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Dungeons & Dragons was built on fandom; co-creator Gary Gygax contributed to many wargaming fanzines before launching D&D. In the early days of TSR, fans were welcomed with open arms...until fantasy role-playing game rivals arose to threaten TSR's dominance in the market. TSR's relationship with fans soured as the company shifted its attitude from treating fans as collaborators to treating them as competition. This first installment covers the Dark Ages of D&D fandom.
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I remember that.
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My son is a fan of Nerf dart games (he's also a fan of shooting his sister with them, but I digress), so I knew he'd enjoy this. It's essentially a pump action shotgun with a rotary magazine. You pump the shotgun part, which is independent of the firing mechanism. Pulling the trigger turns the magazine and releases the dart in it.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: My son is a fan of Nerf dart games (he's also a fan of shooting his sister with them, but I digress), so I knew he'd enjoy this. It's essentially a pump action shotgun with a rotary magazine. You pump the shotgun part, which is independent of the firing mechanism. Pulling the trigger turns the ma
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Way back in the early days of TSR the RPG company that hit it big with Dungeons & Dragons tried to create a sci-fi role-playing game. The first attempt was Metamorphosis Alpha, followed by Gamma World and later Star Frontiers. All three were popular in their own right but none of them ever really took the sci-fi gaming world by storm the way D&D did in the fantasy realm. White Star imagines an alternate universe where an easy-to-use sci-fi system was launched based on similar D&D "White Box" rules.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: Way back in the early days of TSR the RPG company that hit it big with Dungeons & Dragons tried to create a sci-fi role-playing game. The first attempt was Metamorphosis Alpha, followed by Gamma World and later Star Frontiers. All three were popular in their own right but none of them ever really t
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I'll summon the master since I'm without my book at the moment. +James Spahn 
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I was looking for a staff wielding elf-like character to take the role of Talis the White. She's a poor substitute, I know.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: I was looking for a staff wielding elf-like character to take the role of Talis the White. She's a poor substitute, I know.The problem is that this sculpt is just absurd. Alastriel, sculpted of course by Werner Klocke, is big on style and low on practicality. She has a midriff-bearing outfit that b
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Naw man. Nailed it.
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Tonight at 8PM EST we are going to be chatting about mental health and IBD on Twitter. Follow the folks below on Twitter and use #IBDSC to follow along or to join in. All are welcome to take part in a productive discussion! If you're not on Twitter, set up an account, because this is where the #IBD folks are!
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I needed a sword-and-board cowled holy warrior type for Darrondar Gweth, the ill-fated hero who would inevitably sacrifice himself -- against his will -- to open a portal to hell at Dragonspear Castle. He has a holy symbol dangling from his neck, on his shield, and he even has one dangling from his waist. Conlan's face is concealed in the recesses of his hood. His demeanor fits that of a grim monastic warrior.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: I needed a sword-and-board cowled holy warrior type for Darrondar Gweth, the ill-fated hero who would inevitably sacrifice himself -- against his will -- to open a portal to hell at Dragonspear Castle. He has a holy symbol dangling from his neck, on his shield, and he even has one dangling from his
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My favorite mini. First used it as a Specialty Priest of Kelemvor back in the days of 2E.
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I needed an elf for Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle, as there's a wood elf named Allaina who is trapped in a nearby cell. My PCs unfortunately didn't notice her until after they'd cleared out much of the castle, so...she didn't get much use.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: I needed an elf for Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle, as there's a wood elf named Allaina who is trapped in a nearby cell. My PCs unfortunately didn't notice her until after they'd cleared out much of the castle, so...she didn't get much use.That said, this is a great sculpt with a leaf-motif on her arm
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My eight-year-old son is fond of science, inspired in part by his grandfather who is a hobby chemist. In fact, he's done just about all the experiments in this kit -- the difference being this kit casts it as "MAGIC!"
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: My eight-year-old son is fond of science, inspired in part by his grandfather who is a hobby chemist. In fact, he's done just about all the experiments in this kit -- the difference being this kit casts it as "MAGIC!"The kit is not something you immediately start science-ing. The first stage, maki
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With geek media now mainstream, it's easy to forget that there are still pockets of society where role-play is unacceptable. A recent spat on Star 99.9's Couple's Court demonstrated some of those limits by putting a child's propensity for dressing up on trial: A husband and wife were having an argument on whether or not their nine-year-old daughter should be allowed to wear a superhero costume to school. The argument between them encapsulates a larger battle taking place in public discourse. When are we required to "grow up" and stop role-playing in public?
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I reskinned the bulette with the half-blue dragon template, but of all the conversions so far, this sucker required the most customization: tail attack, improved grab, lightning aura, etc.  You can appreciate the streamlining of 5E when you do a conversion like this -- in 3.5E, the burrower's electricity shield requires a Reflex save EVERY TIME SOMEONE HITS IT for half of 2d6 electrical damage, with a -2 penalty if wielding metal weapons. That's a lot of additional rolls! In 5E you just take the damage (using the Azer's heated body ability as a template). 
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: Bluespawn burrowers are usually the minions of blue dragons, bursting from the ground to attack. They work in groups of up to two, burrowing in the sand (but really, they can burrow anywhere) to attack. In Rise of Tiamat these brutes make for good ambush monsters when the cult attacks the PCs sinc
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 I don't play the 6d6 system, but I admire the system's clean approach and, more importantly, the print product's ease of use, clearly labeled maps, and organized system that makes a DM's life easier. That's what I love about Mythoard -- it exposes me to publishers and RPGs I might never otherwise pick up.
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In the previous installment we discussed the formative years of TSR and its downfall, contrasting two different CEOs: co-founder of Dungeons & Dragons Gary Gygax, and his non-gaming successor Lorraine Williams. The history of the D&D brand picks up with the acquisition of the game by Wizards of the Coast...and it all begins with Peter Adkison.
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Michael "Talien" Tresca is a game designer, author, communicator, and artist. He was the National RPG and Sci-Fi Movie Examiner for six years and published three books, the non-fiction history of gaming, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games from McFarland Publishing, his fantasy fiction debut, The Well of Stars, from Three Ravens Books, and the young adult fantasy Awfully Familiar from Dark Quest Books. Michael has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of Open Game License and D20-compatible games, including AEG, MonkeyGod Enterprises, Goodman Games, Otherworld Creations, Privateer Press, RPGObjects and Ronin Arts. A top reviewer for Amazon, his articles and reviews have appeared in Allgame.com, D20 Filtered, Dragon Magazine, Gamers.com, Pyramid, RPG.net, and Sharktopus. He has participated in panels about electronic and tabletop role-playing games at ConnectiCon, Dragon*Con, and I-Con.

When he's not writing, Michael can be found as his alter ego, Talien, on RetroMUD as an administrator. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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