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Dungeons & Dragons 4e: Player’s Handbook 2

Posted on March 21st, 2009 in Axel Night, Tabletop Gaming by Axel Night

It’s been about six months since the release of D&D 4th Edition.  Since launch, Wizards of the Coast has been churning out books and side material at a dizzying pace in trying to hush the inevitable "but my 3.5 has more options to play with" gripes.  This month, the Player’s Handbook 2 dropped, and I dashed to pick mine up yesterday.  If your biggest complaint about 4th Ed was the missing core classes from 3.5, this might be what tips the scale for you.  Is that all its worth, and does it deliver?  Jump, man, jump!

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D&D Insider – Why Did I Try?

Posted on November 21st, 2008 in Axel Night, Tabletop Gaming by Axel Night

Dungeons & Dragons belongs in books and on tabletops.  Am I resistant to change and new ideas?  No.  I’ve just been worn down by failure.

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D&D 4e – Making My First Character

Posted on July 23rd, 2008 in Axel Night, Tabletop Gaming by Axel Night

The Dungeon Master, returning from his drinking binge we sent him into with the last campaign, slowly slumps into the dimly lit room.  The look on his face is that of a man resigned to his fate.  That and a massive hangover.  Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition has finally hit the shelves, and we somehow manage to talk him into returning to the throne of his sanity’s demise.  He sips slowly at his room temperature coffee and slings a barrage of character sheets, printed in patchy blue ink (due to his printer having been out of black ink for the past four months), slightly wrinkled, damp and smudged from the confines of his eight year old JanSport backpack.  I believe mine is special because it came pre-Cheetos-dusted.  It is time to create characters.  Mark has already decided on the savage, dragonborn, battle-axe wielding fighter: Meat-Hawk.  David begins twinking his stats for a tiefling wizard named Yurmomsaho.  Thus, it comes down to me to give this group a lesson in class and pwning.  

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Dungeons & Dragons: Fourth Edition – Axel Looks It Over In Too Much Detail

Posted on July 7th, 2008 in Axel Night, Tabletop Gaming by Axel Night

Wizards of the Coast has been getting a lot of hate for their Fourth Edition (alright, it’s their third, but you know what I mean) of the infamous Dungeons & Dragons franchise of tabletop roleplaying since they first announced they might want to do it.  People hate change, and roleplayers are an extreme example of that in practice.  I finally got my three core books of the new system in the mail a few days ago, and after going over the books and watching some games in action, I’m ready to bust out my personal reactions.  Roll a jump check to see.

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