DreadBall Season 2 Playoffs on Feb 8th
January 30, 2015 (Dreadball Coverage)
Our 2nd season of DreadBall will be coming to a close with the playoffs happening on Sunday, February 8th. All teams will have a shot at the playoffs, but you’ll still have a week to make a push to get seeded! Remember what your team is playing for: glory, achievements in our loyalty program, and your name on our custom Players Wanted trophy! For more details, check out our event calendar post!
Soon after we’ll be announcing the details of our 3rd season. We noticed that it was harder to find people to play games by not having a specific day for DreadBall league play. The ranking system we’ve been using also hasn’t worked as well as we’ve liked. We’re hoping to rework the league rules a bit to make season 3 our most enjoyable and exciting season so stay tuned!
D&D 5e Free Adventure Material
January 15, 2015 (RPG)
We’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many people have been picking up the Dungeon Master’s Guide for D&D 5e. As D&D lovers ourselves, we’d like to share some adventures we found. The quality varies and they’re mostly good for 1-3 sessions, but they’re also free. We hope you’ll be able to make good use of these adventures!
If any of the links no longer work, please send us an email and we’ll see if we can send you the PDF file instead.
The Wizard’s Amulet (for level 1 characters)
You’ll need to go through a checkout process even though it’s free. This adventure can be picked up and played right away as it comes with pre-generated characters and many tips for the newbie DM. It will probably last a single 3-4 hour session. There is some decent artwork in here and the author provides tips on how to scale the difficulty of each encounter. The DM also has a lot of background on the NPCs and city/landscape to work with.
Secrets in the Dark (for level 1-2 characters)
A one session adventure. The only concern for level 1 characters is a trap that deals more damage than a level 1 character might have. You might want to scale this down! Otherwise, the author provides scaling options depending on how many PCs you have. There’s also some flavour added to the villains for the DM to roleplay with.
The Mystery of Malvern Manor (for level 1-4 characters)
A one session adventure. The adventure is fairly straightforward and linear. The author provides scaling based on your party’s level.
Stonefast (for level 3 characters)
Can take up to two sessions to complete. A straightforward dungeon crawl with a detailed map and encounters for each area of the map. The difficulty of encounters range greatly so you’ll want to look at each encounter and adjust accordingly.
Frigga’s Chosen (for level 4-6 characters)
A fairly straightforward dungeon crawl that will last up to two sessions. There is a fair bit of background given. You’ll need the Monster Manual for the creature stats though.
The Town of Bridgepuddle (for level 5-8 characters)
This adventure takes as long as your PCs wish to explore the town of Bridgepuddle, which we think would go upwards of three sessions. What the DM does in this adventure is very open ended as the book provides more of a description of many mini encounters options rather than telling you what exactly to do. You may want to change some of the wealth found to better suit your campaign.
The Cry of a Daughter (for levels 5-10)
A one session dungeon crawler. There’s a decent background for the DM to use or expand on and some interesting roleplay opportunities, but you’ll need the Monster Manual for the creature statistics it suggests you use for combat. There is a little bit of scaling advice given for the strongest encounter too.
The Gift of the Gnarled One (for level 6-10 characters)
This is likely a one session adventure. It has some roleplay opportunities and has a decent background, but you’ll need the Monster Manual for creature statistics. There is some scaling advice given for the strongest encounter.
Fires of Hell (any character level)
This adventure is specifically used in the case of a Total Party Kill (TPK) though the author provides an alternative hook if you want to run this without a TPK. It’s very detailed and will likely last several sessions. There’s a lot of background and flavour and a variety of different types of encounters with plenty of opportunities for roleplaying.
There are so many more free adventures out there, but we can’t look at them all! You can find many more on DriveThruRPG. Happy adventuring!
Choice Paralysis? Let This Tool Help!
January 12, 2015 (Board Games)
Having trouble deciding what game to play out of your large collection of board games? We’ve found a useful tool that uses your BoardGameGeek listed board game collection to help you decide what to play.
Simply head over to boardgamemenu.com. After typing in the number of players you have and your BGG username, it’ll generate a list of games for you to play in the style of a restaurant’s menu. If you try a few times, you’ll see different styles of menus. Try making some errors too and you’ll get some pretty flavourful messages!
If you’re stopping by the store to demo some games but not sure which one, you can input username “PlayersWanted” (without the quotes) and you’ll get a menu of games that’ll help you decide what to play! Hopefully it makes your decision a little easier. You can see our full list of demo games if you’re curious about that too.
Be Aware of MTG Counterfeits
January 4, 2015 (Card Games)
Magic: The Gathering has evolved a lot since its humble beginnings. The card game has national tournaments with qualifiers (and pre-qualifiers), sees play all around the world, and its cards hold enough value that people have created a stock watch for it.
Unfortunately because some of these cards have become so valuable, there are people who try to take advantage of this and sell counterfeit cards. Over the last couple of years the quality of these counterfeit cards has improved dramatically, so you’ll want to take extra care when buying highly valued cards. We don’t want our players to be a victim of fakes, so be sure to check out ApathyHouse’s guide on spotting counterfeits.