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Tabletop Roleplaying is Theatre Without All the Hard Work

Dungeons & Dragons is community theatre.

Like your Dungeons & Dragons game, if you bring up your community theatre production of Romeo and Juliet at Thanksgiving, the best you can expect is a condescending “oh that’s nice” and a thin smile from your homophobic aunt. And stripped down to its essentials, any roleplaying game is about embodying characters—you know, playing roles—and using the game’s structure to tell stories about those characters. It’s theatre made for the gratification of the performers, rather than the approval of an audience, which is pure and good as hell.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Roleplaying Beyond D&D

I love Dungeons & Dragons. Like many young dweebs, I came to D&D after playing fantasy video games for years. It was like magic—compared to video games, the freedom given to me as a player in D&D felt infinite. But after several years of playing weird, unfulfilling D&D campaigns, I started to see the limitations of the game. Because while you technically can do almost anything in Dungeons & Dragons, there are some things that the game wants you to do more than others.

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Sagas of Sundry and the Art of a Perfect D&D Setup

So, real talk. When it’s gaming night, it’s about more than having good dice — we want our setup to be awesome. We decorate the table to suit the campaign, we pick drinkware reminiscent of everyone’s characters, and we’ll put together a playlist that fits the evening’s adventure. We may even show up with costumes or accessories if we’re feeling extra fancy.

Sadly, no matter how hard you go, your ambiance will never top what Ivan Van Norman has in store for his players. The Geek & Sundry host has gone to insane lengths to make his campaigns as immersive as possible… and it’s giving us a serious case of Gamer Envy.

How does he do it? It’s a crazy combination of high-end sets and pared-down rules that makes for the truly tense adventure known as Sagas of Sundry.

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What to Watch While Traveling

Travel is hard, y’all.

Whether you travel for business or for vacation, travel is tough. There are people all around, unfamiliar places, delays, and scheduling conflicts everywhere. If you’re flying, there are the plane delays, the long lines to get through security, the more tedious lines to get on the plane, and the endless, existential sitting around that is the actual flying itself where you’re hanging out in a metal tube avoiding gravity for hours and hours! And then, once you land, there is more waiting to get to the gate, to deboard the plane, to find your taxi or subway or bus…

You need a lot of patience to travel anywhere these days. So what do you do to fill the time? We at VRV have got you covered. With our mobile app, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. Cool, right? But what to watch? You don’t want to get so engrossed in your show that you miss your flight. Nor do you want to lose the thread of your show when the announcement comes over the loudspeaker that your plane is suddenly leaving from a totally different gate. Watching VRV shows out in public, while traveling is a different beast than watching them from the comfort of your own home. Check out our list of favorite travel shows and share yours in the comments!