About

Merric Blackman is an Australian player of role-playing games and boardgames, who tends to write one or three words on the subject. He’s a fan of big fantasy epics (Wheel of Time and the Malazan Book of the Fallen) and Doctor Who. Especially Doctor Who. He’s happy that there’s a good Doctor Who RPG, though he hasn’t been able to run a game of it yet, but less pleased that there isn’t a good Doctor Who boardgame.

He began playing D&D in the early 1980s, and has played every edition of the game. Mostly as a Dungeon Master, because that’s what he enjoys doing. In 2000, he started getting heavily into board games, and now has a collection of over 500 of them. His typical week involves 4-8 hours of playing board games and 6-10 hours of playing role-playing games. He then writes about them!

Merric helped edit Fifth Edition Foes and Quests of Doom from Necromancer Games, as well as doing most of the conversion work on The Book of Lost Spells.

At present he serves as the D&D Adventurers League Local Co-ordinator for Victoria. The Australian Victoria.

You can contact Merric through merricb@yahoo.co.uk, assuming the overly aggressive spam filter doesn’t eat your e-mail.

17 comments

  1. Matt Evans

    Good morning (or I suppose it’s about midnight where you’re at…)!

    First off, I wanted to say a quick thanks for the reviews on Valdhum and Karak (even though you didn’t much like Karak, hehe).

    Secondly, I was wondering if you’d like to do a review on Mithgarthr Entertainment’s first written-for-5E campaign (both of the products you’ve seen have been just conversions of old Labyrinth Lord stuff I’d done). It takes new players from level one up to level five-six, a detailed setting, lots of dungeons, etc. We’re looking at a January release (waiting on the cover’s art to be completed, and finishing up the playtesting), so it’d be a pre-release copy, but it’s 99.5% complete.

    If you’re interested, please contact me: matt -at- mithgarthrentertainment.com

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  2. Sean Robert Meaney

    If you would email me at: reddeerrun(at)hotmail(dot)com I might mail you back a map I created so you can play over Christmas. Ask for citadel map.

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      • Filcha

        No, I don’t as I’ve never played any AL. I am seriously considering it if I can get out of some of my other (non-gaming) mid-week commitments.

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  3. Jozsef Kovesi

    Hi could you remove the following doc from the list?

    Tomb of the forgotten god by Jozsef Kovesi. Jan 17, 2016. (DMs Guild )

    I transcripted it, but I have no rights, so I deleted. Please delete from the list.

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  4. Martin Plowman

    Hi Merric,

    It was great to meet you at PandaCon on Saturday! Thanks heaps for DM-ing the D&D Strahd adventure, I really enjoyed it (as I said in my blog post!). I’m sending here the link to the post I’ve written for the con on our blog, Games vs Play:

    http://gamesvsplay.com/panda-tabletop-games-convention-2016-a-games-vs-play-wrap/

    Please feel free to forward the link to your friends and networks. If you want you can also like our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gamesvsplay/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.

    No doubt I’ll run into you at another games convention. Take care until then.

    Cheers, Martin

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  5. Micah

    Hi Merric. Great to see an Aussie so active and involved in the 5e community.

    I’m an game designer and author from Perth, and I’d love to talk to you about various aspects of the 5e game and get some advice on elements of module and supplement production if you can find the time.

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  6. William Murakami-Brundage

    Hello Merric, I’m an avid reader. I was on a Facebook D&D AL forum, and someone mentioned outlining adventure paths that can take a party from Level 1 to Level 10-11. The idea is to have a linear- or semi-linear adventure that keeps a narrative, without the burden of the hardbacks. If you’re interested in discussing the idea, you can email me at tbrun1977@yahoo.com or find me on Facebook.

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