Monday, December 26, 2016

Roll20 Tutorial - Pulling NPC monsters from the SRD and setting up tokens

A Quick tutorial on how we pull monsters included in the Dungeons and Dragons SRD (Systems Reference Document - the Open Source 5e rules, think Player's Handbook Free Edition) that is included in Roll20 and setup their tokens. The SRD allows you quick access to everything you need to get started with 5e.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Today's Video Tutorial - How to Prep an AL Module for Roll20 in a way where we can duplicate the game without messing up our original game.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Geeky Gifts: Bag of Many Dice

It's Christmastime, or in this Grumpy Old DM's case, first birthdaytime, then Christmastime, and this year Grumpy Old DM's Wife presented him with an AWESOME Birthday present: a Bag of Many Dice!
At first I had no idea what this odd little bag was... but I should share why one would need a Bag of Many Dice! - time for an embarrassing Grumpy Old DM picture!
Yep that's right, I'm not proud of it, but my current dice management system is nothing more than a bunch of Ziplock snack baggies in the ever popular Crown Royal bag. So you can see why Grumpy Old DM's Wife would want to help me erase the shame of dropping these on the table every time we play our favorite RPGs.

The new bag is utterly awesome, and incredibly well made, when opened it provides mini pouches for your dice sets (you know for those of us with a bit of OCD that don't like dice all thrown together in a harem of dice)
As you can see, the version I received is the 6 pouch bag, but the middle pouch also holds my Dice Hard metal set as well! Apparently each bag is made to order and by another DM's wife, or so I guess by her business card in my order as the item comes from The DM's Wife RPG Shop (no not my wife, some other DM's Wife, yeah it's a bit confusing). Apparently she also makes the bag in Colossal Size (of course my OCD self would never intermix dice, but your mileage may different).

I'd highly recommend these fantastic handmade gifts if you are looking for a unique gift for any RPG player in your life.

Feel free to visit her site: And tell her the Grumpy Old DM sent you!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Storm King's Thunder AL Part 10

After gaining access to teleportation circles, our party decides to take the long way to meet up with Harshnag, who escorts them into the Temple of the All Father.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

10/30 Storm King's Thunder Run

Our Adventurers find themselves causing trouble in a local tavern and trying to liberate a town from Frost Giant Siege

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Let's Play: Civilization VI

First Gameplay of Civilization VI... 2 1/2 hours in and only two achievements? Oh this one is going is going to take a while... 

Also I just have to say this - Teddy Roosevelt is Two Faced Warmongering Backstabbing Douchebag! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Roll20 Tutorial - Dynamic Lighting 101

Roll20 Dynamic Lighting 101 - while much easier than aligning a map to the grid, this tutorial will cover how you do Dynamic Lighting via Roll20 (this is a Plus or Pro feature).

Monday, October 17, 2016

Roll20 Tutorial - Aligning a Map to the Grid

I started a new live stream segment on Roll20 Tutorials - may they bring you less frustration adding maps to Roll20 and aligning them to the built in grid.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Carry Your Lute My Wayward Bard

First off let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of bards, I always have been and always will be, they are my go to class when I have nothing else to play. But lately I've been a little peeved by some obvious holes around the spell casting focus of a D&D 5e bard and how it relates to actually playing a bard in combat.

The Bard by Exarrdian - used under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Let us start by adding, if you came here thinking that every bard just plays an instrument and you live in a one bard size fits all world, this isn't the post for you. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, in short a Bard is an entertainer, a caster who inspires his or her party though gifts of song, dance, prose, or music.

Sadly this leads most to believe that a bard is simply the background musical track, there to remind the party, though the gift of song, that at any given moment, your nostrils could be raped.