Here’s another post that I allowed to languish. Shame on me for failing my Spot check. (The DC must’ve been like 40 or something!)

This is a continuation of my preview of WotC’s previews of their upcoming Dangerous Delves line of monster miniatures. In this post, I’ll cover previews 4-7. You can also check out my preview of Dangerous Delves 1-3.Dangerous Delves - Rust Monster

Dangerous Delves preview 4 brings us a couple of old favorites…namely the Frost Giant and the Rust Monster. As you can see in the image, the Rust Monster looks spot-on. Kudos! I can’t wait to get a couple of these to use in an old-school Labyrinth Lord game, where one touch completely ruins your arms or armor (depending upon who hits whom).

The Frost Giant is okay, but he’s nowhere near as cool or bad-ass as the previous incarnations. Check out the side-by-side comparison, with New Guy on the left:

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I love WotC’s pre-painted plastic minis. Just love ’em. I have never played the actual miniatures skirmish rules; I just love to use these bad boys in lieu of (or in tandem with) painted metal figures for my tabletop gaming.

Even back in my early AD&D gaming days in the 80s, we loved finding just the right mini to represent our favorite character. We’d hang out on weekends in one another’s garages, listening to heavy metal, painting minis, and dreaming up new challenges for our campaigns.

These days, with job, family, real life, and other unsavory non-gaming-related things vying for my time, I can’t hang out in my garage painting minis like I used to. <sigh> And that’s where WotC comes in.

mi20090417a_cyclopsI’ve been salivating over the new monsters. Each pack has:

  • One visible figure, always Large
  • One rare figure, about half are Large
  • One medium or small uncommon miniature
  • Two common miniatures

Dangerous Delves Preview 1 includes a sweet Cyclops Crusher and some kick-ass Orcs. I’m not fond of where they’re going with the look of Gnolls in this pack, but that’s not a deal-breaker.

Dangerous Delves Preview 2 introduces us to a spotted Unicorn. Seriously. Nothing about this preview excites me much, other than some Yuan-ti and a snake swarm. I like swarms. But this batch kinda bores me…mi20090424a_abo

And then, just released today, Dangerous Delves Preview 3 comes along and slaps me in my happy face with a slimy tentacle and takes control of my very mind! ABOLETH!

I’ve always had a soft spot in my vile heart for these disgusting creatures. And this mini looks simply awesome! I love the leaping/flying pose. I love the sickly color scheme. And I love the cloud of slimy mucus at the base. Just add a couple of zombies or nondescript NPC minis for thralls, and you’re all set.

Man, I can’t wait to own this bugger!

click to view the app

click to view the app

If you haven’t discovered WotC’s Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Facebook app. It’s a lot like an electronic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel merged with a Play-by-Post game.

You select a pre-made character, choose a short scenario, and start clicking through to adventure. You have wait times of around 10 minutes between each encounter, and each scenario has roughly half a dozen encounters. (I’ve only played through 1st and 2nd level encounters thus far, so those numbers may change at higher levels of play.) Edit: I just played a 2nd level scenario with a total of 12 encounters.

I find myself keeping this running in the background while I’m working on other projects. I just alt-tab to my browser, click on the Tiny Adventures tab, and then select Update Result (assuming the timer has expired), and my adventure continues!

And you can check out the progress of your Facebook friends who are playing, too. I’m hoping this can work as a “gateway drug” to lure my wife into some tabletop D&D…

paizo

In my inbox this morning, from Paizo:

We at Paizo Publishing understand how important PDFs have become to most roleplaying gamers.  We know that PDFs allow you to easily carry around a large library of books on your laptop, PDA, or cell phone.  We know that PDFs are great for searching for that piece of obscure information.  We know that PDFs are a great way to keep out-of-print products available. And we know that PDFs provide a great way to check out new products.

At paizo.com, most of the roleplaying books we publish are available in both print and PDF editions.  We take pride in the high quality of our PDFs and think that they are some of the best in the industry.  And we would love to show you how cool they are by allowing you to buy our Pathfinder PDFs for 35% off the regular retail price through the end of April.  This offer includes Pathfinder Adventure Path PDFs, Pathfinder Modules PDFs, Pathfinder Chronicles PDFs, Pathfinder Companion PDFs, and Pathfinder Society Scenario PDFs.

Just add the Pathfinder PDFs you would like to buy into your cart, and when you are checking out, type the promotional code “PDFLove” in the appropriate box.  The 35% discount will be applied to your Pathfinder PDFs at that point.  You can use this code as many times as you like until the end of April, and feel free to share this code with your friends.

We also invite you to check out the FREE PDF products available at http://paizo.com/store/downloads/free.  These include several of our own products, such as the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beta, our adventures Hollow’s Last Hope and Revenge of the Kobold King, and our Player’s Guides for Rise of the Runelords and Curse of the Crimson Throne, as well as dozens of PDFs from other publishers.

We would also like to remind you that subscribers to our Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Companion, and Pathfinder Chronicles lines get FREE PDFs when the corresponding print editions of their subscription products ship—just another way in which we thank our customers for their support!

So drop by paizo.com and check out all of the downloads we offer at http://paizo.com/store/downloads.  The digital age is here, and we are proud to be your provider of amazing digital products for years to come.

Now Paizo gets to roll 3x damage against an already bloodied WotC…

Or S&W? Or LL?

Upon learning of WotC’s addlepated decision to pull sales of all their PDF products, I couldn’t help but come to the same conclusion as many other RPG bloggers:

Who needs ’em?

Why buy WotC, anyway?

If you’re currently enjoying the old-school revival, you’ve most likely already discovered the non-WotC magic that is OSRIC, Swords & Wizardry, and Labryinth Lord.

The New Holy Trinity

My New Holy Trinity

However, if you’re NOT currently enjoying the old-school revival, you’ve got no one to blame now if you don’t check out these excellent retro-clones.

Labyrinth Lord alone has reawakened a creativity monster deep within me that I hadn’t fully realized 4E had killed off.


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