Michael Hinckley Hathorus



  Some of the most iconic adventures in literature and mythology have the hero engaging in a battle of wits with a nefarious guardian of some lost treasure or artifact. The Sphinx’s riddle or unraveling the mystery of eternal life in The Epic of Gilgamesh are, arguably, the most famous. And since Dungeons & Dragons directly and unabashedly references many of these older stories, it is not surprising that some adventures – published or homebrewed […]

Mastering the Game: Puzzles and Player Immersion




A Fusion of Imagination.   Dungeons & Dragons is such an influential cultural phenomenon that it helped inspire the creators of Magic: The Gathering into launching their own influential cultural phenomenon; one that would eclipse (and save the IP of) its predecessor TSR Inc. But the relationship between D&D and M:TG players hasn’t always been the best. SO maybe you’re like me, torn between two worlds. What can you do? You love D&D 5e but […]

Around the Web: Zendikar


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  Your party is doing very well, overcoming amazing challenges and responding to monsters’ onslaughts with ease and now the thing you fear has come to pass; your players are bored. Most DMs respond to player boredom or apathy with increased CR monsters; if the 5 level 6 players are sweeping through the Hobgoblin band led by one Hobgoblin Captain, then maybe two or three, or maybe all the hobgoblins should be captains? While it may […]

Mastering the Game: Monster Tactics




For many middle-aged players of Dungeons & Dragons, we remember vividly having to defend our hobby to parents, teachers, ministers, and detractors alike. Many of the younger players still ask what it was like growing up in a time when D&D was dangerous. RetroReporting takes a look back at D&D; the hobby, the hysteria, and the history of a cultural phenomenon.

Around the Web: Retro Reporting on DnD


  Probably best known for his voicework in video games and cartoons, Matt Mercer is also a well-known DM in the voice acting community in and around Los Angeles. Geek & Sundry’s Twitch stream featuring Mercer and eight of his friends playing D&D, known as “Critical Role,” is a fast-growing and fun romp through the world of 5th Edition. HERE, Matt shares his thoughts on “The Rule of Cool” – that is the implicit rule […]

Around the Web: Matt Mercer’s “Rule of Cool”


  When players think of foes to defeat, they usually think goblins, trolls, vampires, and dragons; Each more deadly than the last. But what most players don’t know, and what many DMs seem to have forgotten, is that adventure rarely takes place in temperate climes with perfect weather. Often, adventure calls the party to stinking swamps, blazing deserts, frigid tundra, or storm-tossed oceans. And here is where the players will be tested by the ultimate […]

Mastering The Game: The Environment