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Send the Barbarian in First

Looking out from behind the screen that hides my story notes and dice, I wait for a decision. The group at the table—some of them fathers my own age, …

Board Games

Roleplaying Failure

<i>“I missed again? Uh! Sonnofa . . . !”</i><p>Failure in the form of rolling poorly is unpleasant. It can lead to irrational behavior, such as conducting …

Steve Townshend on Dungeons and Dragons Improvisation

by Mike Shea on 21 May 2012<p>Recently on D&D Insider, Chris Perkins wrote an excellent article called Triple Threat discussing the importance of …

Board Games

This Cool Webseries Teaches You How To Be A Great Dungeon Master

Whether you’ve played <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> before or not, if you’ve spent about four seconds watching <i>Critical Role</i>, it’s impossible to not feel a bit …

D&D Rules Developer's 9 Insider Hacks For Players and DMs

87 DM tips.

www. Newbie DM .com<p>An Ennie Nominated D&D Blog & Podcast. Home of tutorials, advice, and downloads for new DM's<p><i>Posted on July 31, 2013</i> by <i>newbiedm</i><p>17<p>← …

Tutorials

My Little Book of Dungeon Maps

I've started doodling a little book of dungeon maps, towns, countrysides, etc. With these there's no planning or prep, they are just whatever pops …

Here's Richard Feynman's Simple Technique For Sorting Science From Pseudoscience

In this fast-paced world of social media news, it can be exhausting to constantly have to figure out which of the legit-sounding headlines popping up …

Checkmate: how do climate science deniers' predictions stack up?

The years 2017, 2016 and 2015 will make up the three hottest years on record for the planet. There’s no convincing some people<p>When the global temperature readings are in for 2017, it’s going to be a very hard sell for climate science deniers.<p>2017 will likely be ranked either side of 2015 as the …

D&D Beyond Campaign Creation Walkthrough

As an unabashed <b>D&D Beyond</b> advocate I discover new and useful aspects of the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons digital tools service everyday. …

'Dungeons & Dragons' now has a Kindle-like app to ease the book burdens

This would have been so freaking handy when I was in high school.<p><i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> isn't the easiest game to lug around, thanks largely to its …

New supernova analysis reframes dark energy debate

The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new research published in the journal …

Dark Matter

5 Tips For Getting Into Character

<b>1) Start thinking like your character</b><br>For me, this is the hardest advice to follow. You have to let your thoughts disappear. Your character is the one …

Choose Monsters Based on the Story

A Short Summary for Narrative-Based Encounter Building• Choose the type and number of monsters appropriate for the story and situation.<br>• Judge the …

Dungeons and Dragons

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”<p>Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent …

Dylann Roof

A Lesson on Slavery for White America

Look at the following series of tweets from the president of the United States, reflecting Thursday on the tearing down of Confederate statues in the …

The Make: Guide to Dungeon Master Crafting

As you may know, there’s something of a roleplaying and tabletop game Renaissance going on. More people than ever are starting D&D groups, doing family boardgame nights, and painting and fielding tabletop miniatures. The RPG, board, and miniature game markets have seen significant and steady growth …

Board Games

Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The department’s budget is now on the chopping block. But does anyone in the White House really understand …

Samuel Huntington, a prophet for the Trump era

Sometimes a prophet can be right about what will come, yet torn about whether it should.<p>President Trump’s recent speech in Warsaw, in which he urged Europeans and Americans to defend Western civilization against violent extremists and barbarian hordes, inevitably evoked Samuel P. Huntington’s …

Political Science

GM Tips: The Foundations for Great Villains

Please note: The Usual Disclaimer applies as always.<p>At the core of any great story, be it told through a book, a film, or at a tabletop, are the …

20 Poorly Hidden Secret Dungeon Doors

'Dungeons & Dragons' For People Who Don't Play 'Dungeons & Dragons'

Thanks to Twitch and YouTube, the world is suddenly a much smaller place. We can watch people go on vacation, open up boxes of toys, and give their …

D&D Monster A-Z (Inktober 2015)

www.calebcleveland.com https://instagram.com/caleb_cleveland http://calebcleveland.tumblr.com/ EDIT: I'm collecting these into a coloring/activity …

Building the Ultimate Dungeon Master Screen

Anyone who’s played <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>, or another roleplaying game, and used an official Dungeon Master (DM) screen knows how flimsy the commercial screens can be. Even the ones made of thick board not card stock, while being sturdier, are not very exciting and the information printed on them is …

More City Design Tips

I was asked the following question over on the Paizo boards:<p>Can I ask a question about city design?<p>I see advice I’ve seen elsewhere — start with the …

Five Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Tips Inspired By Critical Role

Years ago, I wrote the article Five Roleplaying Tips From Watching <i>The Guild</i>. As a passionate fan of the web show, I noticed keen roleplaying …

America Needs a Dead Man's Switch

The U.S. must establish policies that can protect its electoral system and respond to foreign actors in real-time.<p>Few people in Washington now doubt that Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. As more information about the response to that interference has been publicly …

Political Science

Actually, hate speech is protected speech

Free speech and its limitations are on Americans' minds. In the past year we've seen Nazis and white supremacists rally in our cities, angry protesters chase provocateurs off of college campuses, a comedian wield a bloody effigy of the president's severed head, and slurs and overt racial animus …

Rights & Freedoms

The Manchester Attack Shows How Terrorists Learn

Can governments be as innovative about saving lives?<p>Yesterday’s terrorist attack that struck at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Britain’s Manchester Arena—leaving 22 people dead and 59 injured, by the latest count—feels perhaps even more callous and personal than other such recent …

Terrorism