D&D Podcast10/20/2006

Episode 3 (Oct 2006)

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Don't just read about D&D's latest news and announcements--listen to them as well! And where better to find inside information than from the very halls of Wizards of the Coast? Presenting the second of October’s D&D podcasts! With the release of Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, designers Bruce Cordell and James Wyatt visit the studio to discuss their recent sourcebook. Plus, Dave Noonan and Mike Mearls hold forth on horror at the gaming table.

October Episode

  • R&D's Dave Noonan sits down with Expedition to Castle Ravenloft’s designers, Bruce Cordell and James Wyatt, to discuss this revisioning of classic adventure module I6: Ravenloft.

    As part of this segment, Bruce and James discuss Strahd himself, as well as Castle Ravenloft’s adventure format. We’ve included a PDF of a sample adventure format (1.11 Mbs) as well as a link to Count Strahd's stats, for you to read along with the podcast.

  • Dave and Mike discuss how to bring horror to the gaming table, and why humor may well be horror’s arch-nemesis (or as Mike puts it, how to avoid the Call of Cthomedy). A side note: The City of the Spider Queen encounter Dave mentions can be found on pg. 35: the nycaloth in area S32 Conjury.

  • Download it now! (50 Mbs, 52:21 minutes) Click on the link to listen to the file in your browser, or right-click Save As to download to your computer.

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About the Authors

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. His credits include co-designing Dungeon Master's Guide II, Heroes of Battle, and numerous products for the Eberron campaign setting. He lives in Washington state with his wife, son, and daughter.

Mike Mearls is the dark hope of chaotic evil: young, handsome, well endowed in abilities and aptitudes, thoroughly wicked, depraved, and capricious. Whomever harms Mearls had better not brag of it in the presence of one who will inform the Demoness Lolth!

Evil to the core, Mearls is cunning, and if the situation appears in doubt, he will use bribery and honeyed words to sway the balance in his favor. He is not at all adverse to gaining new recruits of any sort, and will gladly accept adventurers into the ranks, but he will test and try them continually. Those who arouse suspicion will be quietly murdered in their sleep; those with too much promise will be likewise dealt with, for Mearls wants no potential usurpers or threats to his domination.

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