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Solving the Problem of Heroes Leaving Their Home Behind

Leaving home can lessen the emotional ties heroes have, and undermine their motivations. Let’s explore alternate approaches to correct this!

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Why Do Heroes Leave Their Home Base Behind?

Why do heroes leave their home base behind, and what are the consequences of this design?

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D&D Celebration News and Puzzles

A quick look at the big news from D&D Celebration, and a walkthrough of the event’s cool puzzles!

September 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

For an Epic Hero, What is the DC to Pick a Lock?

A level 20 hero finds a treasure chest in a D&D 5E game. What should the DC be to pick a lock? Let’s review two approaches and how to make them shine.

September 16, 2021 · 6 Comments

These Adventures Teach Us How to Offer Players Choices

Adventures that offer real choices? Let’s take a look at some from… get ready for this… 4E.

September 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

How to Grow Old in Tabletop RPGs

An article on aging in the RPG industry. How to do it well, in a world of constant change.

August 27, 2021 · 4 Comments

Is the WizKids “1 of Everything” Witchlight Box a Good Deal?

WizKids announced a “Collector’s Edition Miniatures Box” that provides one of every mini in the upcoming WitchLight set. Let’s find out if it’s a good deal!

August 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Why Adventures with Flowcharts May Offer No Choices

Just like a classic “choose your own adventure” book, a flowchart may offer no actual choices. Here’s how to change that.

August 12, 2021 · 6 Comments

Join My Tables at GameHole Con!

Come join me at GameHole Con for games, panels, and live games!

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Streaming Dragons and Arguing Canon

What does the future of D&D hold for dragons? And, what should D&D’s approach to canon be for 5E?

August 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

Reviewing Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft for Players and DMs: A Mastering Dungeons Index

We provide an index to our podcast coverage of the book Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft.

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

The D&D Fan’s Guide to Buying the New Magic the Gathering Forgotten Realms Set

Learn the options you have for getting your hands on the new Magic the Gathering set: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms!

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments