Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 4 Recap

The gem mine in Termalaine proves far more dangerous than they expected as the Marshals delve deeper into the darkness

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Previously on Rime of the Frostmaiden

Starring:
Valravn, level 2 Eladrin Bard
Fray, level 2 Halfling Barbarian
Celeste, level 2 Half-orc Monk
Edmond, Level 2 Human Artificer
Thimbleweed, level 2 Gnome Ranger

It’s not often a session can nail all three pillars of Dungeons & Dragons, but the Beautiful Mine quest in Termalaine features combat, exploration, and role-playing, with just a bit of adjustments from the DM to make things more dynamic.

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Goodreads Review – Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Uprooted is a twisted fairy tale. It’s a romance-fantasy novel. It’s a horror story. It’s a swords-and-sorcery fantasy epic. Uprooted is somehow all of these things, telling a wonderfully intriguing fantasy story that builds and builds, and more importantly, satisfyingly concludes, within 350 pages.

The story starts off a bit slow, and first-person narration always takes a bit for me to get used to. Agnieskha isn’t a typical fantasy hero; reluctant may even be too strong a word, but once we get over her awkward pragmatism and she begins learning how to cast spells her own way, we can’t help but root for her (pun intended). The way Novik describes spellcasting in this world is sublime, evoking a beautiful symphony of poetry, music, and emotion.

The book effortlessly bounds between genres in relatively short time, giving us breathtaking romance, character-driven political intrigue, exciting chase sequences, dramatic battles, and exhilarating moments of action-horror that reminded me of Aliens in all the right ways.

And then there’s The Wood. Never have I felt such fear and terror of this world’s uniquely antagonistic location. The Wood is a malevolent force with its own agenda, minions, and abilities, and discovering all its reasoning and intentions as the plot unfurls is incredibly rewarding. If you can get past the admittedly slow, fairytale-like start, you’ll find a worthy fantasy story that refreshingly doesn’t take thousands of pages to unfurl.




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Roll20 Review – Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft

Detailed descriptions of over a dozen Domains of Dread, along with tips and tricks to running horror campaigns.

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Designed by: Wizards of the Coast

If you’re like me and not particularly well-versed in D&D lore, you may think that Ravenloft and Barovia are interchangeable. Thankfully the good Doctor Van Richten is here to set the record straight.

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft provides detailed overviews of over a dozen different Domains of Dread, of which Barovia is only one of many horror-themed regions, as well as tips for running horror campaigns, new character options, and a low-level mini-adventure in a classic haunted manor.

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DMs Guild Review – Might vs. Magic

Over a dozen new subclasses specializing in anti-magic, with new rules and spells for counter spelling.

A review copy of “Might vs. Magic” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by: Dave Panfilo

Might vs. Magic is an adaptation of the classic Might and Magic computer RPGs… — bah, I wish! It’s actually a player supplement featuring 14 new subclasses themed around high-magic worlds,  including martial classes with anti-magic traits and abilities, as well as expanded counter spell rules and spells, and new magic items.

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Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 3 Recap

The newly minted Ten Towns Marshals leave for Termalaine and the gem mine; in Targos they follow up on some leads.

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Previously on Rime of the Frostmaiden

Starring:
Valravn, level 2 Eladrin Bard
Fray, level 2 Halfling Barbarian
Celeste, level 2 Half-orc Monk
Edmond, Level 2 Human Artificer
Thimbleweed, level 2 Gnome Ranger

Following the Council of Speakers in Bryn Shander, the party decides to head north towards Termaline to help Speaker Masthew with a kobold problem in the gem mine. But first, a stop-over in Targos to meet with Speaker Maxildanarr and hunt for news about a previous adventuring party last seen in the area.

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DMs Guild Review – Playing Dead

Class feature replacements, along with new subclasses, spells, and items for transforming and creating undead player characters.

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Designed by: Steve Fidler, with Alex TannerAndrew T. Ha (LeukuDnD)BornToDoStuffCaitlin Bradbury (NotTheSmoooze)Elias Garoufalias (Aevilok)heavyarmsIsrael MoreiraProphRain-JunkieRyan MillerRyan Rose (flashpointbrews)Yorviing

Death in D&D typically leads to one of two scenarios: revive them through magic, or roll up a new character. Playing Dead presents a third option: transforming the player character into a uniquely undead version, with brilliantly themed new subclasses, spells, and adventuring gear.

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DMs Guild Review – Encounters in Icewind Dale

Two dozen encounters and over a dozen unique battle maps for Icewind Dale.

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Designed by: Christian Zeuch,

After reviewing or previewing Encounters in Candlekeep, Encounters in Barovia, and Encounters in Saltmarsh, I’ve become very familiar with Christian Zeuch’s Encounters series. While Encounters in Icewind Dale offers the same high quality production value and 20+ regional encounters, it’s also the weakest of the bunch.

This review contains spoilers for Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden!

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Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 2 Recap

Our new heroes arrive in Bryn Shander, and recieve a job offer from the Council of Speakers.

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Previously on Rime of the Frostmaiden

Starring:
Valravn, level 2 Eladrin Bard
Fray, level 2 Halfling Barbarian
Celeste, level 2 Half-orc Monk
Edmond, Level 2 Human Artificer
Thimbleweed, level 2 Gnome Ranger

In our sophomore session, our heroes deliver the ingots to Bryn Shander, attend the Council of Speakers, and accept the job of Ten Towns Marshals.

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DMs Guild Review – The Onomancer Class

A new 1-20 D&D spellcasting class that uses true names and Utterances in place of spell slots.

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Designed by: Micah Muldowney

The Onomancer is a 60+ page supplement that features a full level 1-20 class that introduces an all new way of casting spells. By learning and calling out the true names of people, places, and things, the Onomancer can invoke spell-like incantations at-will, creating a powerful and flexible spell-caster.

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DMs Guild Review – Weeping Walls

Explore a manor haunted by a vengeful ghost in this 4th level dungeon crawl.

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Designed by: Leonardo Andrade

For most of my life I wasn’t big into the horror genre, but in recent years I’ve grown to admire its creative storytelling – even if I still can’t muster the courage to play a horror video game. But horror is an excellent genre to explore with D&D, and Weeping Walls effectively checks all the right horror boxes to recreate a modern ghost story in under 20 pages.

The adventure includes the following content warnings: domestic violence, suicide, and body horror.

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