A year of meeplings

It’s been one year since we started selling our D&D 5e Character Folios and Tomes! Our very first sale was on May 11, 2019. Can you believe it? Time flies by so fast, we almost forgot about our own birthday!1

Last year, we went up to Baguio with the rest of the Greasy Snitches to run Snitchfest: Valleypoint. We had a couple of terrain coasters, folios, and tomes. (Fun fact: these character notebooks are differently-sized than our current A5 notebooks–they’re 8.5″ x 5.5″! Do you have one of our very first editions?)

Take a look at that early logo!

It was a whirlwind weekend–selling our merch during registration, and helping out with the event. (It was Angela’s first Snitchfest!) We had a lot of fun, and it was the start of more wonderful experiences with everyone at gaming events and online! <3

State of the meeple

We learned many things this year. Neither of us come from a business background, so it was almost a deep end of the ocean situation for us. There were many things that we wanted to do last year. However, we didn’t have the time, the resources, or the know-how to start or get going.

And then COVID-19 happened.

We’d been planning to push our online shop more due to the event cancellations that kept coming in. Angela worked on the Sari-sari TRPG Market patterned after a few online marketplaces that were popping up because of event cancellations across the globe.

And then the Enhanced Community Quarantine came into effect. We put Hey Meepling on a fulfillment hiatus to reduce unnecessary delivery and shipping efforts2. We knew we were doing the right thing, but it was also scary having zero income for our small business. Daniel had full-time work, but Angela needed Hey Meepling income3.

It’s been a challenging six weeks. We’re lucky and blessed that we haven’t been more impacted by the pandemic, and this time is all about small wins.

What’s next

Time will tell how we’ll all get through this challenging time in our lives. The important thing is to focus on moving forward as we all adjust to this new normal.

One thing we can say with certainty is that we’re going to lean further into expanding our reach. Right now, we’re focusing on returning delivery service coverage to the Philippines. Metro Manila is easy, but provincial deliveries are still a challenge4.

But that’s not all. We’re working on extending our reach beyond our country’s borders, too. Yes, we’ll be opening for international orders soon! We’re looking forward to opening an international shop, but we may have to do it in a more limited fashion. Everything depends on how the next few weeks and months pan out!

We’re also looking into a couple new projects this coming year. We can’t share too much right now but, we’re excited and we hope you like the things we’re working on. We might ask for some beta testers of a couple new things further down the line; if this is interesting to you, do sign up for our newsletter where we’ll do a call for testers!

For now, we’re focusing on the next steps, taking things one day (or week) at a time.

Come celebrate with us

Regardless of what we’re going through right now, we’ve very grateful you’ve helped us this far. We’ve got a couple of things here, so buckle up!

The shop is open!

We’ve heard you loud and clear–so we’re opening up shop again!

You can once again browse our online shop and check out if you are in Metro Manila! We’ve done a little bit of spring cleaning; check out all the good things you can use to pimp your tabletop adventures. ;) We’ll update as soon as we are able to do provincial addresses.

Of course, not everything can go back to the way it was, not yet. Our new normal is making sure that we minimize unnecessary contact–so we’re doing a once-weekly shipping run. We’ll ship all confirmed orders every Wednesday afternoon, and have Tuesday evenings as cutoff for that week’s shipping run.

We’ve got limited stocks and supplies are low, so we’re working with our suppliers to see what we can do. In-stock items won’t have any delays — but our processing time for custom or made-to-order Character Tomes are affected. Made-to-order tomes are currently taking up to 10-20 business days to craft from our previous 3-5 days. We can still take orders, but it will take a while to get them made for you.

A mug for all those crits

There is something new brewing (heh) in our drinkware line: D&D Combat Mugs! Keep track of your health and death saves while giving your DM (across from you) easy access to check your initiative, AC, and passive perception and insight stats!

You can write directly on the glossy ceramic mugs with a dry-erase marker and wipe it clean after the game. How’s that for some classy sips while you’re gaming without resorting to disposable cups?

We’re targeting fulfillment for these mugs in July, but we’re taking pre orders now to help us plan demand. Get 20% off these combat mugs when you pre order, too!

Spring cleaning, anyone?

We’ve put up a clearance sale for version one of both in-stock Folios and Tomes! Get up to 40% off for items on clearance — and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You’ll see the sale price right on the product page–no surprises here! Grab one of the few remaining first-version folios at ₱120; the tomes go at ₱300 for the hardcovers and ₱400 for the faux leather ones. That’s a steal!

Hurry up for an extra freebie

If you’re quick, you might also score an extra freebie. Our A6 notebooks are also on clearance, but we’ve set aside some as gifts! Get a free A6-sized notebook if you’re one of the first five confirmed purchases. You’ll get the extra swag automatically if you purchase at least ₱250, so hurry!

Another gift from us to you

Last, but most definitely not the least–what’s a birthday when there’s no giveaway? Get a chance to win one of our new D&D 5e Character Tomes! This brave blue tome is ready to accompany you to adventures in Faerûn and beyond. No need to wait for processing times–it’s ready to go home to you!

Up your chances to win by liking/sharing/tweeting/commenting on our social media posts about our birthday below–more details on each post. (Yes, doing it on all three platforms get you three chances!)

Check our Facebook post, Twitter tweet, and Instagram post to check out the giveaway and participate!

Thanks again for all the love and friendship you’ve all extended to us in our first year. Here’s to many more!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. The quarantine might have something to do about that, too!
2. we’re only small fry, but we knew every little bit counts at such a crucial time
3. she’s accepting writing gigs in the meantime! Check out her portfolio!
4. and we’re interested if you know of any solutions–hit us up!

Let your RPG characters live with this local artistic initiative [Feature]

Let your RPG characters live with this local artistic initiative

You know that TRPG character you created and play with every week, so much that you have this vision of what they look like? You’ve thought of exactly how they look, how they sound, how they behave. They have amazing backstories you’ve meticulously penned down (in one of our character folios, we hope — we’ve got something special for you if you do, later below in the article!).

Only your party members haven’t seen how amazing (or troubled!) your character is! If you’ve been thinking of finally getting some art done for them, there are tons of artists opening their commission slots nowadays.

The nifty thing is, you can get all that done, but also help people out during this pandemic by participating in Art for Frontliners!

We heard about Art for Frontliners a few weeks ago and was immediately struck with how clever and beautiful it was as an initiative. They are a group of artists who want to help our local frontliners and fellow Filipinos fight COVID-19 in their own little way.

From as low as ₱350, interested people can choose a particular artist from the Art for Frontliners artist pool to make an amazing piece of art just for them — but instead of paying the artist for the piece, buyers send their “payment” directly to a local cause that either helps our frontliners or countrymen in need. People get their art, and charities get their donations, and frontliners get some much-needed help in these trying times.

I felt like I wanted to participate, but my art is pretty much currently limited to simple shapes and doodles, so I have to leave the art-ing to professionals. But we wanted to do our bit to help spread the word around by sharing the initiative and talking about it here in Hey, Meepling.

(If you’re interested in joining their initiative as an artist, just message the page and get in touch with them! They’re super approachable and friendly.)

The initiative had its seeds in Twitter. The founders started seeing the #ArtForMedPH hashtag used on the social media platform, and with other like-minded artists, decided to boost the signal by creating a proper Facebook group and getting the word out! They raised over ₱10,000 in one day after their launch on April 3, and by April 17 they had raised ₱50,000 donations! How’s that for helping out?

(We also listed some other initiatives at last week’s blog post if you want to help out more during these challenging times! If you know of more–let us know and we’ll add to the list!)

Get your art and help others, too

Art for Frontliners have new artists coming on to pledge their time regularly, so while some artists’ commission slots might be full, there are definitely others whose art style one might be interested in. We’ll have a list of their current artists below so you can browse, but there are more coming in as the days go by, so feel free to check out their full roster!

There are three tiers for artwork available through the initiative: ₱350, ₱500, and ₱1,000 tier levels, and interested people can choose what kind of style and level they would like to receive and donate that amount to one of the charities at HelpFromHome.ph. Send the proof of payment, reference photos, and your artist of choice to them, and sit back and wait for your chosen artist to craft your dream artwork.

Contacting them via the Facebook page is super easy to do, or you can also email them at artforfrontlinersph@gmail.com if email’s more your thing.

We’ll list down their current artists below so you can do a quick glance and also stalk take a look at the rest of that artist’s work!

We’ve also noted if the artist specializes in concept/fantasy art, or does fan art/portraiture.

Go forth and donate! (And get great art!)

(If you’re curious about the Hey Meepling freebie – just keep going!)

The artists of Art for Frontliners

Hi I’m Julia! Some call me by my art name, Nami. I’m very much inspired by the art
style of Studio Ghibli. I mostly draw nature and dainty things. (Instagram, DeviantArt)
I love to explore and express myself in all forms of art but most especially through digital
painting✨ <3 (Instagram, Website)
Hello, I’m Cyd and I like to draw, eat, and nap. I am basically a cat. (Instagram)
Hi I go by the name haneul in art and I’m a concept artist ü (Website, DeviantArt)
I am Akimiel and sometimes I draw. (Facebook Page)
Hi I’m Cen, I like to draw the universe and fantasies inside my head. (Instagram)
Hi I’m Luce and I like to draw things I love hihi (Instagram)
I do mostly pet portraits and donate the proceeds to Animal Welfare Organizations of my choice. (Website)
I love to illustrate aesthetically pleasing concept art ❤️✨ (Instagram)
Self-taught | Illustrator | 07.13.1997 (Instagram)
I’m usually a laid back guy who often gets mistaken as lazy. I like to let my mind wander in a chill atmosphere, to be able to see the world in a different perspective. (Instagram)

And finally, for staying all throughout that…you get a cookie! Well, not exactly. But…

Here, get a character art sticker template

While we were talking about how cool getting art done for your characters, we realized that’s all well and good, but we don’t exactly have a way to put it onto our folios.

Well, until now!

We’re putting out a small digital freebie — a template where you can copy+paste your character’s art onto, print it out (on sticker paper, or regular paper and just have some glue ready), and paste it right onto your folio or tome! Instant character art perfect for your beautiful folio and tome!

FINALLY. That portrait portion of the character sheet has always been a little sad-looking :(

Chuck your email down below to get the zipped templates! They are in PSD format, but should work for any graphics program that can open PSDs. We’ve got templates for both the 2019 or 2020 version of our character notebooks!


And remember — stay safe, stay online, and support local. :)

September Hero Feature: Theo Amberlight

For September’s feature, we have Andrei’s Protector Aasimar, the war cleric Theovus “Theo” Amberlight!

Andrei shared this with us about Theo:

Growing up as a believer of Torm, Theo always assumed that it is better to ‘hit now, heal later’. He is the kind of guy that would always go for the enemies, so he can help the others later. Always willing to throw himself in the line of fire, he has faith that his bravery earns him Torm’s trust every time.

Want to get your character featured on Hey Meepling?

We’d love to see and feature your amazing characters immortalized on a Hey Meepling folio or tome! If your entry gets featured, you also get a 5% discount coupon for in-stock items in our online shop. For more information on how to join, check out the contest mechanics on our shop.

Looking forward to seeing your amazing heroes!

We Play Too Much – Part 2 (Games We Play)

We’re continuing the self-revealing series, where we find out how much games we actually play in a month.1 Last week, I talked about the Games I Play, such as Changeling the Lost and a livestream game of D&D Adventurers League. This week, let’s continue by discussing the games where Angela and I are both players.

Ghosts of Salt Marsh

System: Dungeons and Dragons, Fifth Edition
DM: Paul

Having played and finished multiple campaign adventures under DM Paul G , starting with Storm King’s Thunder, we have recently begun our fourth campaign, called Ghosts of Saltmarsh. Our group has been playing every Saturday since September 2016, with short breaks in between campaigns. Angela joined our Saturday group during the last campaign, where we played Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

For our Saturday campaigns, we are also using the organized play variant for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition, known as Adventurers League (AL), where standard rules are set up to easily enable any Adventurers League player and/or dungeon master to jump from one table to another if they wish to.

So let’s talk about the Ghosts of Saltmarsh campaign for a bit. This hardcover book is not your typical campaign adventure.2 Instead, it is a compilation of popular classic adventures from the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons and from Dungeon magazine. These adventures are converted for the fifth edition rules. Additionally, these seafaring adventures which center around the titular port town of Saltmarsh will lead characters from level 1 through level 12.

Our characters were already level three by the time we started this campaign, since we played a few AL modules before this.

First off, Angela is playing Lia, a half-elf grave cleric, and a follower of Kelemvor, the God of the Dead. Lia is following in her mother’s footsteps as a guide for the dying and the dead, and a staunch enemy of the undead and of those who would befoul the natural order of life and death.

My character is Vagra, a half-orc barbarian that follows the Path of the Ancestral Guardian, and the last of the Howling Wolf tribe. She is searching for the one responsible in betraying and sacrificing her entire tribe, and through happenstance was able to meet Lia, who helped her in controlling the vengeful spirits of her ancestors. Because of this, she now follows Lia wherever she goes and tries to protect her from harm.

Recently, they found a clue regarding the one responsible for the massacre of Vagra’s tribe that led them to the up and coming port town of Saltmarsh. Here, they joined up with other adventurers after they were hired by one of the town’s council members to investigate the mysteries of a haunted mansion located a few miles from the port town.

Being a fan of swashbuckling adventures, especially with the prospect of having our own ship, I am quite excited to see where this campaign will lead us and all the shenanigans in between. I am also interested to see how my character will play out, since this is the first time I am playing a barbarian.3

Komainu

System: Legend of the Five Rings, Fifth Edition
DM: Chester

Legend of the Five Rings is set in the fictional empire of Rokugan. The setting is inspired heavily from Feudal Japanese culture, with other East Asian and Southeast Asian cultures sprinkled in for good measure. Here, the empire is divided into seven Great Clans.4 The players usually create individual samurai characters coming from these Great Clans, who embark on adventures filled with drama, suspense, humor, romance, and horror.

I have experience in playing and enjoying the fourth edition for Legend of the Five Rings, having played a courtier of the Ide family from the Unicorn Clan. This time however, in the fifth edition, we are all playing samurai characters from the Lion Clan, which is considered as the Right Hand of the Emperor and the clan unrivalled militarily, as there are no sharper tacticians and no larger armies in all of the empire.

I play Akodo Mamoru, who is assigned as the squad leader for this group. Born from a peasant family, he has since been adopted as a reward for his peasant father’s services to their lord. He was, since then, raised to become a samurai, and with only a few select people knowing his true heritage.

Angela plays Matsu Kagami, a meek shugenja5 who studied in the Kitsu shugenja school, to the dismay of her relatives, especially considering that the Matsu family are renowned as fiery warriors and fill the ranks of the vast Lion armies. But either way, she was also assigned by her lord to join our group, on a mission to the Spice Islands under the control of the Mantis minor clan.

Our first assignment was to head to Dragon’s Guard City to the east, to investigate piracy in the area. After breaking thru the bureaucracy, experiencing treachery, battling with spirits, and eventually figuring out where the pirates were, we also learned that there seems to be a greater conspiracy at play. In light of this, we were elevated as Lion Clan magistrates and were sent next to the city of sin known as Ryoko Owari, which is held by the duplicitous Scorpion Clan. Here we are trying to start a war between the multiple drug cartels in the city, while trying to learn more of the conspiracy in play.

I am really enjoying the campaign we are playing, where every session/episode will most definitely contain some sort of drama for the characters or their mission. Additionally, the new system needed a lot of getting used to at first, but eventually the more narrative focused style is quite appropriate for the more personal stories we are trying to tell in this campaign.

If you want to find out more and follow where our campaign goes, Chester, our DM for this campaign, also has his own blog where he posts summaries of our game sessions.

So tune in next week for the final part of this series, where we talk about the games that I am currently running.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Knowing the problem is half the battle, kids
2. With an overarching main plot and multiple side plots
3. i.e. a meat head type of character
4. Lion, Scorpion, Crane, Dragon, Phoenix, Unicorn, and Crab
5. priest

We Play Too Much – Part 1 (Games I Play)

Last week, I’ve talked about how the both of us got into tabletop role-playing games, essentially our origin story into the hobby.

I also mentioned last time that I will talk about the games that we are currently playing. I lied–sort of–and instead of discussing all of our games1 in one giant post, it will instead become a series of posts, which will be divided into three parts: Part 1 – Games I Play, Part 2 – Games We Play, and Part 3 – Games I Run. The next two parts will be posted in the following weeks.

So without much further ado, let me talk about the Games I Play:

Lost But Not Forgotten

System: Changeling the Lost, Second Edition
Storyteller: Chester

Being a fan of the World of Darkness setting, Vertigo’s Fables and Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, it was quite easy for my friends to persuade me into joining a Changeling the Lost campaign.

Changeling the Lost is a personal horror RPG, which is part of the Chronicles of Darkness (CoD) line, published by White Wolf Entertainment. The game’s tagline is “A Storytelling Game of Beautiful Madness”…and what beautiful madness we have experienced indeed.

In this game, we play as Changelings, humans abducted by the enigmatic Gentry (or True Fae) and are taken to Arcadia, the fairy realm, where the Gentry reign. The abductees are changed into faerie creatures with particular roles for the amusement of the True Fae. These roles correspond to certain fairy-tale archetypes, such as Fairest (Ice Queen), Beast (big, bad wolf), and others. These Changelings eventually, through whatever means, were able to escape their captors and leave Arcadia, and get back into the real world. However, once back into the human realm, they are now Lost–and each Changeling, no longer truly human, try to reintegrate themselves into society, either by reclaiming back the lives they have lost, or try to build new ones by forming their own communities.

I have been playing my Fairest character, aptly named The Tyrant Queen, on a monthly basis since August 2018. Other members of our troupe include Lark Neverdance, a Fairest, and Dolus Strokes, a Darkling. Together, we have encountered and experienced many bizarre things: from surviving the assault of shadowy vampires stalking the night, brokering a peace with warring factions of werewolves, busting a changeling trafficking group, to conducting a heist of a celestial vault owned by mythical dragons–and many more weird adventures. To top it all off, we are on our way to becoming the champions of a “capture the flag”-type tournament.

Overall, I am enjoying my time playing the campaign and exploring the game’s various themes, from going off into bizarre adventures and to figuring out the personal journey my character will take, whenever she encounters the people in her past life.

I recommend the game for mature gamers, since the game tackles various sensitive themes and topics. I also recommend it to anyone who would like to try playing a fairy-tale type character, set in the modern world but with a darker and sinister twist.

If you want to follow our troupe’s past and future adventures, do check out the blog maintained by our Storyteller.

“Let’s Play: Adventurer’s League”

System: Dungeons and Dragons, Fifth Edition
Dungeon Master: Paul

Every Sunday night, I am a part of a livestreamed campaign where we play various community created modules for Dungeons and Dragons. Specifically, we play the organized play variant known as Adventurer’s League, where certain rules are set up in such a way that anyone can easily jump from one table/campaign to another.

Here, I play Vladimira Clay, an elderly human and shadow sorcerer. Since she was young, she always wanted to go off and explore the world, but has started a family before she was able. However, since her husband had died and her children now each have their own families, she has decided to finally go and become an adventurer.

Previously, we have played the Heir of Orcus Verse 1 and Verse 2 by Anthony Joyce 2, where we were hired to search for the hidden temple of Orcus, a demon lord. The modules were fun to play through, and at certain points quite stressful–let’s just say, we survived the final encounter due to sheer luck (but I say this in a good way).

Currently, we are still a fledgling party trying to figure out how to best work together, and getting to know one another. I cannot wait to see where our adventures bring us, but from what I hear where we’re going, devils and angels are involved, so that’s gonna be fun.

That wraps up the games that I play. Tune in next week, for Part 2 – Games We Play. In the meantime, tell us about the games/campaigns you are a part of by leaving a comment below!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. I think we’re playing too much XD
2. for fans of the old 16-bit video games of the 90’s, you will definitely enjoy this series

August Hero Feature: Astrihd Cruz

For our hero feature for August, we have Lanz’s Aasimar Wizard, Astrihd Cruz. Also, impromptu sneak peek of our coming-soon folio and tome sheets!1

Here is what Lanz has to say about Astrihd:

Known to many as the Angel of Tyr, Astrihd Cruz, a knight of the order of holy judgement, spends her days praying over the sick and destroying evil whenever it crosses her path.

Or, at least, that’s what she wants everyone to think. If you ask her brother, he’ll tell you that Astrihd Cruz is a nosy, curious thief wanted under many names and aliases. A con artist who’ll lie, cheat, and steal her way to getting whatever she wants. Don’t let the pretty blue eyes fool you– she’ll rob you blind.

In truth, the young aasimar searches for answers–why was she and her brother found wandering the wastelands after a bloody war? Why was she, an aasimar by blood, abandoned by the gods? What did she do to be cast out of heaven? The answer must be out there somewhere– and she’ll get what she wants no matter what the cost.

Catch Astrihd’s shenanigans every Sunday as Lanz and the Greasy Snitches stream their adventures through Adventurers League Community-Created Content, led by DM Paul G! Watch their stream every Sunday at 8pm SGT (+8 GMT) with Tabletop Philippines.

Want to get your character featured on Hey Meepling?

We’d love to see and feature your amazing characters immortalized on a Hey Meepling folio or tome! If your entry gets featured, you also get a 5% discount coupon for in-stock items in our online shop. For more information on how to join, check out the contest mechanics on our shop.

Looking forward to seeing your amazing heroes!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. We plan to debut these sometime later in the year. Stay tuned!

Our TRPG origin stories

Hey meeplings, get a cup of your favorite beverage1, sit down and relax, as I tell you a tale of how two geeks got into the wonderful and limitless worlds of tabletop roleplaying games.

But first, let us define what is a Tabletop Roleplaying Game (TRPG). According to the internet, it is defined as “a form of role-playing game (RPG) in which the participants describe their characters’ actions through speech. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization, and the actions succeed or fail according to a set formal system of rules and guidelines.”2

Essentially, in a TRPG we have the players, who act out their characters that interact with other characters and with the world, which is usually created by a Game Master (GM)3. The GM, on the other hand, usually has a bigger responsibility: since they act as the main storyteller and arbiter, it is their duty to describe the world and its inhabitants and how it reacts to the players’ actions.

What I like about tabletop roleplaying games is the freedom to do what you want–but obviously in a respectful way especially with the other participants–with only your creativity and imagination as the limit. Also, in a world where social interactions are now done largely thru social media, it is somewhat liberating that TRPG sessions, especially those that are in-person, have become a social gathering which enables the participants to interact face-to-face with others.

With that, let me finally begin with our TRPG origin stories.

Dan’s experience

I have been a fan of fantasy and sci-fi genres in various mediums, from books, games, movies, etc., but RPG video games are the biggest contributor to my interest in tabletop roleplaying games. Games such as The Elder Scrolls series, World of Warcraft, Runescape, Witcher series, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout series, Star Wars: KOTOR, and many others.

I learned about tabletop roleplaying games thru pop culture osmosis, such as the D&D episode of Community. Eventually, I was able to watch Critical Role4 and this basically gave me the final push to actually look for games to join.

My first game was D&D 5th edition which was played online via Roll20. We were able to play up to two sessions where I played a Gnome Tinker. The campaign ended abruptly and this just whetted my appetite further to play more. Through lurking in various Facebook groups, I was able to join a supposedly one-shot game, but this time, it was in-person and we were playing the organized play variant for D&D 5th edition called Adventurers League.

I played Nefarian Blackclaw5, a Black Dragonborn Paladin. The module/campaign that we played consisted of multiple mini-adventures which caused our group to meet, surprisingly, on a weekly basis, and we kept playing the next modules of the series. Eventually, this group of strangers became really good friends and even became event organizers still running D&D and other RPG games6.

Angela’s experience

She has been an avid reader since she was little, being exposed to various fantasy series such as Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, October Daye, The Old Kingdom, The Song of the Lioness, The Chronicles of Prydain, and many others.

She learned about TRPGs from the interwebs and due to joining collaborative writing activities online when she was younger. Many years later, she met one of those writing friends in person and after talking about how she missed writing creatively, they recommended she try joining TRPG groups. Angela then initially tried to join a new campaign set in Wheel of Time, but due to various reasons, the campaign did not push through. The next opportunity was during the Singapore Open Gaming convention, where she was able to try a one-shot of The Dark Eye, a German fantasy roleplaying game, which initially did not meet her expectations.

More opportunities were few and far between. Finally, early in 2018, she found out that Critical Role had just started its second season–she had been seeing it around the Geek & Sundry channel from watching Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop and Titansgrave segments, but was hesitant to start watching when there were so many season one episodes to go through to catch up. With season two, however, she ended up binge watching it for a couple weeks–and after hearing from a guy she met a few months back via board games7 that he planned to run a one-shot game set in the World of Warcraft universe8, she jumped at the chance. She played a Draenei9 Priest named Tala, and together with her party, they played through the intro of the Alliance arriving in Northrend.

Today, both of us play TRPGs on a weekly basis in various campaigns/settings, which we will be talking about in a future post. Additionally, we will also be putting up summaries of games that I run under the Our Campaigns category, so stay tuned!

What about you? What was your TRPG origin story? Leave a comment below!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Tea, coffee, beer, or whiskey for me, please.
2. All hail Wikipedia.
3. Also called Dungeon Master, Storyteller, Referee, etc. depending on the game system.
4. We both identify as Critters. I started watching since Vox Machina, while she started with the Mighty Nein.
5. Rest in peace.
6. We are now known as the Greasy Snitches.
7. i.e. ME!
8. Both of us have spent countless hours playing World of Warcraft.
9. She plays Alliance, I play Horde. Love finds a way haha.

New products: new cover colors for tomes and spell slot clips

I don’t know why we took so long before getting these colors out, but here they are! The D&D character tomes are now available in two super pretty colors, Bravest Blue and Radiant Red. The covers come in the same linen-textured finish as our Bewitching Black, Immaculate Ivory, and Pleasant Purple covers.

Look at dat finish <3

Price: ₱495.00 – Get the Bravest Blue character tome or Radiant Red character tome

They come in standard plain and dotted pages, after the character sheets you all know and love <3

If they’re sold out on the shop, have no fear–we’ve started accepting pre-orders! You’ll have the option to pre-order if an item is sold out on the shop and we allow pre-orders for the item. Just purchase your tome on that designated pre-order page, and we’ll get you your tome as soon as we’ve crafted it for you.

But wait, there’s more!

Personally, I’d always felt that none of the paper clips I tested with our spell slot tracker really did the trick. They were either too small and wrinkled the page unnecessarily, or too big and it’s just taking up so. much. space.

Thus started the Quest for The Perfect Clips. After a few investigation rolls, we finally found the one: a little wider but fairly short, these droplet clips are made even prettier by the colors they come in: gold, silver, rose gold, black, purple, and green. Perfect for all your different D&D characters!

Price: ₱50 – Buy them now

These clips are 10 in a pack — one for every spell slot, and an extra in case you misplace one or need it just ’cause ;)

Personally, I swiped a pack of purples for myself, because PURPLE! Though the green is tempting for my Yuan-ti Pureblood…ugh, choices, choices. What about you, what colors do you think your characters should use?