Friday, May 23, 2014

Free RPG Day 2014


This year for Free RPG Day on 06/21/2014, I plan to return to Comic Quest for some Pathfinder adventuring!



Amazing art for upcoming D&D Next campaign




Thursday, May 22, 2014

Changes to Public Play



There are a lot of changes coming to public play--the most exciting is a very good red, white, and back color scheme. 


And look at that Ampersand--may be the best that we have ever seen, no?


The first real important change I see is a greater clarifications on the roles--we have players, DM's, and Coordinators. I think Coordinators have not been getting nearly the same level of support as the other two roles & an increased focus on communication with the shop organizers is a very welcome change.





Story first is a very good idea. I think it is representative of how most of us have been playing D&D Encounters for a while & improved focus on the story is never a bad thing.

The introduction of factions is also brilliant--it is another great move that I have seen bring a lot of fun to the PFS tables. 

A certificate reward system has been tried before--I think in theory it is a good idea, but it can be very hard to implement and often does not really add much to the action at the table...I am taking a wait and see attitude on this.

Community involvement & more player input to the story has been the Gold Standard since Living Greyhawk, but I am not sure how important this will be at the beginning. My thoughts are that if the story goes well & the factions start to really matter then including more community stuff may work. Either that or just having random shops insert stuff based on raffles or something may work--you know a shop is chosen at random to design the boss dragon for season three or something...but again with this, I am taking a wait and see attitude--I would love to see it work, but I do not think it is required.






Kick off events are ALWAYS a good idea--I would love to see a return to the Great Game Days of years gone past. Also, dropping the mini's and other material on the Game Day would be fantastic. I really like a move towards integrating these with the Encounters seasons, when that was done in the past I think it really paid off.



I am a huge fan of D&D Encounters not only as a way to draw in new players, a la Friday Night Magic, but also as making Wednesday the Day you Play D&D. I think that the routine of playing on Wedensday and knowing that people around the country are playing the same adventure as you was one of the first things that drew me to Encountes.

I think we are moving away from Encounters being kind of central to the story and moving things more to Home Games which I think is fine, but I would like to see a lot of continued support for the Encounters Program and the DM's that run it.




This is the gold in the announcement, in my opinion. CON play is really where I expect to see a lot of growth in D&D and I think that the plan they lay out here is spot on exactly what needs to happen. Really looking foreword to this next year.

Overall, I am extremely excited with the way in which Public Play is moving with the new edition. 



Actual Play Dead in Thay--D&D Encounters S18 S2


















Blood Portal Beat Down [Dead in Thay--D&D Encounters S18 S2]

Another great week of D&D Encounters at Comic Quest in Lake Forrest!

We start out with some Magic & reviews of the recent Public Play announcement.

And then Roll for Initiative!



DM Alan is not kidding around

Brian is-which comes as no shock to anyone.



Victoria, who I now call Bictoria brought her friend Jordan--who evidently will be joining us next week--table continues to grow...



Chris was a little late, but was on fire again this week!




Scott is the man! His paladin saved the day...of course, he continues to crush me in chess, which is not good. At all.



Jack, though not a fan of D&DNext is having a blast at the table casting fireball--see what I did there. Of course, this week he ran out of fireballs which reduced his fun...luckily he got an NPC who could ran death from above.



Camera work was solid.



Funny youtube video & skittles.




The shop does have fairly great snacks--well priced & plentiful.



Things started poorly for our heros--we were very much out classed.



and as things went on they did not get much better--we really need to learn to work as a team!



We did do a fairly good Role Playing job--and rescued everyone from the Acolytes or Apprentices to the Lich Wizard of Thay--I am not sure if they were Acolytes or Apprentices--I mean they had A's on their shirts, but I do not know if I really know the difference...



Our NPC back up saved the day!


But it was a long tough fight.



these home made stand up mini are working very well.





No crits this week, but a lot of fun.