It’s Friday everyone!!!! The weekend is ahead and hopefully you have some physical distanced interaction with friends planned.
With that some bad news. Most probably knew it was coming but it’s official now.
There will be no in-person Winter Fantasy in February next year. With us setting new infection rate records daily, winter coming, and no vaccination plan in sight we just cannot run WF the way WF needs to be run and keep everybody safe. If we ran the show and somebody got sick or even worse took it back to an older family member who got sick it would crush me.
Now the good news to counter that. We will of course 100% be having a virtual Winter Fantasy over those same dates. We have a ton of new premiere content lined up, all the awesome DM’s, and you can stay at home and pretend your at O’Reillys having a drink each night if you want. We’ll be taking all that we would normally be spending at the event on hotel rooms and convention space and instead donate it all to charity.
Make sure to leave Feb 4th to 7th blocked off on your calendars. There is still fun and shenanigan’s to be had.
Welcome true believers to Virtual D&D Weekends!!!! As the world continues to change, and how we game evolves, we are excited to partner with Wizards of the Coast to launch this new monthly D&D program.
Starting this November 13th to 15th, we will be organizing a huge weekend celebration of D&D games, friends, hanging out, and other exciting surprises that will then repeat each month into 2021 and beyond. The newest released seasonal content, epics, special events, and CCC content from the D&D Adventurers League (AL) as well as non-AL content and even older editions of D&D games will be available as the program ramps up and expands. All available from the comfort of your own home, no mask required (but please wear one when stocking up on snacks to prepare for the weekend).
So are you planning on attending Gen Con this summer to enjoy the ‘The Best Four Days in Gaming’? Did the shutdown of the physical show really bum you out? Well we are alive!!!! We are looking to run as many, if not more tables of games online then we would have done in person. Bigger, better, and 21% more fun is the goal.
Why should you help out? Well besides playing D&D is awesome, becoming part of our Herald’s Guild DM community (greatest bunch of evil dice rollers anywhere), and just having a blast in general? How about it benefits charity? Part of our ticket price will be going to the Gen Con Charity. On top of that Baldman Games is donating another chunk to Black Lives Matter charities (we are still working out which ones but NAACP is high on the list). My goal is to see if we can power past $15,000 at the show beyond what Gen Con is doing already. On top of on top of that – we will also be partnering with Jasper’s Gameday to work on re-rolls and such things to see if we can raise another $5-10K on top of that. That is potentially $30-40K going to some awesome causes all while rolling some dice and having fun.
So are you planning on attending Gen Con this summer to enjoy the ‘The Best Four Days in Gaming’? What should you do while there? Why enjoy the worlds greatest roleplaying game that started it all of course. The Herald’s Guild is going to Gen Con this summer to help run D&D games as part of our fundraising efforts. We will be helping Baldman Games with our awesome DM’s make D&D at the show as great as we can. Not only spreading the love of our hobby to a new generation, but running seminars on DM training and empowerment, and earning funds to continue to support our mission statement and other guild activities. Click the big shiny link below for more information.
With leaves falling off trees and everyone’s thinking of scary costumes, handing out candy (or keeping it), and a belly full of turkey in the near future, but you don’t need us to tell you that winter is just around the corner. All is not lost, however, as with winter comes Winter Fantasy! This year’s show runs from February 7th-11th, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Registration opens in early-December, so keep an eye on your inbox for your opportunity to be first in line to register!
We have given the website a fresh new count of paint (okay it is still Winter looking – we are what we are) but TONS of updates.
Hotel Block: Is now live and the Hotel Page has been updated with a link to book your room this very instant. As always please try and book in the block if you can as it really helps us out.
Show Hours: Winter Fantasy is now 14.2% more chilled then in past years. Games do not start until 9am (except Sunday – wake up ya bums) and we are done each night at 11pm. Giving you plenty of time to socialize each night and still shake off that head cold before you have to roll in the next morning for more gaming.
Event Grid â€“ What is that you say? Dave actually has a preliminary event grid for all our D&D goodness up for you to look at in October. The first half of October at that? Holy smokes. Somebody buy his wife some wine and scrapbooking paper.Â We cannot spoil everything that we have (though we are so itching to do so) but I will say we have even more awesome content then last year, unique never been seen before content, and specials out the ying-yang (a very technically gaming term).
The Baldman has survived the holiday weekend in that horrible state up north (Boooo Blue!!!!!!!). Now that it is over he has some exciting news for Origins. We have some additional Author Only and Sneak Preview Boardgame events that will be happening onsite using generics only (to late to get them into the registration system but “I’m Mary Poppins Y’all”).
We have Alan Patrick running his new AO – DDAO-11 Those That Came Before – at Tier 3 and 4 – 6 person tables – $20 (generics only)
Slot 1 – Tier 3 Only
Slot 3 – Tier 4 Only
Slot 6 – Tier 3 Only
Slot 8 – Tier 4 Only
We have the wonderful Shelly Mazzanoble from Wizards as well running the following: Dungeons & Dragons and Avalon Hill have joined forces to bring you an as-of-yet unannounced board game coming this fall. Don’t miss your chance to be among the first to experience this exciting new offering!! – 5 person tables – $6 (generics only)
Thur 10AM – Thur 3PM – Fri 10AM – Fri 3PM – Sat 10AM – Sat 2PM (this event is approx. 2 hours in length)
These events and will be first come first served. Check in with HQ to find out where to stand for the lines. You MUST personally be in line to participate in these events. You cannot have one person stand and claim extra tickets nor will one person be allowed to hold a spot for a person showing up later or who is “On the way”.
Sorry it’s been so long since you’ve heard from us but if you’ve been following Baldman Games on Twitter then you’ve seen the #phlanhistory posts. Here’s the history compiled without our bit of commentary. I do have a conclusion about Phlan though, it’s a terrible place to live, much akin to New York City in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To all those poor souls living there and defending that city, I’m so sorry. Please do yourself a favor and move to Waterdeep.
An Abriged History of Phlan
367 – Established as a trading post between Myth Drannor and the Dwarves of the Dragonspine Mountains
400 – Phlan leveled by horde of humanoids
712 – Milsor the Valjevo rebuilds Phlan and has Valjevo castle built.
1303 – Ogres overrun Phlan
1306 – Phlan is once again reduced to ruins during the Dragon Run.
1340 to 1347 – Phlan is controlled by Tyranthraxus, a yugoloth controlling a bronze dragon.
1347 – Adventurers take back Phlan from Tyranhraxus (Pool of Radiance)
1357a – Phlan is teleported to a cavern under a red wizards tower to use as a soul battery.
1357b – Phlan is returned to it’s place in the Moonsea.
1375 – Phlan is conquered by Zentil Keep under the leadership of Cvaal Daoran.
1383 – Daoran saves Phlan from the Shadovar and splits Phlan from Zhentarim control.
1488 – Vorgansharax and the cult of the dragon take over Phlan.
1489 – A huge force of Adventurers retake Phlan from Vorgansharax.
I know we’re missing a few things from this time line and I’d love your help in filling in the gaps. Leave a comment below about where we’re missing things and we’ll fill them in as we go.
Hello gamers! Over at Baldman Games we’re just about wound down from Winter Fantasy. While those Ps and Qs are being put away we’re also ramping up for the summer convention season. Beyond all of that, we’re also getting the CCC adventures that ran at Winter Fantasy ready to go up on the DMs Guild–and this Friday we’re releasing Elmwood 1-3, The Battle of Elmwood. Let’s start there.
The Battle of Elmwood
This is the final part of the Elmwood series 1 trilogy. Here’s the blurb from the front of the adventure:
As the Greengrass Festival gets under way, one might have a sneaking suspicion that something is awry. Will the adventurers be able to save their new home in the Battle of Elmwood?
This adventure has the PCs doing battle with the forces of Moander in Elmwood proper. The choices they make during the scenario affect the later encounters. Plus, there’s an otyugh you can fight in a midden heap. What DM doesn’t love love throwing their PCs in a midden heap with an otyugh? You can pick up The Battle of Elmwood starting Friday February 17th.
DM David at Winter Fantasy
DM David played all 12 slots at Winter Fantasy and he wrote about it on his blog. The post has David writing a little about each scenario he played. My favorite quote is from his recap of DDAL05-18 Eye of Xxiphu Parts 1 & 2, which are Tier 4 scenarios.
This DM boasted a killer instinct. Someone in our group took a risk with something in the dungeon, and our DM said, “You’re dead. No save.” Fortunately, our party included two clerics, so death only slowed us a little. Welcome to tier 4.
Good stuff all around. This is also an excellent look inside what Winter Fantasy is for you gamers thinking about attending next year. For those of you who were there, it’s a nice way to remember your time in Fort Wayne.
Origins & Gen Con 2017
Very soon we’ll be having sign-ups for DMing at Origins & Gen Con 2017. We’re also aware of the Gen Con housing situation that just occurred. If you’d still like to attend Gen Con 50 and have a place to rest your head downtown, keep an eye on us. Run enough games and we can provide you with that place to sleep. We’d love to have you and would appreciate your support, since Baldman Games is getting a room that’s double the size of last year. More space equals more table and that means more games, but there are no games without more GMs. That’s where we could really use your help.
Alright gamers. We here at Baldman Games hope you have a wonderful week of gaming, and you’ll be hearing from us again in seven days. Play some great games this week, and let us know about them. We love hearing about your games.