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The Case for Combat (or Encounter) XP Leveling in DnD

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Recently, I came across a short video of celebrity Dungeon Master Brennan Lee Mulligan. He was speaking into a microphone, clearly on a podcast of ...
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Unearthed Arcana Giant Options – What it Includes, What Stands Out, and What Needs Work

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
This week, Wizards of the Coast released their newest Unearthed Arcana (pre-released rulesets intended as a reception and beta test before official...
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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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New Campaigns for the New Year: How to Prep for a DnD Campaign

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
The new year is right around the corner, filled with new friends, new resolutions, and (hopefully) new games of Dungeons and Dragons. We’ve been ta...
Including Time Travel in Your Tabletop Game

Including Time Travel in Your Tabletop Game

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
It appears in sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, horror - practically every non-realistic genre you could ever think of. The ability to move through time, to see the future or experience the past, has captured the human imagination for centuries.
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Can you play DnD without dice?

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My aunt has an old favorite tabletop story. It goes like this: When she was in high school, she once celebrated her birthday by having some friends...
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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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