Thursday, July 30, 2015

5e WNW: Waterfalls

5e WNW - Session 18 of the weird new world campaign was played on Friday 7/10

The party consisted of the following:
Nessendra, Wood Elf Cleric 5 (Erindale)
Kethra, Human Fighter 5 (Nikki)
Bach, Dragonborn Warlock 5 (Erik)
Riia, Human Ranger 5 (Hanna)
Guy Noir, ½ Elf Rogue 5 (Nadia - Absent, kindly played by Julia)
Anya Bowen, Tiefling Ranger 5 (Allison)

Instead of a usual write up, I'm going to share these tweets from the session.

Friday night ! Let's kill some plants!
Friday night ! Apparently while I was gone the other players broke my bow. Good thing I'm a melee ranger!
Friday night ! Effective combat is less effective when the players keep making dirty "sword and sheath" comments
Friday night ! The cleric just blasted the fighter off a cliff. "Accidentally."
Friday night ! Rogue just threw self after fighter. Warlock throws 50ft rope over 100ft cliff. We are so bad at this.
Friday night ! Cleric is praying for help. Other ranger tries to rappel down cliff. Warlock was not holding end of rope.
Friday night ! I am 2 hallways back shoving a coffin and just hear a lot of screaming
Friday night ! Our campaign is actually in danger of ending due to waterfall.
Friday night ! Turns out my ranger can't tie 2 pieces of rope together. "I'm not that kind of ranger!"
Friday night ! We might actually survive this! Except now the party is split. Never good.
Friday night ! They have to get back up cliff. Everyone keeps claiming that they have a rope. Rope still not long enough
Friday night ! I MacGuyver a pulley system to get everyone back up cliff. I am that type of ranger!
Friday night ! Dungeon Master says I did not actually make pulley system.
Friday night ! We did not further plot whatsoever but this was one of my favorite sessions ever!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#6MMRPC Week 8: Elf & Bones

In spite of my focus on minis this past week, it wasn't really on getting any of my mountain reduced. Really, it was all about making it bigger. With the conclusion of Bones 3, I'll be adding almost 300 new miniatures to my mountain. Granted, this does include every individual weapon from the various conversion sets and individual tombstones, but even discounting those, it's still a more massive addition to my mountain than I expect to dig out between now and then.

So... I guess that's 1 of my Jokers....

Beyond watching the kickstarter, I found myself helping out with it. A group of fans were keeping track of the hourly numbers, running various statistics on them, and sharing the results. The really cool thing about it was the fact that Bryan (from Reaper) actually was checking in on our numbers!  Now that the kickstarter is over though, I still find myself wanting to check in every hour and update the numbers...

Further, I've created a Google sheet that lists each and every mini that comes in Bones 3 in case you want to keep track of them on a spreadsheet like I do.

This is the Google sheet with the Bones 3 minis.
This is my personal miniature tracking sheet, so you can see how I'm using it

The other Joker that I've used was picking up a set of Enterprise (1701, A, and B) models in 1/2500 scale from Amazon. I was rounding out an order for free shipping (they always get you...) and I tossed it in, thinking that I could add them to my (as yet unassembled) DS9 model. Now, as it isn't really a gaming miniature, and I have no plans on ever actually gaming with them, maybe they shouldn't count. The general consensus on the FB group was that it didn't count.

I also got some computer parts to help my old e-machine limp along a little longer.

But here's the thing... Most of the miniatures I buy I don't have any specific intention on using in a game. Those 300 minis from Bones 3? Mostly, I just want to paint them. If they never see the table, I'll be 100% fine with that. So, while it might not be official, I'm counting it for my challenge.

I did do some further work on Anirion. I went really simple with the edging of his robe, only doing a basic slash pattern with orange paint. I still need to do a bit of work on the staff, and bring out some of the highlighting on the robe, but aside from that, I think I'm done with him. Expect finished pics next week! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gary Gygax Day

E. Gary Gygax "Father of the modern Role Play Game" was born this day, July 27, 1938. He created the game that brought all of us together. The game that started most of us on this journey in exploration of history and mythology, in the study of math and science, and the practice of getting together with friends and creating through our play and the magic of some funny looking dice, stories that we tell years after the fact about characters that exist only in our collective imagination. We honour him every time we gather our friends and play role playing games around a table or across the internet. But let us take a moment today to raise our glasses and celebrate the man who made it all possible!

If you need an idea of how, specifically to honor him the next time you gather at the gaming table, this site has some decent ideas.

It's also, not coincidentally, the start of Read an RPG Book in Public Week. I'll be reading A Red And Pleasant Land today at lunch, outside if the weather cooperates.

And for those NOT attending Gen Con this year, don't forget about AntiGen Con!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Inspirational Image: Fountain With Owls

I'm still in the middle of reading a Red and Pleasant Land, and this picture just seemed like the sort of thing that you'd encounter there.

Fountain With Owls by Ferdinando Noulian.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bones 3 Last Call!!

Ok people... this is it, the final countdown. And I want to show off the coolest minis in the campaign so far.

No, not the 8lb Ma'aldrakar...

Not the undying lords...

Not even the BFG...

But the pugs. Yes, battle pugs....

And if you have the SAN for it, here's the unofficial theme song for the kickstarter.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

5e WNW: Citadels and Chained Coffins

5e WNW -
Session 17 of the weird new world campaign was played on Friday 6/26

The party consisted of the following:
Nessendra, Wood Elf Cleric 5 (Erindale)
Kethra, Human Fighter 5 (Nikki)
Bach, Dragonborn Warlock 5 (Erik)
Riia, Human Ranger 5 (Hanna - Absent, kindly played by Allison)
Guy Noir, ½ Elf Rogue 5 (Nadia)
Anya Bowen, Tiefling Ranger 5 (Allison)

Back in town, with the Alabaster Lady breathing down their necks, the party makes a quick investigation to determine the best fastest way to the citadel. While the land to the north, following the river becomes less swampy the further north it goes, it isn’t easy going, so they decide to hire a boat.

This proves easier said than done, as apparently the tale of the crazy adventurers from 2 centuries back still is told. The first boatman they find even turns out to be the great great grandson of the boatman they’d hired before, and with an awful lot of cajoling and begging finally relented and said he’d rent them his boat for 300gp. Annoyingly this was more than the party really had readily available, as the last time they were in town they’d spent the vast majority of their gold re-equipping.

Well, except for Veidt.

Veidt, who’d decided to stay in town and spend some time focusing on research…

Guy went begging. Riia and Bach appealed to him as a fellow nobles. Nessendra appealed to his (questionable) good side. Kethra and Anya simply looked on with their puppydog eyes (Yeah, right).

With a great show of annoyance, Veidt relented, and *loaned* the party the necessary cash, but insisted on delivering it himself. He wished them well, and a speedy return of the boat. Standing on the dock, the party once again realized that not one of them knew how to adequately operate a boat. With some muttering, they headed back into town toward the bars. Bach walks into the first open bar and loudly announces that they’re looking to hire for a dangerous mission to the citadel of chaos!

Riia and Nessendra drag him out and attempt to instil a sense of appropriateness of the situation, when a teen waves at them from around the corner of a building. He’s a young sailor, and is willing to captain their boat, as long as they’re willing to listen, and to pay. The party quickly agrees, and then he drops his final requirement - don’t tell his dad, the guy who rented them the boat…

The passage upriver was remarkable only for its ease.

The boat came to a rest against the side of the river. Ahead of them, thrusting from the generally low and flat land that they’d seen since arriving on this new continent stood the first in a chain of mountains. A great waterfall, the source of the river poured down, frothing the water below. Crouched over the every edge of the waterfall the citadel perched.

Guy summoned his crow familiar, and sent it scouting. The citadel was remarkably intact in spite of its abandoned appearance. The only damage to the structure seemed to be a hole in one of the towers. The crow also spotted a small cave with a circular stone covering the entrance. Deciding that going directly at the citadel may not be the wisest of decisions, they investigate the side cave.

They struggle to move the cover stone, until Nessendra pushes it the other way, then follow the dark path down into a large chamber. A scattering of bones surrounds a metal coffin, covered in blasphemous runes and adamantine chains. Moving in to investigate, the skeletons rise up to no one's surprise. The party recognizes the inhuman shapes of the single eyed beastmen skeletons they’d faced back 200 years ago. This time, they weren’t nearly the trouble they were before, as once again Nessendra saves the day, turning and destroying the skeletons.

“Hello?” a dry rasping voice called out from the coffin. “By Justica, is someone there? Finally?!?”

The party had found Zugun, the priest and brother of the man who became the Chaos Lord in the last great war. Unfortunately the victory wasn’t complete… While Zugun stopped his brother from becoming a true demon prince, he didn’t (or couldn’t) kill him, and during the final battle was wounded, captured, and imprisoned in the magical coffin. Worse still sometime soon, the stars would again align allowing the ritual to be attempted again.

Zugun needed their help… but he believed they could do it, with his help.

Skepticism abounded.

“We’re only just 5th level”
“We only have one magic item in the whole party”
“We don’t have a mage anymore!”
“You’re a crappy DM and we hate old school play!”
“Why do you keep pulling out DCC stuff? We’re supposed to be playing 5e!”

“Ah, but there was an armory here in the citadel. There may still be items of power within.”

“Items that could turn powerful beings to stone?”

“Yes, items just like that!”

“Do you know where”

“Well, no… not exactly.”

Grabbing the chains wrapped around the coffin, the party hauled it with them deeper into the cavern, and through a worked stone portal that continued on as a dungeon corridor. They passed by a store room, mostly empty, and a series of crypts. Guy couldn’t help himself, and began pilfering the coins left on the eyes of the dead.

As Guy defiled the dead, an audacity of gargoyles appeared at the far end of the hall, their stony visages craggy in anger. Not so easily defeated as the skeletons, they were tough opponents in every sense of the word, even resulting in Anya shattering her sword against one of them, and Riia breaking her bow trying to get enough draw to pierce their skin. When the last gargoyle stood against the bloody but still standing party, it turned and retreated, flying into the darkness…

Bach in hot pursuit!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bones 3 - Only 3 days left!!!

There's only 3 days left to get in on Bones 3. It wraps up at 5pm Central time... and just like the previous 2, this one is already a fantastic deal.

For your core $100 pledge, you get all this:

You can add these to your order... check out the giants and all the dragons, including an armored dragon and rider!

Need a little Mythos in your games? The 3rd part of this is a whole bunch of investigators!

Who doesn't need a brain in a jar? Stitch golems?

So if you need a ton of great minis at an obscenely low price, this is the way to do it! Click here to join the campaign and get in on Bones 3