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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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Download 10 Free D&D 5e Encounters

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2017 by boccobsblog

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Limitless-Adventures.com is nearly a year old, and we couldn’t be more proud of the products and community we’ve created so far. We’re convinced you’ll like our products too and find them useful, so we’re giving away ten examples from our product line. You can try Limitless Adventures free of charge, no sign ups necessary.

Download your free D&D 5e content now!

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.

B3 Turns 7 Years Old

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2017 by boccobsblog

Boccob’s Blessed Blog is seven years old. While I dont post as often as I should, B3 is still the number one search result fot D&D quest ideas on Google; and I’m proud of that fact. 

Death by Mage Reviews Limitless Encounters Vol. 1

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2017 by boccobsblog

If any of you are subscribers or regular readers of this blog, you will have no doubt stumbled upon several posts about Limitless Adventures and their products to help streamline encounter preparations for dungeon masters. I have reviewed their products in a previous article (click here) and supported them in their first kickstarter as well. […]

via [Death By Review] Limitless Encounters Vol 1 – A DM’s compendium of goodies — Death By Mage

Hirst Arts – Making 3D Terrain

Posted in Hirst Arts, Limitless-Adventures.com, Product Review, The Crafty DM, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 28, 2016 by boccobsblog

For some time now I’ve wanted to write about the Castle Molds from Hirst Arts. HA makes high-quality latex molds in the shape of medieval, Gothic, Roman, Egyptian, fantasy, and sci-fi architecture.

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Image from hirstarts.com

You cast the molds using any number of products: plaster of Paris, hydrostone, dental plaster, resin, etc. You then take the pieces and glue them together into buildings, ruins and dungeons which can be used as 3Dterrain for table top minis games or rpgs.

Think of Hirst Arts blocks like fantasy Legos. The only thing limiting you is your imagination.

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Image from hirstarts.com

Pros

  • Cheap- The molds cost 25- 30 USD and can be used forever. The quality is on par with more expensive terrain like Dwarven Forge.
  • Limitless Possibilities – With just a few molds you can create infinite dungeons, ruins and buildings for your game.
  • Increased Game Play- Visual players will light up when you reveal your 3D gamescape. Plus having the game in three dimensions makes some aspects easiler, line of sight and area of effect. Mind’s eye theater players may scoff at 3d terrain, but overall player’s in my games seem to really enjoy seeing their fantasy world brought into 3d.
  • Several Genres Available- You can get molds for numerous historical and sci-fi setting. Also the genres can be used together to create interesting overlap.
  • Ease of Use- I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but even I can cast blocks, assemble them, and paint them into something that looks good.
  • Easy to Paint- The blocks paint up very well any even the most novice painter will see results. The blocks are very porous and show dry brushing very nicely.
  • Community of Support- Once you start into the Hirst Arts hobby there are several websites, podcasts, and videos out there to give you the support and inspiration to create amazing terrain.

Cons

  • Time Consuming- While the molds and the materials used are fairly cheap, casting blocks takes time (an hour to cast and a day to dry). And you will need to cast several times to create a building or a dungeon.
  • Fragile- If you use plaster of Paris your models will not be very strong, especially if you try to cast thin items like fences and doors.
  • Difficult to Transport- If you don’t host your game at your home, finding a way to get your models from point A to point B can be an issue. I use a copy box with sheets of bubble wrap from the post office.

If you can’t afford the majesty that is Dwarven Forge, Hirst Arts is an amazing way of creating 3D terrain for your fantasy roleplaying game. Here is an example of a dungeon that I made for FlatCon. It is a replica of The Tomb of the Sorcerer Thane, a Limitless Adventures Side Quest that I ran last weekend.

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Now that you have some sweet 3D terrain, do you need some D&D quest ideas?

Win a Cabin for Fan2Sea from Nerdarchy

Posted in Comic Books, Conventions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2016 by boccobsblog

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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
  • Marvel
  • 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.

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The Contest Details

From Nerdarchy.com:

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).

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