Well ‘tis the season to embrace wanton tinseled covered commercialism so we can keep our economy grinding forward. Every year around this time Mrs. Middle-Aged DM begins to poke and prod me with a candy cane to cough up gift ideas that she and other family members can “surprise” me with, so I thought I would turn it into a blog post for us hard to buy for geeks. Making a gift list has always been a difficult task for me, as I am a bit of an impulse shopper. Picture a small child with a hose and that would be me with my debit card. So when my wife inevitably corners me and starts asking what I want for Christmas (usually as I am trying to nonchalantly hide or dispose of evidence of a recent nerd purchase which could have gone on said list) I often mumble that I need to think about it and get back to her. One year I even returned something I bought so I could then offer it as a gift suggestion. Here is my wish list for this year, although just compiling it has started me jonesing big time, followed by involuntary hand movements toward my wallet…..Christmas better get here soon.
The Castle Ravenloft Board Game. Can$74.99 US$64.95
I have heard really good reviews around this game, plus I get giddy thinking about bamboozling someone who is anti-D&D into sort of playing D&D through the guise of a board game. Besides you want to talk real vampires, Strahd would eat Edward for breakfast.
Wil Wheaton Roots Premium Tee US$21.99 – $22.99
For us Grognards out there.
Kobold Quarterly one year subscription US$27.99
For those of us that miss having an actual physical copy of Dragon Magazine, you know for the long mornings in “the office”. This is a highly regarded magazine put out by the former editor of Dungeon and Dragon magazines Wolfgang Baur. It offers content for both 4e and 3.5/Pathfinder, and you can get print plus pdf or just pdf.
Beholder Collector’s Set Can$40.99 US$34.99
4 varieties of one of D&D’s most iconic monster just waiting to be thrown at unsuspecting players…nuff said.
Revenge of the Giants Can$37.00 US$29.95
This is a “super-adventure” for the paragon tier of play. I have heard mixed reviews regarding the writing and design of the module, but I am thinking of using it as a skeleton for aspects of my home game if I can hold the campaign together that long.
Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The Wilderness Can$23.95 US$19.95
I am a big fan of these master tile sets, which look great laid out in play. Although they can be slightly frustrating for us with weaker visual-constructive skills
Here is a list of products that would have been on my wish list if I had not already purchased them: The Monster Vault, Pathfinder Core Rule Books (47% of cover price through Amazon.ca), Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, Heroes of the Fallen lands, Dungeon’s Master Kit, Rules Compendium, Red Box (go ahead initiate a newb).