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“To buy D&D, you went to the store that sold the trains…”

I love when interviews stop being “interviews” and turn into conversations about the things we love. That’s exactly what happened during this chat with Craig Shipman on the Third Floor Wars podcast. A very fun time! Third Floor Wars Podcast, Tabletop Talk with Ben Robbins We cover a whole range of stuff, from when I […]

Ben Robbins | December 11th, 2023 | , , , , | 1 comment

Ghost of Astariole’s Wife

Old school D&D story time: During an attack on the Wizard’s Guild, Astariole’s wife was caught in the magical crossfire and killed. But Trey (Astariole’s player) decided not to raise her from the dead because she was Druidic and therefore all about reincarnation instead.* It was really a “meh” decision for all of us, an […]

Ben Robbins | November 28th, 2022 | ,

Classic Cartography: Star Frontiers

Time for some map nostalgia! When Star Frontiers came out in 1982, we were so excited about lasers and gryojet pistols that we briefly dropped our long-running D&D campaign like a hot potato and went all-in. I remember wistfully wondering whether we’d ever return to our gelatinous cubes and +3 longswords. In the end the […]

Ben Robbins | September 18th, 2022 | , , | 2 comments

Nessun Dorma

During the school year, we could only play Fridays and Saturdays. But when summer came, every single day was up for grabs. Not for scheduling normal games — those we could play any day of the week, even during the school year. No, I’m talking about the most magical of beasts and that staple of […]

Ben Robbins | June 18th, 2019 | | 11 comments

Shippensburg Archives

By popular demand, I’ve uploaded the other group photos I have from the Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp. Were you there? Find yourself in the crowd and be amazed how you looked 25 years ago. I’m missing photos of one of the weeks in 82, 83, and 84. If someone out there has those, let me […]

Ben Robbins | September 28th, 2009 | , , | 22 comments

Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp

Nearly thirty years ago, there was a summer camp for D&D. Yes that’s right, a summer camp where instead of basket weaving and archery, you played Dungeons & Dragons. I went all five years it ran, three years as a camper and two as a councilor. And yes, it was awesome. There is about zero […]

Ben Robbins | May 20th, 2009 | , , , | 8 comments

Grand Experiments: We’ll always have Lorngard

As far as grand experiments go this one was pretty short: one game session in the middle of an ongoing campaign. Even though the experimental part was over pretty quickly it became a sounding board for the characters for years to come. Like swinging a hammer at a vase, it all happens pretty fast but […]

Ben Robbins | May 27th, 2008 | , , , | 2 comments

Not So Grand Experiments: Dream Cantos

A wizard discovers a strange tome with tales of adventures in far off lands. When he sleeps that night, he finds himself transported to those lands and confronted with those adventures. But he need not face them alone, for faithful companions from far and wide are summoned in their dreams to stand by his side… […]

Ben Robbins | January 24th, 2008 | , , | 2 comments

Blessing of the Dice Gods

“Good shot, MacReady!” So about a million years ago I’m running a Star Frontiers game. It’s D&D in space, about an inch away from listening at doors. The PCs uncover a spy in the computer center, but before they can grab him he dashes into the maze of computer terminals, needler in hand. Two characters […]

Ben Robbins | February 17th, 2006 | , | 8 comments