• Best D&D Campaigns for Beginners

    Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for beginners
    When you have newcomers at your table, you want to find the best campaigns for beginners. A player’s first game will determine whether or not they continue to adventure the Forgotten Realms and other regions or never pick a die again. While many dungeon masters like to play with their world, a pre-written campaign can be the easier starting point for new players. The Dungeon Mast can focus on making sure the experience is amazing without having to worry about the finer points of world-building. Here are the best campaigns that you should run with new players.

    Curse of Strahd

    Curse of Strahd is a remake and expansion of the original Ravenloft module. Taking place in the dark land of Barovia, the players are pitted against one of the most iconic characters in Dungeon & Dragons, Strahd von Zarovich. While one of the hardest campaigns, it is easy for Dungeon Master to run. In addition, this will be the perfect campaign if your new players are fans of the supernatural and horror genre.

    Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

    While a lot of adventures end up with the players saving the world from a great evil, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist provides a low-stakes and grounded story. This adventure allows players to get more comfortable with battle mechanics as they explore the intrigue that Waterdeep has to offer. Players can get their feet wet in the Forgotten Realms’ lore while searching for a stockpile of gold!

    Candlelight Mysteries

    While some DMs want to do extended stories, sometimes short adventures can be just the ticket to get new players invested. The Candlelight Mysteries module provides a variety of small, disconnected adventures that will allow new players to ease into playing Dungeons & Dragons with an anthology.

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    Baldur’s Gate 3 Scares the Gaming Industry

    Baldur’s Gate 3 was released on August 3rd to overwhelming praise and universal acclaim. In addition to the critical response that has been very positive, the game holds the place of the best-selling game on Steam. Despite Larian’s concerns about early access affecting sales, the game has gone above and beyond their expectation by selling 2.5 million copies on PC. However, not everyone is celebrating Larian’s success. Game developers have been coming out to address unrealistic expectations that Baldur’s Gate is making. But, what about Baldur’s Gate 3 is creating unrealistic expectations?

    Experience with Baldur’s Gate

    Before we get into the controversies in the game industry, let’s address why Baldur’s Gate has done exceptionally well based on my personal experience with the game. To be honest, I didn’t buy the game when it first came out. After all, recent titles like Pokemon and Cyberpunk 2077 have made me jaded from playing games. However, the persistence of my DND friends pushed me to try the game.

    Despite all my reservations, Baldur’s Gate 3 has gone above my expectations. This game is a complete story with DLC or microtransactions like current AAA titles. Every inch of the world is full of discoveries and unique interactions depending on your player character. Moreover, there are no game-breaking bugs that prevent you from playing to completion. Also, the multi-player option allows you to explore with your friends. Without a doubt, this is one of the best games that I have played in years in terms of story, structure, and game performance. As an avid gamer, Baldur’s Gate was a fresh of breath air. So, why are game developers criticizing its success?

    Criticism from Game Developers

    You would think game developers would be promoting the success of other developers. However, that has not been the case with Baldur’s Gate 3. Soon after the success of the game was clear, some game developers came out to try to lower the expectations of gamers. A famous Twitter thread by an indie developer Xalavier Nelson Jr., ended up sparking a debate by saying that Baldur’s Gate 3 “… is not a new baseline for RPGs—this is an anomaly.”

    However, the post ended up reinforcing the idea that gamers should not have high expectations for AAA titles that have been constantly failing and even showing their exploitative sides. People’s reaction to this post shows the amount of frustration feel towards the current state of the gaming industry. Many games are released in buggy, broken states or rely on predatory microtransactions while asking people to pay for them. Meanwhile, Baldur’s Gate 3 was released without any bugs and no microtransaction system. Instead, you just pay for the game and get to experience it in its entirety.

    So, is it any surprise that people are claiming Baldur’s Gate should establish a new standard for AAA developers? If anything, the standards for major game development companies need to be raised because consumers are being sold games that are broken on arrival.

    If you have not had a chance, you should buy Baldur’s Gate 3 and try it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. I am looking forward to more games from Larian’s game developers.

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    Hogwarts Legacy Review: A Magical Experience

    This Hogwarts Legacy review is going to address the gameplay and plot

    Without a doubt, Harry Potter and the Wizarding World have made a cultural impact. For years, the series has released many video games for console, PC, and mobile. However, none of these games can compare to the marvel that is Hogwarts Legacy. In two weeks, this game sold 12 million copies. But is this video game the magical experience that is befitting of the Harry Potter legacy?

    Fantastic Plot and Endearing Characters

    One of the most important things about an RPG is its story and characters. Fortunately, Hogwarts Legacy blows players out of the water with its intriguing storyline. The player is put into an unusual situation of beginning Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in their fifth year. Under the mentorship of Professor Fig, the player is revealed to be able to see and wield Ancient Magic. As the story progresses,  the player must unravel the mystery behind Ancient Magic and stop Ragnok and his Goblins. The story weaves naturally into the world, mostly due to the endearing nature of its characters.

    In addition to Professor Fig, you will encounter charismatic professors that will teach you new spells, whimsical shopkeepers, and treasured friends. Over the course of the story, you will befriend four students from each house that will help you on your journey. They are:

    • Natsai Onai (Gryffindor)
    • Sebastian Sallow (Slytherin)
    • Amit Thakkar (Ravenclaw)
    • Poppy Sweeting (Hufflepuff)

    However, there is an entire cast of interesting students to befriend and interact with. All of them manage to find a special place in your heart. But that is nothing compared to the beautiful open world that this game provides.

    Beautiful Open World

    Nothing shows the love that game developers had for this game more than its world. The environments are simply breathtaking and show an attention to detail that other games fail to grasp. Since Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade have been popular and established locations portrayed in books and films, there was a lot of expectation. This game brings to life the locations from the books. You can explore the entirety of the castle (except for the other common rooms of rival houses). The amount of times that I got lost exploring just shows how vast the area is. However, you can adventure further than just the castle and Hogsmeade. As you play, you can explore the hamlets surrounding the Highlands of Scotland.

    Interesting Gameplay

    Although the magic system is not as advanced as I was expecting, the gameplay that Hogwarts Legacy offers is sleek and varied. The player gets to select from a handful of spells to equip, allowing you to create your own spell combinations to use in battle. While it takes a moment to figure out what combination works for you, it is fun to explore your options. Furthermore, you are also capable of using Ancient Magic in combat by throwing objects and creating powerful attacks. Outside of combat, you can care for magical creatures and fly around the open world on a broomstick. There is a variety of mounts that you can obtain in the game as you progress.

    A Magical Experience Worth the Buy

    There is so much that I could not add to this review to avoid spoiling the experience. There are some custom and unique side quests depending on which house your character belongs to. Furthermore, if you are part of the Harry Potter fan club, you can load your profile with

    It has been a long time since I have been fully engrossed in a game world. As a young child, I always dreamed of being a witch. Now I have the opportunity to live out my childhood dream. Anyone who is a fan of the franchise or open-world games should give this game a try!

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    The Beginner’s Guide To D&D

    The Beginners Guide To D&D

    A beginner’s Guide to D&D can be helpful for newcomers to this tabletop game. Many beginner guides go into detail about the game and its mechanics. However, the Player Handbook can only give you so much insight. Instead of rehashing the rules and mechanics, let’s go over some things that beginners will need to know for their first campaign.

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    Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet Glitches and All

    Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet

    Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet have been in the hot seat since its release. Reviews have been flooding in talking about the numerous problems with the latest installment of the franchise. From the terrible frame rate to the body horror glitches, Scarlet and Violet have the lowest Metacritic User Score to date. However, the decline of Pokemon is nothing new. With every release, people are becoming more and more frustrated with GameFreak. The question is…will the franchise change or continue its rapid decline?

    An Open World Pokemon Game

    Before we talk about everything that is broken with the latest additions to Pokemon’s core series, let’s talk about the positive changes and innovations to the game. This game took a big leap toward creating your own personal journey by allowing you to progress the story the way you want.

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