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Manshoon

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:06

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Ruler of the Zhents and lord of evil, Manshoon is a powerful sorcerer who ensures his immortality wby making clones of himself.

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Magma Dragon

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Magma Dragon

Born from the elements themselves, Magma Dragons are walking catastrophes.

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Marsh Giant

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Marsh Giant

These guys are so slimy and flabby that nobody wants to be their friend.

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DnDClassics New Releases

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 03:00
This one-stop-shop for D&D content offers an easy way to access and download favorite classic titles electronically by computer, mobile phone, or tablet (including iPads). Coming to DnDClassics this week...

Starter Set: Excerpt 4

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 03:00
In today's excerpt, we take another look at the D&D Starter Set—this time at the overland map from the adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver.

Bringing a Game to Life

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 03:00
In this week’s Legends & Lore, Mike talks about the story and partnerships behind the launch of fifth edition.

Earth Guardian

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:17

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Earth Archon Elementals guard their posts endlessly, controlling the very ground itself to assist them in their duty.

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Heroes of Cormyr

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:16

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Heroes of Cormyr

This party is ready to fight for what's right! i.e. loot and XP.

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Starter Set: Excerpt 3

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 03:00
In today's excerpt, we take another look at the D&D Starter Set—at spell lists for clerics and wizards from the rulebook.

What digital offerings I want from D&D 5e

A Hero Twice a Month - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 22:26

Bad digital tools make me want to burn the whole place down!My gaming group makes extensive use of digital tools when playing.  We have vast PDF libraries that keep us from breaking our backs hauling books back and forth.  We use various character generation tools to assist with character creation and tracking.  We use virtual game tables both for ease of play and to allow members who cannot attend locally to join in the fun remotely.  Digital tools are an essential part of our game.  Trapdoor Technologies, a new licensee for Dungeons & Dragons digital tools, asked on their website what we want out of Codename Morningstar.  Here is my wish list.

Affordable PDFs

This is more in Wizards of the Coast court than Trapdoor Technologies.

Wizards of the Coast has a spotty history when it comes to PDFs.  In third edition PDFs were priced exactly the same as the physical book.  This meant that they often cost more than you could get the physical books for off of Amazon and even most local game stores.  It also meant that at $30 or more a pop that most gamers had to make a choice between buying a physical book or buying the PDF.  Personally, I enjoy reading a physical book but love the convenience of a searchable PDF during game play.  By offering PDFs at a reasonable price Pazio and other publishers have encouraged me to purchase both.

In fourth edition Wizards of the Coast moved away from PDFs and offered up the D&D Compendium as a digital alternative.  The D&D Compendium was great, but it didn’t allow you to see the rules in their original context.  There is a place for a tool like the D&D Compendium, but I does not replace PDF versions of the books.

Of course Wizards of the Coast has made great strides in their PDF offerings with the D&D Classics site.  However, they still tend to be a bit pricey on the newer stuff and don’t tend to release PDFs concurrently with their new releases.  I hope that this will change with the release of fifth edition.

A robust and customizable character generator

I like character generators and I even liked the D&D Character Builder offered through D&D Insider.  It had a major flaw though, as it did not handle house rules very well.  This is why I prefer a character generator like PCGen.  The ability to load my own datasets far outweighed the occasional quirkiness of the program.  Strong support for house rules is a must.

A useful virtual game table

There are a lot of great virtual game table products out there.  Personally, we use MapTools, but Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds are great products as well.  A great virtual game table must be customizable, allow easy access to remote players, and provide useful management tools for the DM to run encounters.  All three of the virtual game tables I have listed above do this.

To be honest the opportunity here is almost closed.  Where there is still opportunity is to integrate this in with the vast stores of data Wizards of the Coast can provide.  Making it seamless to drop in monsters with full stats and seamless integration with character sheets would make all the difference.  I know it would convince me to switch.

Campaign management tools

There is probably a lot of room for improvement here.  Realm Works is great for campaign prep, but  Obsidian Portal is probably the leader here.  It bills itself as a campaign wiki site, but it provides a lot of tools for game masters to keep track of the locations and characters while only surfacing to the players what the game master wants them to know. 

Outside of the gaming software world, I have found both Workflowy (an outliner) and Evernote (a robust note taking program) to be invaluable tools for organizing campaigns.  I have also been considering trying Scrivner, which is intended for authors who are organizing a novel, but would probably work just as well for a campaign.

I would look to all of these tools for inspiration.

It is more than just a Windows world

D&D Insider ran on Microsoft Silverlight.  While some of my group members use Windows laptops, some use MacBooks, Ubuntu Linux laptops, iPads, and Android devices.  Silverlight did not work very well for them.

Please make sure that whatever digital solutions are created are multi-platform.  Make sure that these solutions are mobile friendly as well.

Behind the Gear-spun Curtain: A Purely Steampunk Look at Game Design

dungeonmastering.com - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:39
Pure Steam™ is first and foremost a campaign setting. Settings are important to films, TV, comics, radio plays, novels, and books of all sorts. Settings are places, but settings are also more...

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Yan_Lo_1

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:28

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Yan_Lo_2

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Yan_Lo_3

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Yan_Lo_4

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Rotten_Belle_v3_1

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Rotten_Belle_v2_2

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Rotten_Belle_v2_1

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Rotten_Belle_v1_1

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Izamu_the_armor_2

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