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
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
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
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
"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
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!
You've done your worldbuilding, whipped up the perfect antagonist, and helped your players through their backstory elements...now you're a week away from your session and you have to determine what is, to some, the most crucial part of any D&D game: The Story Hook! Having compelling Story Hooks is key for campaigns and one-shots alike.… Continue reading 5 Things To Remember When Crafting RPG Story Hooks
Worldbuilding is simultaneously the most exciting and frustrating part of writing a D&D story. Not only are you creating a world of your own imaginings, but you must breathe life into it with the history, people, and towns that will all evolve as your players begin to influence it...and you are never fully done! There… Continue reading Worldbuilding for a Family Campaign
"For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers… Continue reading The Origin Story
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph" Thomas Paine What is a classic tale? Most of us immediately think of a story in which the hero or protagonist must overcome a great challenge, some sort of conflict against an imposing villain or evil force, right? But what about stories that don't have that… Continue reading Is Conflict Necessary?