Gamer’s Haven Podcast
22Jan/120

Gamer’s Haven Episode 89 – Freestylin’ On 5th Edition

We all sit down after nearly three months to record our next episode, with some reflection and reservations ... which are thrown out the window with a discussion on the announcement of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons!  We talk about what we've been doing, and try a new thing with the show ... current events!  So, if you like this episode, please comment and let us know if you want more like it!

In the Three Parter, we really do a Four Parter when Jeremy reviews the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Editon Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild (and a bit about the Faeries book from Bastion Press way back when), Nathan and Becca both talk about Star Wars: The Old Republic, Nathan goes on about Planescape Torment, and Ethan wraps it up with a trifecta of reviews of Sentinels of the Multiverse from Greater Than Games, Martian Dice from Tasty Minstrel Games, and Cards Against Humanity from ... well, Cards Against Humanity.

Finally, we bring things to a close in this extra long episode (making up for lost time) with a few Random Encounters!

As always, please rate and review us on iTunes, comment on posts, head over to the forums and chat with other listeners, or visit our various affiliate stores on Amazon, Noble Knight Games, and RPGNow.

Until next time!

Total running time on this episode is 152 minutes.

About D&D Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild

Player’s Option: Heroes of the Feywild enables players to weave elements of the Feywild into their existing and future characters, in much the same way thatPlayer’s Option: Heroes of Shadow gave players reasons to explore their characters’ dark connections to the Shadowfell.

This book contains exciting new character builds and options that are thematically rooted to the Feywild, a wild and verdant plane of arcane splendor, full of dangerous and whimsical creatures. Characters who trace their origins or backgrounds to the Feywild gain access to unique feats, powers, and mechanics. The book explores what makes fey-themed characters so fun and distinct.

Buy Heroes of the Feywild from Amazon.com or Noble Knight Games

About Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic, abbreviated as TOR or SWTOR, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based in the Star Wars universe. Developed by BioWare Austin and a supplemental team at BioWare Edmonton, the game was first announced on October 21, 2008, at an invitation-only press event. The video game was released for the Microsoft Windows platform on December 20, 2011 in North America and part of Europe. Early access to the game began one week before release, on December 13, 2011, for those who had pre-ordered the game online; access opened in "waves" based on pre-order date.

Although BioWare has not disclosed development costs, industry leaders and financial analysts have estimated it to be between $125 million and $200 million. If accurate, this would make it the most expensive video game ever developed.

Buy Star Wars: The Old Republic from Amazon.com

About Planescape Torment

Planescape: Torment is a computer role-playing video game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment. It takes place in Planescape, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&Dfantasy campaign setting. The game's engine is a modified version of theInfinity Engine, which was also used for BioWare's Baldur's Gate, a previous AD&D game set in the Forgotten Realms.

Planescape: Torment is primarily story-driven; combat is given less prominence than in most contemporary role-playing games. The protagonist, known as The Nameless One, is an immortal who has lived many lives but has forgotten all about them, even forgetting his own name. The game focuses on his journey throughout the city of Sigil and other planes to reclaim his memories of these previous lives. Several characters in the game may join The Nameless One on his journey, and most of these characters have encountered him in the past.

The game was not a significant commercial success but received widespread critical praise and has since become a cult classic. It was lauded for its immersive dialogue, for the dark and relatively obscure Planescape setting, and for the protagonist's unique persona, which shirked many characteristics of traditional role-playing games. It was considered by many video game journalists to be the best role-playing game (RPG) of 1999, and continues to receive attention long after its release.

Buy Planescape Torment from Amazon.com or (more reasonably, and with much more stability) download it from GOG!

About Sentinels of the Multiverse

Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative card game in which 3 to 5 players control a team of super powered heroes battling a dastardly villain.  Sentinels of the Multiverse, or SotM, provides players with an innovative, streamlined game play experience that is easy to learn but requires strategic, team-based thinking.  The game comes with ten different heroes, allowing players to build myriad hero teams and find new ways to challenge the villains.  There are four different villains, each with unique mechanics and challenges, and four dynamic environments in which the battles take place.  This flexibility adds enormous replay value and ensures that no two SotM games will play the same.

Buy Sentinels of the Multiverse from Amazon.com, Noble Knight Games, or directly from Greater Than Games themselves!

About Martian Dice

Your mission, Martians, is to swoop down on the pathetic denizens of the primitive planet “Earth”, and to scoop up as many of the inhabitants as you can manage. We are interested in samples of the Chicken, Cow, and Human populations, so that we can determine which of them is actually in charge. The Earthlings might manage to put up a feeble defense, but surely nothing that a small taste of your Death Rays can’t handle. Make Mars proud... be the first Martian to fill your abduction quota!

Buy Martian Dice from Amazon.com or Noble Knight Games.

About Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.

Unlike most of the party games you've played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Cards Against Humanity is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike license - that means you can use and remix the game for free, but you can't sell it.

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