DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXIII

Dungeon Synth Digest XXXIII

You have arrived at the town of Stallanford, on the Duke’s Road. The town is bustling and busy, with many visitors and merchants’ wagons seeking hostels and stables for horses. This is no ordinary day, for tomorrow is the first day of the King’s Festival! Karameikos has no king, but this long-held festival honors a great hero of the distant past, King Halav. Long before Karameikos was a nation, King Halav of the Traldar folk fought with his warriors against evil Beast-Men. In a great battle, Halav and the king…

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VAELMYST – Earthly Wounds (2018)

Valemyst Earthly Wounds 2018

And it is time to come up from the graveyard, warehouse, and whatever festering bog for a different approach to death metal. Are those guitar solos that are not done by blunted buzzsaws? I say this fully knowing that Vaelmyst (the slaughter mist that appears over the bodies of the slain) is nowhere near the level of pop accessible. With that said, if one was looking for a fun excursion down the well threaded paths of melodic death with competent musicians and vocals that sound like severed heads, then you…

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VISIGOTH – Conqueror’s Oath (2018)

I do not think I have seen an album take over my social media feed as much as the new Visigoth. This is hilarious as Visigoth is not the type of band that many people know about unless you are into this type of music. Though the last.fm statistics for Visigoth put them at 9K listeners, metrics go out of the window when dealing with niche sounds with rabid fanbases. What are numbers for bands like Eternal Champion, Manilla Road, Atlantean Kodex, and Night Demon? The internet is a weird…

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Pathfinder Log (4th Entry): Seven Days to the Grave

Rules vs Fun This Pathfinder Log is my attempt to document my gaming group’s first run through the classic campaign Curse of the Crimson Throne. This is the first time my group has done a prewritten adventure and because of that everything goes hilarious. Coming from the world of homebrews and GMs that like to play loose with the rules, Pathfinder, for us, has become a great storytelling mechanism which has enough depth to keep players immersed in devices for their character. While 5E sounds like it would be perfect…

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Exploring Ixalan: Rivals

rivals of ixalan

Continual MTG Commentary from a Kitchen Table Enthusiast Rivals of Ixalan is the conclusion of the Ixalan block for Magic the Gathering. Rivals of Ixlan is also the last small set from Wizard for the foreseeable future. For much of Magic’s history, the block format (either 2 or 3 connected expansions released over the course of a few months) have come to be the way the company distributes its product. This was the way most people have come to know Magic and how they explore the setting. Starting 2015, Magic…

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Big Metal Month (January)

Big metal month returns for 2018. This was a column I started to devote not only keep up with big name releases but also take a breather from releases that 10 people will probably hear. This also gives me a chance to keep myself up to date with the bigger labels and a mainstream approach to heavy music. It is also a different way for me to fish out any albums that would be interesting for full length review. I think I found one while the rest are sort of…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXII

Dungeons Synth Digest XXXII

The beautiful elven forest sleeps peacefully about you. Leafy green trees with trunks of silver and white march in blissful grandeur as far as you can see. The trail you walk winds toward the high mountains nearby to the north. The forest’s carpet of ferns and deep green bushes is punctuated by the bright reds, blues, and yellows of the abundant woodland flowers. Ahead, you see sunlight flash off metal lying in the path. Armor-elven armor-and whoever wears it is not moving. The elf on the trail died not long…

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Dungeon Synth Compilation XII: Disciples of the Shadow Realm

Disciples of the Shadow Realm

Ambition This is the 12th and final dungeon synth compilation to be released in 2017. This is also the final compilation volume to be released for the foreseeable future at least in this current iteration. In the early past of 2017, a few people on the Facebook group had an idea to release a compilation of work by community members. At around the same time, the members of the DS forum had the same idea. Instead of having rival compilations, both entities consolidated submissions and released it under the same…

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Dungeon Synth Compilation XI: Lorekeepers

Lorekeepers

Lorekeepers represents the final “second” volume of the Dungeon Synth Compilation round. Traditionally, these compilations were split as a functional need as well as an aesthetic. the first volume of each season became the traditional compilation with sounds from the light and orchestral to the the edges of the dungeon. the second volume became a place for the weird, the odd, and the unkept. these songs ranged on the periphery of the style with dark ambient, noise, experimental, and antisocial sounds of ideas being pushed. I have always enjoyed the…

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Plane Shift: Innistrad

Plane Shift: Innistrad

Plane Shift is a set of free online supplements accompanying recent The Art of Magic: The Gathering releases written by James Wyatt. Each Plane Shift document provides D&D 5th Edition rules to play on the respective plane. Playing Dungeons and Dragons can be considered dorky. Playing Magic the Gathering on a regular basis can also be considered dorky. I am trying to think if playing Dungeons and Dragons within the realms of Magic the Gathering lore is less or more dorky than its base hobbies.

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Dungeon Synth Compilation X: Codex of Lost Voices

There is little reason to continue this series past a certain point. My intention with the DSC was to showcase the sound of dungeon synth in 2017. With the year coming to a close, I think it is time for the series to end at 12. This would be a volume for each of the months or three for every season. There is a charm in series and an attraction to order. While I am sure 2018 will bring new dungeon synth artists and records, ending this series before it…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXI

Dungeon Synth Digest XXXI

So it was my intention to fill this space with some flavor text pulled from the source of the artwork on the header of this article. the artwork comes from the 1986 module called “Night’s Dark Terror” written by Jim Bambra, Graeme Morris and Phil Gallagher. the module was the 10th adventure in the Basic series and was intended for people to transition into the Expert series of Dungeons and Dragons. Both the Basic, Expert and further sets comprise what is known as B/X, BECMI, and just old school D&D…

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Big Metal Month (November / December)

Big Metal Month was a new idea I had to keep up with some of the giant labels in heavy metal releasing new albums from well known bands. Since I have chosen to spend all of my time with dungeon synth and things no one else cares about, it is surprising to see some of metal’s biggest releases pass without notice. Big Metal Month also sounds like a comic book which comes in an oversized magazine with lots of pictures. This obviously makes me happy. Please use this column to…

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NE OBLIVISCARIS – Urn (2017)

ne obliviscaris urn

I remember Portal of I when it came out in 2012 and the massive amount of hype this band got surrounding unorthodox yet seamless approach to extreme music. It seemed like a new era of music for some. I was not around for their 2007 demo which seem to follow the same cycle of hype and foreshadowing to great things. Urn is Ne Obliviscaris’ third record celebrating 10 years of releases and as 2017 comes to a close, this band reminds everyone that they have a firm hold in the…

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