Artifices of Quartztoil Tower – 5E Adventure

I found this kickstarter regarding a Dungeons and Dragons 5th addition session module. Here’s a description from the Kickstarter.

A town is beset by incursions from strange creatures; constructs of metal, magic, and old bones. All signs point to the mysterious Quartztoil Tower, standing tall over the mountains to the north, and thought long abandoned. Rumors of the magical secrets contained within have not gone unnoticed, however, and others are drawn to the tower by dark dreams, and darker voices…

Book Specs

Page Count: 50-60
Color: Full Color
Binding: Perfect Bound Softcover
Paper: Glossy

Variable Difficulty Adventures

This variable difficulty adventure is written specifically to be played at any level. Nord Games has experimented with this format in previous single-session modules, ‘Creaking in the Dark’ and ‘Greenskin Diplomacy’, and now are ready to begin releasing an entire product line. This is the first of the official new titles in the line, available in full-color perfect-bound softcover and/or PDF format.

The adventure is designed to take place in any campaign setting and is expected to take 3-5 game sessions to complete, depending on session length and party choices. The adventure is full of new monsters and items as well as a new and very interesting group of NPCs that not only play a major role in this adventure, but could be used in your wider campaign world. Will they be allies or adversaries?

About the Author

Nord Games are delighted to be working, for the first time, with long-term GM, and previous Kickstarter backer, Noah McCoy. Noah has been playing the World’s Greatest Role Playing game for 30 years, from the Red Box up to 5th edition. Taking on a Games Master role at an early age has lead him to write his own adventures for years and come up with new, exciting ways to have players experience Dungeons & Dragons. He finds that writing adventure modules is one of the best ways to express creativity in the game, and he is excited to share this creativity with the RPG community. When not rolling dice and managing monster hoards, Noah enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family & dogs.

Stretch Goals

$6,000 Pre-generated Characters FREE – Who doesn’t love some pre-gens that are already invested and connected to the story? At $6,000 we will create five original pre-generated characters that can be used in a one shot, or as options for new or additional players to fit them right into the story. This reward will be available as a PDF to download by all Kickstarter backers, for free, upon campaign fulfilment.

$8,000 Digital Maps FREE – How about some map files you can use to print and enjoy on your tabletop? Perhaps even for your virtual tabletop? We have you covered. All of the maps from the book will be found in this free bundle of map files at no extra charge, available to download by all Kickstarter backers.

Add Ons

There won’t be any add ons for this campaign. Any additional content will be automatically added through stretch goals.

Risks and challenges

The adventure is complete and is only waiting on finishing touches on artwork. We at Nord Games have great relationships with our printers, and we are planning on using one we’ve worked with many times before, though we have backup printers if need be. The only risk we can foresee is delays in delivery or production due to weather or other unexpected disaster!

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Pokémon GO Gets More Egg-citing!

From Pokemon.com

The Pokemon website dropped this little news brief today:

Autumn is approaching, and Pokémon GO is marking the occasion with an Equinox Event that will get Trainers in the mood to hatch some Eggs. Starting September 22, 2017, Pokémon GO players will find special 2 km Eggs that feature Larvitar, Mareep, and Chansey. To help hatch those Eggs even faster, look for the new Super Incubator item, which speeds up the hatching process.

In addition, finding a new Pokémon you haven’t seen before will earn you triple XP during this event, and all actions will earn double Stardust. Not a bad way to boost your Pokémon and your experience level.

I’m excited for this event. I’ve already hatched Chansey and evolved her into Blissey, but I’m close to evolving my Flaffy – I just need about 17 candy and an egg with a Mareep would do that. Of course, who doesn’t want to evolve a Larvitar into its evolutions.

I wonder what the super, special incubator will look like or if you can acquire it from other Pokestops. Triple XP for new Pokemon and double stardust is a nice bonus. When it comes to boosting my Pokemon’s power, I’ve been using a lot of stardust, especially with my stalwart gym defenders. I’m also close to making it to level 29 and this will give me some extra motivation to go outside this weekend.

This is the latest events Pokemon Go will have for 2017. I’m sure we’ll get another Halloween event, as well as special weeks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m approaching my one-year Pokemon Go anniversary and I’ve been reflecting on my year with Pokemon Go.

During last night’s City Council meeting, the Police Chief was celebrating his 60th birthday. The first thing that came to my mind was “I hope I’m still playing Pokemon when I’m 60” and this includes Pokemon Go. I kind of felt like a child since I didn’t say something like “I hope I have grandchildren” and “I hope I live in a nice house and am debt free” – don’t get me wrong, I do want all of those things, but Pokemon Go would be a great bonus.

Fight Theater: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Patrick Cummins

Ovince Saint Preux improved his record in the UFC to 6-1 after his victory over Patrick Cummins at Fight Night Newark in 2015. Saint Preux faces Yushin Okami in the main event of Fight Night Japan on FXX on Friday, September 22. He was origianlly supposed to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua before the former Pride Grand Prix winner withdrew from the fight due to injury.

Ovince Saint Preux (born April 8, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the light heavyweight division for the UFC. A professional competitor since 2008, Saint Preux has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the XFC, and Shark Fights. Saint Preux is currently #7 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.

Saint Preux was tabbed as a short notice injury replacement to face Jon Jones for the interim light-heavyweight title on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197 filling in for Daniel Cormier.Saint Preux lost via unanimous decision.Saint Preux’s coach revealed that Saint Preux’s arm was broken in the second round.

Saint Preux faced Jimi Manuwa on October 8, 2016 at UFC 204.He lost the fight via knockout in the second round

Saint Preux was expected to face Jan Błachowicz on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104. However, Błachowicz was pulled from the fight in mid-January and replaced by promotional newcomer Volkan Oezdemir.Saint Preux lost the fight via split decision. 14 of 16 MMA media outlets scored the fight for Saint Preux.

Saint Preux faced Marcos Rogério de Lima on April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108. He defeated de Lima due to a Von Flue choke submission in the second round. With this win, Saint Preux is the only fighter to successfully win via Von Flue choke twice in the UFC

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Patrick Durkin Cummins (born November 16, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, he has formerly competed for Strikeforce. As of August 3, 2015, Cummins is #12 in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.

Cummins faced Jan Błachowicz on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210.[31] He won the bout by majority decision.

A rescheduled bout with Gian Villante eventually took place on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.[33] Cummins won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Cummins is expected to face Corey Anderson on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217

WPGW/FUN Wrestling – Mecha Santa Calls Out Top Notch Who Responds

This episode of World Golden Powers Wrestling/FUN Wrestling begins exactly where WSTEVE ended. Mecha Santa called Top Notch Super Best to his Mecha Lair. After Top Notch arrived, Mecha Santa laid out a challenge for him – an Interdimensional Gauntlet match on Oct. 3 – one year after Top Notch defeated him for the Haitch title. Top Notch accepts the challenge.

If Top Notch wins, Mecha Santa will erase himself from existence. The event is called Interdimension Tension of the Human Year 2017.

Essentially WSTEVEW and FUN/WGPW will collide with matches featuring wrestlers from both promotions. It’s kind of like WWF Invasion meets Crisis on Infinite Earths.


Part 1

Tonight’s card features some good matches. Club Hoss – Bread Chef and N.W. Anderson – defend their titles against the Empire of Pain – Nehario Dayne and M.E. Williams. This match is inside of a Hell in a Cell, which is fitting since both teams have clashed repeatedly.

Their rivalry is akin to the New Day and the Usos – who always put on great matches.


Part 2

On part 2, Ad Revenue makes his return to the FUN Arena to take on Larson Libre champion Captain FUN Wrestling in a non-title match. This is a fast-paced match between two Larson Libre competitors. No doubt Ad Revenue wants a measure of revenge for losing to Top Notch.

FUN world champion Boss Hoss faces the Undead Commissioner in a street fight. It’s shades of their clash in WSTEVEW and becomes really bloody.

Al’s Non Kayfabe Corner – This was a great episode of WGPW/FUN Wrestling. The Llama graphic is creepy, but it fits with the Golden Powers ruling FUN Wrestling.

As far as matches I’d like to see for Interdimension Tension of the Human Year 2017, here are my top 3 choices.

1. Captain Fun Wrestling vs. Heel Supreme

2. Captain Horsemask vs. Magic Pony

3. John America and Man Dying of John Cena vs. Club Hoss

Also, Steve vs. Larson – one of the greatest E-Wrestling rivalries of all time.

During the stream, Steve and Larson didn’t say whether or not they would switch over to WWE 2k18. If they do, Interdimension Tension of the Human Year 2017 would be a good way to end Friendo Unified Championship Wrestling on WWE 2K17.

Alman on NXT – September 20

This week’s episode of NXT was pretty packed with matches and good segments.

The opening contest Johnny Gargano took on Tino Sabatelli, one week after he defeated Riddick Moss. It was a good back and forth match – Sabatelli and Moss look great and I like them as a team. During this match Sabatelli was a cocky heel who would have Gargano on the ropes, but let him catch his wind.

Sabatelli had Gargano down, but Johnny Wrestling was about to rebound and lock the Gargano escape for the win. Gargano is more than ready for the main roster, but I’m glad to see NXT is having two inexperienced guys like Moss and Sabatelli work with someone with Gargano’s experience.

A couple of announcements – Roderick Strong will challenge NXT Champion Drew McIntyre for the title in two weeks. They also showed a video package of Asuka vacating the NXT women’s championship.

I hadn’t addressed this before, but I really enjoyed watching Asuka come into her own as a performer. I’m sad to see her leave, but I know she’ll kill it on Raw or Smackdown Live. During the night you also had Sonya Deville and Dakota Kai say they want to be the next women’s champion.

The second match was Lacey Evans vs. Biana BelAir. Both women impressed me in the Mae Young Classic and both wrestlers impressed me tonight. BelAir showcased her strength and pace while Evans displayed some good moves in the ring. She has a bit of sizzle to her steak.

Evans almost had the match won until BelAir used her hair as a whip, setting up a reverse powerbomb for the pin. What’s great about BelAir is she can use her hair as a weapon and the referee can’t do anything about it because it’s not a foreign object.

Aleister Black came out to cut his first promo. In what would be his toughest test, he delivered a good promo about traveling the world and spending 15 years to get to NXT, collecting scars along the way. Then came down the Velveteen Dream, who called out Black, saying his scars were false and he was afraid. Black knocked the microphone out of his hand and went to his seating position while the Dream joined him for a moment, then left the ring.

This segment could have gone bad really quick. A couple of people tried to start a “What” chant, which could have killed Dream’s steam. Yet it didn’t go anywhere. This set up a program between NXT’s more unique wrestlers. It kind of reminds me of The Undertaker and Goldust in 1996.

Lars Sullivan took on No Way Jose in a match. Jose managed to get in some offense, but Sullivan dominated most of the match. He delivered a flying headbutt and slam for the win. I like Sullivan’s presentation. He’s a scary looking man with scary move and power moves that devastate his opponents.

In the main event you had Tyler Bate and Trent Seven vs. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’ Reilly accompanied by Adam Come (bay-bay).

Great match with both teams showcasing great movies. I loved Seven faking the knife edge chop to hit a DDT on Fish. After he received the hot tag, Bate showed some athleticism and strength.

The match ended after O’Reilly had Seven in a sleeper, then Fish hit a kick then covered Seven for the pin. Fans who really hadn’t seen ReDragon or Moustache Mountain perform got a good sample in this match.

NXT champion McIntyre ran out to chase Cole and reDragon away. As The Trio went up the ramp, they were met by NXT Tag Team champions Sanity – who solidified their face turn –
to end the show.

All in all it was a good episode of NXT. Plenty of action and a couple of good segments. The main event match was great and I enjoyed seeing Black cut his first promo and enter a feud with the Velveteen Dream.

Linebacker Ben Boulware would be great for wrestling

In an article from the Greenville Online, Manie Robinson wrote that former Clemson star linebacker Ben Boulware would be a perfect fit in professional wrestling. After going undrafted, Boulware was cut from the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 2 during the final round of roster cuts. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers three days later, but was subsequently cut this past Tuesday.

Here’s a sample of what Robinson wrote.

“Sure, it is more spectacle than sport, but it provides an avenue for Boulware to perform in his prowess. World Wrestling Entertainment may script the outcomes of its championship events, but the strength and athleticism exhibited cannot be fabricated.

Boulware could still display the strength that helped him shed blocks and wrangle running backs. He could still get paid to do something he apparently loves — running into people at full speed. And the antics he pulled under piles would draw praise instead of penalty flags.

Boulware already has an audition tape. He turned a Saturday afternoon romp into Monday Night Raw last season when he suplexed a Syracuse receiver mercilessly to the Death Valley turf.”

Boulware is equipped for stardom. His strutting sack dances, sharp tongue and unremitting tenacity would make him the perfect heel. His beard alone has more charisma than most football players. He would be brilliant with a microphone in his hand and a belt over his shoulder.

Boulware is a concoction of grit, vigor and abandon, doused in gasoline and harnessed in heart. There is no room in him for an ounce of quit. He will chase the NFL doggedly. There is nothing any general manager could say to stop him.

There are a plethora of examples to use when comparing football players who chose the path of professional wrestling. Former world champions like The Rock, Vader, Ron Simmons, John Cena, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt are just some stars who have transitioned from the gridiron to the squared circle.

I say let’s give this kid a chance to see what’s made of. Sure, not everyone is made to be a professional wrestler, but there have been plenty of performers who have surprised fans and surpassed their expectations, and Boulware could be the next big thing.

7 Reasons to Abandon Your Comfort Zone and Why You’ll Never Regret It

On Tiny Buddha, Elliot Park had a cool post about abandoning your comfort zone.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~Jack Canfield

Imagine with me for a second. You wake up, roll over, and blindly reach to hit your alarm to start the routine of the day. Make the same thing for breakfast. Maybe go to a new coffee place…nah. Same place. Go to work on the same route to the same job you’ve been at for years.

After a long day of struggling through your daily responsibilities, you come home tired and slink back into the comfort of your TV and couch. Watch the same shows. Pass out. Repeat. At long last, the respite of the weekend finally comes. You go to the same bars, and hang out with the same friends, and before you know it, it’s Sunday night. Time to repeat the whole process over again.

Somehow down the road, you begin to feel like everything turned into too much of a routine. Nothing new happens anymore, and you can’t even remember the last time you really grew or progressed at something new—the last time you felt that burning sensation in your heart, that incomparable feeling of venturing into something new and scary.

That was me.

When I was a kid, I remember having this recurring nightmare. I was in prison, and my prison job was making license plates. That was my job for the rest of my life.

I had to find every combination of letters and numbers, and if I ever made a mistake, I would have to start over. There was no goal. There was no challenge. Just repetition and routine. (There were a lot more intricate details, but I’ll probably just give myself anxiety trying to recall them).

Anyway, I would wake up in a pool of sweat every night, wake my mom up, and tell her I was having the license plate dream again. She would just look at me like I was crazy; I don’t think I was very good at explaining why it freaked me out so much.

I don’t think I knew why it freaked me out so much.

Fast-forward a couple decades. I fell into a rut after a long period of falling into the same routines, day after day. Same jobs, long commute, long days, same weekends. It wasn’t even that I disliked my jobs—I worked in the music events and festivals industry. But my life had turned into such a routine, without challenges, without fear—just the same jobs, the same bars, the same everything, day after day.

I woke up one day with a thought that scared the hello out of me—when did it all end? I didn’t even know what goal I was working toward. The license plate nightmare had manifested itself into real life.

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