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In 2002, Wizards of the Coast sent out the call to fans of Dungeons & Dragons - create a one-page pitch for a new, unique setting. After 110,000 (!!) different entries, and multiple stages of internal and community-based selection, the only pitch left was Keith Baker's Eberron, a world that created a hybrid of fantasy and future. Next month, the classic role-playing game is bringing Eberron up to code with a new, fifth edition campaign book - Eberron: Rising from the Last War....
When you're a tabletop connoisseur, there's an all but certain chance that you've got at least a small collection of dice in your life. But have you ever stopped to think about how you're using those dice? Before you now is the work of thousands of hours of research, surveys, scientific studies and dice fondling - this is the tabletop gamer's essential guide to dice etiquette. Control the direction of your rolls Whether you're playing a board game, in the middle of...
It's just four weeks until Christmas so here's the last part of our 2018 Gift Guide. This time, it's all about the other worlds we go to with roleplaying Games. In case you missed them already, you can still find our Board Games, Card Game, and Miniatures guides on the blog. Dungeons & Dragons This year has been a stellar year for DnD, with great releases like Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but the end of the...
RPGs can be a serious time sink so you want to get the most out of them right? Here are 6 easy tips to help you become a better game master and keep your players coming back to the table game after game. Be Prepared This seems like common sense but it can end up being a long thread to pull. How prepared should you be? Should you have an entire map and encounter list worked out for the entire...
The mighty Dave Adams AKA Nerd of Wisdom has answered the call from Vault to find out what makes him a gamer. He is a husband, father, school teacher, board game reviewer on whatever sites publish him, and he does “Good Game Better Gamer” on Board Game breakfast, and Board Game Haiku just for fun on Dice Tower Blender. The story that won him the recent competition from our friends at ATGN brought him to our attention so we had to ask...
Ever played a role-playing game and felt something missing? What about getting fed up at making the noises yourself? Well, let’s step up your game (see what I did there). You may be missing out on the audio you need to really bring your players into the game. So here’s a few ideas to help you out. Soundtracks Soundtracks can give you the background music you need to amp up the roleplaying by your players. Whether they’re trying to negotiate...
Hey, Cassie here, the tallest in the Vault crew (Dylan would attest otherwise, but it’s definitely me). I also have the best pet and am the best at sports. But I am getting carried away…its not about being the best at every thing, or coming first…or is it? Let’s talk about competitiveness in gaming. Do you play to win? Or is it just a bit of fun? Do you shy away from playing with certain people because of the way...
Recently, the Vault crew headed down the coast to bring our library of games to Supanova on the Gold Coast. While those who travel to the coast from Brisbane usually like to catch some rays and take a dip in the ocean, we went straight into gaming, setting up the tabletop zone and bringing gaming to the masses. Who needs sand when you’ve got dice!    Supanova is known for its excellent guest stars, large array of artistic talent, and...
Now that 2014 is over and we continue rolling on into 2015 (see what I did there), let's take the time to look over what the Vault crew obsessed over last year. Cassie How well do you bluff? How well do you know you friends? Can they see right through you? Are you lucky enough to gain the affection of the Princess? These are all the questions you ask yourself while playing Love Letter. It’s a game of bluffing as...