Critical Hit: A Dungeons and Dragons Podcast, has wrapped up its first year of casting the pods of four heroes fighting the Void. I came home the other day to a nice surprise. In addition to my weekly stash of comics, there was another box with my name on it.
What’s in the box!? What’s in the box!?
Hmmm… the return address said Wizards of the Coast. This was either something really cool, or a really large C&D letter.
Thankfully it wasn’t a legal document, instead there were two large bags stuffed with something that looked really familiar.
Oh, yes! Dungeons and Dragons miniatures! Specifically, the box contained two sets of Savage Encounters figures for Major Spoilers to use during our recording of Critical Hit.
Our Game Master, Rodrigo will be quick to tell you that the miniatures we use in the game are rather slim at times, and this addition will really allow future encounter images to pop. Personally, I’m a big fan of using actual D&D figures in the game, and usually pick up a few here and there when I’m out and about. Miniatures add a great deal to the gaming experience, and I recommend picking up a few when you can.
Even my son can’t believe the collection showed up at the door. He’s only three, but he always shows an interest in what Daddy and His Weird Friends are doing when we gather around the table and spin interesting tales. Before I could gather up all the figures and get them back in the box, he already had the Adult Gray Dragon and Skeletal Cyclops in his little mitts battling one another for the fate of the TiVo remote. At one point I heard him exclaim, “AHHH! You’re eating my head!” Sure enough, the dragon did have the cyclops’ head in his maw.
If you listen closely to the Critical Hit podcast, you’ll hear occasional references and wonder if there is a comic book connection. Upon looking at the character cards for the set, I have a feeling Zombie Hulk may make an appearance in the near future. These cards are very useful for those who don’t want to carry the Monster Manual around with them when they game, but may not be that useful if you are using the miniature as a substitute for another creature.
Zombie Hulk miniature on the left, LEGO minifig on the right. I know future encounters are going to be a lot more interesting in the near future. I’m really impressed with the detailing on each figure, and they sure as heck beat paper tokens or pieces from your Monopoly set.
What other adventures will these miniatures have when waiting between encounters?
While this was a really nice surprise from the fine folks at Wizards of the Coast, the weekend was about to be filled with one more surprise.