Roll20 Review – Stranger Things D&D Starter Set

Hunt down the Thessalhydra, journey to the Upside Down, and survive the Demogorgon in this officially licensed D&D Starter Set.

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Like many geeks Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows, and not just because the series opens with a group of 80s kids playing tabletop Dungeons & Dragons in the basement. It’s supremely cool to see an official D&D tie-in product, as no small number of players became D&D fans at least in part by Stranger Things.

The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set has everything you need to quickly jump in and play D&D, using the included pre-made characters. The adventure is ripped straight out of the series as the adventurers hunt down the monstrous Thessalhydra, with plenty of literal and metaphorical nods to the show along the way.

MAJOR SPOILERS – DM’s only!

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 39 Recap

The bar brawl at Jahaka Anchorage turns into one of the deadliest fights of our adventuring careers.

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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

In all our years of playing Dungeons & Dragons, we’ve never come as close to a total party wipe as this week’s session. The bar fight within Boscoe’s Bilge, the tavern at the hidden pirate base of Jahaka Anchorage, proved a bloody, drawn-out struggle as the party threw everything they had at the third and final pirate crew.

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DMs Guild Review – Handful of Heists

Five mini-heists, capers, and cons designed to supplement the urban adventures of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

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Designed by: Jimmy Meritt, with maps by Louie Skaradek

Those who have read (and/or watched) my Waterdeep: Dragon Heist review know that I was a bit miffed that there was no actual heist. Thankfully the DMs Guild is here to set things straight.

Handful of Heists” features five 3rd level mini-adventures that fit perfectly within Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, or any urban setting of your campaign.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 38 Recap

One pirate ship is used to get in close to another, then it’s onward to the pirates’ secret hideout, Jahaka Anchorage.

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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

With one pirate captain defeated and the ship captured, the party could interrogate the surviving crew (namely the first mate, Mad Kalita). They learned the specific location of the pirates’ secret hideout, Jahaka Anchorage, as well as the guard shift tactics the pirates used.

Armed with about half a plan, the party used the Dragonfang to draw in close to the Anchorage and deal with the second pirate ship, the Emerald Eye, before infiltrating the pirate base.

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Gaming Backlog Final Thoughts – Rise of the Tomb Raider

Playing through all the Uncharted games last year may have ruined Tomb Raider for me.

Adventuring through my backlog of games, one game at a time. 

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Played On: PlayStation 4

A funny thing happened on my way to playing the second game of the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy: I played all five Uncharted games. Particularly Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy have set my personal standard for cinematic third-person action games. I couldn’t help but constantly compare them to everything that annoyed me about Rise of the Tomb Raider, resulting in an experience that is middling at best.

The Uncharted comparisons are not entirely fair. Rise of the Tomb Raider precedes Uncharted 4 by a year, but such is the curse of backlog gaming!

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