Axe of the Blood God: Why Dungeons & Dragons is Enjoying a Mini-Renaissance

Axe of the Blood God: Why Dungeons & Dragons is Enjoying a Mini-Renaissance

Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins the pod to talk about the state of D&D in 2019.

Dungeons & Dragons is enjoying a bit of a mini-renaissance. What's led to the resurgence of tabletop roleplaying? We have some ideas [download link here]

We're joined for this episode by Sara Elsam, who walks us through 5th Edition; explains how her bard turned to the dark side, and recounts her adventures as a DM. We also talk about role-playing vs. systems-based RPGs; why 5th Edition is becoming more like White Wolf, and the important role played by streaming. For more, make sure to check out and subscribe to Dicebreaker's Youtube channel, and stay tuned for the official launch of the site, which is coming soon!

Also in this episode, we talk about Mistover and determine whether it deserves the Blood God's blessing!

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Show Description

New games, new updates, and a booming streaming culture has contributed to a mini-renaissance for Dungeons & Dragons. Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins us to talk about how that happened, as well to talk about her evil bard; adventures in being a DM, and roleplaying vs. systems-based RPGs. Bonus: We take a look at Mistover, a KRPG dungeon crawler, and decide if it deserves the Blood God's blessing!

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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