Stranger Things D&D Starter Set

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2019 by boccobsblog

Stranger Things D&D Starter Set

We should have seen this crossover coming! WotC is set to release a Stranger Things themed D&D Starter Set on May 3rd. According to the Amazon preorder page:

The stranger things Dungeons & dragons starter set contains everything players need to embark on a stranger things adventure including the essential rules of the roleplaying game. It’s a great way for new as well as seasoned dungeon & dragons players to experience the D&D adventure stranger things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends. Pick your character — will you be will the wise or Dustin the dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle The ferocious Demogorgon. Prepare for just about anything, because the game just Got stranger.

The Stranger Things D&D Starter Set will include:

 

  • Stranger things themed of Dungeons & Dragons: embark on an exciting dungeon & Dragons adventure, hunt for the thessalhydra, “created” By the character Mike from the Netflix original series, stranger things
  • Great game for new dungeon & Dragons players: whether players are new to D&D, or looking for a new adventure, This stranger things themed roleplaying game includes everything a group needs to PLAY
  • Detailed rules, adventure book and game dice: The exciting adventure book and colorful rulebook contain tons of information on how to play the game, strategy, and tips for players to advance a character beyond the Fifth level, plus 6 Polyhedral dice so you’re ready to play
  • Stranger things character sheets: play as a favorite stranger things character
  • Includes 2 Demogorgon figures: the game includes 2 Demogorgon figures, one that players can paint and customize

 

Stranger Things is set to return to Netflix on July 4th, 2019.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Stranger Things Book 1
Can’t wait until Stranger Things Season 3 on July Fourth? Grab the first Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds. The novel was written by Gwenda Bond.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

Want more Stranger Things?

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things

 

20 D&D Paladin Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , on February 22, 2019 by boccobsblog
Paladin Quest Ideas

Paladin Quest Ideas

Today’s 20 paladin quest ideas come from Andrew of Cawood Publishing. If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more like it, consider subscribing:

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  1. An orc war band has made camp near the capital city. You then learn the Chief of the Town is making a deal with them.
  2. An angel sends you to the Underdark to retrieve an ancient celestial tome.
  3. The Thieves’ Guild steals your mount from the stables. You realize you have to shut them down!
  4. After returning from an adventure, you find your castle is overrun by constructs.
  5. The king asks you to watch over his castle while he’s away. His floating castle!
  6. Undead creatures have overrun your hometown and your mother is missing.
  7. Your allies suspect a large ship in the harbor is being used by slavers.
  8. You must travel to Hell and rescue a stranded group of knights.
  9. You learn a vampire has secretly become the leader of a large city.
  10. The love of your life has made a deal with an arch fey. You must travel to the land of the fey to deal with the situation.
  11. You are tasked with protecting a caravan through an area overrun by undead.
  12. You must escort a dangerous prisoner to the king’s dungeon.
  13. Your child runs away and joins an evil knighthood.
  14. A silver dragon asks to be protected from an evil adventuring party.
  15. Your deity sends you on a journey to another plane to retrieve a legendary magical item.
  16. A priest at your temple disappears during the full moon.
  17. You find out a spy has infiltrated a local jousting competition.
  18. The local Fighters’ Guild is accused of working for an evil lord.
  19. Your deity has found the ‘chosen one’. You must escort the young apprentice across the kingdom to the Great Temple.
  20. Merchants complain that a cult of devil-worshippers are stealing their business.

Andrew Cawood is a storyteller, former teacher, and counselor. He runs Cawood Publishing, an Indie RPG company based in Vancouver, Canada. The company has made over 30 5E products, including 20 bestsellers for DriveThruRPG and the DMs Guild. Their product catalog includes the Monsters of Feyland handbook and the World of Myrr campaign setting.

www.worldofmyrr.com

LexiCon-IL

Posted in Conventions, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , , on February 20, 2019 by boccobsblog
LexiCon-IL

Image by Arcadya Photography

Last year I dipped my toe into the con hosting pool. I prepped and planned for months, and was rewarded with about a foot or more of snow on the day of the event. Oh well, such is life. People had fun, and we ran a lot of games in spite of the weather. This year I’m trying again!

Details

LexiCon-IL
When: 30 March, 2019
Where: Lexington Community Center – 207 W Main St, Lexington IL 61753
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Events

  • D&D Adventurer’s League
  • Pathfinder Society
  • Shadowrun Organized Play
  • Dungeon World
  • GURPS
  • Limitless Adventures Playtests
  • Settlers of Catan Tournament
  • Free Board Game Library

Vendors

 

Learn more

 

LexiCon-IL is sponsored by Limitless Adventures

 

 

Tolkien Movie (2019)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2019 by boccobsblog

tolkien-poster

A biopic on the early life of J.R.R Tolkien is in post production. The film is set to be released on May 10th. Not much is known at this point as the film seems to have no official website and very little social media presence. The director has several films to his credit, but all are Finnish. I’m a bit worried by the writer selection as they are virtually unknown.

The trailer is short, but it seems like the film will highlight Tolkien’s time as an orphan, his years at Oxford, his service in World War I, but will largely revolve around his romance with his wife Edith Bratt.

I’ll post more when I hear something. I remain hopefully optimistic.

Details
Director – Dome Karukoski (some Finnish stuff )
Writers – David Gleeson (smh), Stephen Beresford (Pride?)
Starring – Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments), Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road)


Learn More About Tolkien:

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and their circle
Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

 

 

 

Gary Con XI Event Registration

Posted in Conventions, Dungeons and Dragons, Limitless-Adventures.com, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 6, 2019 by boccobsblog

garycon

Gary Con is an annual game convention celebrating the life and works of Gary Gygax, the Father of Role Playing Games. We do this by doing what he loved so much in life, playing Games! Join Gary’s children, friends and fellow game enthusiasts as we celebrate a life well-played.

Gary Con will my first con 2019. I was unable to obtain a vendor table, so Mike and I will be running seven 5th Evolution adventures. Event Registration is open now.
Limitless Adventures will run the following events:

781     5th Evolution: Conflict in Carbide City    Thr at 2:00 PM       Forum A (Back)

785     5th Evolution: Mystery in the Sahara      Thr at 2:00 PM        Forum A (Front)

784     5th Evolution: Dusk Playtest                   Fri at 6:00 PM         Forum A (Front)

782     5th Evolution: Tunnel of Terror                Fri at 6:00 PM         Forum A (Back)

786     5th Evolution: Mystery in the Sahara      Sat at 2:00 PM         Forum A (Front)

783     5th Evolution: Tunnel of Terror                Sat at 6:00 PM         Forum A (Back)

780     5th Evolution: Conflict in Carbide City     Sun at 10:00 AM      Forum A (Back)

I hope you can join us for some 5th Evolution!

 

20 D&D Cleric Quest Ideas

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , , , , on February 1, 2019 by boccobsblog

thumbnail

This week’s Quest Ideas come from Michael Mallen, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist that has been writing at The Id DM about gaming, psychology, and popular culture since 2011. Michael also hosts two podcasts including Ego Check with The Id DM, which features interviews with writers, designers and other members of the gaming community. His other podcast is aptly titled Childhood Ruined, where he and a long-time friend  thoughtfully discuss how elements of their experience growing up as children of the 1980’s and 90’s is forever changing. He stayed warm enough through the polar vortex to provide 20 Cleric quest hooks. He provides a brief description below before listing the quest hooks.

I previous enjoyed a successful collaboration with Andy on our book of 5th Edition monsters, No Assembly Required, which raised over $3,000 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. When I was asked by Andy to work on quest hooks, I was eager to get involved though I experienced a significant episode of writer’s block. I enjoyed the idea, and wanted to help with his article series, though I could not figure out how to get started on the project. After days of staring at a blank screen, an idea came to me, and I happily ran with it! I decided to use song titles from one of my favorite bands to inspire the quest hooks, and everything from that point forward flowed easily.

My favorite new band within the past 5-10 years is Dead Sara. I wrote about first hearing one of their songs in 2012, and more recently posted a podcast about seeing them headline a small venue in the Twin Cities. The lead singer is a captivating amalgam of Layne Staley and Stevie Nicks, and their music spans a variety of genres that can equally break your heart or tap into the brain receptors that get activated when Bulls on Parade by Rage Against the Machine starts. Check them out; they deserve your time!

Here are 20 Cleric Quest Ideas to consider as you are planning future sessions with your players. Again, I took a song title from Dead Sara and then let my imagination run wild. Sometimes the quest hook was generated merely from the title of the song, others from lyrics within the song, and a few were just random associations. I hope you can find a home for them within your adventures!

Heaven’s Got A Back Door. You are startled awake in the middle of the night. The textures and shapes of a vivid dream cling to your memory. You recall an angel crying out on this plane of existence in a location that is known to you from earlier in your life. You fear the mission the angel was sent to complete by your chosen god did not go as planned, and the celestial is somehow trapped – unable to return to the heavens. The deva’s name, Dalphos, continues to ring in your ears, and you feel compelled to either assist the celestial – or vanquish it if it has lost its way from your chosen deity.

Monumental Holiday. The town typically celebrates the arrival of the harvest moon, though the mood is currently somber. The people fear a poor crop as the surrounding lands have become suddenly less fertile than previous years, and the current church elder, Priestess Aina, has fallen ill with mysterious symptoms including hallucinations. You have been asked by the local church to cure Priestess Aina, if possible, and provide a blessing prior to the feast to soothe the townsfolk.

Face to Face. A famous temple has a pair of intricately carved statues of Ioun and Erathis. The 3-foot-high jade statues have faced each other at the foot of the altar for centuries, promoting harmony and peace. Last month, the statue of Erathis vanished and wickedness and lawlessness seem to be infecting those that previously worshiped at the temple. You have been asked to find the statue and return it to the temple.

Blue Was the Beautiful You. The normal clear skies and bright sun of the desert realm have given way to hellacious storms and fierce lightning strikes. Religious historians can only point to ancient legend for an explanation of the current climate. The myths indicate a mischievous blue dragon, Argangrath, roamed these lands and shaped it and the people to its will only to rest when it found a suitable home. You and your experienced companions have been asked to determine if Argangrath is once again active and learn what the trickster dragon desires to end the vicious weather.

For You I Am. You have been referred to an old woman, Rozenn, that has been seeking aid from various religious and arcane sources. She describes how she was gravely ill many decades ago and feared losing time with her spouse. She tells you how she came to make a bargain with a demon for renewed health and vigor so she could enjoy her life with family and friends. Rozenn has now outlived all the people she cared for and is ready for her life to be over. However, she does not die – and feels cursed each day she survives. She asks you to help her find a way out of the demon’s bargain so she can die peacefully.

We Are What You Say. A religious cult has been gaining momentum as more followers give up their livelihood and possessions to pledge allegiance to the cult’s charismatic leader, Exalted the Red. The cult’s humble beginnings have blossomed to feature elaborate rituals featuring animal sacrifice, and the cult members have become bolder with recruitment. You have been tasked with investigating the cult and learning the true purpose of Exalted the Red.

Feel Right at Home. You and your companions have been invited to a banquet to celebrate the recent renovation of your god’s place of worship in the city. The benefactor of the renovations is the well-respected Baron Ehsan, who seems thrilled to spread his wealth on worthy causes for the good of the people. This facade hides the fact that he is a vampire that preys on the homeless and other lost souls in the evening hours.

Dear Love. A distraught man, Tomas, is heard speaking with a priest in your god’s place of worship. He laments that he continues to receive letters addressed to his daughter, Oliva, who died months ago. The letters are from her romantic partner who remains unconvinced that she is dead. Each new letter is a reminder of his loss, and it plunges him into a pit of sadness. He is asking for someone to travel to her romantic partner’s town to plead with her to stop sending the letters.

Mona Lisa. A series of grisly deaths have fallen upon villages along the coast. The victims have varied in terms of age, race, and gender with seemingly nothing connecting the brutal murders. The only coincidence is each victim had the same type of painting with whimsical depictions of Asmodeus and devils in their home.

What It Takes. Your chosen god’s place of worship reached an agreement with a talented sculptor, Ilse. For a substantial sum of gold, Ilse has agreed to travel to the place of worship to create a masterwork that is certain to draw crowds from across the realm. He has requested a religious escort so that god’s inspiration stays with him throughout the long journey; in addition, he fears he is vulnerable on the open roads because of a disease that resulted in the loss of his legs as a child. You have been asked to travel with Ilse and escort him safely to the place of worship.

Lemon Scent. Recently, local fields have emanated a sweet scent that is bothering residents and irritating livestock. Thus far, no one has been able to locate the source of the smell. The local healer, Brother Stojan, has requested help as his prayers continue to go unanswered. He remains flummoxed about the origin of the odor and has been convinced at times that it is either blowing in from the east or seeping up through the earth below.

One Day We’ll Make It Big. While traveling along a well-traveled road, you come across a pair of young scholars, Jonah and Bedelia. They inform you their horse fell lame days ago while they were traveling to the citadel. They are both bursting with ideas about studying at the university and using their knowledge to advance medicine. Can young people be so earnest and ambitious in times like these? They ask for assistance in completing their travel to the citadel.

Sorry for It All. A necromancer, Michi Vieth, has surrendered himself to your god’s place of worship. He appears to sincerely regret his choices in life and details the number of experiments and spells he has used to control the dead. The origin of his remorse remains unclear, and he speaks of an underground laboratory that he fled as he lost control over his creations. You have been tasked with getting more information from Michi, if possible, and cleansing his underground laboratory.

Lovesick. A young elf, Khishal, is despondent as he cannot find his love interest. He explains in glowing terms how he was swept up in a whirlwind romance with another elf, Jozelfina. He was last with her as they camped in a nearby forest together for several days; when he awoke one morning, she was gone without a trace. He claims to have gone all over town asking for help and no one is willing to assist, so he has turned to your place of worship as a final resort. What Khishal does not know is that his newfound love is a dryad.

Whispers & Ashes. A widower, Lemrand, is asking for help as he no longer feels capable of completing a quest. In much earlier years, he traveled the realm as a Bard along with his spouse, an accomplished harpist. Lemrand had his spouse and his favorite harp cremated into a decorative urn. As he is too weak for the journey in his older age, he asks you to take the urn to spread the ashes at two locations that were special to him and his partner in their young life together. One of those locations has now become overrun with foul creatures.

Something Good. A temple to your chosen god in a bustling city finds itself mostly empty as citizens have given up the faith amidst an increase in crime, poverty, and overall wretchedness. You have been tasked by local clergy to engage in grand, public deeds to inspire the people who religion continues to be a worthy pursuit and answer for contemporary ills. Can you make enough of a spectacle of doing good deeds to bring people back to the faith?

Times to Remember. Usually active in social circles, Queen Mariel has not been seen in public for weeks. Her last known appearance was to the magnificent Church of Corellon, where she was seen speaking in an animated fashion with a priest. The priest introduced a relic to the queen, and the queen excitedly donated a handsome sum to the church to obtain the relic for her private collection. Unbeknownst to others outside her closest advisers, the queen has been asleep since bringing the relic into her home. No one is aware that the relic is imbued with powerful fey magic, which has the ability transport one’s consciousness to prior pleasant memories in vivid detail. The result for one untrained in this magic item can be – intoxicating.

Test on My Patience. Father McCullough speaks with you in private about a matter causing him concern. He speaks of a parishioner in church that continues to ask for the same outlandish blessing each week, “She fears she will drown, and asks for a Cloak of The Manta Ray. There isn’t a body of water within miles! I can only be polite in so many ways to redirect this request.” Father McCullough asks you to speak with the parishioner to see if you can put an end to these specific prayer requests.

I Said You Were Lucky. A halfling, Falco Hoford, has been causing quite a stir in town of late. Previously well-known in town as an affable risk taker, he has taken to gambling with other townsfolk by making outlandish bets. Regardless of how low the odds are of success, Falco continues to win these bets. No one has been able to prove any sort of foul play, though people who have lost a good deal of coin or belongings to Falco complain about him in your chosen place of worship while confessing their gambling sins and lamenting their fortunes. You have been asked to speak with Falco to stop this behavior. Only Falco knows that he was granted this unnatural knack for luck during a recent encounter with a djinni.

Timed Blues. During the past week, a sense of dread and despair falls over the village when the sun dips under the horizon. The sobs and wails from the villagers can be heard for miles throughout the night. However, the melancholy lifts when the sun rises, and villagers feel a renewed sense of joy and optimism. You have been asked to uncover the cause of this nighttime torment and put an end to it.

Because I try to think of everything, I created a Dead Sara playlist in this exact order for your listening pleasure.

I would be happy to hear from readers, and the easiest place to catch me is through Twitter or email: theiddm@gmail.com. You can also catch me on an upcoming episode of Dragon Talk, hosted by Wizards of the Coast. I’ll be appearing on the show Friday, February 8th at 3PM PST.

Last, if you enjoy this content and would like to support my creative efforts, then please visit my Patreon to consider getting involved for as little as $1/month. Every little bit helps with improving the articles and podcasts that I put out into the world for free, and there are some fun ways to get involved.

The World’s Greatest Screen

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Pathfinder, Product Review with tags , , , , on January 30, 2019 by boccobsblog

h9eb542b1

DM screens are sometimes a hot button issue. DMs either love them or hate. A lot of players complain that DMs are cheating behind their screens. I personally use a screen to hide minis and terrain pieces. I still make my rolls on the table in front of my players. One issue I do have with using a DM’s screen is that I can’t see the whole table/battle mat. That issue was resolved when I found the  The World’s Greatest Screen at Gen Con a few years back (you can find the original article here).

Hammerdog offer their screens in three formats: vertical, horizontal, and mini. What makes them the world’s greatest? Well according to their website:

  • You can put anything you want in the pockets.
  • You can fold it up and use it any way you like.
  • You can write all over it with wet erase markers.
  • Magnetic Game Aids work through the pockets.
  • You can download inserts for it free from our site.
  • What more do you need?

I use the mini, it hides my minis, but doesn’t obscure the table. The mini uses 4×6 index cards, and has 12 pockets. I’ve created some inserts for the mini screen (free download).

What to use the player-facing pockets for?

  • NPC pictures and names
  • Maps
  • Player images
  • Artwork
  • Track Initiative
  • Dank memes

real-dm-tips-1-dungeons-dragons-dm-screen-ey-31244113

The Weirdest Crap I Could Find on Amazon
The Gift of Nothing
Instant Underwear
Bacon Mints

Sweet sweet click bait: