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Your Most Heinous Stories of Role-Playing Games Gone Wrong

Everybody loves role-playing games (unless you’re irrationally worried about Satan.) Escaping into a fantasy world, surrounded by like-minded nerds, is just the best thing ever. Except when it isn’t, because someone is deciding to be a total Gelatinous Cube. Here are some of your worst RPG horror stories. » 9/01/15 1:36pm Yesterday 1:36pm

20 of the Most Useless Dungeons & Dragons Spells Ever

Wizards are the most powerful characters in Dungeons & Dragons, as the hundreds of spells available to Magic-Users, IIllustionists, Necromancers, Clerics, Druids, will attest. But for every Meteor Swarm, Time Stop and Resurrection there are a dozen spells that are utterly worthless. Here are 20 D&D spells almost no… » 8/17/15 10:05am 8/17/15 10:05am

How Dungeons And Dragons Shaped Some Of Your Favorite Authors

Junot Diaz was a Dungeon Master when he was young, and he now says that RPGs were “a sort of storytelling apprenticeship.” He “learned a lot of important essentials about storytelling, about giving the reader enough room to play.” China Miéville says a childhood playing RPGs gave him a “mania for cataloguing the… » 6/19/15 3:40pm 6/19/15 3:40pm

These Dice Celebrate Every Critical Hit With Flashing Lights

A critical success role - whether it's to successfully scamper up the side of a spike pit or send the head of a kobold careening off its shoulders - is something all gamers treasure, no matter how your dice-rolling luck is. These new die go even further by treating you to a light show whenever you get a lucky hit! » 1/30/15 7:03pm 1/30/15 7:03pm

​All 13 Vampire Clans From Vampire: The Masquerade RPG, Ranked

Vampires fall into more categories than sparkly an non=sparkly. As the iconic Vampire: The Masquerade RPG taught us, there are 13 vastly different clans of vampires for players to choose from, some good, some weird, and some so terrible they might as well sparkle. Here are all of Vampire's various clans, ranked from… » 8/15/14 10:00am 8/15/14 10:00am

​The 24 Most Embarrassing Dungeons & Dragons Character Classes

Fighters. Mages. Priests. Rogues. These are the primary four character classes in Dungeons & Dragons, and they have served the role-playing game well for over 30 years. But there are many others in addition to these — some awesome, some weird, and some just ridiculous. Here are 24 real D&D specialty classes that… » 2/17/14 10:00am 2/17/14 10:00am

Zero Charisma is an awkward but honest love letter to nerds

Upon seeing the latest trailer for Zero Charisma, I worried that it was laughing at nerds, not with them. I am happy to report this is not the case. Zero Charisma is a film about nerds for nerds (and presumably by nerds), to the point where I’m not sure how much “normal” audiences would get out of the film. But… » 10/11/13 9:00am 10/11/13 9:00am

The original Dungeons & Dragons makes its triumphant return

Speaking of The Greatest Out-of-Print Tabletop RPGs That We Still Love! Wizards of the Coast is re-releasing the legendary "White Box" in a deluxe edition — the very first Dungeons & Dragons set ever, back in 1974 — including the three original rulebooks, along with four classic supplements all in special packaging. » 9/24/13 2:01pm 9/24/13 2:01pm

The 10 Most Memorable Dungeons & Dragons Monsters

The classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons borrowed countless creatures, myths and monsters to fill its fiend folio, but not all of them. Gary Gygax and the other D&D creators added a few ideas of their own to the lexicon of monsters. Here are 10 creatures that will never be forgotten, especially by the… » 9/16/13 10:05am 9/16/13 10:05am

What if Game of Thrones characters had Dungeons & Dragons alignments?

As any Dungeons & Dragons player knows, it's crucial that a new character's ethical alignment be established before entering into a campaign. It's a kind of moral compass that guides each player through the game. So how cool would it be to assign these same kind of alignments to the characters of Game of Thrones? » 5/03/12 8:55am 5/03/12 8:55am

Why is the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons a big deal?

Yesterday, roleplaying game publisher Wizards of the Coast announced the development of a new edition of D&D. This revision comes less than four years after the release of the last edition of the stalwart RPG. For years, D&D players have drawn battle lines over which edition of the game they prefer, and Wizards is now… » 1/11/12 7:00am 1/11/12 7:00am