The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together

It took almost two months to the day, but I finally continued my Red Box adventure with the boys tonight. One of them, at least. Jack has been pestering me for about a week to get back to the game, so we set aside some time this evening to continue his campaign (tried to get Miles to join us, but to no avail). Jack had good recall of his first adventure, remembering that he’d healed one of the enemy goblins and shaken it down for information about its lair, so the paragraph book directed us straight to the goblin cave, … Continue reading The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together

Monsters & Minions

As part of the fight at the Bridge of Four I threw a wave of thirty-two goblins at four heroes. Thirty-two goblins. That number is pretty staggering for a number of reasons. Those goblins were matched against first level characters, who weren’t greatly challenged by the attack, which says a lot about the power level of starting characters (and the importance of taking advantage of defensive terrain!). But more interesting, to me, is how easy it was to run that mob of monsters. A weakness of many RPGs is a failure to scale. Monster details that make individual creatures interesting … Continue reading Monsters & Minions

First Impressions: Red Box

Fate conspired to land me in my car for six hours this morning while ushering my kids through call-backs for their new play, but it wasn’t a problem as I planed to take this opportunity to dig into my D&D Essentials books. Turned out the schedule planted one kid or the other in the car with me for most of the morning, so we elected to test drive The Essential Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set, better known as the Red Box. You get a decent pile of stuff for your twenty bucks (cheaper than that online, of course) — a … Continue reading First Impressions: Red Box

The Essentials Have Landed

My Amazon box o’ D&D was waiting for me when I got home this evening. I haven’t had time to do much more than glance at the books but first impressions are favorable. Big type, lots of white space in the layout, nicely illustrated (where illustrated at all — the books look pretty crunchy, without a lot of fluff). Much will depend on how well-indexed the books prove to be. I spotted a glossary in one book, which is a good sign. The Essentials books are digest-sized, and soft-backed. They may fall apart with repeated use, but that would mean … Continue reading The Essentials Have Landed