Tag Archives: D&D

Shadowland part One: The City of Whitehold

I’ve been plotting the next 4e D&D scenario for a while. Not building. Not planning. Plotting . I use that word intentionally because this is going to be one heavily plot driven tale where events follow a carefully woven path along which the heroes tread. That’s not to say this is this is going to be a railroad – far from it. Each scenario the heroes…

Should Wizards of The Coast introduce public playtesting?

Given the outcry (is that too strong a word? I dunno) about the new D&D Essentials line and the ongoing changes to the system made by the Errata and Updates, my question is a simple one: Should Wizards of The Coast introduce public playtesting for key changes to D&D before making them official? After all, it’s far easier to fix…

It’s not what you say, but how we read it

Ah Mr Mearls. You sure do have a way with letting your well meaning and well written words cause controversy, don’t you? The Commencing Countdown article which serves to officially introduce the D&D Essentials line and begin the big push to launch took off on the intertubes like a backfiring rocket with all and sundry bemoaning that…. well, I’m getting ahead of myself. …

Review – The Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting

Another couple weeks, another Paizo review. Yeah, I know I’ve had quite a few reviews for Paizo stuff lately but that’s because I am using a couple of their adventure paths as the basis of ongoing 4E campaigns, plus to be frank, I find a lot of their products really interesting to read and thus it’s easy to write reviews on them. Today’s review is the…

4e errata update: Wizards and Rogues do happy dance

Wizards of the Coast have posted the a fresh batch of errata …. I mean Updates,  to Fourth Edition D&D and the big winners this time around are the Wizards and Rogues in your team. There’s other changes including a bunch for the Cleric, but frankly they don’t interest me. Clerics. Bah! For the Rogues, the Tumble second level Utility now lets the Rogue Shift up…

The Tomb of Horrors

Tomb of Horrors is the deadliest dungeon in the D&D world. It’s D&D adventure is designed for characters of 10th–22nd level and includes a full-color, double-sided battle map designed for use with D&D Miniatures. Release Date: July 20, 2010 For generations, the Tomb of Horrors has held an inescapable allure. It draws adventurers to it like a beacon… Read More »

It’s the end of the world as we know it

….. and I feel fine. Just five short sessions to go in our Endday Campaign, and it will all be over. Literally over, because that’s when the world ends. Sorry about that. Slightly more importantly, that’s when the campaign ends too meaning it’s time to think about what to do next. Time to shift gears. The Endday Campaign has been a …

What I learned from Prince of Persia

I just got back from watching The Prince of Persia and had a couple of minutes so I figured I’d post some thoughts I had on the movie. First, the movie:  It stinks . Okay, that’s painting it with a broad brush so let me be more specific and even do it in a spoiler-free manner. The plot is incredibly thin, borders on being dumb …

Vuvuzela Goblins!

“I’ll say one thing for them,” Borys shouted over the incessant droning, “They’re useless at ambushes!” Among the many different types of Goblin an adventurer is likely to encounter, few are attacked with more relish than the Vuvuzela Goblin. These horn-playing fanatics proudly announce their presence from a great distance, triggering discordant echoes throughout their cavern homes. These can easily drive…

This is the real Fourth Edition Dungeons and Dragons

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The STR 18 Wizard

I love playing against type. For that matter, I love playing to type as well, but this isn’t a post about that. If you’re looking for a blogpost about how to optimize your INT 22 Wizard out the wazoo, I’m afraid you’re going to have to look elsewhere. No, this is all about the Other Guys. You know the ones. The characters who are anything but…

Review: Curse of the Crimson Throne Player’s Guide

I recent reviewed the Rise of the Runelords Player’s Guide quite favorably. Little did I realize that Paizo had taken what I thought was a great approach to introducing an adventure path to players and improve upon it so significantly. What exactly did they do that I like so much? Let’s take a look inside and find out. The Physical Book Like…

D&D on CNN’s website

CNN has a feature article about D&D – focusing mainly on WotC’s new D&D Encounters program.   Check it out here.

4E AP: Osirion Session #2 (The old Monastery)

Our second session added Shai Hud, warforged paladin to the group’s mix, bring the group up to four and leaving us just one player short from our normal group size. Rakash’s player should join us in session #3, although I had his character follow around the party this session to avoid having him suddenly “appear” since I anticipated that the reclaiming of the monastery would span …

Dungeon Crawl

Dark energies long untouched are beginning to resurface. Secrets long forgotten are returning into the minds of many. As entire cities are left abandoned and lifeless, Derelict caverns and dark chasms are teeming with unwelcome life. Something is coming. A trio rushes through the untamed forest at an accelerated speed. They did not know if what had been… Read More »

A new D&D monster manual is coming

So, like i wrote in the title, the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual 3 (for D&D4) is coming, at June 15. Written by Mike Mearls, Greg Bilsland, Robert Schwalb, this D&D Rulebook presents you some iconic monsters for your D&D campaign in 224 page, hardcover format of course. From the official site / back of the book: “This… Read More »

Review: Rise of the Runelords Players’ Guide

This one’s kind of dated but I’ve been working my way through a backlog of Pathfinder stuff I’ve picked up over the past six months and this is just one more item in the pile.   The Rise of the Runelords was Paizo’s first post-Dungeon adventure path and it was the first indication that Paizo had some …

The other classes of undead

When death becomes an all-too-sudden possibility and a Wizard needs more study time, he is invariably drawn toward the path of the Lich . Through foul rites he becomes undying, able to continue his life’s work through all eternity – at least until those pesky adventurers come knocking. But what of the other classes? What undead paths are open…

D&D Player’s Strategy Guide is out!

Yes, the D&D Player’s Strategy Guide is out since May 18 (although i found it just today at my local Roleplay-retailer). It contains some… what do you think it’s about? Yes, strategies. A LOT of Dungeons & Dragons strategies, some how-to-play a class like, good teamwork tactics, roleplay tips, and so on. From the official site: “One hundred… Read More »

4E AP: Osirion Session #1 (Murder & Mayhem)

Rather than writing blow-by-blow descriptions of each session from my new Osirion 4E campaign, I’m going to just provide a brief summary of what happened along with a more detailed DM’s commentary since I find trying to recount every action & decision kind of tedious to write about. Our first session was two players short which was…