So far, 5th edition has been doing great in my book. It’s a new edition with new possibilities and new ground to explore. What better book for the job than the Dungeon Master’s Guide!? While this edition has been hitting crits everywhere so far, will the DMG have the same luck?
I’m back once more to dive into my favorite spooky, scary monster of the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse! I’ve already covered planar beings and the walking dead, so I’m going to change my focus a bit; the dark tricksters of D&D! I’m talking about the fair folk and shapeshifters specifically! Sure, the scare factor of other strange creatures might excel these nasty creatures, but one shouldn’t discount these beings too much! No matter, let’s turn the page and talk about some monsters!
I bet you’re getting tired of the Monster Manual image, right? Luckily for you, this will be the last time I use it! (Well, until I do another rambling about monsters that is!) In fact, this is the last entry for my “D&D Month.” While I’ll always jabber about RPGs every now and then, this month was something special for me. I can happily say I truly got back into RPGs this month. Sure, I on/off playtested D&D Next, did a couple Savage Worlds one-shots, played some Call of Cthulhu once every couple months, and ran Encounters for D&D, but I really want to actively play again. Maybe 5e inspired that in me or something else, I don’t know.
But, enough rambling, we’re here for a Bestiary of truly scary Beasties! I’m talking about the D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual of course! This book details all sorts of monster both very familiar and somewhat obscure. You’ll see some old favorites and some oddballs that exist in scattered parts of the multiverse. But, since it’s just a book about monsters, why should the fans care so much about the Monster Manual?
Thinking about it, I should have saved the title for when I talked about Outsiders (i.e. alien beings and elementals) and Constructs (i.e. robots). Oh well, wasted play on words. But, I really enjoyed jabbering about D&D Monsters this week. Also, I haven’t gotten my copy of the Monster Manual in the mail (as of 9/21/2014) and I don’t want to delay any longer. So, I think it’s time for a different set of nasty beasties this time around. Less planars, more scary things. While I talked about the aforementioned monster types last time, this time I want to hone in on a couple more monsters that are more appropriate for the encroaching Halloween season! Muhahahaha *cue lightning and some poor sap in heavy armor failing their dexterity saving throw* Hmmm, did I do that? No matter, let’s jump right into the fun.
Halloween always comes early with the Doc! On top of that, one of my favorite pass times is the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. (Stop your laughing, I HEARD you!) Now, I might be invading other peoples’ turf, but I’ve always wanted to talk about D&D monsters. Now, folks like headinjurytheatre and bogleech have probably said enough, but I figure I’d chip in my own 2 cents! Specifically, I’m here to talk about some of my favorites, whether or not they jump into the batshit insane. While some could call it cheating, I’ll might be expanding into various d20 stuffs like Paizo Pathfinder for future installments, since I love the “Golarion” setting so (and it was published under D20 before Pathfinder existed.) So, let’s crack open that monster manual and get reading!
With Beamdog declaring that Icewind Dale will now get the EE treatment, let’s have a look back at the Baldur’s Gate sequel. As many remember, I enjoyed the Enhanced remake of the first Baldur’s Gate. It looked quite a bit nicer, the new characters were interesting, and it was the fun experience I remembered and then some. In fact, the new content felt less intrusive than the Tales of the Sword Coast pack from the original game! But, we’re here too look at Beamdog’s follow up effort. If I were to review Baldur’s Gate II itself, I’d probably shower it with praise. Even though it’s a very old game that hasn’t aged well outside of mods, it’s one of the best computer based roleplaying games of all time. And as much as I’d love to review Baldur’s Gate II, I’m going to focus on the changes, updates, and ‘enhanced’ aspects of this one. So, how does it fare compared to the previous one? Quest forward to find out!
I wanna get this out of the way, I’ve been excited to get my grubby hands on this glorious book! Thanks to being one of the few whose FLGS (or “Friendly Local Gaming Store”) got it early, I had the chance to dive into this player’s guide to the new edition. Let’s turn the page and get started!
It’s no lie, I love almost anything cyberpunk! For some reason, the genre always clicked with me. And when it comes to tabletop games, all the better! I’m no doubt a DEM fanboy of sorts, but their stuff is just that awesome. Without further ado, my take on their RPG, Neurospasta.
Loved Cyberpunk 2020, perhaps even D20 Cyberscape? Always wanted to run Shadowrun with the D&D rule set? If you said yes to any of these, DEM promises quite the game! Let’s see how good this program really is. Megacorporation hacking tips and review after the jump!
“War. War never changes.”
While I would like to babble about the joys of roleplaying games in general, this topic is indeed a very special one! They have a saying in every fandom that you never forget what you start with! Generation of Pokemon/Transformers/Ponies/whatever, Incarnation of the Doctor, and of course edition of popular games like Dungeons and Dragons. And as you guessed it, D&D and a little bit on other roleplaying games are the focus today! Well, mostly Dungeons & Dragons to be honest. Hey, it is the world’s oldest and most popular roleplaying game! I mean, I could ramble about other games, such as World of Darkness, GURPS, and beyond, but that’d make this go on forever. Now, I promised that I was going to wrap up Nuke Month, but I’ll have something good in store for next weekend. In the meantime, grab a bag of dice and some heated rhetoric and charge forth into the gaming battlefield!
Here’s a double-shot of “forgotten greats” to make up for my lack of “vault” posts for the past week or two. This time, I look at the classic D&D Computer RPG, “Planescape Torment.”
“What can change the nature of a man?”