Review: Abolethic Sovereignty Trilogy

The transition from third edition to fourth edition D&D consisted of many changes in the game. For Forgotten Realms the change in editions also heralded changes in the world of Faerûn mostly in the form of the Spellplague.  The story told in the three books of the Abolethic Sovereignty follows a group of adventurers several years after the Spellplague has washed through the land, changing magic and generally disrupting the world.  Raidon Kane is a half-elf monk who spends most of his life hunting aberrations.  As the story begins he is heading home to his daughter after an adventure hunting and fighting these strange creatures when the Spellplague bursts forth and turns his life on its head.

Raidon awakens about ten years later to find Faerûn much changed and that his former life, including his daughter, has been lost.  There is truly no rest for the weary however as Kane soon finds himself embroiled in a fight against those who would awaken the Abolethic Sovereignty and unleash the horrors of the Far Realm upon not only the Forgotten Realms, but all worlds. Continue reading “Review: Abolethic Sovereignty Trilogy”

#009 DnD Next

This week we discuss D&D Next or D&D 5e (again).  We hope you enjoy our thoughts on the upcoming edition as we eagerly await its release.

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Delayed Podcast

We at Crimson Bastards just wanted to apologize for the lack of a podcast episode coming out today.  We had a new podcast recorded about D&D 5e or D&D next but the recording got corrupted and we ended up losing it.  Don’t worry though as we will be re-recording it during our next play session and we hope to release it sometime during the upcoming week.

In the meantime please feel free to check out the new Crimson Bastards shop on CafePress!  You can find the link to it on the right side of the page.  There are some pretty neat things in there already and we will be adding new material going forward so keep checking back to see what’s available.

Will D&D 5E Unite the Fold?

Wizards of the Coast caused quite a stir in the D&D community when they recently announced an upcoming complete overhaul of the game. It’s been less than 5 years since the original release of the last edition (D&D 4E), so you may be asking yourself why are they already changing things up? In his official announcement of the project, WoTC’s head of R&D, Mike Mearls says, “We want a game that rises above differences of play styles, campaign settings, and editions, one that takes the fundamental essence of D&D and brings it to the forefront of the game.”
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#008 Dicky Upton

Arriving at the home of Richard Upton the heroes find more questions along with the answers for which they came searching.

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DnD Player’s Strategy Guide Review

I picked up this 4th edition guide just the other day to see if it could help my game sessions in any way possible.  I haven’t had a chance to use it in a game yet.  It’s not like the strategy guides you normally buy for video games that gives you walkthroughs and holds your hand the whole game giving you spoilers and pointers on where to find all the hidden items.  This guide tells you how to make your D&D sessions more enjoyable by giving you helpful tips on character creation, how to work effectively with your party, how to spot a bad DM, combat tips, and other general information on playing the game better overall.   Read below for more in depth review-y goodness!

DnD Players Strategy Guide
Players Strategy Guide Cover Art by Penny-Arcade's Mike Krahulik

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Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Volume 1

This first Trade Paperback collection of original Forgotten Realms comics was released early last year.  For those like myself who didn’t have access to an actual comic store in the late 80s/early 90s when this comic was originally released, this TPB release was fairly exciting.  The first eight issues of the original comic are included within this volume which comprises two separate story arcs.  The first story, “The Hand of Vaprak”, is contained within issues one thru four and the second one, “The Dragonreach Saga” is told in issues five thru eight. Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Volume 1”

#007 Investigation

This week the heroes try to unravel the mystery of the painting that was sent to Llowel and along the way meet a new ally.

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#006 Final Fight

In this episode the heroes make their way to the end of complex beneath Raython tower and find themselves once again fighting for their lives.  Listen in and see what new answers they find to the mystery of what is happening to Llowel.

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Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table: A DM’s Perspective

It can be hard to keep a gaming group together over the years as people get different jobs, move and have differing schedules.  As a result, gamers have been looking for ways to play online for many years.  Our group has tried several times to use different technologies to allow us to play with varying degrees of success.  Over the last couple of years we have mostly used Map Tool and Skype which works fairly well.  Once all of the information is entered into the application play for the players is fairly easy.  Each player can move their token around the map, use their abilities and manage hit points and conditions.

The real problem I had as a DM using MapTool was the sheer volume of time and work required by me just to run a single session.  In order to play a single three-hour session I would sometimes require as much as four hours of prep time in MapTool importing characters, setting up weapons/armor/items, drawing out the map and importing monsters and NPCs.  Add to that the amount of time I would need to spend just preparing the adventure and it would normally take me five hours to get a session ready, longer if there were multiple encounters that session.  As a result I eventually burned out on all of the prep work and we took a hiatus from playing.

Recently we decided to give the new Virtual Table from Wizards of the Coast a shot since it has been in beta now for about a year and (we hoped) should now be fairly mature and easy to use. Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table: A DM’s Perspective”