Tuesday, July 25, 2023

#Dungeon23 #DoomGate #The Facility June Wrap Up

The middle levels of The Facility continue on from the previous month, with more demons, more nasty traps, and a shocking amount of treasure. 

There's also a little sub level that has both a teleporter to the surface, and a dragon that's taken up residence. And if successful, the party can take the teleporter with them... and with a little ingenuity they can even relocate the hardware at the other end to a more accessible location. 

There are several other boss or mini-boss type monsters to be found, including a giant spider demon that when reduced to half hit points will release insect swarms for the PCs to deal with. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Stonehell: Cleaning the Manor

Session 204 was played on 9/5

Borumar, Thief 9 (Josh) & Fido
Morgana, Magic User 8 (Rob)
Blotto, Goblin (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf (NPC)
Gimble, Fighter (NPC)

While Koltic brewed items of questionable provenance, Morgana wrote up a fireball scroll, and Blotto tries to find a fishing competition to enter. From Lady Eirics estate to Morgana’s fixer-upper, they find some green slime and burn it out (causing only minor damage to the manor house).

Further along they almost get rolled by a rug of smothering. Then swarmed by some infernal insects. Morgana ice storms them. Again, only minor damage to the house. They’re attacked by a giant spider, that Morgana kills with ice storm, causing more minor damage. Poking around the upstairs, they find a nursery…

Gains: loose coins
Kills: insect swarm, giant spider

Friday, July 14, 2023

Stonehell: Trolls in the mines? Fireball!

Session 203 was played on 8/28

Borumar, Thief 9 (Josh) & Fido
Morgana, Magic User 8 (Rob)
Karl, Dwarf 8 (Julia)
Blotto, Goblin (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf (NPC)
Gimble, Fighter (NPC)

To the Troll Halls! 

On the way to the dungeon, an odd yellowskinned goblin with a fishing pole joins them for the walk to Stonehell, asking about the dungeon fishing opportunities. 

Down the stairs, they encounter a long limbed furry humanoid with large yellow eyes moving slowly up the winding stair. Karl gives it some of the “candy” he got from the fae in Kobold Korners. Morgana levitates around the creature, while everyone else gives it as much space as possible.

Once down on the 5th level, they head to the mines, and begin to clear it out of its troll infestation. A large running melee ensues, culminating in a large fireball, more fighting, another fireball, to the refinery, and yet another fireball. Morgana also summons a giant swiss army slug, then on the way out ice blasts 5 more trolls who were on their way into the mines.

The freed kobolds make their way out over the charred corpses of the trolls, while Morgana summons a giant vomit slug as a surprise for when the trolls come to investigate. On the way out a troop of skeletons gets wiped away by Koltic before the back row fighters even got a good look at them.

Gains: Wand of illusion
Kills: Trolls, skeletons

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

#Dungeon23 #DoomGate #TheFacility May Wrap Up

May brings us from the various outer installations to the main HQ, where I will spend through July detailing out. The upper section is infested with demons, a smattering of undead, and some weird tech to play with. 

2 page spread from a graph paper notebook. The left side has a pencil and ink dungeon map, and the right side has the room descriptions.

There are also a number of tricks and traps, including a med bay that can heal all ills, but drain ability scores in the process. A pool filled with blood and a golden teleporting chalice (good luck keeping it), and a robotic forge burning with literal infernal fires. There's also an old gargoyle that's happy to chat and trade. 

The influence of the DoomGate can be clearly felt, but also the fungal/primordial push from below, and the weird alien tech from beyond mix in interesting and strange ways. It might have been better if the ICBM was launched at The Facility.

Monday, July 10, 2023

#6MMPC 2023 mid July Check In

June wrapped very successfully with a whole bunch of painted mushroom folk, some ruins, and a couple of spiders. July is kicking off pretty well, though with the in-laws around, my evening painting time has been limited so far. 

This is my main plan for the month. The biggie is a 3 headed troll, though I'm painting him up more as an ogre. There's also a trio of bird folk (kenku? tengu?) a half orc inquisitor, goblin henchman, halfling barkeep, and a tent. The mushroom queen is still in progress, and I'm thinking she's going to be a Reapercon entry if I can get her looking good enough. 

In addition to all of them, I'm also bashing away at some sci-fi terrain.


A pair of 3D supports mounted in a pair of peanut butter jar lids, and topped with some heroclix bottom bases with bits and bobs glued on, including a hair elastic conduit, zip tie details, and some garden wire drilled through near the top. They'll look a lot better once they get some paint. 

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Rappan Athuk: Tombs below the cloister

Session was played on 8/22

Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)
Borumar, Thief 9 (Josh) & Fido
Morgana, Magic User 8 (Rob)
Darryl, Cleric 6 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 4 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 4 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Gimble, Fighter 5

Checking in with the abbot, he provides the party with 2 vials of poison, 2,000gp, and access to the lower levels of the dungeons via the caves by the beach.

Heading back to the inner cloister, and down into the dungeons there, toward the tomb of Kynos. Within is a large statue of a man with a dog. From the statue a wight appears, and the hellhound (not dog) breathes fire at the party. Darrly takes care of the wight, while Borumar kills the hellhound. Within the statue’s base is a secret compartment with a statue of a dog and a pair of healing potions. Borumar however gets diseased by the compartment.

Deeper into the dungeon, and to the tomb of Kaltex, the area becomes slimy, moldy, and wet, full of toadstools and the faint whispering of… something. Nick follows the whispers and finds a passage in the ceiling. Borumar climbs it, and emerges amidst the ruins between the inner and outer cloister.

Further along, behind a locked door in a large octagon chamber are scenes depicting the life cycle of frogs, with an oily smell in the air. Off of this chamber, in a smaller side chamber is a body at rest surrounded by 62 vials. In the body’s arms is a scepter, and on its fingers, gold rings. Nick carefully removes all 62 vials, then goes for the rings. The body objects, and reaches out draining Nick’s strength. Then the walls opened up, and 10 more mummies emerged. Darryl tackles the weaker mummy things, while the rest of the party wails on the main baddie.

Aside from the vials, and the ring and scepter, there’s also 500gp in a small chest found after the last of the undead monsters is slain.

Using the rope Borumar secured to the surface in the ruins, the party returns home, bypassing the cloister.

Gains: gold coins, scepter, 62 alchemical vials, and a ring of telekinesis.
Kills: mummies, wights, hellhound

Saturday, July 1, 2023

June ‘23 In Review

Busy busy month. Had a big go live of a new ERP software at work, followed by a retreat up in Vermont. Then the in-laws came to visit… My child managed to bash his head (so much blood) but he was fine. Then scrape his arm, less blood, still fine. I found more poison ivy in my yard… Oh and I got locked out of my twitter account. Fun times.

Honestly, the twitter thing was probably for the best…

My usual weekly game was on hold all month as people were traveling. On the other hand, I got to run 2 sessions of Keep on the Borderlands at my work retreat! Details on that in a future post.

I’m not exactly sure how, but it was a really productive month. With a very strong theme of mushroom folk.
I don't usually paint in a way that would be described as colorful or bright. I'm really big on earth tones, and realistic looking, kinda gritty... so doing all these bright mushrooms was a lot of fun. Also, I realized I've never really painted rust before. All in all, I'm really happy with this month's results.

Star Trek Discovery season 3 rewatch
Star Trek Strange New Worlds season 2

Goals for June
Continue #Dungeon23
Keep up with the session reports
Play the next scenario for Stargrave
Survive the in-laws visit