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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It is here!

Well, we have come to an interesting point in my adventure.  I have finally taken that first step in putting up a collection of short stories for you all to purchase.  Right now I only have it available here at Amazon for the Kindle.

In a couple of months, I'll be putting making it available on other formats for people.  For now though, it is on Amazon.  Please support my dream and purchase a copy.  For just $2.99, you can help me get one step closer to my goal of becoming a "real" boy...I mean, writer.

Yes, for the meager sum of $2.99, you can be transported to a magical realm of wizards and kings, inventors and treasure hunters!  So please, check it out, leave a rating and a review (if you feel so inclined, and I thank you ahead of time for purchasing a copy.

Monday, July 9, 2012

New day, new post!

I sit here as my Monday begins and I think of things that I find enjoyable.  Like video games...and reading...and dungeons and dragons.  I'm not hard to make happy.  This morning however...eesh.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Alternative for Gaming Mats

So recently I came across a company named Banners on the Cheap.  Basically, they make those giant, vinyl, sale banners that people put out in front of their stores for you to see.  I saw here that someone had used them though to print out a battle mat.  Being the resourceful sort, especially since their prices are much lower then Chessex, I figured I would give it a try and see if I could acquire a battle mat for cheap.
Vinyl Banners
Vinyl Banners
See the results after the jump!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Class Look: Fighter

Okay...so I'm lame. Took me a while, but I finally got the fighter class look finished. It mostly took this long because I was having a hard time coming up with some good archtypes to use for the fighter. Mostly it had to do with...well, let's just get into the review, shall we?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Will of the Gods

Hey, just a heads up, a friend of mine just published a book called The Will of the Gods (Keri's Chronicle).  You can purchase it from Amazon for your Kindle here.  It is on my to read list, so I'll be doing a thorough review when I get the chance, but I know the author and I recommend a look.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

RIP Ray Bradbury

Today, we are all a little less rich in the world.  Ray Bradbury, author of many books, passes away last night.  With his passing, we lose a man of irredeemable quality and genius.  My favorite book that he wrote was Fahrenheit 451, without a doubt.  It still terrifies me to read it and realize how close we are as a society to achieving that vision...and we don't even need the firemen, since we will simply do it to ourselves.

His writing was influential to many, and I hope that we will all keep in mind the vision and legacy that Mr. Bradbury leaves behind him.  I will leave you with this quote from an interview on December 1, 2011 from bbc.com.  He made this comment in regards to Fahrenheit 451 being converted to e-book format. and I hope that after reading this blog entry, some of you will shut down your computer and go find someone to talk with in person.  Have a conversation about anything but the internet, memes or the newest television show.


"We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. 
We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm back!


Alright, so finals are over and I passed all my classes! That means we will be getting back on track here and getting you more updates and articles on a regular schedule again.

I did want to talk quickly about the Dungeons and Dragons Next Playtest. I signed up for it a while ago, thinking it might be fun and enjoyable to see how much worse Wizards of the Coast is being forced to make the game I love. I mean, I really didn't enjoy 4th edition at all. I don't really blame Wizards of the Coast for that though, I personally think it has more to do with Hasbro then anything else.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Update Slow Down

Sorry for the no post this week guys, I'm finishing up school for the semester and trying to make sure I get everything done in time.  Next week I'll be sure to give you guys my thoughts on the fighter class!


Monday, April 30, 2012

Class Look: Druid



Welcome back, good gamers! This time we will look at another class from the game that I love to play, Dungeons and Dragons. Continuing our look at the base classes, we will be moving on to the Druid. I've played the druid a total of once before, and she died really fast (stupid Tojanida). However, the time that I spent playing her was a lot of fun and I wouldn't mind another chance to do so again.

Without further preamble, the Druid!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Class Look: Cleric


The cleric is one of those classes that seems to have a love/hate relationship with players. Everyone wants to have one in the party, but no one typically ever wants to play one. I personally enjoy clerics, though I do dislike how many people think of them as mere heal bots and nothing else. Clerics have a wide range of spells and abilities that can be utilized, well beyond mere healing.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Class Look: Bard

Bards...ah Bards. The second Dungeons and Dragons class that I ever played (my first was a paladin). I've always enjoyed them because I just always thought they were the most bad ass of adventurers. Think about it. Look at what the rest of the party is entering the dungeon with: fighters with sword, armor and shield, clerics with the power of their gods, rogues with skill and cunning, wizards with a wealth of magical knowledge and spells to protect them from danger. What does a bard go in with? A song and a lute.

Hey, the bard wants his money pouch back. It's the one with BMF on it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Class Look: Barbarian

Greetings! Today I am starting a new series I've been working on for a while now. Part of loving Dungeons and Dragons is being able to play the various classes. Being a part of a team and delving into the depths of a dungeon is absolutely the best part of the game for me.

Some of you may be new to the game and may be asking, “What class should I start with?”. Or you may be a veteran who is feeling tired of playing the core classes and wanting something different. You don't need to reach for that supplemental book quite yet, good sir! The core classes in my opinion will always be the best and most enjoyable to play and I rarely ever stray from them when picking a class for a campaign.

Today, we are going to look at the Barbarian. Over the next several entries, I'll go over the other core classes. I plan to lay out not just why the class is fun to play, but will also list the difficulty of playing a certain class, good race combinations, and various arch-types that you can use while playing the class. One other note, I will be using the Pathfinder versions of the various classes, since that is the rule set that that my group is currently using.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Today is a good day

Hey, so just a quick message for now that Geek and Sundry went up today and looks to be a fantastic new website.  I am a big fan of The Guild personally, so I'm pretty excited to see it continuing there.

Also, there looks to be a new show from Wil Wheaton called Tabletop that pits celebrities against each other with board games.  I love board games and Wil Wheaton, so what could be bad about it?

It all starts today, so I'm looking forward to seeing some quality content from the site in the days to come.  If you haven't already, go check it out!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Seeing the Hunger Games, Panem Style

So, there is this movie that came out recently called 'The Hunger Games'.  I read the books right around the time the movie was announced.  A friend of mine told me that they worth a read and let me borrow her copy.  And like a zombie plague, once I finished reading it I swiftly started infecting all my friends, telling them to read it as well as it was a good book.

As you've seen before on my blog, I am sort of interested in strong, independent female characters who aren't defined by their gender or relationships.  And this series certainly fit that with Katniss.  She is absolutely a great role model for young women everywhere (unlike a certain vampire/were-wolf obsessed cultural phenomenon that is quite possibly the worst role-model for the women of the world).  So I was excited about seeing the book made into a movie, with of course the usual reservation that us book reading types have for movie adaptations.

But went my girlfriend and I did.  But not to just the local theater.  Oh no.  My girlfriend had purchased a Groupon recently for a ticket and dinner at the Muvico Theater down in Thousand Oaks.  I had never heard of the place, but once I saw what it was, I geeked out.  In my opinion, we were basically seeing the Hunger Games in true Panem fashion.  After the jump, I'll describe our experience and my thoughts on why almost every theater in the world needs to refurbish and reopen with the same features as Muvico.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Emperor Mage

 Today I thought I'd give you guys a little glimpse at the backstory of the first major villain of my world, Emperor Castor Broodan.  I hope you all enjoy it and feel free to leave a comment if you'd like.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Kobold Expedition

Alright folks.  I have a Monday morning treat for you!  I have taken the first part of my campaign arc "Rise of the Dragon Kings" and turned it into a PDF for your downloading enjoyment.

Now, this is only the first part of the first adventure.  It just serves as a jumping point for the rest of the campaign and I hope you will all find it enjoyable.  Again, not that I get much, any and all constructive criticism is welcome and appreciated.

Now, as with most things pertaining to my world and game, please keep in mind that everything is in Alpha right now.  This adventure was play tested by my table-top group and it seemed to go over well.  The adventure is intended for a level 2 party and uses the Pathfinder rule-set, so keep that in mind as well.

Enjoy!

The Kobold Expedition - Level 2

Friday, March 16, 2012

Baldur's Gate, Getting Hit by a Car and My Childhood

Yesterday, some interesting things happened.  The main one being the announcement of a Enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate I and II by a company called Overhaul Games.  I'm not going to go too much into what my thoughts are about the enhanced version today because today I just want to wax nostalgic about Baldur's Gate and how important it was to me in my formative years.  Oh yeah, and I got hit by a car while I was taking a walk.

Don't worry, it'll all tie together after the jump.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

And now for something completely different

Today I'm going to give you guys a glimpse into a story I started.  This was written years ago, and it was mostly to serve as a background for Mantarok as a character in my table-top DnD game.   Then I kind of shelved it and created other characters I wanted to expand on.  The problem now is that almost all of those people are NPC's in my home-brew world and all current stories that I write take place in that world.  The next couple of entries you should consider as stand alone little tales.  I may incorporate them into actual canonical stories eventually, but for now just enjoy the story as-is.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Shiny New Toys!

So I created a couple of items for my game.  Some are generic magic items with just a lot of various abilities, but a couple are world specific artifacts or just powerful items that I figured I would share with you all today.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Soooooo...this happened.

So, I tend to try to keep this blog fairly focused on Dungeons and Dragons, or at least loosely related to DnD.  I also try to keep my personal life a bit separated from it, mostly because I know you guys don't want to read about my problems.  And also because I also don't want to focus on negative things on here, mostly positive stuff.

However, an event took place today that is personal in nature, but also will effect the direction and focus of the blog.  Essentially, I am going to have a lot more free time to work on the blog and my writing because I got fired from my job today.  I've never been fired before, so it is kind of a weird feeling.  I'm not particularly happy about it...but I'm also not particularly sad about it.  I hadn't been enjoying the job lately, and honestly I was more excited about coming home and working on writing or blog entries.  So it is kind of a blessing in disguise, I suppose.

I'm hoping to get a new job soon, but in the meantime, expect a lot more updates during the week for a little bit because I'm going to be trying to dedicate any and all free time to working on various stories or scripts for the blog.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get my web-cam soon and still be able to start recording some video blog entries for you guys.

So keep reading and enjoy my extra free time!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Poll ->

Just a quick little post here.  I've decided to see what you guys want to see more of.  Please just vote in the poll on the right side to let me know what to start focusing on.

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blog News

So big news today, readers.  I am going to be advancing forward into modern blogging and get a webcam.  I plan on changing the format for the blog so that I'll be doing video entries for my lists and reviews while I still plan on using text entries for my short stories and my entries about my campaign setting.  I'm hoping you all will enjoy listening to me rant rather then just reading my rants.

However, due to this I may be a little sporadic in updates because I'm going to be writing up some scripts for the first video entries and also I have to wait for my webcam to arrive.  But rest assured I plan on doing a lot more video entries.  I also plan on expanding a little to include more video games and movies as well.  The focus will always be on Dungeons and Dragons, so there will usually be some connection.  Just to give you a hint of what I'll be doing, I plan on reviewing some more 3.5 stuff, like the Expedition series of adventure paths and the Complete series, my thoughts on 4th edition and, of course, moving into Pathfinder as well.

Anyway, I thank you all for continuing to read and I hope you will enjoy the changes I'll be making coming up.  I'm going to leave you with this:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Timeline for the world of Therotan

So I've been working on a home-brew world for Dungeons and Dragons.  I'm hoping to eventually try to get it published, but for now I'm just running it for my tabletop game.  But I have put together a rough time-line for the history of the world.

Please keep in mind that this is a rough draft of the time-line, I may be changing or filling in more information as time goes on.  For now though, this is a pretty good idea of what I'm going for in my world.  All the stories that I've put up here about individual characters are set in this world, usually taking place in the timeline during the most recent era, Broodan.

Also included is a map of my world, with the current set up of countries and nations.  I know I don't get a lot of comments on here, but I am going to say that any comments (critical or otherwise) would be immensely helpful as I'm working on this project currently and would like to see it come through to fruition.  So please, leave a comment and enjoy!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Tale of Korso

 So I've been kind of slow in writing this, but I have a backstory for the character I play in my Thursday night game.  I finally got it finished and have decided to share it with you all today.  Please enjoy it and as always leave comments.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Top Favorite Monsters

Okay, so I've taken you through the first Monster Manual showing you all my favorite monsters.  However, there are four that I left out because they are just so damn cool and fun to run that I had to give them their own entry.  Seriously, if you ask my players they will tell you that I will almost always throw these monsters up against them.  They also will be ranked in order of awesomeness in my opinion.

Here are my top favorite monsters:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monsters I Will Use Until I Die (Pt. 2)

Okay readers, I'm just going to dive right in and get to the fun monster mash!  I will only preface this with the statement that next week I will be posting my top three favorite monsters.  Then we will be going into the Bestiary series of monsters from the Pathfinder series.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monsters I Will Use Until I Die

I know I've taken three posts up with complaints about really stupid monsters that Wizards of the Coast used for the 3.5 edition of Dungeons and Dragons.  But there are a lot of monsters that I do enjoy using, and usually I end up using them over and over because I just love them so damn much.

I'm going to list them here now...they aren't in a particular order other then alphabetical.  Though there are a few select favorites that I'll be putting in the next post after this one.  Now, I limited myself to just the first Monster Manual.  Not that there aren't any monsters that I love from the other books, I just have had the first one the longest and, damn it, most of the best are in it.  Also, I left out a lot of the really low CR monsters (such as goblins or kobolds) not because I don't use them, but just because you are kind of forced to use them at low levels.  And I do love me some goblins and kobolds...it just doesn't fit with the theme I was going for.

So here we go, my favorite monsters from Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Monsters I Don't Use 3

Cause I'm just so filled with hate I've got to go another book in.  Sorry for not posting this sooner, but I've been out for two weeks with some chimeric death plague that I got from work.  Got to love working in a place my doctor nicknames "Germs R Us".  So this post is a little late and I apologize.

I was going to also take some monsters from Monster Manual 4, but after looking through it I decided to skip it.  Seriously, most of the book is actually just ecology entries for monsters that they've already published in previous books.  And the monsters that are leftover doesn't give me enough to work with to make an effective list.  So I'm going to instead place my last 3.5 entry and give you some of my favorite monsters from the first Monster Manual.  I'll then be moving on to Pathfinder Bestiaries and their stupid monsters!  Yay!

But for now, enjoy the Monster Manual 3 and it's fail monsters!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

10 Monsters I Don't Use (Monster Manual 2)

What is that?  Oh yes, it is more monsters I don't understand or don't care for.  As these books progress, these charts get relatively easier to fill.  By the next two, I may need to increase the size of the lists.  Oh well, sit back and enjoy reading my impotent nerd rage.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

10 Monsters I Don't Use

So I decided to do another list!  Basically I was looking through the Monster Manuals and thinking, "Man, some of these are really dumb."  So I figured I would put them together for you to read.  I'm going to go through all the Monster Manuals for 3.5 1-4, then go through the Pathfinder Bestiary 1-3.  Now, this first one was a little hard cause for the most part the monsters in here are pretty well written and make sense.  Once I finish this series, I'm going to move onto the next feature of which monsters make no sense in terms of evolution and ecology.

For now, enjoy the list and feel free to comment or argue why a monster I included is the most important monster ever.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Titan's Hammer

Hey out there!  I wrote up a little short story featuring my main characters; Mantarok, Saerah and Allen.  In this story they travel to the far-off Frozen Wastes in search of a mystical artifact, the Titan's Hammer.  I hope you all enjoy it, and be warned it is rather lengthy.  Please leave comments or critiques, as that is how I can grow and improve!