Tag Archives: D&D

Old-School Unboxing: Dark Sun

I’m pretty active on Twitter , and I see a lot of interesting things. Most of the people I follow write about, create, or play a lot of RPGs. One of those fine folks is the Newbie DM . This guy does a lot for the game industry through his blog and his podcast (which have been nominated for ENnies). Well, a few days…

Anthro Power!

D&D has, in its time, visited many places and had many settings. We’ve had D&D in space (Spelljammer), set in desert lands (twice – Dark Sun and Al-Qadim), the Far East (Oriental Adventures) and on the plains of the horse clans (The Horde – remember that?). We’ve had D&D in Wonderland, in a city lodged in a kinda-nearly-dormant volcano, and…

R.I.P. DM Rewards program

It appears that the DM rewards program is also being largely eliminated. There is a lot of uproar about the fact that the latest D&D reward is a single card for the Ravenloft board game, which turns out just to be the promo card that was given out at GenCon. I’m not sure who thought a card for the Ravenloft board game was an appropriate…

Sunday morning D&D with kids

My son Niklas and his friend trying to play the solo adventure out of the red box D&D game. They’re both playing elves (naturally).  The little guy in the foreground is Timmy – he’s only two and a half so he’s still in training. Sorry about the blurriness of the photos but photographing three little kids in action indoors…

Wil Wheaton’s talk at GenCon 2010

I’ve seen a few links around the RPG blogs but the talk deserves more attention. I can completely identify with most of his experiences, especially his recollections from what it was like playing D&D when I was a kid. Part 1 Part 2 You can find the links to the rest of the parts of the talk on youtube here .

Dapper Devil 4E Tokens

Check these out . The condition markers are nothing particularly special in my opinion (though they look good), but the tracking tray is a really cool idea. I already have a full set of Litko markers and at $15/player they’re not exactly cheap, so I’m wondering if I can’t figure out a way to make something similar …

GenCon 2010 Expanded Coverage – Candid Keith Baker

I had some random things happen to me when I went to GenCon, but nothing was more random than my Thursday afternoon. I had forgotten one of the most important thing about going to a big convention, something that got me through Origins without crashing and burning: I had forgotten to take a solid afternoon break. When I was at Origins, every …

4E AP: Osirion Session #6 (The Rescue)

Our sixth session saw my four core players all present for the first time in a month and we even had a guest player take control of our sometimes companion NPC, Rakash. Session Summary Our story picked up with the morning after Amaruq & Dashki’s return. The reunited group headed in to Kelmarane, stopping to see Undrella to pick up the poison Hoam had arranged …

School club update: 16 players!

Today was the first meeting of the after-school game program I’ve been running for the past seven years and we had quite a turn-out: 16 players, all of which were interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons. Yikes! Three of the players are “maybes” (they want to play Warmachine but the low #s makes it hard to do that week after week). The other 13 are all …

Stat the A-Team!

Here’s a quick question to throw into the shallow duckpond that is the internet: what Race/Class combos would best represent the A-Team, were they transplanted into the realms of Dungeons & Dragons? To my mind, this dysfunctional band of merry pyromaniacs (who always seem to get the job done) are the archetypal adventuring party. They travel from locale to locale…

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #5 (Murry’s Rock)

I’ve condensed a few more real life sessions in to this report since I’m still several behind and doing so also tends to give a better view of the overall story. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 17, 471 SL Our journey to Murry’s Rock proved just as problematic as I initially worried…

Monster Vault Unboxed

This box set also looks really nice – the tokens alone make it very appealing to me.

Essential Dungeon Master’s Kit Unboxed

Looks pretty cool.

D&D and Poison’d in the LA Times

You can read the full article here.

School’s back in session

The school year has started and that means the weekly after-school gaming program I run will be starting again as well. Our first informational session is next Wednesday after which I will have a better idea of how many potential members we’ll have and what they’re interested in playing. Of most interest is the number of roleplayers I’ll …

Square of Darkness

It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, Ends life, kills laughter. – “Riddles in the Dark”, JRR Tolkien The answer, as any fan of The Hobbit will tell you, is “Dark”. The little riddle does a terrific job summarizing just how scary the absence …

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #4

It’s been a few months since my last session report about our ongoing 4E D&D Teerna campaign. We had a couple months layoff due to busy schedules followed by a little reshuffling of both players and characters. However, for the past few months we’ve gotten back on track. One of the changes is that I’ve moved from the DM’s seat…

Review – Pathfinder’s Kingmaker, Volume 1: Stolen Land

Paizo’s newest adventure path is a marked departure from their earlier efforts. Previous paths have had six closely linked adventures with a more or less linear plot leading PCs from 1st to 15th (or so) level, where they then meet and (we hope) defeat the evil mastermind behind the vast majority of the trouble they have faced. The key point is that …

A Monkey Wrench In The Deus-Ex-Machina: Limiting Divine Power

This article deals in subjects that are sensitive issues to a lot of people. Everything contained within is written from a roleplaying context and no judgements are intended regarding the validity of any individual perspective on theology or on any social issues that may be referred to; no offence is intended. It’s just a game, people. Deus-Ex-Machina…

A Totally Rad unboxing of the Red Box

Starts around the 27 minute mark. Liking what I see here. Ah, sweet nostalgia! Like Unlike