Buried alive in Dungeons and Dragons Online

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I’m still hacking away at the never-ending series of Necropolis quests — and the tombs that accompany each one. I started off with Tomb of the Forbidden, which actually turned into a terrific romp. Oh, I wasn’t too pleased at the difficulties of getting hirelings to cooperate to help open doors (it’s A Thing with this quest), but past that, it’s a well-designed instance that has a great theme (bones and ice), new types of ice skeleton mobs that I’ve never seen before, and a flow that’s low on the frustration level. I even got me a teal ring that seriously boosted my open locks skill. It really does pay to have a good lockpicking set in this game.

And even better, this mission pushed me over the edge to level 14! It was just a week or so ago that I hit 13, so I guess I’ve been…

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Naturalist’s Guide to Eberron: Volume 1: Aarakocra to Azer

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“Everything has a place in Eberron.” Despite the many unique features of Keith Baker’s D&D setting, this has actually been one of its most common taglines. There are enough mysterious corners of the world, enough factions and forces and peoples, that pretty much anything can find its way into the setting. I’ve embraced that idea myself, to a point: standard evil deities instead become demonic Overlords, strange species pop up in the Eldeen Reaches and Xen’drik and Argonnessen. that sort of thing. But how do you go about literally giving everything a place in Eberron? Well, you might start by reading the Naturalist’s Guide to Eberron: Volume 1: Aarakocra to Azer by Matthew Booth on the DM’s Guild.

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Purrfect protagonists

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Canines are having a bit of a moment when it comes to video games. With the advent of the Can You Pet the Dog? account on Twitter last month, gamers all over the world are finding out whether they can stroke mans’ best friend in their favourite titles. There’s nothing like venturing into an online world with a pawsome partner by your side, knowing they’ll have your back whatever comes your way.

But let’s not forget about their feline counterparts: don’t they deserve a scratch behind the ears and a tickle on the tummy too? Thanks to Jonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog, a fellow cat-lover, and a very kind Sunshine Blogger Award nomination recently, I’m giving these cool kittens a chance to shine by creating a list in his honour. Put down the controller and pick up the catnip, because it’s time to paws and show the following furry…

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Maidae eTR 13

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Maidae epic reincarnated last night. Here are her before and after pictures.

Before                                                                      After

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2019 Geomorphs & Dice!

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If we set the wayback machine to nearly a decade ago, there’s essentially a full year where I posted nothing but geomorphs to the blog. Behind the scenes I spent a couple of months working on geomorph concepts to figure out what format worked well enough that it was not too apparent when you moved from one geomorph to the next.

I was originally going to work with Erol Otus’ “Geomorphic Mini Dungeon Modules” format of 11 x 11 with entrances in the sixth square on each side, but it was way too obvious when you moved from one to the next – it felt like you were exploring geomorphs instead of a cohesive map.

After about a dozen designs, I settled on these 10 x 10 geomorphs with entrances on squares 3 & 8. The design caught on and there are thousands of geomorphs available on the net that…

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The Mega Dads Top 50 Video Game Characters of All Time: 20-11

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top teens-01Master Chief (Halo)

While the storyline of the Halo games has been very hit or miss with me personally, there’s no denying that Master Chief (aka John-117) is one of the most recognizable characters in all of gaming. Genetically engineered and raised to be the ultimate soldier, he is known for his iconic green Mjolnir armor and ability to take out entire squadrons of foes single handedly. And while he is often a man of few words, when he does speak it’s with the unmistakable voice of actor Steve Downes, who has portrayed the Chief in all of his appearances. He was appeared in comics, novels, as an action figure, and will appear soon in the Halo television series in production at Showtime.  -John

top teens-02Mae Borowski (Night in the Woods)

You wouldn’t think a game about cartoon animals living in a small town would carry much weight in the character…

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A Dyson Deck of Many Things

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If you’ve been in any conversation with me where the Deck of Many Things came up you’ll have heard me “wax poetic” about the many ways in which I dislike said item (aka the Deck of Many Campaign Endings).

That said, I’ve always been irked by most representations I’ve seen of the deck. Mostly over a nit-pick.

“Each [card] is engraved with glyphs, characters, and magical sigils.”

But every prop representation I’ve run across over the years has just included the main symbol of the card.

So this weekend I took a bit of time to draw something more in keeping with what I would expect a few cards from the deck to look like.

I’ll try to keep this going and get the full set of 22 cards drawn, and if everything works out another dozen or so unofficial additions and then set them up to be printed at…

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Holiday Events: Diversions or Disruptions?

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Holiday events in MMOs are fun little diversions. They give us an excuse to revisit older, usually low level zones, do something light and silly, and get some cool cosmetics. A lot of games use these as a way to get people back into their game, and it often works. For instance, every May the Fourth, I log back into SWTOR to pick up that year’s recolored astromech droid. If not for that event, I probably would have gone years at a time without logging in, and, of course, once I’ve gone to all of the trouble of patching, I usually poke around in the game to see what’s new.

But lately I’ve noticed a pattern of holiday events having the opposite effect on me. They disrupt the gameplay routine by taking me out of the zone I was working on, taking up a good chunk of my playtime, and…

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Retro Reprise Episode 18: Obscure Genesis games

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Fans of retro video game music have heard all of the same classics over and over again, which is why in today’s episode of Retro Reprise, ChaosConstant and Syp dip into the more unknown titles of the Sega Genesis library for tunes that you may have overlooked! From the tense atmosphere of Warsong to the futuristic music of Pulseman, this show might have your new favorite track waiting to be discovered.

Retro Reprise Episode 18: Obscure Genesis Games (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro
  • “Kingdom Knight” from Warsong
  • “Soltype” from Alien Soldier
  • “Wily Stage 1” from Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • “An Old Sad Dance” from King Colossus
  • “Neo Tokyo” from Pulseman
  • “Stereo Protect” from Pulseman
  • “Splash Down!!” from Ristar
  • “Midnight Greenhouse” from Knuckles Chaotix
  • Outro

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Psychedelic Cellar of the Stone Giants

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Psychedelic Cellar of the Stone Giants Psychedelic Cellar of the Stone Giants

Up in the hills there’s a small river cave where a pair of stone giants have set up their own private grow-op to supply themselves (and a few shamans and priests back “home”) with giant-scale psychedelic fungus.

The “psychedelic cellar” itself is well protected in giant terms. Stone bars block access along the river to all but the smallest of would-be thieves (halflings could be an issue), and the door to the cave is kept under lock and key. The easiest access to a would-be thief is to work their way up the icy cold stream that feeds the mushroom cave. At the tightest point, this requires about five feet of travel underwater where the cave ceiling is only an inch above the stream’s surface at best.

Of course, enterprising thieves could slip in and out of the cave this way to steal human-use…

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