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Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 05:34 PM - CleverNickName mentioned The Big BZ in post Critical Role Kickstarter Predition Game: Guess the Funding Outcome (GTFO)
    ... after that time will be ignored. Good luck! The Prize The winner will receive a gift certificate to HeroForge.com, good for one custom 3D-printed character mini (a $25 value), like this one! 105294 I got this digital gift certificate for Christmas, but I already have like a dozen HeroForge minis (I may have a problem). I thought I'd offer it up to a worthy cause. Sound good? OF COURSE it sounds good! Let's see those predictions! ----- PREDICTION ROSTER Stalker0: $100,000,000 Dausuul: $50,000,000 gyor: $30,000,000 Hussar: $25,000,000 aco175: $23,500,000 CubicsRube: $21,000,000 CleverNickName: $20,612,408.57 ---------Highest-Funded Kickstarter in History (Pebble Time smartwatch) $20,338,986----------- Parmandr: $20,000,000 EnochSeven: $16,213,102 TallIan: $15,876,374 MNblockhead: $15,555,555 77IM: $14,980,000.00 jgsugden: $14,520,000 OB1: $14,000,042 The Big BZ: $14,000,000 dregntael: $13,935,109 chrisrtld: $13,635,019 pogre: $13,500,000 Aebir-Toril: $13,224,376.89 Satyrn: $13,000,000 Yardiff: $12,456,145 -----------Highest-Funded Game Project on Kickstarter (Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5) $12,393,139-------- Radaceus: $12,345,678.91 FarBeyondC: $12,345,678.90 Morrus: $12,000,000 Mistwell: $11,800,000 Mort: $11,620,000 Zardnaar: $11,354,883 <--- The Winner! Sadras: $11,120,000 SkidAce: $11,000,000 Tazawa: $10,700,000 togashi_joe: $10,250,000 DM Dave1: $10,101,010 MichaelSomething: $10,000,000 Lazybones: $9,750,000 PabloM: $9,500,000 akr71: $9,250,000 rczarnec: $9,250,000 Azzy: $9,000,000 Henry: $8,900,000 mortwatcher: $8,666,000 Lidgar: $8,423,976.73 vincegetorix: $8,360,000 SmokeyCriminal: $8,008,135 AriochQ: $7,7...

Thursday, 24th May, 2018

  • 01:59 PM - Coroc mentioned The Big BZ in post Opening Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
    The Big BZ #57 Hm, now that you point it out, so you say those dwarves are greysexual with a jelly fetish and i just did not read the monstermanual that thoroughly up til now? How about Drizzt? Would be that cool idea to let him Change gender also? Maybe he can trick soem Lolth Priestess that way? I can imagine all sorts of things and i am grown up enough to handle every scenario be it however explicit and twisted. But i am also convinced that D&D should not only be a game for all genders but also for a wide range of ages and people with ethics and moral which might be diverse from my own. What i try to say: a cursed belt of gender change is much fun at the table once in a while, a political agenda which is not suitable for every age category packed on one of the most noble fantasy races is not imho.

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Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 11:54 PM - pogre quoted The Big BZ in post Anatomy of a 20 Level campaign
    Just to update this, ... Thanks for the update! I enjoy reading about campaigns that reach into the higher levels. We're still going through Dungeon of the Mad Mage and having a good time. My players enjoy dungeon delving, so it is a good match for my group. I have a plan for an epic scenario after they finish the DoMM. Probably will be time to move on to another campaign after that. We play weekly for four hours, so about the same amount of time as your group and our progression speed seems very similar.
  • 11:31 PM - S'mon quoted The Big BZ in post Anatomy of a 20 Level campaign
    Just to update this, we recently finished with one Level 20 session and a Session Zero for our new campaign. So the entire campaign took 11 months from Level 1 to 20 and looked like this: The campaign took 11 months to play and was a lot of fun. The last few levels were pretty gonzo with True Polymorph and Anti Magic Field etc and were good craic but overall I would say high level play is quite hard work on the DM because of the serious lack of published material. Thanks for this. Doing calculations for my new weekly Primeval Thule campaign, which uses about the DMG-standard levelling rate of 1 session each 1st to 3rd then 2-3 thereafter, I calculated the highest level PCs should reach 20th from 1st level in about 11 months of play, which fits with your account. I just today had my second player get a 5e PC all the way from 1st level to 20th - http://simonyrpgs.blogspot.com/2019/02/going-all-way.html - nothing too dramatic, the player finally calculated her XP and found she should ...

Sunday, 7th April, 2019

  • 03:39 PM - SkidAce quoted The Big BZ in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    Latest FB post says the AL Epic gives players a chance to save the Forgotten Realms: More immersive and interactive than ever. The fun at D&D Live 2019: The Descent will include the D&D Adventurers League for the first time! Attendees can play in an EPIC adventure of 25 tables collaborating to save the Forgotten Realms! It's Dungeons & Dragons like you've never experienced before. Learn more about this May 17-19 event celebrating the next D&D storyline and how YOU can join: dnd.wizards.com/dndlive2019. I am not positive that EPIC means epic levels.

Sunday, 10th March, 2019

  • 07:13 AM - Henry quoted The Big BZ in post Dragon Talk Interview with Kate Welch re Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Now I sincerely hope he gets what we wants and I will snap that sh*t up in multiple formats as soon as it drops but I can't blame WotC one little bit for focusing on the other 99 people. Much as I loved the Greyhawk setting back in the 80s and 90s, I have to agree with this. It's indeed quite hard for a company to try to resurrect and rebuild a fanbase for a product that (in Greyhawk's case) had at least one or more divisive splits (Greyhawk pre-Gary leaving, Greyhawk post-Gary leaving, and and the "From the Ashes" Greyhawk, not to mention the wild Vecna subplots back in the late 1990s that some people said "that's not Greyhawk!" -- oh, and lest we forget, fans of the Castle Gaxmoor stuff that Gary contributed to that some people want WotC to inexplicably co-opt because it was Gary's take on some of his original campaign notes, or something like that...) It's not an impossible task, but that mirror has been broken into so many slivers it's best to just melt it down and make a new but simila...

Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 06:05 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted The Big BZ in post Dragon Talk Interview with Kate Welch re Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    As much as I would love to see an official 5e Greyhawk setting, this. Like, most of the AL people I game with, just want to play D&D. They might have one setting or another that they really like, but most are just more attached to the game. The setting could be Brooklyn, and they'd still be excited to play D&D. New Jersey, on the other hand...maybe not... ;) I have regular contact with close to one hundred D&D players every two weeks between the AL I run and my home game and exactly one of those people is mad keen for Greyhawk. Now I sincerely hope he gets what we wants and I will snap that sh*t up in multiple formats as soon as it drops but I can't blame WotC one little bit for focusing on the other 99 people.

Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 07:41 PM - S'mon quoted The Big BZ in post Anatomy of a 20 Level campaign
    We are medium RP and play quite quickly cause that's the playstyle we enjoy and because we kinda feel that campaigns lose momentum after a certain point. I do doff my cap to anyone who played 5 sessions of being trapped in a Drow prison at the start of OotA:D Checking my blogs, as GM I've had 2 5e PCs reach level 20 (I mostly do individual XP); only one from 1st - in my Wilderlands 5e game Hakeem the Barbarian got from level 1 (March 20th 2015) to level 20 (September 15th 2017) in 132 online sessions, about the same as 66 offline sessions, over two and a half years. Played on a bit after that with Epic Boons. In my tabletop 5e Runelords game Quillax the Druid got from level 1 (November 2015) to 18 (end October 2017) in 2 years and 64 tabletop sessions each of around 4-5 hours; we recently restarted as an online game now Quillax's player is a globetrotter - http://smonscurseofthecrimsonthrone.blogspot.com/ - so could make 20 yet! :) But I've also had 60-80 session campaigns with no PCs ...

Monday, 7th January, 2019

  • 08:24 PM - Sorcerers Apprentice quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    You think you can tell if an entire roleplay game suits a stranger's playstyle by one post on the internet? Let's assume that I do. I'm still interested in your original reasoning here.
  • 05:51 AM - GameOgre quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    I am the OP's friend with the theory! Context: I own every published physical 5th edition product so far and l have them all on Beyond. I have played in or run every AP so far and am currently DMing DotMM (Level 14), run a 9 table Adventurers League night, co-host a D&D (not actual play) podcast and spend countless €€€€ on out of print and third party products every month. I am as hardcore a fan as it gets really! What streamers represent is a rarified version of a playstyle that Wizards are trying to cater for. Witness the Season 8 AL modules, particulary Once in Waterdeep and the first two Tier 1 trilogies. They explicity push a type of slapstick, extra playstyle. The OP, I guess, is saying that this drive to cater for heavy RP doesn't suit everyone and is part of a move to cater to a wider audience. And again, while that particular playstyle isn't for me, if it means continued health and expansion of the game I will suffer the move to cater for it. Any time you tell someone ...
  • 03:33 AM - Charlaquin quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    Any time you tell someone that they are playing the wrong game, even with your preface of 'I don't want to be a jerk but' I think you need to have a bit of a look at yourself. Pot, meet kettle. I know you are, but what am I?
  • 03:19 AM - quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    Any time you tell someone that they are playing the wrong game, even with your preface of 'I don't want to be a jerk but' I think you need to have a bit of a look at yourself. Pot, meet kettle.
  • 01:23 AM - Mistwell quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    I am the OP's friend with the theory! Context: I own every published physical 5th edition product so far and l have them all on Beyond. I have played in or run every AP so far and am currently DMing DotMM (Level 14), run a 9 table Adventurers League night, co-host a D&D (not actual play) podcast and spend countless €€€€ on out of print and third party products every month. I am as hardcore a fan as it gets really! What streamers represent is a rarified version of a playstyle that Wizards are trying to cater for. Witness the Season 8 AL modules, particulary Once in Waterdeep and the first two Tier 1 trilogies. They explicity push a type of slapstick, extra playstyle. The OP, I guess, is saying that this drive to cater for heavy RP doesn't suit everyone and is part of a move to cater to a wider audience. And again, while that particular playstyle isn't for me, if it means continued health and expansion of the game I will suffer the move to cater for it. Any time you tell someone ...
  • 01:22 AM - Charlaquin quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    What streamers represent is a rarified version of a playstyle that Wizards are trying to cater for (...) They explicity push a type of slapstick, extra playstyle. I don't watch it Sounds about right.
  • 01:10 AM - Parmandur quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    I am the OP's friend with the theory! Context: I own every published physical 5th edition product so far and l have them all on Beyond. I have played in or run every AP so far and am currently DMing DotMM (Level 14), run a 9 table Adventurers League night, co-host a D&D (not actual play) podcast and spend countless €€€€ on out of print and third party products every month. I am as hardcore a fan as it gets really! What streamers represent is a rarified version of a playstyle that Wizards are trying to cater for. Witness the Season 8 AL modules, particulary Once in Waterdeep and the first two Tier 1 trilogies. They explicity push a type of slapstick, extra playstyle. The OP, I guess, is saying that this drive to cater for heavy RP doesn't suit everyone and is part of a move to cater to a wider audience. And again, while that particular playstyle isn't for me, if it means continued health and expansion of the game I will suffer the move to cater for it. Any time you tell someone ...
  • 12:12 AM - Satyrn quoted The Big BZ in post tail wags dog: streamers want to say 'aaargh' so we are getting a pirate adventure
    Your "friend's" . . . Spoiler alert! He's real: I am the OP's friend with the theory!

Sunday, 6th January, 2019


Friday, 7th December, 2018

  • 06:31 PM - vecna00 quoted The Big BZ in post Information on 2019 releases?
    Nevertheless I do not think we are due another one any time soon. Not for another four years at least! We shall see! I listened to an older Dragon Talk yesterday with an interview with RA Salvatore were the hosts pretty much confirmed that there is a Pirate themed product in the offing. Add that to the Wizkids ship, the last UA and lots of other things and it points pretty firmly to a 2019 piratey book. Piratey? Mayhaps...space piratey? Spelljammer nowhere near confirmed? :-D

Friday, 23rd November, 2018

  • 01:38 PM - CubicsRube quoted The Big BZ in post What Does the Game Need Now?
    Me too! Try Riddle of the Raven Queen for the Shadowfell and The Lich Queen's Begotten for the Astal in the mean time, they're both on the DMsguild and very good. Also, there's a little bit of something somethig hidden in DotMM but I'll say no more.... Thanks for letting me know about them. I'll have to check them out!

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

  • 04:04 AM - Herosmith14 quoted The Big BZ in post Drinking Contests
    There's a really cool drinking competition with an eating competition and test of strength etc in DDAL05-10 Giant Diplomacy! Worth a look. Yes, I recommend that, even though my barbarian somehow managed to fail that miserably...

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 03:38 PM - Mistwell quoted The Big BZ in post WotC President Chris Cocks Talks Magic and D&D
    Nah not really, partly because no one outside of Wizards has the specifics but mainly because I'm not bothered. All I wanted to do was point out the stupidity of the narrative that in the face of positive news says 'aw man, they're messing up and killing x or y or z'. They're not, they are absolutely smashing it out of the park. Are there people who have stopped playing AL because of the Season 8 rules? Yes. Does it make the smallest bit of difference when compared to the upsurge in new players? I doubt it. Are the new rules attracting new players, or would the same number of new players have played regardless of those new rules? If it's the later, then it seems the new rules might be a mistake if it is losing older players and DMs with no net gain in new players to compensate.


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