Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Foam Dice, Googly Eyes, Breath Weapon Friendly Fire, Don't Poke the Druid Bear, and The end of our Knight


Another great week of D&D Encounters starts at Chipotle.


Finally we got the Neil Gaiman cup!



We had these amazing Foam Dice at the table that someone received as a kick starter bonus or something.


We had eight people at the table, but plenty of room since we slid two table together.


I am playing a Halfling Rogue--I had forgotten how fun it was to play a ranged striker! Total blast to stand back and hit every round.


I am so glad that I am using my awesome Gamescience dice--feel like I have not had these on the table in a long time.


We used the mat on Hex this week which was awesome--Jack actually asked about skipping hexes.


Lots of combat this week with some strong rolling--here the druid gets a crit


we did not use the iCrit tables this week, but Alan did use it on another table to very poor results!


Even the DM got on the Crit Train


I had the dream roll that I have been waiting for--Double Crit with Advantage!


Man, how they shine!


We did have some massive failures on the health check to revive Jack who had been killed by the Druid Bear.



Had to go Googley eyes on that!


Did not work so well on my dice!


But foam dice really reward the googley eyes



As do dice towers!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

5e Monster Manual Reivew (Tome 243)


This is a great review of the D&D Monster Manual.



Mike Shea largely steals the show with his distaste for Metallic Dragons, though Jeff's anti-Myconid stance is very funny. Tracey's comments on gender and art continue to fall flat--she just does not spend enough time engaged in conversation with the group for her comments to come off as anything but uninformed criticism--but her anti-Dungeon stance is great ["D&D should mean Dragons and Dragons" may be the best comment of the night]. James is also a tremendous asset to this conversation.

The Binding conversation at the end is also very interesting.

Another great episode.

Team Earth


Team Air




Team Water


Team Fire


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Round Table 64 - Elemental Evil in Organized Play


Yet another fantastic episode of Round Table from the Tome Show network.

This episode starts off with the ice breaking question--"what is the most evil element"? Honda gets a vote, but Air wins even with Mike reminding us that ice is its own element!



The discussion focus on three main areas in 44 entertaining minutes:
     1. End of Hoard of the Dragon Queen
     2. Organized play updates, writing for organized play, etc.
     3. How things are going with Princes of the Apocalypse

The conversation could go a lot longer, there is a ton of very useful information.

As always, James is fantastic--upbeat fast paced--just a great host.

It is always good to hear from Mike Shea, Topher, and Joe as well--if you are involved in the Adventure League &/or DM'ing this season of Encounters, I strongly recommend you give this a listen.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Consequences of Stealing a D20


I used to have this fantastic D20


Until a bitter Magic player named Brian Stole it


To help with my grief I bought a great coffee cup


From Starbucks


It has a fantastic lid


And great dots 


It is not as great as my D20, but it is nice...Not as nice as playing D&D with my son Jack! ELBOWS STRAIGHT!


As you can see, Brian's D&D Table is not having nearly as much fun as our D&D Table!


See--ELBOWS STRAIGHT! Lots of Joy!


Camille is rocking some old school stolen office supply style D&D--note the massively multi color post it notes on the DM Screen above as well...


And, it is important to note, that Brian continued to not have fun--the curse of the D20 Thief


ELBOWS STRAIGHT!


We are using D&D Rules from this amazing book.


People are rolling Crits

Actual Play Elemental Evil--D&D Encounters S20 S5










Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tomb Raider Elemental Evil--D&D Encounters S20 S5

Encounters started off great this week with a new coffee cup!


Then Chase cam by with a bunch of treasure from the island paradise known as Hawaii! 


We headed down to Pei Wei--which was awesome even with their new poorly modified menu. And then to the Grocery Store to score some left over Easter Candy for half off!


At the Shop, Camille was already there & ready to run his first session!


Brendan was back and ready to play some kind of Genasi Fighter, I think.


Chase, after having his elven ranger voted off the island was back with an Amazing Character Concept--this completely awesome chaos wizard who saw strings on everything...balls to the wall greatness!


Everyone's favorite Goliath Fighter was ready to rock.


The table size was back up to crazy again this week--with like 8 people on our table--the shop continues to get more and more crowded! And of course, I still have no idea how to use Pano on my iPhone!




I still felt like I had plenty of space at the table


Even with all of the amazing snacks we had!


Camille did a great job behind the screen.




The rolling was good this week with multiple crits--I scored two on skill checks--but the role play was what really made this weeks session stand out--likely the best week so far for me!