Tag Archives: D&D

Kobold Hall for Minecraft, the video preview walkthrough

Here’s Kobold Hall from the Fourth Edition D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide recreated in Minecraft. I’m up to Encounter Three so far, so it’s strictly a work-in-progress. Please excuse the horrendous framerate – Minecraft plays wonderfully on my little netbook, but fraps kills it stone dead. I’ll find another way of recording the finished dungeon. If anyone…

We have a winner! The International D&D Essentials contest!

Congratulations to Judith, of Oregon!  The random numbers have favored you today and you’ve won!  I’ve already sent an email off to you letting you know. We had 198 people who emailed in for the contest with a total of 1472 entries. Each entry was assigned to a contestant in the order I received their emails. The winner was chosen by a random number generator (thanks random….

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part four

Only in Minecraft can the following two statements be true: “I was killed by a pig” and “I’m sorry. I got distracted and built a pyramid instead.”. I’m part way through re-creating Kobold Hall from the 4e D&D DMG in Minecraft, and things are starting to get more than a little silly. We’re up to Encounter Three which is, in …

4E AP: Osirion Session #9 (Lost Empires)

We picked up our game right where we left off last session with Fea’ma’reth and Amaruq clinging on for dear life and the others rushing to their aide. Session Summary As Uno and Shai Hud rushed back to retrieve the remainder of the rope the group had left by the entryway, Amaruq did a balancing act on the narrow beam …

The International D&D 4e Essentials Contest. Last Day to Enter!

This is your last day to enter!  Contest ends tonight at 11:59pm EST! Well, this is something a bit new for us! We’ve gotten a number of authors who are writing authoritatively on Dungeons & Dragons 4e! I’m very excited by this prospect because D&D 4e represented a big gap in Troll in the Corner’s collective RPG knowledge. Now that’s remedied it’…

What is Essentials?

One of the exciting new things in the land of D&D 4th Edition (4E) is the release of the Essentials line of products. This line has generated a fair amount of discussion in the online D&D community in large part due to the confusion around what the products mean to the game and why they were made. Given this confusion, I’d like to first outline my understanding of…

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Gaming with Kids: The Haunted Mine session (4E D&D)

My son decided to write his own adventure for the first session for our new father-son 4E Dungeons & Dragons games.  He’s playing Demeter, an elf fighter (slayer) who uses a bow. I’m playing Nero Ironflagon, dwarf fighter (knight) who prefers a battle axe.  These are both characters made using the new Player Essentials: Heroes of the …

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #7 (Fey Dreaming)

The events detailed here cover a single session. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 29, 471 SL Despite the destruction of the tainted statue, Thalos’s condition has continued to worsen and in some way seems lied to the fate of Cabot who we have learned is a member of the druids. Shades! What has the fool human gotten himself in to? In an attempt …

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part three

In contrast to the first Encounter in Kobold Hall, the second one is just a Nice Big Room. Well, when I say nice, I mean “scary tomb chamber”, but you get the idea. There’s no anteroom, no long corrodor and no Pool of Doom this time around. Instead, there’s four stone coffins in the centre (every single group …

Reminder: The International D&D Contest! Win four new D&D Essentials products – anywhere in the world!

Well, this is something a bit new for us! We’ve gotten a number of authors who are writing authoritatively on Dungeons & Dragons 4e! I’m very excited by this prospect because D&D 4e represented a big gap in Troll in the Corner’s collective RPG knowledge. Now that’s remedied it’s time to spread the D&D love a bit. We’re giving away a copy of …

Review: DM’s Kit for D&D 4th Edition Essentials

The DM’s Kit for 4th Edition D&D’s Essentials line is out, and there’s something strange about it.  But I’m ahead of myself…I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the product itself.   This is more than just a book for the DM, it’s a boxed set for the DM.  Let’s take things one at a time, …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 6: Sound of a Thousand Screams

Sound of a Thousand Screams concludes the Kingmaker adventure path with one of the most interesting high-level adventures I have ever seen. Although it is a much more “standard” linear adventure than the rest of the series, it nonetheless provides a very satisfying conclusion. The adventure should take PCs from 15th to 17th level. The Physical Product The book itself…

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part two

In which I dig dig dig dig dig the whole day through. I’m calling this Part Two rather than Day Two as days two, three and four merged together into an unholy flurry of digging, making fresh shovels by torchlight, then digging some more. I’m building Kobold Hall from the Fourth Edition DMG inside Minecraft , and developing a healthy respect for…

Making a Fight Dynamic and Memorable

By my estimation, I’ve run about 150 to 200 encounters in D&D 4e in the two years since it came out.  Maybe one tenth of those are truly memorable.  When I say “remember that gnoll fight?” I’ll get a deep groan from everyone in my party, and when I say “how about the fight with the larva mage with the masks?” I’ll get a…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 5: War of the River Kings

War of the River Kings is the penultimate episode in the Kingmaker adventure path. The PCs – whose kingdom is now major player in its region – must lead their forces to war, and they also take their first real steps to understanding the overarching plot of the adventure path. The adventure should take PCs from 13th to 15th level. The Physical…

Special bonus: Creeper for 4e

Here’s everyone’s favourite Minecraft monster all stated out and ready to feature in your next D&D game. Killing a monster was never so dangerous. I picture Creepers as something like Yellow Musk Zombies. They are infected with a plantlike fungus which causes the poor critter to explode, releasing a multitude of near-invisible spores into the air. If a creature inhales them, on his eventual death…

Dark Sun Campaign – PDF of the first adventure here for you to download

As promised and delivered early – Part one of my Dark Sun Campaign is available for download. This is intended for informational purposes only. I have made every effort to make it a coherent document from which a game can be completely run. All possible disclaimers apply to this adventure, including bodily harm. Not included are any tactical battle maps, mostly because I use a vinyl battle …

Kobold Hall for Minecraft: coming soon

Take one Dungeon from the DMG & a guy with a shovel, and who knows what can happen. Watch this space! Like Unlike

Dark Sun Campaign Prep – The Introduction

You awaken to the sound of trumpets nearby, and find it blends rather un-harmoniously with the ringing in your ears. Unfocused vision meets and even more unfocused mind as you begin to remember who you are. As your eyes clear, you notice the others around you. You begin shaking each other awake, and you find you have more questions than answers. Looking …