Tagged Dungeons & Dragons

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...

The Midgard Worldbook Offers a Unique, Detailed World for Pathfinder and D&D Players

The best tabletop games come packaged with a great setting. Dungeons & Dragons’ original setting, Greyhawk, is a timeless world that any seasoned player would find familiar. The more modern Forgotten Realms is also comforting to anyone who has read fantasy books since the ’80s. Paizo’s Pathfinder borrowed familiar themes and ideas from both but created its own multiplanetary realm in the Pathfinder campaign setting that I still enjoy to this day. With all that being said, sometimes it’s...

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...

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...

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...

The Planes of Magic: The Gathering Come to Life in VIZ Art Books

As I’ve described in an earlier article, Magic: The Gathering has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. The story of the game has moved front and center on the cards themselves, depicting key moments in the plot via the cards’ art, gameplay mechanics, and brief lines of story text in a concerted effort to deliver a cohesive narrative to all players. Lately I’ve put off reading the online fiction in order to see for myself how well this process is...

Clockwerks, Minneapolis’s Steampunk Brewery, Opens for Business

The Twin Cities have no shortage of breweries—we are lucky enough to live in a city where it seems as if a new brewery or taproom opens around the corner every day. But when I learned that one of these new openings involved a steampunk-themed brewery, I needed to know more. The cofounders and co-owners of Clockwerks Brewing, Brett Michlitsch and Lonnie Manresa, were kind enough to sit down with me to answer my questions, tell me their origin...

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....

Weirdo to Watch: Klingon Christmas Director Bill Stiteler

Bill Stiteler is a man who touches the Twin Cities geek community in many different ways. He directed the film Thac0, about geeks playing role-playing games in a basement, as well as multiple Fringe shows; he is involved in CONvergence; and he is an avid podcaster. I recently sat down with Bill to discuss his life as a geek and his new project A Klingon Christmas Carol, playing this December at the Historic Mounds Theatre. Duck Washington (TCG): What does the...

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....
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