D&D, RPG, Workshops, Writing

Off the Tracks: Preserving Player Agency in a Timed Adventure

Ah yes, the One-Shot. The timed adventure that can so easily spiral into a second, third, sometimes even fourth session...or a new campaign all together! Now, my aversion to Railroading in D&D is pretty obvious, but even I must admit that there are times where you do want a bit more structure in your gameplay.… Continue reading Off the Tracks: Preserving Player Agency in a Timed Adventure

Story, Writing

Fantasy Fridays: Child of the Serpent

This is the first in my Fantasy Fridays series...in which I share ongoing snippets of stories I've written. Child of the Serpent began years ago, when I was but a young Scribbler, and has been given new life within realm of Iyastera. I hope you enjoy it!   Deryn was running, her dark hair streaming behind… Continue reading Fantasy Fridays: Child of the Serpent

D&D, RPG, Story, Workshops, Writing

More than Fantasy: Going Beyond Genres

To introduce this topic, I'd like to first share the overview for Dungeons and Dragons from the Wizards of the Coast website: "The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the… Continue reading More than Fantasy: Going Beyond Genres

Story, Writing

Animals in Mythology: Guides, Guardians, and Tricksters

Ever see a bird outside your window and get the feeling that it's trying to tell you something? Well, perhaps it is! Stories from mythology and folklore are full of animal characters and symbolism, as they are representatives of the knowledge, strength, and magic of the natural world we share with them. Many cultures around… Continue reading Animals in Mythology: Guides, Guardians, and Tricksters

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Welcome to Iyastera

Welcome to Iyastera.  These lands were once lush and prosperous, inundated with a natural magic that graced fields, forests, and seas with an abundance that sustained its people for generations. As civilizations and kingdoms grew, treaties and political alliances became strained, eventually reaching a boiling point and erupting into a war now known as The Severing. Centuries have… Continue reading Welcome to Iyastera

D&D, RPG, Workshops, Writing

Sing No More: A Sneak Peek

Hey Scribblers! If you haven't seen it yet on my Twitter feed, I'm going to be releasing one of the two Scene-By-Scene Adventures once we hit 250 followers...and it'll be free for the first 24hrs! This adventure is titled "Sing No More"...a bank heist murder mystery created by the young DMs in our D&D Storytelling… Continue reading Sing No More: A Sneak Peek

Story, Writing

Warrior Women of Lore

History books are filled with tales of heroic and inspiring men...but what about the women who helped shape our stories and legends? Some names have survived the ages-- the Amazons, Joan of Arc, Mulan, Boudicca-- but there are many that you may not have heard of. Things like comic books and Disney movies will feature… Continue reading Warrior Women of Lore

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Creating Diverse NPCs

One of my favorite things about writing a D&D adventure is the opportunity to create a plethora of NPCs for my players to interact with. They are the primary conduit for helping the party learn about the world around them and communicate vital story elements. NPCs are also a fantastic tool for introducing players (young… Continue reading Creating Diverse NPCs

Story, Writing

“Welcome to the Himalayas!”: Discovering the Abominable Snowman

"Abominable! Can you believe that? Do I look abominable to you? Why can't they call me the Adorable Snowman or...or the Agreeable Snowman, for crying out loud? I'm a nice guy!" ~ The Yeti, Monsters Inc. Historically thought to be fearsome, dangerous, and well...abominable, the Yeti is one of the more misinterpreted creatures of folklore.… Continue reading “Welcome to the Himalayas!”: Discovering the Abominable Snowman

D&D, RPG, Story, Treasures, Workshops

Update Time: Holiday Edition!

Hey Scribblers! Time for another Update Post-- Holiday Edition! It's been quite an exciting year, full of new opportunities, new friends and long-time companions, and always thrilling adventures! It's that time of year to reflect upon the months past and think ahead for the future...so here are some things to look forward to for the… Continue reading Update Time: Holiday Edition!