Update from the Baldman. Feb 16th 2017

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 ElmwoodElmwood Shield - Baldman Games

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 FantasyWinter Fantasy logo - Baldman Games

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.

Update from the Baldman. Feb 9th 2017

Update from the Baldman. Feb 9th 2017

Hello Gamers. Just wanted to let you in on a few things that are going on over at Baldman Games because we like transparency.

GenCon 2017

Gen Con 50 logoOur D&D games at Gen Con are moving to a new home. We’re heading over to the JW Marriott, which will give us twice as much space as we had last year. That means more games, more people, and we’ll also try to spread things out more. We’d love to keep the noise to a duller roar and give us all more space to move around so you can have the best possible experience.

We also wanted to let you know about our move to the JW Marriott to allow those of you who want to be close to all the D&D action can get rooms there, or as near to the JW Marriott as possible. We want to help make your Gen Con 50 as easy as possible. We also hear the Starbucks there is pretty solid.

DMs Guild Sales

Dungeon Masters Guild LogoHere’s a fun fact: Baldman Games has sold 3,455 copies of CCC AL legal adventures on the DM’s Guild to date. We’ve only been doing this for a little over 4 months and wanted to say thank you for supporting and believing in us. We’ll keep doing our best to improve the adventures as they come out, while fixing and updating the previous ones as we have time.

Elmwood 1-2 – The Lost Sanctum

The next adventure from Baldman Games is Elmwood 1-2 The Lost Sanctum. Here’s the introductory text on the adventure:

Terrible news indicates that some vestige of the long-dead god Moander might be active in the forests near Elmwood. The Town Council is seeking clever adventurers to brave the perils of the Cormanthor Forest to breach a lost wizard’s sanctum in search of a way to protect the town.
A four-hour adventure for 5th – 10th level characters

Winter Fantasy 2017 Pictures – set 2

Winter Fantasy 2017 Pictures – set 2

Hey gamers. Winter Fantasy 2017 is over and thank you for making it such a great show. For those who were there I hope you all got home safe and sound. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Origins, GenCon, and the next Winter Fantasy. For those who couldn’t be there we also hope to see you at our upcoming shows.

This years Winter Fantasy was larger than any previous so thank you for that. We couldn’t do this without all the players, DMs, and staff doing what you all do so well. Now for some more pictures from Winter Fantasy 2017.

See you all soon and lets play some great games.

Winter Fantasy Pictures

Hey gamers. Here’s some of the fun visuals going on at Winter Fantasy. If you’re there hit us up with the #wf2017 on twitter.

Prepping for Live Maze Arcana Show
Maze Arcana Live
More Maze Arcana Live
Work that HQ

You wouldn’t like me when my character is angry
Claire is ready to game
I need me some Dark Sun but Giants will do
I’m just so happy to be here
Gaming with family is awesome
I just need to get through this and then I can game.

Election in Phlan Candidates

Election in Phlan Candidates

If you’re part of the Dungeons and Dragons Adventures League group on Facebook there’s a poll that will influence the Phlan Election at Winter fantasy. You must go there to vote. Here’s the text from the post
 
Three candidates have emerged as front-runners in Phlan’s upcoming election.

Jhessail Greycastle

Knight Commander Greycastle is a hero, but her loyalty to the Black Fists makes her vulnerable. She pledges to:
  • Establish a parliament of elected peers to govern Phlan, and serve as First Minister.
  • Reform the Black Fists and weed out corruption in its ranks.

Barrett Sokol

The youngest scion of House Sokol has gained popularity among the labor guilds. He pledges to:
  • Reinstate the mercantile Council of Ten and stand as High Councilor.
  • Create jobs reconstructing Phlan and raising the old city walls.

Colvin Doverson

Lord Doverson claims ancestry with the Royal House of Daoran. If legitimized, this would make him heir to the Cinnabar Throne. He pledges to:
  • Reinstate the monarchy and crown himself Lord Protector.
  • Renegotiate trade deals with other Moonsea ports for the benefit of Phlan’s merchants.
A vote will be held at Winter Fantasy 41 on Saturday Feb 4 at 6PM EST. The results of this poll will be weighted and added to the onsite vote to determine the winner. This poll will close at Noon EST that same day.
 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/adventurersleague/
Election in Phlan at Winter Fantasy

Election in Phlan at Winter Fantasy

On Saturday at Winter Fantasy there will be an Election in Phlan (5:30 – 6:30). We want to hear your voice. What do you want to see in a leader? What promises would you like to see them make? What direction should Phlan be taken in the future?

One faction has stepped up to speak out. Gymbo Gyre Gearsmith is looking to throw the power of the Greater Faerun Locksmiths and Security Guild (GFLASG) behind a worth candidate to be the next Chancellor of Phlan. Here’s the GFLASG proclamation and intention.

 

So let us know what you think would make a great leader for Phlan and we’ll see you at Winter Fantasy.

Non-Gaming Special Events at Winter Fantasy 2017

Non-Gaming Special Events at Winter Fantasy 2017

Hello gamers. Winter Fantasy starts in less than two weeks and for those who are going to be attending there are some interesting, educational, and fun events going on outside of the gaming you can do. Every one of these events will be held in the seminar area in the main hall.

Thursday

Maze Arcana logoMaze Arcana Live Gamecast (5pm-9pm): Join the creators of Maze Arcana, Ruty Rutenberg & Satine Phoenix, and the launch of their new livestream alongside their “Peanut Gallery” cohorts — Bill Benham, Chris Lindsay, and Travis Woodall — as they set off on an epic adventure around Eberron en route to uncover the rampant reemergence of the aberrant Dragonmarks, its prophetic nature, and a new source of arcane magic that many would kill to learn and some want only to destroy. With the moniker of “Peanut Gallery” they might not even make it to the storyline…

Friday

Hearlds Guild logoHeralds Guild of DM’s Member Meeting (5pm-6pm): Come join us for what exciting plans the Heralds Guild has in store for 2017 and beyond. We will also be announcing our DM’s that have been voted into Level 4 status by their peers, our DM of the Year award, and more. Finish your afternoon game, grab some food, and bring it back for a fun hour of watching Dave can company squirm up on stage.

Saturday

Phlan logoElection in Phlan (5:30pm – 6:30pm): Come listen to those characters vying for election to the position of Chancellor of Phlan and cast your vote for the NPC you think will be the best new leader of Phlan. Those with the proper certificate from the Phlan Trilogy need to register their intentions to run for Chancellor of Phlan. You will need to do this at HQ no later than Noon on Saturday. The first 30 minutes of this event will be opening statements from candidates vying for election. After this anyone is free to speak for any of the three candidates for the leader of Phlan. An open vote will follow with all present. There are two ways to vote.

  • If you have played in the PHLAN 1-1 to 1-3 trilogy with any character you may cast a vote directly.
  • If you have not played but are physically present you may cast your vote via someone who has by standing with them when the vote is called.

Slot 6, 8 & 10

Charity Raffle (Slot 6, 8 & 10): We will also be holding a charity raffle onsite only for exclusive DDAO tickets in Slot 6, 8, and 10. Basically you buy a raffle ticket, and at the start of each slot we draw one and that person’s normal ticket magically becomes a ticket to one of the DDAO events.

All proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society in honor of Jamie Tachiyama.

If you’d like to stay in touch you can register for our mailing list & news letter here. We’ll see you in less that two weeks at Winter Fantasy for all kinds of great games, gatherings of old friends and new, and as much fun as we pack into a long weekend.

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Elmwood Preview & Winter Fantasy is Approaching

Winter Fantasy Full Show BadgeWinter Fantasy DM BagdeHello gamers. Winter Fantasy is right around the corner. That means all of the gaming joy you desire is about to be had. If you’re still on the fence about going or not, there are still slots open for games, so check out the event list here. Let’s whet the rest of your appetites. To the left and right are what the badges look like this year.

Elmwood

Now we just don’t talk about Winter Fantasy around these parts. Baldman Games also produces adventures, which are AL legal. If you’re following the Baldman Games twitter feed, you’ve been seeing the #elmw tidbits pop up lately. That’s because the Elmwood Trilogy is going to be released in the near future. To whet your appetite for when that shows up over on the DMs Guild, here’s a 5 page PDF that provides a glance at Elmwood and a map of the town today.

Elmwood Shield

Elmwood Preview

Enjoy Elmwood and let’s gear up for some gaming at Winter Fantasy!

 

A Shadow Over Winter Fantasy

A Shadow Over Winter Fantasy

Most of you go to Winter Fantasy to play D&D AL. Unfortunately a lot of those tickets are already sold out, but there is a shadow that you can still game under, a shadow covering a godless world of fire & blood.

Robert J. Schwalb and his team of GMs are revealing the World of Fire and Blood! The setting of Godless, a new world for Shadow of the Demon Lord. They have a three part adventure series running at the show that helps players create characters which will attempt to survive the horrors of a demon-infested post-apocalyptic world.

They have Part 1 running on Thursday, Part 2 on Friday, and Part 3 on Saturday. Each morning and afternoon a 2nd and 3rd table will be available to catchup previous days if needed.

Here’s a short description of the adventures:

Part 1: In a Pig’s Eye (Starting) Capture by a degenerate mutant and held beneath a crumbling city, the characters must come together to find a way to escape this subterranean hellscape.

Part 2: Dancing in the Ruins (Novice) The characters must solve the mystery of the Party King and the dark secret contained in his bizarre flotilla.

Part 3: Last One Standing (Novice) The characters become embroiled in a three-way power struggle for control over their home town Isolon. Who will they help? Or will they just help themselves?

Here’s a link for tickets for the SotDL Godless: A World of Fire & Blood Adventures

Click here to learn more about Shadow of the Demon Lord.

Next Week…

we’ll have a little information on an upcoming adventure from Baldman Games, The Sage of Cormanthor (ELMW1-1). As a brief teaser here’s the description of the adventure:

The grain has rotted in the town of Elmwood, which means people might starve, businesses and banks might fail, and endanger the town’s already-precarious existence. Brave adventurers are needed to travel through the wild forest to seek the advice of the Sage of Cormanthor.
A four-hour adventure for 5th – 10th level characters

Winter Fantasy Adventures from BMG

Hi folks. Did you know Winter Fantasy is coming fast? In fact, it’s less than a month away, so if you want to be part of the fun at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, IN you can go over to the registration page here.

For those curious about what new adventures are premiering at Winter Fantasy there are still spots open for the D&D Experience.  This shows D&D Experience has the second Hulburg trilogy (levels 5-10) and the second Phlan trilogy (levels 11-16) premiering at the show.

If you haven’t played the first of those trilogies you can pick them up here:

Hulburg

Phlan

There’s also the Tier 4 premiere of Eye of Xxiphu Part 1 & 2 and the Tier 3 premiere of Reeducation Part 1 & 2 for you folks who have those high level Adventurer League characters.

Rob Schwalb’s Shadows of the Demon Lord has a number of events running at the show too. If you’re not familiar with Shadow of the Demon Lord, here’s the elevator pitch:

Enter a world on the brink of annihilation, its lands torn asunder by war, plague, and ancient horrors. Urth, the world of Shadow of the Demon Lord, is one of many imperiled by the shadowy menace lurking without and in this game you can play through its final days as embattled survivors fighting against what to many seems to be an inevitable end.

A lot of the events have sold out, but more are being added as the event approaches. If you’re on the fence about going, take a look at the registration page. If you’re interested in any of the games left, then sign up and we’ll see you at Winter Fantasy.