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5 Free Virtual Tabletops (other than Roll20) You Should Check Out

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
In the era of the internet, tabletop games have gone long distance. You could always play thus using theater-of-the-mind, of course, with detailed ...
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A Look Back at Our Controversial and Uncommon DnD Advice

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Over the last couple of years, Divinations from the Collective has attempted to bring good information about boardgames, DnD, and other tabletop RP...
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5 Winter Monsters for a Seasonal Dungeons and Dragons Session

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
The winter months are a fantastic source of inspiration for fantasy stories, and for fantasy tabletop games. Dungeons and Dragons is no exception! ...
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Dragon Magazine: A Brief History and Explanation

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
If you’ve played Dungeons and Dragons for a long time, chances are that you’ve already heard about Dragon Magazine. It’s possibly the best-known ro...
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Smart is the New Sexy – Making Intelligence a More Valuable Stat for Better Games

3e skillsMorgan Carpenter
For many Dungeons and Dragons players, Intelligence is an immediate dump stat. For a while, Wizards were just about the only class that really reli...
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5 Cool 3.5e Magical Items to Include in Your Current Dungeons and Dragons Campaign

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
There are few feelings more exciting in Dungeons and Dragons than finding a brand-new magical item. These swords, jewels, rings, and vestments prov...
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Steampunk as a Dungeons and Dragons Setting: Worlds, NPCs, Gods, and Media Inspiration

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
DnD is traditionally played with a high fantasy setting – that the genre for Faerun and the Forgotten Realms. Other subsettings that have been publ...
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Alternative Options for Tabletop Miniatures (for when you can't find the ones you need)

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
One of my favorite parts of tabletop gaming is combat. I know that it’s a less and less popular opinion nowadays when game after game is coming out...
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4 Little Details you can Implement to Increase Realism in Your DnD Campaign

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
With all the wizards, dragons, and general magic in Dungeons and Dragons, its easy to let the game slip into the realm of the purely fantastical. A...
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Bardic Musicians for Dungeons and Dragons NPCs and Player Characters

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
One of the most common recommendations for spicing up your tabletop sessions is a good soundtrack. Most is mood music, atmospheric instrumentals, b...
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5 Fun Fae Plot Hooks to Include in Your Witchlight/Feywild Campaign

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Wizards of the Coast has just released The Wilds Beyond the Witchlight, a prewritten campaign for Dungeons and Dragons, to no small amount of appla...
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How Many Gaming Dice Does a DM Need?

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Getting started as a Dungeon Master can be a little bit intimidating – there’s a lot to keep track of. Not only do you have to build the world, but...

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