Tagged D&D

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...

No Critical Failures in She Kills Monsters

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to attend opening night of Gadfly Theatre Productions’ rendition of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, performed at Gadfly’s new space in the Fox Egg Gallery and directed by Immanuel Elliot. The basic premise is that when Agnes’s much younger sister dies, she discovers things she did not know about her sibling via a Dungeons & Dragons notebook she left behind. But I quickly realized that it is about much more than a girl who plays D&D....

The Tabletop Gamer’s Guide to New Foods of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is once again upon us, adventurers—August 26 to September 5! Every year, it is always full of old favorite foods like the classic foot-long, deep-fried cheese curds, and my all-time favorite, Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar. And every year also gives us a chance to try something new and add it to the list of favorite must-have State Fair foods. My mission: go through all the new foods listed on the fair’s website and give a...

Book Geek Bulletin: Fitzgerald, Fantasy, and Films

Welcome to a new regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Local Lit The Strand literary magazine has published “Temperature,” a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was discovered in his papers at Princeton University. You can buy the issue here. Fitzgerald’s former brownstone on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue has been for sale since June, if you have $650,000 lying around....

Do You Want to Be a Knight or a Dragon? Exploring Trove: The Crystal Caverns

I recently sat down with local game publisher Patrick Leder, who’s currently working on a new asymmetric dungeon crawler entitled Trove: The Crystal Caverns, to find out what it takes to come up with a new and unique board game. I asked him a lot of questions and took a lot of notes, and our conversation flowed back and forth with a lot of fun. I could tell right away that he is a passionate gamer. For those of...
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