Paizo Publishing’s excellent RPG Superstar contest is in its final round, and the four finalist’s complete adventure proposals are up! Read them, evaluate them, and vote!
However it turns out, compliments to all the participants and especially the final four, Christine Schnieder, Clinton Boomer, Jason Nelson, and Rob McCreary!
More hot giant killing action in Part IV of the Hook Mountain Massacre! Well, wuss giants – ogres, trolls, and an ettin. My character, Valgrim, is honing his summoning skills as a Malconvoker.
Next time, we hit Hook Mountain itself. Victory or death!
The Hook Mountain Massacre continues! In which we slay dozens of ogres, and a hefty number of minibosses and bosses, with ferocity – but one of our heroes doesn’t walk away from it! Prepare your Kleenex and find out which brave adventurer bit the big one in the service of… Whatever we’re in the service of. The plot I think.
Finally! The wait between RPG Superstar rounds is getting hard to take! The final six present a full encounter for your judgement.
As in the last round, Christine from Germany and Boomer from Illinois are my hands down favorites. Her Chase on Charred Ground is an exciting ride down an active volcano on orc bone sleds! Boomer’s Impartial Tribunal comes in second for me – some flaws, but fun. Many of the rest are usable, if IMO not competitive with the others. Check ’em out!
On the Wizards Character Optimization board I’ve been putting together a reference that doesn’t yet exist – a guide to all the rules-legal monsters that a wizard can summon with the Summon Monster spells. New options are hidden away in many sourcebooks, so I’ve compiled them all and am reviewing them, especially as I get experience with them as Valgrim the dwarven summoner in our Rise of the Runelords game. Hope someone finds it helpful!
Legal 3.5 Summonable Monster List
Ah, finally, the monsters are up and ready to vote on in the RPG Superstar contest! And there’s some great ones.
My picks for the two totally awesome entries are Christine’s “Mind the Machine” set and Boomer’s “The Hunger That Moves.”
Christine’s envisioning of the Dungeon Core and Complexity Golem – they’re phenomenally inventive *and* very usable! And Boomer’s bizarre ecosystem of freakish creatures would be great to base an adventure around. Check them out!
For those who haven’t seen it, Paizo Publishing (former home of Dragon and Dungeon magazines and current producer of the Pathfinder Adventure Paths) is running a contest called “RPG Superstar.” It’s a multiround contest being conducted in full view of the community. It’s great stuff so far, and the “three related monsters” round is coming up.
My personal favorite in the top 8 is Clinton Boomer, also known as Hennet from the hilarious D&D PSAs on YouTube. Go Boomer!
I submitted a wondrous item for the contest, but it was too prosaic I reckon. Here it is, though, for your use. It’s obviously balanced with the Necklace of Fireballs and are modeled after Zuni (and other Native American) fetish necklaces.
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As some of you may know, this year will be the last for Living Greyhawk. It is being retired and the campaign will come to an end with the close of 2008.
This is a sad thing; I was one of the original Living Greyhawk Triads that helped launch the campaign along with the advent of D&D 3e at Gen Con in 2000. Greyhawk had always been my favorite campaign setting, and I welcomed the chance to help develop it. I helped run the Yeomanry, which represented the real life states of TN, AR, LA, KY, AL, and MS. The Yeomanry League is a cool nation; a proto-democratic state where military service grants citizenship.
Even worse, it doesn’t appear that they have any plan to further Greyhawk after this point. Many volunteers wrote hundreds of adventures and put lots of work in developing details of every region, and every indication is that work will just be lost. That’s a shame and a waste.
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The newest session summary from our romp through Rise of the Runelords is up! Check it out. Death to ogres!
So, all my historical reviews are linked on the reviews page, but two of them are brand spanking new and up at RPG.net. I review the new D&D 4e preview book Wizards Presents: Races & Classes and also an old DC Heroes 2e rulebook.
I decided to start a gaming blog dedicated to all things RPG – that is, tabletop pen-and-paper role-playing games. I hope you find something interesting while you’re here! I’ll be spewing forth my gamer thoughts in the blog, but also check out the pages where I’ll put original work, game reviews, session summaries, and more.