Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Feywild and Shadowfell

The Feywild and the Shadowfell are terms that are tossed around quite a bit in the D&D world, but what are they exactly? I found the following description on page 8 of The Manual of the Planes:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Kobold's Lair (01/24/2010)

After having vanquished a gaggle of kobold's outside the waterfall during the previous week, our intrepid adventurers now looked for a way to investigate what lay behind the waterfall. Maive had seen one kobold head pop out from behind the waterfall, so there was no doubt that there was something in there. Oester had crept up to the southern corner of the waterfall and poked his head in and had gotten nailed with a javelin for his troubles.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

4E Races and Classes

The number of races has multiplied quickly in 4E. PHB1 started with the standard humans, elves, and dwarfs, etc., and introduced tieflings and dragonborn. Other less common counterparts such as gnomes, half-orc's, shifters, and others have some historical context in the D&D world and many were introduced in PHB2, others in source books for Eberron and Forgotten Realms. PHB3 won't be released for several months yet but many of the new races have already been included in the DDI CB tool.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wizards DDI Update and new Books

Now that all (most?) of us have installed the DDI Character Builder (CB) Tool there was a new update released this past Tuesday (01/19/2010). When you initially access the CB tool you should see a screen with an option to either start the tool or get the update. Whenever an update is available that particular button will be selectable. There weren't much in the way of new material or bug fixes this time, but we did just come through the holidays.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kobolds at the Waterfall (01/17/2010)

After the battle the party drug the bodies off the road and stashed them in a grove of trees off the road. The equipment was bundled and stashed at a separate location, with Eldred taking possession of the Wyrmpriest's necklace with the symbol of Orcus (a skull with ram's horns) on it.

Winterhaven (01/10/2010)

Before moving on to Winterhaven it was decided to looks for tracks in the area. Maive and Jenneth followed tracks south for about an hour without finding anything and then returned to the party.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

First Encounter (01/03/2010)

After the meeting on the previous day adjourned you each had the opportunity to acquire any last minute provisions and to make final preparations for your 4-5 day trip from Fallcrest to Winterhaven. In the morning before you leave Menos arrives to see you off, and before you leave he tells you the one you are looking for is an Orcus priest by the name of Kalarel. He also warns you to be careful - Orcus spies could be anywhere.

The Meeting (12/20/2009)

Today is the day of the big meeting. Your patron has been rather mysterious about the purpose of the meeting on the journey to Fallcrest, insisting that you accompany them but dropping only bare hints as to the reason for your trip. You are looking forward to finding our exactly what is going on and how you fit into this.

4E Kick-Off Meeting (12/20/2009)

After some discussion early in 2009 our Sunday Night D&D group has decided to give D&D Fourth Edition (4E) a try. The plan was that once Scott’s dungeon was completed that I would run a 4E adventure, Keep of the Shadowfell (KotS). Each of the group members has at least a copy of the Players Handbook (PHB) with the intention that we would at least get a chance to page through it before we started later in 2009 or early 2010.

Gencon Trip Report (August 2009)

There was some discussion in the group earlier this year about going to Gencon. Joette, Rich and Jordan were going per usual, and this year Brian and I decided to make a run down to Indianapolis to behold the specter that is Gencon.

Background and History

Our Sunday night Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) group has been together for 30+ years, having been formed in 1978 or 1979 by employees at the Bell Labs facility in Naperville IL. It started as a lunch-time group using one of the local conference rooms, but soon moved to Sunday nights as some members left the Labs for other positions. The group is currently eight members strong, including five people who have been with the group for the duration. I joined in 1986 or 1987 … Mike and Laura M. left a few years later, Bob D. a few years after that, but we picked up Dave C. and Brian S. … our current configuration has been together for well over ten years now.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Introduction - Sunday Night Dungeons and Dragons

Welcome to Roger's blog about our Sunday Night D&D group and our foray into the world of Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition (4E). Some members of our group have been playing D&D together for 30+ years so I want to provide some historical background on us as a group as well as give a weekly play-by-play of our current adventure. I have been keeping notes on this current adventure in a MS-Word file and it's starting to get too big to be reasonable, so I am going the blog route.

Warning: As part of our weekly play-by-play we will essentially providing a detailed spoiler for the published adventure we are playing. If you don't want to know what happens, then don't read this.

Otherwise feel free to tag along for the ride. This is not really intended to be shared among a larger audience, so expect lots of inside jokes and nonsense that makes no sense to anyone but us.