Month: January 2018

Nobody ever forgot the Realms

It’s been more than 30 years now since the Forgotten Realms setting was released (the beloved Grey Box) and more than 50 since Ed Greenwood originally started working on his vast fantasy world. It was an instant hit, is almost certainly the most popular fantasy world in existence (absolutely the most played one) and is now the default world of D&D. There can be no simple discussion of this giant and so we elected to make this a round table. But first some context and history. Ed Greenwood started creating the fantasy world of Faerûn, set on the planet...

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Strange things you do in D&D

If you take a closer and more critical look at what your character is doing in-game, you might find that much of it both defies common sense and decency. Are you guilty of any of these “sins”? For years I have been conditioned to do certains things when I play roleplaying games, especially fantasy games like D&D and Pathfinder. Things I don’t pay much mind or don’t give much thought. Many of these things however, when you take a closer and more critical look at them, make absolutely no sense. Most DMs, including myself, let most of these things...

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Nordic Roleplaying Games

Lately we have been reviewing and writing about new and emerging roleplaying games from Sweden, e.g. Trudvang Chronicles and Tales from the Loop. But there are other roleplaying games, in English or some of the Nordic languages, that are noteworthy and here are just a few Nordic roleplaying games. For years I only looked to the US for roleplaying games. I played various D&D settings, the many variations on World of Darkness, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun and other American roleplaying games. To be frank, I had tunnel vision of the genre. Ever since I realised that there was more...

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The Golden Age of D&D

The last few years have been phenomenal for D&D. There are more roleplayers now than ever before and D&D books are showing good sales figures overall and are getting good reception. Is now the Golden Age of D&D?    I started playing when AD&D was at its peak. When TSR had more than a dozen settings going and produced modules like there was no tomorrow. Players older than me, veterans at the time, looked with nostalgic gleam in their eyes at 1st edition and talked fondly about Golden Age of D&D and how ‘they don’t make’em like they used...

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