"Okay, the old man in the tavern tells you, 'Many years ago the powerful sage known as Mefi's own Lore
collected much wisdom about the sundry monsters of which the elders taught of us in the Monster Manual. Lore's annotations to the work came in the form of the comic series Speak With Monsters
. They were once thought lost forever
with the fall of Bad Gods and following the trail the mighty JHarris blazed previously
four winters past will lead only to woe. But Lore has shared them again in the distant library of Google Plus for seekers after wisdom and gold.' He then falls over with a knife in his back. What do you do?" [more inside]
The Ambush at Sheridan Springs.
How Gary Gygax Lost Control of Dungeons & Dragons.
The images vary widely, but they tend to be very strange and even disturbing—overt sexual acts, defecation, monsters, human-monster hybrids, animals acting like humans. There’s also examples of clergy behaving very badly, the sort of thing you would not expect to see in the margins of a sacred book.
Kaitlin Manning of B & L Rootenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts talks
to Collector's Weekly (previously
) about the exquisitely detailed religious texts surrounded by all manner of illustrated commentary, known today as marginalia
After two years of public playtest and discussion, the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons makes its debut today. The Basic Rules are now available as a free PDF
. [more inside]
The dragons in Game of Thrones as a metaphor for nuclear weapons
is discussed in a recent edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. (Spoiler alert)
How did Pathfinder become the only table-top role-playing game ever
to outsell Dungeons & Dragons, outpacing it 2:1? What were the economics of the Open Gaming License, whereby Wizards of the Coast effectively gave away
the rules to its flagship D&D product? Why did the table-top market collapse?
This and more on Episode 73 of the Game Design Roundtable
podcast, with guest Ryan Dancey, architect of the Open Gaming License strategy at Wizards of the Coast, and former marketing exec at CCP Games (makers of EVE Online). Dancey is now the business lead on Pathfinder Online, an upcoming sandbox fantasy RPG broadly in the mold of EVE and Ultima Online.
is usually about game design, but this episode is a fascinating look into the business side of the RPG world, both online and off -- from someone who has been at the heart of the most interesting business cases in the space. The first 30 minutes are all about business history and economics. [more inside]
January 26, 2014
will mark the 40th anniversary
of Dungeons & Dragons, and the anniversary will culminate with an event called Tyranny
. The playtest of the forthcoming D&D Next
has been ongoing since 2012, and the final playtest version is available. Alternatively, the original game
(complete with its supplements) is available as a boxed set. [more inside]
for lack of research
on dragons, makes
A collector has found what may be the oldest globe to depict the New World,
dated 1504 and engraved two half ostrich eggs.
The Hunt-Lenox Globe
may be, according to analysis by Stefaan Missinne in The Portolan
, designed after this new discovery. [more inside]
"This [129 question] survey
will determine your ability scores, fantasy race, class, alignment, and character level describing what you would be if you were transformed into a Dungeons and Dragons character."
TV REWIND! You're watching Supernatural
, late season 3. (Welcome back! Spoiler alert!) Demon hunter Dean Winchester has sold his soul to a demon to resurrect his brother Sam, a deal that Sam is determined to break before Dean's payment is due.
"A hunt for a dragon in New York City ends with some unexpected changes for Sam and Dean. With the clock ticking down on Dean's deal, can the brothers pull together to save the city?"
You're now watching The Other Side
, a 25-minute Supernatural
fan film created as a volunteer labor of fan love
. Written by novelist Naomi Novik
, The Other Side
is the first episode in a series exploring how fannish tropes, a tricksy dragon, gender issues, and a teeny tiny film budget could have sent Sam and Dean's story in a very
different direction. [more inside]
Dungeons and Dragons Classics
-- First Edition. Second Edition. Third and Fourth Editions. Even Basic and Expert sets. Psionics, Magics, Ninja and Samurai, Are you looking for modules? Come on down to DnD Classics! Wizards of the Coast has decided to release D&D sourcebooks as PDFs for your enjoyment and reminiscence.
Brian Posehn has started a new podcast where he plays Dungeons and Dragons with his friends: Nerd Poker
. [more inside]
Courtesy of that saint of old school gaming and dark god of the underworld Jason Sholtis, who runs the awesome, previously-posted
blog The Dungeon Dozen
, it's a new adventure to run using the game system of your choice:
THE SECRET PARTY-HOUSE OF THE HILL GIANT PLAYBOY (PDF viewer w/ available download)
. Looting, slaying, and party crashing beckon to the bold!
Also from Sholtis: the one-page dungeon FLESH FOR THE WITCH QUEEN
. (PDF viewer with download) [more inside]
In The Public Domain Review
, John Glassie reviews
one of Athanasius Kircher's
greatest works, Mundus Subterraneus
…intended to lay out
before the eyes of the curious reader all that is rare, exotic, and portentous contained in the fecund womb of Nature.
Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914)
was a Norwegian artist, famous for his (frequently astonishing
) pictures of trolls
, as well as his illustrations of dragons
, folk stories
and the occasional absolute horror
. [more inside]
The AV Club's Todd Van der Werf enters the Dungeon
"I’ve been at this for three days straight, and I need to start getting back to my everyday life, to start settling back into my real role as a TV critic with -3 dexterity. I go through the motions of playing the good guy, of standing in front of doors as we open them, in case they’re booby-trapped. This, of course, is how I end up getting splashed with copious amounts of acid, which begins to eat away at my health. (“It’s not a second-edition game unless there’s a room full of acid,” Brett says, and everyone agrees.)
Instantly, I’m into it."
Reversal of the Heart
- a 13 minute animated film of the fantasy persusasion, the senior thesis of artist Carolyn Chrisman.
First recorded 50 years ago, Peter Paul and Mary
's Puff the Magic Dragon
has a rather sad ending: Puff 'sadly slips into his cave' while little Jackie Paper grows up and puts his childhood behind him. But in 2007, Peter Yarrow published a book, Puff, the Magic Dragon
, in which the classic song remains the same, but whose illustrations give us a new glimpse into Puff's future. Here is Mr. Yarrow, performing the song with his daughter Bethany at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre, in '07
. [more inside]
What happens when a Southern paleontologist falls for a creationist? According to Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, it might go a little something like this
If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar fantasy RPGs, or if you just like reading in-depth analysis of fictional worlds, then the Tome of Awesome
[pdf] is for you. [more inside]
Who holds the longest home sell-out streak in professional sports? The Red Sox have the longest streak in major league baseball, just under 700 games (and counting.) The Washington Redskins have sold out 348 straight home games, a streak dating back to 1968. But the longest streak belongs to the Portland Trail Blazers, who sold out 814 straight home dates between 1977 and 1995.
Yesterday, they were joined by the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League
, whose victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods marked their 814th straight sellout. The Dragons, despite playing in an economically troubled
mid-sized city, have sold out every home game the team has ever played
, drawing over 8,000 fans a game, better than most AAA clubs. Dragons manager Delino DeShields
was last seen on MetaFilter
as a hitting coach in the independent Pioneer League. General manager Gary Mayse explains how the Dragons have found success in hard economic times
It's that time of year again... The 2011 One-Page Dungeon Contest
has announced winners[15mb pdf]
in 15 categories ranging from the more traditional "Best Investigation"[pdf]
to "Best Use of Teleporters."[pdf]
.) [more inside]
There’s a new indie film in the works about nerd culture and coming to terms with the hipster cooption of the sacred cow of Dungeons & Dragons : Zero Charisma
. This is brought to you by two folks Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews who’s prior work includes the cinematography and film editing
of Best Worst Movie
Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you...
"This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
Speak With Monsters
-- A comic about the most interesting parts of D&D. [more inside]
The Legend of Drizzt
— a film based on the books
based on the roleplaying game
brought to you by Ruben Studios
Wanna Play D&D? Nobody to play with?
Got a computer? Wanna experience The Temple of Elemental Evil
, Castle Amber
, The Palace of the Silver Princess
, and Danger at Dunwater
in your pajamas? Start with Circle of Eight Modpack
forThe Temple of Elemental Evil
and play the most complete Dungeons and Dragon game ever made. Think 3rd edition is for chumps? Show your true Moxie and revisit the modules of yore
with the Classic Adventures Mod
for Baldur's Gate II
. [more inside]
One of the better online random dungeon generators out there.
Scroll down a bit to see it. You can change the size and learn more about it from the home page
. [more inside]
In 1974, a pair of wargame enthusiasts from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin transformed the nascent hobby gaming world by publishing three little brown booklets
. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson's Dungeons & Dragons
has become an important part of the lives of generations of young gamers. Along the way, D&D went through numerous editions
, each with increasingly complex
rules. [more inside]
"I guess it's the stereotype of playing it - [the players] are usually fat, sweaty, hairy dorky men who are socially inept who happen to live in their mom's basement."
Dungeons & Dragons
, the 1974 published fantasy role-playing game that once delivered
to Satan, is still associated with self
, played in secret
(along with embarrassed "comings out"
) and scorned
by jocks/Salon writers and their cheerleader girlfriends everywhere.
But what better way to break, or affirm, the stereotypes, than by listening to a 4th Edition D&D game being played
, featuring not just by some scrubs off the street, oh no, but the creators of Penny Arcade
, Tycho and Gabe? Still not tempted? How about if we throw loved/hated Star Trek actor, prodigious blogger
and all round nice guy Wil Wheaton
into the mix?
All files available as Podcasts and/or embedded in page.
Warning: audio links feature some strong language. [more inside]
Running since late 2006 under a Creative Commons license, Erfworld
has now reached the end of book 1 in 150 pages of layered, fantasy roleplaying game ruled
, pop-culture fuelled writing and consistently good, disarmingly cute artwork. [more inside]
Here there be dragons.
On 8 October 2008, the #1 book on Amazon.com
was Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr
, the third book of the Inheritance
quartet. The books recount the adventures of Eragon and Saphira, the last Free Dragon, but they are hardly free from past influences
. In medieval lore
, dragons are man’s great foe, a monstrous version of the serpent from the garden of Eden. Raphael’s painting (c. 1506) of St. George and the Dragon
evokes this idea, but dragons and their heraldic
relatives, the wyverns, gained a more positive reputation over time. Look to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle
for the inspiration behind Paolini's dragons, or try Dealing with Dragons
, geared towards younger readers. There be dragons
on bookshelves everywhere.
Remember old D&D? What, 3rd edition? Pah! Not 2nd edition AD&D either, nor 1st edition. Not even "original" Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal. I'm talking really
original D&D, based off of Chainmail wargaming rules. OD&D
! Read about it at Delta's D&D Hotspot
, which discusses the development of a game system that is almost 35 years old. [more inside]
Hobby religion considers major change.
The Church of England is considering a motion to dump its patron saint, St. George
, noted for slaying dragons and being a fictional character. You see, he might be offensive to muslims. Next up, "Should 'Jerusalem' be abandoned for 'Peace Train'?"
This site is dedicated to spreading the Gospel in the werewolf and furry communities.
It also gives advice on how to P-shift
and explains why he doesn't like role playing games.
Quote - "I have Jesus to change me into a dragon and create neat lizard people to assist me in heaven." Words fail me.
Otherkin. Weird. Otakukin. Very, very weird.
Maybe you wonder if sometimes you are part...something. Unicorn? Dragon? You, are one of the otherkin
. "Unless you go through some regression therapy to find that Otherkin part of you, chances are you won't have your memories available to you." But don't worry, you're not alone.
(Unless you think you're an orc. Cause Tolkien is not a reference.
Otakukin - even better. You're thing is anime.
"The Druids of the ancient Celtic world have a startling kinship with the brahmins of the Hindu religion,"
according to popular historian Peter Berresford Ellis
. Another author examines the parallels between Celtic and Vedic culture in the article The Celtic Vedic Connection
, and a particular diety is analyzed in The Horned God in India and Europe
. This may not be very conservative scholarship, but I found it intriguing and fun to contemplate.