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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S25


Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S25

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mouse Photo

Smurfs Return to Zendikar

Cody, Josh, & Henry joined me for another D&D Adventure in Zendikar. They are playing Smurfs and recently walked to Kaladesh where they built amazing magical items.

 Plenty of room behind the screen--I use the large dice with the kids.

We started in a fun warehouse battle.

The Storm Trooper Legos are robots.

Henry played his first game + really seemed to jump right in!

Cody was having the time of his life.

I did not get a great shot of Josh who is playing Sir Bob Smurf the Warlock.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S22

Jeff created this fantastic Crane for the front of the Cult of the Dragon airship--I told Cody it was a stork. Another example of great parenting!

I also have been running the camera longer--segments are no almost always one hour long.

The table has grown too large, again...not sure what we are going to do next week!

The players are having a blast!

and the games is moving forward--we had some fairly good crits this week as well..

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S22

Neil Gaiman @ Segerstrom Hall

Brain & I  ate walking taco's at my house...we talked about Suicide...we drove being critical of people who do the things you tell them not to do...

then went to TK Burgers and meet with Ryan and his mom and brother...

Never Get Bored. You have 1,000,000 bad words in your arm that you need to write out before you get to the good ones...bad drawings....the first was attributed to Ray Bradbury...the second to Chuck Jones...

We waited a long time to buy a signed book. I said Prometheus when I meant Promethea. We talked about the comic Badger. 

We had good seats. 

Dream logic is not Story Logic.  Vermillion LiesThe story of Horace, Set, and Lettuce...

The questions were mostly silly--there was a "why Ray Bradbury"...

Listened to Bauhaus on the drive home--the audience was beautiful and applauded Amanda Palmer...
It kept inbeginning....Homecoming by Ray Bradbury

Monday, March 27, 2017


Another very fun episode!

The blurb is very playful:

Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) has been playing D&D since he was on set as a child actor and he’s jumped into it full force with his Pug Crawl streams on Twitch. Hosts Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) talk about snow again, before Greg gets the date of Meltdown Shopping Network debut on Mar 24 consistently wrong in...
but the early segment, on warlock pacts, is actually amazing. Great roll play inspiration and a very fun random look at one of the better backstory option creating mechanics...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Actual Play Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S21

Storm King's Thunder--D&D Encounters S23 S21

Another fun week of D&D Encounters at Alakazam Comics!

Cody has a fantastic new orange backpack.

The players at the table have become very consistent.

The game is a little rushed we are only playing for about 90 minutes--need to do better about starting on time.