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Monthly Archives: March 2016

FrankenFourth Public Alpha

As I mentioned in our most recent (as of this post) Age of Worms play report, we’ve assembled a kind of public alpha document, which you can see and comment on here. It contains enough information (races, classes, monsters, etc) to play for at least the first three levels, though you […]

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4Ward/FrankenFourth: Age of Worms, Episode 111

Cast Adair (level 4 elf war cleric) Humal (level 4 wrathful cambion wizard) Sumia (level 4 elf rogue/ranger) Summary Since there were still prisoners that needed rescuing, the characters resolved to continue exploring the lizardmen lair. They’d just finished arming the soldiers when a lone lizardman entered the chamber, and […]

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Forging Dungeons With Dwarven Forge: Caverns

In my previous post on Dwarven Forge tiles, I talked about their vanilla dungeon sets. This time I’m gonna talk about their cavern sets, which unfortunately require more investment because: A basic set of cavern tiles runs $80 for pre-painted, and $60 for “dungeon grey” (and there isn’t a slightly discounted […]

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FrankenFourth: Deep One Dungeon Crawl, Part 2

Cast Arras (2nd-level human wizard) Jovan (2nd-level human fighter) Rosalind (2nd-level human fighter) Summary The previous session ended with a shoggoth bashing its way through a nearby door. Since Rosalind and Arras had exhausted themselves during the last fight, the party decided that discretion was the better part of valor […]

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A Sundered World: More Character Stuff Preview 4

Kytherans are a machine race, one of the earliest creations of the primordial Antikythera. They aren’t alive, so don’t need to eat or sleep, and are immune to disease and poison, but must repair themselves when damaged (and how they “reproduce” is one of the race questions players can answer). In […]

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FrankenFourth: Deep One Dungeon Crawl, Part 1

Cast Arras (2nd-level human wizard) Jovan (2nd-level human fighter) Rosalind (2nd-level human fighter) Summary The characters entered the portal, which led to another, similarly sized cavern. Much of it was covered by a brackish stream. On the far side of the chamber they could see a gaping hole that had […]

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FrankenFourth: Grotto of the Sunken God

Cast 1st-level human fighter (sword & board combo) 1st-level human fighter (big-ass maul) 1st-level human wizard (evoker and abjurer) Summary We got in a Dwarven Forge water cavern set last week, and the kids wanted to play with it (as they are wont to do every time we get a new set), […]

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Forging Dungeons With Dwarven Forge

Some seven or so years ago I bought a variety of Dwarven Forge sets. Despite the fact that all told they ran me about $750, they barely saw any use up until last year, when I started playtesting Dungeons & Delvers with our kids. Unsurprisingly our kids loved playing with them (it’s very rare […]

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The Failings of Fail Forward

Like “yes, and…” (or yes-but, or yes-or-roll-the-dice, and so on), fail forward is one of those things that seems to get a lot of praise in the “indie” RPG/storygames camp, but despite being one of the largest (if not the largest) publisher of third-party Dungeon World content is something I disagree with. Also […]

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