Kevin Sparenberg

Kevin is a Product Manager at SolarWinds and has over 15 years of experience in managing global network resources.  He has worn many hats, including Helpdesk, Network Engineer, Messaging Admin, Orion Admin, and PowerShell enthusiast.


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Dungeon Mastering in IT (Part the Fourth)


Flood of Kobolds vs. Epic Boss Fight I had a group where I was running a dragon-themed adventure. Before you gasp and say mockingly, “In Dungeons & Dragons, there are actually dragons?” let me tell you that that was just thematic (as far as …


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Dungeon Mastering in IT (Part the Third)


Short-Circuiting your Adventure I’ve noted that preparation and planning are some of the hallmarks of both a good DM and IT professional, but sometimes planning gets short-circuited. In the past, I’ve spent hours working on a campaign with intricate details, a slowly building storyline, …


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Dungeon Mastering in IT (Part the Second)


This is the second post in a post that started in Part the First. CRIT! Unplanned Good/Bad Randomness is a part of life.  This has widespread areas of affect: from human interactions to chaos theory.  To make Dungeons & Dragons more lifelike, it needs …


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Dungeon Mastering in IT (Part the First)


So, here’s the first confession: I’m an über nerd.  I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) since I was about 16 years old.  It was also about that time (possibly coincidentally) that I also became engrossed with computers.  Not just watching my fake family …