The Real Session Zero

If you're sitting at my table, it's because I invited you. There are many reasons for that invite, many factors I had to consider, not the least of which is the existing dynamic among the other players. Please understand that what I'm about to say to you, I said to them when they sat down... Continue Reading →



Please consider this your warning: I am going to dissect Matt Colville's latest video. If you're a fan, you probably won't like what I have to say. Please understand that I'm not doing this as a stab against him. I am doing this as a critique on his rhetoric. I said it before and it's... Continue Reading →

How do you make a good D&D podcast?

Lately, I've been arguing with people online (no surprise there) about the quality of D&D "actual play" podcasts and videos. There's much to say about them but little that ties them all together. One will have poor sound quality, another is in bad need of editing; but these are technical details that frustrate the one... Continue Reading →


​Living in the public eye means there will always be people who hate you, whether out of jealousy, projecting, or general self-loathing. It’s unfortunate, but you ignore it and move on because ultimately, if you’re happy and doing what you want to do, it doesn’t matter. Seeing recent conversations on such topics, and it’s curious... Continue Reading →

Being a Better Player

There's a conversation taking place at the Tao of D&D, starting with the semantics of combat and moving in... a very different direction. Alexis shared a video about motivation, noting that player motivation cannot be viewed in the same way as, say, factory worker motivation. Please check out the discussion and the video, it's all... Continue Reading →

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Following up on the last post, let's take a moment to better define the game. I propose a five-level categorization system. Each level is assumed to build upon the previous (the exception being the third level which offers additional rules systems that can be added to a game as the DM desires). We can use... Continue Reading →


Fuzzy Skinner offered his take on the recent podcast, a sentiment that is shared among many in our online communities. Alexis politely shut him down, a response which is entirely within his right, particularly when you consider that he's maintained pretty much the same position on his blog for about a decade. For myself, it's... Continue Reading →


Before you get into this post, please take a moment to have a listen. Alexis and I join Chad and Scott from "Want to Hear Something Interesting?" to discuss our approach to gaming. Many things are said and many points are made. There's one that I want to elaborate on. The relevant portion begins at... Continue Reading →

Cheater, Cheater

I don't know how many people play D&D, let alone how many DMs are out there, but I figure a Facebook group with over 18,000 members is probably a fair representation of the hobby ~ which means the hobby is in serious trouble. I joined the group a couple of months ago. I left two... Continue Reading →

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