About Dave

Dave "The Game" Chalker is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Critical Hits. Since 2005, he has been bringing readers game news and advice, as well as editing nearly everything published here. He is the designer of the Origins Award-winning Get Bit!, a freelance designer and developer, son of a science fiction author, and a Master of Arts. He lives in MD with e, their three dogs, and two cats.

In Memory of a True Adventurer: Randall Walker

A few words on Randall “deadorcs” Walker.

Magic: the Gathering Officially Comes to D&D

For years, gamers have wondered why two of the biggest fantasy brands in the world, Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, couldn’t come together, especially since they’re both made in the same building.

From Thieves to Seas to Apocalypses: On Kickstarter Right Now

Some weeks, you just have to say to yourself, “wow, there’s a lot of good games out there.” Nowhere has that hit me so strongly by seeing all the games being funded on Kickstarter this week.

Let Your Ambitions Drive You to “House of Bards” for Fate Core

In House of Bards, the kingdom of Costracinni exists in a constant state of war. And war means turmoil, but for the ambitious back on the home front, that’s just another word for opportunity.

The Decade of Blogging Nerdily: Critical Hits is 10

Our first post went up October 6th, 2005. Ten years later, we’re still blogging. Here’s a look back at the last decade, along with some reminiscing, our favorite posts, stats, and what’s happening next.

Preview: “Out of the Abyss” Adventure for D&D

The next big campaign for D&D 5e is Out of the Abyss, and it involves unleashing every demon ever into the midst of the Underdark. That sounds like a bad thing.

What Makes a Game Publishable?

How can you decide if the board game you’re working on could have make it to store shelves? Here’s a few quick ideas.

Announcing: “Sentinels of the Multiverse” RPG

In partnership with Greater Than Games, we here at Critical-Hits Studios, Inc. are pleased to announce that we are designing the official Sentinels of the Multiverse Roleplaying Game.

Breaking: “Dragon+” Magazine App Comes to the iOS Store

After months of speculation following the launch of D&D 5e and the cessation of the digital versions of Dragon and Dungeon magazines as part of the D&D Insider program in 4th edition, the new version of Dragon has seemingly emerged: on the iOS app store.

“Don’t Kill Your Grandfather”: A “Don’t Rest Your Head” Time Travel Hack

A time travel hack for the Don’t Rest Your Head RPG.