If You Like RPGs, You Must Play Pillars of Eternity

Back in September of 2012, when I first heard that Obsidian was launching a Kickstarter for a spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, I got a little… uh... too excited. » 3/26/15 1:41pm Thursday 1:41pm

The 16 Strangest Dragons In Dungeons & Dragons

As the role-playing game's name hints, dragons abound in the many worlds of D&D, but of course they can't all be red, evil, and hungry for heroes. There are dozens of species with different abilities, agendas, and alignments a wandering adventurer may encounter; these just happen to be the weirdest. » 2/27/15 12:00pm 2/27/15 12:00pm

The Gorgeous RPG Shadows of Esteren Gets A Whole New Occult Sourcebook

Shadows of Esteren is a tabletop fantasy RPG with some of the most gorgeous art and design we've ever seen. The upcoming Occultism book lets characters gain esoteric knowledge, but life is Esteren is plenty dangerous even when you know the unknowable. » 1/21/15 12:00pm 1/21/15 12:00pm

How I Realized My Dragon Age: Inquisition Character is Gay

Some hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition, long after I'd made it out of the Hinterlands, I realized something that really surprised me. My character had taken on a life of his own, and it turns out he's gay. » 1/10/15 5:04pm 1/10/15 5:04pm

The Computer Demands You Fund The New Paranoia RPG Immediately

Rejoice, Citizen! Paranoia, the ultimate RPG of the darkly humorous future, is coming back — or it will if you don't mind spending a few Alpha Complex credits on this Kickstarter. The new version of the classic game has been streamlined and modernized for the 21st century, and best of all, it's almost nearly funded! » 10/24/14 1:20pm 10/24/14 1:20pm

​The 12 Most Obnoxious Dungeons & Dragons Monsters

In the worlds of D&D, there are countless monsters that terrify the general populace, but only a few truly strike fear into the heart of adventurers. Not because they're so powerful, mind you, but because they're really annoying. Here are a dozen player-tormenting monsters beloved by cruel Dungeons Masters. » 8/29/14 10:00am 8/29/14 10:00am

15 More Obscure RPGs We Wish Had Sequels

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​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

Get The All-New Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules Now, For Free!

Don't have plans this holiday weekend? You do now. Wizards of the Coast has released the Basic Rules for the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons as a free PDF right here. The 100-page document details how to make a character, play the game, and covers magic, too. » 7/04/14 9:30am 7/04/14 9:30am

​The 20 Most WTF Magical Items in Dungeons & Dragons

Every Dungeons & Dragons character seeks magical items for their abilities. But some wizards aren't interested in making powerful relics; they're interested in making nonsense, because they're crazy, or things that will screw your character over, because they're jerks. The result? These ridiculous artifacts from D&D's… » 6/26/14 10:00am 6/26/14 10:00am

Watch This Trailer For The Anti-D&D Movie Dark Dungeons Or Satan Wins

We previously brought you the news that Dark Dungeons, the legendary Jack Chick tract that exposed the sinister truth that playing Dungeons & Dragons is a one-way ticket to hell, was becoming a movie. Now behold the first trailer, and make a saving throw against the devil! » 5/21/14 8:00pm 5/21/14 8:00pm

Wizards Can Ride Starships in These Excellently Crunchy RPGs

Two RPGs that throw off the shackles of the "rules light" trend give players customizable spellcasting systems and the ability to design starships. Combine O.L.D. and N.E.W. RPGs and you can have both. » 4/15/14 10:20am 4/15/14 10:20am

Finally, A Movie Based On The Classic Anti-D&D Screed "Dark Dungeons"

If you don't know Jack Chick, or his legendary comic tracts which detail all the myriad ways Satan is gonna get your soul. None of these tracts are more belovedly insane that "Dark Dungeons," based on the idea that D&D is a direct ticket to hell. And now someone's turning it into a movie! » 3/19/14 7:00pm 3/19/14 7:00pm

​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

The most controversial pen-and-paper RPGs ever made

There are RPGs we love, and then there are RPGs that cause us to shudder and make the sign of the cross. Make your offerings to Saint Gygax, then gird yourself for this harrowing list of the most controversial and notorious RPGs ever published. » 12/16/13 11:14am 12/16/13 11:14am

What was the most memorable game you ever played?

The best role playing game campaigns create stories you’ll be telling around the gaming table decades later. But what's that magic ingredient that takes a game from great to once-in-a-lifetime? We talked to gamers, game designers, and authors to find out what makes a campaign truly memorable. » 10/28/13 11:29am 10/28/13 11:29am

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 Greatest Out-of-Print Tabletop RPGs That We Still Love

A lot of our love for tabletop games comes down to nostalgia. A game we played in the 80s might have terrible rules and a hackneyed game world, but we love it all the same. Sadly, many of those classic RPGs are long out of print. Here’s a look at the best of these lost games. » 9/24/13 11:00am 9/24/13 11:00am

This '80s Dungeons & Dragons commercial makes it look satanic and lame

We all know (or, of some cases, even remember) that a shocking amount of people thought the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons was a direct pipeline to hell in the '80s, but this weird commercial for the table-top RPG probably didn't help. » 8/29/13 6:30am 8/29/13 6:30am