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In Which We Talk About… Factions
Aug10

In Which We Talk About… Factions

The factions – Emerald Enclave, Harpers, Lords’ Alliance, Order of the Gauntlet, and the Zhentarim – have been a part of Forgotten Realms lore and the Adventurers League since basically the beginning. These organizations play a part in the world’s functions, but often as supportive elements; rarely are they on the forefront of global events en masse. Sure, there are incidents that the Harpers have guided (lookin’ at you, Elminster)...

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In Which We Talk About… Rules and Seasons!
Aug07

In Which We Talk About… Rules and Seasons!

So there’s been a LOT of conversation and buzz lately about the flurry of announcements that we’ve made regarding the future of the D&D Adventurers League. We’ve got rules changes, new content for Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage, the sudden appearance of Eberron-based organized play, WHEW! I’ll be honest, the last couple weeks have been crazy. The AL news, some real life drama (“real...

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In Which We Talk About… Production Schedules
Jul20

In Which We Talk About… Production Schedules

HI! It’s been a crazy week. I wish I could talk all about it, but let’s face it: you’re not here to read about my adventures in machine learning, Linux infrastructure automation, and a little thing I call Project Eclipse (in which I blot out the Sun… servers in my datacenter). Instead, I have this sneaking suspicion that you want to hear some fresh-out-the-kitchen Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League news....

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In Which We Talk About Volo’s Guide to Monsters
Jul13

In Which We Talk About Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Volo’s Guide to Monsters. It’s a catalog of creatures that some might consider strange, mythological, or downright legendary. A small number of them have been approved for player use, and when the book launched we – the admins, Matt Sernett, Chris Lindsay, and others – worked together to create some narrative-driven reasons for those monstrous races to exist in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and more specifically in...

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In Which We Talk About Documentation
Jun29

In Which We Talk About Documentation

You know what I really don’t like when I run games? Piles of documentation. I want to tell stories. Awesome stories, full of player interactions and epic decisions and stupendous events that defy description outside of “HOLY CATS THAT WAS AWESOME!” And you know what? Our current documentation is not really conducive to meeting this goal. I love being able to direct new players and DMs to the Player’s Pack and...

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In Which We Discuss Experience Points
Jun22

In Which We Discuss Experience Points

Welcome to the first installment of “Behind the Screen”, a series of weekly (or more often!) articles that I’ll be putting out. Some of these will be about League matters like new rules and such, and some will be about the ever-pesky DM Empowerment topic and how I apply it to my own tables. That said, let’s get down to business! So, we recently had a brief post about using the checkmark/ checkpoint system...

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