Nine podcasts to help you escape the horror of our dying republic

Posted on Sat 20 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, gaming, horror, podcasts, politics, writing • 5 min read

Let’s face it. Things are bad right now.

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s hard to be happy about anything at the moment, unless you’re, I don’t know, a bridge troll, I guess? You need something to take your mind off things …


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How Magic the Gathering Saved Dungeons & Dragons

Posted on Thu 26 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with dnd, gaming, magic, pathfinder, tabletop • 2 min read

Ryan C. Burch has published an interesting piece on Geek Speaker about how Wizards of the Coast used principles from Magic the Gathering to save D&D from itself. His contention is that 2E was inaccessible to most gamers, and that TSR had made management decisions that had seriously hampered …


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Five Room Dungeons

Posted on Sun 15 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with dnd, gaming • 1 min read

This article from Strolen’s Citadel is easily the best piece of practical advice for a DM that I’ve found. Dungeon design is difficult to get right. Despite what the swollen published modules may lead you to believe, shorter crawls are almost always better.

This particular technique is also …


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The Strange: Monte Cook Keeps It Weird With New RPG

Posted on Mon 28 October 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, kickstarter, monte cook, numenera, rpg • 2 min read

I’ve recently written about Monte Cook’s game Numerera, and by all accounts, the game appears to be enjoying some success, or at least significant buzz. Many creators would be content with that and simply double-down on that product. That being said, Monte Cook doesn’t seem to be …


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Exploring the Ninth World: A Few Thoughts on Numenera

Posted on Thu 24 October 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, monte cook, numenera, reviews, rpg • 6 min read

Numenera Cover

Welcome to the Ninth World

As I’ve been running my D&D campaign, I’ve become interested in the alternative role-playing systems that came about after my initial foray into gaming. It all started because I was looking for inspiration for fun rule tweaks I could incorporate into my …


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The DM’s Adventuring Kit

Posted on Mon 06 May 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with d&d, featured, gaming, reviews • 11 min read

I recently wrote about my return to Dungeons and Dragons, and promised another post where I would share what tools our group is using to facilitate our long-distance games. It’s really critical to make sure that game groups are well organized, or many campaigns will fizzle out due to …


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Rolling Them Bones Again

Posted on Mon 22 April 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, personal • 16 min read

I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons again for the first time in over ten years. It’s been a lot of fun, and challenging as well. When I started playing again, I elected to start by being the DM for my group, which is quite a bit of work, but …


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Drunks & Dragons

Posted on Thu 24 January 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with d&d, gaming, podcasts • 1 min read

I was randomly searching the iTunes podcast directory a few weeks ago and stumbled across the Drunks & Dragons podcast. Essentially, it’s a series of recorded gaming sessions between friends playing through their first campaign. Rules lawyers may get frustrated, as in the early episodes the DM makes a few …


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