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Essentials is not a Porsche

Few people would disagree that the Porsche 911 GT2 is a fantastic car. With iconic looks, decades of award-winning history and heart-stopping speed and acceleration, it well deserves its place in the Motoring Hall of Fame. The D&D Essentials line is not like a Porsche 911 GT2. For a start, it’s not a car. It’s a lot cheaper too. But it is…

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….

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’…

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 …

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets!!! Wizards of the cost has created a slimed down character sheet for characters created using the Essentials books . These character sheets are fully compatible 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons a finally available for download. Prior to this they where only available with…

Red Box Wandering Monster Table, Dungeon Level 1

As they are sadly absent from the D&D Essentials Red Box, here’s a Wandering Monster Table for Dungeon Level 1. This is inspired by the one in the Mentzer Red Box and adjusted to accommodate the monsters in the new D&D Essentials version. It’s disappointing there’s no Giant Centipedes, Gecko Lizards, Cave Locusts and Fire Beetles in the newer Red Box, but …

Oh gods not another Red Box review

‘Fraid so. In a hobby where our only limit is our imagination, it seems like that’s something in short supply among we blog writers with darned near everyone filling the ether with their thoughts and opinions about the Red Box and the Essentials line in general. And I’m not going to be any exception 😀 The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Red Box Starter …

Build an Essentials Rogue, today!

The preview of the final build from the D&D Essentials line is up, and I’m geekgasming that this is (drumroll please……) The Thief . Yes folks, the Thief is back . For too long have the lightly armoured sneaky types belaboured under the misnomer of “Rogue”. Time to reclaim their true title and status as Thieves. Whether there’s forty of them breaking into a Sultan’s palace or one trying…

Build an Essentials Cleric, today!

We’ve had the Fighter & Wizard , now it’s the turn of the Cleric to take centre stage. As before we’re looking at how to create a simpler starting character using only the PHB and the design decisions evident in the D&D Essentials line. The end result should be a set of Archetypal characters which would serve to introduce any new player (or old player still …

Build an Essentials Mage, today!

Last time we looked at how to create something like the Essential Knight using only content from the Player’s Handbook. This time it’s the turn of the Mage, a specialist Wizard formally educated in the ways of spell casting. Can we do the same thing, and create a leaner, simpler magic-user using only the PHB? Of course we can! But first, I’m going to go…

Build an Essentials character, today!

The good folks at Wizards of the Coast have been teasing us in recent weeks with information about the new character builds provided in the D&D Essentials line. So far we have seen builds for the Cleric , Wizard and Fighter with each one giving us more of an insight into the design decisions they made while putting Essentials together. I’m liking what I…

Build an Essentials character, today!

The good folks at Wizards of the Coast have been teasing us in recent weeks with information about the new character builds provided in the D&D Essentials line. So far we have seen builds for the Cleric , Wizard and Fighter with each one giving us more of an insight into the design decisions they made while putting Essentials together. I’m liking what I see so far, and wonder …