There’s been a lot of discussion in tabletop RPG circles about just how dominant Fifth Edition D&D has become. It seems to exist as something of a world unto its own, seldom crossing paths with the rest of the hobby. So a discussion about the ramifications of D&D’s current dominance is worth having. But first it’s important to understand why D&D 5e is such a juggernaut. That’s what this post will explore. Read more
A few weeks ago I wrote about a three-factor system I devised for classifying tabletop RPGs. After fielding questions about the system and thinking about it further, I’ve come up with what I believe is a better version of that original concept.
Welcome to the World of Tabletop RPGs
This site is designed for anyone who has an interest in tabletop RPGs. Learn about the universe of roleplaying games beyond Dungeons & Dragons, get tips on how to play, discover the right games for your group, and get advice on how to improve your gaming sessions. You can get started with one of these:
- Play Your First Game — How to start playing + links to starter games
- Improve Your Game – Level up your sessions and campaigns
- Become a Game Master – Tips for getting started and improving your skills
- Find Games to Play – Summary info for over 60 RPGs
- Free Quickstart Rules – Links to over 50 free PDFs
- The UJ Blog – Actual play reviews and more
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Play Tabletop RPGs
I’ve been playing tabletop roleplaying games since the early 1980s, and now is hands down the best time to get into the hobby. The 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons has been a smash hit. Streaming shows like Critical Role and Starter Kit have lifted the veil on how roleplaying games work. Celebrities are going public with their love of roleplaying. Online tabletop roleplaying is taking off, Kickstarter has enabled scores of high-quality games to get published, and the number of sophisticated gaming blogs and podcasts has soared. So whether you’re new to tabletop roleplaying, a lapsed gamer rejoining the fold, or a gaming veteran, this site is for you! Constructive feedback is always appreciated.