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.

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.

The 2017 Pokémon World Championships Are a Wrap!

From Pokemon.com

The final matches have concluded here at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships and the new Champions have been crowned! Before cheering fans here at the Anaheim Convention Center and online around the world, the best Pokémon TCG and video game players gave it their all to take home the title.

Pokemon TCG Finals

Junior Division Final: Tobias Strømdahl (NO) vs. Minaki Hasegawa (JP)

The Pokémon TCG competitors kicked off the action on Sunday morning, starting with the Junior Division. Tobias Strømdahl of Norway faced off against Minaki Hasegawa of Japan. Both competitors were playing Gardevoir-GX decks, an intriguing matchup where being overaggressive can prove extremely costly. This dynamic played out in the first game as the players traded big hits once the action heated up. Ultimately, Tobias managed to hold on in an exciting opening game.

He wasn’t so lucky in the second game. Minaki was first to play and got off to a great start; Gardevoir-GX deck users prefer to go first because they can begin evolving quickly. After Tobias failed to get anything going, he conceded to give him plenty of time for the final game.

Tobias regained his footing in the third match, and was able to attack Minaki’s Kirlia before they could fully evolve into Gardevoir-GX. The key to his match was wise use of the GuzmaSupporter card to create favorable head-to-head matchups for his Pokémon. And in the end, Tobias managed to edge Minaki in a riveting match to become the Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion!

Senior Division Final: Zachary Bokhari (US) vs. Michael Long (CA)

The awesome action continued as the Pokémon TCG Senior Division finalists Zachary Bokhari of the United States sat down across from Michael Long of Canada. This was a battle of Water-type Pokémon, with Zachary playing an Alolan Ninetales-GX deck and Michael playing his well-practiced Greninja BREAK deck. The big question going in was whether Zachary could use Giratina to limit the damage Michael could do with Greninja BREAK’s Giant Water Shuriken Ability.

In the first match, Zachary was able to execute his game plan smoothly, getting Tapu Koko into play early to spread a little damage among all of Michael’s Pokémon. With that done, he could bring up Alolan Ninetales-GX and use its Blizzard Edge attack to knock out Greninja BREAK in one shot, or KO weaker Benched Pokémon with the Ice Blade attack. Zachary had the magic touch in drawing Double Colorless Energy to keep up the onslaught seemingly every turn, and he eventually took the first match.

To read about the Pokemo World championships, visit the link.

Pokémon GO Raikou, Entei, and Suicune Tips

From Pokemon.com

The Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune are the most ferocious Raid Bosses striking around the globe, so it’s time to get your Pokémon GO team ready for battle. These Pokémon are known for roaming around the world of Pokémon, and you’ll find they’re no different in the real world of Pokémon GO. Only one of these Legendary Pokémon will be available in your region at any time, but they’ll rotate out for another one at the end of each month until you’ve had a chance at all three.

These Legendary Pokémon are extremely powerful—and they’ll be extremely difficult to catch, too. Read on for some tips that will help you add these amazing Pokémon to your collection. You’ll only be able to catch them using the Premier Balls earned from battle, so you’ll need your Pokémon to perform well in battle to maximize your chances. Check out our guide to training Pokémon in Pokémon GO to get your team up to speed, and then read on for some pointers specific to Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.

Suggested Pokémon to Rough Up Raikou

Raikou is the second Electric-type Legendary Pokémon to appear in Pokémon GO, but don’t overlook it even if you’ve caught Zapdos. It’s a little sturdier than Zapdos, but what sets them apart is a Fast Attack—Thunder Shock. The difference in damage between Raikou’s Thunder Shock and Zapdos’s Charge Beam may…shock you, and it easily makes Raikou the most effective Electric-type Pokémon currently available.

Raikou is an Electric-type Pokémon only, so you’ll need to adjust the tactics you may have used against the Flying- and Electric-type Zapdos. It’s only weak to Ground-type attacks, and Ground-type Pokémon will receive the least damage from its Electric-type attacks, too. Dragon-type, Electric-type, and Grass-type Pokémon will also take reduced damage from its attacks. Stay away from the Flying-type and Water-type Pokémon—they’ll receive extra damage from its attacks instead. And keep in mind that Raikou also resists Steel-type attacks.

Ground-type Pokémon are the safest solutions to Raikou, but it can be tricky to fill your team with them—there aren’t many Ground-type Pokémon available, and of those, few have a powerful Ground-type Fast Attack. Golem and Rhydon are the best all-around choices against Raikou, but you’ll want them to know Mud-Slap and Earthquake instead of the Rock-type attacks that were more effective against Zapdos. Sandslash is another solid option to ground out Raikou if it knows Mud Shot, while the more powerful Donphan is great on defense but lacks the supereffective Fast Attack to be equally strong on offense.

There aren’t many Pokémon from other types that resist Electric-type attacks and deal significant damage in return, so we’d suggest simply moving on to your best attackers once your Ground-type Pokémon are exhausted. Dragonite, Tyranitar, and Flareon stand out as great choices, but anything that dishes out lots of damage and isn’t weak against Electric-type attacks will do. (Don’t forget that Dragonite’s Dragon type negates its Flying-type weakness to Electric-type attacks.)

For tips on catching the other two legendary beasts, follow the link.

Get Your Cap Pikachu today

The Cap Pikachu have been confirmed to be coming to the west. Starting September 19, the Cap Pikachu will be available through special Serial Code on the official site. Players can only receive one of the six with the code so you will have to choose carefully which one you want:

September 19–25: Ash’s Pikachu (Original Cap)
September 26 – October 2: Ash’s Pikachu (Hoenn Cap)
October 3–9: Ash’s Pikachu (Sinnoh Cap)
October 10–16: Ash’s Pikachu (Unova Cap)
October 17–23: Ash’s Pikachu (Kalos Cap)
October 24–30: Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap)

These Pikachu are said to have different moves based on Pikachu’s learn set in each saga, meaning they will likely match the Pikachu distributed in Japan earlier this year. In addition to this, details on the movie have come out and confirm that if you go see the movie through the special showings around the world, you’ll receive a QR Code for the I Choose You Cap Pikachu to be redeemed in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

I’ll more and likely download the Kalos Cap Pikachu for Pokemon Sun. As I’ve stated many times, Kalos is my favorite region, XY is my favorite seasons of the anime and I actually own a hat with a design from the Kalos cap.

Bulbapedia description:

These cap-wearing Pikachu are event-exclusive Pokémon that debuted in Pokémon Sun and Moon, and are being distributed in celebration of the Pokémon anime’s 20th movie, and by extension, the anime’s 20th anniversary. Like Ash’s Pikachu, these Pikachu are always male and cannot evolve. They also have access to the exclusive Z-Crystal, Pikashunium Z, and its Z-Move, 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.

In Japan, the Pikachu will be distributed via single-use serial code to those who pre-order tickets to the 20th movie, with one code per ticket. The Pikachu received depends on the date the player redeems the code. The codes only work on Japanese region games. The first time the player uses one of these serial codes, they will also receive a complimentary Pikashunium Z.

In America, the Pikachu will be distributed through a single-use public serial code released via the Pokémon website and will be in a similar vein to the Japanese event — the Pikachu received will depend on the date the player redeems the code.

A seventh Cap Pikachu, wearing the hat Ash wears in the twentieth movie, will debut in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. In Japan, it will be distributed via QR Code on a special Pokémon Ga-Olé disc. In America, it will be distributed via a QR Code that will be given to those who pre-order tickets for the 20th movie.

This special Pikachu is based on Ash’s Pikachu during the Sun & Moon series. The level of Pikachu corresponds to both the debut of the Sun & Moon series being during the 20th year of the Pokémon anime and the first movie in the Sun & Moon series being the 20th Pokémon movie overall.

Make Room for Marshadow in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

The Mythical Pokémon Marshadow is coming to your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game with a code available at GameStop.

The mysterious Marshadow will soon be able to step out from the shadows and into your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game. To get the newly discovered Mythical Pokémon, stop by your local participating GameStop store from October 9–23 and pick up a code that will unlock Marshadow in your game.

As the only known Fighting- and Ghost-type Pokémon, Marshadow brings a unique twist to battle. When it unleashes an attack, its body turns green thanks to its burning fighting spirit. The Pokémon you’ll receive is ready for action with its signature Spectral Thief attack, which not only does damage but steals the stat boosts of its target. The power of the Marshadow you can get at GameStop doesn’t stop there—it also comes holding its special Z-Crystal Marshadium Z, allowing it to strike hard with its signature Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike Z-Move!

Marshadow is a gray bipedal Pokémon. The area around its face resembles that of certain headgear such as a helmet with three horn-like protrusions on top. It has a bulb on each arm as well as a collar that wraps around its neck. Its eyes are orange with yellow pupils. Above each eye is a spot that is the same color as its pupils. It has two trails of shadows coming out from behind its legs.

When angered or attacking, such as using its exclusive Z-Move, Marshadow’s fighting spirit will begin to burn, causing the headgear, bulbs, and collar to flare up and change to a light-green and yellowish color. Marshadow’s eyes will also flare up when in this state, but do not change in color.

Very few people have seen it, so its existence was the stuff of legends and myths. A cautious Pokémon, Marshadow sinks into the shadows to ensure it is not noticed while it observes its surroundings.

This first opportunity to get Marshadow won’t last long. If you want to get this amazing Pokémon, be sure to visit GameStop from October 9–23. Then get ready to shine in battle with the Mythical Pokémon Marshadow in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon!

Marshadow

Level: 50
Ability: Technician
Held Item: Marshadium Z
Moves:

Spectral Thief

Close Combat

Force Palm

Shadow Ball

To get Marshadow in your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game:

Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.

Select Receive Gift.

Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, and then Yes again to connect to the internet.

Enter your password.

Watch as you receive Marshadow.

Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to pick up Marshadow.

Be sure to save your game!