I used to write a blog/website/thing called Plagued Candles during the Wrath of the Lich King/(early) Cataclysm expansion of World of Warcraft. This was back when I was a sophomore/junior in High School. Eventually, I ended up quitting WoW and therefore the website entirely. I had a ton of fun doing it, I learned a lot, and made a ton of friends, but if you don’t play the game anymore you surely cannot write about it effectively.
Then I attempted to do some sort of YouTube/Blog combination called Flawless Victory Gaming which was nowhere near as successful as my WoW endeavors. Still, though I had a lot of fun with my friends that helped me with that project and even learned a bit about video editing which was pretty sweet. But then Freshman year of college came around and I just could not keep up with it due to well, you know, college freshman things (drinking, studying, drinking) so that died down.
Then I missed writing a ton and tried to do some real-life blogs and websites about things relevant to my major (Computer Engineering Tech). They were awful. Far too serious. Hell, I hated writing them so I just gave up like a month into every attempt.
So that brings us to today in my junior year of college (the fact I’m in summer school is totally okay, I got an internship during my spring semester, my school is weird). Today is the day that I’m putting my foot down and trying to combine my two loves into one: Engineering/Technology and Fantasy gaming. Maybe it’ll lean towards one more than the other, but I hope that I can actually put some effort into this idea because I think it’s a unique one.
I’m a 27-year-old Computer Engineer living just outside of Boston, MA. More importantly, I play a lot of games and have played a lot of games since I was very young. I think I was about 7 or 8 when my dad started a D&D 2e game with my sister and I. The game lasted for a while, but we stopped after a bit.
A few years later we rediscovered D&D and started playing D&D 3.5e at a local game store, and that’s when RPGs started to really click with me. All throughout Middle School my friends and I would play D&D 3.5e, paying very little attention to the rules, but loving it just the same.
In college, I found quite a few like-minded people and we began playing a fair amount of tabletop games and video games in our downtime. Since then my passion for tabletop RPGs has been reignited. My college buddies and I still run a weekly 5e homebrew campaign that I have been DMing for the past 2 years.
D&D 5e is my favorite TTRPG system, therefore most of the articles written by me will involve that in some way. That being said, I do dabble in a few other systems, so posts discussing those systems and their mechanics may pop up every so often. Some of these systems include the Star Wars RPG and Apocalypse World.
The purpose of Dungeon Solvers is to create articles for the tabletop gaming hobby. The primary focus will be on Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition since that is my preferred system, but there will be system neutral articles as well as articles for other TTRPG systems that I dabble in.
Most of the articles featured on Dungeon Solvers are focused on providing analysis on character creation, mechanics, encounter balance, and other facets of D&D 5e. Story-writing, role-playing tips, and character/NPC creation articles will also be regular topics as they’re a huge part of playing RPGs.
Homebrew content is something that may pop-up time-to-time, but it’s by no means a focus here. I love to analyze, dissect, and learn about systems considerably more than I enjoy creating things from scratch.
Tutorials and reviews for RPG tools, software, and products will be featured here as well. Some of these posts may be sponsored, but that will be clearly defined within the article. Payment in the form of money or free products will not influence the opinion of the review.
You can expect 1 article per week to be posted here at Dungeon Solvers. These will be posted every Monday at 11 AM EST.
We have some on-going article series here at Dungeon Solvers as well. These series may have a regular posting schedule. The more involved series, such as D&D 5e Character Builds, will be posted on a semi-regular basis, but will not have a defined schedule.
D&D Monster Monday (Every-Other Monday) – Eldadres chooses a D&D 5e creature and does a deep-dive on it. These articles discuss lore, creature mechanics, and tactics for using the creature to its highest potential. He also gives his opinions on how powerful the creature is compared to its CR as well as his general thoughts on the creature’s design.
D&D 5e Character Build (Once Every 1-3 Months) – Learn how to create a specific character in these character builds. These builds feature a walkthrough of levels 1-20 in D&D 5e and showcase what abilities, features, spells, and options you should take for creating a specific character to fill a niche or role. These builds are typically not focused on min-maxing, but that’s not out of the question for future character builds!
RPG Product Reviews (As Requested or Desired) – As previously mentioned, we will partake in reviewing products such as RPG Sourcebooks, Adventure Modules, Tools, Software, and anything else we are interested in about Tabletop Role-Playing Games. These reviews are not rated using any kind of score. Instead, we discuss what we like and dislike about the product and whether or not we feel it is worth the price.
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What’s going down?
Well, last semester I was able to convince my roommates (I have a lot of roommates) to play some Dungeons and Dragons: 3.5e and it was a blast. I was totally rusty as a dungeon master, but everyone had fun. This semester one of them actually took over for me and I get to be a player for once! Plus we’re playing the new 5th edition which is fricken’ sweet.
I’m a Dragonborn Cleric with 6 INT so there’ll be quite a bit of talk about that. I’m also in a different session with some friends using Roll20 as a Human Fighter. I’ll definitely talk about Dungeons and Dragons a lot. That sort of is the reason I am here at Engineering school at all.
During my internship, one of my roommates kept pestering me about how he was having fun playing WoW since he knew I used to play back in the day. I had completely sworn off the game until I realized I’d go home after going to the gym for an hour or so and just… do nothing.
I said to hell with my rules and picked it up again and instantly fell in love with it. Granted there are some problems with the game, but it’s still my favorite MMO to date. I’ll probably talk a little bit about that too since the raiding guild we’re in is pretty sweet.