New Year, New Campaign! – Hexes & Bows Podcast S2E1


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With new dice, new projects, and new cast members, the Hexes & Bows Podcast is ready to surprise attack 2018!

We’re beyond thrilled to be recording and sharing our geeky content with you and cannot thank you enough for your continued support. We sincerely hope the winter holiday season kept you in good spirits and, perhaps, introduced you to new games! We’ve got lots of updates to share in this episode including some details regarding our actual play podcast, a new podcast release schedule, and a brand new cast member!

After the announcements you’ll find an excellent discussion about the impact of playing board games as a child may have impacted our lives as adults, sharing the love of tabletop gaming by introducing the hobby to family, how gamers can be involved with local communities and promote gaming in a positive light, and of course, Overwatch. Because… Overwatch (GO DYNASTY!).

We end the episode with two questions for you, dearest adventurer:

  1. How do you think gaming (tabletop) has influenced your life, especially if you were introduced to the hobby at an early age?
  2. Do you run/host/create tabletop gaming events for your community (after school programs, nursing homes, charity…)? If so, share with us the details!

Thank you so much for helping us make Hexes & Bows in 2017. Your support, kindness, and love of gaming continue to motivate us in improving the show for you. We can’t wait to share all of our new projects with you and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy creating them!


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Happy Holidays & Updates

We at Hexes & Bows want to take a moment to wish everyone the happiest and merriest of Holidays this winter season! No matter what you celebrate, we hope you find some time to play games and share the things you love with people you love as well!

There are lots of things bubbling in the H&B creative cauldrons! First, we’ll be resuming our standard tabletop discussion podcast and releasing these episodes biweekly. Don’t fret! We’ll still be publishing more content every week! The second pot-a-brewin’ is our reviews! There’s loads of items for Mr. and Mrs. Gnome to go over and many more in the works! If there’s something you’d like us to tweet us your suggestion at: @hexesnbows!

Finally, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who filled out an application to join the Hexes & Bows Actual Play Podcast! We’ve been working on building a new creative team, and although we’re still determining the setting, we are so excited to join the actual play podcast world!

Our next D&D live tabletop game will be this Saturday, December 30th at 6PM CST! Cersten, Billy, and Crash now join Tony, Tara, and Chrissy as they learn of their character’s destiny with the Feywild Queen! Join us for the last D&D game of 2017 on twitch.tv/gnomedic.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting the Hexes & Bows Podcast. 2017 was an incredible learning experience and 2018 promises new content, new cast members, and more tabletop love!

Merry Critmas to everyone, May your shelves be full of games and your table surrounded by friends and family!

See you in 2018!

-Gnome & the Hexes & Bows Podcast team

H&B Reviews: Cantrip Candles

Sweet Fig Farmhouse by Cantrip Candles

Hexes & Bows Podcast is BACK! We are beyond thrilled to be back behind the mic talking tabletop shop! Tara and Gnome team up to review Cantrip Candles, created by Christoff Visscher! These scents aid in immersion gameplay for your tabletop adventures and boy do they trigger some great gaming memories! Give this episode a listen and try out Cantrip Candles for yourself at: http://www.cantripcandles.com.

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cantripcandlessamplepackCantrip Candles, made by Christoff Visscher, are 100% soy wax candles for enhancing your tabletop gaming experiences by immersing players into their various surroundings found within fantastical worlds. Currently, there are ten different scented candles available for purchase and Cantrip Candles sent us their sample pack for review!

Both Tara and Gnome enjoy immersive gaming products, often implementing them into their tabletop games to help create memorable gaming moments. They’re no amateurs when it comes to using scents for gaming, and both hosts agree that Cantrip Candles encourages another of enchantment while roleplaying.

You’ll need to listen to the podcast for the in-depth review, but here’s how things stacked up:

Scents Reviewed:  Black Hound Tavern, Cosgrave Tannery, Goldwheat Bakery, Stonemoss Chapel, and Sweet Fig Farmhouse (all part of the sample pack)

Packaging – 4.75 out of 5

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How someone sells a product can be just as important as the product itself. In this case, Cantrip Candles does an excellent job with their packaging and marketing. Each candle is poured into a circular tin wrapped in a cardboard sleeve with a special map drawn on top. The labeling is incredibly rustic and the map is an excellent added touch that gives each candle its own personality. The scents are labeled with the name of the candle and includes the average burn time! Not only do the scents offer creative names, they’re also accompanied by a little story that helps stir the spirit of storytelling.

Quality – 4.75 out of 5

Tara is our resident candle expert and understands the pouring process and use of different elements to create a high-quality candle. In the case of Cantrip Candles, aside from a few non-centered pours, these 100% soy wax candles hold up well after several months in storage. Of the samples we received, each scent changed after being heated, some for better or for worse, but they each maintained a pleasant aroma that permeated rather quickly throughout the area.

The scents we received all represented the scents described on the website, some being more obvious than others, but all appropriately advertised.

Cost – 5 out of 5

Each candle costs $14 for a 6oz tin that lasts around 30-35 hours when burned (of course, only burn your candle for about four hours each time!). Many candles we’ve found online, be they mass-produced or from Etsy, vary in price, but for $14, this was an incredibly reasonable price for a small-poured batch, 100% soy wax candle.

Final Review

Overall, Cantrip Candles really stacked up well for us at Hexes & Bows. We are already fans of immersion products and these candles are well worth the purchase with a final score of 4.83 out of 5.

If you enjoyed this review and want us to try out out other gaming products, leave a comment below!

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Cantrip Candles Social Media:

Twitter: @cantripcandles
Instagram: @cantripcandles
Facebook: Cantrip Candles


Important Upcoming Dates:

December 8, 2017: Extra Life 24 hour charity gaming marathon begins at 8PM CST on twitch.tv/gnomedic! Help us raise $1,000 for sick and injured kids at CMNHospitals! We’ll have raffle prizes such as dice, dice mats, painted miniatures, and more for donors and will be playing a D&D 1-shot audience-participation game, along with games like Overwatch and Minecraft. Come play games, cheer us on, and help raise money for amazing kids! 100% of proceeds goes Extra Life. You can donate here!

December 16, 2017: Hexes & Bows Live D&D 5e Campaing on twitch.tv/gnomedic continues! Join Grohl, Talial, Teak, Makaria, Ricochet, and new adventurers Lyllah and Bulwas, as they finally sit down and uncover the mystery of the Feywild Queen, Subu. Show starts at 5PM CST!


Continue the conversation with Hexes & Bows on social media and get connected for additional updates, news, reviews, and more!

Twitter: @hexesnbows
Instagram: @hexes_and_bows
Facebook: Hexes & Bows

The Wrath of International Tabletop Day

#ITTD 2017 has come and gone! While we didn’t get the chance to play an entire day’s worth of games, we did get to enjoy watching Geek & Sundry’s Twitch marathon in support of our favorite charity,  Extra Life!

We hope to plan something special next year for this ever joyous event, but in the meantime, Mr. and Mrs. Gnome played Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon for the first time! Let’s just say it started off incredibly rocky and infuriating: curse after curse after curse after trap after trap after disaster….

Needless to say, we weren’t really enjoying the experience. It was nearly midnight when we started to play, so maybe that had a factor in our initial understand of the game, but still, we tried to have fun. Our roleplay-style banter as Keyleth the Paladin and Heskan the Wizard quickly diminished as our drive to continue the game was nearly crushed by yet another trap card. We spent at least 5 turns failing constant rolls trying to get out of a cage while a trap of poison darts kept firing at us. 


Eventually, we finally caught a lucky streak (aka my wife rolled 19s and 20s where I couldn’t roll higher than a 9 all game) and managed to explore a few more tiles; just enough to slaughter the 12 monsters needed to fulfill our objective and win the game.

Now, in all fairness, I purchased this game (and the Ravenloft one) solely for the miniatures to paint and use in our D&D Tabletop campaign. They’re quality minis and there’s a bunch of them in each box! For about $50, it ends up being $1-2 per mini, which is awesome since there’s usually a few large or gigantic creatures in each box! 

The game itself… I’m not sure we’d be interested in playing again, at least, that’s what we thought so early on. Now? I think we’ll be more privy to experiencing the game with 1-2 additional players to allocate damage and strategy better. 

Regardless, I’m happy we got to play at least one game on this festive day! 

What games did you end up playing this ITTD? Leave a comment below to share!
*Edited for a typo.

H&B Podcast Episode 004: 50 Shades of Gaming

Today’s Hexes & Bows Podcast episode is a little special.  Mr. and Mrs. Gnome have a solid heart-to-heart conversation about the influence of gaming in a relationship.

There are plenty of ways to get past hurdles in a relationship, but one of the best ways, at least for Joey and Tara, is discovering new board games and other games to play together.  Cooperative games are incredibly important in this geeky couple’s relationship and aided them in building stronger communication skills while deepening their 10 year relationship.

We also go a little deeper into how Dungeons and Dragons offers a deeper connection than other games have and the importance of storytelling and using your imagination.

Let us know what games you enjoy playing with your significant other! We’re always looking for new games to try out!

Games Discussed

World of Warcraft, Settlers of Catan, Elder Signs, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Darkness, Dead of Winter, Forbidden Island, Once Upon a Time, Descent, Arkham Horror, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, Masquerada, 

Additional Reading

  • Gamer Love by Gnomedic, details games to try out with your love and the importance of sharing a common hobby to help strengthen a relationship

 

H&B Podcast 003: Roll to Seduce the Centaur

Edit: SoundCloud is being silly and stopping the episode at the 50′ mark. We recommend listening to this week’s episode on iTunes or TuneIn! Sorry for any inconvenience!

Another awesome episode of Hexes & Bows is out today! (Be warned, there’s a bit of nsfw language use in this one!)

Fill your ears with the sweet, sultry voices of Gnome, Tim, Hansard, and first time co-host, Tara (aka Mrs. Gnome!). There’s plenty to talk about today, with topics ranging from roleplaying in non-roleplaying games, zombies, zombies, zombies!, and Gnome’s personal favorite topic of late 80s / early 90s childhood board games!

This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight showcases the very cool, very large game by ODAM Publishing called The Shared Dream. Listen to the podcast, see if it interests you, then head to their Kickstarter page and pledge! Act fast, because by the time this posts, the game has only 2 days left (but it’s already been funded!).

Is there a game you’d love to dig up from the attic or repurchase in order to play again? Let us know in the comments!

Games Discussed:

Dead of Winter, Pandemic, ODAM: The Shared Dream, Elder Signs, Lego games, COD, Pretty Pretty Princess, Mall Madness, Parasite Eve, Resident Evil, Zombicide, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings, Vampire the Masquerade, World of Darkness, Dream Phone, Crossfire, Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Perfection, Cards Against Humanity, Lotteria

The Clickables!

*Dear Listener ❤

We apologize for some of the audio and for some conversations stepping over others. We were trying a new thing with the microphones and it did not work out. We’re still learning the game, so thank you kindly for your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,
The Hexes & Bows Podcast Team

P.S. Also, don’t stick metal things in electric things. Don’t do it. We aren’t responsible if you do. -.-

H&B Podcast Episode 002: Roll Baby Roll

Animorphs, dice superstitions, successful Kickstarter campaigns, and Mayor Dick Hammond!

On this week’s episode of the Hexes & Bows Podcast, Gnome, Hansard, Joe, and Tim talk about the geeky culture of dice superstitions! It’s real (it’s not) and it effects all kinds of games and gamers! We also discuss some interesting Kickstarter tabletop gaming campaigns as well as set the stage for our roleplaying campaign at the end of the episode!

For more information, articles, stories, podcasts, and live D&D games, head to www.hexesandbows.com! Follow us on Twitter @hexesnbows and be sure to leave a comment about the various topics mentioned in this week’s podcast!

Thanks so much for listening! See you next week!

Games Discussed:

Mega Man the Board Game, Tak: A Beautiful Game, Noisy Person Cards, Star Wars Dice, Dungeons & Dragons

The Clickables!

H&B Podcast: Episode 001

It’s here! It’s here! Hexes & Bows finally has a podcast!  Grab some lunch, pop in those earbuds and come hang out with Gnome, Hansard, Tim, and Joe in their very first podcast episode!

Today we discuss our first experiences into the tabletop gaming world, which games we love and hate, and how games influenced our lives growing up.

Games Discussed

Gloom, Star Wars FFG, D&D 5e, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Arkham Horror, Checkers, Chess, Risk, Mastermind, Vampire the Masquerade, VtM: Bloodlines

Cool Stuff Mentioned


What are some games you played growing up? What games do you play now? Let us know in the comments!

Things a’Brewin’

A big hearty welcome to you, traveler! Of all the domains to stumble on, this is the one you decided to sift through! For now, I’ll be brief.

We here at Hexes & Bows are just beginning our adventure into the world of content creation. While our podcast is still in production, you can watch our live Dungeons and Dragons campaign on Twitch! We typically play one Sunday or Saturday a month for 5-8 hours straight!

If you take a moment to follow this blog (and I insist that you do!), you’ll soon find articles, editorials, instructionals, photography, and storytelling entries written by members of Hexes & Bows.  Stories may be independent or, they could intertwine with our current tabletop campaign and provide additional insight to the characters in our world!

There are plenty of adventures to be shared, traveler, and I do hope you’ll return to share them with us.

Thank you for stopping by and may the glow of your device be ever radiant!