Podcasts Archive | 6/18/2008
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A Paragon Tier Adventure
Dave Noonan

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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 Episode 23: A Paragon Tier Adventure.

00:00 – 02:15: In this special video episode—yes, video!—hosts Dave Noonan and Mike Mearls start off with tour through the most treacherous dungeon ever conceived: the halls of R&D.

02:16 – 07:18: From there, Dave hosts a D&D game session for several of the folks in R&D, showcasing both their own skills as well as a sample encounter at the paragon tier. Going clockwise around the table, starting with Dave the DM, we introduce:

  • Dave Noonan: Dungeon Master
  • Peter Schafer: Fighter
  • Rodney Thompson: Wizard
  • Rob Watkins: Rogue
  • Jennifer Clarke Wilkes: Warlock
  • Sara Girard: Paladin

07:19 – 42:40: Then it’s straight into the fight, as our intrepid party runs headlong into a mind flayer, his rakshasa bodyguards, and minotaur heavy!

42:41 – 47:45: The encounter may have ended, but how did the party fare? TPK or victory? Mike interviews our participants on their role in the encounter, as well as asks Dave what would have happened next should the encounter have stretched into further adventure.

47:46 – 48:29: End credits… augmented by the theatric monster stylings of today’s Dungeon Master!

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About the Hosts

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.

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.

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