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The Key Issues for OGL 2.0

A checklist by which we can assess whether any future OGL 2.0 for Dungeons & Dragons meets the needs of creators, the hobby, and WotC.

January 15, 2023 · 6 Comments

Success with Social Media and NDAs

Two new Success in RPG videos, a Podcast vote, and much more heading our way in 2023!

January 3, 2023 · Leave a comment

What Can a Freelancer Earn?

How much can a freelancer earn in a year? What is a good word rate? How many PHBs would I need to write to afford a decent living? Episode 3 of Success in RPGs has the answers!

September 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

Your Game’s Lore? Make it Actionable!

Lore is often encyclopedic, hard to use and even intimidating for Dungeon Masters. Here is how actionable lore can change your game.

June 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

What Should I Playtest at Gamehole?

I’m going to playtest an adventure at Gamehole Con, and supporters will determine which one.

April 29, 2022 · 1 Comment

Make the Most of Tomb of Annihilation with the Dungeon of Doom

Dwarven Forge provides free adventures for D&D 5E and Pathfinder. Let’s add Dungeon of Doom into Tomb of Annihilation!

March 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Use These Free Dwarven Forge Adventures in Your Next campaign

Dwarven Forge provides free Dungeons & Dragons adventures! Here is how to use them in your home campaign or with official adventures.

March 3, 2022 · 2 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

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!

October 18, 2021 · 7 Comments

Why Do Heroes Leave Their Home Base Behind?

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

October 14, 2021 · 3 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

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