DMs Guild Review – The Great Wyrm Theft (Shadow Heist 1)

Steal a prize ruby from a Waterdeep noble’s mansion during a lavish dinner party in this one-shot adventure.

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A review copy of “One Shot: The Great Wyrm Theft – Waterdeep’s Shadow Heist No. 1” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by:  Christian Eichhorn

If you’ve read or watched my review of last year’s Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, you know that one of my complaints was there was no actual bloody heist in the campaign! DMs Guild veteran Christian Eichhorn has designed a series of heists that take place around Waterdeep to help fill this void.

The first in the Waterdeep Shadow Heist series is “The Great Wyrm Theft,” set at a noble’s mansion during a big dinner party. The PCs’ goal is to sneak in, grab a valuable gem and sneak out, before the gem is sold at the end of the evening. It’s a neat setup, though the mansion itself is disappointingly mundane.

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Risk of Rain 2 Shows Incredible Promise in Early Access [Pixelkin]

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I lived through the initial 3D gaming era of the mid to late 90s. Whether for better or worse, most games made the awkward, ugly transition from pixels to polygons. And for every Mario 64 there was, well, a Sonic 3D.

Thankfully we’re far removed from those days. But rarely do we see a series so completely, and effectively transform from 2D to 3D, as I’ve seen in Risk of Rain 2. The sequel was announced and released via Steam Early Access during the Gearbox panel at PAX East, and it’s already fantastic.

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Let’s Play – XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Episode 29: Butt Stroke Series

Standard Guerrilla Ops and Council Missions allow other soldiers to break out and shine and help deepen XCOM’s roster.

XCOM 2
DLC: War of the Chosen, Tactical Legacy Pack, Resistance Warrior Pack
Mods: Commander’s Choice
Difficulty: Veteran

Episode 29: Butt Stroke Series

M45: Operation Cosmic Laughter – Neutralize Target in AVENT Vehicle

  • Maj. Felgolos ‘Flying’ Misfortune (Sharpshooter)
  • Magus Dommel ‘Talus’ Stonereach (Psi Operative)
  • Col. Georgiano ‘George’ Tortle (Ranger)
  • Col. Gillian ‘Triton’ Flounderson (Specialist)
  • Lt. Korinn ‘Draconic’ Dragonborn (Greandier)
  • Cap. Tymerious ‘T.I.M.’ Marbrand (Specialist)

M46: Operation Frozen Grave – Recover Item from ADVENT Facility

  • Sgt. Azaka ‘Tiger’ Stormfang (Skirmisher)
  • Maj. Mauta ‘Shadowrun’ Kulia (Sharpshooter)
  • Maj. Kazin ‘Mind-Zei’ Eldric (Templar)
  • Col. Gillian ‘Triton’ Flounderson (Specialist)
  • Lt. Korinn ‘Draconic’ Dragonborn (Greandier)
  • Cap. Tymerious ‘T.I.M.’ Marbrand (Specialist)

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 31 Recap

After a follow-up meeting with Xandala and the Oracle, we make the long trek across the jungle and the Aldani Basin toward the Heart of Ubtao.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

Thanks to the party’s jungle crawling experience, extensive use of guides, and Gillian’s magical hut, hex-crawling is mostly a thing of the past. That doesn’t mean we won’t have any more random encounters, however.

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Let’s Play – XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Episode 28: Three-Soldier Squads

After a standard mission in the sewers, we’re thrown into back-to-back missions where XCOM can only send half-size squads of three soldiers each.

XCOM 2
DLC: War of the Chosen, Tactical Legacy Pack, Resistance Warrior Pack
Mods: Commander’s Choice
Difficulty: Veteran

Episode 28: Three-Soldier Squads

M42: Operation Haunting Thunder – Destroy the Alien Relay

  • Maj. Falkirk ‘Runner’ Anderson (Skirmisher)
  • Magus Dommel ‘Talus’ Stonereach (Psi Operative)
  • Col. Saran ‘Decker’ Amus (Specialist)
  • Cap. Bryseis ‘Daemon’ Esterborn (Grenadier)
  • Maj. Undril ‘The Order’ Silvertusk (Specialist)
  • Maj. Mauta ‘Shadowrun’ Kulia (Sharpshooter)

M43: Operation Northern Grin – Raid the ADVENT Convoy

  • Magus Dommel ‘Talus’ Stonereach (Psi Operative)
  • Col. Saran ‘Decker’ Amus (Specialist)
  • Cap. Bryseis ‘Daemon’ Esterborn (Grenadier)

M44: Operation Witch Shriek – Rescue Operative from ADVENT Compound

  • Magus Dommel ‘Talus’ Stonereach (Psi Operative)
  • Col. Georgiano ‘George’ Tortle (Ranger)
  • Col. Gillian ‘Triton’ Flounderson (Specialist)

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Goodreads Review – The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire #2)

The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire, #2)The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book in the Wings of Fire series centers on Tsunami the SeaWing as the Dragonets travel to her homeland. This time we’re treated to some lite political intrigue surrounding the mysterious deaths of the Queen’s royal daughters, of which Tsunami is a returning surviving heir.

The overall mystery is a bit lackluster and few of the new SeaWing characters are interesting. I also didn’t like that most of the dragonets are sidelined for the entire middle of the book, leaving just Tsunami to explore and deal with the new characters and setting. Yet that also gives her a much bigger chance to grow and develop as a character.

I’m giving it four stars like the first one because it’s still very well written, with excellent pacing and a good mix of violent action and quiet introspection. I am a bit worried that the books will feel formulaic as the dragonets travel to each different kingdom and end up as prisoners having to escape – thankfully they themselves call that out at the end of this book!

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