Actual Play Curse of Strahd--D&D Encounters S22 S21

Curse of Strahd--D&D Encounters S22 S21

It is hard to say farewell to this group! A lot has recently been written about the current popularity of Dungeons & Dragons in some fairly popular mainstream outlets

but for me the current success is almost entirely based on Chris Perkin's work and the fact that the current stories are so great--they are connected to D&D's roots, the contain quality beats throughout, and they flow easily at the table.

D&D has a long history with Strahd and Curse of Ravenloft captured all of it with amazing precision. The tone was pitch perfect. The story was fantastic.

The way the story unfolded was VERY natural and the players at my table never felt rail roaded. More importantly, the players were remembering events from months earlier [which often does not happen in D&D Encounters groups]. Almost like Perkin's favorite TV Shows and Movies this module worked really well in drawing the players into the location, the story, and relationships with NPC's and other characters.

As a DM, Curse of Ravenloft was suprisingly easy to run--there was enough content that I could skip entire sections that I did not like, did not really grok,  or did not feel would work at your table without any impact to the story.  The flow from week to week with Curse of Ravenloft was amazing.

I had tons of room at the table this week

The video from this week should be great--there was a Pickle conversation which still seriously cracks me up.


Comic Quest‎ :: Miniature Hobby & Paint Day

Spencer hosted a Mini Painting workshop at Comic Quest & I took the boys

Cody painted his second mini--a Monkey on a chest.

Jack was on fire with some advanced painting moves.

I tried to paint a pirate--it did not go well!


DM Prep--Storm King Thunder

So I am planning to run D&D Encounters at Alakazam Comics in Irvine.

I am using the Dungeon Bastard DM Prep videos as my foundation:

We are doing Character Creation tonight--it is a new shop & we are going to take our time getting started...So My first step was to follow Tom's advice and simplify my DM Kit.

Recently, I have been bringing a Jenga Set [for mapping] & a large bag

The Bag is totally crammed with stuff--dice, name tags, camera, books, DM notes, random swag

The stack of books is nuts

The DM notes has tokens for inspiration, post-it notes, reading notes, adventure notes, & 3x5 cards

There is also an extra pencil and hand sanitizer

There is also some just random crumpled notes

Basically, I have cut that way back to:
  1.  dice & tokens
  2. a smaller notebook that has some index cards in it
  3. name tags for the first session
  4. camera
  5. skittles
  6. the adventure.

Bono the Forgemaster by Cody

Hello! I am Bono the Forgemaster! A second level cleric of Torag. 

I look like this

Cody crafted me to look like this:


D&D Coloring Book

I am so excited about the new coloring book!

here is a classic AD&D Page to keep me distracted until release date


Kaladesh Exclusive Card Previews

Chris Perkins Wins Twitter

As a DM, how do you deal with a rules lawyer that disrupts the game to argue?

I would say, "You find a potion of shut-the-f*ck-up. Would you like to drink it?