A Handful of Magic Items 16

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For the sixteenth article in this series I’ve decided to focus on rings! I love magical rings and other jewelry because I feel as though they have the most opportunity before them for magical effects. For this article in particular I wanted to work on some rings to use in combat, and even more specifically ones that react to the wearer taking damage or being near death. Take a look and leave thoughts and feedback in the comments!

Ring of Death Defiance (requires attunement)
While you wear this ring and roll a 20 on a death saving throw, in addition to regaining 1 hit point you also gain 6d6 temporary hit points and exude an aura of vitality for one minute.

While exuding an aura of vitality, you gain resistance to all damage and advantage on all saving throws. If a successful saving throw would have you…

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Path of the Impaler (Barbarian)

Originally posted on ThinkDM:
Vlad Țepeș was the medieval ruler of Wallachia, a Romanian principality. Vlad’s strict legal code and penchant for violently colorful punishments earned him the name Vlad the Impaler. Though you may know him by another nickname:…

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Release the Kraken upon the Dungeon in Twelve Parts!

Dyson's Dodecahedron

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Every month we go through our back catalog of maps and the many amazing supporters of the blog over on Patreon vote on which two should be re-released under the free commercial use license. Today we are looking back five years to the Dungeon in Twelve Parts.


It’s been over a decade since I posted my first geomorph to the blog as part of a series of 100 geomorphic posts (that since increased to who knows how many by the end). This particular map was drawn five years after that, and shows a distinct improvement in my drawing skills compared to the original geomorphs.

When talking to David Millar of Dave’s Mapper, I took him up on a request to draw a new geomorph or two, and finished off by drawing up a full little dungeon made up of 12 geomorphs (2 standard ones, six half-morphs, and 4 corner…

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Latest about the interest in the raids

Micki's Delirium

The last x number of weeks I’ve been posting for raids on Wednesdays and Saturdays on Orien server (check out Orien Raiding Discord). Saturday is the main raid night, with Wednesday as the second raid night. I usually want to run PN and THTH, after which I let the party suggest raids to run. I make my decision based on my own wants, but also on the difficulty of the raid and my experience in the interest in the raid in question – will I be able to fill the party and can we short man if we don’t? Here’s the list of raids I mostly do.

Project Nemesis

On Saturday I can fill 2 or 3 runs of this raid easily. I usually do hard, as elite is a lot more stressful and hard has better drop chances than normal. Hard is the default difficulty. On Wednesdays I…

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D&D 5E – Fillable Monster Cards

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Download your free fillable cards HERE.

Top Dog Games makes an excellent set of monster cards that they call “Stat Trackers”. I bought a set and I love them. They come with several blank cards that you can fill in by hand and you can buy more. You can find their site HERE.

And you can find then on Amazon HERE.

I made a PDF form-fillable version and I thought I would share. There are three cards on one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet.

I filled in One card as an example (a Guardian Naga doesn’t really have a swim and fly speed). On the original cards the Monster name is repeated at the top and turned upside down so it can be seen by the players when you fold the card and hang it on your DM screen. I’m not doing that so I made it…

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The Legend of Zelda Chronology

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The Legend of Zelda. A game series that has gotten a reputation for a timeline that is maybe more confusing than the X-Men movies or the Kingdom Hearts game (maybe not Kingdom Hearts, that’s really confusing). Anyway, on The Nerdd we don’t go into storytelling very much, unless it’s for Dungeons & Dragons, but inspired by one of my favorite YouTube personalities of late (Brian David Gilbert of Polygon), I thought I could try to tell the story of TLoZ in chronological order. If you don’t know how bizarre the storyline is, allow BDG to begin the story below.

Throughout the article, images and quotes used are from the Official Zelda website.

The Beginning

According to ancient tales, the world was created by three goddesses: The goddess of power created the land, the goddess of wisdom created order, and the goddess of courage created life.

Before…

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Environmental challenges in MMORPGs

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I’ve been reading about environmental challenges in tabletop roleplaying games and started thinking what examples I could come up with from this genre. I’m talking here of ways in which a combat encounter or character’s progress can be made more difficult by the elements around them.

Water

Always bring a waterbreathing item

In Dungeons & Dragons Online, water features in quite a few overland zones and dungeons. It can be a real danger to characters in heavy armour, in particular if they haven’t invested skill points in the swim skill. Drowning in this game is perfectly possible, so having a magical spell or item for waterbreathing can be a real boon on any character.

Water can also hide things. Whether it’s a sea cave that gives access to a dungeon portal, a waterfall hiding a tunnel or a sunken ship on the seabed – there can be a lot of…

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My Next 5 Games to Finish

I'm Not Squishy

So far my goal of only purchasing a few games this year has been going well. I’m not entirely sure I’ll make it through the entire year, there’s bound to be something interesting released that I didn’t account for. I’ve found myself not hunting through the Steam Store when I don’t know what I want to play and instead hunt through my Steam Library.

A neat little feature of the Steam library is “Sort By Recent Activity” It really puts into perspective just how long you’ve been sitting on a game. I have unplayed games all the way back to 2014 the year of my very first Steam Sale. And it’s interesting to see what’s been left behind. I haven’t played Trove since October last year. I could have sworn I’d played Limbo not too long ago but there it is filed under 2017.

Anyways, the point is that I…

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GameBlast20: game schedule revealed

Later Levels

This weekend, hundreds of committed gamers all over the UK will be participating in marathon streaming sessions. This isn’t just being done for fun though: we’re all coming together for the GameBlast20 weekend to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for SpecialEffect.

This amazing charity believes everybody should be able to benefit from the joy of gaming. Their aim is to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to join in, through technology such as modified hardware and eye-controlled software. By levelling the playing field in this way, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on confidence and rehabilitation.

In the past we’ve completed extended streaming marathons for the GameBlast event but this year we’re going even bigger: we’ve managed to play video games for at least an hour every day since Sunday…

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Raids week 161

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Raids 161 were Wednesday Feb 12 and Saturday Feb 15.

Wednesday

1. Project Nemesis LH

The Wednesday raids were just after update 45 and the raid took a bit longer to fill, probably because a lot of ppl who would have joined instead TR’d into an alchemist. I was running the new 64 bit client and was seeing funny yellow effects – every once in a while when I looked at the characters, their names would have turned yellow/ gold. Guild names below 160 would also be the same color (160 upwards have a different color already). Update 45 also saw a nerf to inquisitive, and PN felt like it took longer. Completion time: 27 min 15 s (with waiting inside before starting). Loot: 84 nemesis runes, 30 threads of fate.

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