April 3, 2020

A quick look at some forgotten words from an unusual book that made their way into Dungeons & Dragons books.

Dungeons & Dragons’ co-creator, Gary Gygax, liked using obscure words in his writings. One source of these words is from a book titled, "Poplollies & Bellibones:...

April 1, 2020

An in-depth look at the origins of the shadow and the influernce of A. Merritt's novel, Creep, Shadow, Creep!, in Dungeons & Dragons.

The original pulp appearance of Creep, Shadow, Creep! in 1934 (right), and a 1942 reprint (left).

Most classic undead monsters featu...

November 30, 2019

This article explores the original sources that inspired one of the game's greatest antiheroes.

Erol Otus' depiction of a drow priestess from the D3 Vault of the Drow.

Drow, or dark elves, are one of the most iconic monsters found in Dungeons & Dragons. They were first i...

October 27, 2019

This article offers some insight to how and why this adventure was developed and created.

I like dragons. Red ones, blue ones, exotic ones that live in the clouds, or tiny faerie dragon ones. Everyone that plays Dungeons & Dragons loves dragons. They cause a great excit...

October 19, 2019

How long does a ghoul paralysis last in 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons? That depends on what book you look in.

Older editions of Dungeon & Dragons have many odd quirks. Many finds these idiosyncrasies endearing, while others find them frustrating. One of those...

June 9, 2019

This article looks at and addresses many difficult issues that can arise in a D&D game group between a Dungeon Master and the players.

People play RPGs to have fun, but sometimes, usually in stressful situations, emotions can run high. Players will say and do things aro...

May 20, 2019

Wherein I take a look at the Fiend Folio that never was.

In 1983, TSR updated their Advanced Dungeons & Dragons hardcover books with new cover art and the iconic orange spine design. However, they did so for only four of the five books out at the time (1). Sadly, the Fi...

April 20, 2019

This essay takes a look at the role of the Demon Queen of Spiders, Lolth, and the rival god-worshiping drow villains in the classic D&D "Drow" module series.

The book, Designers & Dragons – ’70 to ’79, details the history of role-playing game companies that were fo...

April 14, 2019

This article offers suggestions and tips for Dungeon Masters who are starting a new campaign for their gaming group.

Starting a new campaign can be a daunting task for a Dungeon Master. Here is my list of seven tips to help any DM effortlessly start their campaign and p...

April 10, 2019

This article takes an in-depth look at the attributes and resistances of undead in the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game.

Undead rank among some of the most iconic monsters found in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. However, despite their prevalence in ma...

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