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Variant Ventures Shoppe Spotlight – Summer 2021

Did you know we have a shoppe that sells TTRPG related apparel and items? Some of our top sellers include cosplay pieces and comfy tees! Hosting our own store allows us to continue creating great content and do more for the community. Whether you are looking for yourself or someone in your party, Adventurers of

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Starting Equipment for New Players

Every Table-Top Role Playing Game (TTRPG) Player has been there. You get introduced to a new game, likely at the invitation of a friend, family member, or co-worker, they let you borrow a set of polyhedral dice and helped you to fill out your character sheet for an exciting one-shot or introductory session, maybe even

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Board Games for New TTRPG Players

In my world, TTRPG sessions are some of the best time spent but it isn’t always feasible to gather a group and focus on the role play. Board games can really help scratch that itch! More so, some board games can even be used to help teach some TTRPG mechanics. Today I am going to

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War Talk Wednesday
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War Talk – Pike Part 1

Welcome to another War Talk! Today we are taking a trip back to a time before the Medieval roots of many TTRPGs and talk about a tactic first popularized in antiquity: the pike phalanx. The phalanx was a formation of spearmen popular among Greek and early Roman city-states prior to the Punic Wars. Phalanxes contained

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Brew Game Review

Previous Next Brew Brew is the newest game from Pandasaurus, released July, 15 2021. Brew is designed for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up and will play in about 45 to 90 minutes, once you get the hang of it. Our first play through was well over the 90 minute mark. I was

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Port of Entry – Session 0

Welcome to the Port of Entry Travelers!  The first time I heard about any Dungeons and Dragons campaign in detail, a friend described how their game broke up and they were no longer on speaking terms with some of the players. In the campaign, two player characters began dating. The two characters were happy in

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Saftey At The Table

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Port of Entry – Session 0

Welcome to the Port of Entry Travelers!  The first time I heard about any Dungeons and Dragons campaign in detail, a friend described how their game broke up and they were no longer on speaking terms with some of the players. In the campaign, two player characters began dating. The two characters were happy in

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Romance in TTRPGs

Variant Rory offers up some advice on how to spice up a TTRPG adventure with a little romance in time for Valentine’s Day.

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RPG Consent Sheets

Variant Kait talks about preparing your players with RPG Consent Sheets during a Session 0 or an active Campaign.

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Game Reviews

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Mandala Stones Game Review

Previous Next Mandala Stones Mandala Stones is a tile placement game for 2 to 4 players aged and up, and plays in about 30 minutes. I was initially drawn to the game due the bright colors of the tiles and my love for Azul. This looked like a natural fit for some relaxed game play

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Everdell Game Review

If you follow me on social media, you know that I am a sucker for good Crowdfunding. Years ago, a friend of mine told me his favorite place to buy board games was Kickstarter. I didn’t fully understand how he could buy a game that no one had reviewed yet, but I loved his game

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Remembering the Pulse Tragedies

Variant Allison writes about her experiences in remembrance of the terrible Pulse Nightclub Tragedy, and offers ways we can continue to suppose those affected.

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