From the Archives: Re-skinning and Roleplaying Part 1

This article was written by a younger Archmage Derek back when the Mage College was still on Blogspot.  Take it away past Derek! (Art: Alhammerret’s Archive by Richard Write, Wizards of the Coast) Blast from the Past You’ve decided to play a Battle Master Fighter. Kevin, your table’s optimizer says, “Oh, well at least isn’t Champion, because that would be really boring.” At this point … Continue reading From the Archives: Re-skinning and Roleplaying Part 1

Magical Musings: Psychic Damage

You’re drifting off to sleep in your bed, when suddenly you startle and get the sensation of falling. Your eyes shoot open, and and your heart is pounding. You’ve just experienced a hypnic jerk, but whether or not you realize it, your body just experienced what might be considered the real world precursor to psychic damage. Some TTRPG and D&D players are often confused by … Continue reading Magical Musings: Psychic Damage

Otter-luke’s Irresistible Cuteness: Otters in 5e

Otters are huge. Well, they’re pretty small. Unless, they’re a giant otter, then they can be about 1.8 meters (approx. 6 feet) long. That’s neither here nor there, what we mean to say is, otters are a popular critter on the internet, and our friend Ky, a talented artist and streamer in the D&D community, is maybe the biggest fan of the entire Mustelidae genus … Continue reading Otter-luke’s Irresistible Cuteness: Otters in 5e

Hero’s Feast – Figuring out Food for your Game Nights

I’m one of those people who loves to play hostess, so hosting a game night is totally up my alley. Furthermore, if you can throw a theme on a shindig, I am right there in it. So naturally, when it comes to D&D nights at home, I love the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and try to come up with meals that are … Continue reading Hero’s Feast – Figuring out Food for your Game Nights

Ascended Tiefling Subrace

The other day, the magically talented Critical Bard pointed out that if there are fallen aasimar shouldn’t there be some sort of celestial tiefling subrace? Well, who are we to not deliver on the possibility, especially as tieflings are one of the favored race options at the Mage College. So we present to you the Ascended Tiefling subrace, following the pattern of the Tome of Foes … Continue reading Ascended Tiefling Subrace

Spring into DMing – How to Get Into Running a Game

I see a lot of posts on Twitter lately along the lines of people who are new to D&D, been playing for a little bit, want to try their hand at being a DM (Dungeon Master) but aren’t sure how, or if they’re good enough. Especially in the rise of the TTRPG culture, with celebrity DMs or even just those who have been playing for … Continue reading Spring into DMing – How to Get Into Running a Game

Can You Play a TTRPG Wrong?

The answer to this question is a complicated one. We have to look at what “playing wrong” means. Unfortunately, the English language doesn’t like being very exact in its use of adjectives, so we have to make do with specifics. There’s a few different directions this question can go, so let’s be specific. You can play a tabletop roleplaying game wrong. How you manage to … Continue reading Can You Play a TTRPG Wrong?