Extra Life: A Full Day of D&D Live For Charity

Extra Life Ad_300x250Gamers gaming to raise funds for kids. That’s the idea that fuels Extra Life, a 24-hour game marathon benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It has been an amazing and incredibly fun way to raise money for a great cause since its inception in 2008. The event is officially happening again this year on October 25th and 26th.

The D&D team are playing  24 hours of Dungeons & Dragons live on October 25 to help out again this year! You’ll be able to watch their journey through Hoard of the Dragon Queen live on their D&D Twitch channel. They raised ton of money last time they played, and have set the goal much higher this year.

The people at D&D are going to announce this year’s team in early October. You’ll be able to support them with donations, as well as help them choose what characters to play and more. Find out how you can participate in this article at D&D’s site. You can always get a head start and donate now.

Head on over to Extra Life’s site to learn more, and stay updated on events via their Twitter and like them on Facebook.

Run, Adventurers … The Monster Manual Is Coming

Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual

Even though my group’s adventurers are just getting into the Starter Set’s Lost Mine of Phandelver story, I’m interested in throwing them something unexpected, something dreadful yet worth the encounter. I haven’t gone through with it since I’m still a very green DM and if I dropped a monster that was a smidgen too powerful for them this early on in the game (maybe that Beholder from the Manual’s cover?) … well, you know what might happen.

The September 30th, 2014 release of The Monster Manual will provide an ample supply of beasties to drop into any future campaign. The pages within draw from all previous editions of the rulebook to give insight into monsters, their backstories, and their stats. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of it. I couldn’t resist.

Of the three core D&D rulebooks, this one is the most exciting to me right now. I’ve mentioned before that I never really played Dungeons & Dragons until now, but I poured over and studied the books when I was a young kid. I’d borrow the books from friends and read about the game for hours on end. The Monster Manual was the book I was least likely to put down. After reading about the different enemies, backstories, and lore, I’d then break out my paper, pencils, and pens and recreate what I thought these awesome creatures could look like. The Manual was a deep well of creativity for me, and it added to the points in my life that set me on the path of art and imagination that I still travel.

It’s exciting to know that decades after returning the last of those books to my friends, I’ll finally have my own tome of monster lore nestled comfortably in between other books on my shelf, ready help shape and inspire future adventures. Or maybe it will light the creative spark for someone new when they find it there and open it up.