D&D Diary – The Wild Beyond the Witchlight – Session 13

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In our second heist on the hag’s hideout, we look for more kids, tchotchkes, pigs, and portraits. And there are pixies.

Witchlight cover titleWe haven’t seen guys for so long, I might have to switch out this cover image.

When last we left our heroes, we went on a madcap and ill-conceived rescue mission that involved waltzing into a hag’s hut, lying to her, then stealing all of her child-labor slaves. The hag in question is Skabath Nightshade, aka Granny, whose main schtick is the crafting of demonic little toys as she is practically a toy herself, with a wind-up key in her back that depicts her mood. If that key ever stops revolving, run away fast, people are gonna die. The plan was hatched by Will of the Fey, a Peter Pan wannabe who wants to rescue all the kids at Loomlurch (the hag’s home) and start his own independent…

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? One D&D and Unearthed Arcana 2022: Character Origins

What Do I Know?

dragonarmiesThis week saw some pretty big news out of WotC regarding the future of D&D. While I want to look at the first Unearthed Arcana debuting, it’s going to be hard to discuss this without touching on the context in which the UA exists. And yes, I know, most of you reading my blog have probably heard all this elsewhere, but on the teeny, tiny chance that you missed some of this, I’m going to do a quick recap.

D&D’s Future

We’ve known for a while that there was a new version of the core rulebooks coming out in 2024, and that those core rulebooks are meant to be compatible with current D&D 5e products. As part of this rules update, WotC will be putting out regular Unearthed Arcana articles previewing prospective changes for the next year or so.

There will be a drive to better integrate D&D

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Retro Arcadia Weekly Spotlight #45

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Time for our regular quick-fire reviews and impressions of what’s been under the spotlight at Retro Arcadia this week, old and new and a bit of both… And I know it only seems like a couple of weeks since I last said I’d been on holiday (because it was), but apart from a bit of arcade-ing either side of most of the week in Cornwall, it’s mostly going to be Nintendo Switch again if that’s okay!

One of my little pleasures each week is checking out the new releases on the Switch eShop when it gets updated every Thursday afternoon, not least to see what Hamster has in store for us this time in its Arcade Archives Series. Roller Jammer by Nichibutsu in 1984 appeared there a couple of weeks ago, and while there’s not a huge amount to it, what’s there is really impressive for something of that vintage!…

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A Console Gamer’s Journey with the Steam Deck: Chapter 1

My Steam Deck arrived mid-day on August 11th, 2022, after several months of hitting that pre-order button. As a console-only gamer since age twelve, the anticipation of experiencing Steam through a handheld device felt akin to exploring a whole new world in Marvel’s Multi-Verse. Before the Steam Deck, I have played on most Nintendo consoles and handhelds, the PlayStation 2, 4, and 5, and the Xbox Series X. I have never played games through Steam or anything of that ilk, and I never owned a gaming PC. It’s quite wild. While I understand the Steam Deck is a new venture for Value and still nothing like a true gaming PC, it was a little appetizer for a newbie like me.

My excitement was such that as soon as the FedEx guy dropped the package unceremoniously at my doorstep, I bolted to the box and ripped it open–all while I was…

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My Reactions to One D&D

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Back in October of last year, Wizards of the Coast announced that in 2024, for the 50th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, that they would create the next “evolution” of the game, which I, and many others, have started calling 5.5e. Well, just like before 5e came out, the playtest was called D&DNext, this time for 5.5e it’s called One D&D. However, unlike this time, the idea is that this is the “final” edition of the game, they believe they have landed on the best version of D&D. Whether or not I agree with that idea, I thought I’d go through what they’ve released for One D&D, and give my thoughts. So far, they’ve only released the character creation for the game.

Character Origin

It seems that the balance between Race and Background has been shifted. Before, Race was incredibly important, and Background added flavor, and a couple of…

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Top 10 Gifts For Your DM

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As players we love to roll dice, kill monsters, and not have to deal with the crunchy side of things on the other side of the DM screen. If you really appreciate your DM and want to show some gratitude here is a list of gifts in no particular order

1: Dice. We all love dice in this fandom. More click clack math rocks to roll around is always good. It’s an even better gift if your DM needs an infusion of luck

2: Offer to run a one-shot. Seriously most of us know a forever DM who rarely gets to play. Dip your toe in the water and give them a brief vacation

3: A dice tray. Sure it’s very close to dice, but a new tower, carrying case, or tray to present them awesome crits they roll is awesome.

4: Food. If you play face to face, prep…

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Boss Rush Banter: Does Nintendo’s Success Upset You?

On a recent episode of Nintendo Pow Block, Corey, LaMont, and I had a discussion about some of Nintendo’s very own titles selling over a million physical copies. As Corey was reading the list, the majority of the Switch library, regardless if it was a port, sequel, or new IP, hit more than 1 million sales. With the console still selling at a steady pace and more games coming out, it seems that Nintendo is being successful with their products and software. Though it begs the question: Is this upsetting?

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Image courtesy of Nintendo

I find it puzzling, yet fascinating when some gamers say that Nintendo doesn’t have the games or content they are looking for. That the company doesn’t have the big titles and developers wanting to get their games on the current console. It puzzles me because Nintendo offers…

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D&D 5E – Antimagic Field

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Thoughts on the Antimagic Field spell

(and, therefore, the Beholder’s Antimagic Eye Cone)

I recently ran a D&D 5E game where the PCs fought a beholder and a lot of questions popped up regarding what is and isn’t affected in its antimagic field. I made rulings at the table to not slow down play, but promised to look into it further to find what the official rules are and to come up with house rules for anything that might come up that haven’t been covered by any official rulings that I could find. This represents the results of my research and my current thoughts on this matter.

The description of the antimagic field spell is long and detailed. Please read it carefully. It tells you most of what you need to know. The core feature of the spell could be simply stated as “nothing magical works inside the area…

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One D&D Announced

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In 2024 Dungeons and Dragons will turn 50 years old, and it’s current incarnation, 5th edition, will turn 10. To celebrate this momentous occasion Wizards of the Coast will release revised core rule books and launch what they’re calling One D&D. The idea is that editions are over, and Chris Perkins put it, there is just D&D.

In the same way that 5th edition D&D was forged, One D&D will draw heavily on customer/player feedback to shape its revisions. The first such playtest materials revolve around Character Origins:

Here’s the PDF version:

Ready to learn more about One D&D? According to their website, here’s the FAQ:

General

What is One D&D?

One D&D is the code name for the next generation of Dungeons & Dragons, bringing together three initiatives that will shape the future of the game:

  • D&D Rules. This takes what we love about fifth edition and…

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Notable Games Coming to PlayStation, PC, and Xbox This Week — 15th August to 21st August

This week sees the return of a legendary sports gaming franchise and a sendoff to one of the biggest names in gaming history. Some high-profile indie titles make their way to consoles near you including mayhem shooter Rollerdrome and the musical adventure title We Are OFK.

Rollerdrome(© 2022image: Private Division, Take-Two Interactive)

Here are the new games coming to PS5, PS4, PC, and Xbox this week across both physical and digital formats so you will know what’s coming out for your favorite Sony or Microsoft systems. Enjoy and remember to come back every week for all info about game releases!

15 August

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  • MultiVersus (Season 1) | PS5 & PS4
    (also on: PC, Xbox Series X, XB1)
  • Monster Tribe | PC
  • Backpack Hero | PC
  • Spark the Electric Jester 3 | PC
  • Fashion Police Squad | PC

16 August

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