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Why No RPG Company Truly Competes with Wizards of the Coast

Think D&D has RPG competitors? Let’s find out why that isn’t true.

November 30, 2021 · 10 Comments

D&D Next and Classic Adventures: Organizing the (Caves of) Chaos

Classic adventures can be easily converted to 5E, but the writing approach often falls shorts of today’s standards. Six techniques help us modernize the classics, preserving the feel and increasing the fun.

October 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Adapting Classic Adventures like Keep on the Borderlands to 5E (or D&D Next)

D&D Next’s first playtest adventure was Caves of Chaos, nearly a copy of the original Keep on the Borderlands. Review the interesting history of this adventure and avoid its faults when you run it.

October 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Last Stand at Camp Starfall – The Influences of Other Genres on D&D

For the vast majority of gamers, D&D is simply a fantasy game, with no aspects of science-fiction. However, the early history of the game was full of sci-fi influences.

October 13, 2015

Basic Damage

Can the 1977 Basic D&D boxed set actually be more confusing that OD&D? Yes, it sure is! Find out what has aged poorly as our group continues playing through the editions.

October 12, 2015

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