Monthly Archives: July 2013

Roleplaying in D&D Next

by Mike Mearls

It’s pretty obvious that D&D began its life as a roleplaying game. It has grown to include toys, novels, comics, video games, and board games. At the core of D&D, though, rests an RPG.

So, if D&D is an RPG, what do the rules need to do to encourage you to roleplay your character? Like a lot of things relating to D&D rules design, the answer lies somewhere between providing no encouragement and demanding players to play act personalities that are distinct from their own. Continue reading

Quinoa should be taking over the world. This is why it isn’t.

By Lydia DePillis, Published: July 11 at 10:27 am

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A Bolivian quinoa farmer.

A Bolivian quinoa farmer. (Vitaliy Prokopets/

In the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, the broom-like, purple-flowered goosefoot plant is spreading over the barren hillsides–further and further every spring. When it’s dried, threshed, and processed through special machines, the plant yields a golden stream of seeds called quinoa, a protein-rich foodstuff that’s been a staple of poor communities here for millennia. Now, quinoa exports have brought cash raining down on the dry land, which farmers have converted into new clothes, richer diets, and shiny vehicles.

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