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Ravnica Got Me Into Magic, And Now We're Going Back Ravnica Got Me Into Magic, And Now We're Going Back

Magic: The Gathering is a card game, but the storytelling and worldbuilding that goes into informing those cards is basically unmatched across the world of games. They announced this week that the game is going back to the world of Ravnica, and it took me down a nostalgia hole.

D&D's Upcoming Adventure Will Showcase Its Grossest Monster D&D's Upcoming Adventure Will Showcase Its Grossest Monster

Sometimes, people create horrible and unconscionable things all in the name of fantasy.

A Tabletop RPG For Storytellers Who Want To Be Infamous Criminals A Tabletop RPG For Storytellers Who Want To Be Infamous Criminals

If the industrial, supernatural world of Blades in the Dark was the backdrop for anything other than a tabletop role-playing game, I’d have written daily letters to its creator asking them to make it into one. Blades in the Dark’s world is so full of noir curiosities that it begs players to insert themselves in, and…

Tabletop role-playing game Pathfinder recently announced its second edition ten years after Paizo published its first. “We can do a much better job now than we did 10 years ago,” Paizo said. Paizo hopes to make the Core Rulebook more approachable, streamline combat and include more art. Playtesting begins August 2nd.

Magic: The Gathering Is Getting Some Big Changes Magic: The Gathering Is Getting Some Big Changes

As Magic: The Gathering approaches its 25th anniversary, head designer Mark Rosewater is perched at a crucial point between past and future. The game’s next set of cards will reprise Magic’s classic Dominaria setting, with the game’s original creator Richard Garfield tag-teaming design with Rosewater. But while it…

How To Choose Your D&D Character Class How To Choose Your D&D Character Class

“What Dungeons and Dragons class should I play?” is the kind of question you could answer with a cursory quiz, but that would be a mistake. You owe it to yourself—and to your D&D dungeon master—to think holistically about character class, maybe the most important choice you’ll make in a D&D game. Picking the right…

Goblin Fights In D&D Are The Worst Goblin Fights In D&D Are The Worst

For four decades, players have dutifully sacrificed a large portion of their Dungeons & Dragons games to take turns hitting a goblin with a broadsword. It’s time for us to release ourselves from the thousands of collective hours we’ve spent on D&D’s most tedious chore. Let’s kill off the goblin fight—or at least make…

Android: Netrunner: The Kotaku Review Android: Netrunner: The Kotaku Review

The card game Android: Netrunner does not feel like a game. Jacked into its system, Android: Netrunner’s thorny mechanics melt away until all that’s left are electric impulses in my brain interfacing with my opponents’. It becomes a stylish dance of psychology.

Five Family-Friendly Board Games That Aren't Monopoly Five Family-Friendly Board Games That Aren't Monopoly

It’s days into your family vacation and you’ve run out of things to talk about. Your brother has hashed out all the hometown gossip, and you and your father have dutifully avoided talking politics—all that’s left to do is watch the Food Network and eat leftovers. It’s this situation that board games were made for.

The first major expansion to D&D’s 5th edition, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, is out today. It’s full of new subclasses, spells, backstory ideas and tools for Dungeon Masters.

A Sherlock Holmes-Style Board Game, But With Anime Time Travel A Sherlock Holmes-Style Board Game, But With Anime Time Travel

“Whodunnit” board games exist in worlds beyond the stodgy European living rooms we see in Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective and Clue. The one I’m hooked on is very, very, anime.

Munchkin is coming to “digital platforms” next year, according to Asmodee Ditigal. They say the upcoming adaptation “will put everything players love about Munchkin at their fingertips.” In the meantime, I’m sure your friends who love boardgames are ready to fill you in.

Apparently People Really Want Fruit Ninja Tabletop Games Apparently People Really Want Fruit Ninja Tabletop Games

One wouldn’t imagine the frantic slicing action of Halfbrick Studios’ breakout mobile hit Fruit Ninja would translate well in the tabletop gaming space. Well surprise: In just under four hours, Lucky Duck Games has successfully raised $10,500 to create not one but three different physical Fruit Ninja games.

The Most Popular D&D Races And Classes The Most Popular D&D Races And Classes

Decades of D&D fans repeating the old adage “Friends don’t let friends play half-orcs” may have had some tangible effects. Yesterday, FiveThirtyEight published data on the most D&D popular classes and races and, well, half-orcs only make up about five percent of all D&D characters played between August 15 and…

Fantasy Version Of Betrayal At House On The Hill Is Still Fun Without The Haunted Mansion Fantasy Version Of Betrayal At House On The Hill Is Still Fun Without The Haunted Mansion

Last week, Wizards of the Coast reimagined their classic horror game Betrayal at House on the Hill in a Dungeons & Dragons high fantasy setting. Back in 2004, Betrayal captured the curiosity and fear that comes with crawling through a haunted mansion with mechanics that brilliantly mirrored its horror theme. Slowly…

I Tried Remaking My D&D Adventure In Divinity: Original Sin 2, And It (Mostly) Worked I Tried Remaking My D&D Adventure In Divinity: Original Sin 2, And It (Mostly) Worked

Divinity: Original Sin 2 has a mode that lets players design their own Dungeons & Dragons-esque adventure inside the role-playing game, and in case you were wondering what kind of dweeb would port their homebrew D&D game into DoS: 2, the answer is me. My experiment was instructive and, I think, says a lot about the…

Stay With Me Here: Dungeons & Dragons, Except You Cook What You Kill Stay With Me Here: Dungeons & Dragons, Except You Cook What You Kill

So, uh, I’ve been pretty fixated on the idea of a dungeon-crawl-slash-cooking show—a Dungeons & Dragons game where you kill what you eat. A few questionably-spent days of vacation after spawning this ludicrous idea, I found a way to mod Dungeons & Dragons to accommodate my cooking fantasies. And, surprisingly, it…

Dungeons & Dragons Promises To Make Its Adventures More Queer Dungeons & Dragons Promises To Make Its Adventures More Queer

As we sat together at Gen Con in Indianapolis this weekend talking Dungeons & Dragons, the game’s lead rules developer Jeremy Crawford motioned towards a copy of the Player’s Handbook resting on the table between us. “I wasn’t about to have this book go out and not acknowledge that people like me exist,” he said.

D&D Rules Developer's 9 Insider Hacks For Players and DMs D&D Rules Developer's 9 Insider Hacks For Players and DMs

Dungeons & Dragons’ lead rules designer Jeremy Crawford has a tough job. To keep the game in top form, he’s got to make sure its exhaustive ruleset walks that fine line between combat and role-play, thoroughness and accessibility, firmness and flexibility. Along the way, he’s come up with some good tips on getting in…

One Of Gen Con's Biggest Hits Was A Board Game About Photosynthesis One Of Gen Con's Biggest Hits Was A Board Game About Photosynthesis

Before last weekend’s Indianapolis tabletop gaming convention Gen Con, I was skimming lists of the weekend’s most anticipated games and seeing the same-old, same-old: a feudal Japan card game, a fantasy role-playing campaign—but a ubiquitous outlier kept catching my eye: Photosynthesis, a game about growing trees.…

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