The History of Phlan

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.

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

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!

 

Announcing the Baldman Games Fave Four

I want to thank all of those who applied for our open positions we posted in October. We had a lot of great applicants to go through but after careful thought and consideration we have made our choices.

Social Media Manager:    Dustin Snyder

Herald’s Guild DM Manager:  Krishna Simonse

Herald’s Guild HQ Manager:  Willi Burger

Future Programs Manager:  Shawn Merwin

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2016 and we hope to start unveiling them at Winter Fantasy in February. So stay tuned, stay excited, and join us for a fun ride.

Positions available at Baldman Games

Hail and well met,

Baldman Games, those purveyors of fine gaming though-out the lands (or maybe just the Midwest), are looking for some help on various projects this fall within our realm. If you are a warrior of the highest order and think you might qualify for one of these positions then please fill out the application below. When applying please pick only one job. I want you to apply for what you think you best fit not scattershot across the board. We hope to make our decisions in October and put you to work shortly after that. If you have any questions please use the ‘Contact Us’ form on the BMG website and we will get back to you shortly.

Thanks
Dave C
Baldman Games

HG = Herald’s Guild
BMG = Baldman Games

Positions:


 

Social Media Manager:

  • Manage BMG/HG Social Media Accounts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Manage Weekly BMG/HQ Website Updates
    o Included writing of some Updates and editing of all of them
  • Social Media Presence at shows (updates, contests, questions, etc.)
Expected Weekly Workload: 2-3 hours
Skills needed:
  • Familiar with social media tools
  • Ability to attend most, if not all, BMG Events (Currently WF, Origins, and Gen Con)
  • Ability to schedule Website Updates and keep to that schedule (including managing contributors)
  • Communication Zen Master
Compensation: TBD (we have a basic package built around the value of a free hotel room just for you at a show but will tweak for your needs – this could include airfare, cash, etc.)

 

Herald’s Guild DM Manager:

  • HG DM Team Lead (Level 7)
    o HG DM consists of DM’s and staff focused on running games at tables
  • Supervising of HG DM Level 5 and 6 members
  • Manage once a month (minimum) HG DM Team Meetings
  • Review and approval of HG DM Materials (seminars, code of conduct, etc.)
  • Coordinate with HG HQ Manager as needed
Expected Weekly Workload: 2-3 hours
Skills needed:
  • Current Level 4 or higher Herald’s Guild DM
  • Ability to attend most, if not all, BMG Events (Currently WF, Origins, and Gen Con)
  • Ability to manage others in a timely fashion and lead by example
  • Communication Zen Master

Compensation: TBD (we have a basic package built around the value of a free hotel room just for you at a show but will tweak for your needs – this could include airfare, cash, etc.)


 

Herald’s Guild HQ Manager:

  • HG HQ Team Lead (Level 7)
    o HG HQ consists of HQ and Convention Staff focused on running of the actual event itself.
  • Supervising of HG HQ Level 5 and 6 members
  • Manage once a month (minimum) HG HQ Team Meetings
  • Review and approval of HG HQ Materials (training, code of conduct, etc.)
  • Coordinate with HG DM Manager as needed

Expected Weekly Workload: 2-3 hours

Skills needed:

  • Current Level 4 or higher Herald’s Guild HQ
  • Ability to attend most, if not all, BMG Events (Currently WF, Origins, and Gen Con)
  • Ability to manage others in a timely fashion and lead by example
  • Communication Zen Master

Compensation: TBD (we have a basic package built around the value of a free hotel room just for you at a show but will tweak for your needs – this could include airfare, cash, etc.)


 

Future Programs Manager:

  • Manage the game plan for cool things going forward
  • Review and revamp existing programs as needed
  • Cool Secret Stuff!!!!

Expected Weekly Workload: 2-3 hours to start (could ramp up to 8-10 hours a week at times in future – compensation will match workload).

Skills needed:

  • Familiar with the inner-workings of Organized Play systems
  • Ability to attend most, if not all, BMG Events (Currently WF, Origins, and Gen Con)
  • Ability to create and manage Projects
  • Familiarity with publishing standards a plus

Compensation: TBD (we have a basic package built around the value of a free hotel room just for you at a show but will tweak for your needs – this could include airfare, cash, etc.)


Applications are closed and the positions have been filled. Thanks.

New Website!!!

As you can see we’ve updated the website while you were sleeping. We’ve tried to streamline it and bring it up to the times a bit. You will hopefully find information a lot easier to find and specific large shows will actually have their own feeds. So while there is not a lot to see yet stay tuned as with the big summer shows roaring down the tracks it is going to fill up fast.

The Baldman