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Unboxing: Pathfinder Battles - Deadly Foes and Red Dragon Evolution from WizKids

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Unboxing: Pathfinder Battles - Deadly Foes and Red Dragon Evolution from WizKids

We're opening Pathfinder Deadly Foes blind boxes and the Red Dragon Evolution figures from WizKids! Whose army of Paizo predators will win against the Dragon Menace?

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Unboxing: Icons of the Realms - Monster Menagerie III Blind Boxes and Kraken from WizKids

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Unboxing: Icons of the Realms - Monster Menagerie III Blind Boxes and Kraken from WizKids

Get a front row seat as host Anne Richmond and guest Dave open nine Icons of the Realms Monster Menagerie III blind boxes and the Kraken from WizKids.

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Wildlands Factions: The Pit Fighters

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Wildlands Factions: The Pit Fighters

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at another base game faction: The Pit Fighters.

“Marie, the elven assassin” painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Pit Fighters

Warriors. Killers. Monsters. Slaves, prisoners, and professional gladiators were made to fight for the Empire’s entertainment, but who is left for them to entertain? Who do an elvish assassin, an angry gnoll, orc siblings, and a mysterious challenger have left to trust but each other? Now they are free, where will they go? And who is going to stand in their way?

The Pit Fighters are extremely dangerous up close, as they are exclusively focused on melee combat. They seek powerful shards to keep themselves free.
— Wildlands

Read about The Guild
Read about The Gnomads.
Read about The Lawbringers.
Read about The Unquiet Undead

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Unboxing - Waterdeep Dragon Heist Blind Boxes and City of the Dead: Statues and Monuments

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Unboxing - Waterdeep Dragon Heist Blind Boxes and City of the Dead: Statues and Monuments

Get a front row seat as host Anne Richmond and guest Emily Floyd open 8 Icons of the Realms Waterdeep: Dragon Heist blind boxes and unbox City of the Dead: Statues and Monuments from WizKids.

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Wildlands Factions: The Unquiet Dead

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Wildlands Factions: The Unquiet Dead

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at the expansion faction: The Unquiet Dead.

Painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Unquiet Dead

Drawn to the life-giving power of the crystal shards, a gang of undead nightmares have taken to the battlefield. This ghoulish team can replace one of the existing factions, with the unique mechanic of shared activations offering and aggressive new play-style, or they can be played using the new ‘Encounter’ rules as monstrosities that can be controlled by any player, flooding the board as the battle rages.
— Wildlands

Read about The Guild
Read about The Gnomads.
Read about The Lawbringers.

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Wildlands Factions: The Lawbringers

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Wildlands Factions: The Lawbringers

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at: The Lawbringers.

"Matilda" of the Lawbringers painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Lawbringers

When the Empire fell, and the border towns were deserted, one small militia was left with a choice: leave the prisoners in the their cells to die, or set them loose. The sheriff and her deputy agreed on a a third option: conscription. Working with a drunken minotaur, a serial delinquent, and a murderous satyr to bring law and order back to the Wildlands might seem like a fool’s errand, but all it takes is a little faith.

The Lawbringers are tough in a fight, and each character has their own speciality. They seek only the shards which help will help them restore the rule of law.
— Wildlands

Read about The Guild
Read about The Gnomads.

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Critical Hits - Magic: The Gathering Creature Forge

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Critical Hits - Magic: The Gathering Creature Forge

Magic: The Gathering Creature Forge is a new line of miniature figures from WizKids that can help bring your Magic battlefields to life! These figures measure up to 55 mm and come with bases that are color coded to the iconic mana system. The first set, Overwhelming Swarm, features 28 creatures and artifacts from Magic's 25 year history!

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Wildlands Factions: The Gnomads

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Wildlands Factions: The Gnomads

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at: The Gnomads.

Painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Gnomads

The roving bands of blacksmiths, tinkerers, and artificers who travel the old roads were named fro the gnomes, but are composed of many different races (so long as they are small enough to fit into the caravans). Extremely hard-working, most wagon-riders have a loyalty that rivals family. The gnomes Tak and Elsie have a particular talent for clockwork, giving Elsie back to the mobility she had lost, and bringing life to their helper, Automate. All they’re trying to do is keep each other alive.
— Wildlands

Read about The Guild

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Critical Hits - Wildlands

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Critical Hits - Wildlands

A great darkness was destroying the land until the remaining survivors stopped it by shattering the life-giving Arcane Crystals! Wildlands, from Osprey Games, is a skirmish-style game designed by award winning game designer Martin Wallace! 2-4 players control survivors trying to reshape the ruined world as they see fit!

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Wacky Gaslands - The Mean Machine

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Wacky Gaslands - The Mean Machine

I'll start out by saying that Gaslands has quickly become one of my favorite miniatures games of all time. It has just about the lowest barrier to entry for a minis game ever, clocking in at a whopping $19 for the rule book at your local game store! From there, you just need some Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars (if you don't have any they are about $1 a pop), some d6, and print outs of the templates in the back of the book and you're ready to start! If you want some higher quality dice and templates, check out your local game store or Gaslands.com to find sellers. There are a ton of resources on the game's official website too, including free updates, printable templates, printable car dashboards for stat tracking, new Sponsors, and lots more.

Seeing all the amazing fan submitted cars for Gaslands in our feature last month, I really wanted to give customizing my own crew a go. So I settled on a theme and started building a three car team from there. Choosing a theme wasn't very hard. The moment I started playing I knew I wanted to make the entire cast of Hanna-Barbera's Wacky Races. And what better to start with than #00, The Mean Machine!

To see how creative I could be, I put a limitation on myself: I had to make my cars from whatever I got out of a $20 Hot Wheels pack with random cars. Unfortunately, I didn't get a car that screamed "Mean Machine" but I did find two cars with parts I could smash together, the Twin Mill and the Salt Shaker.

With a plan in mind, I got to modding. Because this was my first time modding Hot Wheels, I unfortunately was so single-minded in my work I forgot to take pictures (forgive me!). But here's a rough outline: 1. Drill the rivets on the bottom of the cars to take them apart. 2. Strip the paint from any pieces you wish to paint. 3. Drill or cut away any unwanted parts. 4. Primer the pieces. 5. Paint the interior pieces. 6. Glue the car back together. 7. Paint!

"The Mean Machine" sponsored by Idris

"The Mean Machine" sponsored by Idris

The one major piece of modding I did was using a Dremel to cut a rectangle out of the hood out of the Twin Mill to slap a rocket from the Salt Shaker into the empty space. I then used Green Stuff to fill in Dremel cuts and the gaps between the rocket and car. Then I snipped a toothpick and stuck it in the middle of the rocket to give it that signature Mean Machine point. A few major mistakes I made were bending the front wheels and needing to replace them, not supporting the rocket while the Green Stuff hardened because it drooped, and applying primer to inside areas when it wasn't necessary (this made the car not fully snap back together).

Despite those missteps, the end result came out better than I hoped! I really like the dirty paint job, the "gold" pieces that you can tell were hastily spray-painted on parts to make them look fancier, and the way the rocket engine looks like it was just welded into place by an amateur. You'll also notice that there are no visible weapons. Sticking to the theme, Dick Dastardly and Muttley use Nitrous to zoom ahead of the pack and then drop Mines, Glue Traps, and Oil Spills to foil the other racers!   Come back next week and check out my next project: The Compact Pussycat!

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D&D Let's Roll Library and Giveaway!

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D&D Let's Roll Library and Giveaway!

Spending the last month writing and chatting with all of you about Dungeons & Dragons has been incredible. We covered every manual and campaign guide along with miniatures, board games and more to provide a comprehensive look at the hobby and the tools you need to enhance your play experience! To celebrate all the content we created, we've collected it into one easily navigated library so that you can bookmark this page and keep our advice on hand whenever you need it. 

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Chapter 1: Adventuring for Dummies

Exploring the world of D&D through Board Games, Twitch Streams, and the Starter Set!

Chapter 2: Quest Accepted

Ready to roll up a character or hop behind the DM screen? Let's roll!

Chapter 3: Gettin' Mini with It

Diving into the colorful world of miniatures and painting!

Chapter 4: Advanced Adventuring

Enhance your game ambience, table presence, and gameplay experience! 

 Active Player Network has partnered with GTS Distribution to offer one lucky Grand Prize winner the entire library of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition campaign books including the forthcoming Waterdeep Adventures; Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

Additionally, five runners-up will receive will receive a prize package of one already published campaign book of their choice between: Storm King’s Thunder, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Rise of Tiamat, Curse of Strahd, Princes of the Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, Tomb of Annihilation, or Tales from the Yawning Portal. Distribution of runner up prizes to be determined by the Sponsors.

How do I enter?

You must like APN on Facebook and interact with the posts we will be initiating over the course of the month.

The number of entries per person made during the period of the D&D Let’s Roll event (running July 30-August 24, 2018) will be equal to the number of likes, public shares, and comments/photos/social contributions made on our Facebook Page in response to the community questions, images, and blog posts we share surrounding Dungeons & Dragons. Comments, images, or videos that contain lewd, crass, or inappropriate content are not permitted and do not constitute entries. Entries must be relevant to the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game.

Let's talk about D&D!

How do I know if I won?

Winners will be notified by Facebook message on August 27, 2018.  

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Wildlands Factions: The Guild

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Wildlands Factions: The Guild

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at: The Guild.

Painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Guild

The Venerable Guild of Mages is older than the Empire itself. This group of elderly witches and wizards has spent most of the last century in the Guild’s vast library, studying, debating, and advising the ruling class. they have age and power in common, but very little else. One thing they can agree on is the need to preserve magic, and to restore and protect their library. 

The mages are powerful but fragile, spellcasters, supported by Lunk, their mobile librarian. They seek to hoard and protect the rare magics trapped within certain shards, for the use of future generations. 
— Wildlands

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Advanced Adventuring: WizKids Trophies, Premium Maps, and Deep Cuts Miniatures

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Advanced Adventuring: WizKids Trophies, Premium Maps, and Deep Cuts Miniatures

It is our last week of Let's Roll and we are going to open the door to Advanced Adventuring! These products all represent ways to enhance ambience, table presence, and gameplay experience. 

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It cannot be stressed enough how much WizKids can partner you in play when it comes to D&D. The first time I saw their trophy heads of beholders, dragons, and mindflayers - I knew I needed AT LEAST one for my game room.

Imagine sitting in your living room as candlelight flickers across the horrible visages of some of the most iconic villains in Dungeons & Dragons as your players drink mead and peruse illustrated premium maps enhanced with three dimensional painted miniature furniture and objects from their Deep Cuts line and music/soundscapes from Sirinscape build the tension. Te

These items are the perfect gift for the DM in your life and they the perfect storm for the senses. 

Show us pics of your best D&D Set up! What are your must have items?

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Gettin' Mini with It: Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures from WizKids

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Gettin' Mini with It: Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures from WizKids

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing D&D miniatures from player characters to monsters, but by far the best option when it comes to accessibility, quality, price, and variety is the Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures line from Wizkids. Here are 7 things you should know about these minis!

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  • There are over 100 varieties to choose from in different combinations of gender, class, and race so it's unlikely that you'll end your search empty handed.
  • The detail in this plastic line is second to none.
  • You'll also find this grade of plastic much harder than their pre-painted line with affordable prices that will make you want to collect them all!
  • Some even feature spell effects in clear plastic which colored wash brings to life in the blink of an eye.
  • Each miniature is pre-primed with a grey Vallejo primer so they're truly ready to paint right out of the box.
  • These miniatures usually come with two to a package, so when you get your female human barbarian, you have two versions in different positions and slightly different gear to select from or to share with a friend.
  • Each has a molded base and a flat circular standard medium creature sized base to glue the miniature to when it is complete.

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Gettin' Mini with It: Nolzur's Marvelous Brush Set, P3 Paints from Privateer Press, and The Army Painter Project Paint Station

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Gettin' Mini with It: Nolzur's Marvelous Brush Set, P3 Paints from Privateer Press, and The Army Painter Project Paint Station

We could spend a thousand years just talking about types of paints, miniatures, and the miniature painting process as an art-form and hobby. In fact, we have several painters on our team. Rather than push you down an overwhelming rabbit hole all at once, I'd like to set you up with some great products that can help you get started on your painting adventure over the next few days!

Today we'll focus on paints and brushes!

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We have discussed our passion for Privateer Press previously in regards to Warmachine: Hordes and we did a Let's Paint video for the "Circle Orboros" starter box. However, Privateer Press also makes a great line of P3 paints and brushes that you can find at your FLGS. They offer a  variety of matte and metallic acrylics, washes, and primers to choose from. While not as exciting as all the pretty colors, don't forget to prime your miniature before you start applying paint or there won't be anything for the paint to stick to and you'll likely lose your precious work. With so many paints to choose from, it's hard to select your first set, but make sure you at least grab you primaries (red, blue, yellow) and white so that you can mix your own base coats and highlights. If you mix your paints on a damp paper towel (called a wet palette), it will preserve the paints longer and make the most of all the pots you purchase. 

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This brings us to brushes! The basics you'll need are a small detail brush, a slightly larger base-coat brush (which doesn't require as much precision), and a dry brush. Privateer Press makes some good brushes along with their P3 Paints and The Army Painter's brushes have really nice grips to help you steady and control your application. However, Nolzur's Marvelous Brush Set from Gale Force Nine should not be overlooked because they sell all three of your basic brushes in one package! 

If you're ready to make an investment in a really great set of acrylic paints, washes, and effects paints, then the Mega Paint Set from The Army Painter is a great option. It comes with a stand to array all of your paints on your craft table as well as one of their triangular gripped brushes. When you're ready to truly expand your primary colors into a spectrum of possibilities, this is 100% a great set to acquire with one of the most recommended detail brushes on the market.

What are your favorite paints and brushes to use?

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Spell Effects from WizKids!

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Spell Effects from WizKids!

As the APN team prepares to tackle our first Dungeons & Dragons adventure, Rage of Demons: Out of the Abyss, I am faced with the trials and tribulations of the Dungeon Master. I have to weave backstories into the module, prepare stat blocks, and make sure I have the physical tools I need to represent our game in physical space. 

As someone who spends a lot of time playing Tabletop RPG's on both sides of the DM screen, I've become keenly aware of my strengths and weaknesses. While I'm totally comfortable performing an eternally evolving spectrum of personalities, a lot of the tools I've amassed over the years are to triage my struggle to run smooth combat encounters. I'm pretty sure that this means that I'm "exemplary" at Dragons, while the Dungeons could be described as "needs improvement."

It's hugely important to create a well appointed battle board once initiative has been determined. Whether you're playing on wet erase grid or a full Dwarven Forge set up, understanding the space that comprises the potential battlefield and all of its elements - whether originating from myself or the players - makes all the difference when it comes to strategy.  Without these aides, the whole thing levels up into a gigantic arcane headache as the players and their foes become more powerful,

This is why I tend to collect tools that help me physicalize everyone's choices. The most commonly used items are character minis and foe tokens. The rest depends entirely on the party. For this adventure, we have 7 players, including a Paladin and Cleric, which means that I'll need to create minion heavy fights or combat puzzles/traps to lock down the healers and create a challenge for the group so they don't steamroll every encounter. I'll also need to consult the Out of the Abyss book for any major villains I think they might fight so that I can be on the look out for good miniatures.

Beyond the characters and NPC's, I'll also need representations for everything from spell effects to spiritual weapons to flight pedestals. This keeps the whole table honest and aware of the tools at their disposal in a particular space and makes us aware of the cost/benefit of choices we might make. Of course, how you play is totally up to you, but I know  with APN's 6 arcane enthusiasts, we are going to have a metamagic soup of chaos. 

It's with this in mind that I wanted to feature some tools from WizKids that can be super helpful! I love painting miniatures when I'm playing a character. For my druid, I've been collecting and painting all sorts of beasts so that I have options for her favorite forms, but as a GM, I can't spend the time to do this for everyone at the table. These products offer a quick solution that provides Spell Effect miniatures that will bring your magic to life in moments with little effort.

WizKids Dungeons & Dragons - Spell Effects - Wall of Ice

WizKids Dungeons & Dragons - Spell Effects - Wall of Ice

One of the best things about these items is that they are pre-made to fit the correct size of the spell effect so its easy to let players place them strategically, but it also means that once they're on the table, everyone is forced to view them as proper obstacles as well. 

WizKids Dungeons & Dragons - Spell Effects - Wall of Fire

WizKids Dungeons & Dragons - Spell Effects - Wall of Fire

This next set is great because it provides proper representation for commonly used Divine and Arcane spells that take up physical space on the board, whether that's a Bigby's Hand ready to scoop up an important item from a dragon's hoard during combat or a set of Dancing Lights that allows you to properly measure the visible area in a dark cavern. 

WizKids Dungeons & Dragons - Spell Effects - Arcane Fury & Divine Might

WizKids Dungeons & Dragons - Spell Effects - Arcane Fury & Divine Might

What tools do you stock for your table? Give us your suggestions in the comments!

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