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Critter Corner: Highlights from Episode 3

Hello! Nerditor Doug here to welcome you to the second installment of Gin’s musings and thoughts on the new campaign of Critical Role, Geek and Sundry’s mega-popular live stream gameplay starring Matt Mercer as Dungeon Master with a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors playing D&D. New episodes stream every Thursday at 10 p.m. eastern. Viewers can watch through Alpha Project, Twitch and recently YouTube live as well.

Xanathar's Lost Notes, DM's Guild, D&D

Homebrew Review: D&D Xanathar’s Lost Notes To Everything Else from DM’s Guild

After a week of exceedingly bad health followed by a week of recovery I have returned, undeterred from my task of bringing to you honest reviews of the homebrew content so popular among gamers of all generations. Today we will be reviewing the little gem known as Xanathar’s Lost Notes To Everything Else for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons, available on the DM’s Guild. I’ve had this little badboy in my hands since December, and what is significant is this one I sought out on my own. This D&D content comes from the minds of Ruty Rutenberg, Lysa Chen, Will Doyle, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Rich Lescouflair, Shawn Merwin, Cindy Moore, and the one-of-a-kind Satine Phoenix. And Nerdarchy has an exclusive coupon code for when this book finds it’s way into your shopping cart too.

Rot From Within

Rot From Within D&D Adventure Trilogy Review

Salutations, nerds! Over the course of the past three weeks my Saturday group and I have had the pleasure of running the Rot From Within trilogy, an adventure trilogy for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons designed by James Introcaso, Lysa Chen and Cindy Moore.

Part one is called Fester and Burn, part two is Rotting Roots, and part three is Putting the Dead to Rest and all three of these D&D adventures can be found on the DM’s Guild for a paltry $2.99 each (though I believe Fester and Burn is currently marked down to $2.24 if that sweetens the pot for anyone).

D&D live stream playstyle

Critter Corner: Highlights from Critical Role Episode 2

Hello! Nerditor Doug here to welcome you to the second installment of Gin’s musings and thoughts on the new campaign of Critical Role, Geek and Sundry’s mega-popular live stream gameplay starring Matt Mercer as Dungeon Master with a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors playing D&D. New episodes stream every Thursday at 10 p.m. eastern. Viewers can watch through Alpha Project, Twitch and recently YouTube live as well.

Critical Role RPG campaign

Critter Corner: Discussing Critical Role Episode 1

Welcome to Wildemount.  The year is 835 PD, or Post Divergence.” – Matt Mercer

Hello, Critter darlings. Have you wandered my way because you haven’t yet caught the first episode of the Critical Role new campaign? Or were you perhaps one of the 100K+ plus live viewers, but now you’re out amongst the interwebs looking for analysis, fan theories, and/or gossip? In any case, I hope you’ll find something interesting here. Fair warning, this isn’t really a ‘highlights’ kind of article. I do give some character overviews and a session summary, but my main purpose is trying to build a case for a theory I have about the overall story arc we might see as the new season unfolds.

*mild spoilers for Critical Role, Campaign 2 Episode 1 ahead

D&D DM's Guild Emirikol's Guide to Devils

Homebrew Review: Emirikol’s Guide To Devils for D&D

Here we are again, doing another Homebrew Review. This time we are tackling Emirikol’s Guide To Devils from Sean McGovern. Like the last review, we aim to be honest for good or ill, and this one really took a good long time to review. Why you may ask? Because Emirikol’s Guide To Devils is a mighty big book of baddies for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons (240 pages!), available through the Dungeon Masters Guild. Anywho, we will be using the same scale as last time, and will be measuring it with the same school grading system. Let’s delve in and see how this one rolls out.

Homebrew Review: D&D Player’s Companion from DM’s Guild

Welcome to the trials and tribulations of a new series. In this one, I will be scouring the Dungeon Master’s Guild, StoryTeller’s Vault, and the net itself to review homebrew content of all levels of skill and professional build. I decided to open up this series with the current, as of the time my fingers hit the keyboard, No. 1 searched item on DM’s Guild.

Is the Netflix Movie ‘Bright’ Basically Diet Shadowrun Soda?

Many mainstream critics, including David Ehrlich at Indiewire.com are hailing “Bright” as the worst movie of the year! Heck, before I watched it, I thought I’d hate it being it seemed on the surface to be a complete Shadowrun ripoff. Turns out the Netflix movie is actually a solid effort in which critics such as Mr. Ehrlich may simply be defending the outdated theatre business model.

How Star Wars: The Last Jedi Ruined My Childhood, and How I Came to Terms with it.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is like the first time I ate sushi. I didn’t like it… But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Now I love sushi. I don’t love The Last Jedi, at least not yet, but I can’t stop thinking about it. It deserves another watch from me, one less entangled in my biases and preconceived notions. [NERDITOR’S NOTE: Warning – mild spoilers ahead.]

Review: Creature Components vol. 1: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Creature Components Vol. 1 from Playground Adventures is a supplement detailing the use of spell components taken from fantastic creatures to power spells and magical items for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. The supplement gives rules and examples for the effects that components taken from many creatures may have in spells as well as new feats and magic items that emphasize the benefits of collecting components from creatures.

If you have watched Critical Role, you may have seen Vox Machina hunting monsters such as a white dragon for the Slayer’s Take and harvesting their remains. Looking into the Dungeon Master’s Guide or Player’s Handbook you might ask yourself why they would do this. Now you can bring those ideas into your game!

Hyperlanes Classes: Sci-Fi for D&D

Following up a live chat and offline interview with Hyperlanes creator Ryan Chaddock and a look at species from the cinematic sci-fi ruleset fueled by the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons engine, we’re continuing on through the Hyperlanes corebook with Chapter 3: Class.

One of the best things about D&D 5E is the modular design philosophy. Stripping away all the class features, slots and so forth, D&D character classes are great framework to hang homebrew elements onto. I’ve had a lot of fun creating and playing with things like the barbarian Path of the Azure Primal Path and warlock Void Pact. There are six core classes in Hyperlanes, each with their own archetypes just like D&D. In fact, the class options in Hyperlanes are each built using one of the core D&D classes as a chassis. I’ve read through them all several times, ran a couple of sessions for players using them and certainly imagined more than one character I’d like to play.

Curious as to which ones?

Kobold Press Prepared 2 Adventure Collection: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Prepared 2 is the latest in the series of one-shot adventure products for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons published by Kobold Press. This product was released as an aid to Game Masters who might be caught short when players take a campaign in an unexpected direction. I’m sure we can agree that such an event is common. Therefore, such a resource would or should be invaluable. To fully ascertain whether or not Prepared 2 fills the bill, it’s important to look at it from several angles.

GeekGirlCon ’17 – A Convention to Celebrate the Female Geek

GeekGirlCon ’17

All right, so many things have occurred in the last decade of geekdom, and one I am very proud to be witness to is the massive expansion of acceptance for geeks from the general public. The thing is, many think the fight is already won, but it is not a battle. Indeed this is a war being battled on many fronts. There is a war of sorts women, people of color, nonbinary genders, and people of all sexual orientations have been fighting. One for safety and acceptance, to proper representation, and even employment.

Squire Character Manager: An App to Apply To Your D&D 5E Game

Squire Character Manager

D&D character manager appAs I have stated before, I don’t like to plug products unless I believe in them with all my heart and soul. With that in mind, I want to state this article is not something I am being paid for. In fact, quite the opposite. I actually paid to use the Squire Character Manager app for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons and found it so handy that I could not help myself but to reach out to it’s creator on the hopes that more gamers could enjoy the fruits of their impassioned labors.

Now in the light of the recent release of D&D Beyond you may ask what is the point of having an alternate app to such a juggernaut? Well let me tell you that this app is updated almost as often and as fast as problems or new ideas are introduced. Not just by the creators when they update the app, but by players using the app. Squire allows you to customize the game. Not just in little ways, but in easy to follow steps to create your own classes, races, archetypes, items, spells, and any other detail you wish. Once you create it, it’s stored and cataloged locally to allow for easy reproduction. In fact, I took the time to pull features from all the Unearthed Arcana and books, no small feat I might add, and now can create a vampire Oath of Conquest paladin with but a few taps on my phone.

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