Thursday, June 25, 2015

STEVEN MOFFAT

It is now, and always has been, a game for the civilized and kind.

Actual Play Elemental Evil--D&D Encounters S20 S13
















Elemental Evil--D&D Encounters S20 S13


Another great week of D&D Encounters at Comic quest!

This week started off with Lisa making Mexican food at home.


While we were eating Chase showed up with a ton of Nerf Guns for the kids--I mean like 12 guns!


A pretty serious battle ensued!



We went to Nina's Indian restaurant which was awesome--very old school. Stopped by Smart and Final for Skittles. And then drove over to the shop!


There were four tables outside


All of which seemed fairly crowded!




Inside we had only one DM & nine players--but I still had plenty of room for the worlds greatest dice!


Chase had scored the Double Stuff Oreo's


And we had a special visitor....MOUSE!


The game was a tower smash adventure against the cult of the water element--pretty fun fighting!


We had some really great Mini's on the table. Here is the point where Regina's Kalulu the Fire Genasi Sorcerer announces "Fireball, centered on the Monk"  for no reason!


The Party goes wild!


I survived the attack just barely!


I ended up getting voted off of the Island again this week.


Video should be up soon.


There were a high number of Crits this week!







Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Princes of the Apocalypse - Week 8


Another episode of Recounting Encounters is out. I am always a few weeks behind on this for some reason.

This episode starts with some updates from the video game which I ignored. There was some AL discussion around the Trading Posts that have been run at Cons--I do not think that there is currently enough magic in circulation to make the Trading Post much use, but as the AL matures, I think that this will become more of a thing.


Then they reviewed the action at their tables, which was awesome--it sounds like they are having an extremely fun season.



Round Table 74 – Rage of Demons and Goodbye Rodney


Another great episode of the Round Table D&D Podcast.

The opening question--Drizz't yeah or nay is really the only question that matters! 

Jeff joins James to discuss Rage of Demons, which is the next Season of adventures--a great Underdark Demon fest which did not do very well with the critics.


Then they discuss Rodney Thompson leaving WotC which is a little to much Inside Baseball for me--this type of stuff is likely better off on The Tome main show then James' more fan perspective based podcast

Sheets and Screens and Minis, Oh My! (Tome 249)

An interesting installment from Jeff this time--basically, an old School Product review which I have not heard him do since the early 4E days. Tracy was not there which also significantly impacted the discussion. Here is the blurb:
In this episode, Jeff is joined by Jon Green and Allison Rossi to talk about gaming accessories for your RPG. They discuss three new-ish accessories; the DM Screen produced by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons, the new line of minis produced by Wizkids, and a character and campaign tracking app called Sheet Yourself.

I really enjoyed their discussion of the DM Screen. The 5E screen is VERY different from previous screens.



The strength of the cover art was covered well, but I do not think the review celebrated the glory of the interior art--I really love that the DM gets pretty pictures for the first time!

The mini conversation was mostly around the Dragons--which are great--but the new character icon's are very fantastic:


The discussion around Sheet Yourself was largely a waste of time--I will never use this...basically it just shows the continued frustration of the community. 



We need Digital Tools. We need an Online Character Builder. We need Online Character sheets. We need these when the edition is released not at some future GENCON.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Round Table 72 - Waterborne Adventures



Currently my favorite D&D Podcast has another new episode out--here is the blurb:

James Introcaso sits down with Joe Lastowski, Topher Kohan, and Sam Dillon to talk about the Unearthed Arcana Waterborne Adventures article. This podcast was recorded May 24, 2015.Please rate and review us on iTunes, it helps a boat load!Links:The Tome Show on FacebookThe Tome Show on Twitchworldbuilderblog.meModern Myths Game StoreActs of Geekrpgmusings.comTopher on Google+Topher on FacebookTitan Games and Comics

The discussion of the Unearthed Arcana  Series in general is worth the listen. The Underwater stuff is great, particularly the Minotaur conversation. Another great episode--I also think Sam, who I hear a lot on other casts, does really well in the kind of informal format of Round Table--it allows him more room to really get into what he likes. Topher is always great & I look foreword to hearing more from Joe.

Seriously, if you are playing D&D Right now, I strongly recommend you listen to Round Table to stay current with what is going on in the community.

PODCAST LEGENDS AND SCOUTS D&D Podcasts



Another great episode that reviews the work of Gary Astleford in creating a D&D Badge.

here is the blurb:

Sword Coast Legends
We first talk with Tim Schwalk at n-Space, and then Gary Astleford leads us through earning a Girl Scout badge for tabletop RPGs! Set in the vibrant world of the Forgotten Realms, Sword Coast Legends offers an all-new way to enjoy the time-tested magic of playing Dungeons & Dragons as a shared storytelling experience.Check out the Sword Coast Legends website for more details.
Dungeon Scouts
In addition to being a writer and designer, Gary Astleford is also a Girl Scout troop leader in Southern California. He’s currently in the process of organizing a badge workshop for tabletop RPGs, where scouts learn the basics of D&D 5th edition, create a character, and of course participate in an adventure.You can find out more about Gary Astleford on his website, dungeonscouts.com.


As always, I was not that interested in the Sword Coast Legends Video game stuff, but the talk about D&D and Girl Scouts was awesome--the website has all of the required material to run the event & I have a strong feeling we will see this really start to grow. Gary has done a great thing & was a fantastic interview! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Robert M. Pursig

No one is ever fanatically devoted to something they have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They *know* it is. Whenever someone is fanatically devoted to a set of beliefs or dogmas or goals, it is only because those beliefs or goals are in doubt.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

China Mieville

“The problem with most genre fantasy is that it’s not nearly fantastic enough. It’s escapist, but it can’t escape.”


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Elemental Evil--D&D Encounters S20 S11


Another huge night of D&D Encounters after a I missed two in a row because of work....


Before the game we did a T-Shirt selfie contest




Which was awesome.

Jack and I were a little late this week & the action was already on outside the shop at DM Camille's table [he was filling in for DM Chris], and DM Chloe's table which filled up and caused DM Spenser to be called in to run a second high level table!


DM Robert was fired up and ready to run.



Josh continues to play his Super Powered Druid--whose bear form is still likely the most optimized character at the table


Regina, Ben, and New Chris were also in fine form this week.


We also had Nepal, Brendan, & new Nathan


as well as Josh.


we basically broke camp & continued on our way to the camp marked on the map we had acquired from the Sky Castle


REAVERS!


Actually, they were more like Pirates...and our Goliath was able to mark them up and tie up about half of them.


The Reaver leader created a Cyclone which did a good job of slowing us down.


and we had some solid rolling 


to our final victory in the fight--we did capture two prisoners which we will investigate next time!

I also found it funny this week that I had pre-entered my GroupMe Text Chat with the only obvious response to just about anything posted on a Wednesday night: