Fists of the Ruby Phoenix #9: Outmatched

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In a missing chapter of our tale, the party won a challenge from some tournament enforcers, rested, and started Day Two fighting dozens of fighters in “Hana’s Hundreds” and defeating a strange lake-sucking monstrosity. They explore the northeast of Danger Island. –GM

10th of Erastus, 4721 AR

The “Nightmares”

After their harrowing encounter with semi-submerged giant, our heroes tracked down their next quarry, a team of equestrian players who somehow thought of themselves as warriors.

This fight was one of the easiest so far as they almost immediately fell to Charles E. Cheese’s masterful snares. Charging in headfirst, 2 of the 3 horses were instantly transformed into a fine red mist, and the third was about to make a visit to the glue factory. Realizing they were clearly outmatched, they gathered their remaining strength and decided to all rush Pegleg Pete. Njezet decided that instead of assisting his teammate…

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Swordtember Blade #24 – “Wyrmhunter”

Dyson's Dodecahedron

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage to keep this going for the whole month, I’ll release all 30 sword images (minus the frame and Swordtember logo I drew) as an incidental stock art pack.

Wyrmhunter has travelled to these lands in the hands of the dragon slayer Ajmal Zakaral who then lost it in the Shüss swamps hunting for a bog dragon north of Shu-Qune. Wyrmhunter is a sword +1, +3 vs dragons that has the ability to detect evil twice per day as the spell.

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D&D Diary – Waterdeep: Dragon Heist – Session 16

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Our heroes meet a new shady contact, plan a reverse prison break, and worse, it’s all roleplay. Eww.

Waterdeep Dragon Heist cover titleWhen last we left our heroes, they had nearly perished in a foul sewer dungeon, where one player was determined to get his hands on the Stone of Golorr or die trying, and he dragged the rest of the team down with him. Incredibly, they survived and finally took possession of this stupid Stone which they have been chasing for months now. Or did they?

Back at the Trollskull Tavern, the Saviors of Phandalin spent a few days (i.e. 5 minutes in game) doing some mundane things. The thief, Eragon, spent his time healing and leveling up. The party’s new cleric, Geraldine, celebrated his freedom by getting blackout drunk and waking up at the top of Mount Waterdeep. The wizard, Riandon, delegated the task of fixing the broken metallic beholder thing…

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So, Then I Just Backed it: A Series on My Kickstarter Adventures (Part 4)

In this portion of my Kickstarter series, I just wanted to chat about some of the games that I have backed, played, and currently am backing. Maybe this will interest some of you, while I’m sure others will take a quick glance at some facts or details I provided about them. So, let’s have a look, shall we?

I have backed around 40 projects over the span of almost six years now on this platform, and out of these 40, 28 of them are, or were, games. Out of those 28 projects, I had only one fail–Kumo: A Boy in the Clouds (Read Part 2). Out of the remaining 27, only four games have released, two of which I have played through, and two I have not. It’s a very small amount of games to have crossed the finish line, but game development can take years.

A…

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Swordtember Blade #23 – “Hell Gweasted”

Dyson's Dodecahedron

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage to keep this going for the whole month, I’ll release all 30 sword images (minus the frame and Swordtember logo I drew) as an incidental stock art pack.

This heavy chopping sword +1 allows the bearer to cast “enlarge” upon themselves three times per week as a magic user of their level. When enlarged it glows as brightly as a continual light spell.

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The Impact of Controllers: When do Specialized Controllers Matter?

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Earlier this year I purchased an arcade stick with which to play fighting games. I’d wanted to do this for a while, but it was only recently that I was able to convince myself of the value in the purchase. Buying my first arcade stick felt like a right of passage and I’ve really enjoyed using it over the past few months. There is a certain kinetic joy that comes from the rhythmic clicking of the stick as you swivel it for motion inputs while tapping buttons for combos.

While the arcade stick hasn’t improved my ability to play, it has increased my enjoyment of fighting games. That’s not to say that I wasn’t enjoying them before, but I’m having more fun playing with an arcade stick than I was on a keyboard. It’s like having a little slice of the arcade experience in the comfort of your home.

This…

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Rise of the Runelords #57: Shocking Revelation

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The party’s lotus monk, Chtanmuch, continues the story of the party’s effort to retake Fort Rannick from the ogres. -GM

10th of Kuthona, 4707 AR

ShockerLizard Shocker Lizard

While exploring underground, the party discovered several occupied nests belonging to deadly shocker lizards, none of which were happy to see their home be intruded on. The party promptly engaged in close-quarters combat with the lizards, performing tactical flanking to catch them off-guard. The lizards retaliated by displaying the dangerous electric abilities for which they are named.

The fight was long, but in the end the party emerged victorious, using a combination of basic strategy and  superior offensive prowess. The lizard’s lair contained no treasure of note, assuming you don’t count a couple shocker lizard eggs as “treasure.”

(They found a magical snake-lady who spoke to one of the Black Arrow rangers with the party as if he’d been HELPING her! The party…

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Swordtember Blade #22 – “Elevensies”

Dyson's Dodecahedron

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage to keep this going for the whole month, I’ll release all 30 sword images (minus the frame and Swordtember logo I drew) as an incidental stock art pack.

This mistempered and ill-balanced blade would normally be at -1 to hit were it not for its enchantments. This sword +2 (effectively +1 to hit and +2 to damage) gains an additional +2 against halflings of all kinds. Anyone struck with a natural 19 or better on the attack roll is cursed so that all food or drink tastes of ash and will never satisfy them (a standard remove curse will end this affliction).

Happy Hobbit Day.

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Boss Rush Banter: What Was the Best Year in Gaming?

As gamers, we hear this phrase often: “It’s a great time to be a gamer.” There are a number of reasons why someone might say this–maybe they are saying it because of the games that were recently released or about to be released. Or maybe they are referring to the launch of new consoles, kicking of a brand new generation. Whatever the reason, the result is the same: gamers usually have it really good. Which begs the question: what was the best year in gaming history?

I’m a Nintendo fan, so for me the best year had to be 2017. Just take a look at what we were treated to just four years ago, and not just from Nintendo:

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Splatoon 2
  • Arms
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Cuphead

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How streamers have changed the face of MMO launches

Bio Break

While I am 99% giddy and thrilled that New World is launching next week — the first truly big new MMORPG launch in a long, long time — I can’t help but notice that there’s one significant difference to this release than, say, back in when Guild Wars 2 or WildStar first rolled out. And that’s the streamer phenomenon.

I’ve been watching with growing disquiet how the streaming culture has affected online games, especially new ones. By and large, I have no problem with individuals who like to livestream games and share those experiences with followers. It can be entertaining and informative, and there’s a lot of good eggs out there doing this. I don’t watch streams, but I do often pick up a YouTube video here or there from streamers, so I’m acquainted with the field.

But there’s a darker side to the streaming phenomenon that is hard to…

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