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Battleground in NORTON MA opens July 5th

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Battleground Games & Hobbies is on to the next chapter! Our new location in Norton MA will be opening on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 175 Mansfield Ave, Norton MA – The Greatwoods Plaza. Detail on the Grand Reopening will be coming soon.

 

The doors of our Plainville location will be closing after about 6 years on July 3rd.

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Falling Asleep While Playing Dungeons & Dragons

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As most of you know, sessions of Dungeons and Dragons can be very involving. I’ve started sessions at 4 PM and ended them the following morning around 7 AM. In some cases, I’ve gone into sessions with very little sleep. Thanks to technology, playing the game has gotten a little more convenient. I mean, you can play from the comfort of your own home. Just log into your computer and save up on gas money.

 

Thanks to Twitch, not only can you host your own D&D session, but other can come watch and witness the debauchery that can ensue.  However, in some cases, the game can be very taxing and can catch you at your weakest. Take a look at this video where one of the players has a little too much fun and starts snoring during the live stream. We’re all human and these things happen. But it’s so much better when others can see it as well. My favorite part is how the DM tries to wake up his PC.

 

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Battleground’s Black Friday + Small Business Saturday Sale

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The sale will be going on at both locations from open to close (normal business hours) on Friday and Saturday.  We will not be holding any items and it’ll be first come, first served.

Additional items may be placed on sale Friday night and / or on Saturday so check back throughout the weekend.

Support your local gaming store this holiday season!

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Wizards of the Coast Announces ‘Princes of the Apocalypse’

Wizards of the Coast has announced the launch of Princes of the Apocalypse, an epic adventure for the Elemental Evil story arc!

 

Designed for fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure contains everything a Dungeon Master needs to create an exciting and memorable play experience. With new elemental spells and the element-touched genasi as a new playable race, the Princes of the Apocalypse delivers a grand adventure for characters levels 3–15, with special introductory content for players starting at first level.

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Fans can also play a portion of the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure through the D&D Adventurers League in-store play program, which takes place every Wednesday at both Battleground Games & Hobbies locations, in Abington, MA and Plainville, MA, respectively.

 

Ask us about this product during your next visit to a Battleground Games & Hobbies near you!

 

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This week in gaming: Happy Anniversary!

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Welcome to another edition of “This week in gaming.” Earlier this month was the one year anniversary of when I started writing for the Battleground Games website. For this week’s issue, I’d like to go over some of the content we’ve gone over and maybe where the future of this column could lead to.

 

Identity

You may have noticed that on a few occasions (especially this week), this column has been called, “This week in gaming” rather than “This week in Magic.” This is, of course, when I’ve got other topics I’d like to cover. However, there is no reason that “This week in gaming” can’t exist. In the end, though, it all comes down to the fact that most of my experience is in “Magic: The Gathering.”

 

Don’t get me wrong. I would love to cover more gaming topics for everyone out there. In fact, there has already been some talk about this. If all goes well, you may be seeing more topics in Dungeons and Dragons as well as more product reviews coming your way.

 

Something I’d, personally, like to see is more variety in the voices we read here on the site. With that said, I’m always looking for more people to write. We’ve already have some guest work done by local gamer, Ken Briscoe. We’ve also had a few tournament reports done by some of our local players. I think we can get more. Consider this an open invitation. If you’re a local player and would like to try your hand at this, let me know. I’m sure by now people are sick of reading about Mono Red Burn. While it may not be the only deck I know how to play, I do tend to write about it a lot. Are you experienced in Modern RUG Twin? Maybe you consider yourself more of an expert in the Limited format.

 

If the only thing holding you back is that you think you stink at writing, let me tell you that you have nothing to worry about. That’s what I’m here for. I’m not the solution to everything, but I will be there to help edit your writing.

 

Taking a look back

I think it’s been a pretty successful year writing for the website. My biggest hope is that many of you have been repeat customers. Somewhere along the way, I hope you’ve spread the word and told your friends about the kind of content you can find here.

 

I started writing for the website in the beginning of February. It wasn’t until the end of May where I had established a title for the weekly article I had been contributing. I’m glad I had finally come up with a name for the column. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mind coming up with a title every week. By adding a formal name for the column, it gives it some uniformity. In addition, when things really get rolling on the site, it will give the column a confirmed identity from among the other weekly columns that may develop.

 

In the many months I’ve been writing this column, I’ve covered mostly “Magic: The Gathering.” I’ve also written a few product reviews as well as a few general gaming news roundups. One thing I’d like to try is writing a story. I don’t mean to come up with one on the spot. What I would really like to do (or someone else could do it if they have one) is to recount a Dungeons and Dragons session. The catch is that they would have to do it in story form. I’d like to hear about it from the perspective of their character. Also, I want the whole experience. If there was a foul odor in the air, I want to know about it and what it smelled like.

 

If I had to rank my articles, I think the best one would have to be “From couch to cash: Redefining the gamer stereotype.” That was an article that came very easily to me. I remember writing and not stopping for a bit to take a break. The best part about writing that article is that it lead to the Extra Life initiative and then eventually to all of us raising over $2500 in October of last year for the charity.

 

What’s next for you?

I’m going to keep writing here, that’s for sure. I’d like to branch outside of Magic some more though. If you have any suggestions as to what you’d like to see from me, then let me know. I’m game for almost anything.

 

PAX East is coming up in about two weeks. I’ll be doing media coverage for another outlet I write for, but I also intend on putting up some posts while the whole crew is out there. Whenever I’ve “worked” PAX, I’ve booked myself busy trying to meet with big wigs from the video game industry. This year, I’ve tried to keep an easy and free schedule so I can spend more time in the board game room. So, if you see me there, then stop by and say hello!

 

It’s time to wrap things up, but before I leave I figured I’d say a few things regarding Extra Life 2015. Due to the fact that last year was such a huge success, we’re hoping to do it all again this year. In fact, I’ve already gotten things registered and people can go donate for the 2015 campaign as we speak. Additionally, I’ve set things up so we can put a Battleground Games & Hobbies team together. If you’re interested in more information regarding joining the team, then let me know. I’d be more than happy to fill you in. It’s still early in the year, so stay tuned because I’ll be doing an article covering my plans for this year’s event as well as some fundraising ideas and I’m going to need all of your help.

 

Well that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this little look back and look forward. Until next week…

 

About the author

Simeon is now the Community Manager for Battleground Games & Hobbies. If you have any questions or inquiries, then you can reach him at Sims@battlegroundgames.com. He is also an avid gamer who loves to play board games and video games. He graduated college with a degree in Political Science, and now serves the public by writing about games. You can check that out here. Don’t forget to “like” him on Facebook as well. It’ll update you on all of his newest content. Best of all, you can follow Simeon on Twitter (@SimeonCortezano) for some real time hilarity. Thanks for reading!

 

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EXCLUSIVE – Erin M. Evans Interview: ‘Fire in the Blood’ by Alfred Cloutier

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Erin M. Evans Interview: Fire in the Blood

by Alfred O. Cloutier

 

Alfred O. Cloutier was able to sit down with award-winning author Erin M. Evans, writer of Fire in the Blood, the third book in the Forgotten Realms series Sundering.

 

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In Fire in the Blood Erin M. Evans continues the riveting tale of her Sundering character, Farideh, as she becomes embroiled in a Forgotten Realms-flavored game of thrones.

 

In a direct follow-up to the third book in the Sundering series, The Adversary, young warlock Farideh falls into the midst of a battle for the throne of Cormyr. As the war brought on by the Sundering rages across Faerûn, princes and princesses, wizards and rogues scheme to capture the seat of power of the Land of the Purple Dragon—with Farideh and her allies caught squarely in the middle.

 

 

What is Farideh up to?

In Fire in the Blood, Farideh travels to the Forest Kingdom of Cormyr, home of her sister’s lover, Brin. Brin’s been in the series since the beginning, and this is the book where you meet his family and unravel his conflicts—beginning with an unwanted engagement to the princess of Cormyr and a brewing succession crisis. Alongside that, you have Farideh coping with the realization that she’s a Chosen of Asmodeus, the god of sin, and trying to figure out where she stands with Lorcan. And then all Hell breaks loose.

 

Is there any relation between the Dragon Throne and The Wyrmskull Throne?

None at all. The Dragon Throne is a nickname for the throne of Cormyr. Before it was settled by humans, Cormyr was ruled by the Purple Dragon, Thauglorimorgorus.

 

Does Fire in the Blood pick up where The Adversary left off?

It picks up around a month later, when the party has settled into life in Cormyr (for various values of “settled”).

 

Have you been playing the new edition of D&D? What do you think of it?

In my game we just converted from the play test rules, but we’ve been having a lot of fun! I’m playing a paladin, instead of my usual spellcaster, so I can’t compare directly—but I’ve been really excited and pleased by the direction things are heading. The emphasis on making the game your own is wonderful.

 

Last time we corresponded, you mentioned you played at the Extra Life fundraising event (for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals). Do you plan to play again this year? Who will you play as?

I will indeed! On October 25th, I’ll be participating in a day of gaming through Extra Life, raising money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Donations help decide what kind of character I’m going to play—what benefits, what equipment, and—this year—even who. Each donation buys you votes: you can choose from an assortment of characters who appear in my novels. (Check out more information here).

 

OK, your blog is called SlushLush.com – what’s up with that? 

Well, once upon a time I was an intern for a small press, with another woman. One of our jobs was acquisitions—we read the slush pile. For those of you who don’t know, “slush” is unsolicited manuscripts, the book proposals aspiring authors without agents send in. I love reading slush. It’s inspiring and funny and really exciting when you find something you want to buy in there. I was so enthusiastic, the editor suggested we start a blog about slush-reading. So “Slush Lush” was my nom de plume for that endeavor (which never quite came together) and I took it for the name of my blog.

 

Have you ever had a problem incorporating some story element dictated by another author’s work in the Forgotten Realms shared world?

Fire in the Blood overlaps with Troy Denning’s Sundering novel, The Sentinel. When I was writing my first draft, he was wrapping up his final. The descriptions of the army that attacks Marsember didn’t quite line up with what I was expecting—or what I had written already. At first, you panic—there is no way to fix this except a total rewrite! But it ends up pushing you to think of clever solutions. In my case, it’s sort of a surprise, but it tidied up a couple of minor lore questions and helped characterize Raedra, Cormyr, and Shade all at once.

 

Who is the master of continuity for Forgotten Realms – Ed Greenwood, or someone else? I would imagine that to be a tough job that only goes noticed when something is off…

To an extent, everyone is. Matt Sernett is the official Wizards of the Coast world person. He’s the one you go to when you need to know everything there is printed about the Royal Magician or Azoun V or what have you. Ed Greenwood on the other hand is good for questions like “Is there a kind of wood that you could get in this place that would be attractive to carve and okay being left out in the elements?” The open-ended stuff is where Ed is invaluable. Susan J. Morris is my editor, and she’s a veritable encyclopedia of obscure D&D details. And in between, it’s good to follow the path through more specific experts—Brian Cortijo is a designer and expert on Cormyr, who created several of the characters I used for Dragon articles. Troy Denning described Marsember (a nearby city) in the same war.  You want to make sure you get the best batch of information you can.

 

Do you get demographic information on who is reading your books? Who would you like to have reading your books?

The closest I’ve gotten is the breakdown on who follows me on Facebook and Twitter. (Facebook says I’m very big in Jacksonville!). The majority of my readers are adult men, but I think that’s partly because those are the readers the Forgotten Realms has always been primarily aimed at. Beyond that lays the Fog of Marketing

 

To be honest, I don’t like demographic marketing—I get the purpose of it, but it always seems to leave someone out in the cold. The people I want reading my book are the people who will enjoy it. I’m gratified to hear from hardcore Realmsfans who love them, from fantasy readers who were surprised and delighted by them, from men who hooked their wives and girlfriends on the Realms with them—and from women who got their partners reading the books.

 

How was the response to The Adversary?

Very good!

 

If you were writing outside the umbrella of Wizards, what kind of stories would you write? Would you insert any allegory, or roam into more mature language and situations?

To me, the setting doesn’t have the kind of limitations people usually assume. I love allegory—The Adversary is about coping with depression and the way relationships and connections provide support for us in our darkest hours. How do you weather than and how does it shape you. How do you learn to trust yourself again.

 

It’s also about fighting the scary shadow-goddess of loss over people with magical powers. It can be both. It should be both. I don’t even know how to write these books without thinking about both!

 

I do wish sometimes I could drop an f-bomb. That’s about the only thing I’m not allowed to do, but that’s more the setting than anything. So far as “adult situations” and violence are concerned, I think I go as far as I want—especially in Fire in the Blood.

 

Do you visit exotic locations, or even museums to get inspiration for stories, or story details?

Since the books I’m writing right now aren’t set anywhere real, I tend to pick up details as they cross my path. The most exotic location I ever snagged a book detail from didn’t even involve leaving the country: the plaguechanged tree that forms the Ashmadai grove in Brimstone Angels was inspired by the banyan tree in Lahaina, HI.

 

 

About Erin M. Evans

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ERIN M. EVANS got a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis–and promptly stuck it in a box. Nowadays she uses that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. She is the author of The God Catcher, and she lives in Washington State.

 

About Alfred O. Cloutier

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Alfred O. Cloutier has contributed to Dragon Magazine, and has edited for a number of other gaming publishers. He can be found here, on Facebook.

 

 

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