Green Arrow: Quiver

Dungeon Mistress - Green Arrow QuiverI am a big fan of director, writer, and actor, Kevin Smith. I think it is safe to say most people know him from his movies like Clerks, MallRats, Chasing Amy, Jersey Girl, Cop Out, and Red State. Kevin Smith wrote most of those movies and he has also been known to write comic books from time to time. The latest comic I read was in the form of a graphic novel called Green Arrow: Quiver. It takes his ten issue run of Green Arrow comics and puts them together into an overall story arc called Quiver.

Smith wrote a great story here and I am happy to let everyone know I was very much entertained right from page one. I have to admit that I did not know a whole lot about Green Arrow, aside from the obvious, when I started reading Quiver, but now I am excited to pick up more Green Arrow books and see where this character goes in the future. I think it is a true testament to Kevin Smith’s writing ability that someone like me, who only picked up the book because I knew of the writer, by the end of the 10 issues had turned me into a fan of the Green Arrow.

Dungeon Mistress - Green Arrow QuiverThere are lots of references going on in this book to lots of different events that have happened in the DC universe. Most of which I knew about and some I did not. But the way it is written is in such a way that even if you don’t know anything about DC’s history you are still going to enjoy this book. When references are made you are not going to feel lost. You are just going to think “oh, so that happened.” and move on with the story.

Green Arrow: Quiver was a very entertaining read for me. Even after I finished it I still think about the storyline a lot and have discussed it with several of my girlfriends at length. I don’t think you are going to be able to take much away from the story that can inspire you as far as story ideas or plot devices for use in your tabletop roleplaying campaign. But don’t let that stop you from checking out this awesome graphic novel.

Have you read ‘Green Arrow: Quiver’? What did you think? Share your thoughts with me below.

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Tangible Treasures

Players of tabletop roleplaying games love everything about treasures. They are going to do their best to check every inch of every dungeon, cave, and abandoned castle they come across to make sure they did not overlook any possible treasures.

As my game’s Dungeon Mistress(DM), I have a lot of fun thinking up new and interesting treasure items to hide for my players to discover. But sometimes hiding swords, armor, magic items, or a salve that changes your gender is not enough for me. Sometimes I like to throw my party a curve ball just to switch things up a bit. I do this by giving my players tangible items.

Dungeon Mistress At The Gaming TableIn the past I have given my players the following physical items as treasures discovered while playing our weekly roleplaying game.

  • Dice
  • Dice Bag
  • Miniatures
  • Maps
  • Letters
  • Hard to find soda

Once, while deep in a dungeon, one of my players came across a treasure chest that said, “If you open this chest you will be forced to use whatever is inside.” Unable to resist my player opened the chest and for the rest of the game she was forced to use mini dice. Everyone got a good laugh out of that treasure and is still talked about to this day.

So the next time you are planning your game and trying to think of treasure items, think a little outside the box by giving them something physical.

What kind of physical unique treasures do you give your players? Leave a comment and lets share ideas!

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Small World

Dungeon Mistress Small WorldSometimes, no matter how hard I try, I am not able to get enough planning time into my weekly roleplaying game. When this happens my group and I settle down and play some board games together. Its been a great excuse to pull out some old classic board games as well as explore and play some of the newer titles that have come out in recent years. Some of these games are nothing short of amazing!

Small World is a recent addition to my board game collection. I originally heard about this game at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2011, but only recently picked it up after seeing a YouTube video of the game play.

The game sells for $37.59 on Amazon.com and I have to say you get a lot of game for that $37.59. The description for the game reads as follows:

Small World is a zany, light-hearted civilization game in which 2-5 players vie for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires – often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory. Small World is inhabited by a cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Small World marks the return of the Days of Wonder line of heavily-themed, big-box sized games featuring evocative illustrations, high-quality European components and a compelling, fun theme. Game Contents: Two double-sided game boards (One for each of four possible player configurations), 14 Fantasy Races with matching banners & tokens, 20 Special Power badges, A variety of Troll Lairs, Mountains. Fortresses, Encampments, Holes-in-the-ground, 2 Heroes, A Dragon, Along with Victory Coins, 6 Player Summary Sheets, A Reinforcement Die, Rules Booklet and A Days of Wonder Online Access Number.

Small World is a game with tremendous replayability! This was a huge selling point for me. The tokens and game pieces are made out of thick hard stock that rivals that of the monster game pieces found in the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Red Box and Monster Vault.

The game box also includes several copies of the basic rules for the game printed in color on a two-sided sheet so that all five players can have a copy. This was a great resource for each player to have and improved the speed greatly when my party first started playing Small World and was trying to get the rules down.

The attention to detail that Small World brings should not be understated. The art is really good. The replayability due to the randomness of the characters is amazing. The thick and sturdy tokens that are supplied make the game feel that much more robust. You really feel like you get your monies worth with Small World.

Oh, and it’s fun!

Replay Ability: High
Cost: $37.59 on Amazon
Number of Players: 2 to 5
Fun: 5 out of 5

Have you played ‘Small World’ before? How do you like it? Share your thoughts with me below.

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Pencil Bag

Dungeon Mistress and her Pencil BagPlayers love to play games. Video games, board games and roleplaying games. Your players come with one thing to the gaming table. That’s the ability to play games and not anything else. My players show up ready to play, but are rarely prepared to play. So, I as a DM take the extra effort to do what I can to make sure the weekly game is as ready for start time as possible.

This includes offering to do doing the following:

  • Offering to hold onto players character sheets
  • Offering to hold onto players dice.

Some of my players are perfectly fine with me keeping hold of their character sheets. Others are not. Which is fine. Dice however, is a whole nother matter. All of my players hang onto their dice with a death grip. They are not offended by my offer to hold on to their dice for them, but dice just hold a special place in their hearts so they wont let them go and that is understandable. But that just means at some point they are going to forget to bring their dice. So I keep a spare set of dice handy just for when that happens.

And it does happen!

Lastly I have learned to keep a pencil bag. I picked this up shortly after I started DMing when I noticed we never had enough pencils. This is one of my most used tools and I would like to share with you what I keep inside of it.

  • Different colored pencils. Players like choices, so spend a couple of bucks on different kinds of pencils that your players can choose from.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Erasers. I prefer these erasers.
  • Wet Erase Markers. If you use battle maps in your game you are going to want to keep a spare set, or two, of wet erase markers in your pencil bag.

How do you organise your gaming parity’s supplies? Leave a comment and lets share ideas!

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Trapper Folder

Dungeon Mistress Holding Some Trapper KeepersAs a Dungeon Mistress, Game Mistress, or whatever your table top game of choice prefers to call you, there are some extra things you can do to make your game run that much more smoothly. One of the things I discovered that has helped my players has been Trapper Folders.

I had started observing that my players were often misplacing their character sheets or not doing such a good job at keeping their character sheets, index cards, and other miscellaneous pieces of paper organized. The Trapper Folder has changed all that.

Trapper folders cost less than a buck at most stores and come in a wide variety of colors. When I brought these to our weekly game night my players really appreciated the idea and each enjoyed picking out their own color Trapper Folder for their characters information.

Dungeon Mistress Holding A Purple Trapper Keeper

Now my players no longer lose their character sheets and everything for them is organized in a handy little folder. Some of my players prefer to take their Trapper folders home with them while others prefer that I hang on to them till the next game.

How do you help your players keep track of their character sheets? Leave a comment and lets share ideas!

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The Newbie Dungeon Master

Tabletop role-playing games are, in many ways, a lot like other hobbies. You end up investing time and money into it because of the enjoyment you get back from it. That is just how Dungeon Masters (DM) and Dungeon Mistresses (DM) should look at it. As a DM you are going to invest time and money into books and supplies with little to no help from your gaming party.

Dungeon Mistress At The Gaming Table

When I first got into the hobby of tabletop role-playing games, I made an initial investment of time and money into some books and materials so my friends and I could all get together and hang out to play games. After a few weeks where everything seemed to be going smoothly and everyone was having fun and after we worked out some game mechanics, I brought up and idea of everyone paying weekly dues in my group to help fund the purchasing of new books and other materials needed to run these weekly games. My gaming group responded with a general understanding from everyone that paying dues was a good idea because no one thought it was fair that I should keep investing money into a game if we were all enjoying it. But, I could also see the reluctance in everyone’s eyes about the idea. Who would keep the products the dues paid for?

It was at that moment that I realized that tabletop role-playing games are a hobby that DMs will almost always be forced to pick up the tab on. That If I wanted to keep DMing games, collecting roleplaying game books and miniatures that I would end up being the sole source of funding for this hobby. So I spent some time and really searched myself to see if this was a hobby that meant enough for me to keep going. Was I willing to treat this new pastime like my other hobbies of interest? The answer was a resounding YES.

I enjoy the my role as Dungeon Mistress. I enjoy coming up with new storylines and plots to run my party through. I enjoy thinking up treasures and traps. I enjoy that magical moment when my friends lose themselves into the role of their characters at my gaming table. And to be perfectly honest with you and myself, I enjoy being the center of attention. I mean, what girl wouldn’t? That moment when a player thinks up a really cool idea on how to outsmart a goblin or if their attack roll is enough to hit the black dragon and they look up at me waiting to hear the outcome of their move. Man, nothing beats that feeling!

After playing tabletop games for so many years I have found that all my hard work and investment is not without some kind of payback. Often times my players will offer to host the game at their place or will offer to cook. Food is the big thing. A few hours before a game is to start my mobile phone will start ringing with everyone in my gaming party asking, “What kind of food or drinks can we bring today?”. We are rarely short on food and drinks at our games thanks to the thoughtfulness and kindness of gamers.

Tell me about how you and your party invest in the role-playing hobby. Leave a comment and lets share ideas!

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An Introduction

The Dungeon Mistress

The Dungeon Mistress

Hello world! Who am I? What is this blog about? And why am I showing so much skin? Those are all good questions and I will do my best to answer them so that we can get to the heart of what this blog is about and what is truly important in life. GAMES, BOOKS, and MOVIES!

My name is Dungeon Mistress. I don’t answer to any other name, so I hope you can all get used to call me that otherwise you all may be having some one-sided conversations in the future. I am a 25-year-old gamer girl and I try to spend every spare moment I have playing games and enjoying all other forms of entertainment. “What kind of things?” I hear you all asking. Well, all kinds of games, books, comics, and geekery . Everything from Tabletop Role-Playing games, board games, computer games, card games, to books, graphic novels, movies, and every single little thing in between.

This site is a way for me to explore my writing ability and my body, and most importantly, GAMES! So many of the gaming blogs out there are talking about aspects of gaming that I have no interest in. I hope to focus on the things that I have learned that make my games run smoothly and are fun to my gaming group. In sharing the things I have learned here, on this site, I hope that others will find it helpful. Like I mentioned above. I wanted to create a site that I would want to read. I hope that others will want to read it too.

For now, I need to go get naked and take a bath.

Happy Delving,

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