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Q&A with Venger Satanis

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing writer Venger Satanis chime in on tabletop RPGs, so let’s do this, with relish. Q:  When did it first occur to you that tabletop RPGs could be your thing, and when did you know it for sure? VS:  I was really into the whole thing – fantasy, sci-fi, horror, comic …

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Long Island Sandbox, Part Three: Achievement Unlocked

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles by Chandra Reyer and Timothy Connolly examining the relevance of analog games in a digital world and the third in a series regarding the Long Island sandbox Timothy runs.] Achievement Cards It dawned on me, whilst listening to the actual-play podcast Crit Juice, that Achievement Cards would be a fun …

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Lagers, Taverns, and Bars, oh my!

Do your tabletop RPG sessions include enough watering holes? If you answered “Yes”, go ahead and award yourself 500 bonus XP. Are the watering holes described well enough for the players at the table? If you answered “Yes” again, award yourself another 1,000 bonus XP. Colorful watering holes are a crucial stitch in the tapestry of the more memorable D&D …

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Behold(er)! An Art of Dungeons & Dragons Documentary is Nigh!

It’s been a little like Christmas lately with the increase in documentaries regarding tabletop role playing games. It was only a matter of time before one covering the long history of art in Dungeons & Dragons was made. That it has a wonderfully punny title is just a bonus. There’s a lot of rich material for XRay Films and Cavegirl …

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Long Island Sandbox, Part Two: In a World…

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles by Chandra Reyer and Timothy Connolly examining the relevance of analog games in a digital world and the second in a series regarding the Long Island sandbox Timothy runs.] More origins (and the bonus situation.) The 1e AD&D sandbox known today as Benchleydale And Beyond (or B&B, for short,) was …

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Happy Birthday! Dave Arneson

Today marks what would have been the 69th birthday of Dave Arneson, the creator of the Blackmoor dungeon, which was the first RPG campaign, and what would later become Dungeons & Dragons. It also marks the conclusion of the third of three Read an RPG Book In Public Weeks held every year. Part of the celebration this year is the …

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Ryan Devoto’s Devotion to World Building

This seems to be the year that miniatures come to the forefront of tabletop gaming. Stefan Porkorny of Dwarven Forge gets a documentary that’s made it to Netflix, 3d printing becomes more accessible with files available online and we get to see the epic expanse of Ryan Devoto‘s diorama. Much has already been said by other websites regarding the extent …

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Long Island Sandbox, Part One.

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles by Chandra Reyer and Timothy Connolly examining the relevance of analog games in a digital world and the first in a series regarding the Long Island sandbox Timothy runs.] It’s a hobby first.  It’s a game second. Where I come from, hobbies are thought of as the tangible making of …

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Analog Games in a Digital World–Part 1: The Good Drow

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles by Chandra Reyer and Timothy Connolly examining the relevance of analog games in a digital world. While much has been written about how alike tabletop games and video games are, not much has been written on how they are different. It’s in this difference that tabletop games still thrive …