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 →

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How Will You Die?

Contrary to what a certain commenter would (probably) have you believe, I'm not that much of an asshole. I'm opinionated. I'm generally right (until proven otherwise). These traits are overblown on the internet because there's no good way to present a strong opinion about something and come across as understanding of opposing views without appearing... Continue Reading →

What Comes After?

I've made it a point to argue that acting is not necessary in order to play a role-playing game. This is fundamentally because role-playing is defined as "the acting out of the part of a particular person or character," and, in the context of an RPG, that role ~ the person or character ~ is... Continue Reading →

The thing about storytelling games…

I recorded a session with Alexis Smolensk last night for his upcoming Authentic Role-Play podcast. No spoilers. I can't even speak to the other guests because Alexis is keeping the production close to the chest until he's ready to release them, much as you would a traditional television program. I'm looking forward to it. There... Continue Reading →

I am Not Matt Mercer

Matt Mercer did a roundtable discussion with a few other internet D&D personalities. It's both incredibly illuminating and incredibly boring. It's boring because there's no real discussion: it's a group of talking heads, politely taking their turn to say something that they all agree with. Seriously. Watch the video. One person speaks, four heads nod.... Continue Reading →

Why We Sandbox

I picked up a new play table for the kids. It's for those wood train sets, Melissa and Doug, I think. I set it up in the basement and showed my kids where we could put their toys ~ it has a few drawers in the frame we're using to hold blocks and Lego pieces.... Continue Reading →

A Culture of Mediocrity

I am at once compelled to rant and rave, frothing at the mouth over the state of our hobby, the lack of real representation or leadership, and the constant perception of roleplaying as, if not a weird pastime, still a less-than-acceptable one. Yet there is that small part of me that cautions restraint. It tells... Continue Reading →

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