Intermediate Miniature Conversion: Pinning

Ragnaros Reaper Mini Dragonman ConversionLast week, I went over a simple weapon swap for a miniature. This is a great way to get your feet wet in miniature modification, but eventually you’re going to want to do something more drastic to your miniatures. One of my D&D Adventurer’s League characters is a Dragonborn Barbarian, and I didn’t like any of the Dragon/Reptilian miniatures that Reaper had on offer. Fortunately, they have a Dragonman Conversion Kit. For this project, I’ll be using Ragnaros as my base figure, swapping out the head, and pinning a tail onto it. Buckle in kids, this could get messy. Continue reading

Simple Miniature Conversion: Swapping Out Weapons

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Disclaimers: I did not paint this miniature. Mine will not have white hair. Click for source.

Last week, I posted a few pictures on Twitter of a simple miniature conversion I did.
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I wanted to write a short article on how I did it, because weapon changes are some of the simplest mini mods you can do, and a great starting point if you want to get into miniature conversion.
Before you get started though, you’re likely going to have to deal with one thing: you’re not defacing, damaging, or ruining your mini, you’re personalizing it. The first time you modify a miniature, you’re going to get all nervous about messing it up – similar to the first time you painted a mini, except paint can be stripped off – now anything you do to the mini is more or less irreversible. Get over it. You can patch up any mistakes, or paint around the mistake, or heaven forbid, buy another one. In fact, maybe just buy two the first time around so you feel a little better about cutting up the miniature. Continue reading

Level Up! Episode 5-1

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We’re back and better than ever!

Before you click “listen,” I wanted to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to @alton who graciously offered to edit the podcast for me because I had zero time this past weekend. You can check out his podcast, Recounting Encounters where the hosts discuss the current season of D&D Adventurer’s League Encounters every week.
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Defiance in Phlan Delve Terrain: The Goblin Lair

DSC_0047 - CopyEvery year that I DM for Gencon, it seems like I don’t get the adventures in time to prepare top notch terrain for my tables. It’s either something I already have lying around, or something I cobble together last minute. However, this year I was given a very early preview of the maps that would be used in the Gencon Delve adventure. Not one to waste an opportunity, I got right to work on making really cool terrain pieces for the tables I would be judging. This is the third of three pieces I made.

(WARNING: Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t played Defiance in Phlan yet, but plan to, read no further until you have!)

Oh, and as always, click any picture to embiggify.

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Defiance in Phlan Delve Terrain: The Crypt

DSC_0040 (1024x680) (3)Every year that I DM for Gencon, it seems like I don’t get the adventures in time to prepare top notch terrain for my tables. It’s either something I already have lying around, or something I cobble together last minute. However, this year I was given a very early preview of the maps that would be used in the Gencon Delve adventure. Not one to waste an opportunity, I got right to work on making really cool terrain pieces for the tables I would be judging. This is the second of three pieces I made.

(WARNING: Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t played Defiance in Phlan yet, but plan to, read no further until you have!)

Oh, and as always, click any picture to embiggify.

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Defiance in Phlan Delve Terrain: The Prison

DSC_0035Every year that I DM for Gencon, it seems like I don’t get the adventures in time to prepare top notch terrain for my tables. It’s either something I already have lying around, or something I cobble together last minute. However, this year I was given a very early preview of the maps that would be used in the Gencon Delve adventure. Not one to waste an opportunity, I got right to work on making really cool terrain pieces for the tables I would be judging. This is the first of three pieces I made. I know, I know… there are FIVE tracks in the delve, but I am only one person. And I have kids. And a job. Even though sometimes I wish D&D was my job… but I digress. You’re really here for the pictures, so I suppose I should oblige.

(WARNING: Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t played Defiance in Phlan yet, but plan to, read no further until you have!)

Oh, and as always, click any picture to embiggify.

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Hoard of the Dragon Queen Episode 1 Random Encounter Sheets

In this season’s Hoard of the Dragon Queen D&D Encounters adventure, there’s a “wandering monster” table in Episode 1. As a DM, it’s a pain to flip back and forth between the different spells and monsters on top of navigating the adventure itself. So I made some cheat sheets for myself that combine the monsters from the different encounters. Now (for the random encounters, anyways) I have everything I need on one sheet.

I don’t think there are really any spoilers here, but the following is really for D&D Encounters DMs only. Click “read more” if that applies to you.

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Hero Kids Christmas Adventure!

hero-kidsA new Hero Kids adventure written by me was posted to Drive Thru RPG today. It is Christmas themed, but maybe not in the sense you’re thinking. It goes back to some of the Norse and Germanic traditions surrounding Christmas, including the Yuletide and Odin.

If you haven’t had the chance to get Hero Kids, now is a great time. You can introduce your kids to role playing on Christmas day, and their first adventure can be holiday themed! PLUS, if you order the adventure before December 26, email me (linky at top right – the red icon with an envelope) and I will send you a BONUS pdf with an adventure epilogue and three consumable magic items for your young adventurers. What are you waiting for??

I’ve Been Published!

120069-thumb140Just a quick announcement – Hero Forge Games, the makers of the Hero Kids! RPG system have published an adventure I wrote. Entitled Fire In Rivenshore, it challenges the heroes with putting out a fire in their home village. All is not as it seems however, and the kids must find the source of the fire – and grapple with a moral dilemma at the very end. More than just a “kill the monsters and gather the treasure” adventure – this adventure could even spark discussions on “the right thing to do” with your children! Check it out on DriveThruRPG. If you haven’t played Hero Kids! yet, I highly recommend it.

The Gamer Effect is Running a Contest!

The Gamer EffectIf you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you’ll know that I recently dropped off in my posting activity. Part of that is a redirection of my attention towards other things in my life. However, I have also been directing a lot of my blogging energies to articles I’ve been writing for The Gamer Effect. If you missed it, I’ve been doing a series over there about an RPG experiment I conducted over the summer with my gaming group. You can check out the first post in the series here.

Also, check out all the other great articles – there is quite a collection of bloggers that have been putting up some great stuff there. Plus, there’s a contest going on - just comment on this post, and you could win $25! Win-win-win! (That first win is for the joy you will get from reading my series.)