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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 D&D XP/Open Grave.
You might ask what these topics have in common… here's the best we came up with: host Mike Mearls, Bart Carroll and Stephen Radney-MacFarland just returned from the D&D XP 2009 convention, stumbling like exhausted zombies after 4 days of dungeon delving and seminar presenting. That, and Stephen continues to try and convince us of an impending zombie apocalypse.
Fine—a terrible segue, no doubt, but so it goes….
D&D XP 2009
In the first segment, Mike, Bart, and Chris look back at the events and news coming out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The "Summit City" witnessed a storm of gaming this last weekend in January, including a series of seminars that included a look at new monsters in DDM Dangerous Delves… and since you can't exactly see them on the podcast, here's a visual sampling:
In our second segment, Bruce Cordell—lead designer for Open Grave—joins the studio to discuss all things undead. If you haven't had a chance to look inside the latest sourcebook, here’s a quick excerpt from one of the monsters discussed: the brain-in-jar (a much different monster than a brian-in-a-jar, who's just very uncomfortable in there).
Exalted Brain in a Jar
Level 12 Controller
Medium natural animate
Initiative +7 Senses Perception +9; darkvision
HP 123; Bloodied 61
AC 26; Fortitude 22, Reflex 18, Will 24
Speed fly 6 (hover)
Targets the triggering creature; +16 vs. Will; the target is teleported up to 8 squares.
Ranged 8; +14 vs. Will; the target immediately moves its speed plus 4 squares away from the exalted brain in a jar. The target avoids hazardous terrain and difficult terrain if possible.
Ranged 10; +15 vs. Will; the target is dominated (save ends).
Close burst 5; +16 vs. Will; 1d10 + 8 psychic damage, and the target takes a –2 penalty to Will (save ends).
Languages Common, telepathy 10
Skills Arcana +16, Bluff +15, Diplomacy +15, Intimidate +15
Str 12 (+7)
Dex 12 (+7)
Wis 16 (+9)
Con 19 (+10)
Int 21 (+11)
Cha 18 (+10)
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