Hi, my name is Matt.

Welcome, weary travelers.

I am the Game Master here at dicegeeks. I help game masters, dungeon masters, and role-players level up their sessions and campaigns.

I also design role-playing games and create RPG resources like dungeon maps and more.

After GMing for nearly three decades, I feel as though I'm just getting started. I'm glad you're here and I hope you will join me on this journey.

My first dungeon and dragons rulebook

I got my first D&D rule book when I was nine. I still have it!

Color D&D

As a child, I colored most of the illustrations.

What is dicegeeks?

Think of dicegeeks as the last inn before the wilderness or the first spaceport after a long jump.

I provide an  aggregate of RPG news on Twitter. The feed runs around the clock to make sure you are up on the latest tabletop news and rumors.

See my interviews with RPG designers and creators to learn about innovative small publishers and new RPGs.

I also design RPG guides and campaign aids. You can visit my DriveThruRPG store to get most of them for free.

Adventures in Role-Playing

My adventure with role-playing games began when I was nine years old. My brother and I were visiting some friends.

Our friends' family was staying in a hotel because of a flood. Even before we arrived, we were told we were going to play the best game ever made. What was that game?

Dungeons and Dragons.

I was handed a pre-generated character, told a few rules, and shown dice I had never seen.

My first d&d character

The first D&D character I created at age nine named "The Skull." More than a million gold pieces!

First dungeon

I believe this is the first dungeon map I ever drew.

Taking Aim

We slowly entered a dungeon and I was taken into another world. The only thing I remember clearly is that our small party came to an open cavern. There was a slope that hid the far side.

My friend, who was playing a wizard, warned us there could be danger on the other side.

I drew my bow and asked the Dungeon Master if I could take a shot over the slope. He said I could, but if I wanted to hit anything, it would be difficult.

I was handed a twenty-sided die. I rolled.

Natural 20

I rolled a natural 20.

I was told my arrow struck a bandit guard. I was handed another die and told to roll damage. I rolled.

More gasps.

I rolled maximum damage. The guard was slain. The way was open for the party. I was told since it was my kill, I could loot the body. I don't remember what I found.

But I was hooked on role-playing games at that very moment.

dnd character

Nine million gold pieces! I don't even remember playing this character. Oh, I spilled a lot of soda as a child.

RPG character

This character was supposed to be named Gargoyle. However, it ended up Gorgile. Not a bad name really. How did my characters carry all that gold?!

The Growing RPG Obsession

The first character I created? A Human Fighter named The Skull. 

Our friends gave my brother and me their basic rule book. I DMed my brother through dungeons within that same year. I even had my mom make a character.

I created my own RPG called Jungle Hunt. It used all the D&D rules but was set in Africa, and the players were big-game hunters.

Shortly after, when I entered the third grade, I discovered several friends who played. We would make characters in study time and dungeon crawl at recess. 

More and More RPG Systems

The first RPG I bought was Marvel Super Heroes. The next was Star Frontiers, when I was in the fifth grade. Then I was given FASA's Star Trek: The Role-Playing Game. It took me a full week to create my first character.

In high school, I played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Robotech. There was also a long era involving Steve Jackson's Car Wars.

I was an early adopter of West End's D6 Star Wars. It is the most accessible RPG system I've ever known. It served as a gateway game for many of my friends who now role play. It was Heroes Unlimited in college.

FASA Star Trek

FASA's Star Trek RPG still inspires me.

WEG Star Wars Source Book

I discovered this in the hobby shop when I was 14. I haven't stopped playing it yet.

Current Role-Playing Games

I reconnected with old friends and continue to gamemaster D6 Star Wars and FASA Star Trek.

I've dabbled with Legend of the Five Rings, DnD 4th Edition, and Pathfinder. I want to try Hillfolk: Drama System and Night's Black Agents.

Recently, a friend has begun running a D&D 5e campaign. I'm getting to play, so I'm having a blast.

That's my role-playing game story.

Now, I've taken the next step and designed my own role-playing game.

If you want to say hi, you can email me at matt [at] dicegeeks.com.

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Comments

  1. Hi, I got some of your products : Wetland, Forest, Mountains & Submarine; I must say I was impressed by them. Can I make three suggestion: if you can, you should do some on Deserts, the Arctics and the oceans. The last one should be on how life can be different if you live down in the south pacific or the coast of Africa or the Scandinavia. Depending where you are, the ocean will shape your life.

    1. Author

      Thank you so much for downloading my stuff! I have a desert guide and a coastal guide in the works. I like your idea about the ocean as well.

  2. I have been a subscriber to the newsletter for over 6 months now, and have just about every 1d100 table you’ve got. In addition, i have all of your map packs including Dungeons for the Master. Needless to say, i’m a huge fan of your work and i’ve been mustering the courage and knowledge to attempt to write for the newsletter (mostly the knowledge, have no idea what i would write about since my RPG experience is limited, but that’s beside the point).

    I would love to see more of your maps released with seed ideas, especially tied to the name. For me, the name “The Athzaria of Tyrral” doesn’t mean anything, so it’s just swept into my folder of maps. But if you explained some of the lore behind Tyrral or whatever an Athzaria is, i’d take a closer look at it or be able to tie it into my games better.

    1. Author

      Mark,

      Thank you so much for the kind words. If you want to write for the newsletter, go ahead. Yes, I want to create more seed ideas to go along with the maps. The issue has simply been time. However, I am striving to create more and better content all the time.

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