I Swing the Vorpal Spork of Irony like some Hyperborean Usurper through the Hordes of the Unwashed.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My First Podcast Attempt

I enjoy listening to Podcasts about Roleplaying games. Before I tried it I thought it would be difficult and time consuming. Turns out, once you decide to do it, it's not that hard to pull off. On the right hand side of this page is a small media player with the last 25 minutes of our first Keep on the Borderlands actual play session. If you are extremely bored, listen to it. I think we have pretty interesting group, and we always have fun. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

D&D Shirts On Sale!

The remaining D&D Collection Shirts are now on sale at Jinx for $10.  The also have some nicer clothes with a geek flair in case your imaginary girlfriend wants you to take her out to dinner.  Click on the logo and look under the "Shopping" button for Sales.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hey Pathfinder Guy's (playtest alert)

There are those of us who've always played fighters and have always secretly wondered what it was like to play a Caster.  Now thanks to Paizo's Ultimate Magic Playtest we have chance to do both.  Click the pic, download the free Magus Class PDF!  Roll it, play it, and drop by their forums and let them know what you think.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist

Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist by Sigfried Trent is the latest Player Buff-O-Rama product from the fine folks at Open Design.  While I have never played an alchemist in a game, I did run through the character creation process to get a better idea of what it would be like.  In a word it was Intriguing.  I especially liked the Carpet Bomber build.  This would certainly be the PC you'd want to go first and soften up the Big Bad and his Boys for you. 

click pic to buy
Here's what you get:
30 Alchemist Feats, with some that other classes could use as well.
3 example builds- Carpet Bomber, Mighty Mutant, and Mad Scientist
Each feat and build was well thought out and thoroughly explained.  I would consult my Game Master before using some of them first though.  If you're playing a high level Alchemist in Pathfinder you definitely need this product.
I recieved a free copy of this product for review purposes

Friday, September 17, 2010

Red Box Week 1

My Initial Thoughts.....
It's D&D.....
Basically it's a stripped down version of the 4th Ed. mechanics, with all the errata thrown in. I like it so far. I still have yet to play (just DM), and we haven't started the Encounters Season yet.
If you see one in the store you should probably buy it. If nothing else, teach your kids or nephews how to play. It's literally as easy as teaching someone to play Monopoly. If you have a printer, download the pregen characters off WOTC's site and you're ready to roll.
I will post an update after the Keep on the Borderlands Encounter season starts. But, I'm looking forward to it.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Why do I Bother? (Red Box Game Day)

So I camped out the Bookstore today to DM the new D&D Red Box Game Day.  I had a blast, thanks for asking (pics coming soon).  As usual, there were several folks who stopped by just to tell me that they would never play this Edition.  And, that they predicted that the Evil Wizard's People would release version 4.5 just to mess with us all.  Worst part though is I argued with them.  How dumb is that.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Red Box Review

The wait is over, I've got one, opened it, and thoroughly dissected it.
Has it changed my life?  No.  Will it change your life?  No.
Is it cool?  Yes.  It is what it is.  It's a cool way to introduce someone to the Wonders of D&D.  It's a scaled back version (not different) of the 4th Ed. mechanics, without all the junk.  It really reminded me of the Day's of Yore, when Dwarves and Halflings where a class.

What does it do?  It makes being a Sword and Board fun again.  And that, is a good thing.  Basically you've got 4 Classes: Cleric, Fighter, Rogue and Wizard.
(anyone who complains gets detention).
You Get 4 races: Human, Dwarf, Halfling and Elf.
That's it.  Roll Em and Play.  How awesome is that.
This is, In My Opinion, is the best thing that could happen for roleplayers.  Now, there is no excuse!  The fighter has a stance and an axe, the Wiz has Magic Missile, and the Cleric can heal.  Now get your ass in that Dungeon and kill some shit.
I'll be running it this weekend for the Game Day, I'll let you know how it goes.

Waiting for my Red Box

While waiting for the store to open to get my new Red Box I would like to thank Catherine for bestowing my insane web scribblings with the "One Lovely Blog Award".  She and her Husband Doug have anchored my D&D Dark Sun Encounters Table and is an excellent new writer. 
Look for my thoughts on the Red Box later.
Speaking of insane web scribblings, why is it that I get a huge spike in page views when I'm poking Grognards?  While it is massive amounts of fun, I'm trying to help the 'Nards, not hurt them.  As a matter of fact, I recommend that you should kidnap a 'Nard and make him play something new! 

Friday, September 3, 2010

FunGeon Masters Guide

Since most of my Dark Sun Encounters players are noobs, combat can take a little longer than normal.  To keep the other players from getting bored I've been giving them fun tasks to complete.  For example, list 5 names for the Gith Spellcaster,  or list 5 Athas related insults.  The key here is to work them into the role-playing.  It's much more fun to fight something that you've named "Morkoni the Strange" than Gith #1.  I'm also working on some D&D Themed Mad Libs. I'll post those later.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Has 4th Ed. Turned the Corner?

With the imminent release of the new-old Red Box can we now look to the future-past? Will Grognards ascend the basement stairs to rummage through their Mom's purse for the $20 MSRP? Does it matter? To me it does. I was once a Grognard. But, I got tired of NOT having anyone to play with. It's also nice to have something to get excited about. What the hell do the 3.5nards dream about? (other than WOTC burning down) Come to the Darkside, we have cookies.

P.S.- the price of 3.5 books are dropping on Amazon