Sword Coast Legends: The Next Generation

February 26th, 2015

Favicon-jpgSword Coast Legends looks like our beloved Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale CRPGs: The Next Generation!

And it gets better: the director of Dragon Age: Origins (also a beloved CRPG and instant classic) is bringing us Sword Coast Legends.

Dragon Age: Origins goodness meets D&D’s best CRPGs of all time?  And you can play old school single player with your party (love it!) or multi-player as a party – or… you can DM, too?

Am I dreaming?  This is awesome!!



D&D Video Gems: Curse of the Sad Mummy

January 28th, 2015

Favicon-jpgLeague of Legends is one of the extremely few games I’ve played off and on for years.  It still captures my imagination (it’s a MOBA with fantasy RPG themes) and fires up my competitive gaming juices every time.  And this is true even after several weeks or months away from the game.

A big draw for me is its unique characters, and just like in D&D – their stories are tremendous and their themes inspire.  I especially love how the the artists “re-imagine” these champions with new looks or skins.

The creators of League of Legends also draw upon, blend and unleash all things fantasy and art, like in this stunningly emotional music video.


P.S. Still haven’t watched it?  Tim Burton fan?  Watch it!  Also check out the full Curse of the Sad Mummy site.

D&D Video Gems: One Last Holiday Song

December 31st, 2014

Favicon-jpgIt’s been a tough holiday season for me and my family, so I went and found a belated Xmas song to cheer me up and close out one hell of a (or hellish) year.

My family usually sings the classic version of this song together on Xmas – each of us gets a verse to sing (badly… it’s hilarious).  Hopefully we get back to the song and hilarity next year!


Much better.  Bonus XP for the Day 5 gift!

Finally, thank you – here’s to you, all of my gamer friends and Leonine Roar fans and followers – and to a much, much better 2015!


DMG Wishes: 5 Things to Look For

November 29th, 2014

Favicon-jpgDnD_DMGSoon the D&D 5th edition core rules will be complete and ours for the creative taking!  The D&D 5th edition Dungeon Master’s Guide will finally slay shelves and be in our hands in less than ten days.

There are a few particular things I can’t wait to investigate… or devour!  Here are five things I’ll be searching its hallowed pages for immediately:

  • Critical Hit Alternative Rules. It’s no secret I love impactful critical hits in my D&D.  Who wants critical hits that don’t… feel critical?  Crits that aren’t scary, that disappoint?  The 5e critical hit is flawed in that you can actually end up with less than a normal strike’s maximum damage, which I find to be no less than ridiculous.  Surely, there’s other options to consider, like a few of those during playtest?  I personally enjoyed the “max your damage and then roll one more die” critical hit from playtest.  But I can do even better!  See my Stop Rolling Your Bonus Crit Dice article for cooler, deadlier crit options for your D&D game.

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D&D Video Gems: Always the First to Die!

October 31st, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, it’s always been a bit scary playing the mage, hasn’t it?

More 8-bit fun?  +9 ogre sword!


Game Night: Play More One-Shots

September 30th, 2014

Favicon-jpgDnD_MonsterManualWant something completely different on game night?  Your game night doesn’t have to be the usual, weekly full campaign.

Want to keep D&D, Dragon Age or whatever RPGs you play exciting and easy to jump into, week after week?  Game type variety is what you need!

Full Campaigns: The Bad and the Ugly

There are two big drawbacks to always playing full campaigns.  First, full campaigns can feel overwhelming and long.  Going from levels 1-20 or 1-30 can really feel like a slog for some players – and GMs!  If the pace of XP and level gain isn’t right, you risk never experiencing the whole game – even if you play for a few real-life years!

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D&D Video Gems: Walking In Circles

August 31st, 2014

Favicon-jpgThe D&D 5th edition Player’s Handbook is finally here!  In celebration of D&D 5e parties assembling for the first time around the world, sit back and enjoy a few laughs!

It’s all about the biscuits!

Pick pocket?  Here’s a Bag of Gems.

D&D Video Gems: Never Split the Party!

July 31st, 2014

Favicon-jpg A song with classic, timely advice with a new age of Dungeons & Dragons and Dragon Age upon us!

Watch out for friendly fire (2:32-2:47) – there’s always one, right?!

More D&D Songs & Video Gems?  #SingIt

D&D 5e Countdown: D&D Starter Set Previews

June 30th, 2014

Favicon-jpgdnd_products_dndacc_starterset_pic3_enWe’re only two short weeks away from the D&D Starter Set release on July 15th!

And you know what that means: the core books will soon be ours, starting with the 5th edition D&D Player’s Handbook on August 19th!

Until then, in case you’ve missed out on some of the playtest packets or haven’t seen the Starter Set Previews yet, click and enjoy:

What else comes with the Starter Set?  Read about the adventure, characters, dice and more here.

And now back to my wickedly fun Murder in Baldur’s Gate D&D Next campaign!  See you and our new D&D game in July!

P.S. Not sure which D&D 5e products you should start with or grab?  This might help.


Speak in Tongues: One Tip for Rewarding Languages

May 30th, 2014

Favicon-jpgBlue_Runes_by_FadedShadow589Imith Anala knows nine languages: Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic, Dwarvish, Elvish, Giant, Orc, Sylvan and Common.

Impressive!  He’s just one of a few “language master” characters in our current D&D Next: Murder in Baldur’s Gate-inspired Forgotten Realms campaign.

Immediately upon seeing that language list, I knew I wanted to do something new as DM – yet simple and elegant – to highlight character languages and make those multilingual choices flavorful and rewarding.

We’ve all seen them or created them – characters with a ridiculously long and eclectic list of languages.  Like me, you’ve probably gone the typical route when an NPC or monster speaks an unusual language – if one of the PCs knows it, you translate the scene aloud right into “Common” on the spot.

Easy, quick and yet – how rewarding is it?  Does it really add any flavor or realism to the campaign?  What about the characters who really wouldn’t understand the full details of a flirtatious exchange of Infernal between the tiefling bard and the tiefling leader of a band of noble estate squatters?  Or when an orc insults or creatively curses out that disgusting elf mage Imith in Orcish – while spitting in his face?

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