Random Ramblings #4: Too Much To Talk About Edition

This time there are a lot of things to talk about.

I hope you had a good weekend and your week has been good so far. For me it’s been quite good because the stars have been aligned perfectly and there are two back to back holidays, giving us a 7 day holiday. So my week begins on Thursday. Now that I’ve bragged how I managed to dodge this Monday, it’s time to start talking about RPG things because I have a lot I want to talk about. Let’s go.

Strongholds & Streaming Kickstarter

Matt Colville has a Kickstarter running this month. You probably already know about it because it hit 1 million dollars in record speed and probably will surpass the previous highest RPG related Kickstarter. The record in the RPG category is 1.316.813 dollars. Matt had the idea of adding a stretch goal at 1.316.814 dollars. If that is reached then he’ll create a pirate ship stronghold.

The main thing the project offers is a book about strongholds and followers. It’s an interesting idea and I’m looking forward to see how they tackle this part of the game. Other stuff this Kickstarter pays for is a stream and minis. There are some extra things, like stickers and T-Shirts, but I consider them secondary. Packing all these things together is unusual but it has worked, judging from the absolutely insane amount the project has already managed to gather.

I’m really thinking about backing the project. I’m only interested in the book, to be honest. The price is okay and, most importantly, the project is EU friendly. It’s pretty much impossible for me to back non EU friendly Kickstarter projects at this point. So, for me, Matt get extra points for that.

Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master

Speaking of Kickstarter, Mike Shea is running his own as well. Sly Flourish is back with a “sequel” on his well-received Lazy Dungeon Master. It may not have reached 1 million dollars but it’s doing quite well, and it’s more budget friendly. I guarantee the information you’ll find will be really helpful. Mike has proven his worth. His books are really interesting and you should also check out his website if you haven’t already.

I’m thinking about backing this one as well. I can hear my wallet crying from the other room.

I finally got to play some D&D

Moving to non Kickstarter news. It had been a couple of months since we played the last session of the Out of the Abyss campaign. Studying for exams and finishing projects didn’t leave us with much free time so gaming was put on low priority. Exams are over now so we finally arranged a session for last Friday. One player didn’t manage to come due to work but everyone else was there so we decided to play. Plus, there were too many snacks to cancel. It was a pretty nice session and we had a lot of fun. I also managed to use the D&D Adventurer Grid so you can expect my review soon.

I was hoping I could get everyone to play a Sunday session but it didn’t work. Various obligations, plus the fact that there was a major local event going on that day, were enough to cancel. However, I did get to DM a one on one session with one of my players which was cool.

The CRPG Book Project

This isn’t tabletop RPG related but I believe it’s worth mentioning. For the fans of computer RPGs this may be interesting. A book has been released containing the history of computer RPGs. It’s the product of an effort by volunteers from all around the world and it’s completely free, because its purpose is educational.

The book is pretty huge, actually more than 500 pages long, so it can be found in PDF format only, for now. I suggest giving it a look. If you have played any computer RPGs you may find some here. I have found a few I’ve played, some even being featured on the cover.

The latest version of the book can be found here but I suggest following the project’s blog, in case an updated version comes out and the link here breaks.

World Anvil Update

A few days ago, I posted the first installment of the Tool Proficiency series, which featured the online worldbuilding tool World Anvil. Well, there’s an update on that. It’s really close to giving you the ability to add character sheets in it.

For now it’s only for D&D 5th Edition characters but I guess this can be expanded based on the needs of the users. If you follow the tweet’s link you’ll see that there’s a dice roller integrated on the character sheet. When you click on a modifier you get the result of a roll. I have to admit that it looks like an interesting idea, even if I’m a die hard fan of rolling actual dice. For me it’s part of the fun.

The Butcher of Alcross

Goblin Stone has released a new short adventure, called The Butcher of Alcross. Its description looks interesting. I already have a copy and hopefully I’ll get to review it soon. The adventures I’ve already reviewed(Banquet of the Damned and Scarab of Death) have been well received and I’m pretty sure this one is going to be good as well.

Support Page

I have set up a support page here. It contains a few ways you can support the blog if you like what I’m doing here. The content here is free and that won’t change, so supporting the blog is 100% optional. I’m planning to start a Patreon as well. If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see there please let me know.

Out of Town

Tomorrow I’ll be out of town most of the day so I doubt I’ll be able to have a review ready for you. I’m not saying it’s impossible to see one tomorrow but don’t count on it. It will either be posted on Thursday or take Friday’s slot. Check my Twitter or Instagram tomorrow for possible updates plus pictures of where I’ll be going.

And that’s all for now. I have to start packing for tomorrow. I must make sure to get dice with me. It’s a rule of mine. Never go anywhere without dice.

And until next time, have fun!

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