Out of Context D&D Quotes
(Not all quotes guaranteed to be out of context or from D&D)
Love Drow? Love Copkiller? These two great tastes come together as Law & Order star Ice-T reads a tale of the Forgotten Realms'
most misunderstood of dark elves, Drizzt Do’Urden
. And it's free!
And Ice is bringing all his celebrity friends: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories
expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny! And there are behind the scenes glimpses.
How Dungeons and Dragons is endorsing the darkest parts of the RPG community
"Three weeks ago the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons came out. D&D is the iconic tabletop role playing game, so a new edition is a big deal. It’s one of the few times that the small, insular pen and paper community gets noticed by the rest of the world. Many game websites have talked about it, notably Polygon’s piece
on gender inclusive language. Yet at the same time as D&D tries to appeal to those outside the gender binary, it has been driving them away by employing two of the most toxic personalities in tabletop gaming." [more inside]
The Ambush at Sheridan Springs.
How Gary Gygax Lost Control of Dungeons & Dragons.
For certain writers, especially those raised in the 1970s and ’80s, all that time spent in basements has paid off. D&D helped jump-start their creative lives. When he was an immigrant boy growing up in New Jersey, the writer Junot Díaz said he felt marginalized. But that feeling was dispelled somewhat in 1981 when he was in sixth grade. He and his buddies, adventuring pals with roots in distant realms — Egypt, Ireland, Cuba and the Dominican Republic — became “totally sucked in,” he said, by a “completely radical concept: role-playing,” in the form of Dungeons & Dragons. [more inside]
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]
Legendary old school tabletop RPG artist David Trampier
a few times on the blue) created some of the most striking iconic art
which helped define
of 1st edition Advanced D&D
. He grew disillusioned with the business in the late eighties and cut off all contact with his former employers (ceasing cashing royalty checks), disappearing with such finality that Dragon Magazine assumed he was dead
. By chance, some fifteen years later he appeared in a local news story in Carbondale, Illinois
where he was working as a taxi driver. He politely but firmly rejected all invitations to step back into his previous career. This week he passed away
at the age of 59. [more inside]
"What had fallen into my hot little hands was none other than one of the booklets that Patricia Pulling
and her fellow members of Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons would hand out to people - police, pastors, parents, teachers, and librarians - to help 'educate' them about this terrible 'danger.' It was a crowning jewel to any collection of anti-RPG propaganda
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]
"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."
is the playground and folio of interactive developer Tim Holman, where he has posted 15 different projects, both interactive (fizzy cam
; and Image Nodes
) and passive (Meet the Ipsums
, more than 30 text generators, from corporate
; the useless web
; dripping paint
). [more inside]
"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
⇐ [more inside]
Some wonderfully enterprising nerd has created a mod for the real-time grid-based 3D dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock
) based on the the Dungeons & Dragons module Tomb of Horrors (previously
, funny SA rundown here
). It's available via nexusmods
and Steam Workshop
. Have a nice weekend.
on Metafilter), an Eisner nominee who writes about manga and draws comics based on H.P. Lovecraft stories, has created wonderful cartoon maps of some classic Dungeons and Dragons modules. [more inside]
A lovely recollection of pop-culture mentors, and finding culture pre-internet.
"Uncle Mike didn’t play D&D; paintball battles in the Everglades were more his thing. But for the next few years he kept passing along books he’d finished, including 1984’s Dragons Of Autumn Twilight. The first installment of the D&D-based Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, it’s by no means a classic in the genre. But it helped solidify my devotion to what would eventually be called geek culture. Back then, the term would have been meaningless to me. And it would have made my macho Uncle Mike laugh his ass off."
Explore exciting worlds of fun, fantasy and adventure with Dungeons
... [more inside]
A graduating member of The Animation Workshop
in Denmark has produced a cool little short film
that, like "Adventure Time", seems to owe a lot to Dungeons
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]
has been gathered
and you will soon venture forth
Can playing Dungeons & Dragons make you a more confident and successful person?
The PBS Idea Channel
posits that playing pen-and-paper role-playing games helps to develop valuable life skills such as problem solving, people management, and abstract thinking.
The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History
in Toronto, Canada is one of the largest collections of adventure and role-playing games and supplements in existence. [more inside]
RPG blog Hack & Slash
's Courtney Campbell has written a pair of expansive guides on trap design
) and treasure
). New treasure and traps
are also a mainstay of the blog itself. [more inside]
How to Host a Dungeon
is a solitaire pen-and-paper game in which you create an underground complex of rooms, populate them with various fantasy races and monsters, and simulate its history. At almost any time you can stop and have the basis for a D&D campaign. Here's a YouTube playthrough of a game: Part 1
- Part 2 [more inside]
It's On The Ceiling!
1. d100 Swords of Damocles
2. City of the Intellectual Bats
3. Manhole-like trap door to maintenance level
4. Tapestry of webs depicting events in spider history
5. Stalactite pueblo dwellers: evil dungeon fairies
6. Adventurers impaled on barbed spikes
7. The furniture: nailed up by prankster
8. Alarming amount of dripping water and muddy seepage
9. Pulsating illumination from strange glass tubes in metal fixtures
11. Eyes (d1000)
12. Hand-chiseled diagram of dungeon level
This and many other useful tables for DM improvisation at The Dungeon Dozen
. New table every day!
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]
You've finally gotten over your geek self
, and you've decided to jump back into playing tabletop
, pen-and-paper RPGs
. But where to begin? [more inside]
Here is Incursion: Halls of the Goblin King
, a computer game that adapts the 3rd Edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons game to roguelikes.
Tired of the D&D Stereotypes
of what constitutes armor for women? Tumblr is (of course) to the rescue! Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor.
Enter the Dragon: [SLVimeo]
A short documentary that explores the Dungeons and Dragons subculture.
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]
is the creator of the brilliant NBC comedy Community
. He recorded a bunch of videos
promoting the show on this brilliant promotional site
(playing Patrick Isakson
, Dean of Admissions). He was not happy
when Community moved to 8PM Thursdays. (He talks to himself a lot
.) Community's Dungeons and Dragons episode last week (warning: Hulu link)
was pretty great, but did you know that Harmon was a member of the Dead Alewives, and wrote and voiced characters in this classic D&D sketch
that sketch's lesser-known second part.
Dragon Magazine's "Sage Advice" column ran for over 30 years, offering advice to DMs and players about anything and everything within the D&D world. Comics Alliance has compiled The 11 Strangest D&D Questions Ever Asked
, culled from this searchable archive
An Illustrated History of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy - Jackson and Livingstone
- audio, sans illustrations. The story of how Steve Jackson (not that Steve Jackson
) and Ian Livingstone kickstarted tabletop roleplaying in the UK and founded a gaming behemoth
that is very different today.