Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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Fifty Years of Dungeons & Dragons: Reflections on the OGL – An Interview with Ryan Dancey

Fifty Years of Dungeons & Dragons is out today! The book collects dozens of essays that explore and celebrate the game’s legacy and its tremendous impact on gaming and popular culture, and features work by Jon Peterson, Amanda Cote, Aaron Trammell, and many other talented TTRPG scholars. In my chapter, “Reflections on the OGL: An Interview with Ryan Dancey,” I discuss the...

Book Review – Game Wizards

My book review for Jon Peterson’s Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons is now live at Press Start! Press Start is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for multidisciplinary game studies. You can read the full article for free, but I’ve also included a short excerpt below: No disrespect toward Jon Peterson’s prior work, but his latest foray into the history of...

Mammoth Island Adventure Club Released

Today, Mammoth Island Games debuts its Adventure Club! Each season of the Club offers a bevy of postcard-sized, system neutral, TTRPG adventures. The current season theme is Islands and features five entries. After Hearth & Blade and The Elephant in the Room, my brother and I shifted our focus toward smaller TTRPG projects. This is for three reasons. First, scoped-down TTRPGs allow us to...

Hearth & Blade (Version 1.0 Release)

After years of on-and-off development and 18 months of open beta testing, the Hearth & Blade core rulebook is now released! Folks can pick up a copy (PWYC) on the Mammoth Island itch.io page. Hearth & Blade is a campaign setting and homebrew ruleset for the first edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Explore Yavmir, a frozen realm steeped in rich Slavic folklore. Delve into ancient...

One Page Dungeon Contest 2019

The One Page Dungeon Contest returns once again! As we are wont to do, my brother and I crafted an entry for the competition – our fourth submission in the last six years! We decided to keep things a little looser this time around, incorporating gnomes, squid, and pseudo-science into our adventure. Following a total system failure, Captain Huxley recruits a team of adventurers to salvage...

One Page Dungeon Contest 2015: 3rd Place!

A few weeks back I mentioned that Matt and I had entered the One Page Dungeon Contest, an annual competition that challenges amateur designers to create the ultimate single page role-playing adventure. After a month-long judging process, the results are finally in! Matt and I managed to sneak into the 3rd place category with our entry, Vesna’s Refuge. In celebration of this win, I am...

ConBravo 2014: D&D Next First Impressions

This is part two of a three part series where Michael reviews his experiences as ConBravo.  I actually didn’t get a chance to play any of the multitude of table-top games available at ConBravo. Sad but true! However, former Spellstorm organizer Dominic Amann was running a newbie table of D&D Next and let me sit in for the first hour to learn the rules and get a feel for the system...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer