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An AI generated image of Droop the Goblin from the D&D adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver.

It's been too long! Got to run a session for our Lost Mine of Phandelver family campaign last night! With all the chaos over the past few months, we just haven't had time to play. Plus, the kids finally joined in! The party is now Rinn the elf fighter (my wife), Nova the dragonborn warlock (my brother), Mylo the human expert (older offspring), and Leo the tortle warrior/mage (younger offspring).


Secular humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that embraces human reason, ethics, and justice, and rejects religious dogma, supernaturalism, and superstition as the basis of morality and decision-making.


As someone who has benefited firsthand from AI's ability to assist with tasks—such as helping write the first draft of this very blog post—I can't help but feel excited about the promise of artificial intelligence and what it may be able to accomplish in a future that is much closer than any of us realized only a few years ago. The potential for AI to help solve major problems facing us, such as finding innovative solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, for example, is tremendously hopeful.


A large white dragon with its wings spread above a desolate landscape.

In our previous game, the party had ascended the path to Icespire Hold undetected and bypassing the gatehouse by climbing up the cliff face into the hold proper. Inside, they found some loot, fought a few stirges, then ended that game by finding Wylston the firbolg cleric's brother, Wartstew, dead: frozen by Cryovain's frost breath while giving the orc children time to escape through the undercroft. It was quite possibly the most emotional game we've played.


FanX logo.

Tickets have been secured and this year I will be attending all three days of FanX in Salt Lake City! If you see me, feel free to say “hi” and enjoy watching me struggle to not be awkward and weird.

As is typical for me at these conventions, the bulk of my time will likely be spent checking out panels and hanging out in the tabletop gaming area on the third floor, assuming they don’t change-up the layout. I’m also hoping to DM one or two quick D&D games each day but that isn’t a sure thing – at least not yet.

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Dice, DMs guide, and other things behind a DM screen.

A rough draft homebrew ruleset establishing a 2-Action/1-Bonus action economy, inspired by the Pathfinder 2nd Edition 3-Action economy.


Dead Wars 2 banner.

Last year, over 1,200 D&D players descended upon Provo, Utah, to set the Guinness World Record for the largest single D&D game ever played – and they did! I had planned to attend but, unfortunately, due to a combination of ADHD and... okay, probably just that... I put the wrong date in my calendar, didn't pay attention to the announcements on social media, and missed it entirely.


Over the weekend, my wife, brother, and I started a new family game running Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, the re-written and expanded Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure from the early days of 5th Edition. Since the kids weren't interested in playing this time around, we decided to try the sidekick rules from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything so we could still run a 4-person party.


Okay, here's a fun purpose for this blog: I will be documenting my tabletop and video game RPG adventures here. Let's get on with it as we join an adventure already in progress…

⚠️ Spoilers Ahead ⚠️


I absolutely love the idea of the fediverse and, having been considering getting back to blogging, I figured it would make sense to do that on a federated platform. So here I am!

What will this blog be about?

At this point, it's just an experiment. We'll see where it goes!