Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dragon Talk: Sage Advice - Table Rules, 8/28/17

Cody and I watched this amazing episode on Table Rules.

Jeremy did a great job explaining what Table Rules are, but I would have added a lot more kind of generic "social etiquette" rules--largely because I play a lot of public play & I play with kids. Also, his look to the DMG for House Rules Ideas was excellent.

In any event, here are my House Rules

1. Listen
2. Everyone Gets A Turn
3. Same Team
4. Awesome > Rules

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S34

Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S34

Alakazam Comics D&D Adventure League is going strong--we ran three crowded tables--two Tier One tables with a lot of new players, so returning Grognards, and a DM in Cos Play.

I captured this strange image at some point during the night.

Really not sure what it is at all!

The game picked up where it left off--the Sword Coast Collective raiding Imryth's Desert layer.

The party had flown in Zyphro's Cloud Tower -- he attached the key as protection from the lightning he anticipated coming from the blue dragon

Beneath the amphitheater, there was an ancient sandstone temple buried beneath the sand being used by the dragon as a layer. Within the layer, some Yaun-Ti were performing a dark deranged ritual.

The party let the Giants deal with the dragon and charged the treasure horde where they were attacked by Air Elementals.

Some great die rolling, including this called CRITICAL...on a perception check...

And thus came to a close Storm King Thunder!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

D&D in the Park with DM Cody


Cody DM'd his first game of Dungeons & Dragons in the park on Sunday. There were three 9 year old players and two adults. It was a simple caravan guard combat session with the party being attacked by modrons intent on stealing our Ballista. 

The interesting thing is that Cody invented a FANTASTIC mechanic. When draing the Caravan wagons on the battlemat he had the other players draw the wagons--they are in Red and Black below:

This really drew the players in & got the kids interested. 

I mean honestly it was amazing, I play a lot of D&D With kids and this was the first time I have seen kids this engaged.

The game was wonderful--we had some very fun role play and some good critical hits 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

D&D Novel's

Dungeons and Dragons is likely healthier now then it has ever been--the current edition is great, the content coming out from Wizards of the Coast is great, the Adventures League is Popular, the shops are full...

Everything is going wonderful, except the Novel line & I really do not know why.

 A lot of the stuff that was released during the 4th Edition period was really good--but currently they are releasing nothing--only stuff from older, established authers that was likely already on the print schedule

I would love to see WotC do something with D&D Fiction like what Magic is doing with the weekly short stories by different authers--a way to keep fiction moving + develop new talent.

The Art of Magic the Gathering :: Amonkhet

Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S31

The Sword Coast Collective gathers in Ten Town's with two new adventurers and heads to the Trackless Sea in search of the Kracken Society Kidnap vessel. There is a island of natives who report having seen a strange ship. The party is reunited with Zephyros the Mad who is using a giant magnifying glass attached to the top of his cloud castle to burn crusading Frost Giants. Finally, the party locates King Hekaton and attach the Kracken Society ship seeking to free the comatose King.

Xanathar's Guide to Everything looks Fantastic

Adventure Map

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S31

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S28

The Sword Coast Collective returns to Ten Town, participate in a fishing tournament, and then head off to the Storm King's palace!

The giant count is at 38.

More Info?

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S27

The battle at the Ice Giant Fortress rages on as the Jarl returns from his fishing trip!

The giant count is at 29.

More Info?

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S29

After battling crabs in the Storm King's Under Water Castle, the Sword Coast Collective returns to Waterdeep for some investigation into the curious coin found near the Storm King's dead wive's body. Determining the coin is from Yantar, our heros head to a Harper stronghold in the city.

The giant count is at 38.

More Info?

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S30

The Sword Coast Collective board the Grand Dame and investigate the Captain connection to the death of the Queen of the Storm Giants. They Learn of the capture of King Hekaton & return to Ten Towns to collect their air ship to pursue him.

The giant count is at 38.

More Info?

Cody's Latest Mini from Hero Forge

Fantasy Food By Race

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Reviwing the Three Pillars

The Three Pillars are

  1. Socialization
  2. Exploration
  3. Combat

There are three agenda's for gamers:

  1. gamist
  2. narrativist
  3. simulationist
A player pinged me this week with questions about why Adventure League is so Combat focused--why the Socialization and Exploration traits are not used more. I need to focus more on exploration. There needs to be more of a pay back. There must be more value coming out of the experience so that everyone can enjoy it. I am not sure how to do that. I need to really start focusing more on Socialization--that is what the Cloud Giants are all about. And next week we need to reward Exploration more. What are the traits that lead to good exploration--there must be clues. The clues must be understandable--this is where I generally fall apart. And the clues must pay off in rewards that the characters [and the players] care about. The players want magic. The characters want levels. I have not killed a character in a long time. 

I need to figure out how to make the stakes in Exploration higher--there is a clock. There is a timeline. When they return to go shopping at their church. When they return to Triboar it has been destroyed by Fire Giants. The Frost Giant, Harshnag, who they worked with was killed by a Blue Dragon--what is the consequence of the blue dragon killing Harshnag.

Explore the history of harshnag--why does that matter--because it can get them into the Jarl's layer with less risk. Maybe that is worth doing. I wlll look at doing that.