Watch out for friendly fire (2:32-2:47) – there’s always one, right?!
More D&D Songs & Video Gems? #SingIt
We’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.
Curious about Dragon Age? Or what a tabletop RPG like Dragon Age or Dungeons & Dragons might look and sound like? In case you missed it or want to show some new or potential gamer friends, here are a couple of great videos to give you a feel and flavor.
Now I roleplay more theatrically (voices, gestures, etc.) than Chris Pramas (the GM in the videos, and designer of the Dragon Age RPG) whether I DM or play D&D or play Dragon Age. A little too light on the RP for me, though everyone of course slides a bit differently on that scale. I get great joy out of trying to create more cinematic and memorable NPCs and monsters – not just for me, but for everyone’s entertainment!
You can definitely see how actor Sam Witwer of Being Human (watch it!) is the most comfortable RP’er of the bunch. Then again, when he tells you more about his hobbies and gaming growing up – it all makes sense.
Even the latest D&D Next playtest packet mentions going as theatrical as you want as DMs or players. I say GO FOR IT, RP like you mean it! Be awesome. Make your characters and monsters leap off the page!
Murder in Baldur’s Gate and Legacy of the Crystal Shard are now officially on the table as we wrap up our tremendous Dragon Age campaign. I might use these Forgotten Realms adventures mostly as is, or for inspiration for a new D&D Next mini-campaign. My last “Seascape” D&D Next mini-campaign was well received – though admittedly the stories, adventures and personalities moreso than the chaos of the playtest packets – so I’m looking forward to putting the DM hat back on in February.
If you haven’t seen them yet, you get D&D Next DM Screens (awesome!) with these Realms adventures, plus they’re sourcebooks too – great value! And sure, the playtest packets – even the final one – are “unfinished” D&D 2014, but they’re as close as we can get till the real thing hits shelves in mid or late 2014 – and that day I can’t wait for!
The playtest experience was new to everyone, so my playgroup’s reaction was mixed. I can see where it’s frustrating changing back and forth on rules, and wondering why certain rules are so vague or plain missing. But then again, like the packets say – it’s playtesting! You have to expect some of that. And ultimately, I personally enjoyed being part of the experience and sending them survey feedback. Read the rest of this entry »
Give the gift of Faster Combat!
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Or without the vivid, breathtaking and sometimes haunting sights and sounds evoked by our game masters?
It’s a time for thanks – and turkey! – so tell your gaming group they’re why you love to play. Praise them.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving – and your games!
Just in time for your Halloween parties, tricks and definitely the treats, D&D’s Bart Carroll just posted a “What Monster are You?” quiz.
It’s quick, fun and filled with my kind of humor! As a bonus, its party questions have amped up my excitement for the Halloween party I’ll be going to!
Oh, and me turning out to be an… OWLBEAR, one of my favorite D&D monsters ever, was awesome – only a girallon, displacer beast or beholder would have been as cool!
Enjoy and Happy Halloween! (Great time to try some dark fantasy gaming like Dragon Age, isn’t it?)
P.S. Is it 5e yet? No? Looks like more Lords of Waterdeep (just got its suddenly rare Scoundrels of Skullport expansion thanks to my awesome brother critting on his Perception check, YESSS!) and Dragon Age for me!