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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#6MMRPC Week 7: Pirates and Priests

I'm getting behind in getting my updates posted... I am working on stuff though... Not Ebonwrath, unfortunately. I haven't made it to the craft store to pick up any of the Envirotex lite yet. So instead I finished up some minis that have been half done for a while.

First up, the dwarf pirate. He was actually mostly done a little while ago, but I noticed a white spot where the paint didn't stick.

I spent a lot of time on the pirate's skin tone. It doesn't show well in the picture, but it's a much more interesting color than this picture shows.

The Dark Priest was just a nice distraction after working on Ebonwrath so intensively. I'm going to have to write him up as some sort of necromancer.

Anirion is just fun pallet cleanser while I'm waiting to finish Ebonwrath. I've done a bit more work since this pic was snapped. At this point he's almost done, and I'm working on some detail on the edge of his robe.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Ant-Man

I'm not really familiar with Ant-Man from the comics, but I've been really enjoying just about everything Marvel has put out for the MCU, from Iron Man to Agents of Shield to Daredevil. Ant-Man continues the meet my expectations. And, in the tradition of mixing genres, I always enjoy a good heist movie. Ocean's Eleven is one of my favorites!

Like all of the movies, there's plenty of silly. From the line about calling in the Avengers, to the entire shower scene, they manage to weave in lots of ridiculous things yet at the same time keep everything grounded in reality (at least comic reality) and give it all a sense of actually being important. Rarely is there a throwaway gag tossed in just for laughs.

Tauriel, I mean Evangeline Lilly's Hope comes off too much like Bryce Dallas Howard's Clair from Jurassic World, at least at first. The haircut and the suit... Just unfortunate that they're both released around the same time. However as the movie progresses her overall competence and character arc are much more developed. And I honestly believed the romantic development between Hope and Rudd's Scott way more than I did between Clair and Owen.

Paul Rudd was, I think, the perfect choice for Scott Lang. No shock, since he helped to write the screenplay!

Michael Douglas as Hank Pym pulled off the old retired superhero really well. Also, I liked how this was the first origin movie where it wasn't the original origin, but the origin of the second guy to wear the suit. That was a neat spin, and allowed some interesting things with the story.

While this wasn't one of my top 3 marvel movies overall, it's a solid entry into the pack. And let's be fair, they've set the bar really high.