UPDATE: The D&D Carnival Round-Up contains details of all the articles and blogs taking part in this carnival.

The topic for this month’s carnival is D&D.

The game that launched it all has had its fair share of ups and downs over the last 35 years. From early success to bankruptcy to attacks from the Christian right to being a household name. There is no limit on what can be said about Dungeons & Dragons but I’m sticking to four broad themes.

Everything I Know, I Learnt From playing D&D

A lot gets written about the rules and the mechanics of the game but what really interests me is the social side of the game. As players, we tend to be geeks and nerds, on the fringe of other social groups. In playing D&D (and nearly all of start us with D&D) we find a social group in which we are accepted, often for the first time in our lives.

What has D&D given you socially – friends, lovers or enemies? Has playing taught you anything useful such as social skill or approaches to problem solving. What would your life be like if D&D never existed?

Edition Wars IV: A New Hope

It is impossible to talk about D&D without ending up talking about the edition wars. Ever since Dave Arneson forked the D&D product line with the D&D Basic set, there have been arguments about which version of D&D is best. For the last 12 months or more, 4e has been in a pitched battle with, well, everything that has gone before. Trying to do a carnival on Dungeons & Dragons without the subject coming up is like expecting the sun to rise in the west or teenagers to abstain from sex. It is simply not going to happen.

So if you are going to indulge in Edition Wars, I ask that you do it by trying something new. Find an edition of D&D that you have never played before, give it a go and then write about it. It can be any edition including all the D20 variants like Microlite20 or Pathfinder and you can be as rude about it as you like. But bring something new to the debate.

“You want to do what?”

The moment around the gaming table I live for, is that the moment when a player does something unexpected and brilliant. Completely blind-siding the GM with an clever use of a spell or using a magic item in a way it was never intend. I love this moment even when I’m GMing because suddenly I have to think in whole new ways.

What are your favourite D&D tricks? What clever uses of spells (or even normal uses of undervalued spells) and twisted but brilliant use of the rules can you pass on?

D&D: The Future

Where will Dungeons & Dragons be in five, ten or twenty years? Do you expect to still be playing it? Will anyone be playing it? After 35 years, does the game have any life left in it or will computer games finally devour it?

D&D Month at 6d6 Fireball

Each week during the carnival, I will writing about one of these subjects. If you are blogger, I hope you will join me in paying tribute to the granddaddy of our entire hobby. If you are reader, you can have your say in the comments either here or on the hundred or so other blogs in the network.

Let the carnival begin!


  1. @Satyre – I enjoyed how your life stroy and D&D have been interlinked. Great article.

    @Jatori – Gaming in a foreign language! What a great way of learning a new tongue. All I need now is Tintin the RPG plus all the books in French and I could be speaking Franglais in no time.

    Chris Tregenza´s last blog post..D&D Humour ( Dragons and Geek Love)

  2. @Ambrose – A thought provoking article and a completely different take on D&D = My Life.

  3. @bonemaster – Playing D&D does result in strange friendships! Good article.

  4. @Andreas – I love the title – “You Can’t Fight In Here! This Is The War Room!” – and a fine article.

  5. @faustusnotes – It is an interesting project, but the carnival is for new writing so I cannot include your post.

    @Samual – another interesting post.

  6. @Johnn Four – An interesting take on house rules – it is far more radical than I would be.

  7. Everything I Know About Roleplaying, I Learned From D&D


    This article is located on my Hubpages site, so it will show a different link. I placed the article here, rather than on RoleplayingPro for several reasons. But one of which is that when I started the article I had one idea for it, then it completely diverged! Good topic this month and good topic starting ideas, Chris.

  8. @Samuel – I’m not going to include your article on the hubpage in the carnival. It is a good page but a fairly blatant bit SEO. This would not be so bad if you had mentioned the carnival and included a link to the RPG Bloggers network and myself.

    Chris Tregenza´s last blog post..“You want to do what?”

  9. Hi there,

    I started the month at Eleven Foot Pole (http://elevenfootpole.blogspot.com) with a post about the future of D&D, and I’ve subsequently found out it’s on topic for the carnival.

    While it’s not the piece I would have written to specifically address July’s topic, I’ll submit it for your interest anyway:

    No Roll To Hit

    If it’s included I’ll add Carnival of Bloggers signage and tagging to it and put up a fresh post advertising its inclusion. Contact me at starfall2317 at gmail dot com if there’s any fixable problems.



  10. Here is the story of a first time player and his unusually clever “meat shield” character. Our party was charged with guarding a wall that spanned the width of a canyon against a horde of orcs. As combat commenced, the orcs were as yet some 90 feet distant. My man, Ishmael by name, climbed down off of the wall in preparation of combat (champing at the bit you might say). My compatriot up on the wall, a cleric of Tymora, had begun the verbal and somatic components of one spell or another when the archers among the orcs let loose the arrows they had readied for just such an event. Needless to say he took damage and his spell was lost. When my turn rolled around again the orcs were still too distant for me to risk engaging them alone (I may have been wet behind the ears, but I wasn’t a fool). Having seen what transpired in the preceding round I freed a hand from my greatsword and began making obscure gestures and muttering incoherently. As the orcs were still too far away to tell the difference it appeared that I was casting a spell. They fired their arrows at me and my 22 AC doing … 2 points of damage. As our spell casters got their round of spells off without incident, the DM exclaimed, “3000 bonus XP to Ishmael, because that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen a Newbie do!” And that was just the first time I played.

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