Goodreads Review – The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, #1)The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This will always be a special book for me, as the first novel my 7yo asked me to read to her. We do a chapter every night!

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) is a masterclass in fantasy world-building and character development. Our five young heroes may be familiar if you enjoy certain friendship-based action-adventure cartoons. They each belong to a different dragon tribe, such as SeaWings or NightWings, each with their own unique characteristics and abilities. Yet they’ve also been imprisoned and sheltered from the outside war, knowing little of the waging dragon war going on around them.
Their bond with each other is tested and explored in fun ways, though this novel primarily focuses on Clay the MudWing and Tsunami the SeaWing. We’re eventually introduced to more characters and events in a world ruled by, and ravaged by warring dragon tribes, though it’s a bummer that our heroes spend much of the story under someone’s thumb and reacting to events rather than making choices on their own.
The Dragonet Prophecy tells a satisfying story while expertly teasing future events – the perfect starter book for a grand YA series.

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DMs Guild Review – Secrets of Valeguard Spire

A short DM supplement for the PC headquarters in the Chronicles of Sorrow.

A review copy of “Secrets of Valeguard Spire” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by:  Blaise Wigglesworth

Secrets of Valeguard Spire” sounds like the title of an intriguing D&D adventure, but it’s actually an extremely short DM supplement based on the author’s level 1 adventure, “Sorrow’s Ruin” (which is excellent).

Specifically “Secrets of Valeguard Spire” expands upon an interesting element that’s added at the end of “Sorrow’s Ruin” – an inter-dimensional keep that the PCs gain as a base of operations. The supplement adds fun new abilities that are granted to every PC who joins up with the Valeguards, but would be better served in the next full adventure in this campaign, rather than as a tiny stand-alone supplement.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Has a Nostlagia Problem [Pixelkin]

Read the full opinion piece at Pixelkin

A YA-friendly, easy-to-play action-adventure that explores and celebrates Disney animated movies should be a winning formula. It certainly was in 2002 when the original Kingdom Hearts launched on the PlayStation 2. The popularity of the series and decade plus drought of a main-line game created a huge amount of anticipation for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts 3 feels like a PS2 game in all the worst ways.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 28 Recap

The party explored deeper inside the ancient ziggurat of Orolunga, battling gargoyles, escaping mummies, leaping over crumbling hallways, and letting sleeping wyverns lie.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Mannix, level 4 Human Inquisitive Rogue
Khaless, level 4 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 4 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 4 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 4 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

The party explored deeper inside the ancient ziggurat of Orolunga, battling gargoyles, escaping mummies, leaping over crumbling hallways, and letting sleeping wyverns lie.

NOTE: My version of Orolunga is partially based on the Viper’s Pit dungeon designed by JVC Parry on the DMs Guild.

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Let’s Play – XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Episode 22: Warlock Showdown

The Warlock is our second Chosen Stronghold mission, and it goes much better than the first.

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

Episode 22: Warlock Showdown

M32: Operation Sky Slap – Assault Chosen Stronghold

  • Maj. Miri ‘The Monk’ Greycastle (Ranger)
  • Magus Dommel ‘Talus’ Stonereach (Psi Operative)
  • Lt. Felgolos ‘Flying’ Misfortune (Sharpshooter)
  • Sgt. Bryseis ‘Daemon’ Esterborn (Greandier)
  • Maj. Saran ‘Decker’ Amus (Specialist)
  • Cap. Falkirk ‘Runner’ Anderson (Skirmisher)

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Crafting Annihilation 03/28

Behind-the-scenes DM-only live stream of building and preparing our ongoing Tomb of Annihilation series.

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Viper’s Pit Dungeon:

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RogueWatson Reviews – Keyforge: Call of the Archons

[I uploaded this last week for Early Access Patrons, then totally forgot to make it public, oops.]

Review of Keyforge: Call of the Archons, by Fantasy Flight Games.

Music by Kevin MacLeod

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