DM Rant: Gatekeepers, Critters and the New Paradigm

It’s the state of D&D these days that we sit in the balance of vastly different views of what it all actually is. Nothing is more indicative of this than a recent tweet by Dragonlance tomeist, Tracy Hickman. The top pic is a portrait of the second season of the critical Role characters with the words ‘Reject Modernity’ plastered over it. Under it is a picture of Dragonlance characters with ‘Embrace Tradition’. Now, although he’s taken it down and made clear his love of all eras of D&D, it stands indicative of an undercurrent of malcontent between two sides of a great divide concerning our favorite RPG.

Search for the Splintered Goddess: Auril, the FrostMaiden

Welcome back to the archives in the depths of The Magic Tavern. Last week we deep dived into the lore of the Unseelie monarch, the Queen of Air and Darkness. In an unexpected trap, the unnamed Fey sister of Titania was corrupted by the mysterious Night Diamond. This strange artifact not only took her physical form, but it turned her against her sister and the Seelie Court and drove her to steal the ‘treasures of the Arcana’. She now holds court of her own in either another part of the Feywild or, as older editions state, in Pandemonium.