Tag Archives: Role Playing Games

Crowdfunding the Elder Dice is Surpassing Expectations!

17 Mar

Image result for infinite black diceBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

At the time writing, than posting, the third wave of crowdfunding the creation for more Elder Dice is surpassing expectations! Ever since Infinite Black offered customized dice for Call of Cthulhu and RPG enthusiasts, demand has been exceedingly great! This latest campaign is hitting every stretch goal, and just where it’ll go next depends on what fans want. Next up are Doom Edition d2 coins and they have been unlocked. Could there be any more, or has this company run out of ideas?

These symbol-based dice sets are based on the strange and occult glyphs as described by H.P. Lovecraft and later artists interpreting this author’s works. The Elder Sign, Seal of Yog-Sothoth, Star of Azathoth, Sigil of the Dreamlands are just the names of… Admirers of Infinite Black’s designs will have a tough time deciding on what to get. Maybe it’s best to collect them all. I almost did. This latest campaign offers a wicked playmat which takes inspiration from Egyptian papyri.

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What Does Rick & Morty, ECCC and D&D Have in Common? A Bonanza …

11 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: March 12, 2019

After reading IDW & Oni PressRick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons in a collected softcover release, I feel ready to take on the live show happening at Emerald City Comic Con! The panel takes place on Friday, 6:30pm at TCC Level 3, Room 5 in the Washington State Convention Centre. Here, writer Jim Zub and gang–Josh Trujillo, Kat Kruger and Kate Welch–through the wringer if he’s to recreate what he wrote in the book.

As for whether or not there will be any surprise visits, could voice talents Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell or Justin Roiland be nearby?

The four-issue comic book run released last year, back around late Summer and it offers plenty of easter eggs for fans of this role-playing game to enjoy. Fans of the Adult Swim cartoon will find this new adventure fun and exhilarating. From recreations of classic covers of many an AD&D game module to jabs at how different each edition of the game is, I was reliving my days of an avid AD&D gamer. The 80s and 90s were my time with many a role-playing game. The jokes are hard not to miss (when I’m in the know) and I loved the inclusion of Dungeon Master (from the animated series of the same name). I was in stitches since writers Patrick Rothfuss and Zub nailed this personality spot on.

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Victoria, BC’s Capital City Comic Con to Carve a Niche for Fandom Local, Far & Wide

14 Oct

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Victoria, the Capital City of British Columbia saw many pop culture style conventions come and go in the past thirty or so years. Some long-time residents believe the heydays were from the last century. As for the last decade and a half, the fan base will have their wide and varied opinions about those attempts. The organizations involved in bringing Capital City Comic Con to the Victoria Convention Center and Crystal Garden March 16-18th, 2018 (not to be confused with the one in East Lansing, Michigan) want to move forward in a positive light. They are Cherry Bomb Toys, The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) and Tourism Victoria.

“I think our reputation with our Ultimate Toy Fair proves that we can do it,” revealed Biagio and Candice Woodward. “We’re on show twenty (of year ten) and we’re constantly learning. We listen to our vendors, we listen to our crowd and that’s the key. If you don’t then you’re going to miss important things.”

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From Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms to Industrious, Can It Happen?

28 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

CodeName Entertainment’s Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is a game designed by fans of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) for fans. This product is basically a hack and slash, and it has the potential to be a whole lot more. If only there was an “Advanced” option ….

From what players can use, ranging from dwarves to hawk-headed demi-humans, the diversity is quite good. Each of them is unique in their own way, and I’m not quite sure if they all need to be unlocked. That will depend on the player and this game is all about experimentation. Not all of them needs to be in play. Only up to nine slots are available in the game to position these warriors. Usually, in a table game, seven is the maximum before a Game Master feels overwhelmed micro-managing. Marching order is important. Typically, players will want their best at the front, berserkers second and stealth at the back.

My favourite character is Jarlaxle, a drow who can do sneak attacks. On screen, he disappears from one side and reappears on another to stab monsters in the back.

Newcomers should be careful though. The first scenario is a tutorial to get used to the relatively simple interface and how this game works. This adventure can be finished quite quickly and afterward, the character’s level resets.

Bruenor (the first character you start with) is back at level one. Given time, these characters can be leveled up to the triple digits if players decide to remain in one scenario, but who would want to do that? Just how a character’s level scales is very different from the pen and paper version of the game.

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