Patreon Incoming + New Show Announcement

With our transition to a new campaign next week, I’m using this opportunity to announce another weekly D&D show: Crafting Annihilation! This will be a live streamed behind-the-scenes series where I go through my prep work for that week’s session of Tomb of Annihilation.

Next week is our Session 0 where we’ll introduce and create our new player characters. After that the normal routine will be Crafting Annihilation on Thursday mornings (tentatively) and Tomb of Annihilation on our usual Friday evenings.

I’ll also be launching a Patreon next week to help support all the extra video content I produce on my YouTube channel (and here on my website), including DMs Guild Reviews, Roll20 Reviews, RogueWatson Reviews (board games), and the new Crafting Annihilation series.

With your patronage I can increase my output of videos with a more consistent release schedule (such as a DMs Guild Review every Tuesday).

Leave comments here or on YouTube for suggestions on the kind of reward tiers or special perks you want to see on the Patreon page.

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Roll20 Review: The Reaper’s Right Hand (War for the Crown 5)

Our heroes are transported to Axis, the Plane of Law, where they must uncover the disappearance of Taldor’s ascended emperor.

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

The Reaper’s Right Hand” is the fifth module in the War for the Crown Adventure Path, designed for PCs of 13th level. At this level adventures really need to ramp up the scope and challenge rating of what the PCs are facing.

The module does a brilliant job of upping the stakes by depositing our heroes into Axis, the plane of law, as they must search for the missing ascended emperor while dealing with a diverse cast of extra-dimensional beings and troublemakers.

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Roll20 Review: City in the Lion’s Eye (War for the Crown 4)

The PCs infiltrate the city of Zimar to gather evidence and finally confront Maxillar Pythareus.

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

The fourth module in the War for the Crown Pathfinder adventure brings our heroes to the militarized city of Zimar. City in the Lion’s Eye is designed for 10th level PCs who have completed the previous three modules of the Adventure Path.

While if offers some neat challenges in demanding a more stealthy and disguised approach, much of its urban encounters and plot threads feel far too similar to the last module, The Twilight Child.

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Roll20 Review: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (Rrakkma)

Mordenkainen adds a host of exotic, alien, and demonic creatures, while Rrakkma provides a sample dungeon crawl in the Plane of Madness.

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes is the third official bestiary released for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition, following the original Monster Manual (2014) and Volo’s Guide to Monsters (2016). At this point we’ve cataloged all of the creatures we’d find in a typical fantasy setting. The Tome of Foes provides much more exotic fare. If you love your cosmic horror and demons, Mordenkainen is here for you.

In the interest of reviewing a bestiary for Roll20, I’ll be focusing this review on the free Adventurer’s League tie-in adventure, “Rrakkma.”

Note that “Rrakkma” is only available to Roll20 Pro subscribers.

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Roll20 Review: The Twilight Child (War for the Crown 3)

Confront nightmare demons, traitorous guards, and a sinister cult in the city of Yanmass in the third adventure for the War for the Crown.

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

The War for the Crown returns to an urban setting in the third Pathfinder Adventure Path module, The Twilight Child. It’s designed for a party of 7th level heroes who have completed the previous two modules, and they should reach 10th level by the end, making it a solid Tier 2 adventure.

The Twilight Child provides a bounty of interesting side quests within the mercantile city of Yanmass, and more importantly for a Roll20 module, plenty of quality maps to support them.

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Roll20 Review: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur (War for the Crown 2)

Pose as local nobles and win the hearts and minds of the people of Meratt in Part 2 of the War for the Crown.

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

The sophomore adventure in the War for the Crown Adventure Path follows more of the political intrigue and social maneuvering from the first. It’s designed to run directly after Crownfall, with PCs beginning at 4th level and advancing to 7th at the conclusion.

In Songbird, Scion, Saboteur, the PCs travel north to the county of Meratt, assuming the role of long-lost nobles, hob-nobbing at posh parties, helping the local populace with various odd-jobs and missions, and culminating in the PCs’ invasion of the ruling noble.

The adventure hits all the right beats, though running many areas, particularly the mini open-world section of Part 2, could prove tricky to run in Roll20. Continue reading “Roll20 Review: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur (War for the Crown 2)”

Roll20 Review: Crownfall (War for the Crown 1)

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

Every new edition of Dungeons & Dragons has its naysayers, but in the mid 2000s Fourth Edition’s announcement was especially volatile compared to the widely beloved 3.5 edition. So much so that one company split off and created their own RPG system heavily based on 3.5 edition. Pathfinder did the unthinkable and proved more popular than Dungeons & Dragons for several years, until Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition arrived in 2014.

My own experience with Pathfinder is quite limited. When we first got into doing role-playing games online via Roll20, we actually started with Pathfinder, playing for several months. That game was cancelled when our GM abruptly left, and it would be several months before we got bit by the RPG bug again, first with Shadowrun and then with D&D 5E.

Now, finally, Pathfinder has officially come to Roll20. Roll20 is completely open, meaning you could always play Pathfinder, but with official licensing support comes Roll20-created character sheets, as well as professionally adapted modules, the likes of which we’ve been seeing (and I’ve been reviewing) for D&D over the last several months. Continue reading “Roll20 Review: Crownfall (War for the Crown 1)”