Playing Board Games At Conventions

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For filthy casuals, playing board games with your family and friends is a light-hearted event that is a decent way to spend your evening having fun. But did you know that all across the world there are conventions taking place where board games are the life and soul of the party? People come to compete for grand prizes of thousands of dollars, glory and trophies. It’s serious business, with many taking it up as a profession.

If your love for board games, card games and other table-top varieties is never-ending, you may
want to consider turning up for playing board games at these conventions. They are usually great fun too, with passionate fans turning up in cosplay to compete.

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You may be thinking, well how popular can board games actually be? Does anyone actually show

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D&D 5E – Multiclass Spell Slot Calculator

Dungeon Master Assistance

I ran across this excellent spell slot calculator and felt like I had to share it. I don’t know who created it, if anyone knows, please let me know so I can thank them give them credit.

The link to the site is HERE

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Totally Not E3 2020 Predictions: Ubisoft

Gamer Crash

The summer of events and announcements rolls on! Without E3 this year, companies have had to get a bit creative and I for one am enjoying having all these reveals spread out over the course of the summer rather than jam packed inside 5-6 days. Today we’re setting down some predictions for Ubisoft’s not E3 event taking place this coming Sunday, July 12.

ubisoft forward

Similar to EA, I feel like we already know a lot of what Ubisoft is going to show off. However, there’s still enough ambiguity there where I do believe we’re going to get a surprise or two. I mean, we know they’re well known for their “One More Thing” style announcements.

So without further adieu, here are my totally not-E3 2020 predictions for Ubisoft. Enjoy.

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DMs Guild Review – Path of the Brawler

The Kind GM

Path of the Brawler is a supplement by Crit Academy.

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Twitch picks: choosing games to play on stream

Later Levels

One of the hardest parts of maintaining a Twitch channel is deciding on games to stream. There are so many factors to consider: the sort of titles your audience likes, the releases which are popular with viewers right now and what you actually want to play.

My other-half and I have been streaming together for around five years now and, if you disregard the audio issues which seem to plague every new streamer at the beginning of their journey, I’d say that choosing the right games has been the biggest difficulty for us. Participating in GameBlast marathon streams for SpecialEffect has given us the perfect opportunity to gain some experience though and our 50-day challenge for the event earlier this year was an interesting learning curve.

Our goal was to stream every day for at least an hour from 05 January to 23 February 2020, to raise funds and awareness…

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The Warlock’s Arms – D&D Inn Floor Plan

Dyson's Dodecahedron

The Warlocks Arms

Just inside the north gate of the city is the Warlock’s Arms, a small inn that relies on their reputation for excellent stabling to attract out of towners. The inn has stabling for 13 horses as well as enough room for a few coaches in the courtyard, as well as five guest rooms ranging from single rooms to triples, and one room with a vestibule for those who travel with a servant or man-at-arms.

Tavarel, the one-eyed wiry owner in her mid-40s, is gruff but welcoming – she enjoys hearing gossip and only spreads it with care (and never spreads anything true about the thieves guilds until the subject is already common knowledge). She doesn’t pay well though, and her staff rotates frequently (and have little loyalty to her or the guilds – it is far likelier that you will get information about thieves guild activities through the manger boy…

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Inconsistencies that bug in MMORPGs


While playing my newish druid in World of Warcraft Classic, I’ve been reminded several times of an annoying inconsistency of how the rules of the game are applied, one that makes no sense to me as a player.


Now in Classic I have almost the full gamut of druid skills, at least those available to a level 24 character. I have heals, buffs/debuffs, damage spells and crowd control spells. It’s an interesting mix of abilities, one that attracted me to play a Balance druid as my main for most of the years I’ve been in Azeroth. Although my character is mostly just healing in dungeons I do get to do some other things – he can use Faerie Fire and Insect Swarm to weaken foes for instance.

Healer druid can still CC

He can also use crowd control abilities to make a fight less intense by locking an opponent…

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Monstrous Compendiums

Wayne's Books

Some AD&D Monstrous Compendium sleeves I ran across out in our boneyard. Not for sale. Just thought they’d make a great photo. TSR Hobbies released these in the early-mid ’90s for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition.

Link to Monstrous Compendiums that I do currently have for sale.

See Also: Identity Crisis: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two

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What do you do when your idea to gain new players has a flaw

Deez Wurds

I was thinking about this whole new idea. Level cap squish to 60, because getting from 1 to 130 seems daunting. Actually I think too that 130 seems like an odd number too. But anyway, so you’ve stripped the amount of levels in half 1-60. Seems much more reasonable. And with level scaling anyone can pick and choose where they get their starts, and can level anywhere they want too. Sounds perfect. Look at those gear reward upgrades, why that new piece of gear is a whole 2 iLvLs higher than what you have currently. Surely that must be better.

While I’m thinking about gear levels I should point out that the garrison rewards for missions still to this day say you will get a piece of 700 gear. Even though when you get the reward it’s only around 120, maybe, and this may be crazy talk, someone should update…

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Dark Sun – Windriders of the Jagged Cliffs

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Dark Sun – Windriders of the Jagged Cliffs
1995 … Monte Cook … 128 pages + fold-out map … TSR 2439 … ISBN 0786901691

Dark Sun items in the shop

Dark Sun at my reference site

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