After a few months of talking about the game, my monthly Saturday gaming group decided to give D&D 5th Edition a try. Rather than run a playtest campaign like the Blackrazors, our dungeon master is running us through a series of combat encounters at different levels. This lets everyone get a feel for the combat-centric rules and helps the DM get experience with encounter design.
It's a funny thing to sit down to write your next adventure in a campaign and realize that somewhere along the line it went from "campaign" to "long-running campaign".
That's what happened with Obsidian Frontier, a sandbox-style campaign set in the World of Greyhawk. We launched it as a playtest campaign for D&D 5th Edition in October 2014. Two years and thirty-four sessions later, the playtest is still running, and the campaign's still going.
Live video streams and vidcasts are the big thing in role-playing games right now. Combined with the throwback Netflix series Stranger Things and the 80s-infused gamer novel Ready Player One the shows have helped produce a resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs.
As I wrote last week, the Blackrazors and their children will be running through the venerable module B2: The Keep on the Borderlands as part of our D&D Kids campaign. We're playing D&D 5th Edition, and are running a version of the module updated for that edition.
It's time to hit play again. After a summer spent listening to novels, I've burned through my reserve of audio books. While my queue at Audible slowly refills, I'm looking for podcasts to listen to.
My intent is to listen to one or two podcasts a week during my morning workouts -- a far cry from the days when I'd listen to that many just driving to work -- but enough to keep somewhat current with the scene and provide intermissions from audio books.
The next generation of Blackrazor Guilders have strapped on their fathers' swords, sat down at the gaming table, and begun slinging dice. We have three kids (two boys, one girl) in the immediate group who want to play, and we have two of my son's friends (both boys) who are also eager to start casting spells and slaying monsters.
Star Wars: Saga Edition is back ... at least with the Blackrazors. Our original Saga Edition run took place from 2008-2011 during the dark days of the Edition Wars. Turned off by 4e, burned out on 3e, we turned to a system that offered the crunchiness we enjoyed with a campaign setting we loved.