Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.
This has been around the internet for awhile now but it demands your attention regardless. That's usually the case with most of these videos right?
You might remember Adam Phillips from a previous Video Spotlight: here.
The Red Box is a D&D product which makes an attempt at bridging the gap between older D&D editions and 4th edition without changing 4th edition in a way that would interfere with those who enjoy the newest edition. Think of it as PHB4 which happens to have alternate class features that cater to D&D fans of older editions.
The video itself gets me laughing every single time because I'm a giddy two year old. It's a clever mix of "ninja's playing D&D" with "problems that occur in some campaigns that players can relate to" all in rapid fire succession with an epic face palm at the end. It's topped off with some of Adam's best humor and some of his most fluid animation to date.
This is Kylak signing out with MANY dangers awaiting me on my journey. *kashink*
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Coming up with fun decklists so you don't have to.
Many moons ago, I helped our very own Bear Ninja out on making a deck. His request was simple: A giant deck that could rip someone's still beating heart out and feed it to them. It's been some time since we built it and I decided to modify it to keep up with the times. Gotta keep it fresh my shniggies. This list is geared toward MULTIPLAYER:
Stinkdrinker Daredevil 4
Taurean Mauler 4
Sunhome Enforcer 3
Brion Stoutarm 4
Sunrise Sovereign 3
Borderland Behemoth 2
Hamletback Goliath 2
15 Other Spells
Volcanic Fallout 4
Aura of Silence 4
Survival Cache 4
Feudkiller's Verdict 3
Ancient Amphitheater 4
Boros Garrison 3
Terramorphic Expanse 4
other options: Jotun Grunt, Wandering Greybeard, Desolation Giant, Stonehewer Giant, Inferno Titan, Sun Titan, Thundercloud Shaman, Magma Giant, Marshal's Anthem, Leyline of Sanctity, Genju of the Spires, Oblivion Ring, Ghostway, Brightflame, Ajani Vengeant, Ajani Goldmane, Sacred Foundry, or Arid Mesa
HOW TO PLAY
Many spells in the deck are actually rather well costed and can be played quite early. If Stinkdrinker Daredevil is out and about then you can sneak your larger giants out sooner than you would imagine. The best thing about Stinkdrinker (other than his sense of humor) is that he doesn't die to Pyroclasm, Volcanic Fallout, or Magma Giant. Volcanic Fallout is obviously your board sweeper of choice to handle the little ones before you setup the big guns. Taurean Mauler and Hamletback Goliath grow insanely fast in multiplayer and are probably the tastiest targets to fling at opponents by utilizing Brion Stoutarm's grenade toss ability. Remember that Brion's ability actually gains you life thanks to lifelink. The rest should be pretty self explanatory. Play some giants and let them grind your foes bones to make your bread.
STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES + OTHER OPTIONS
Normally I don't combine these sections but you have to understand something that's unique about this listing: there isn't even close to a perfect build for this. If your meta is filled with more aggressive decks or lots of tokens then replacing the Feudkiller's Verdict with Magma Giant to have multiple board sweepers might be your best bet. If your meta is filled with control decks that like to play WoG effects and wipe the field clean then you might want to add Marshal's Anthem or Ghostway possibly to waltz around that annoyance. Jotun Grunt exists to rip apart strategies that abuse the graveyard and so on. You get the idea. Check out the other options I listed below the decklist and think about how you might need to tailor your deck around your meta. It really just depends on what you expect to face and how you want to tweak the list.
This is Kylak signing out and expecting you to fee-fi-fo-fum your way to victory.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
So I took a peek at the decklist of this ever so shiny product (it is all foil after all) and was honestly astounded. Figure of Destiny? Grim Lavamancer? Chain Lightning? Price of Progress? They cost around $6-$12 each and that's NON-foil versions. That's not even considering how many other good cards are stacked together here. Almost the entire list is pure candy. This deck has some serious balls for packing so much heat. No seriously... it really has balls: Ball Lighting and Fireball. Let's take a moment to stare at this decklist together:
1 Barbarian Ring
1 Ghitu Encampment
2 Teetering Peaks
1 Ball Lightning
1 Boggart Ram-Gang
1 Cinder Pyromancer
1 Figure of Destiny
1 Fire Servant
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Hellspark Elemental
2 Jackal Pup
1 Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
1 Keldon Champion
2 Keldon Marauders
2 Mogg Fanatic
2 Mogg Flunkies
2 Spark Elemental
1 Vulshok Sorcerer
15 Other Spells
1 Chain Lightning
1 Flames of the Blood Hand
1 Hammer of Bogardan
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Price of Progress
1 Sudden Impact
Most online stores are letting people preorder this for $25-$30 which is a steal. Why aren't you on top of this already? This is the majority of what's needed for a Legacy Burn deck. That's how top notch this is. Preorder now or wait until November 19th for its official release date.
And take a look at that sweet box art.
This is Kylak signing out and hoping you don't burn a hole in your wallet.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Improving your D&D experience. For Dungeons and Dragons Players and DMs.
A campaign has to begin somewhere (even if that somewhere takes place in the middle of nowhere). It all begins with that first step. Whether that first step is strategically placed or you just happen to lunge head first out of a window is all up to you. Some DMs and players find themselves in a situation where they aren't sure where to begin. With any luck, the text below should solve that dilemma.
The threat (aka In Over Your Head):
Tarrasque is making his way to the kingdom!
This can be done in a subtle way to see how your players react to major threats or it can be used as a very blunt rush of adrenaline to start things off. It could become a recurring threat that the group has to escape from, the spark that sets off all the fireworks, or even an elaborate plot that the government initiated on their own kingdom to instigate a new group or law to suppress the common people.
The meeting (aka Mission Accepted):
Alpha. Assemble five teenagers with attitude!
It's possible the group is meeting up just as the campaign gets underway. A King or higher official may be in need of their services (most likely to figure out what to do on a Saturday night as that's always a dilemma) or maybe the group is waiting on the arrival of a certain somebody while sitting down at the local Tavern? There are plenty of ways to go about assembling the group and it's probably the most common way that a campaign begins.
The investigation (aka Bust out the Scooby Snacks):
The game is afoot!
A murder, a stolen item, or maybe it's someone pretending to be of the undead variety in a costume and the group has to seek help from the Globe Trotters or Don Knotts. Just like "The Threat" from earlier, this throws a sense of urgency into the mix which typically gets an interesting response from the players.
The trip (aka Into the Rabbit Hole):
Going on a Fiieeeeld Trip. A Fiieeeeld Trip.
It could be against their will as the group is plunged into a strange world where they come into contact with the Jabberwocky or something equally hideous like Ronald McDonald combined with Johnny Depp. It might be that the group needs something from another country or Kingdom. Either way, the crew gets to go somewhere they've never been before and it's up to you whether they go the scenic route or not.
The imprisonment (aka Powerless):
Don't drop the magical +2 soap.
The group's in chains without weapons or anyway to cast spells (and not a rogue to be found). I bring this example up because I wanted to point out how easily this could be considered "The meeting" if the group is introduced to one another as fellow prisoners or "The threat" if they're going to be executed soon.
Don't believe for a moment that the DM is the only one who can decide how a campaign should begin. As a D&D player, you have quite a few options going for you. Just so we're clear: none of these options involve ripping out the DM's heart and digesting it to take their power. Sorry for being a killjoy.
You could politely recommend a starting point, event, or premise for a campaign to your DM. Sometimes that's all the DM needs to crank their brain into high gear and produce something interesting.
The actual background of your character might supply the DM with an idea or even shape the beginnings of the campaign to deeply involve your character in some way.
I remember an occasion during my early days of DMing where I started a group in a lush forest and the first thing spoken by Mr. Particular was, "I'm so sick of starting in forests or taverns. Every DM does that." So I responded with, "Alright. You're in the middle of a desert without water or resources. Happy now?" I wouldn't actually recommend pulling off what I did back then but it's a prime example of how a campaign can start off in a way no one expected.
This is Kylak signing out to begin another adventure.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.
Just about everyone on the internet has heard the Bed Intruder Song by now. If you haven't done so then hide your kids and take a look right over here. This video alone has achieved over 12 million views and is their most popular video by far.
The Gregory Brothers have created something addicting and unique. Mixing political and news satire (similar to The Colbert Report) with music in the form of auto-tuned songs is surprisingly a work of beauty. It helps that the Gregory Brothers are experienced musicians so I wouldn't suggest trying this at home.
This is Kylak signing out but don't leave me swinging in the wind.