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

 

Episode 175

Exciting news! We recorded our very first Actual Play podcast! Look forward to that in the coming weeks. This episode we talk about SO MANY excellent kickstarters – including one that BLOWS RICHARD’s MIND!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece

Theme song by Michael Iachini from @CLAYCRUCIBLE Games!

Kickstarters:

New Segment: Kenna Finds a Kickstarter that will BLOW RICHARD’S MIND

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Episode 174 – Interview with Ryan Macklin

We have Ryan Macklin on the show to talk about his fantastical kickstarter Katanas and Trenchcoats! Have you always wanted to play a technomage with some sweet stubble and imposing tenacity? This is the game for you! We also catch up an a boat load of licensed games and great kickstarters! Enjoy!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Corner

DMs Guild Masterpiece

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

Interview with Ryan Macklin

Katana and Trenchcoats

THE THREE

  1. What color Meeple do you typically choose? Blue
  2. What is a favorite entry level game for new gamers? Board Game: Forbidden Island, Pub Game: Pairs, RPG: D&D 5th Ed or Fate Core
  3. Who is a game designer that has your attention right now? Rob Daviau, Leonard Balsera and Greg Stolze

Episode 173

This episode we get into some niche corners of RPG, like playing in silence and fighting Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf! We also review some oldies, but goodies like Cadwallon: City of Thieves and Mystery of the Abbey. Don’t forget, we also have the lowdown on all the latest kickstarters, including our Pickstarters! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

Until next time…

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DM’s Guild Masterpiece

Kickstarters:

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Questions:

Episode 172

This episode we wrap two RPGs we’ve been playing in, look forward to Ravenloft and marvel at the ongoing developments in DMs Guild. We also are looking forward to several board game Kickstarters and catch up with how a few kickstarters are finding mainstream publishing! So much to cover!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery:

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpieces:

Kickstarters:

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Questions:

Episode 171

This episode, Rich plays games about beautiful trees while I gain victory points through utter draconic destruction! We’ve also got all the latest in news and kickstarters – coming up!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DM’s Guild THING OF THE EPISODE

Kickstarters:

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Episode 170

Hello again, dear Listeners. We’ve got so many great games to recommend! Viking games, artsy games, storytelling games, haunting games and so much more! Not to mention all the industry developments we’re keeping tabs on.

MOST IMPORTANT: Rich starts a new segment!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner:

More Gaming News:

DM’s Guild THING OF THE EPISODE:

Kickstarters:

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Questions:

  • DapperDM: I want a game to play with someone while in line for a movie, or waiting for a bus, ie. no play area other than “hands.” Exists?
  • NoBeardthePirate: How do you feel about established game companies using Kickstarter as a preordering system rather than going straight to market