Dungeon Crawling: Barbarians

Lords, Ladies, lads, and lassies it is time to rage. Barbarians have always been the meat-shields that protect the squishies. They’re big, tough, and fuel their battlefield expertise with Rage. Often played as dumb for the sake of humor, most of us have a stereotype in mind when we hear someone at our table hasContinue reading “Dungeon Crawling: Barbarians”

Dungeon Crawling: Bards

Lords, Ladies, Lads, and Lasses, today I present my take on Bards. A class I have never played. You may ask, “How the heck can you have an opinion on Bards if you’ve never played one?!” Easy, I’ve played along side them, and I’ve DM’d for them. The Bard class is a charisma based spell caster,Continue reading “Dungeon Crawling: Bards”

Dungeon Crawling: My First Hero

…Or Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners. So you want to play Dungeons and Dragons, but you don’t know where to begin. There are so many books, so many rules, and so many choices that the options can be a bit overwhelming. Fear not for I shall simplify it for you. Before you worry about whatContinue reading “Dungeon Crawling: My First Hero”

Oresan’s Magnificent Foes: The Necromancer Dance Party…

You step gingerly into the dust covered room of the depths below. You’ve entered a long forgotten temple. As you scan the room for dangers you notice above you a faint light flickers into existence. The orb pulses lightly. Suddenly brilliant prismatic light pours outward in swift moving rays. The room comes alive. Near theContinue reading “Oresan’s Magnificent Foes: The Necromancer Dance Party…”

Dungeon Crawling: The Adventurers League

Dungeons and Dragons is a social game. Sure, you can play video games based on the source material that is solely single player, but at its core it’s meant to be enjoyed with friends. Sadly there are those among us who have no friends to play with. What do they do? First off, I suggestContinue reading “Dungeon Crawling: The Adventurers League”

Oresan’s Magnificent Foes: The Bloodsail Scavenger!

Arrrr me matey! You be seeking some sunken treasure in the depths of the deepest darkest oceans? Well pirate captain Oresan has a story for you… ::cough:: ::Clears throat:: Weird. Sorry about that. Sometimes national talk like a pirate day is every day… If you couldn’t tell I’m going to talk about a foe IContinue reading “Oresan’s Magnificent Foes: The Bloodsail Scavenger!”

Adventure Framework Part 3: The Pillars of the Adventure or The Art of Leaving Blanks.

We built this city on Rocks and Rolls. We did! It’s the parody that plays in my head on a nearly endless loop whenever I think of a completed adventure. Following my methods from the previous articles allow you to do just that: make a city. We made a city full of foundations, roofs, and above allContinue reading “Adventure Framework Part 3: The Pillars of the Adventure or The Art of Leaving Blanks.”

Adventure Framework Part 1: Start at the Beginning

“A few small, mostly melted candles adorn an old round table at the center of this shadowy room. The candle light flickers lightly as you step into the room through an ornate curtain. The dancing luminescence wicks over numerous porcelain masks covering the walls, their demonic visage accentuated almost seeming alive. A single gold censerContinue reading “Adventure Framework Part 1: Start at the Beginning”

Starting Players on the “Right” Foot: A Dungeon Master’s Guide.

Over a decade ago, there was a defining moment that would shape my Dungeon Mastering career. The moment that nearly all tabletop gamers share has long been burned into my psyche. A reminder. Thinking about it now: my hands clench into a fist, my heart skips a beat, my brow furrows. I feel a swellingContinue reading “Starting Players on the “Right” Foot: A Dungeon Master’s Guide.”