Tagged D&D

Acquisitions Incorporated Brings Fresh New Fun to Dungeons & Dragons

If I could level one criticism at the developers of Dungeons & Dragons, it would be that their worldbuilding is sometimes very same-y. Don’t mistake me—it’s very good! But it’s also very safe, in a way that is both a major reason for the game’s enduring success and occasionally underwhelming. They sometimes reuse themes, characters, and ideas written decades ago, simply redressing them for each new edition of the game. My favorite adventures are my favorites because they do...

The Character Alignments of 2019 Minnesota State Fair Foods, Rated

There are three big reasons millions of people flock to the Minnesota State Fair each and every year: food, food, and . . . oh yeah, more food. Even though we have to wait another couple of months to consume it all, the fair has released its annual list of new foods to whet our appetites! Of course, not all new foods are created equal. As such, here are the classic character alignments for some of the new yummies...

Ghosts of Saltmarsh Brings a Thrilling, Flexible Setting to the Dungeons & Dragons Family

In my experience, Dungeons & Dragons campaign books generally come in one of two forms: either a fairly linear progression of adventures that move along an overarching plot or a broader collection of individual adventures loosely related to a central theme or location. Both types have their merits and their drawbacks. Linear campaign books provide a structure for new or time-lacking dungeon masters, but they also can present a challenge to both groups when players make decisions in-game that...

Humblewood Is Bringing Avian Adventure to D&D 5th Edition

When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, I’m always on the lookout for twists and deviations from the game’s default setting—I’ve played in that setting a number of times, and variety is the spice of life. For a long time I have wanted to play and/or DM a campaign set in a world inspired by Aesop’s Fables or Redwall, with talking animals and woodland adventures and such, but it seemed like a ton of work to put the races...

Role-Players Can Wander the Streets of Ravnica with the “Krenko’s Way” D&D Adventure

With 2018 being Magic: The Gathering’s 25th anniversary, fans of the long-running game have been treated to a lot of new formats, products, and events. Some have been well received, such as the Dominaria expansion. Others have been more limited in their reach, like the Battlebond draft set. One of the major changes that Wizards of the Coast made to their product release and Wizards Play Network in 2018 was to eliminate support for local game store championship tournaments,...

Dungeons & Workouts Mixes Fitness Science with a Fun D&D Twist

There are many similarities between D&D and fitness I never considered until recently. When I exercise, I am “leveling up” my body, whether it’s through strength training, aerobics, or holding a yoga pose for an extended period of time. D&D allows me to level up my character and survive the upcoming campaign. I already wrote about the Minnesota-based D&D playbook D20 Athletics, but there’s another option, too: the 250-page Dungeons & Workouts: From Weak and Meek to Buff and Tough, a jam-packed...

Level Up Your Health with Minnesota’s D20 Athletics

One challenge with any exercise routine is not becoming bored. Boredom is one way to quickly sink motivation for exercising weekly, and I recently learned about one locally created option for fighting it. Minnesota personal trainer Rob Finlayson has created the D&D-inspired D20 Athletics, an online personal training system (with options for in-person sessions) that’s affordable, flexible, and geeky. Combining D&D with exercise is such a great idea, and I was automatically interested in trying it out. Finlayson is a self-proclaimed...

The Character Alignments of New Minnesota State Fair Foods, Rated

The Minnesota State Fair is rapidly approaching, and it is high time to prepare yourself (and your stomach) for the food that is coming. There is always a ton of food to pick from each year, and to make it easier for you, I’ve rated the moral alignments for some of the new food coming your way in 2018. Lawful Good: Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake This delightful treat is exactly what you expect to see when you hear the...

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? This Anime Won’t Answer the Question, But It Will Take You on an Adventure

The latest of my anime adventures has been a short fantasy anime with a really long name: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? With just 13 episodes in the first season, it’s been a very digestible series to watch, and I was very glad to hear that it’ll be coming back for a second season and a film—there’s a lot more of this story to be told! Though the title of this series...

6 D&D Meetups for Twin Cities Role-Players

I’m the first to say that I’m a noob when it comes to Dungeons & Dragons. I have only participated in one one-shot campaign, which allowed me to create Mr. Waffles the ultimate cat/lion killing machine. But I’m always looking for new opportunities to participate in a another one-shot or play D&D weekly, so I’ve put together this guide of local meetups for anyone else who’s trying to find the perfect role-playing group. Before I get into the Twin Cities D&D...
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