D&D Dungeon Trap Ideas

D&D Dungeon Trap Ideas

A good Dungeons & Dragons adventure needs good dungeon traps! Here are just a few trap ideas I quickly sketched up to get your dungeon master thinkers workin'.

The best traps are ones your characters have a chance of overcoming with some patience and collaboration, but a misstep, failed check, or blatant disregard of obvious clues may leave the party impaled or under some ancient being's mind control poison. Which sounds like a great way to start your next adventure.

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Awesome Movies With Sword Fighting

Awesome Movies With Sword Fighting

Welcome to my list of awesome Movies With Sword Fighting! Notice the emphasis on the word awesome? I'm sure your first question is going to be, did Krull make the cut? Well! I think you know the answer to that! These aren't in any particular order except maybe nostalgia. Also, Star Wars didn't make the cut because, despite being a massive Star Wars fan, light saber fighting is NOT sword fighting. Keep in mind this list is totally opinionated. I am curious if you agree with my opinion of awesome here, and if you don't agree, or I missed some exceptional movies with sword fighting, I'm excited to hear about them! So let me know in the comments.

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Legacy MTG Booster Packs

Legacy MTG Draft

I recently splurged on a bunch of legacy Magic The Gathering booster packs, as I've been known to do in the past. I'll let you in on my little secret: I let the 1% cash-back on my credit card build up for over a year, then I blew it all on sixteen pristine legacy booster packs from the 90s & 2000! Everything after that was history. I dropped a few text messages to some very lucky friends, we cracked open a few beers, then indulged ourselves opening up these ancient Magic The Gathering booster packs while drafting some awesomely nostalgic decks. Some of these packs were over twenty years old! Which is kinda crazy to think about. I'm amazed these packs even exist unopened anymore.

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Cursed Helmet

D&D Campaign: The Cursed Helmet

The following adventures are loosely based on a campaign I'm DMing with some of my closest friends – so far we've all had quite a few good laughs. It has been a silly riot with plenty of intense moments, complete disasters, and an epic struggle of good vs evil. I try to balance an overarching storyline with lots of good distractions and random side quests. Feel free to copy, borrow, steal, etc.

Hopefully these adventures inspire you to create your own or can work directly for your party. Have fun modifying and molding these into something useful and specific to your characters. You can mix and match these quests and fine-tune them for your party's level, or you can run them in order and play out this loose storyline.

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D&D Quest Ideas

D&D Quest Ideas

So you gathered a group of the finest players in the land, created characters, filled out their detailed character sheets, and even devised intricate back-stories to give them some personality. Whether you are deep into a campaign and looking for some good side quest ideas, or you are starting fresh and need an adventure or two while you figure stuff out, here are some fun Dungeons & Dragons quest ideas that I have dreamed up, just for you.

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Sony A7ii Accessories and Lenses

Sony A7 & Accessories

If you have landed here you are one of two people: either you are looking to buy a Sony A7 (and you totally should) or you are already a happy owner and you are shopping for a new lens or accessory. If either of those resonate with you, then welcome to the Mirrorless Sony camera club!

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Old School Magic The Gathering Deck Boxes

Old School Magic The Gathering Decks

I love collecting and playing 90s Magic cards. It's that amazing feeling of nostalgia that many of us get when we see that early edition print quality; how we can instantly identify each of those early editions' unique look and feel. I love how Unlimited is slightly blurry and overexposed, Revised images are crisp and the borders are exact, and 4th edition is ever so slightly saturated – or Alpha with its slightly more rounded corners. The artwork in the new editions is good, but it's almost too good – probably because it is now all done in Photoshop with cutting computer edge graphic tools. Not to say that the new artwork isn't amazing, but in the old editions you can really see all the brush strokes, the color pencil lines, the roughness, and the hard work that went into each amazing art piece. Each edition has it's own little quirks and surprises. It's amazing to think about the evolution of the game and where it started.

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Homemade Oblivion Coasters

DIY: How To Make Coasters

Disappointed there isn't much Oblivion swag? So was my wife, Meg, who is obsessed with Oblivion (it's kinda hard not to be—Ovlivion, is without a doubt, one of the greatest video games ever made).

We needed coasters (about a year ago) and Meg got the brilliant idea to make a set of coasters with each of the cities in Cyrodiil! And she was off to the research station (the Interwebs).

After collecting 9 high resolution graphics of the cities and buying most of the materials we needed, we moved, and all the materials got lost in move! Over eight months later we miraculously found the box with the tiles and supplies in them, hidden away on a top shelf in the kitchen. The opportunity was upon us and Meg printed the graphics, bought the last few materials, and went into nerdy DIY crafting mode!

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D&D World Map

How To Draw D&D World Maps

Hello fellow DMs! I have been drawing maps for D&D, and just for the fun of it, since sixth grade. During that time I would like to think I have learned a thing or two about RPG cartography, and what players expect and enjoy. Every good fantasy book has a map and so should your D&D campaign!

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Book Case

Every Book I Have Ever Read

Here is a list of every book I have ever read – that I can think of that is. I'm sure I'm missing a whole bunch, but this is a good stab at remembering. This list consists mostly of fantasy and science fiction novels (because that's the cool nerdy stuff). I haven't included boring stuff like any text books I have read, or any of the awesome comic books I have read (over and over). I also included the books I could remember from my childhood, so yeah, there are some 5th grade reading level stuff here, but I would like to point out that I also tackled Prisoner of the Horned Helmet in 5th grade too. Additionally I would like to note that even though I'm a bit of a completionist, if a book doesn't grab me in a hundred pages or so I will typically stop reading it with no regrets.

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Comic Book Collection

My Top Five Favorite Comic Books

Looking for some good comic books to read? Here are my top five favorite comic books and graphic novels. Keep in mind that I haven't read all the comic books and graphic novels in the world – so this isn't a "best comic books ever" guide or anything. This is just a few of my favorites that I have been lucky enough to own or borrow.

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Shadow of Mordor

Why Shadow of Mordor Kicked Ass

Wow. Not sure where to start. This game was freaking amazing. I'll tell you all about it below. I completed with 100% and loved absolutely every minute of it. Its got a narrative that completely sucked me into J.R.R. Tolkien's amazing world of Middle Earth. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan and this game didn't let me down. I loved that it took place prior to the story we all know and love and I'm okay with the fact that it only loosely fits into the history of Middle Earth.

I don't understand those who choose to knock this game. If you didn't like it then I guess nothing is for everyone, and I get that. Haters gonna hate. Personally I didn't find much not like about Shadow of Mordor. I was thoroughly entertained. It was an excellent and really solid game. It wasn't striving to be anything it isn't. Shadow is exactly as it should be and where it shines it really shines.

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Just Finished Tomb Raider 2013 And It Was Totally Amazing

I just finished playing the 2013 release of Tomb Raider and it was totally amazing! But that's no surprise since it gets 9.1 (Amazing) on IGN. As far as third person adventure games go I really liked Tomb Raider. Recently I played through the first three Uncharted games, as well as The Last Of Us (all of which I extremely enjoyed), and I would say that Tomb Raider totally holds its own in comparison. All these games have similar combat mechanics, but Tomb Raider just feels silky smooth. Targeting and dodging in combat have an excellent pace. Melee combat is dynamic and gets better and better as you upgrade your hunting skills. Combat, exploring, and cutscene transitions are seamless and Lara's interaction with the environment is completely dynamic. As Lara Croft climbs, swims, squeezes, and explores the ancient island ruins of Yamatai she must fight to stay alive, hunt for her survival, and do everything she can to save her friends. This game is jam packed with unique situations and I felt that it had very little repetitive gameplay.

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Piers Anthony Book Collection

Piers Anthony Book Collection

Join me in the fantastic realm of Xanth! Delve into The Void within the conch shells. Witness wizards battle! Get saved just in the nick of time! Go underground and discover the source of magic!

Piers Anthony's novels are fun for kids and for adults they are exciting! I love these books. They are lighthearted, fun, and easy to read. I haven't read them all yet. I started with the first book A Spell For Chameleon (of which I'm missing a copy) around 2009. Last year I read the 9th in the Xanth series, Golem in the Gears. All 9 have been great fun but I think A Spell For Chameleon, Castle Roogna, and Dragon on a Pedestal are my absolute favorites so far. Here is a good reference list of the Xanth novels.

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AD&D Player Character Sheets

AD&D Player Character Sheets

Hey there D&D friends! Attached below are my home-brewed Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition Character Sheets and a few other bonuses. I made these in InDesign and have played a solid campaign since 2013 with them (more late-night sessions to come). Hopefully they are as useful to your campaign as there were to my ever timid first time players (I DM). Below is some background on my AD&D up-brining as well as some of the thought process that went into making these character sheets. But without further ado here are the PDF downloads:

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Lord Of The Rings Manufacturer Defect

Manufacturer Defect: LOTR Illustrated By Alan Lee With An Upside Down Binding

So about 10 years ago for Christmas, while my classmates were asking for footballs and new shoes (or whatever normal kids want for Christmas), I, in proper Nerd fashion, I asked for the hard bound, all in one copy, of the Lord of the Rings, illustrated by Alan Lee. Christmas morning, in a fury of wrapping paper ripping I unveiled this exquisite hard bound copy of JRR Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece. I broke it open to peek at the amazing illustrations and paintings by Alan Lee contained within. But I immediately closed it because I didn't want to ruin the experience of seeing each illustration for the first time while I re-read one of my favorite fantasy novels. So I flipped to the front page and to my dismay I found that it was a total manufacturer defect!

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Banjo Kazooie Home Screen 100% Completion

Banjo Kazooie 100%

Not too long ago I got 100% in Banjo Kazooie! It was totally fun and a total blast from the past (1998 to be exact). One of the best Nintendo 64 games ever released.

Ok, so that's a grand total of 900 notes and 100 jiggies! And of course, in normal 100% fashion, I got all 24 honeycomb life bar pieces, all 3 cheato power ups (blue eggs, red feathers, and gold feathers), and beat the shit out of Gruntilda (not easy – took a dozen tries at least to kill that slimy green bitch).

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Fallout 3 Happy Birthday Card

Wishing you a Happy birthday from Vault-Tec

Fallout 3 Vault-Tec happy birthday card!

Vault-tec Reminds you that while you can spend this this Microsoft points cash on any XBox goodies....

Vault Boy highly recommends

  • Braid (A 2D puzzler where time is reversed with the push of a button)
  • Limbo (An atmospheric 2D platformer with many chances to fail)
  • Terraria (2D Minecraft. Enough said.)

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