Limitless Adventures have very kindly given me a review copy of Sword Coast Encounters.
Royal Caribbean is hosting a comic-themed cruise. Think Comic Con, but in international waters with the possibility of pirates. According to their website:
The ultimate vacation experience for comic and pop culture fans alike! Set sail on Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas®. This stunning Radiance-class ship is the perfect setting for an ocean-bound con packed with incredible celebrity panels, themed parties, exclusive meet-and-greets, screenings and more! With stops in Key West and Cozumel the excitement is non-stop, on and off the ship, with unique excursions and adventure-filled ports of call.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, they are bring some of the comic industries biggest names, actors from your favorite shows, and several wildly talented cosplayers.
Your cruise comes with access to all of our amazing feature panels, held in a beautiful Broadway-style theater. Come see the creators and talent behind:
- Stranger Things
- Frank Miller, The Dark Knight III
- The Walking Dead
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- DC Comics
See the full line up here.
The Best Part
As if high-fiving the world’s top cosplayers, watching Frank Miller Sparta kick a grown man out of the buffet line, and having a deep philosophical debate about The Upside Down with the cast of Stranger Things, all while wearing a Green Lantern Speedo wasn’t badass enough… The guys at Nerdarchy are holding a contest to win a free cabin on the cruise. And even if you don’t win the free cabin, the Nerdarchy crew are offering a 10% discount on the cost of the cruise if you use the promo NERDARCHY when you book.
The Contest Details
All entries received or postmarked by 11:59 P.M., ET, November 30th, 2016 from mail-in and online will be counted. Regardless of when the mail-in entry is postmarked, if it is not received by 11:59 P.M.,ET, December 8th, 2016 it will not be counted as an entry in the drawing. By completing and submitting the sweepstakes entry form in a timely manner, your name will be entered into our 100% chance drawing.
Full contest details can be found here
I cannot stress how amazing this cruise will be! While I can’t guarantee you’ll wake up in some stranger’s cabin wearing half an ewok costume; I also can’t guarantee that you won’t. What do you have to lose by visiting Nerdarchy and entering to win the contest? While you’re there, check out their store and grab a sweet tee for that walk of shame back to your cabin(at least until you find the top half of your Wicket costume).
October 21 – 23, 2016
Every year, hundreds of gamers from near and far gather at FlatCon for, as we say, “Three Days of Dice-Rollin’, Mini-Bashin’, Nacho-Eatin’, Friend-Fraggin’, Gaming Fun!” We play a multitude of games including board games, RPGs including Pathfinder organized play, miniature games like Warhammer, Star Wars minis, and historical minis, “homebrew” games, and many more.
Probably the coolest part about FlatCon is that all proceeds of the con are donated to Gamers For Life – a Relay for Life team.
Limitless Adventures will be present in the vendor area, as well as running the following games:
- Fane of Madness, Sat 10/22 9am – 1pm
- Tomb of the Sorcerer Thane, Sat 10/22 2pm – 6pm
- Murder at the Dour Dryad, Sun 10/23 9am – 1pm
- Curse of the Ice mage, Sun 10/23 2pm – 6pm
Other Flatcon vendors include, but aren’t limited to:
It should be a great con. If you’re looking for a game this weekend, don’t hesitate to join us.
I’ve been playing D&D for about 25 years. When we were still playing second edition, I would look at the TSR address on the back of my game books and think that Lake Geneva wasn’t that far away from my home in Illinois. I dreamed of visiting TSR, maybe pitching a few ideas and rolling some dice with the designers. This summer I was lucky enough to finally make the pilgrimage to the birth place of Dungeons and Dragons.
As I drove to the, I noticed that we were on county road DD, and that made me smile. I wanted to pull over and slap an ampersand sticker on every sign we passed. The area around Lake Geneva is beautiful, rolling hills, green fields, trees and lakes. It honestly reminded me of Tolkien’s descriptions of the Shire. It is an area that would spark anyone’s imagination.
Downtown Lake Geneva is an extremely cool town, beautiful lake front mansions, interesting shops, and dozens of great restaurants. Prior to my visit I inquired about what TSR era landmarks still existed on the GP Adventures Old School Roleplaying Group on Facebook and got several helpful responses immediately. Among other community members, Gary’s son’s, Luke and Ernie were especially helpful feeding me addresses and advice by FB message during my stay.
First Stop – Angel of the Waters Fountain
This fountain is a replica of one found in Central Park, New York. On the bricks around the fountain are messages from family and friends honoring those that have passed away. Gary has a stone here placed by his loved ones (pictured above).
Next Stop – Popeyes
Luke Gygax told me that if you visit Lake Geneva, you have to eat at Popeye’s (no, not the fast food place). The food is amazing, try the roasted chicken. Popeye’s has a small BBQ shed next to the restaurant where they rotisserie several chickens at the same time over charcoal.
The Horticultural Hall was the site of the first official Gen Con in 1968 (many gamers cite Gygax’s home as the site of Gen Con 0 in 1967).
Dungeon Hobby Shop
Now an ice cream parlor, the Dungeon Hobby Shop was a store owned by Gygax, served as the headquarters for TSR in the early days, and was managed by Ernie Gygax.
I was also able to see the Gygax family home, and Gary’s home at the time he passed away. Out of respect for the Gygax family and the current occupants I won’t post any images.
Lake Geneva is a great town, and I highly recommend it as a travel destination to gamers and non-gamers alike. One thing that did bother me though, there are no markers (with the exception of the stone pictured above), no plaques, no D&D shirts in the souvenir shops. Lake Geneva is the birthplace of role-playing games – an amazing, life-changing, innovative, and infinitely creative subculture, and it should be made more apparent to visitors. Luckily for me, the gamers in that community reached out with addresses, history, and even offers to personally escort me around town.
Recently I had the pleasure of working with the folks from Geeks New England. GNE is a high-quality blog and very entertaining live-play podcast. In the last episode, GNE played through one of our Haunted Encounters in their “The Secrets of the Lionheart Inn” episode.
According to GNE’s DM, Jeff Venancio:
Legends from Aeramis is a D&D actual play podcast, run using the fifth edition ruleset for Dungeons and Dragons. Join Camden, the blood hunter whose hands are always hidden within gauntlets of steel, Leander, the “lawful evil” cleric with a likely unhealthy obsession with death, Talia, the ranger with a painful past and her alcohol-loving wolf Nova, and Evathon, the wild-child druid who only has only recently attempted to rejoin society. These heroes travel across the land of Aeramis, seeking coin and working to protect the world from the newly re-emerged self-christened “Black King.” Legends from Aeramis is available on iTunes and YouTube, and on geeksnewengland.org. Go Like their Facebook page for information pertaining to episode releases.
GNE can be found on their website, Facebook, and Twitter. We suggest you check them out! I mean they have a wolf with a drinking problem! What other podcast can boast that?
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Priestess is a new core class for D&D 5e created by Jason Bradley Thompson. You may recognize Jason’s art style (he wrote the module and drew the interior art) from his humorous walk through maps of classic D&D modules. Priestess has an old school feel, but fits the 5e rules system nicely. The product is a great example of how DMs can sculpt 5e to feel like any previous edition. Thompson has a great deal of experience as a DM and that shows in the quality of the product.
What is a priestess? From the product:
“The priestess is based on two things: (1) the historical priests of real-world ancient cultures and (2) the sword & sorcery archetype of the “high priest,” a (usually evil) character with mysterious magical powers.”
Overall, I think this is a solid, well-balanced character class. It would work best in a campaign centered in an urban setting, especially one set in an earlier age like ancient Greece, Egypt, or the like. In my opinion some highlights of Priestess include:
- High production value
- Beautiful cover art by Konstantin Pogorelov
- Great interior artwork
- 2 new clerical domains
- A new monster, The Living Idol
- 6 new divine spells
- 5 NPC Priestesses
This is a spoiler free review. I have read the book, but not DM’d the adventure yet.
Giants have emerged from their strongholds to threaten civilization as never before. Hill giants are stealing all the grain and livestock they can while stone giants have been scouring settlements that have been around forever. Fire giants are press-ganging the smallfolk into the desert, while frost giant longships have been pillaging along the Sword Coast. Even the elusive cloud giants have been witnessed, their wondrous floating cities appearing above Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate. Where is the storm giant King Hekaton, who is tasked with keeping order among the giants?
The humans, dwarves, elves, and other small folk of the Sword Coast will be crushed underfoot from the onslaught of these giant foes. The only chance at survival is for the small folk to work together to investigate this invasion and harness the power of rune magic, the giants’ weapon against their ancient enemy the dragons. The only way the people of Faerun can restore order is to use the giants’ own power against them.
- The Art is amazing
- The story is well thought out
- The plot connects to all 5e published adventures (even MoP)
- A lot of fleshed out NPCs that could be reskinned for other campaigns.
- The body count is high, really high
- No player content
- A lot of plots and NPCs (not George RR Martin level, but close)
All in all this is a solid campaign. There are quests and side quests to keep your party busy, and the art and cartography are beautiful. But, while I understand we’ve moved away from the days of splat books and endless feats, a few new spells, backgrounds, and player options go a long way.
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