Tag Archive: Dungeons and Dragons


Review by C.J. Bunce

Not everyone has life figured out.  For those who don’t, Dungeons & Dragons player turned writer Kat Kruger has prepared a light-touch self-help guide of sorts for D&D fans.  Using characters and classes and principles of fantasy play and the game itself, Dungeons & Dragons: How to Be More D&D (now available here at Amazon) provides readers opportunities to interact with others when it doesn’t come so easy.  You’ve probably seen people adapt military processes to the workplace, use psychological tests to hire new staff members, or maybe even using Star Trek’s Captain Picard’s leadership style to run a company.  Why should D&D be any different?  Sure, you may not be able to use magic or wizardry in real life, but maybe you’d like to improve something about yourself–why not use your knowledge of character building in the game to flesh out your own character in real life?

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Review by C.J. Bunce

No doubt the most eagerly-awaited gaming event of the year is Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, and at last it arrives tomorrow.  An inexpensive three-book boxed set (including DM screen and two of the most beautiful of the 5th Edition’s pull-out maps) that feels like a standalone RPG, it allows Dungeon Masters and players to explore Wildspace and the Astral Sea.  Combining themes of nautical exploration with deep space–think fantasy mash-ups like characters from H.P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne, Alex Raymond, and Edgar Rice Burroughs–Spelljammer brings new characters and places to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, while allowing characters you already know into another world.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse is one of those Dungeons & Dragons supplements from Wizards of the Coast that you might have overlooked.  First released as part of the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Expansion Gift Set in late January, it was one of the victims of worldwide shipping delays, and only made it to a single volume release finally this summer.  Compiling and updating monsters that originally appeared in Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes–and replacing those books for most purposes, this book is a bestiary presenting friends and foes for any D&D campaign with some creatures you’ve seen before while also fully incorporating 33 races not provided in the Player’s Handbook, but introduced in previous adventure volumes.

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The first day of the annual San Diego Comic-Con is starting out strong.  Back in the 1980s the very idea of live-action fantasy that even remotely achieved visual spectacle status was nil.  Space fantasy like Star Wars was one thing, as were the Ray Harryhausen stop-motion movies of the past.  Then there was a true visionary–Jim Henson–with The Dark Crystal and nothing else… something promising now and then like Willow.  Flash forward to July 2022 and we have three big properties stepping forward, first The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, then The Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon, and now from Hasbro, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves All three look to be worth the time, but this one clearly ranks high on fun potential.

Check out Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis, Justice Smith, Daisy Head, Chloe Coleman, and Regé-Jean Page starring in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves:

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What’s a Campaign Case?  It’s a storage container that can be used to store books, tokens, and/or terrain pieces, and it’s something new that is beginning today from Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons RPG campaigns.  The first Campaign Case kit, available today (order here at Amazon or check your local game shop) focuses on Creatures.

And coming next month (and available for pre-order here), is a second Campaign Case will feature Terrain components.  Check out more on each kit below.

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More than two years since filming and it was well worth the wait.  Stranger Things at last fulfilled its mash-up pop culture promise in its fourth season.  Hidden inside a mix of a B-movie style homage to low-budget horror and Steven Spielberg movies of the E.T. and Goonies vintage, the story finally came full circle in nine big hours over seven episodes.  What do you get when you take 1980s pop culture, a haunted house, a superman lab, more Upside Down, more D&D, not-rabid mynocks, a monster to rival Freddy Kruger, and a huge cast of characters you’ve grown to love (and watch grow up)? The best season of one of the streaming era’s best series.

So let’s dig into Season 4.

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Last week Wizards of the Coast hosted its first D&D Direct, a jam-packed show revealing everything coming to Dungeons & Dragons, from new books to video games and more.  First off, the long-awaited tie-in movie, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, will hit theaters March 3, 2023.  The next big news is Spelljammer: Adventures in Space is coming.  It’s a collection of books that allow Dungeon Masters and players to explore Wildspace and the Astral Sea.  Combining themes of nautical exploration with deep space, Spelljammer brings the wonder of science fiction to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons.  With the help of magic, spelljammers can cross the oceans of Wildspace, ply the silvery void known as the Astral Sea, and hop between worlds of the D&D multiverse.

The set, available for pre-order now here at Amazon, contains everything a Dungeon Master needs to run adventures, as well as new options for players who want to create characters in this setting including:

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Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse, the next monster tome from Wizards of the Coast for the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, is coming next month.  And it’s now available for pre-order here at Amazon.  Compiling and updating monsters that originally appeared in Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, this book is a bestiary presenting friends and foes for any D&D campaign.

Here are the specs from Wizards of the Coast for this next volume:

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Stranger danger!

It’s been a long road, getting from there to here–that is, getting from Stranger Things third season to a final trailer and a fourth season beginning a long six weeks from now.  It may not seem like it, but it’s been more than two years since we first saw a glimpse at what lies ahead on Stranger Things At last the breakout hit retro-sci-fi-horror series finally has a full trailer and a coming go-live date for part of the next season.

Dungeons & Dragons fans may notice the new oogy threat to be Vecna, an undead sorcerer last seen in your weekly D&D game or the 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide (discussed here).  With Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund joining the show, and the Creepshow vibe in its new creepy baddie, Stranger Things Season 4 looks to lean more on darker monster horror than previous seasons.

At last here’s the trailer for the fourth season of Stranger Things:

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Following up on the campaign book Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount (reviewed here), next Tuesday the second Dungeons & Dragons tie-in adventure with the D&D live-action series Critical Role is heading your way.  Call of the Netherdeep is the first major adventure set in the world of Exandria, taking players–and five NPC rival adventurers–from the wastelands of Xhorhas to the oasis city of Ank’Harel, then on to the ultimate confrontation at Netherdeep, a twisted realm of gloom, corruption, and despair that harbors a terrible secret.  Available for pre-order now here at Amazon, Call of the Netherdeep will remind players things are rarely what they seem in “the world’s greatest roleplaying game.”

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