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Examining the Crossover: The Early History of D&D and MtG

As we gear up for the release of Magic: The Gathering’s 88th expansion, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, on July 23, 2021, one cannot help but wonder how the world of Dungeons and Dragons came to collide with the realms of the Planeswalkers. In a brilliant masterstroke by Wizards of the Coast, two of the most lucrative franchises in tabletop gaming were combined—and tabletop history might never be the same.

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A Letter from the Dragonforge to Our Loyal Friends

It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce that the Dragonforge must close its doors temporarily in UP Town Center from now until we reopen on October 16, 2021. 

Our online sales will remain open, and you can message us on Facebook or check out our website for the time being. 

We are doing this so we can cut down on some costs, keep paying our employees during the pandemic, recuperate from the damage the pandemic has done, and figure out a way to rise out of this better and stronger. 

It has been an uphill battle for all of us in the pandemic, and unfortunately, even the Forge has to make hard decisions for the sake of its future. We will return, in one form or another, and do our best to serve the geek community as best as we can. And we hope the welcome is as warm as it was the first time. 

How You Can Help Us

You can help us in your own little ways. Buy that set of dice you’ve been hoping for. Talk to us about an army you want to start. Share or retweet some of our blog posts.

We also have some plans in place to help you feel our presence, even though we are moving to the digital space for now. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for our future promos and events. 

You can also talk to your geek friends about how there is a little hobby shop in Katipunan that gave geeks of all shapes, sizes, creeds, and colors a place to play—and how this little shop is working very hard to keep providing a table to every tabletop player. 

Running this business has never been easy, but it is always the players and the community that sprung up around us that makes it all worth it. We lovingly ask that our community support us again, in even the littlest ways that it can.

We are thankful for everyone’s support, for hanging out with us, for playing with us, for enriching this endeavor for us. We hope you will continue to do so. 

With all our love,

The Dragonforge

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Warhammer 40k Lore, Part 1: The God-Emperor of Mankind

Warhammer 40k has forever changed the face of wargaming and tabletop gaming in general. Over the course of 34 years, the game has built up an immense and loyal following. Games Workshop, the proverbial progenitors of this amazing hobby, has continued to add more and more to the game. Now, there are countless ways to build an army, dozens upon dozens of books published about the lore, and multitudes upon multitudes of players who make sure to keep themselves updated about every new release.

One aspect without which the game would not be the same is its rich and expansive lore. Some players are attracted by the aspect of painting and creating their own armies, others by the challenging mechanics and strategies, and many by the meticulously crafted lore.

As homage to the game, this article will start at the beginning: the God-Emperor of Mankind. The canon may or may have not changed since this article was written, and there may be spoilers in this article that you want to avoid.

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Tabletop RPG History: Why D&D 4e Was So Controversial

There is no denying the current success of Dungeons and Dragons. The tabletop RPG now enjoys a fairly comfortable spot in the mainstream following the success of 5th Edition. The hobby, which used to be the subject of japes and jests, is now a common Friday night activity, whether online or in person.

Player's Handbook 4th edition | Forgotten Realms Wiki | Fandom

However, the iconic status of Dungeons and Dragons was not without its ups and downs. Before the successful release of 5th Edition, there was the highly controversial 4th Edition. Many did not appreciate the new mechanics introduced into the game, while others swear by them to this day.

While 5E is not without its share of criticisms, it has exceeded the legacy of 4th Edition by leaps and bounds, with its predecessor left largely in obscurity. This article will dive into the complex legacy of Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition.

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7 Tabletop Games to Play with your Family in Quarantine

Perhaps one of the least considered effects of having to stay in with your family during quarantine is the sheer boredom of not being able to go out and do fun things. In a closed environment, tensions can rise if a family runs out of positive experiences to have with each other. What better way to get through the boredom in quarantine together than by ordering a brand new board game with your family?

That being said, it might be time to retire those copies of Monopoly, Life, and Clue. They might be timeless classics, but there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of board games produced in the last few decades. These tabletop games have pushed the boundaries with their new and interesting mechanics, fantastic themes and stories, and beautiful art, and amazing ways to spend time with your friends and loved ones.

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How to Play Tabletop RPGs Online During the Pandemic

There is nothing like getting together with a group of friends for a night of Tabletop RPGs. You bring your figures, dice, and books to whoever is hosting. You order some food to eat on your break, and talk shop about whatever comes to mind. Unfortunately, the pandemic has not only made this difficult, it has made all forms of gathering ill-advised.

Luckily for us, there are various online solutions that can recreate the experience of playing a tabletop roleplaying game. No, you don’t have to point your webcam at your maps while your players scream about where their characters are supposed to go over Zoom. But while the experience pales in comparison to playing in person with a group of friends, it should do for now. Read on to learn about the various online platforms that have made it possible to play TRPGs online.

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3 Tabletop RPGs You Can Try Instead of Dungeons and Dragons

D&D is a staple of the tabletop roleplaying game industry, spanning over forty years and five editions (one of which, we do not speak). Dungeons and Dragons is not just a tabletop roleplaying game; it is the tabletop roleplaying game. From its humble beginnings in the first edition, when Elf was still a class; from the days when it was banned by religious groups from being Satanic; and the days when its players were considered the lowest of the low, it has come far. Its player base is now bigger than ever, partly because of the ease of learning the new edition, and mostly because it’s fun as hell.

But there comes a time in every tabletop gamer’s life when they want to branch out, try new things, and see what else is out there.

“It’s not D&D,” you tell your Dungeon Master as a tear rolls down their cheek. “It’s me.”

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6 Things First-Time GMs Need To Know Before Their First Game

We all know that there is a large discrepancy between the number of people who want to play tabletop RPGs, versus the number of people who want to host games. In fact, many players can go years without ever being a game master at all. But so every so often, a miracle happens: the stars and planets align, and the gods bestow the desire to host a game upon a mortal.

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