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Reviewing Ancestral Weapons A DMs Guild Product For Dungeons and Dragons 5e

I have had this PDF on my computer for a little bit now. Been meaning to dig into it and see if it is as good as I anticipated. Now someone was very critical of the product shortly after I got this. It sort of made me worried to download and review it but after doing so I wish I had never seen that persons thoughts. This product has some fun things in it. While I do have some criticisms I think the good outweighs the negative. In this I will review each section in order and then give my final thoughts at the end.

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Obstacles Trying A New Game System

I did a poll on my Twitter and had quite a few responses. The question was Do you find it hard to try a new RPG system? If yes what do you think is the biggest obstacle for you? The results were pretty close to even. 49% said yes and 51% said no with over 150 people polled.

So what do I think are the biggest obstacles in trying a new system? Well there are many variables that go into getting a group to play a game in general such as

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Pay To Play DMs... What About Pay To Play Players?

This has been an ongoing debate for years. Many blogs, and news sites have discussed this. There are 3 camps on this it seems. There are the ones who are completely against it for various reasons. There are the people who think it makes sense to pay someone for the service to run games for a complete stranger and there are those who are indifferent because it has no bearing on them. There are many arguments both for and against paying a dungeon master but not many have discussed pay to play players. Lets try to look at all viewpoints for paying a DM and or Players.

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Master the Game 1st Annual Adventurer Gauntlet

I will be running my first annual Adventurer Gauntlet at GrandCon 2019. This is an idea I have had for a little bit. The game will be streamed on the Master the Game YouTube Channel. Everyone is encouraged to have fun and come prepared to go through multiple 5th level characters. If you are not someone who can handle character death please do not sign up for this game. Come with an open mind and lets have some fun together.

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1d20 Table: Forest Findings

While traveling or searching in a forest roll 1d20 to determine what your party runs into/uncovers/finds.

  1. An entrance to a well but not just any well. A well that grants the first person who drinks from it temporary hit points of 1d12 for the duration of the day.

  2. A player trips over a lump of dirt uncovering a sword with a loose red gemstone. This can

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2019 Optimistically Moving

So 2018 has come and passed us by. It was a great year but I didn’t game as much as I would have hoped to. Started the year off running and playing in some games. I did get to try the 7DSystem by DMGinfo and that was a fun experience. One game I didn’t get to play that I really hoped to was Dragon Age the Tabletop RPG.

We finally……

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Tips For Gaming With Kids

Over the last 4 years I have looked into running games for my kids frequently. I have tried a few times and I have learned a bit about running games for young kids. The first rule to running games for kids is they just want to have fun. 

Knowing that all kids want to do is have fun you have to know a few other things about kids. So here are some questions to ask yourself about the kids you are going to play with.

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Gaming Conventions for 2019, and This Weeks Video Ideal # of Players

With Dungeons and Dragons being played in a Castle oversees I have loved seeing the short video clips and pictures of the festivities. There are so many great events going on out there. I really love that they are doing things like this.

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Going All In!

I was really proud to do a video this week on 5 Benefits of Playing A Tabletop RPG. Recording it actually put a lot of pressure on me because I wanted to do the topic proud. There are so many great benefits and I knew people out there who could discuss the specifics more in depth. This is why I want to do a future interview with someone or a few people about how they have benefited from playing Tabletop RPGs. You may know but I plan on doing an interview with someone between every video series over on Master the Game. It serves as my own little way to break up each series and give people something to look forward to. If I can do a meaningful interview that leads into the following series even better!

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Unboxing, Reviews, Getting Connected, Pokemon, and Free RPG Day Recap!

It was an absolutely amazing week! We had a Reaper Bones Unboxing thanks to Reaper Miniatures. We also have a set of dice on the way from Dice Bard. On Tabletop Gaming with Juce there will be a review of the miniatures and the dice. Also this past week connected with a lot of companies, and content creators. Managed to get a couple products for Free RPG Day 2018, and celebrated my daughters seventh birthday party!

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Free RPG Day Eve Weekly Recap

A package arrived today from Reaper Miniatures. We ordered some new miniatures for my kids because they love to play with my miniatures so we figured this would be a lot of fun for them. My son really loves things like squid, lobster, spiders, snakes, bees, and other animals and insects. He is always asking to play with my "purple spiders" which are just the Giant Spiders that D&D put out. My daughter just likes playing D&D. We streamed our game a couple of weeks ago and she asks me every couple days to play again. This last week when the kids were playing with my miniatures she was recreating Pokemon with them. They played for hours with those Reaper Bones miniatures. I can't wait to do the box opening with my daughter. The plan is to film it and put it out as an unboxing video.

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D&D Beyond, How To Choose The Right System, and What Is A Session 0 - Been A Busy Couple of Weeks!

Wow is all I can say about this weeks feedback. If you regularly read my blog though you will know that I failed to post last week. Once again I am working on improving every week and I think I am delivering on that note. Many have told me how much better the quality of my videos has gotten. The amount of opportunities that have lined up thanks to this series has been amazing! I will admit I haven't grown as quickly as I thought I would but I am having far more fun this last month doing YouTube videos and managing my social media than I have ever had fun doing this. If you have known me you know this is my 2nd Tabletop RPG channel and my first one goes all the way back to 2012.

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Video #3 Of Series #1 Is Up And Thriving

Saturday was expecting to have a lot of time to work on things for the channel and website because the kids were over at the in-laws for the weekend. Well it didn't quite work out that way. Saturday received a call from some clients that wanted to see some houses about 45 minutes away from my house. That took about 4 hours of my day and then had some other houses for another client to show. Promised my wife we would go to dinner but afterwards we went and saw Avengers Infinity War. Didn't get home until after 11:00 PM and was really tired at that time.

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First Week Went Well But What Happened Leading To My Second Video - What Is The GM or DMs Role

The second video was not originally going to be "What Is The GM or DMs Role" but was going to be about RPG genres. When shooting my first video "What Is A Tabletop RPG?" I was inspired to do a video about the GMs role in a Tabletop RPG. I had a lot of good ideas and thought it would be a very good video. Little did I expect how busy I would be on Mother's Day Weekend.

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Almost A Year In The Making... Master the Game on YouTube Launched

My goals with this channel are to build a foundation for anyone new to Tabletop RPGs. That is why this first video is What Is A Tabletop RPG and is part of the Intro to Tabletop RPGs video series. If you are new to Tabletop RPGs this series is intended for you. If you are experienced and have anyone who is interested but not real experienced with Tabletop RPGs I hope you will share this with them. Don't worry eventually we will get into more and more advanced topics. We will also discuss how to play specific system, and then go into build guides, and then get into game master tips such as how to handle specific optimized builds, and more for those specific systems. If any of this sounds like it might be interesting to you please be sure to subscribe to the channel.

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Tales of Swordfall: The Starting of an Adventure Group

In November of 2017, a new adventuring group started. Most of the players had only thought about playing role-playing games but didn't know where to start.

A few months earlier Paul Gerrish, the GM for Tales of Swordfall, had an idea to start a new group to broadcast over YouTube that exclusively featured new players. They would learn Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition as they played the game. If you're an experienced DM/GM you're probably wondering what mad thoughts were going through Paul's head? Why pick exclusively players who were new to Role-Playing Games, new to D&D 5e, or hadn't played for many years? Then why post on YouTube for everyone to see?

Paul explains...

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Making Combat Encounters More Than Filler

A lot of game masters when running games use combat encounters as filler between giving you story. I have played a lot of games where an encounter was used just to change the pace of the game and give the players something to do to pass the time. It can feel like being railroaded sometimes when this is the case too.

Most encounters should have a meaning or purpose. Do this to...

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Master the Game - A New Channel D&D Optimization

I have started working on a new YouTube channel called Master the Game. It is a channel all about optimization. If you are a player and want to know the most efficient ways to build a character type this channel will have you covered. This channel will also teach game masters/dungeon masters how to optimize encounters. We hope to fill a need in our community that isn't discussed much.

Players often are looking for

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Working On Publishing My Homebrew World For Tabletop RPG's Part 1

It is no secret that for a couple years now I have been working on my homebrew world to eventually publish. I have multiple projects started for various regions that include factions, NPC's, monsters, magic items, and dieties started. When I am inspired I add more to the various projects.

I've planned on...

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Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Is Here To Stay

I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition since the play test. I've loved almost every aspect of the system and how they implemented new options. By doing the play testing in the Unearthed Arcana articles it is just wetting our appetites as fans of the game. Plus the fact they aren't releasing tons of books at an alarming rate it making it more digestible. The one concern I do have though is the open gaming license and DM's Guild seems to be over saturating the 3rd party market. Ultimately though Wizards of the Coast is doing things right.

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