April 2014Posted by Sir Keith Mon, April 28, 2014 11:31:54
Sorry – been a bit busy, working on the sites, doing reviews as well as holidays, normal work and family life.
So in regards to the site, I am excited to announce that I have set up a forum site. I am looking to improve it, but in the meantime please have a look and join in the discussions…..
I have also been reviewing some books and so the front page now lists all that I have done and also started to add the product information for TSR and a list of all the scenarios for the different additions so that collectors and gamers can see exactly what is out there for the edition they play.
In regards to conventions, I am now preparing for the UKGames Expo at the end of May. This is the biggest gaming even in the UK and well worth a visit. Please come over and have a look. If you do then you will find me on the ThirstyKnight stand in the library area. Please come over and say hi. I will also be doing a lot of interviews and getting information for some features I plan for the site.
So there is plenty going on and a lot more planned as I look to expand the site with different systems and different features.
However the heart of the site is you. I want this to be your site, not mine. Let me know what you want. I am about to launch a survey for GMS to complete and another for players. Please watch this space……
April 2014Posted by Sir Keith Tue, April 15, 2014 07:53:08
PAX East took place in the states last weekend (11th -13th April) and there was some interesting news coming out of WOTC. The Tyranny of Dragons panel took place on Friday and gave some interesting information about the product and Next in general. They also displayed some of the upcoming artwork.
- Tyranny of Dragons is a STANDALONE product; no Player's Handbook or Dungeon Master's Guide is needed.
- All "key" settings will be supported; this apparently includes Eberron wilth Keith Baker.
- Forgotten Realms is the 5E flagship setting (no surprise there).
- D&D Next is "97% done"
- No prices, dates, or product covers; sorry!
Here is the article from David Ewalt as covered in Forbes. The article is here.
“The basic story line of Tyranny of Dragons: “ Tiamat, the queen of evil dragons, has languished in the nine hells for millenia. The Cult of the Dragon believes that the time for her return is at hand.” To accomplish its goal, the cult needs to round up five ancient dragon masks and rally the support of evil dragons everywhere.
On one side of the war, the evil Cult of the Dragon and the Red Wizards of Thay; on the other side, heroic groups including the Harpers, the Company of the Gauntlet, the Emerald Enclave, the Lords Alliance and the Zhentarim have set aside their differences to put an end to the tyranny.
• The ToD story line will will unfold across the face of Faerun, and include settings like Neverwinter, Baldur’s Gate and Waterdeep. Every city is under siege.
• The Tyranny of Dragons story is the first story to launch with the new edition of the Dungeons & Dragons game. We though it should be tied to one of the most iconic villains and some of the most iconic monsters that the game has ever had.”
• The ToD adventures will be separate from the core system rules coming out this summer, but will be closely tied into those rules, and the first major adventures.
• Tyranny of Dragons “will be a transmedia experience.” We’ll see parts of the story not only in the tabletop RPG, but in the organized play program, in the Neverwinter MMO, and in other outlets Perkins can’t talk about yet. Fans will also get a peek at the experience during the live Acquisitions Incorporated game this Sunday at PAX East.
• ”We’re thinking of Dungeons & Dragons as an entertainment experience across multiple platforms” that will move from story to story fluidly… so a plotline might start in the organized play games and finish in a published module.
• ”The Forgotten Realms is our flagship setting for the new edition, however we are supporting, or will support, all of our key settings in the future.” That includes Ebberon, says Perkins, and “you are going to see more Ravenloft stuff very soon.”
• The new rules and new adventures play with the idea of in-game factions: Characters can align with certain local groups, receive awards from them, and increase in rank. These factions are specifically chosen to appeal to different kinds of characters and players.
• Modrons will return in the upcoming fifth edition rules!
The DNDInsider page for Tyranny of Dragons is here
The mention of other settings is very interesting and here is a bit that was sent out by the inestimable ENWorld email:
“Chris Perkins indicated that Dragonlance was "not dead". However, he did indicate that a specialist would be needed to "revive it", which strongly implies that there's plans for it at present. Certainly Margaret Weis (one of the co-creators) and Cam Banks (one of the Dragonlance designers for 3E) are not currently part of any plan. Check out this Twitter conversation ("boymonster" is Cam Banks):
@boymonster <- Dragonlance specialist
@WeisMargaret I'm a dragonlance specialist!
@boymonster I think you out-specialize me by a wide margin.
@WeisMargaret who is Chris sims?
@boymonster That would be @ChrisSSims, an editor & designer at WotC. He seems like a reasonably fine gentleman.
@WeisMargaret I heard you were looking for Dragonlance specialists! I'm available!
@ChrisSSims Hi! Hmmm. I think you should talk to @mikemearls then. You too, @boymonster.
I'm fairly sure Mike Mearls already knows exactly who to contact should any Dragonlance plans arise. Cam Banks later went on to post publicly to Facebook the following:
Yesterday, Chris Perkins of WotC gave a presentation at PAX East about the future of D&D, including their new plans for the Forgotten Realms and other classic D&D settings. He said that Dragonlance wasn't dead, it just needed a specialist to work on it.
I believe that Dragonlance has a place in D&D's future. I believe there are many talented writers, editors, and developers with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the setting to help them make that a reality, not the least of which are Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I believe Dragonlance has a strong, vibrant, and dedicated fan base hungry for more novels, for more game books, for the very same transmedia experience that they're hoping to promote with their D&D brand.
And I believe that I would love to be a part of that.”
Temple of Tiamat
Here is the link to the artwork (this is an EnWorld forum):
April 2014Posted by Sir Keith Tue, April 08, 2014 11:17:03
It has been bought to my attention that the comment buttons have not worked on a lot of the posts etc. I have now fixed this so look forward to the great community out there having a look (and a comment) on everything on the site!!
Remember any issues please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun and enjoy to the site - and let me know what you want to see and to be improved!!
April 2014Posted by Sir Keith Fri, April 04, 2014 08:31:14
A very quick note to give you all the heads-up on free RPG stuff from our friends over at Drivethru RPG:
FREE!! BUT IT'S ONLY HERE UNTIL APRIL 7!
We're celebrating International Tabletop Day 2014 with a massive bundle of free gaming goodness. Over $70 of RPGs are yours—FREE!—thanks to participating publishers. You'll also find a boatload of some of our most popular QuickStarts to let you jump into your game of choice.
A $71.95 Value for FREE!
April 2014Posted by Sir Keith Tue, April 01, 2014 10:55:34
I have been using Herolab for quite a while now, for my Pathfinder campaign. However now WolfLair have finally released the campaign manager system:
Realm Works Now Available!
What's Realm Works?
"We’ve been shouting from the rooftops, but in case you missed it, we have some exciting news to share… Realm Works is now available for sale on our web store, for a special introductory price of $49.99! This includes 6 months of our standard tier cloud service (a $24.99 value)!"
Built by a team of experienced GMs, Realm Works is the Game Master’s answer to managing your tabletop RPG campaigns. Use Realm Works to run and prepare RPG sessions for any game system, whether it’s a well-known system by a big name publisher or a system that you’ve created from scratch. With automatic linking, player-immersive Fog of World™, and lots more, Realm Works will transform your gaming experience. Spend less time preparing, more time creating, and focus on sharing the story with your players!
Looking to learn more about this brand new campaign management tool? Take the Virtual Tour and discover what Realm Works has to offer at the official website!
We are now in the final few days for both Orin Rakatha and Shadows of Esteren on Kickstarter. I encourage you to go over and have a look at both these exciting projects. I have a feature on Orin Rakatha on the site and I promise to get the reviews for Shadows of Esteren completed soon!!
The latest adventure path takes place in the Golarian Egytptian setting. However adventuring in a place such as this has many perils that the DM may like to take into account. I am currently writing a quick note on adding more realism to your campaign – it will be posted soon.