OSR Bundle of Holding +4!

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This year’s Old School Revival bundle at the Bundle of Holding is so full of sweetness that I have a hard time promoting my own material in it.

Seriously, check this out – as of today the 2015 Cartographic Review has been added to the bundle so it now includes both my 2014 and 2015 Reviews; that’s two full years of my maps and notes.

But that’s nothing compared to…

Deep Carbon Observatory is THE funky weird exploration into D&D strangeness. This is a DIY must-have module from the OSR.

The Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom was not only Expeditious Retreat Press’ first AD&D1e module, it was written by Matt Finch who then wrote & published Swords & Wizardry.

Castle Gargantua is a great procedural “dungeon” adventure where the map is generated in play as you explore a classic giant’s castle of the fairy tale type (where giants are…

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Warning – Lolth IS Amongst Us!!

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Yes, she thought she was being sneaky – but she has given herself away and I have figured it out!

Mizzaroo is Lolth!

The evidence?

Yep, the dark queen is amongst us! Tremble in fear!

🙂 🙂 🙂

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Tanking is possible, but you still take some spanking

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I started out farming for mats with Ranger; it’s far better equipped and do a lot more in DPS then my tank – and it can actually do all level 25 Cannith ones without issue. Not only because of FotW and the effect of furyshot (what people have named multiarrow together with the epic moment) but also on a individual fight basis those heavy hitting adrenaline hits does short work with all type of critters.

That’s not true with my tank – even in a better destiny like Legendary will be short on DPS in some of the challenges. Like the one for Jade scorpions where as soon as the kobold picks up the huge crystal you’ll get ambushed by 3 drow (casters, shooters and rogues), lions and giant(s). That can be though if you don’t have enough DPS to take them down quickly and my tank wouldn’t. Sure, he’d get one or two drow down but the…

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And the Rock Said, “No Hiding Place”

The Order of Syncletica

Seems that my adventures have caused a few–questions in our dojo.

Long ago, against the advice and teachings of my abbot, Syncletica, a Grandmaster of Wind, I chose the ancient and disused philosophy of the Mountain. In my first adventures, I came back bloodied and beaten from tasks of justice asked me, but survived.

Today, my abbot has requested a private session. She has asked me, an acolyte, to begin teaching on the Way of Stone. While it may be an honor, I am terrified. The terrors of Xoriat and Shavarath are on our doorstep, some say. Why in the name of the Host would any of my lessons be superior to that of our abbot’s plans (who has met with several generals who have dared to take on Stormreach).

Syncletica corrected me. “It is not that your technique is superior. No one monk stance is completely superior…

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Going back to the roots

Tactalicious & Craftalicious

So I started solo leveling my FvS destiny and it’s the first char I ever made and TR’d and one that has the most gear. Like 2 con op item and the torc and about everything that makes it a solid self sufficient evoker. Except now with the level 21+ stuff he’s incomplete and in worse shape DPS wise compared to my trusted sorc or horc.

There’s 2 reasons for that – one that can easily be resolved and one that can’t.

First blade barriers. With the new system where everything untyped is baked into impulse (force) it’s better. It’s possible for a FvS/Cleric to get 12% crit on blade barriers with 120 spell power. Sure – it can’t be boosted with enhancements but this is far better than before, where it was limited by potency (50%) and maybe a green blade (greater arcane lore). This can now be as…

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Reveling in the Night

Even Now

Hey, I streamed again. Been a while. Might do some more – not promoted, don’t wanna have to move my time slot again and all that. But ’twas fun.

I figured, last night of the Night Revels, I might as well get some video, so Comic and I headed out to Delera’s Graveyard to tackle hordes of undead. (Not “hoards” – that’s what I do with cosmetic pets. Speaking of which, I finally got the rustie, so now I have ’em all!)

We had a grand old time slashing our way through the four original Revels quests – Under New Ravagement, Snitch and the Lich, Haverdashed, and The Kobolds’ Newest Ringleader.

Found out shortly into questing that my voice wasn’t coming through over the stream; turns out that when you disable talk in OBS, your voice over DDO won’t come through either. And I really didn’t want to leave my…

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PSVR: A Review


It’s been nearly a month since I got my hands on the PSVR and after putting many, many hours with a lot of the launch library I think the time has come for me to review my experience with it.


Let me preface this review by saying that I have never, in my 20 odd years of playing games, experienced anything remotely like PSVR. Before I got my unit I was beyond hyped, but had my expectations tempered by places like NeoGAF with negative views on the hardware.

When the time came to slip on that headset, my gaming world changed forever.

I cannot stress enough that this is a watershed moment for gaming; like the T-Rex demo on the original Playstation, Mario 64 or Phantasy Star Online – there is no shaking that feeling of “things will never be the same”.

Please note that I will not be giving…

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The Demon-Faced Tower

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The old stone fortress and tower along one of the tributaries of the Greendraught river almost certainly had a name at one point. Something dark, ominous and with much gravitas like Orothon’s Spire or The Dark Hold. But these days there’s not much reason to try to fortify something along the Greendraught – it isn’t a border region for any major kingdom, nor a tactically important river crossing or any such.

So the old fortress has fallen into disuse, and is known for its obvious architectural flourishes as “The Demon-Faced Tower”. Probably because it has two different stone demon faces projecting from the sides of the tower proper, with balconies in their mouths.

The Demon-Faced Tower The Demon-Faced Tower


The whole structure is in poor repair with moss covering many areas, and the doors are only decent because they’ve been replaced recently. The problem is of course that it just makes such…

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