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.

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  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



You have your time slot, your adventure, everyone is at the table, dice are rolling and monsters are being slain. And then it happens. You get off track, lose yourself in the role-play, the rules, the intra-party drama, have to answer questions from new players, or look something up only to realize that you’ve lost track of time. The clock ticks like the thunderous beat of the Tell Tale Heart, the players are looking at their […]

Mastering The Game: Setbacks and Recovery



Spring is here and the convention summer is on the horizon. Time for some updates. I am, still, working diligently a revamped website, so we can add more content and functionality to the Herald’s Guild. However the work is getting lonely and the process could do with some extra eyes, ears, hands and commenting mouths. In short I could do with a few web (WordPress?) savvy volunteers. If working on websites is not your thing, […]

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