Friday, December 1, 2017
This past Sunday, we celebrated the arrival of our newest adventurers from the Guild of Heroes. The Guild of Heroes is our ongoing D&D campaign for players as young as 9 and as old as 15. Over the day we had eighteen characters, some of them fully customized by their players with skills, spells, and stories of their choosing! The adventurers set out on three missions. Below are the reports from each of the DMs, Camilla, Joe, and Yoni.
The program was hugely popular, with another half dozen adventurers choosing to join the Guild, and almost immediately filling the sign-ups for Dec 10th. In response to that demand, we have opened up more games on Dec 31st, with registrations on Eventbrite here as usual.
DM Camilla - A Sticky Situation (The Isles of Niln)
|The Isles of Niln|
As winter began to set on the Isles of Niln, a group of adventurers set out from Fort Stonespur. They were Kafin the half-elf bard, Zealious Norixius the dragonborn wizard, and four elves: Zara the druid, Berrian the ranger, Theirastra the wizard, and Sauron, also a wizard. They trekked through the snow to the Sapwoods, where a small settlement of syrupers had called for aide to locate their missing comrades. After discussing the situation with those who remained, the party moved into the woods, seeking a handful of workers, as well as the merchant who ran the operation, the last to go missing along with two imperial soldiers. They followed a circling path that threaded from syrup tap to syrup tap.
In the forest, they encountered hostile wildlife, twig blights from the forest who were attacking those who were cutting it down. Though the creatures were weak, and aggressive, the party showed compassion towards them, including a bard who befriended a blight whose branches were adorned with recent sprouts and blossoms. Journeying deeper, the forest bore the same strange changes, with trees sprouting leaves, grass sticking up out of the still falling snow, and more. The corridor of snow-covered green wasn’t unoccupied though, and a swarm of small lizards fell upon the party, threading in between them with sticky threads trailing behind them. They defended themselves, and buried the fallen animals before making camp. Their investigations found another patch of green where the threads were numerous, and there were signs of something large being dragged away. During this hike, one wizard named Sauron took great interest in the threads, particularly as they froze overnight, and confirmed the strength of their sedative properties.
The Wizard Theirastra put two trigger-happy soldiers into a magical slumber, saving the party a snowy and bolt ridden slog up to the hill-side cave where they had encamped. Once inside, the party was able to free those encased, and return them to their friends at the settlement. Vylnon, did not fare so well, his anger and aggression being returned with a gag. Freed from their servitude, the syrupers chose to return with the party, offering to help rebuild the ruins of Fort Stonespur.
DM Joe - Welcome To The Dungeon (Fort Stonespur, The Isles of Niln)
|Joe pointing towards the battle|
When the Guild’s new quartermaster, Argenta, heard rumors of magical artifacts under Fort Stonespur, she set off into the tunnels by herself. Days later, there was no sign of her and an emergency search party was assembled. The rogue Grasseater, druid Eldan Oakenheel, clerics Logan and Drawfinsitination (known to his friends as Draw), and wizards Caelyn and al’Zender set forth to explore the dark passages and rescue Argenta from whatever danger had befallen her.
Under Fort Stonespur, the party found the remnants of an ancient elvish fortress that fell to giant attacks more than a thousand years ago. Makeshift barricades and the remnants of the fortress armory still showed signs of the ancient battle. The floor was coated in dust, but Caelyn saw tracks from something (or someone) being dragged across it recently. Following the tracks into a crumbling great hall, the adventurers encountered some bizarre and misshapen creatures that appeared to be made of an ooze-like substance. The monsters were easily dispatched, but none of the group had ever encountered or heard of creatures like these.
In an old kitchen, the adventurers mostly found cobwebs and empty shelves, but they spotted a couple of bottles that Drawfinsitination was able to identify as healing potions. Unfortunately, nobody spotted the danger that was lurking above them. When most of the group walked into an old banquet hall and Logan made his way back to the great hall, they were set upon by the giant cave spiders that made those webs! Al’zender and Grasseater stood on the front lines and squashed several ravenous bugs, and Logan was entangled in webs, but bravely fought alone against one of the spiders until the rest of the party could lend their support.
Finally, the group found Argenta, who had been trapped in a malfunctioning magical shield and needed someone to retrieve the key to disarm the device. Argenta described the slimy creatures encountered earlier as “troglodytes” and said she suspected one of them of taking the piece she needed. When Caelyn used their magic to track down the missing key, everyone was drawn into battle with more troglodytes. The filthy ooze that spawned the troglodytes joined the battle, but Eldan used his powers to transform into a tiger and protect the rest of the group from the ooze. Just when Eldan seemed in danger of being consumed by acidic slime, the two wizards burned him free with their magic and Drawfinsitination finished the beast off with a mighty Guiding Bolt.
With the danger gone, Argenta was freed from her prison. Meanwhile, al’Zender and Caelyn identified the circle she had been trapped in as an ancient elvish teleportation circle, though the destination seemed to be broken or disabled. Fortunately, Logan made some progress in clearing out a massive staircase and finding a way deeper into the dungeon.
After being rescued, Argenta resumed her position as quartermaster of the Guild of Heroes. She offered to study any magical artifacts the heroes find on their quests, and even repair devices like the magic shield so they can be used to aid adventurers in the future.
DM Yoni (The Sundrop Isles)
|Yoni mimicking a skeletal ogre|
Thursday, November 30, 2017
New Arrivals and Restocks: November 29th
A huge influx of stuff has arrived over the last week! Take a look:
Indulge your inner creature of the night with Dominion: Nocturne! With over 500 new cards, it's sure to make any Dominion fan howl!
Time Stories: Estrella Drive
Time Police: get ready for your close-up. Something's rotten in 1980s Hollywood, and it's up to you to root it out. And...Action!
Legend of the Five Rings: The Chrysanthemum Throne
The fourth Dynasty Pack for the newly rereleased LOFR LCG! Be sure to pick it up in preparation for our upcoming tournament on December 9th!
The new Fantasy Flight RPG, Genesys takes the Star Wars RPG system and ports it to be compatible with any setting you please. We also have new dice to go with it!
When I Dream
A lovely game of hints and dreams. A mix of Dixit and Dreams with some Codenames thrown in. Sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering!
Even in the Mad Max future, people need deliveries! Build your Wasteland Delivery Company, brave bloodthirsty raiders, and keep driving.
The beloved staff favorite has returned! In this unique, real-time game of heist, the players must work together to move everything around--but without a word spoken! Huge fun.
Near and Far
Another favorite has also returned! Brave adventurers wanted! In this spiritual successor to Above and Below, build your party, earn a reputation, and set out for wild frontiers!
Game of Thrones: Catan
Man the Wall! In this new stand-alone Catan game, the players take on the role of Commanders of the Night Watch, develop their townships in the Gift, and fight off the Wildlings. Do well and win the title of Lord Commander!
Civilization: A New Dawn
Lead your Civilization from darkness into the light of a New Dawn! Based on the beloved PC franchise, Civilization lets you take a people all the way from the Stone Age to the modern era, and beyond. Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?
Neil Patrick Harris Playing Cards
If you're looking for a stylish stocking-suffer, look no further. Designed with the help of popular actor--and magician--Neil Patrick Harris, not only are these cards gorgeous, but there's a hidden puzzle throughout the deck.
Catan Scenario: Santa Claus
Another excellent stocking suffer. A whole Catan scenario, conveniently contained within a Christmas card!
Transparent plastic building blocks, held together with magnets. A wonderful gift for anyone who likes to build or fidget.
Last but not least is Azul! One of Kathleen's new favorites, this highly strategic and gorgeous game has you competing to lay the greatest tile arrangements in Portugal! A wonderful gift.
That's all for this week. Look forward to next week as the Holiday Season begins in earnest!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
New Arrivals and Restocks: November 15th;
A lot of highly anticipated releases this week! Check them out:
The game we've all be waiting for is finally here! Live the excitement of the adventuring life in this gorgeous D&D deck-building game! Choose your race, your class, and develop your skills as you evade traps, battle monstrous foes, and claim your magical booty. A thrill!
Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
When it comes to massive space-opera strategy games of war, peace and politics, accept no substitutes: Twilight Imperium is king. The new edition lets you guide one of SEVENTEEN factions in their quest to claim the throne of Galactic Emperor.
Legend of the Five Rings: For Honor and Glory
Another new pack for the new edition of Legend of the Five Rings. Seize honor, win glory!
Xanathar's Guide to Everything
Technically, Xanathar's released last Friday, but it sold out instantly. So we might as well announce the restock here! With new spells, new items, tons of new tools for a DM to use, and over thirty new subclasses, this is a must-get for the enthusiastic DM or player!
Returning to print after some time away, it's Time Barons! Take control of one of the mysterious, manipulative Barons, and guide the world from the shadows to fight your rivals for total control! If you've ever wanted to play as the Illuminati, this is your chance!
If you feel the call of the soil, Harvest Dice can help you scratch that itch. Grow veggies and feed your pig in this dice drafting game--but keep an eye on the markets, or you might find yourself with a pile of worthless produce!
Magic the Gathering: Iconic Masters
(On Sale This Friday - 11/17)