Tag Archives: D&D

Ego Check: Mike Mearls, Senior Manager of Dungeons & Dragons Research and Design Team

Several months ago, I posted an interview with Monte Cook, which was the result of an effort that started in January to interview a member of the Dungeons & Dragons Next Design Team. After Mr. Cook left the project, I … Continue reading

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Gen Con: Coming Out Party

In just two days, I will be traveling to Indianapolis for Gen Con. I have never been to the convention before, so I am thoroughly excited to see first-hand what the experience is all about. I am relying on the wisdom … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Power of +1

Several weeks ago, I was approached by one of my players who wished to write a guest post for the blog. He plays a Ranger in my Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition campaign, and his character has the wonderful genre-breaking … Continue reading

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Removing Non From NPC

During the past two sessions, the brave adventurers traveling through The Shadowfell have been without their devote Cleric of Pelor as he is on vacation worshipping the Sun in some foreign land. How typically Pelorian of him! The remaining party members are a … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Topher Kohan, SEO of CNN.com and Writer for CNN Geek Out!

It has been great to see “geek culture” featured more prominently in popular media over the years in a non-condescending manner. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars close to ten years ago. Now, superheroes … Continue reading

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The Transparency of Damage Dice Irrelevance

Frequent readers of The Id DM likely know the site started as a result of my interest in analyzing data related to combat speed in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. To satisfy that curiosity, I coded episodes of the Dungeons … Continue reading

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Combat Speed in D&D Next

Over the weekend, I was finally able to play Dungeons & Dragons Next. Our group had first playtested the game over a month ago, but I had to miss that session. I jumped into the fray as Professor Giroux, High Elf … Continue reading

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Curse With Purpose

I have been hesitant to give out Artifacts and Cursed Items to players in my Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition campaign. Artifacts have intimidated me to a certain degree since it is one more facet of the game the players and I would need … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Monte Cook, Game Designer & Author

This edition of Ego Check was a long time in the making. When I first contacted Monte Cook to request an interview, it was January and he was still the Design Lead for D&D Next. I was eager to speak … Continue reading

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Procrastination & Self-Preservation

For weeks, I’ve had it in my mind to write about the topic of procrastination and how it relates to my role as a Dungeon Master. There have been moments when the urge to jot down thoughts on the subject … Continue reading

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