You’ve done it. You’ve built a world for your next campaign and you’re dying to show it off. Then things go sideways. The players aren’t asking the right questions. They aren’t engaging with your lore. Instead of following your world’s cultures and ideas, they’re defaulting to stereotypes, tropes, and so on from the base game. You put a lot of work into this, and there’s seemingly no payoff in the game. It’s time to talk about communicating your world.Read more
Through its nearly 50 years of existence, Dungeons & Dragons has changed the battlespace of the hobby several times. TSR pioneered supporting media as a cartoon, various comic book series, and extensive novel collections. In 2001, now under Wizards, they broke the taboo of controlling your game’s core mechanics and introduced the OGL, launching the d20 era and many careers. In 2016, they pioneered a new level of community content creation with the DMs Guild, creating a closed ecosystem for creators to have free rein on allowed IP. Then in 2017, Wizards did it again with D&D Beyond. Now, as we approach 2024, they’ve announced One D&D, a comprehensive single portal for all things D&D and the best deals on official D&D stuff. But what does any of this mean from the level of A list small publishers to Indie level creators in the hobby?Read more
I don’t think I’ve ever done a sort of rebuttal article, but here we are! The recent BOLS article “Let’s Play D&D in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” has a lot of problems and now it’s time to talk about Cyberpunk.Read more
Spelljammer is live now, but if you’ve read my last post on the topic and been following any of the critiques of its slim pickings approach to the setting and its needs, you’ll have probably guessed that I can’t give the setting a fair shake in terms of review. So instead, let’s dive into a review of Mordenkainen Presents: Monster of the Multiverse!Read more
Vidrian is the newest nation in Pathfinder’s Mwangi Expanse subsetting, and has a lot going on for everyone!
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