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D&D Is Not A War Game

I am sure it will come as no surprise to my fellow Variants that I really enjoy the combat in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. While a good chunk of the rules for players are combat oriented, its is important to remember the title of this post. D&D is not a war game.  Before you …

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Port of Entry 2021 Recap

At the heart of Variant Ventures is the desire to “break down the gates that bar entry to the TTRPG hobby.” From this goal, Port of Entry was born, designed to make Dungeons and Dragons more accessible to new comers. Below you will find the 2021 collection of Port of Entry articles. It is my …

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War Talk – Box Barrage

Welcome Back, Variants! Following last week’s blast of a post about artillery and indirect fire, I’d like to talk about Box Barrages today. A box barrage is a form of artillery fire that falls around a specific part of the battlefield, with the aim of preventing escape or reinforcement of that area.  For a Box …

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War Talk – Artillery

Alright Variants, let us get into the holiday season with a bang. Today, we are talking about the king of the battlefield as Napoleon called it, artillery. From the catapults, ballista, and trebuchets of antiquity and the Middle Ages to the modern cannons and howitzers, the role of artillery has changed very little over the …

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TTRPGs with Children

Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) have become one of my favorite ways to blow off steam. Hanging out with friends, making up a story: it’s almost like make believe! (Actually, It is exactly like make believe.) While TTRPGs have so many benefits such as leadership development and critical thinking, they are also just plain fun! …

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Port of Entry – Combat

Roll for Initiative! When I started playing my first session of Dungeons and Dragons, I had my character sheet and back story ready to go. Roleplay was a little challenging for me, but I was able to stumble my way through my first real experience with any kind of improv. Everything was more or less …

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