Swordtember Blade #14 – Silver Leaf

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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.

Another elven design from ancient wars long forgotten even by the elder race themselves, Silver Leaf emits a soft blue-white glow roughly half as bright as a torch and is a sword +2, +4 vs undead and constructs.

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The Wacky World of Video Game Special Editions

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Video game companies confuse me from their bizarre monetization schemes to their crunch complacent work culture. However, when it comes to collector’s editions of games it’s on a whole other level. So, let’s take a quick dive into some of the insanity that developers and their marketing teams think they can get away with. There are some doozies to talk about.

We’ll start things off with the Mass Effect Legendary Cache edition. It includes an assortment of wonderful items such as an N7 acceptance letter, an art print, a helmet replica that is wearable, and a metal game case. But what it doesn’t have is…

The game.

Oh…well I hope people read that before pre-ordering.

Now while I think it is silly that a collector’s edition does not include the bloody game, there is actually a place for this. Say you purchased the game because you didn’t know whether you’d…

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Nephilim’s Hall

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Nephilim's Hall
Nephilim’s Hall (300 dpi promo)

Somewhere just off the routing between King Snurre’s domain and the caverns and warrens of the troglodytes is this set of overlapping caverns that are home to a small group of seemingly immortal giants. Not much taller than a hill giant, they somehow cloud the memories of those they meet and this hall is rarely marked on maps except sometimes with a marker to not descend into the lower areas.

Nephilim's Hall
Nephilim’s Hall (1200 dpi)

The residents have no absolute need for food or drink to live, as they only die to violence, but this does not reduce their occasional desires to enjoy the fruits of civilization or company. The few remaining giants here are quick to offer tales and memories of times of antiquity in exchange for luxury goods and are not above ambushing smaller groups to acquire their goods and treasure to trade to…

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Boss Rush Banter: Did You Enjoy The PlayStation Showcase 2021 Experience?

Sony’s latest showcase has wrapped up, and it’s sure to be one that’ll go in the books as “buzzworthy”. The 40-plus minute showcase, which is the first new showcase since last year’s September 2020 showcase event that revealed and confirmed the PlayStation 5 pricing and release date. This latest event was announced as one that’ll give fans “a look into the future of PS5”, and would include updates from PlayStation Studios as well as some of the industry’s most imaginative developers, for games releasing “this holiday and beyond.” Indeed, Sony has brought out something in store for gamers — whether they are PlayStation gamers or not.

Showcasing eighteen different games, complete with six first reveals of upcoming projects, a lot of viewers walked away believing that PlayStation Showcase 2021 was “good, but not good enough.” Pacing issues seemed to be the theme for a lot of viewers from Thursday’s showcase…

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Swordtember Blade #13 – Querencia

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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.

Querencia is a defender – a blade dedicated to defending the home of the wielder. While the blade is a sword +1 with the ability to cast shield 3/day, it becomes a sword +3 when fighting to defend the wielder’s hearth & home.

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How And Why I Became An Indie Gamer

Little Bits of Gaming & Movies

I’ve been playing games, or video games as we used to call them… or game programs if you really want to go way, way back. Anyway, I’ve been playing games for as long as I can remember. From when we as a family had an Atari 2600 in the late seventies, right up to today with modern gaming. It was a hobby that turned into a passion that turned into a semi-career with me not only writing this blog but also gaming books. 

Over the years I have seen the best and worst of gaming. I have been right there and witnessed the evolution of gaming from those early days of Space Invaders to the likes of Red Dead Redemption II today. When I look back on just how far gaming has come over the last forty-odd years, I can’t help but be massively impressed. Single screen games turned into…

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20 Feywild Quest Ideas

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Next Dungeons & Dragons book will be a whimsical romp in the feywild -  Polygon

With The Wild Beyond the Witchlight just around the corner (Sept. 21), its high time we gave our tables some #feywildbullshit in our adventures. However, the biggest problem facing DM’s is usually just getting to the feywild in the first place. With that in mind, here are 20 feywild crossroads (portal) ideas to use in your campaign! 

  1. Traversing exotic islands, the party stumbles upon a battle between Triton’s and Merfolk across a coral reef. If the party decides to help one group defeat the other, the reef becomes a portal to either the Elemental Plane of Water or feywild Lake. 

  1. While ascending alpine slopes, adventurers can choose to scale a particularly imposing cliff face or go around it. If they choose to scale it, they climb for much longer than expected, and the top reveals another, even more magnificent cliff… in the feywild.

  1. Trudging through a swamp, a player sees…

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Mobile gaming comfort food

Bio Break

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got folders of untested mobile games on my phone that I steadfastly ignore while returning to sometimes five- or even ten-year-old games that are tried and true. I am remarkably picky in what I want in a quick phone bite-sized play session, and so the ones that have met these inner qualifications end up sticking around.

So lately I’ve been playing a few old classics. My go-to for any three minutes of spare time is Clash Royale. I think I’m pretty good at it — at least I win far more than I lose — and I’ve been trying out some different deck builds that have been more effective than what I’ve used in the past. But the real key to winning is all in timing. It’s all in knowing when to hold back, when to push, when to save a nasty counter…

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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 73

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(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)

Session 73

Something Rotten in Kislev

  • Larry [Templar] – I 68
  • Nate [Cleric 3] – I 64
  • Gottlieb [Templar] – I 63
  • Wilfried [Templar] – I 63
  • Scargetter [Assassin] I 60

With the return of Larry’s mercenaries (well, most of them, and one has a peg leg now) and Golthog, it is time to head back to Bolgasgrad in a brutal and punishing campaign to reconquer the rebel city in mid-winter.

The march alone is expected to cost at least 10% of the forces being sent – but it is important to strike while the defenses of Bolgasgrad are down and before they have a chance to find new allies or create more undead to defend the city and replace…

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Indie Games are Still Very Underrated


Indie games have been a major part of the gaming industry for a very long time now, perhaps for more than 15 years. Yet, it’s still so easy to forget this part of the market thanks to the constant stream of AAA games and the endless trailers and ads that come with them. It’s really a shame too, because it looks like the lion’s share of the industry’s creativity still lives in the independent sector. I was reminded of this while attending BitSummit 2021 this weekend, and I wanted to share some of the more interesting discoveries with you all here. So, let’s get into it.

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