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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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Star Wars TTRPGs: Which One Should I Play?

gamingMorgan Carpenter
Who doesn’t love Star Wars? The epic space battles, the operatic stories, the fun aliens and relatable humans. Almost since its release in 1977, St...
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Metagaming: What it is and How to Avoid Doing it as a Player

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
A frequent bane of the tabletop gaming community, especially Dungeons and Dragons, is the metagamer. A quick perusal of almost any TTRPG forum or g...
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Types of Maps and Terrain for Tabletop RPGs

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
There are a lot of pros and cons to playing DnD online versus in-person, not least among those being the ease with which you can make and use grid ...
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Superhero TTRPGs for a Comic Book Campaign

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
These days, it feels like superheroes are everywhere. Comic books are easier than ever to track down online. Graphic novels are gaining acknowledge...
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Types of Historical Daggers to Flavor Your Weapons and Equipment as in 5e DnD

5e dndMorgan Carpenter
Almost as long as humans have existed, we’ve had knives in some form or another. As a utility and as a weapon, daggers are one of the most prolific...
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How to Make Cheap, Custom Dice (Without Resin)

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Currently, one of the biggest trends in the craftier tabletop circles is custom dice making. The hobby (and profession) emerged with the rise of re...
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Why does Dungeons and Dragons Use So Many Different Dice?

D&DMorgan Carpenter
A lot of new members of the tabletop gaming world enter through play of Dungeons and Dragons – it’s the most visible, and probably also the most pr...
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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Simple Tavern Games to Include in Your D&D Sessions

dice gamesMorgan Carpenter
So, your party has just completed their most recent dungeon crawl. They’ve made their way back up the dusky corridors, crawled past the oozes and mimics, and dragged themselves back to the nearby village to sell their loot and spend a few nights resting at the local tavern...
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6 Good Starter Tabletop RPGs for Kids

D&DMorgan Carpenter
Let’s face it – Dungeons and Dragons isn’t really a kids’ game. It can be played as such, of course. I myself started out at around 10 years old. A...
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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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