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Review – Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

Wizards of the Coast continue their current run of guides as penned by some of their historical giants. Volo, Xanathar are names you might not know if you’re only familiar with the core rule books, but Mordenkainen should be a name familiar to even those with a passing knowledge. You might recall Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion, Mordenkainen’s Sword, or Mordenkainen’s faithful hound, or even his Magnificent Emporium if you got into 4e in the same way I did (still some interesting magic items in there by the way, worth a read for the ideas).

Scattered with his rather ominous notes, the Tome of Foes discusses some of the greater conflicts in D&D history, the parties involved, and what horrors lurk beyond the world, awaiting those who would dare rise to the challenge. My copy arrived last week, here’s what I thought… (more…)

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Christmas Encounter Table

Some context: Every year I have run a Christmas themed game for one of my local gaming groups. The first one was supposed to be just a one shot, an overly dramatic story of a band of misfit toys who escape the island (really a peninsula), to return home, lead a revolt of the Candy Folk against the cruel tyranny of the Fey Lord Klaus and his wicked elven wild hunt, and reinstate Bannock, Gingerbread King of Candy Folk. And because I can’t control myself, this became an ongoing story, four years strong. This will be the first year since 2012 in which I have not done a Christmas game.

What can I say? I’ve felt rather uninspired in that regard and other projects are taking off rather nicely. So for now, the Dark God of Candy will have to wait to reclaim the world, here instead is an encounter table which sees a nondescript party of 4-6 Christmas themed adventurers level 2-4, wandering the frozen wilderness in an effort to evade Santa and his sadistic brood. It assumes information from the D&D 5th edition Players Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide.

Merry Christmas.

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Remaking A Classic – Fantasy Worlds

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

I’ve griped and grumbled plenty about Lord of the Rings but even as someone who doesn’t enjoy it I recognise all too well that at the time it was highly original. Tolkien set the stereotypes that I have grown bored of and that makes his work special in its own right, his opus has become the very classical depiction of elves, dwarves, dragons, hobbits/halflings and a host of other fantasy staples besides. The problem as I see it now is that I have seen it done and over done and get a little tiresome.

I was raised on the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, so I saw all of these stereotypes torn apart and analysed to death before I saw them presented in their original field. When I came to Dungeons & Dragons and its contemporaries I found myself once again immersed in the classic stereotypes, but saw places where the limits had been pushed and guidelines broken, and the very concepts of what makes a world broken down into simple rules. (more…)


Becoming a… Santa’s little helper

Have you ever wanted to pursue a career in being a helper for the magical man in the south pole? It’s not as easy as you might think it is, but today we’re going to look at the requirements to professionally become one of Santa’s Little Helpers. Trust me; this job is not for the faint of heart, so do stick around!

Becoming a

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