Author C. A. A. Allen lives in San Diego with his wife and six children. He is a freelance writer, local hip-hop mogul, and fantasy e-book author. He writes for many online entities, and has been published in the San Diego Reader, and CityBeat magazines. He has provided back up vocals, and performed as a "Humpty Dancer" for the multi-platinum hip-hop group Digital Underground. When he isn't writing or spending time … [Read more...] about Author Interview with C. A. A. Allen
New guest post by Edwin McRae! I am going to put this to you. What if it’s about the gods? Yes, Aphrodite and Zeus, Thor and Odin. I’m speaking from a strictly western perspective and those are the two pantheons that arise in games time and again. Greek and Norse. These are the examples I’m going to draw on but there are many other divine influences besides them. They’re just the ones that tend to pop up in video … [Read more...] about Why do we love RPGs?
Microsoft's Xbox One turns six years old this year! To celebrate, we've put together a list of several RPG games you can play on the Xbox One console today! If you're ready to go on a role-playing adventure, check out the list below before finding your favorite. We list all types, including action RPG, turn-based RPG, monster hunter, hack and slash, and more. There's something for everyone on this list of the best … [Read more...] about XBox One RPG Games Out Now in 2019
There are have been many gaming systems throughout the years. If you started to play around the year 2000, there's one that stands out more than others. The d20 system was introduced alongside the third edition of Dungeons and Dragons, but it quickly came to dominate the shelves of gaming stores across the road. Taking a look at how this system came to be - and where it eventually went - is a good way to begin … [Read more...] about History of the d20 RPG System
The rogue is one of the building blocks of a good D&D party. They can sneak, disarm traps, pick locks, and take care of many of those pesky social checks that crop up when you're out of combat. While most forms of media have great examples of rogues, some of the best exemplars of the class you'll find are in Dungeons and Dragons novels. The best of the best not only reinforce the knowledge players get from … [Read more...] about Best D&D Books with Rogues
Today we have a special treat, a guest post by Edwin McRae. You can find out more about this new LitRPG author with a game development background on his author blog. As Edwin puts it, "I’ve been a screenwriter and story designer for over 12 years now. After four years of writing for television, I started with Grinding Gear Games in 2010 and became lead writer on the creative team that took their online RPG, Path of … [Read more...] about How to read LitRPG like an ARPG designer
If you look at the current version of Dungeons and Dragons, you'll notice that it's labeled Fifth Edition. While it's clear that the preceding edition was Fourth Edition and that the version before that was the Third Edition, figuring out the Second Edition is a bit tougher. OD&D is certainly D&D first edition, but there were two competing iterations of the game between OD&D and Third Edition. While … [Read more...] about D&D Editions: Dungeons & Dragons Red Box Basic Set (1977-1995)
This is the first in a series of seven articles about all the Dungeons & Dragons editions over the years. If you've ever wondered about the history of D&D, keep reading! Dungeons and Dragons is a rare game that's been going for over four decades. Though it has grown and changed over that time, it's always clung to its roots. The original version of Dungeons and Dragons, now called Original Dungeons and … [Read more...] about D&D Editions: Original Dungeons & Dragons (1974-1977)
While Final Fantasy is often thought of as the game that introduced RPGs to North America, the truth is that another title did so first. The Legend of Zelda might not be a classic JRPG, but most of the Action-RPG genre owes a huge debt to the game. From overworlds filled with dungeons to the reliance on tools to open up new areas of the map, there are few third-person games that don't crib something from the … [Read more...] about RPG Legends: Link and Zelda
A LitRPG Novel by Paul Bellow The Quest Continues! Inside the Tower of Gates... Eric and Sarah continue their “easy” quest by collecting items to craft Dawn Acid while also searching for a way out of the Tower of Gates. Along the way, they meet a bigger cast of interesting characters. Will they clear level one-one? More importantly, can they find a way out of the game? Trapped in the world’s most advanced … [Read more...] about Hate: Tower of Gates Book 2
Dungeons and Dragons is a constantly-evolving game. The 5th Edition is a huge return to form after the more video game-inspired 4th Edition, and that means a return to a lot of what has traditionally made Dungeons and Dragons work. With that change has come a huge update in the base classes for the game and, in some cases, how those classes work. If you've never played 5th Edition - or if you've never played a … [Read more...] about What D&D Class Should You Play in 5e?
Wondering where to start with D&D novels? Read our picks for the top D&D books of all time. Be sure to leave a comment below if you think we forgot any or we give you those old school feels. Thanks for reading! Dungeons and Dragons is more than just a game. It's spawned numerous adaptations in multiple forms of media. If there's one area where it's done particularly well, though, it's in the world of … [Read more...] about Best D&D Books of All Time?