Advancing Forth to a New Domain

7 Oct

Yes today I made the decision to purchase a domain name for myself using my wifes website building skills to their optimum, even as I write this blog I am still cracking the whip at her forcing her to build my website for me. The new website for my blogs is www.dnddad.com I hope I’ll see many of my usual readers there in the future.

We Have Moved!

7 Oct

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Product Review- Deathtrap Dungeon (A Fighting Fantasy Book)

7 Oct

Although I recognise the fact that this isn’t the first book in the Fighting Fantasy series (in fact it’s number six in the full list)  however it was the first fighting fantasy book I borrowed from my local library.

The book Deathtrap Dungeon is what is classed as a game book part story part game it places the reader (you) in the roles of dungeon master and player simultaneously. It is similar to the choose your own adventure book series but has some major differences, dice, stats, combat being just a few.

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Standing up For The Supermums

5 Oct

It seems that when you start blogging be it just for fun or because you wish to inform people of a certain subject/product someone will eventually attempt to shut you down or write negatives about your blogs/opinions. There are many excuses people use for this such as “Ah gee your grammars terrible” to “Well I think you are talking shit”. Fortunately this problem hasn’t yet happened to my little blog I guess I am the unoticed fish in the blog pool. Well this suits me just fine. For some people it seems that the skill of blogging is measured purely by the hits they recieve, rather than the accuracy or quality of the actual articles. I followed my wifes footsteps into the world of blogging and started by writing a guest post on the real supermum website which received good responses from the fellow members.

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Gaming Essentials

5 Oct

Whether you host Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, or just about anyother type of game similar to these there are some essential ingredients and items you will probably want to purchase prior to hosting. I’m not saying go out and buy every item on the list simply consider these items to help present your game to the other players, remember a good DM is a prepared DM.

Table and Chairs.

Yes feel free to shout no shit Sherlock at me here but a table is probably one of the more mandatory items you should consider purchasing or have already if you host, It’s fine trying to play Warhammer for example on the stairs but as I learnt painfully too its not quite so funny when mum/dad or somebody steps on one of your miniatures. Also if you play on the floor at some point or another things are going to go missing or in the case of myself your dogs are likely to walk over what your trying to achieve. There are people who buy and make their own gaming tables full of wonderful terrain etc using their creative skills to the maximum You can usually find terrain pieces in the store you buy games from and or hobby stores. Personally if your playing Dungeons and Dragons this whole gaming table with fantastic terrain isnt really a necessity at all. If your playing for a lengthy amount of time than for the sake of yours and your guests feet and legs unles of course you happen to be a sadist.

Reference Books

Whether it be the rules of the game itself, sources of information such as the Players Handbook or a campaign guide setting or even your armies codex. Having the reference books close to hand can save a large amount of time whether it be through solving an in game query or just to thumb through for potential ideas what you can do next the reference books are an invaluable time saver in my opinion. Ideally all players should have their own copies of these but if not a spare or “house” copy can be a great idea to use.

Counters/POGS/Miniatures

Ok in the terms of warhammer and 40k your armies are essentially miniatures which represent your side in battle in the terms of Dungeons and Dragons you may have slightly more choice players find it easier to play with graphical representation of whats happening (picture books etc), Wizards of the coast do manufacture their own miniature monsters designed for Dungeons and Dragons which some players and hosts use to represent their own characters. Whilst miniatures are great to use they can be fairly expensive to purchase and some players and hosts prefer to use Warhammer figures in place of the Dunegons and Dragons miniatures I know the witch king of Angmar can make a very good detahknight/lich representation. Alternatively if you can’t afford to buy miniatures don’t despair the Red Box and or the monster vault boxes both provide a fairly decent selection of POG monsters (cut outs) and characters. On another note however you can use pretty much anything to represent heroes and monsters with one gaming session I attended minature chocolate bars were used to depict the monsters which made for a sweet encounter, The same DM who used the chocolates in the past also uses plasticine minis designed by his daughter which really cpature the imagination aspects of Dungeons and Dragons.

Stationery

Ok in the terms of Warhammer this includes tape measures but in Dungeons and Dragons it involves things like pencils etc something for you to keep track of whats happening to your characters and or monsters pencils are dirt cheap to buy and hell if you dont want to buy them just pop into Argos and steal them. Other things that could be determined as stationery include dice paper, PDA if you have one.

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