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History In TTRPGs

If you have been hanging around the Variant Ventures page for a while, you will know I am the history guy. I like history, I write about it frequently, and I talk about ways to implement historical factors and events in your game. Today, however, I want to make a statement – most TTRPGs are

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World Building: Player Backstory

How much backstory is too much backstory for a TTRPG character? To be frank, I am not sure if there is a clear line to draw, but let me spell out my opinions on getting player backstory as a DM, and how I create it as a player. Usually, I do not write out my

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Meet Your Makers Part 2: CobblePath Games

Greetings again Variants, and welcome to another Meet Your Makers! We have another interview with the wonderful CobblePath Games of Locus fame to share with you. Check out the previous Meet Your Maker interview by clicking here! This time, the game setting is much less scary and significantly funnier with Stacks of Goblins. I asked our friends at

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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.

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Saftey At The Table

Text reads Romance in TTRPGs over a heart drawn in the sand

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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Text reads: 13 Games for Halloween

13 Games for Halloween

Rather than sugar plums, some of us have visions of candy corn and pumpkins dancing in our heads year round. After a completely bonkers summer, some of us are just ready to slide into that cool fall sweater weather and focus on the spooky things life has to offer. In that spirit (pun intended) I

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Game Review – Hanabi

Hanabi Hanabi is a cooperative card game by R&R Games Inc and is rated for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up and plays in about 30 minutes. The objective of the game is to put on a stunning firework show with your other players, but the catch is you cannot see your own

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TTRPG Systems

Like many people I have met, my first table top role playing game was Dungeons and Dragons. I love playing Dungeons and Dragons! If you’re lucky (or maybe cursed) you may have even read my articles featuring DND. However, it is far from the only TTRPG system to play. While there are numerous TTRPG experiences

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Game Review – Flourish

Previous Next Flourish Flourish is my most recent game from Starling Games, the makers of Everdell. I was lucky enough to have found the Kickstarter campaign for Flourish a while back and, truthfully, all I needed to know was that Starling was behind the project for me to back it. After having countless hours of

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