Con Weekend!

Mon 27 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Great weekend to start my Spring Break. Frist up, met up with a friend at AdeptiCon on Friday for some Chicago style pizza. On my way I picked up a copy of Tales from the Yawning Portal and Paternoster Investigations. Just not sure if it needs to go on my Doctor Who shelf or my Victorian Age shelf! Saturday we I got up early and drove up to Gary Con. I ran into so many people I knew. It was so great to see +Erik Tenkar, +Jeff Talanian, +R.J.


Tales from the Yawning Portal

Fri 24 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

It's a lot of fun. A lot of great adventures updated for 5e. It has another version of the Tomb of Horrors. Noticed that there wasn't the slightest complaint like there was when the 4e version came out.

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This Old Dragon: Issue #68

Thu 23 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Going back just a touch further in time to an issue I do remember fondly and one I still have the cover for!  I always liked this cover and to me it represents a "border" issue. That is I know all of the issues after it very, very well, but ...

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Reviews: Battleaxes & Beasties and the Witches of Hagswallow

Wed 22 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

I have been wanting to get some more reviews in and I am woefully behind schedule. So along with my deep dive into the Forgotten Realms, I am also investigating more games and products built around Swords & Wizardry.

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Witch & Witchcraft Reading Challenge: Fionn, Defence of Ráth Bládhma

Tue 21 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Fionn: Defence of Ráth Bládhma: The Fionn mac Cumhaill Series: Book One by Brian O'Sullivan In this Part 1 of the story of Fionn mac Cumhaill, also known as Finn MacCool, the titular character barely makes an appearance. He is there, yes, and all the events of the story ...

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It's a Liminal Time, A Time of Hedgewitches

Tue 21 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Tomorrow we will have equal amounts of light and dark. Half-way between the start of winter and the start of summer. It is a time for in-betweens, for liminals, for things not one thing or another.

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New Releases: Hedge Witches and Prestige Witches

Tue 21 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Today is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as Ostara. To celebrate this time I have not just one, but two new releases today. First up: The Witch: Hedgewitch for the Hero's Journey RPG Presenting the Hedgewitch for The Hero's Journey Fantasy Roleplaying game. Can ...

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Gary Con 2017

Tue 21 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

In a last minute change of plans it looks like I will be going to Gary Con this year! If anyone wants to look me up while I am there that would be great. I  am bringing my family and we hope to get a game or two in while ...

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This Old Dragon: Issue #72

Thu 16 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Another one I have multiple copies of. Sadly none of them have the cover or the File 13 game. Dragon Magazine Issue #72 takes us back to April 1983. Let's see...I would have been in 8th grade then. So for me that was the start of my AD ...

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Class Struggles: The Mystic, Part 2

Wed 15 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Class Struggles: The Mystic, Part 2 It's been a while since I have done one of these, but today seems to be a good day for it. The very first Class Struggles I did way back in August of 2015 was about the Mystic class. This week Wizards of ...

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To A2Z or Not To A2Z

Tue 14 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

In addition to posting something A to Z I have been part of a team that helps other bloggers do their A to Z, I visit scores of sites every day to post on others blogs and try to squeeze in a post or two above and beyond normal. Plus ...

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This Old Dragon: Issue #97

Mon 13 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Grabbing the next issue on the pile is a very mildewy Dragon #97 from May 1985.  When this was published I would have been slightly older than my youngest son is now.  This issue either pre-dates or was published around the same time as Unearthed Arcana.  There are some letters ...

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Kickstart Your Weekend: Awesome Returns and More Passion!

Mon 13 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

It's the weekend folks! Or very nearly anyway. What does Kickstarter have for us? Venger is back with, huh, a vengeance to give us more gonzo adventures. He has hit his target funding but more money means more awesome right? Well, he has a "blank" stretch goal at $2 ...

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Zatannurday: Zatanna by Paul Dini

Mon 13 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Not often I get to talk about a new Zatanna specific release in the DC world, but this week had one.

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More Weekend Gaming in the Second Campaign

Mon 13 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

It was my youngest son's birthday last week so we spent the weekend having kids over and gaming. I decided to run another session of my so-called "Second Campaign". We had a variety of kids playing including some that have played before and some who never had played. I ...

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Witch & Witchcraft Reading Challenge: Silverfall, Stories of the Seven Sisters

Wed 08 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Witch & Witchcraft Reading Challenge: Silverfall, Stories of the Seven Sisters I picked up this book based on recommendations by others. I asked if there were any books that dealt with the Seven Sisters and The Simbul in particular. This book was mentioned, but with a caveat that many people didn ...

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Weekend Gaming: New Blood and Would-be Queens

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Weekend Gaming: New Blood and Would-be Queens Huge gaming weekend this past weekend. Friday night my youngest son ran his game of D&D ever for three of his friends. It went great and the kids sounded like they had a great time. One even showed up with a homemade ...

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Thingizzard, the Witch of the Fens

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

I have been wanting to stat up some of the classic witches of the D&D game and one of the ones I had forgotten about was Thingizzard, the Witch of the Fens, from

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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is, February 2017

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Comes to a total of $62.97 in Earnings. I'll round it up to $65.00.

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This Old Dragon: Issue #86

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Let's start of This Old Dragon with one of the first Dragons I ever owned, Dragon #86. I am also picking this issue because I have three copies of it and maybe between the three I have enough left to have one full issue.

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"Excuse me, can you repeat that in Olde Arcane?"

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

On Friday's I have been watching and enjoying more, more the new series on NBC "Emerald City".  It is yet another re-telling of the Wizard of Oz story.  As you can imagine I am a HUGE fan of Mistress West aka The Wicked Witch of the West played by ...

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The Second Campaign begins

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

thanks for bringing back some memories ... have a pleasant Sunday, good Sir...

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The Second Campaign has Begun: Enter the Forgotten Realms

Tue 07 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Another huge weekend of gaming this past weekend.  My son ran a game Saturday night with his group and on Sunday we started our new Forgotten Realms game.

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Witch & Witchcraft Reading Challenge: Spellfire

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

"If it's Lady Spellfire they want then it is Lady Spellfire they shall have!" - Shandril Shessair Shandril is just small town girl, living in a lonely world...a wait. Well, she is lonely and living in a small town. She is an orphan girl working for ex-adventurer Gorstag in ...

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Forgotten Realms

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

This is an update of sorts to a post I made all the way back in 2012, which itself was an update to a post I made in 2010. Since then my 4e game died and I moved on to 5e and sticking with more of a Greyhawk-based world. During ...

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This Old Dragon

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

I have a bad habit of buying whole collections from people when I find them on Craigslist, Facebook or even at local flea markets.   Typically I find one or two items I really want, a dozen or so I can sell in the local game auction twice a year and ...

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Russian Dragonlance Musical

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

People have a lot of opinions on Russia these days. But wherever you fall on the spectrum of opinions on either of those topics you are going to have to admit that this is kind of cool. The musical is called "The Last Trial" and it is based on the ...

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More Hero Forge Minis, Part 2

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

About a month ago I posted pictures of my new +Hero Forge Minis. Since then I got in contact with +Epic Die Studio and they were looking forward to painting some Hero Forge minis. Plus they were nearby, so it looked like it was going to be good match.

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Zatannurday: Zatanna in Justice League Dark

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Here's a somewhat spoilery clip of just how much of a bad-ass Zatanna really is.

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Kickstart Your Weekend: The Book of Passion

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

It's the week of Valentine's Day.  My wife and I have a LONG overdue date night and Misfit Studios has released their latest Kickstarter for OGL 3.75 (D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder I take it).

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Plays Well With Others: D&D 4th Edition and D&D 5th Edition

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

Seriously though hear me out on this one. Long time readers will know of my enjoyment of 4e when it first came out. I felt there was a good game here, even if it was not 100% D&D-like-we-knew-it. Well it was pretty much derided by any old school gamer ...

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Witch & Witchcraft Reading Challenge: Huntress

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

"I don't need a killer. I need a Hunter." A fairy-tale retold. Warring Fae Queens. A world plunged into an endless, lightless winter. Two powerful (even if they don't know it yet) female leads. Romance.

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Powers of Darkness and the Dracula Myth

Mon 06 March 2017 by Timothy Brannan from The Other Side blog

I do not consider myself a Dracula scholar. I have a number of rare Dracula related texts, read many more and pretty much seen every movie or stage play featuring the eponymous vampire count. My last (as in last ever) acting performance was as, appropriately enough, Dr. Seward in the ...

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