OWN ME

This August I am proud to be hosting the 2012 ENnie Awards at Gen Con. For those of you who are not native to this particular quadrant of the nerdosphere, for over 10 years now the ENnies have recognized the top writers, artists, and designers in the field of role-playing games.

Or, in layman's terms - it's the People's Choice Awards of Dungeons & Dragons.

I'm excited about the gig, and if YOU too are excited, you can now be DOUBLY excited because as part of its annual fundraiser, the ENnies are raffling off a DREAM DATE with me.

Click here to bid on the eBay auction.

Note that, according to the listing, I am a brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item.

YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY.

I'm excited about the opportunity and look forward to seeing my geek brethren at the con.

-Tom, who can currently be had for the low, low price of $67.

The Complete Dungeon Bastard

Just a quick post here: the musings of Bill Cavalier, ADVENTURE COACH! continue to drop from the mystic confines of his vaunted Adventure Corner every week.

Admittedly, that can be a lot to keep up with.

So, to help you stay on top, we've put together this handy YouTube playlist that compiles all the episodes.

Of course, you can also find the videos posted over on dungeonbastard.com.

Share with your friends and become a fan on Facebook!

We're at ~200,000 views for the series, I appreciate your support.

-Tom

Return of The Dungeon Bastard

At this point the original video has over 21,000 views so I got together with my friends at Epic Level Entertainment and put together a series of videos for follow-up.

In "ASK THE BASTARD" Bill Cavalier takes questions from regular gamers and dispenses his unique brand of wisdom. It's Dungeons & Dragons meets Chuck Norris meets Richard Simmons.

Yeah, try to get your head around THAT.


More coming soon. (VERY soon!)

The Stingy DM

Like a harmonic convergence of the Outer Planes, it's time for another installment of my random journey through the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide.

Click on through for another ethereal jaunt...


(And let's hope we don't get attacked by any githyanki.)


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Basic Upkeep

Time once again to dust off those chipped, crayon-filled dice I got when I was 14 and randomly sample the genius of Gary Gygax, as laid out in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide.

Click on through for another ethereal jaunt...





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10 Reasons Books Are Better Than Video Games


I've read a lot of books - starting with the complete adventures of Tom Swift Jr.

I've played a lot of video games - starting with Chopper Command on the Atari 2600.

And after all those hours, I'm still waiting for video game technology to catch up with ink printed on the processed pulp from a dead tree.

Video games suck, books rock, and here's why:

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Instrument of the Bards

One man.

Some polyhedral dice.

And the greatest book on gaming ever written.

Follow me as I take an ethereal jaunt through the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide, five random pages at a time.

It all starts, quite naturally, with the afterword...

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Oddsmosis

Every year I spend four days in Indianapolis, walking amongst my fellow nerds and saying things like "Do you really want to attack the troll?" and "Your charm person spell does not seem to have an effect on the zombie minotaur." And I indulge in ludicrous pursuits like trying to get the best picture I can of the steampunk Boba Fett -- i.e., one without a "Cinnabon" sign in the background.

It's Gen Con, the annual event where I soak in the geekery of 40,000 people descending on a single city to try out board games, play Dungeons & Dragons, and compare notes on which World of Warcraft costume is most accurate. It's a process I call "oddsmosis."

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The City on the Edge of the NIGHT of ADVENTURE

The first time people hear an explanation of D&D they always try to put it into the context of traditional games like RISK or Monopoly. This usually breaks down about the time I explain that after you make your character, you just go on adventures.

"But- How..." they stammer, as their brain tries to roll to get out of Jail, "But- But- How do you win?"

"You don't," I tell them, waiting for the inevitable follow-up.

"But- But- But-" they say as their brain realizes it's not in Jail, not on Free Parking, nowhere near Marvin Gardens and, in fact, is probably not even on the board. "But- But- But- How does it end!?

I smile in a way that I think is enigmatic but is probably just smug and annoying.

"It doesn't," I say.

No better proof of that can be found than in our most recent NIGHT of ADVENTURE!

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The Hidden Shrine of the NIGHT OF ADVENTURE

It's been a while.

One of the guys in the group went off on a trip to New York, the DM went to a Halloween party and got rufied, and the rest of us got hooked on a little game called Colossal Arena.

(Hint: Never bet on the Amazon. She's getting whacked in round one.)

So, after a month of delays, plane tickets, and one rufie hangover, we come to the campaign finale of the NIGHT of ADVENTURE!

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