Monday, April 30, 2012
I played MERP and Rolemaster back in the day though I have long ago gotten rid of any of that stuff. I think I still have the Decipher game lying about somewhere and I really should look at getting The One Ring RPG by Cubicle 7. I also have seen some interesting material on using OD+D rules to emulate the world of Middle Earth.
I would look at doing something in the Third Age after Bilbo and Before the War of the Ring and the Fellowship...that sits firmly in the era that Cubicle 7 is targeting. We shall see....
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Today the heroes decided to try and track the bandits...this worked for the first day but by the second they had lost the trail and were going to give it one more day....but that night a lone Thylacine attacked during the night when they only had one watcher watching. Everyone but the Spellsword woke and when it was over the creature was dead and Lasheer the Elvish Warden was unconscious.
Heading back to the village they learned that his arm was in bad shape (we are still using the negative effects table) and needed a more expert observation. One of the party rode to the town and retrieved a cleric who diagnosed him with torn muscles and he lost the use of his right arm. The player decided to retire the character and bring forth his cousin an Elvish Marksman...maybe someday they could afford to pay for his arm to be repaired.
The new group went out and almost in the same place were attacked by a Tatzelwurm, this time the Spellsword was paralyzed and Alexius the gladiator gave chase, the new Marksman and Bard tried to pepper it with arrows before they lost sight of it. The assassin woke up and followed along, finally they tracked the wurm to it's lair and a battle ensued. It ended with the assassin using a torch and burying it in the eye of the creature...
Quickly gathering up their companions they made a quick camp until morning and then headed back to the village. They had recovered a potion and two gems...plus a small amount of gold.
Next week they want to go back and see if they can scavenge the scales from the wurm... ;)
The game will move on...I will post more later....
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
On another note I got over 10 hours of sleep last night and feel better than I have in two weeks!!
Back to the drawing board sometime today....
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Now I have a lot of info on the city from my 1st and 2nd edition days so this should be a fun addition...now I just have to figure where I'm gonna put Waterdeep and Bard's Gate! ;)
The turning point of the conflict was when the Gladiator character, Alexius stood his ground and finished off five of the brigands...it really was a great fight and his armor saved him from certain doom. The other two PC's did a nice job but Alexius standing out in the open not running and not worrying about his outcome left an impression on the brigand lieutenant who managed to get away...
Now they have found out that the "Stag Lord" is the leader of the brigands and that he lives in the deepest part of the woods...will they go after him or do some scouting to see what else they can find...next week will give us some more answers. Next week will also be the beginning of us leaving the ACKS system and moving towards Castles and Crusades. This was the player's decision and I am excited to see what THEY think about the differences...they have seen their characters and they all really were excited about the differences.
Ok enough for now...
Friday, April 20, 2012
Finally we started playing some good old Holmes with some Mentzer thrown in and then recently ACKS was released from Autrach and the fire caught with both groups of kids that I run. Now it has been a bit of time...my older teens have started catching on and they have asked me to run them in Castles and Crusades...we'll see.
The younger kids pre-junior high, are still working ahead we might look at going back to just some basic Holmes with some house rules but we'll see. I know this...I won't be starting a Pathfinder game anytime soon as a GM...I am enjoying not breaking my back carrying the rulebooks.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
One of the young people is not happy with his character and wants a change, so that might be on fatality BUT we will let the dice decide. I am excited about the prospect of the fight and hope the kids enjoy it no matter what the outcome.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
We have testing next week but the week after they want to continue with a Basicesque game and we will be picking up in the port town of New Haven, I will be running the dungeon out of the Holmes Blue Book and we shall see how that turns out.
The group as it sits right now has essentially two Rangers...if any of my readers wants to offer suggestions, I'm all ears. The players are more than happy to let me make their characters for them.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
We have roughly five sessions left before the end of the school year and then I say goodbye to three seniors who have been with the group all four years one senior who joined this year leaving me with three sophomores, juniors next year...
I will post more about what they chose to do...
Sunday, April 15, 2012
We had a new character at the table today to join the other three of our characters that have been played for quite some time now...and we had a blast! The story was interesting and of course the three characters have gotten to know each other well but we have our own secrets still and our own stories...
Once again Valerie, Otto (David) and Mason were able to save the day with some help from their new companion John (the Yank).
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Bookhounds gives you some great resource and background material for chasing down books that might be needed for your investigators...in fact it turns the idea of finding a book into a whole hook itself. THE best part though in my opinion are the blown up maps in the back of the book of London, yea you could probably find them on the net now but to actually be able to look at and hold them just felt better.
The different types of book shops that are detailed are not overdone and making one the home base for your investigators is something that I thought would need to be done...a very good book for a very good variation of the CoC game! ((Trail of Cthulhu offers a conversion table for CoC so it wouldn't be hard to use these together at all!))
Friday, April 13, 2012
I also will be researching some this weekend just because I am feeling the vibe of Cthulhu by Gaslight...it's gonna be a good weekend. I will post more on Sunday night or Monday for sure for sure.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I have played it in the modern setting, I have played it in the roaring 20's but I have never played CoC by gaslight. When I heard a few months back that this was coming out I was ecstatic because as much as I have kept CoC a secret my dark secret is Victorian Era gaming! This is the Reeses Peanut Buttercup for me, and I have not had a chance yet to read through this I will be reading through it this weekend and I am trying to get my print copy as well. ;)
Hopefully more of us out here will be picking this up, I am going to try and get into some CoC games whenever I can.
I will post more about this down the road...and Tim if your reading we really should do some translations of some characters...hint hint hint! ((Sorry for the insider message.))
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The few rounds that the group tried to do some damage to it did nothing but irritate the troll and within three rounds two of the group were down and it was looking dim. The scout tried to get the group to flee but to no avail really and when the SECOND troll started to arrive the scout turned tail and fled, only stopping long enough to scoop up the pup of a wolf cub that the dead druid was no longer going to be in need of. The kids took it in stride and the scout did manage to get away...after all the trolls had enough food to keep them full!
Next week we pick up in the port town of New Haven and the beginning of a new story with the scout sticking around as the core of the next group.
Monday, April 9, 2012
My 2 cents, and the reason I am looking at this as well as Microlite 74 is just to have something sitting with me on my Ipad for those moments when you need a game to pass some time! ;)
Saturday, April 7, 2012
I am going to look further into what I can use this for and might even spring for the full version!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Ternoc Rivenshal: Half-Elf Ranger who was played for a very long time in my 2nd edition DnD game. Ternoc was more focused as a bowman and the player who played him did a very nice job being the party leader, more times than not.
Kestra of Horath: Same player that played Ternoc had played Kestra a Human female Cleric. She was quite strong and not as open minded as Ternoc...it was very nice change of pace for the player. Kestra was brought back by me for another player who I thought would play her quite well and she did, this time as a Paladin...the differences were not much even though the player's never met.
Tal of Newporte: Played in my Runequest/Stormbringer game but could easily translate into a Cleric in DnD terms. Tal was a hero by choice and that character has the distinction of being played the longest in any of my games. Tal did the right thing many times even though it was not in his best interest, the player again really did a nice job here and I enjoy thinking about the trials and tribulations I put him through.
Rudrick Greyshadow: Rudrick was a right bastard of a character and the player logged many sessions alongside Ternoc. Rudrick was a fighter/thief combination and the player did a nice job playing him as a bit of a ruthless bastard! The last name has been used two times for different characters in my games but neither have lived up to the first name holder.
Brendan Kestrelshar: An Elvish Fighter/Mage...Brendan was played for a short time but the player did a nice job capturing the essence of the character. This character was an elf out of time, he had been frozen in time for centuries only to be discovered by the group and rescued.
Madryk of Clan Ironhand: This character was also played for a short time but the player really got into the character and made him stand out. The player was a great note taker and never failed to amaze me at what he remembered. This led to a second title, Keeper of Secrets and this was another fun character to see played to it's fullest. The Clan name has been re-used once...
Krom...the Assassin: Krom was Tal's friend and nemesis and I can't say enough about Krom or the player...I have talked about him in the past...
Valshea: The one and only character my wife has played over the years...on hiatus right now but this Elven woman was much like my wife...strong willed and didn't understand the word no. Her foes found out many times she was made of the strongest wood from the forest.
Celebsarn: An Elvish Paladin from my college years, played for almost two years but played very well. The character was originally female...until a certain girdle was found that changed all that...she/he became a very noble warrior in the cause of good.
Rafian: I mention Rafian a Dark Elf Ranger only because the player who plays the character has played it in just about any fantasy type game I have run, under one name or another. Those that have shared the same table with him laugh at the other names and just start calling the character Rafian!
I think that is it for now but I will be adding to this down the road...I know that I don't have any single class mages that stand out in my mind...though I do have one or two npc's that might fit...
Ciao for now!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I am going to try a few different ideas to make something that looks passable or at least pleasurable to me. I have planned out a few things and names of cities and I will be working on villages as well.
This is a shorter post but I wanted to get something out before I didn't have a chance to. I am still taking suggestions if anyone has ideas on mapping.
Happy holiday to those celebrating!!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Leaving the long lost temple with their new guide Valen Cross they actually found some camels, I ruled that these were lost from their caravan and were more than happy to be led. The next day...I rolled an encounter and for a moment I thought about changing it...a troll.
Now I have told this group that this is an old school game and sometimes you have to PLAY smart, this is NOT a 3.x game where every encounter is balanced for them...the "Sand" Troll burst out of the sand that had originally looked like a rock, and I was shocked that the party was not surprised but the dice were in their favor...until next week.
This encounter could be a TPK IF they don't run...hopefully they will remember my advice....
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Seriously any help is better than what I've been doing!
While travelling I had some time to think about my various games and campaigns over the last 30+ years of gaming and I realized that I have never really dedicated a game to the desert environs. This was prompted because we watched a few of the Scorpion King/Mummy movies and I think it's time I do something about having my players "enjoy" the desert soon.
The lost city wouldn't be a bad place to start and I have one group already in that module...I think I can build upon that...should be fun. More to follow as my thoughts solidify....
Oh yea, I really dig the name Akkadian Empire...and yes I know it is historical... ;)