• [NSFW] Crystalis D&Dcast – Part 3: The Slippery Slope

    Guards. Guile. Gender confusion. It's the third installment of GameCola's Crystalis-themed Dungeons & Dragons podcast!

  • [NSFW] Crystalis D&Dcast – Part 2: Cave Story

    Caves. Combat. Criticals. It's the second installment of GameCola's Crystalis-themed Dungeons & Dragons podcast!

  • [NSFW] Crystalis D&Dcast – Part 1: The Adventure Begins…If We Ever Leave the Inn

    Mountains. Monsters. Mado. It's GameCola's first videogame-themed Dungeons & Dragons podcast, featuring Crystalis!

  • Gamer Girlfriend: Clash of the Titans

    It sucks to be a low-level character in D&D. Sad, but true. Your hit points are crap, you have no money or magic items, and your most impressive spells do exactly 1d3 points of damage per casting. I mean, OK, it’s not like the challenge ratings of the monsters you’re fighting are very high either, but still. Best-case scenario, your character is kind of a weakling but still gets a decent hit or two in per encounter. Worst case scenario, he’s completely useless (seriously, try playing a Level 1 Monk sometime and see how much you like being the only person in the party who can’t hold a weapon properly).

  • Smell Like an RPG!

    So you've already read Parts One and Two of Vangie's guide on how to get into Dungeons Dragons—now what? The obvious next step is to purchase a perfume that will make you smell just like your fanta

  • Gamer Girlfriend: A Guide to D&D, Part II

    As with any other game, the first—and often most frustrating—step of playing Dungeons & Dragons is learning all the rules. This is most definitely not an easy task, since D&D rules are a bit more complicated than most other games. Remember in my last article, when I mentioned that the D&D rulebook was a “tome”? This was not, in fact, entirely accurate. The truth is that the D&D rulebook is actually several tomes. Apparently, the official creators of D&D like to revamp the rules every so often, and regularly put out new editions with formal changes and updates. Meanwhile, other people, whose identities I cannot comment upon except to say that they are most definitely not the official creators of D&D, are also putting out their own volumes. For example, the last several campaigns I have played in were based on a book called Pathfinder, which is an unofficial “streamlined” version of the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition Rulebook. But hey, it’s not so bad, right? At least you just have to deal with one book that serves as the bible for your campaign!

  • Gamer Girlfriend: A Guide to D&D, Part I

    Not all gaming has to be electronic. Over the last year or so, I’ve been making my first forays into table-top gaming, which is another way of saying that, yes, I now know how to play Dungeons and Dragons. Well, kinda. It’s a steep learning curve. When I think of “game rules”, I think of the stapled 4-6 page pamphlets that come with most board games. The D&D rulebook, on the other hand, is a hardbound, 200+ page tome. And that’s only the latest edition.