Friday, December 11, 2015

5E Celebrity Game Live Streaming

The first 5E Podcast is now live on YouTube (Session 1) and features Jen Page, Chris Pramas (Green Ronin Publishing), Wolfgang Baur (Kobold Press), Jonathan G. Nelson (, and Rachel Ventura (Legendary Games).

Watch us play Tyranny of Dragons, Out of the Abyss, and other great D&D 5th Edition adventures!

My character's background is as follows: (you should read the first paragraph in a Scottish accent)
Me name is Amber of Clan BattleHammer. I'm a shield dwarf. We are a proud and mighty clan. A quarter of a decade ago me father, Ranol, and twin brother, Adrik, left with rest of the clan to fight the Orcs who were encroaching on the North. The first blow of defeat came early in the war, that me poor father had fallen. Adrik, a mere pup of only 75 years, took up me father's great axe and struck hundreds of the orc scum down. Eye though, it was a sad day indeed when news of Adrik's death reached me ears. I vowed to avenge their death's. I marched out that very night and in a fortnight I had caught up with the rest of the family. Many of the orcs had been slaughtered but too many of our own laid dead or dying. I tried to take up the lead but non of me-kind would follow me into battle. Perhaps because I am a She or perhaps they were too wrought with grief. I died that day inside; dishonored by me clan. I retrieved me father's Greataxe from me brother and said me last goodbyes. On me way off the battle field I took a few orc heads off in pure rage and I haven't returned to the clan since. This necklace of orc teeth reminds me of me duty. That night I took to the drink. I drank in their honor. I drank to me grief. One day, I will drink no longer. That day is not today. One day, I will prove me worth to carry the axe. I will revenge me brother and father. Until that day, I remain brewin' me mead and ale and finding adventurers who will bring me one step closer to destroying the Orcs.

Amber is a drunk on most days. She sobers up for an adventure but returns to the drink afterwards. She is crippled by the loss of her twin brother and the rejection from her clan. She's made her way in the world by brewing and traveling from inn to inn. She's an outlander set forth for revenge. Her right eye sports a deep scar. When asked about it, she has plenty of stories to give, but none are true. Her brother Adrik accidentally caused it in a snowball fight when they were children. The giant snowball he slung at her had an ice shard in it unbeknownst to him and when it hit her square in the face it sliced her right eye open. She almost lost the eye but can actually see quiet well despite the scar. She jokes if the bow string blocks the scare then that's when you know your dead. The memory of the scar brings back such a bittersweet memory that only her closest friends know the true origin. When she's not drunk she is a fierce fighter full of rage. Side Note: 5E doesn't specifically have shield dwarfs so she is rolled up as a mountain dwarf.

Monday, December 7, 2015

RPG Industry Holiday Gift Exchange

Last night Chris Pramas was kind enough to host our RPG industry gathering at Krab Jab Studio in Georgetown. Jonathan Nelson brought along the first Snow White print proof so I could take a look. After Jonathan walked into the studio, he found the current exhibit to be fairy tale themed! Of course he couldn't resist getting a shot of the new Snow White book next to artist Wylie Beckert's piece titled "Snow White".

Once all the participants had arrived we showcased our gift that we brought. Here we have Owen K.C. Stephens showcasing Dr. Who silicone mold of the Tardis and Dalek. Perfect for making ice, chocolate, or using green clay to make minis.

Next up we have Eric Morton. He carefully revealed one champion horse at a time... with sound effects. Five horses in total all with their own special sound effect!


Next up was Chris Pramas, who brought... POO! Yes folks, poo. Great apparently for flinging at your family during holidays or reunions!

LJ Stephens brought a Sonic Screwdriver! It even lit up in different colors. Oooooo, Ahhhhhh!

Dashiell Milliman-Jarvis brought a two part present. The first is the core rules for Lords of Gossamer & Shadow and the second is the Nexopolis adventure for it!

Jonathon Nelson brought War Game, and RPG book of histroical battles. What a relic!

Jason Nelson brought Marrital Bliss, a game for couples. He and his Spouse somehow actually both bought this game at Gen Con, unbeknownst to the other. I guess they were made for each other!

Rachel Ventura (Me) brought a Dalek "ornament". Here Owen is testing it out. "Exterminate, Exterminate!"

I am explaining it comes with a wonderful silver box. And that the gift is appropriately aged for 2+ :p

Here were the rules of the exchange. We all sat with the gift in front of us. We passed two plates of dice around the circle for an undisclosed amount of time (13 minutes and 22 seconds). If you rolled doubles you HAD TO exchange the gift in front of you. This was a great time to trade that gift you didn't want for that most awesome gift (like the one I brought - heh heh). If you had a gift you loved and rolled doubles you still HAD TO exchange the gift. Ah, so sad. We did this until the time went off (hich apparently I should have set it for 5-8 minutes). 

In the end I got to take home POO!!!! HaHa, guess what my husband is getting in his stocking from Santa. Bwahahahahaha.

A huge thank you to Owen for the PIECAKEN! and to my boss for the apple-cinnamon pull-aparts. Eric I really enjoyed the strawberries with my bubbly too. Mmmmm so sweet and delicious!

Here are some other pictures of us just chatting and having a good time :)