Totally Not E3 2020 Predictions: Nintendo

Gamer Crash

It’s still hard to believe we’re not getting an E3 this year. One of my favorite things to do each year is to try and predict what each company was going to bring to the table at their various press conferences. Even though we may not be getting a show this year, I’m not going to abandon my usual practice of guessing what the future holds.

With that in mind, I’m kicking off my annual E3 2020 prediction posts a little earlier than normal because we still know that announcements are coming, just not when since no one is being held to June anymore.

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This week, I’m taking a look at Nintendo, who remains my wild card company considering that we really don’t know their second half plans for 2020. The company, while experiencing record success with the Switch (especially during the pandemic),has largely kept quiet for what its releasing…

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Consider a Spherical Minotaur

Dyson's Dodecahedron

The minotaur was rarely capturing those sacrificed to it – which causes problems when those sacrifices return to town seeking revenge against those who tied them up and dumped them at the labyrinth. So the king summoned help from academia. A multidisciplinary team of sages was assembled, headed by a theoretical physicist, and two weeks of intensive on-site investigation took place. The sages then returned to the palace saying to the king, “We have the solution, but it works only in the case of spherical minotaurs in a vacuum”.

Circular "Maze" Circular “Maze”

Originally I started this piece as a very compact circular maze with a single access route that would get to the centre. An honest to goodness “maze”. The exact kind of thing I find incredibly “un fun” in actual play. So many walls were omitted, almost all dead ends removed, and multiple pathings were created that can lead to…

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Triple Completionist

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When I first started playing DDO, back in 2010, my main character was Fyrne. And I had plans to get him to Completionist, then triple completionist. Then I created an alt, who I named Hymm. He was my first monk character. And I loved him. The monk was so much fun, I started playing more lives as Hymm. And at some point in 2013 (judging by this blog) I had decided that he would be my triple completionist.

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Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Part 15

Skulls in the Stars

Time for another roundup of my twitter threads on old school Dungeons & Dragons products! Let’s jump right in:

The Complete Fighter’s Handbook (1989), by Aaron Allston. I haven’t yet touched any of the “handbook” supplements that were made for 2nd edition AD&D!

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A Handful of Magic Items 17

Ready To Role

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We’re back with the seventeenth installment of A Handful of Magic Items! I went for a trio of consumables for a few reasons this time around. First and foremost, balance is less of an issue with consumables. Even if your players have access to something maybe a little beyond their level, if you only give them one, once they use it its gone. Second, and building off of the first, it should feel great when they use it! They will accomplish some tough task, say “it’s a good thing we found that item!”, and be thrilled. And then it’s no longer a problem for you as a DM! So without further ado, here’s our items:

Phial of Ice
A Phial of Ice can be used in different ways. However it is used, the phial empties and is no longer magical. As an action, you can use…

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D&D 5E – Subclasses

Dungeon Master Assistance

To the best of my knowledge, the table below contains all the official subclasses for fifth edition dungeons and dragons (as of May 24, 2020). There are several Unearthed Acana (UA) subclasses, buy I have not included these because UA is not considered official fifth edition content.

These are the books where the subclasses can be found.

Eberron Rising from the Last War (ERftLW), Explorer’s Guide to Wildmount(EGtW), Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica (GGtR), Player’s Handbook (PHB), Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide (SCAG) and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGtE)

AlchemistERftLW (p. 58)
ArtilleristERftLW (p. 59)
Battle SmithERftLW (p. 60)
Path of the Ancestral GuardianXGtE (p. 9)
Path of the BattleragerSCAG (p. 121)
Path of the BerserkerPHB (p. 49)
Path of the Storm HeraldXGtE (p. 10)
Path of the Totem Warrior – BearPHB (p. 50)
Path of the Totem Warrior – Eagle

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