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

Best of GeekDad 2015: Our Most Popular Articles

GeekDad 2015: year in review

As parents and geeks, we write about a wide variety of topics we hope you enjoy as much as we do. Some topics, however, are more popular than others. Here’s a list of several of our most popular GeekDad articles from 2015! Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #4 Video Games


Today we take a peek at our favorite video games of the year. These are the games we’ve reviewed, played, loved, and sometimes hated. The games that spoke to us and pulled us in and kept us engaged for many hours. Most of these titles are suitable for all ages, but there are a couple that you may want to reserve for the older kids or parents. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #3 Tabletop Games

MTG Arena of the Planeswalkers package (1)

Most, if not all, of us here at GeekDad love to play games of all sorts. Digital or physical matters little to most of us so we’re splitting the games gift guide up into two parts. Today we’re featuring the physical games, ones made of cardboard, paper, and plastic. Tomorrow will showcase our favorite video games of the year. Read on for a list of our favorite games of the year. Continue reading

Extra Life Gaming Marathon: Play Games. Heal Kids.


Extra Life is a fundraising push initiated by Sarcastic Gamer and benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the country. 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

Make Your Very Own Batman Story With ‘Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman’

Rory's Story Cubes: Batman. Image: Gamewright

Unless you write fanfiction or love to cosplay as someone from the Batman universe, you’ve probably not concocted your own Batman tales. Perhaps you would prefer a different origin story. Or maybe you think Batman should become one of the bad guys for once. Or you just want to solve custom crimes, chosen by you, with Batman at the helm. You can make these stories a reality with this new dice set. 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

The Dice Section #27: Social Games

Trust the lies. Not the truth. Social games, ladies and gentlemen.

In this episode, Dave and Michael talk about social games like ‘Apples to Apples’, ‘The Resistance’, and ‘Dead of Winter’. Michael also attended Unpub Mini event in Durham, NC, and has a report on the prototype games he played there. Continue reading

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

Dungeon crawling with The Dice Section

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

The Dice Section #24: ‘A La Kart’ With Daniel Solis

The Dice Section: A La Kart by Daniel Solis

In the latest episode of the GeekDad gaming podcast The Dice Section, Dave and Mike take a spin around the karting course with Daniel Solis and his new game ‘A La Kart.’ They also wax nostalgic about ‘Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,’ which just may be the best video game ever made. Continue reading

‘Darkest Dungeon’: Early Access Gaming at Its Brightest

Darkest Dungeon title screen

In Darkest Dungeon‘s most interesting take on the dungeon crawler, you’ll find that your heroes are anything but the indefatigable barbarians and wizards of high fantasy. These warriors, rogues, and priests are fragile creatues of limited health and sanity. Continue reading

‘Skylanders’ Releases Love Potion Pop Fizz for Valentine’s Day


‘Skylanders’ has released another great holiday character. This time it is Love Potion Pop Fizz. Rumor is he was working on a raspberry soda when his recipe backfired and what you see is the result. A raspberry pink Love Potion Pop Fizz, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading