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D&D Insider highlights

Written by Expy - Published on November 30, 2007

After the buzz generated by the 2 latest articles on Dungeon Mastering – Top 10 reasons D&D4E will be the best RPG ever & Top 10 reasons D&D4E will be the worst RPG ever – I figured I’d try to work out my login issues with D&D insider. I hadn’t perused D&D insider in a few weeks and here’s what transpired.

D&D Insider login issues solved… kind of

I migrated my old D&D forums account a while ago but I couldn’t log into D&D insider recently. So I created a new account with the same e-mail address and a different username… and it reactivated my old account, with my old username. Go figure. But it works.

Part-time sorceress, or full-time wizard?

Shelly Mazzanoble, author of Confessions of a part-time sorceress, writes an entertaining column called Confessions of a full-time wizard! She’s either multi-classed, or confused – and I’ve never heard of a sorcerer/wizard multi-classed character (wouldn’t that be the worst multi-class ever?)

Anyhow, what matters is that her articles are great! Very fluffy and they give a good idea of what’s going on daily at WotC – they play D&D a lot apparently.

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8 Responses to “D&D Insider highlights”
  1. Elvenkind says:

    I was assuming that the column she writes for WotC is named so to differentiate it from her book.

    I was also assuming it was a pun of sorts. She seems to now be working at *Wizards* of the Coast, so therefore “full-time Wizard”.

  2. Ian says:

    There’s actually a prestige class, probably in Complete Mage or Complete Arcane. I can’t think of the name off the top of my head, but basically it’s a dual-progression arcane prepared/spontaneous caster. Kind of like the mystic theurge, but for sorcerer/wizards.

    Seems like a nice fit. You got your sorcerer for blasting and your wizard for utility.

  3. Argokirby says:

    If you like the articles you have got to read her book. It is amazingly well written and she truly captivates the reader. By the end of that book you feel like you personally know Shelly and her character Astrid.

    Does anyone have any ideas who “New DM” is?

    I suspect is Chris Perkins, but I have no data to back that up.

  4. Yax says:

    I have no idea. Maybe she’ll let us know sometime

  5. ScottM says:

    I also enjoy her articles– though when I’m interested in 4e stuff, I tend to reading the staff blogs.

  6. Robert says:

    hmmmm, sorcerer/wizard actually sounds really cool, particularly in an extended campaign. Offensive spells for the Sorcerer, everthing in a spell book. I wonder if the casting levels stack?

  7. Robert says:

    Whoops, I missed Ian’s post above…. will go look in those books

  8. Yax says:

    I’m not sure about multi-classing sorcerer and wizard. If you stack the spellcaster levels then the multi-class becomes better than both the sorcerer and the wizard. You keep the benefits and lose the disadvantages of each class.

    I’ll look up Ian’s suggestion when I get a chance.

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