Tag Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

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. Read More

Dungeon Casting Part 2: Creating Custom Molds

Dungeon Casting Part 2: Creating Custom Molds

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. Read More

Unboxing the ’80s With Wil Wheaton and Quarterly.co

Unboxing the ’80s With Wil Wheaton and Quarterly.co

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. Read More

Welcome To the World of Aetaltis!

“Journey to a distant land where bold adventurers wield magical blades against dark creatures from the shadowy depths. Thrill to the arcane power of enigmatic sorcerers as they master forbidden arts to strike down their diabolical enemies. Marvel at the courage of common folk who refuse to surrender to the tide of evil sweeping over the land. These, my friend, are the CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS!” –Marc Tassin Read More

Lose Yourself in Tony DiTerlizzi’s ‘Realms’

Lose Yourself in Tony DiTerlizzi’s ‘Realms’

Tony DiTerlizzi is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and author–his ‘WondLa’ trilogy is a favorite in my household, and we’ve got several of his pictures books as well. But before ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles,’ before his Caldecott Honor for ‘The Spider and the Fly,’ DiTerlizzi was a geeky kid who loved playing ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ Read More

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

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

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. Read More

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

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

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. Read More

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

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

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. Read More

The Dice Section #22: ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

The Dice Section #22: ‘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. Read More