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Role-Playing Games: Dungeons and Dragons, Lasers and Feelings and Beyond

Tabletop roleplaying games are a hot social activity. Many have played for decades, but some have always wanted to try but haven’t found a group to join yet. This episode features a diverse crew of TTRPG experts answering your questions on everything from how to get started, how to make your games more inclusive, how to adapt your offline games to online AND recommend awesome games you haven’t heard of yet (those may involve neither dungeons nor dragons). 

Jess Ross is an editor, writer, and podcaster. She plays D&D with the d20 Dames, a family-friendly actual play podcast https://d20dames.com/  You can find all of Jess’ writing on their website http://writejess.com

Mike Kelly is a cohost of the One Shot Test Kitchen podcast https://anchor.fm/one-shot-test-kitchen, which is a real-play podcast of different indie pen-and-paper RPGs. He is a game designer/writer and public speaker about games based out of Brooklyn

April-Lyn Caouette is a cohost of the One Shot Test Kitchen. She’s a cofounder / Chief Resource Nerd at Love Thy Nerd, a nerd culture ministry that exists to love and serve their nerdy neighbors through thoughtful content, intentional community, and relational outreach. lovethynerd.com.

D&D: Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, Out Now

Wizards of the Coast has released the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide – everything players need to adventure in the Forgotten Realms on the exciting Sword Coast, home to the cities of Baldur’s Gate, Waterdeep, and Neverwinter! The Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide is available at retail stores for $39.95.

Designed for fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide provides D&D fans with a wealth of detail on the places, cultures, and deities of northwestern Faerun. It is also a great way to catch up on recent events in the Forgotten Realms, to get background on the Rage of Demons storyline, and to learn the lore behind video games like Neverwinter and Sword Coast Legends. The new source book is a valuable resource for both Dungeon Masters and players, offering a plethora of new character options to intrigue and inspire every member of the adventuring party.

Sword Coast Adventure Guide - Cover Image




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Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set Second Edition Out Wednesday

The much-anticipated second edition of the Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set by David Petersen and Luke Crane will be in select stores this Wednesday, October 28!

For Mouse Guard fans who own the original Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set, or anyone who’d like to enlist in the Mouse Guard for the first time, the second edition contains everything players need to know about the world of the Guard, including rules for forming patrols and leading missions into the beleaguered territories. This updated edition of the Origins Award-winning game contains new art, additional Action, Weapon, and Condition cards, and a revised and updated rulebook.

Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set Second Edition

New Pathfinder Adventure Path Packages for Hero Lab

Rise of the Runelords Encounter List (Work in Progress).Lone Wolf Development, creator of the award-winning tabletop game accessory Hero Lab, announced today the development of new Pathfinder Adventure Path packages for Hero Lab. The first add-on package, Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition, is available now for pre-order ($24.99), and will release worldwide later this month.

The release of the Rise of the Runelords package launches a new package option within Hero Lab, to provide players all the tools they’ll need for specific Pathfinder RPG Adventure Paths. This first package includes:

  • Access to all of the encounters from the award-winning, fan-favorite, Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition
  • Pre-built NPCs with spells, gear, feats, traits, armor, items, and more
  • Ability to import the encounters into the Hero Lab Tactical Console to manage combat with a laptop at the game table
  • Option to print-out NPCs and monsters for easy reference
  • Automatic integration of spells, items, and other material from other Pathfinder RPG supplements, such as the Bestiary or Advanced Players Guide, for use within that Adventure Path (purchase of these packages is not necessary)

Designed for players and GMs alike, Hero Lab is the ultimate RPG character management tool. With this award-winning software, players can build characters in minutes for their favorite RPGs, and play from their laptop, iPad or printed character sheets. Indispensable Game Mastering tools, like the Encounter Builder and Tactical Console, ensure GMs don’t have to worry about the hassles of creating or running an encounter. With Hero Lab, preparing for games has never been easier.

In addition to the Pathfinder RPG, Hero Lab is available for Shadowrun, Mutants and Masterminds, Savage Worlds, Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, and the d20 System.

The Skinsaw Man, a villain in Rise of the Runelords, pre-built in Hero Lab and ready for the encounter. Users can manage all of the Rise of the Runelords encounters in the built-in Hero Lab Tactical Console

Dungeons & Dragons Comes to Virtual Tabletop

Sample Dragon NPCWizards of the Coast and SmiteWorks today announced the launch of Dungeons & Dragons content in Fantasy Grounds, the online virtual tabletop. Fantasy Grounds is an application developed by SmiteWorks to help gamers play tabletop role playing games over the internet. D&D fans can now play D&D adventures online inside Fantasy Grounds by purchasing and downloading the virtual tabletop via the Fantasy Grounds website or on Steam. All of the rules, classes and monsters available in the core rulebooks has been converted to be usable within Fantasy Grounds.

The DM runs the game like any other D&D session, with mapping, combat and skill checks all automated through Fantasy Grounds. One of the greatest experiences in Fantasy Grounds is rolling 3D animated dice and having the results shown to the whole table. The drama of rolling that natural 20 against the big ogre about to pummel the party feels just like the group was physically sitting together. Players can download the Fantasy Grounds client, available from FantasyGrounds.com or from Steam, and log in to your Dungeon Master’s specific table.

Now players can purchase the D&D Complete Core Class Pack with all the class, feats, spells and equipment or can purchase individual classes based on what the group is using. It’s possible to buy the monsters in packs separated by monster type like aberrations or dragons or as the D&D Complete Core Monster Pack. All of these packs have been converted to work tightly with Fantasy Grounds to give players the best possible gaming experience. Each pack contains all the great artwork and content from the official products published by Wizards. Not only will players get the same content that can be found in print, but they’ll also get a new UI theme for the client, as well as adventures and content customized specifically for ease of play inside of Fantasy Grounds.

The adventure found in the D&D Starter Set – the Lost Mine of Phandelver – is available for purchase now, and SmiteWorks will be bringing the Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil storylines

Dungeon Masters and players on a budget might pick up a Player Customization Pack and one or two Class Packs. Dungeon Masters can often get by with just the Adventure of their choice and one or two Monster Packs. Players can gift purchases through Steam for Dungeon Masters who have linked their license on Steam.

Fight cunning beholders and ancient red dragons with long-distance friends! Roll that virtual d20 with advantage!

D&D content available for play inside Fantasy Grounds includes:

  • D&D Complete Core Class Pack offers twelve core character classes, class descriptions, special features, spells and abilities, as well as customization options such as equipment and feats. The Complete Core Class Pack also includes D&D Player Packs, which allows players to access information about all the characters classes, and D&D Monster Packs for Dungeon Masters to collect as needed. ($49.99)
  • D&D Complete Core Monster Pack features the entire collection of core monsters from the D&D Monster Manual and is perfect for Dungeon Masters to use to create encounters and combats within their campaigns. ($49.99)
  • D&D Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure is set a short distance from the city of Neverwinter in the Sword Coast region of the Forgotten Realms and can be played with four to five 1st level characters. During the course of the adventure the characters will advance to 5th level. ($19.99)

Character Race Info. Monster Overland Map

A look at Dungeons & Dragons: Princes of the Apocalypse

Called by the Elder Elemental Eye to serve, four corrupt prophets have risen from the depths of anonymity to claim mighty weapons with direct links to the power of the elemental princes. Each of these prophets has assembled a cadre of cultists and creatures to serve them in the construction of four elemental temples of lethal design. It is up to adventurers from heroic factions such as the Emerald Enclave and the Order of the Gauntlet to discover where the true power of each prophet lay, and dismantle it before it comes boiling up to obliterate the Realms.

Princes of the Apocalypse lays out a new adventure for Dungeon Masters to run their parties through geared towards characters level 1-15. It includes new elemental spells and the element-touched genasi as a new playable race.

You can order a copy now!



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New Giantslayer Adventure Path for the Pathfinder RPG, Out Now

pathfinder adventure path giantslayer battle of bloodmarch hillPaizo Inc., publisher of the wildly popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announced today the kick-off of the Giantslayer Adventure Path, the latest 6-part adventure series in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Pathfinder Adventure Path #91: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill, written by Patrick Renie, is now available.

Deep in the Mindspin Mountains, a storm giant warlord known as the Storm Tyrant is gathering an army of giants from across western Avistan—first to bring the orc hordes of Belkzen under his banner, then to conquer the neighboring realms. Working their way through an abandoned border fort, an ancient giant temple, the tomb of an undead frost giant, and an elite fire giant training facility beneath a dormant volcano, the heroes eventually take the fight to the Storm Tyrant himself inside his flying fortress. Can the giant army be defeated, or will all of Avistan bow down in fealty to the Storm Tyrant?

The Giantslayer Adventure Path includes 6 monthly, 96-page, full-color softcover books:

  • AP #91: Battle of BloodMarch Hill (February)
  • AP #92: The Hill Giant’s Pledge (March)
  • AP #93: Forge of the Giant God (April)
  • AP #94: Ice Tomb of the Giant Queen (May)
  • AP #95: Anvil of Fire (June)
  • AP #96: Shadow of the Storm Tyrant (July)
  • Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Giantslayer Poster Map Folio (July)

Each volume contains an in-depth Adventure Path scenario, stats for new monsters, and several support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign.

Fantasy Flight Announces the Star Wars: Force and Destiny Beginner Game

Star Wars Force and Destiny Beginner Game 1Fantasy Flight Games has announced a perfect way for folks to experience their Star Wars roleplay game, with the Star Wars: Force and Destiny Beginner Game. The release is designed for players of all skill levels and is a perfect entry into the RPG experience.

The release has a learn-as-you-go adventure that allows players to just open up the box, and get their lightsaber and force powers on. The box for 3 to 5 players features pre-generated characters that allows you to have the rules at your fingertips, as well as the dice and materials you need for folks the narrate the game.

This isn’t the full ruleset, it’s an abridged version, and all of it is built directly into the adventure setting up the ability to learn as you play through.

Star Wars Force and Destiny Beginner Game 2The designers made sure that there’s plenty of opportunities for combat, social encounters, clever thinking, moral conflict, and more, Mountaintop Rescue, the included adventure leads you through the fundamentals of Force and Destiny even as you participate in its action-packed narrative.

High up the snow-clad slopes of Mount Tellec on the Outer Rim planet Spintir, you and your allies must travel to an ancient temple and rescue the humble scholar Hethan Romund, one of the few individuals still willing to share any knowledge of the fallen Jedi Order. All the while, the game’s mechanics are introduced incrementally as part of the exciting narrative.

Star Wars Force and Destiny Beginner Game 3The game features four pre-generated characters, allowing folks to dive right in and play. You can play as a human trained in the arts of defense, a mysterious Zabrak mystic, an agile Togruta seeker, or a lightsaber-wielding Kel Dor able to move objects with the power of the Force? The character sheets are all eight pages that explains the character’s background, connection with Hethan Romund, the Force, and the other heroes. They also include some basic rules and ways you can advance the characters.

For those who’ve never played, Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG uses a custom dice mechanic. These dice feature symbols that show off if you succeed or fail.

The Star Wars: Force and Destiny Beginner Game is scheduled to arrive at retailers in the second quarter of 2015.

Unboxing the Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master Guide

We check out Wizard’s of the Coast‘s third core rulebook for Dungeons & Dragons, the Dungeon Master Guide.

The Dungeon Master Guide is everything a Dungeon Master needs to weave legendary stories for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

The Dungeon Master Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy.

Inside you’ll find world-building tools, tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures, optional game rules, hundreds of classic D&D magic items, and much more!

  • This book contains tools a Dungeon Master needs to provide captivating stories and game play.
  • An excellent resource for new and existing Dungeons Masters to engage in both adventure and world creation, with rules, guidelines, and sage advice from the game’s experts.

Check out some of what you can expect when this latest D&D release hits shelves December 9th.



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Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual, Out Now!

Monster Manual Cover ArtThe second of three core rulebooks, Wizards of the Coast‘s Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual provides the framework for players to experience the detailed encounters with the numerous iconic monsters of D&D. The manual unearths creatures that characters might encounter over the course of their adventures.

The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons & Dragons creatures, including dragons, giants, mind flayers, and beholders–a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures.

The monsters contained herein are culled from the D&D game’s illustrious history, with easy-to-use game statistics and thrilling stories to feed your imagination.

The book is beautiful with amazing art, and a layout that contains tons of information but at the same time is easy on the eyes.

Check out some of the interior art of some of the monsters contained within.

And check out pages from the book of the information provided.

It’s an essential resource for Dungeon Masters who want to add tons of excitement to their gaming experiences. Check out our unboxing video below as we get a first look at the book!

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