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Michael Tresca
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The scene began in media res, with the knights hunting a pterodactyl. I changed the manticore to a pterodactyl because: Joust. I couldn't help modeling this whole scenario after Joust, because let's face it, that's what Feathergale Knights on vultures is all about.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: This is the ongoing adventures of Cutie Petal the 4th-level pegasus druid (played by my 6-year-old daughter), Champ the 3rd-level red dragon barbarian/1st-level wizard (played by my 9-year-old son), and Goldie the 4th-level griffon paladin (played by me). Skyriders is an opportunity to get our heroe
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The scene began in media res, with the knights hunting a pterodactyl. I changed the manticore to a pterodactyl because: Joust. I couldn't help modeling this whole scenario after Joust, because let's face it, that's what Feathergale Knights on vultures is all about.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: This is the ongoing adventures of Cutie Petal the 4th-level pegasus druid (played by my 6-year-old daughter), Champ the 3rd-level red dragon barbarian/1st-level wizard (played by my 9-year-old son), and Goldie the 4th-level griffon paladin (played by me). Skyriders is an opportunity to get our heroe
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This adventure was a lot of fun to run and more than a little harrowing for the party. My kids were surprisingly adept at navigating the challenges, due no doubt to the party’s small size (more players tends to create more strife) and the fact that the PCs weren’t ever really after the Forever Stone to begin with. Throw in Champ’s fire immunity, breath weapon, and the fact that everyone could fly...and the deck was definitely stacked I their favor. That doesn’t make the adventure any less fun – if anything, it was even more entertaining because of it. And the sacrifice of a major NPC upped the stakes.
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Great finish. Hope the kids enjoyed it. I downloaded Mines of Madness a while back. I think I might run it soon... probably not Ponies, though. My daughter isn't like that. Note to self: add more vampires sigh
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This adventure was a lot of fun to run and more than a little harrowing for the party. My kids were surprisingly adept at navigating the challenges, due no doubt to the party’s small size (more players tends to create more strife) and the fact that the PCs weren’t ever really after the Forever Stone to begin with. Throw in Champ’s fire immunity, breath weapon, and the fact that everyone could fly...and the deck was definitely stacked I their favor. That doesn’t make the adventure any less fun – if anything, it was even more entertaining because of it. And the sacrifice of a major NPC upped the stakes.
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This is a tough but fun scenario. The PCs only survived through brute force -- Champ breathes fire and is immune to it, so exploding monsters don’t phase him at all – so that certainly helped, and there were no concerns about falling down mineshafts so any encounters with traps or monsters were entirely self-inflicted.
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My kids are now old enough to visit cons and participate, so we decided to give Terrificon a try this past weekend. Terrificon is a comic and sci-fi convention that covers a wide range of geek media, from print to movies to TV, with some gaming and cosplay thrown in. We were not disappointed.
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Awesome! I plan to take MG to dragon Con next year. :)
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To my delight, I discovered that I had a potential pool of Star Wars gamers who were willing to play. It consists of an entire family of boys, including their dad (Jak Morningstar), oldest son (Talath Starwind), second eldest (Justyn Rhane), and twin boys Titus Brandt and Zane Falstom (when they want to play and are willing to sit down long enough). My eight-year-old son joined them as Aeryn Highwind.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: To my delight, I discovered that I had a potential pool of Star Wars gamers who were willing to play. It consists of an entire family of boys, including their dad (Jak Morningstar), oldest son (Talath Starwind), second eldest (Justyn Rhane), and twin boys Titus Brandt and Zane Falstom (when they wa
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The scene began in media res, with the knights hunting a pterodactyl. I changed the manticore to a pterodactyl because: Joust. I couldn't help modeling this whole scenario after Joust, because let's face it, that's what Feathergale Knights on vultures is all about.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: This is the ongoing adventures of Cutie Petal the 4th-level pegasus druid (played by my 6-year-old daughter), Champ the 3rd-level red dragon barbarian/1st-level wizard (played by my 9-year-old son), and Goldie the 4th-level griffon paladin (played by me). Skyriders is an opportunity to get our heroe
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The Thanator is Pandora's fiercest predator. Like a terran panther only far, far larger and with more limbs, this terrifying beast also has six wicked claws in addition to an armored tail. A ring of sensory quills that rear up when the Thanator is agitated, which help it detect hidden prey.
Official Post from Michael J. Tresca: The Thanator is Pandora's fiercest predator. Like a terran panther only far, far larger and with more limbs, this terrifying beast also has six wicked claws in addition to an armored tail. A ring of sensory quills that rear up when the Thanator is agitated, which help it detect hidden prey.It is po
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This adventure was a lot of fun to run and more than a little harrowing for the party. My kids were surprisingly adept at navigating the challenges, due no doubt to the party’s small size (more players tends to create more strife) and the fact that the PCs weren’t ever really after the Forever Stone to begin with. Throw in Champ’s fire immunity, breath weapon, and the fact that everyone could fly...and the deck was definitely stacked I their favor. That doesn’t make the adventure any less fun – if anything, it was even more entertaining because of it. And the sacrifice of a major NPC upped the stakes.
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I think, I'd play an adventure like this. That seems fun, although I am generally more tactics-loving. A lot more.
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This is a tough but fun scenario. The PCs only survived through brute force -- Champ breathes fire and is immune to it, so exploding monsters don’t phase him at all – so that certainly helped, and there were no concerns about falling down mineshafts so any encounters with traps or monsters were entirely self-inflicted.
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This is a tough but fun scenario. The PCs only survived through brute force -- Champ breathes fire and is immune to it, so exploding monsters don’t phase him at all – so that certainly helped, and there were no concerns about falling down mineshafts so any encounters with traps or monsters were entirely self-inflicted.
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  • Dowling College
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Introduction

Michael "Talien" Tresca is a game designer, author, communicator, and artist. He was the National RPG and Sci-Fi Movie Examiner for six years and published three books, the non-fiction history of gaming, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games from McFarland Publishing, his fantasy fiction debut, The Well of Stars, from Three Ravens Books, and the young adult fantasy Awfully Familiar from Dark Quest Books. Michael has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of Open Game License and D20-compatible games, including AEG, MonkeyGod Enterprises, Goodman Games, Otherworld Creations, Privateer Press, RPGObjects and Ronin Arts. A top reviewer for Amazon, his articles and reviews have appeared in Allgame.com, D20 Filtered, Dragon Magazine, Gamers.com, Pyramid, RPG.net, and Sharktopus. He has participated in panels about electronic and tabletop role-playing games at ConnectiCon, Dragon*Con, and I-Con.

When he's not writing, Michael can be found as his alter ego, Talien, on RetroMUD as an administrator. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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    Manager, Digital & Extended Audiences, 2007 - present
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