So you want a cliché free Dungeons and Dragons campaign…

Every good Dungeons and Dragons campaign starts in a tavern.  No wait!  Every good D&D campaign starts in a tavern, and requires you to fight goblins.  No sorry, hang on.  Every good D&D campaign starts in a tavern, and has goblins who have kidnapped a princess.  Wait, I’ve got it!  Tavern, goblins, princess, seemingly trustworthy non-player character with a goatee who turns out to be the real villain.  And he’s secretly a demon.  Demon/vampire.

Every good Dungeons and Dragons campaign contains myriad clichés and tropes; it’s inevitable, and as a Dungeon Master, I’ve been known to liberally lace my campaigns with clichés, if not outright base the campaign on one.  By and large, these tropes are so classic that to not include them would be a shame – starting your campaign in a tavern serves a practical purpose, that of an environment to introduce yourself, as well as almost being a tradition.  Other tropes, though, are so outdated that whenever I come across them I have to quickly have a lie down in a darkened room, before rewriting the campaign to no longer include a useless, distressed damsel in a tower.

So at what point, then, does a trope go from “classic and campaign enhancing” to “tired and campaign ruining”?

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“Hello World!” – About the Page

As a recent Masters graduate looking for a job, I happen to have a decent amount of free time on my hands.

My friends and family do not always appreciate this fact.

I’ve always been pretty passionate about a few topics, namely journalism (which my Masters was about), politics and international affairs (which my Undergrad was about), and video gaming (which my life is about).

For too long, I’ve been talking the ears off of those around me with inane chatter and occasionally some critical analysis.  Now, the time has come to give those I love a bit of relief, and instead post those pearl and stones of wisdom here, in the loving-and-never-cruel arms of the internet.

So, if you’re interested in some of the subjects I’ve mentioned, have a read and feel free to comment.  It a free country (or world/internet?), and as John Stuart Mill wrote:

…the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race… If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error” (On Liberty 1869).

You can also occasionally catch me on Slipper’s Youtube channel: