Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.




Monday, September 19, 2016

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!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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?