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Your Guide to the D&D One Playtest – Origins

D&D will have a new version in 2024! Let’s take a look at the first playtest packet for character origins. And, how good is the survey at asking the right questions?

September 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Join My Tables at 2022 GameHole Con!

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

June 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Announcing: Success in RPGs!

Announcing the launch of a new show: Success in RPGs! Watch the intro video and learn all about this show helping you achieve success in the RPG industry.

May 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Bold New Future Hinted at by D&D Direct

Wizards of the Coast held D&D Direct, announcing a number of books and products, including classic campaign settings. Find out exactly what was announced… and what might be announced next.

May 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

How WotC Already Found the Future of Spellcasting Monsters

The latest spellcasting monsters still have design issues. But if we look at WotC’s 2019 design, we can see the future!

February 18, 2022 · 22 Comments

The Future We Want for Spellcasting Monsters

WotC has made changes to D&Ds spellcasting monsters. We analyze the design changes and decide whether these changes go far enough.

February 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Looking Back on 2021 and Forward to 2022

We look back on 2021’s challenges and unparalleled growth, and look ahead at the exciting developments 2022 may bring for D&D and the RPG industry.

December 30, 2021 · 3 Comments

The Real Competition for D&D and Wizards of the Coast

Who does WotC actually compete with? And who actually competes with WotC? Let’s look at WotC’s fastest-selling RPG in 2017 for an answer. It’s not 5E!

December 7, 2021 · 14 Comments

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 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

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

Join My Tables at GameHole Con!

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

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

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