Feb 17, 2010

A Little Cave Time (Inspiration for a DM)

As I've mentioned previously, inspiration for a DM should come from everywhere.

So I recently came across a couple of links that got my DM senses tingling, and I thought I'd share some with you.

Here's a link to an article about a huge cave covered in all sizes of crystals: http://news.discovery.com/earth/naica-big-pics.html

It immediately got me to start thinking:

  • Maybe a frost giant lair, with the huge crystal "logs" as the building blocks for structures in the cave.
  • Or a lair where the crystals are difficult terrain for the PCs, but not for the flying creatures attacking them
  • How about the erratic patches and crystal logs serve as cover, or obstacle. Maybe the attackers are well trained to use the formations to their best advantage--attacking from up high and sliding down a log and engaging in melee in the next round.
  • Lastly, what if the crystals are highly reflective, disorienting the PCs by providing a natural equivalent to mirror image.
Looking at these caves, I see new ways of thinking about a cave encounter, and hopefully a new challenge for the PCs.

And if that isn't enough inspiration, here's some other cave pictures that hopefully get you thinking... http://science.howstuffworks.com/cave-pictures.htm

Feb 1, 2010

A Year's Worth of D&D

Big thanks to WolfStar76, who attended the 2010 Products Seminar at D&D Experience and jotted down some notes on what's coming out this year.

2010 Product Seminar Notes

Some things have already been released, like Dragonborn and Underdark, but there's plenty of new items on the horizon, including all of the previously announced hints at GenCon 2009.

Since I'm still running a 3.5 game, my biggest interest is in the tile sets, particularly Harrowing Halls, the first 3D set, as well as the Dark Sun tile set (we can all use more dessert sets!), but I'm also interested in the Hammerfast location/adventure book and The Slaying Stone, a new 1st lv adventure. Maybe I'll be running some 4e before year's end...

What new products are you looking forward to? Is there anything that's more interesting now that you might not have been so interested in before? Leave a comment and let me hear from you.