Raids week 129

Micki's Delirium

Raids 129 happened Wednesday June 26 and Saturday June 29. Here are the highlights.


1. Killing Time LH

Dragon tank: Osiride, Shadow kiter: Lubash, second tank (Nyt and LoB): Qif. We discussed doing elite, but with some new names in the party, I wanted to stick to hard. Some deaths, but over all a smooth run. Completion time: 31 min, 21 s. Loot: 84 time runes, 24 threads of fate, Tornado and at least 1 schims.

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25 Holiday & Festival Adventure Seeds

Ready To Role

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We’re deep into the year, but we still have more Adventure Seeds for you! This time we have some fun Holiday & Festival seeds.

These are a little different from the norm; in each seed I provide a brief summary of a holiday, festival, or event, and then in most I give a special twist or turn of events turning it into an adventure seed! Of course, you can forgo the hook and celebrate the holiday or make up your own twists. Some of these are loosely based upon real world holidays; see if you can figure out the ones that aren’t immediately obvious!

No assumptions this time other than what is written in each seed, and many if not all can be moved around between settings freely.

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Delving into Dungeon Crawl Classics

Return of the Dungeon Master

It’s been a while kids. To my eternal shame, I’ve been neglecting this blog for far too long. I seem to spend more time playing games and prepping for them than I do writing about them. Ultimately, I guess, this is the ideal scenario for someone who loves gaming, but still, the blog regularly nags at me from the corner of my mind. I’m glad to finally be doing something about it.

A while back I posted a glowing review of Goodman Games Dungeon Crawl Classics. Since I posted that review though, my gaming life has become (somewhat predictably) 5th edition heavy, and I’ve not had any time to delve into any other rulesets, much to my disappointment.

I was therefore delighted to find a bit of spare time recently to further explore the system. I also purchased a copy of the softcover rulebook, which is much more manageable as…

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Narrating Missed Attacks


Since D&D is a combat-driven game, a lot of our storytelling actually happens in the middle of combat. Critical Role DM Matthew Mercer’s famous phrase, “How do you want to do this?” signals to players that the player should narrate the killing blow. Indeed, combat benefits greatly from adding a little bit of narrative flavor. So it’s become commonplace at many tables for the DM to narrate the results of an attack or hand it off to the players. Sometimes, we even narrate the misses.

The Issue

I noticed that I have this habit when narrating missed attacks. When an attack misses a shielded target by 2 or less, I narrate that the attack hits the shield. I’ll often apply this same method for a player behind cover. If it’s a narrow miss, it hits the shield or the cover.

Why do I do this? Probably because the shield (or…

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These Days, What Makes a Game Worth Pre-Ordering?


In case you’ve not been on the Internet for a minute, news of a nominal discount on Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders (for the standard edition on the PS4 and Xbox One) has been popping up all over the place. No one knows how long the “sale” will last, but if you pop over to Amazon or Walmart right now, you can pre-order the game for around fifty bucks. It’s not a bad deal…if you’re into pre-orders and Cyberpunk 2077. The discount caught wind in my own household, but in the end, we opted to pass. Although we’ll likely be adding the game to our library eventually, the need to somehow “get it NOW” just wasn’t that strong. Other than the discount, there were no other pre-order bonuses. And who knows? Maybe an even better deal might rear its head in the coming months. 

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E3 2019 Conference Recap and Thoughts: Third Party Conferences

Gamer Crash

Well, friends, we’re finally at the end of my E3 2019 coverage. Today we’re talking Third Party. I’ll be taking a look at all of the major press conferences and offering my thoughts and opinions on what was announced and more.

In case you missed any of my previous E3 2019 coverage, you can catch up with these handy links! Microsoft | Nintendo | Watch Dogs Legion | Overall

What an interesting year it has been so far for third party games. We’ve had quite the range of great and not-so-great games that I think not many people knew what to expect going in. This is especially true for companies like Bethesda and EA, both of which were trying to recover from some less than ideal game launches.

e3 2019 logo

On the other end of the spectrum, I think it’s safe to say that most fans were excited for what Ubisoft and…

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Guest Post: DDO Masterminds of Sharn review (part 1)

Bio Break

Today’s guest post is from DDOCentral’s Matt, who wanted to give Bio Break’s readership a deeper look into Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Masterminds of Sharn expansion. Thanks Matt!

Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO) released its fourth paid expansion on May 14th, 2019 titled Masterminds of Sharn. The three previous paid expansions for DDO are Menace of the Underdark, released on June 25th, 2012, Shadowfell Conspiracy, released on August 19th, 2013, and Mists of Ravenloft, released on December 6th, 2017.

Masterminds of Sharn is the first paid expansion for DDO set in the Eberron universe, which was the original DDO campaign setting when the MMORPG launched in early 2006. After thirteen years, DDO finally leaves the small frontier settlement of Stormreach on the southern jungle continent of Xen’drik where the adventure began for the great metropolis of Sharn, the City of Towers, located on the…

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Hori’s Split Pad Pro is a Must-Have Nintendo Switch Accessory

3rd World Geeks

I love handheld gaming, and I love the Nintendo Switch. Surprisingly, my preferred method of gameplay with the Switch is in docked mode. As novel as the idea of a hybrid home/portable console is, I avoid playing my Switch in handheld mode if I can because of a few design flaws.

First, the Nintendo Switch JoyCon do not have grips and are quite thin, so it’s quite uncomfortable for me. Right now, I’m using a silicon JoyCon case with built-in grips which kind of works, but they’re a little loose and slip off easily during intense gaming. I’ve considered full body cases with grips (e.g. the famous Skull & Co. grip case) but I play in docked mode a lot too, so it’s an issue for me to keep removing/replacing the casing.

The second issue with the design of the Nintendo Switch is how the analog sticks and face buttons…

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I want more rpg in my online games, not less


Recent news about proposed future developments for mmorpg’s and online games (mmo-likes) that I play with some regularity have brought me back out of hiatus. These show games moving in opposite directions on the simple-complex axis of rpg mechanics.  This matters to me, because I’m more likely to enjoy playing a character if there’s some breadth and depth to the choices I can make in customising his or her abilites and gear. The one mmorpg that I’ve played consistently for some time now has been Everquest 2, a game that hasn’t shied away from such complexity.

EQ2: 7 hotbars of abilities

I’ve spent a larger share of my gaming time on tabletop RPGs (D&D and Starfinder) over the last couple of months, so the relative lack of choice for character customisation in mmorpgs is on my mind. Taking away options even more isn’t going to endear a game to me…

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