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Adventure.exe D&D Live Play

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Live Play Games, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Uncategorized with tags , on February 22, 2017 by boccobsblog

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“Four low life thugs with hearts of pyrite play D&D on the worldwide podcast phenomenon ADVENTURE.EXE.”

Unless you live in the Underdark, you’re aware of the massive surge in live-play D&D games, both as podcasts and on video streaming channels like Twitch. I have been thoroughly enjoying one such game called, Adventure.exe.

Adventure.exe is bitingly funny, deliciously crude at times, and refreshingly unreserved. (Have I used up my adverb quota for this post? Get off my ass, Steve). One area where I think this podcast excels and sets itself apart from the masses is in its audio quality. This may seem like a weird thing to point out, but after being at the helm of B3 for the last six years,  I’ve been asked to listen to several podcasts and videos with poor audio quality that hampered my ability to immerse myself in the game. The cast at Adventure.exe puts forward a quality show that is crystal clear. Speaking of the cast, they have a great back and forth that makes for some quick-witted comedy.

Their characters:

  • Iados – Tiefling – Rogue – LVL 6
  • Paula – Half-elf – Sorcerer – LVL 6
  • Blorpo – Human – Barbarian – LVL 6
I’m still early in my journey into the worlds of Adventure.exe, but I’ve loved everything I’ve heard so far. Sometimes it can be daunting to start a series in the middle of their story arc, but if you start here, with the summary episode you’ll be fine. If you have the time (maybe you’re a long-haul trucker or sitting on death row for choking an uppity mime) start here with episode one and enjoy the ride.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah, who plays Paula, and she was able to give me some first hand insight into the game. Here is a portion of our conversation:

1.) Give your elevator pitch for the podcast. Sum it up in one sentence.

Adventure.exe is a story-driven, comedic D&D podcast where four friends slash their way through fantastic encounters and become far too emotionally attached to their chronically KO’d characters.

2.) What makes Adventure.exe different from other live play podcasts?

I work as a video editor and writer, so I try to approach Adventure.exe like it’s an ultra low-budget TV show (minus the parental rating system). I spend a lot of time editing each episode, both for audio quality and to ensure the story is always moving forward.

Matt (our DM) is an incredibly talented storyteller. He weaves storylines and NPCs into his campaign in such a clever way that we often have these moments of horrible clarity as players– one of his characters will have offhandedly mentioned something innocuous a few sessions before, and when a major plot point is suddenly revealed we’ll all remember that moment and all go, “Oh my god, it all makes sense!”. He also does the voice of our party’s pet dog, Marv. What’s not to love?

3.) What wine pairs best with stirge kabobs?  

Anything that comes in a box, no stemware required. Let’s face it– stirge kabobs aren’t exactly the epitome of class.

4.) What is the most difficult part about hosting a podcast?

I’d say that the hardest part about hosting this podcast is when I have to put the show aside and go back to my actual job. I would love to do this kind of thing full time.

5.) Do you find yourself playing differently when you’re being recorded?

We record our sessions with the four of us gathered around a super tiny table that’s loaded with audio equipment and Player Handbooks, so the actual setup is a lot less comfortable than a regular game of D&D, where I’m usually sprawled out on a couch like an animal.

When it comes to actually playing, it’s definitely a different experience knowing that I’ll have to edit the episode at the end of the day. Often when something major happens in our campaign I’ll get one of the guys to do a cliffhanger take that I can end a show on, or use to build up the anticipation. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it leads to super awkward speeches that are usually hilarious, that I end up leaving in (see the intro to #015: Enter the Monastery). The reason we started this podcast is we were all playing together and laughing so much at the insane direction our campaigns usually went, and we wanted to capture that energy and share our stories with other people– so that part has stayed consistent.

If you enjoy cultist frat boys, the juicy taste of Blorpo fruit, perverted lions, and just a hint of cannibalism, then I strongly recommend Adventure.exe.
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Wizards to Convert 7 Classics to 5e

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , , , , , on January 13, 2017 by boccobsblog

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Wizards announced recently that their next big release will be a collection of classic dungeon converted into fifth edition. This is a departure from the previous 5e campaign books, and we’re left wondering if there won’t be another campaign until fall 2017. Let’s hope that this small foray into other worlds means a departure from the Realms as Chris Perkins has promised us.

Preorder Tales from the Yawning Portal

From wizards.com:

There are many iconic adventures and stories in the 43-year history (!) of Dungeons & Dragons that current fans may not have ever experienced. If you just got into D&D in the past few years, you likely haven’t braved the Tomb of Horrors or climbed White Plume Mountain or fought Against the Giants. Even longtime fans haven’t been able to fully explore the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan or the Sunless Citadel with stats and monsters updated for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Now you can jump into some of the most popular D&D modules ever created with Tales from the Yawning Portal. Releasing wide on April 4th, this 248-page book contains seven full adventures including timeless classics and more recent best-sellers like Forge of Fury and Dead in Thay, all completely updated and ready to run using the latest D&D rules.

The cover of Tales from the Yawning Portal was illustrated by Tyler Jacobsen. It depicts Durnan the Wanderer, the longtime owner and barkeep of Waterdeep’s most famous tavern. Adventurers from all over the Forgotten Realms gather in the taproom at the Yawning Portal to trade stories of their exploits and rumors of far-off treasures, some even from other worlds in the D&D multiverse. The Yawning Portal is the one place you’d expect to hear tales of the seven dungeons in this book.

Look for Tales from the Yawning Portal in your local game store on March 24th! Otherwise, you can pick it up on April 4th, and start running these classic adventures for your gaming group. Even if you’re in the middle of a Storm King’s Thunder or Curse of Strahd campaign, clever Dungeon Masters and players can take inspiration from D&D’s history to infuse traps, challenges, monsters and magic items from these adventures into any session.

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Thanks for reading

Boccob’s is Seeking Guest Bloggers

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com, Pathfinder, Uncategorized on January 12, 2017 by boccobsblog

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We are looking for some D&D5e content (though if you have some great non-D&D gaming content we’d like to see that as well) to help augment our own. Writing and running Limitless-Adventures.com has cut into our blogging time, and we’re turning to the community to help keep the articles flowing.

Interested? Do you have some great D&D quest ideas? Please e-mail us at boccobsblog@gmail.com. Be sure to browse some of our past articles to get an ideas of our voice. Start with – our 101 D&D Quest Ideas.

Limitless Encounters vol. 1 in Print

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , , , on November 14, 2016 by boccobsblog

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Limitless Adventures 

Limitless-Adventures was created as a way for busy DMs to liven up their campaigns, and generally reduce the burden of game prep. We specialize in DM-friendly products that minimize your prep so you can spend more time at the table playing and less time writing. Since the launch of our website, Limitless-Adventures.com has offered high-quality 5e gaming products in a digital medium. Now we’re ready to offer our products in print.

Our First Kickstarter

On November 14th, we will launch our first Kickstarter campaign with Limitless Encounters vol. 1, a collection of our first 15 Limitless Encounters products. The roughly 200-page soft cover book will contain:

  • 150 fully detailed D&D 5e encounters set in 12 different environments
  • OGL stat blocks for all monsters
  • Creative, CR appropriate treasure
  • 451 Further Adventure™ writing prompts

Limitless Encounters vol. 1 is available in an economical black and white format, a deluxe full- color format, or as a full-color PDF. All printing and order fulfillment will be handled by Ka-Blam, a digital printing house with over a decade of experience and multiple Kickstarter campaigns under their belt. Shipping is available to any country in the world.

The Limitless Design Team

Every member of our design team has been gaming for over twenty years and played through every edition of the world’s first fantasy roleplaying game (seriously, we can’t even use the abbreviation? no? OK), and despite hectic lives, manages to game together every Tuesday.

FlatCon 2016

Posted in Conventions, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 20, 2016 by boccobsblog

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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:

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.

The Pilgrimage – Lake Geneva, WI

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , , , on October 13, 2016 by boccobsblog

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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).

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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.

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Horticultural Hall

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).

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Please ignore the dashingly handsome warlock in the pic, he photo bombed me… I dont know him

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.

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Gary’s Homes

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.

To show your respect and support of Gary and Dave’s legacy, please consider attending Gary Con and/or donating to the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund.

Geeks New England

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 7, 2016 by boccobsblog

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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.

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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.

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The Legends from Aeramis party

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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