Good for You

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Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun is an illustrated tour through cultural freak-outs. The book is a historical look at the hysterical horror adults have felt about kids activities, from comics, games, technology, play, and thought. It’s a fun, surprising and biting survey. GeekDad has an interview with authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #1: Tony DiTerlizzi Talks About WondLa, Dungeons & Dragons, and Star Wars

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Tony DiTerlizzi is one of my favorite author-illustrators, and his WondLa series is a family favorite. The final book of the trilogy, The Battle for WondLa, is out this month, and I got a chance to speak with DiTerlizzi before he heads out for his book tour. We talked about all things WondLa, his upcoming Star Wars book, Dungeons and Dragons, and more. Continue reading

Five Amazing TV Moments from D&D History

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In honor of the 40th anninversary of Dungeons & Dragons, we present Five Amazing TV Moments from D&D History. In these clips — from 60 Minutes to Freaks and Geeks — we see the how the famous game has been portrayed, from being ridiculed and used as a scapegoat to being celebrated. Continue reading

Arcane Mishap Blamed for Owlbear Situation (TableTop Plays Lords of Waterdeep)

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In what is easily the most funny TableTop yet, Wil and friends play the wonderfully enjoyable Lords of Waterdeep. Won’t someone think of the owlbears? Continue reading

Second Issue of Gygax Magazine Hits Shelves This Week

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Gygax Magazine, a tribute to the gaming magazines of yore (think Dragon and White Dwarf, circa 1985), releases its second issue this week with a stunning cover by fantasy artist extraordinaire Jeff Easley. Continue reading

Back in Print – Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition Core Rule Books

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For those that would like to revisit their roots there is some great news. Wizards of the Coast has gone back to the digital vaults and is now offering reprinted copies of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition rule books. Continue reading

Dungeons & Dragons Publishers Cast Resurrection on 3.5 Spell Compendium

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Wizards of the Coast just released a reprint of their new hardcover Spell Compendium for D&D 3.5 This sourcebook has taken spells from Dragon magazine, web articles from the WotC website, supplements such as Complete Arcane and Manual of the Planes. The quality of this printing is just supurb and is actually the best looking D&D sourcebook I own with foil artwork and and embossed cover. Continue reading

The 10 Best Classic D&D Modules I Ever Played #8: Michael Moorcock Wants His Sword Back

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We were digging through the storage shed recently, when I should chance across the dusty stack of old Dungeons & Dragons modules I’ve had with me for… well, for a very long time. For all the GeekDads who have gamed, as I scan and read through these, I’ll post them for your enjoyment and comment, if you remember them. Continue reading

The 10 Best Classic D&D Modules I Ever Played #7: My Spidey Sense is Tingling

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We were digging through the storage shed recently, when I should chance across the dusty stack of old Dungeons & Dragons modules I’ve had with me for… well, for a very long time. For all the GeekDads who have gamed, as I scan and read through these, I’ll post them for your enjoyment and comment, if you remember them. Continue reading