Mattcaster Mage: Modern Masters Draft

Grand Prix Las Vegas is less than two weeks away. I ripped through a box of Modern Masters in the way to Grand Prix Providence last Friday with Connor “Purple” Hays, level two judge, and Hunter “Rolex” Slaton. On the way back Rolex and I tore through a second box with Hugh, Limited Master. These packs are thrilling to open. I’m getting close to recognizing all of the cards. I get the themes: rebels, giants, affinity for artifacts, goblins, and all the rest (if there is a rest).

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Posted: June 14th, 2013 | Tagged: Column - Mattcaster Mage

Beyond The Screen : D&D Encounters - Storm Over Neverwinter : Ask Team DM, part 2

Beyond The Screen – Ask Team DM – SOM, part 2 from Twenty Sided Store on Vimeo.

Chris Wood helps me answer more questions for ASK THE DM, from the Storm Over Neverwinter D&D Encounters Season.

We also talk a bit about Session 0 for Search for the Diamond Staff and the Free RPG /D&D Game Day Pre-quel Adventure – Vault of the Dracolich coming up on Sat 6/16/2013!

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Posted: June 14th, 2013 | Tagged: Dungeons and Dragons

Mattcaster Mage: Drafting Naya in Return to Ravnica Block (and the woes of three color draft decks)

After a morning of torturous two on two basketball with some new friends in a gym (and not on a playground!) I sprinted on my bike to Twenty Sided to make the Saturday afternoon draft. My pod was pretty nuts. Me, Hugh, Zach, Milosz, Derrick, James, and two other fellas my mind is blanking on. Intimidating to say the least. Here’s what I came up with:

Boros Reckoner
Towering Indrik
Rubbleback Rhino
Armored Wolf Rider
Battering Krasis
Fortress Cyclops
Feral Animist
Bomber Corps
Scab-Clan Charger
2 Armory Guard
Splatter Thug
Golgari Decoy
Zhur-Taa Druid
2 Centaur Healer
Risen Sanctuary
Towering Thunderfist
Maze Abomination

Other Spells
Ground Assault
Unflinching Courage
Boros Charm

Golgari Guildgate
Boros Guildgate
Orzhov Guildgate
Transguild Pramanade
6 Forest
4 Plains
4 Mountain

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Posted: June 7th, 2013 | Tagged: Column - Mattcaster Mage

Beyond The Screen : D&D Encounters - Storm Over Neverwinter : Ask Team DM, part 1

1.┬áDo you actually read the adventure and do you care if we die or not. Or what do you do to make sure we know what’s up every week because I missed two weeks and had no idea what was going on.

(Lauren) Every DM is expected to have read the entire module before Session 0. We have a DM meeting at the start of every season where we throughly discuss the entire story and plot.

Death is part of D&D. No Twenty Sided Store DM seeks out to intentionally kill PCs (in fact they actively try not to), but sometimes players swing first and ask questions later. There are consequences in every decision a DM or a player makes, for good or bad. If every fight was a walk in the park, they would be much less interesting.

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Posted: June 6th, 2013 | Tagged: Dungeons and Dragons

D&D Encounters : Storm Over Neverwinter, Session 7 RECAP

Storm Over Neverwinter Session 7 Recap
by Giaco Furino

You weren’t even supposed to make it this far, you know? Chartilifax, that giant green dragon who spit madness and poison at you and your friends, was supposed to take care of you. He was supposed to chew you up and spit you out! But you sent him howling into the storm-soaked night, and you made it to the second floor of the Cathedral at Helm’s Hold.

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Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Tagged: Dungeons and Dragons