Conversations With Dornal Whitebeard

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Conversations With Dornal Whitebeard

by Delwyn Ilar (aka Greg Marks)

“Conversations With” is a weekly column written by Delwyn Ilar of the Podal Prophet broadsheet, bringing you Out-Of-Character knowledge of important NPCs in the Moonsea region so that you might better portray them and their organizations in your games.

A courier, dressed in fine livery, appeared at the offices of the Podal Prophet with an invitation to the Velvet Doublet: To my dearest friend Delwyn Ilar, please do me the pleasure of being my guest at eight bells this evening at a banquet to celebrate your superb literary accomplishments. A carriage will appear at your residence in time to deliver you in the style you so richly deserve. –Dornal Whitebeard

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Open Call for Designers Wrap Up

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Earlier this year the D&D Adventurers League announced an open call for new designers and wow did you respond. We received nearly 300 applications, almost twice what we were anticipating. As the guy who reviewed each and every application it was actually a lot of fun as I thoroughly enjoy seeing the creative output of the player base. This article will give a rundown of the call and some tips & techniques for success in future calls. Continue reading

FAQ Update 3/20/2015

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The new Elemental Evil Player’s Guide is out! The V2 of the Player’s Guide has a few changes and resulted in a few commonly ask questions. This article aims to tackle a few of these questions at a time. To see previous questions please review the FAQ Wiki.

Are players allowed to copy players spellbooks? How does copying spells work with downtime?

Yes, characters can copy spells from found spellbooks or other characters’ spell books.If the DM allows ingame copying go by the rules in the Player’s Handbook. If it’s out of game, copying can be done with downtime at a rate of one Downtime Day for up to 8 hours of copying in addition to the rules in the Player’s Handbook.

How do Story Origns affect spellcaster and spellbooks?

Characters with the Tyranny of Dragons Story Origin cannot choose Elemental Evil spells as part of their class features or when leveling up, but if they are capable of scribing new spells such as a wizard or warlock with the Book of Shadows class feature, they can learn them if they’re found and copied into their book, such as in a spellbook, scroll, or copying them from other characters’ spellbooks.

Do DMs get the Gold Piece reward for DMing Tyranny of Dragons games, Expeditions or Published Adventures (HotDQ/RoT)?

No, gold piece DM rewards are only for Elemental Evil adventures (D&D Encounters, D&D Expeditions, & Princes of the Apocalypse) and the evergreen adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver, from the D&D Starter Set, going forward.

All GP rewards are only going forward from the release of the Player’s Guide (March 10th). There are no retroactive GP Rewards. D&D Expeditions that include the GP reward will include it in the adventure under DM Rewards.

Master, Dungeon Master #9

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#9 : Taking Dungeons & Dragons on Location

As a store owner with a game play space, organizing events is a daily affair. This past weekend I had the privilege of taking the Twenty Sided Store Dungeons & Dragons experience on the road to Boston for PAX East 2015.

In this article I will go over the similarities and differences between producing an organized play event for a convention, versus running in a store.

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Get Involved!

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We’ve done a big update to the Get Involved page.

Please read the Get Involved page if you’re interested in participating in any way in the D&D Adventurers League. The page points to resources depending on how you want to be involved in the campaign. There’s advice for players, DMs, store owners and organizers, convention organizers, club members, online game organizers, adventures designers, and all other community members.

Find out how you can Get Involved!

Elemental Evil Character Creation

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Merric Blackman of Merric’s Musings walks through character creation for Elemental Evil:

In general, you follow the rules in either the Basic Rules or Player’s Handbook to create a character, but there are certain modifications for this process in the D&D AL Player’s Guide, which you really should read before beginning. Here’s a summary of what you need to know:

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