Journey Quest

I have a fairly long commute (just over an hour) so I end up listening to a good number of podcasts in order to help pass the time.  Earlier this week I was listening to the Haste, the Obsidian Portal podcast where they mentioned a couple of web series, one of which was Journey Quest.  I hadn’t heard of Journey Quest before but I had heard of the group that created it, Dead Gentlemen Productions, because of The Gamers and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.  I enjoyed both of the movies, even buying the DVD of The Gamers so that I could show it to all of my gaming friends.  The podcast I was listening to described Journey Quest as being fairly similar to the movies and as soon as I got a chance I went ahead and watched the first season of the show. Continue reading “Journey Quest”

Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium

Mordenkainen's Magnificent EmporiumThis new D&D 4e supplement is chock full of magical items both new and old, as well as some interesting quotes from Mordenkainen himself.  It turns out that the old mage has been hording knowledge about magical items over the decades and at one point created a magical set of books to allow him to share the information with the other members of the Circle of Eight.  He created a master copy for himself and slave copies for his friends.  Whenever he made an update to the master, all of the slaves would magically gain the same entries themselves.  This is a very interesting idea and doubtless would have been beneficial to the other members of the circle if not for the fact that Mordenkainen apparently retrieved the slave copies of the book almost immediately after handing them out. Continue reading “Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium”

Deadly Storm

I will readily admit to being a huge fan of ABC’s show Castle. I really enjoyed the show FireFly back in the day and so when I saw Nathan Fillion was going to be on a new show I gave it a shot and have never looked back. The main character of the show, Richard Castle (Fillion), is an author that works with the NYPD to get an idea of how real homicide detectives work for his books, of which he writes about one per season of the show. What ABC did, which was very smart in my opinion, is actually release the books mentioned in the show as real books. Fans can even go to Richard Castle’s website and see his progress on books and the “cases” (episodes) he is helping to work on. Continue reading “Deadly Storm”

Neverwinter By R.A. Salvatore

Overview

Neverwinter is the second book in the Neverwinter Saga by R.A. Salvatore.  All of the characters from the first book are back and at the center again is Drizzt Do’Urden and his spinning scimitars.  In this book Drizzt and his new traveling companion Dahlia travel around the Neverwinter area ostensibly to track down and remove Sylora Salm from the area.  Before that however they travel around the country side to visit Luskan and stir up trouble there before heading back down towards Neverwinter to have it out with Sylora.  Of course the delay gives their enemies time to work all kinds of mischief and place more obstacles in the way which causes Drizzt and Dahlia to have to fight their way down and makes for a couple of surprising and interesting twists along the way. Continue reading “Neverwinter By R.A. Salvatore”

Alea Tools

Anyone that has played fourth edition Dungeons and Dragons knows that keeping up with conditions can become a very important, time-consuming, and often confusing part of the game. Normally the task of keeping up with all of these conditions, especially those on PCs, falls to the DM. If an ogre is taking ongoing damage from a spell the party wizard took you can be sure that he will remind everyone of it constantly, but if that same wizard is taking ongoing fire damage he will be just as likely to “forget”about it as not. Continue reading “Alea Tools”

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