Episode 184

We’re back! With summer vacations out of the way, Kenna and I get back on track to bring your our latest adventures in gaming! Plus the latest in Gaming News, Kickstarters, and your listener questions…

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Richard

Questions:

Episode 183

With Kenna off on vacation, it’s up to me to get this recap of Gen Con out to the world. With me in this episode is former host and current fiancé, Angela Webber of The Doubleclicks! Join us for Gaming News, Kickstarters, listener questions and more…

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: {R} Richard & <A> Angela

Cardboard Republic: Gender Representation in Board Game Cover Art

Questions:

  • @lucia_fasanoWhat are some tips on being creative/uninhibited when making characters/rpging?
  • @ftcupHow do you know when to abandon a character concept your group may find grating in an RPG?
  • @crowgouldWhat is the funniest tabletop game you’ve played?
  • @tperranmitchell: What are some good two player cooperative games?

Episode 182

Just before GenCon, we found time to explore some castles, solve some crimes and explore the Barovian countryside! Meanwhile, there are more boardgame publisher consolidations happening, and other exciting Gaming News. And don’t forget all the great kickstarters! So much to do!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Richard

Questions:

  • Jesse Ferguson: What is the best gaming snack?
  • No Beard the Pirate: What are you looking forward to most at Gen Con? Buying any games while your there?
  • Brian Murray: Have you ever beaten someone at a game so thoroughly that you felt bad about it?

 

Episode 181

Rich is back and has stories of games and travel! We review games about gods, another licensing coup from Lynnvander Studios and Rich’s favorite game of 2016 wins the Spiel De Jares – coming up!

Reminder: Come see us at GenCon as we run you through Tragic Backstory creation and the 1st Mission of Phoenix: Dawn Command! 

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Richard

 

 

 

Episode 180

Keith Baker [creator of Gloom, Eberron and the upcoming Phoenix: Dawn Command] has fought his way past the minotaur, out of the labyrinth and back onto the show for another episode of game and kickstarter reviews! We check in on the next best Ticket to Ride, theorize what a The Godfather game could possibly be, and get our ice cream trucks revved up for their final showdown!

Coming up!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & *K* Keith

Episode 179

With Rich on the road, we have an opening for a guest house – enter Keith Baker! We get gaming insights from the creator of Gloom, Eberron and the soon to be released Phoenix: Dawn Command. He has some strong feels – especially about PEPPER!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & *K* Keith

Questions:

  • David Carrol: Is there much of a competitive scene of any of these amazing games we play? (the way there is for video games)
  • Ryan: Not a Drow fan. With Tyrants of the Underdark coming out, do you think it’ll be able to transcend its theme like Waterdeep did?
  • Jesse Ferguson What does it take for you to get rid of a board game?
  • Jesse Ferguson: You’ve just walked out of the tattoo parlor with a brand new gaming-related tattoo. Where is it, and what does it look like?

Episode 178

With an unfortunate audio glitch, this episode is a little shorter than most! Feel free to click on the links below that we had to cut out of the episode. Just pretend we were talking the whole time!

Fortnight in Nerddom

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Hot Tips:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme Song by Michael Iachini of @ClayCrucible Games

Kickstarters: 

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Questions:

  • No Beard the Pirate: How do you feel about upgrading components in board games? i.e. Organizer inserts, upgraded meeple/bits, coins ect?
  • Brion: What’s the most underrated RPG setting/system in your opinions?

Episode 177

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme Song by Michael Iachini from @ClayCrucible Games!

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Questions:

  • No Beard the Pirate – At what point do you cut the cord of KS and just pick up the game in retail on say MM or CSI for up to 30% off KS price
  • Michael Iachini – Are your favorite games to play with two players: (A) Games that are two-player only, or (B) Games that can play more than two?     
  • Levi Mote – If you could only play 1 RPG setting (not system) forever, which one do you pick?

                                                                                             

DMs Guild Masterpieces: By Blade and Claw

claudio pozasLook, I don’t want to mince words here. My first-ever D&D character was a ranger. As was my second. My third wasn’t a ranger but only because I rolled awful stats, so I had to be a cleric of nature instead, and then it was right back to ranger for character number four. I’ve played a ranger in every single system of D&D, and I’ve never regretted it… until 5e. I’ve never enjoyed animal companions, and the Hunter just doesn’t have that spark that draws me in. The ranger just doesn’t feel dynamic enough compared to the rest of the released classes. When even Christopher Perkins turns D&D’s most iconic ranger, Drizzt Do’urden, into a fighter, you know things are bad.

Since the beginning of DMs Guild, I have spent far too much time searching for a quick fix to a class which seems too underwhelming to live up to my hopes and dreams. And it’s obvious there are many of us who feel the same way because there are just so many of them! While there are plenty of ways to make the ranger different from the version found in the PHB, it takes a certain level of skill to build something that is interesting without going completely overboard to get every ranger concept into a single class. Do you want a spellcaster or a beastmaster? A silent stalker or an urban investigator? The list of two star reviews is staggering, as no one seems to be able to hit the perfect vision of what the ranger class should be.

After a series of dashed hopes, I caught a glimmer of wonder when I saw the name Claudio Pozas attached to a recent release. I’ve been following Claudio’s artistic work for years online, and I was very excited when he broke through and helped write multiple books for 4E as well as becoming an artistic contributor to the 5E PHB. With his recent experience, I knew that By Blade and Claw would be something very exciting to bring into a campaign.

Do you want to play a ranger without spells, but with a more Tolkein-esque ability to move and heal using herbs and poultices? Check. Or what about a beastmaster ranger that uses powerful new Bond spells to permanently enhance their pet at the cost of some spell slots? Yup. Or an entirely new Seeker archetype, with archery cantrips and options to allow your spirit companion to wreak havoc on the battlefield? Claudio’s got that too. Plus new animal training options and a host of new animal companion stat blocks. And best of all? The entire document is filled with original and fantastic artwork.

Clearly, Claudio takes my own point of view: that rangers are like, totally rad. The options presented in By Blade and Claw are very powerful, and DMs looking for a more low-powered game may want to read closely and consider how well they fit into their campaign. The archery cantrips provide strong and unlimited firepower to a ranger, and the Seeker gains a lot of options compared to the PHB ranger archetypes. But in the right hands, this supplement will make your ranger truly shine.

By Blade and Claw is a fun and inventive take on the ranger class which will bring powerful new options to your story and campaign! Listen in for more on why it caught my attention in Episode 176!

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Are you a 5E D&D Superfan? Then the DMs Guild is for you! Check out this marketplace of fantasy ideas for the latest in what D&D fans are writing, all using an official license from Wizards of the Coast and the official Forgotten Realms setting! Every episode, Rich scours the Guild for the most clever and ingenious options to add to your campaign. 

Episode 176

This week we needed help from our Friends from the Internet, Dave and Graziella to breakdown Dark Souls – plus we review all the other amazing Kickstarters. We are also excited for the best versions of many games, including Legendary Encounters, Star Wars RPG and The Builders! So much to get to! So let’s get to it!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini of @ClayCrucible Games!

DMs Guild News: The Coming Light: Part 1 from David Flor of Darklight Interactive

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K]
Kenna & {R} Rich