Why using Barbarians as Characters in Stories is Risky Business

“The mindless beast.”
“ . . . dull creature.”
“ . . . a big, green, rage monster.”
Loki: “I have an army.”
Stark: “We have a hulk.”
For fans of the original Hulk character construct, these are good words. However, times have changed, and so have characters in our favorite genres. Much to my chagrin, I had to change my movie watching behavior. If only I could go back in time. Sigh!

For fans of the original Hulk character construct, these are good words. However, times have changed, and so have characters in our favorite genres. Much to my chagrin, I had to change my movie watching behavior. If only I could go back in time. Sigh!

The Bard – the most Powerful Character in Role Play!

“There is magic in the air!” Yes, there just might be. Many of us use the word magic. Our use of the term may vary based on context, companions, or charge. A place could have a magical effect on you. Something unexpected happens – it is magic! You get the idea. The world of magic has a specific, and even special, place in the world or fantasy role-playing. What is the world of magic? The answer to this question is not straight-forward. The world of magic – or magic – is the manipulation of the physical realm by unseen forces. Or it is the illusion of the same. Although the implications of that statement can open a pandora’s box of other topics, I will limit this discussion to the value of magic within the role-play environment. In this article, I will delve lightly into the world of magic. I do not attempt to explain it. I only discuss it in terms of fantasy role-playing. Today, I will explore the Bard character archetype, music, and storytelling magic.

The Top 3 Reasons for Using TTRPGs in the Classroom, plus one more!

I am writing a series of short journal entries – snippets of a larger story – and aligning them with k12 education, in general, and #stem education specifically. As humans, we are storytellers. Some of us like telling stories; others like listening to them. We read books, watch movies, go to the theatre, and interact with others in role-playing games. It is this last item on the list that I will focus on today.