Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Work

I have an idea that I would like to work on over the summer, that is using d20 modern for my next "campaign" for the adult group.

That is the next clue as to what I am working is something that I have known for years but I have not played it face to face in a long time.

Guesses?  It should be easy from the last image!

Friday, May 25, 2012


Ok it was neat seeing my name in the front of the book as a play tester from feedback given at GaryCon a few years ago...

I really do like the interior art, to me it really invokes that late 70's very early 80's feel.  What I don't like are the funky dice...I have found over the years that games that require the purchase of another $30 in dice just aren't gonna make it.  I know that there are ways to get around it but why even print/write it this way, I played it back then without the dice and it was fine, heck I was excited about it with this no.

I will eventually pick it up but it will be at an auction or discounted somewhere...maybe.  The price tag for the size of the book isn't bad and the art is very interesting, but the mechanics for spells just don't leave me excited.  I know what they were trying for having talked to John Goodman about the game for a bit of time back then but I really think the mark was missed.  IT will appeal to some but I don't believe it will be enough to keep the line going....heck I hope I'm wrong.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The trial of Wraith

A session ago Wraith our resident thief contacted her guild about getting a cart to use in a little action she was planning.  Her contact made arrangements for a meet and both Kessin and Wraith were to come alone...they did not.  Kessin brought the cart and a horse, after money was exchanged he started to unhook the horse, Wraith confronted him, he explained you wanted a cart, I brought the horse to bring the cart....if you want the horse it will cost you more money.

Now a fight began and when it was done Kessin was dead and his back up fled into the woods outside the town of Hartford.  Days went buy and Wraith had not returned to Hartford...but finally she did.  Her party tried to tell her no BUT they all slept in the common room, when they awoke in the morning Wraith was gone...

The trial from the guild has started....

Monday, May 21, 2012

Two members buy the farm...

This Sunday saw two of the original characters I thought might happen the second was a surprise.  The first to fall was our Cleric who came up short while battling a human mage.  The mage was hired as part of group of bad guys who we have had our way with for quite a long time...well they slapped back.  I was the GM for this and I really played this one up, the group was doing their now normal investigating and became separated the Cleric and Cleric/Thief ended up together and I won't go into details BUT the Cleric ended up with a Flaming Sphere sitting on top of his chest, roast Cleric it was.

Later as the group was licking it's wounds the Revenant that had been hunting the Nightstalker finally caught up with them.  Even with and Undead Bane sword the Revenant accomplished the task of killing it's murderer.  That now left only the Half-Elf Ranger, the Minotaur and my Elf Magus as the originals who have declared war on these very evil men.  Next time we get together I am looking forward to getting even with these bastards!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The last one...

This Sunday will mark the end of my run with our group for our Pathfinder Dragonlance game.  The starting GM will take back over for the last three sessions.  We have gone from 1st level to about 7th level and it has been a lot of fun running around a different version of Dragonlance.

I am beginning to prep for my next game which should be starting in September or October....and here is my first clue...the actors don't matter just the image....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dragonlance/Pathfinder continues....

This weekend we continue our Pathfinder/Dragonlance game that we started last June/July, I have had the reins for almost five months now and will be handing them back over NEXT month to the other GM.  The average party level is now 6th and we are climbing rapidly to 7th.

I am excited because this game is going to be more character driven and have more to do with investigations then hacking and slashing...though there will be some of that as well.  I have downloaded the PFR app to my Ipad and now have all the books images but that is not what I need.

We have the group in Kalaman and they are coming to grips with just releasing two bad bad people back into the Ogre Mage and a Lich....the Lich will appear in the next series sometime next year...the Ogre Mage might be sooner. ;)

Pathfinder versus Castles and Crusades...this will be an adjustment... :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

We really like...

I have now heard at least a dozen times in the last two days how much my sons like Castles and Crusades.  I have asked why and I was told that it is fun, easy and not as big as Pathfinder!  I am proud that both boys have spent time reading the PHB wanting to know more about certain aspects of the game, and asking why about a variety of subjects.  My one son asked last night if the game was "old" or "new"...I said it was less than ten years old..."wow that's old" was his comment.  Now he is twelve and I referenced that and he reconsidered..."I guess it's not THAT old."

I am digging out some good old 2e DnD stuff and it seems that those things transfer pretty easy but so does 1e.  I have the new Tome of Horrors and that is something that will be making an appearance at the table soon...not yet but soon.

My sons have gotten into the little farming community that I have put them in, they wanted to know names and ages of the people there and one of the other young players wanted to know if he could test the locals to see if there was anyone with any magical talent....he himself is first level!!  I have to say that this little gem is giving me hours and oodles of paper to hold onto.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The dirt road...

The mixing of the high school kids with my two sons went really well!  The key today was LOTS of traveling, the group of eight traveled the most in this game to date.  They traveled from Pine Grove, the farming community that has become their home base, and finally to the metropolis town of Hartford, where they have brick streets!

First the group had to be united and that was interesting, a rescue from a dungeon maze, a riddle and a death trap were for the most part avoided.  The group came out with some money and a magic item, a slew of new weapons for the farmers and Rhialla (the ranger in the HS group) made level.  When they got to the booming town the group split up and trouble ensued...the Thief in the group went against her guild, the Ranger and Fighter almost got killed by some Were-rats, the Bard did his best to charm the ladies AND the other Ranger Valen went on his own little quest.  They have picked up some more info on the Stag Lord and now Lotan and Janos are speeding back to Pine Grove to share this information while the other group travels on to Eastbrook where Valen is.

This to me was like a Marvel Team up episode and I could not have scripted a better ending, I am proud of my sons and the HS kids who really stepped up!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

A dream....

Tomorrow I will get to do something that I have wanted to do for sometime...I will have my two sons who are 12 join with their high school counterparts for a crossover Castles and Crusades game!  The high school group has just started in this area and it should be interesting to see how they meet.  This is cool for me to see how my kids do with the older kids and for me to see how the older kids react.

This will be the longest my kids have played...roughly 6 hours so that should be interesting and it is the first Saturday session that the high school kids have earned in almost three years.

I will let everyone know how this turns out....

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gaming with my youngest...

Today I made an opportunity to game with my youngest and his two older brothers.  I let the two older kids play their same characters as what they have been playing and my youngest played his Elf Fighter/Thief, using the Castles and Crusades rules.  I used an encounter from one of Troll Lord's encounter set, with a few additions to suit my needs.

First the Assassin and Bard found out that one of the 12 year old boys from the farms had gone missing...this has happened before but never for more than two was now three.  They took off trying to track him and finally the found a trail heading south deeper into the woods then they had been.  Finding some giant frogs along the way and beating them they eventually found an abandoned farming community.  Searching they found a dead and decayed body in one of the barns and a backpack with rudimentary supplies.

Now in comes the new Fighter/Thief...he has found the boy and was getting ready to take him back when he knew a storm was coming.  He watched the two search the area and finally the boy recognized the two looking for him as being friends of his folks from the farm.  Eventually everyone is united and a night spent in one of the houses is called for.  Now during the night the storm blows itself out and eventually the assassin notices that the animals are not making any noise....and then they see them four zombies.  The group decides that the assassin will get the kid to safety while the bard and fighter buy him time....

They did a great job of picking the first four off and then the next six but by this time they had lost a bow to a broken bow string and the bard was down in hit points...time for a withdrawal.  Now as they are leaving they see that the kid has picked up a dagger along the bid deal.  They eventually do make it back with a few interesting encounters that they managed to avoid and the parents want to return the dagger to the group...only no one gave him a dagger and what is that stranger pattern and mark on the dagger....

That will be for next time...

The One that Got Away...

I had my hands on this back in 2008 BUT I didn't buy it, and I really don't know why other than I was on a boycott of Castles and Crusades at that point.  I wasn't happy the way the game was being supported and I really wanted the Castle Keepers Guide which had been promised at that point.

I never bought and I have been trying to find it now for over a year...with really no luck.  To any who are reading if you see this pop up somewhere or know of someone who wants to sell one...please think kindly upon me.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Taming of the Stag Lord...

The 12 year old group continued today and once again the Tatzelwurm made an appearance...the mate of the one they killed last week. While crossing a river the last member of the group to cross spotted something shining stuck on some rocks just a little further down stream...well he went to investigate by himself...

The wurm jumped from the shoreline and nearly had him, the fight was difficult BUT the group managed to fend off and finally kill the wurm.  Some nasty sprites and avoiding combat with an Owlbear AND a Shambling Mound the party didn't lose anyone and actually managed to find some of the bandits and that was a nasty fight leaving two of the group down.  (The Marksman and Spellsword)

Finally making it home they are starting to get some gold and are making friends now with the farmers in the of the daughters has taken a shine to Alexius and the Spellsword thinks he has found someone with some talent that maybe he can teach.  The kids are only first level but they are playing WAY above their heads and it's great!!

Nothing next week but we are back with a vengeance on the 19th!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Avengers....Marvel Comics

This was by far my favorite supers movie to date...and I don't see anything toppling it in the near future.  It played out like a comic and I could picture it coming right out of the comic itself.  Really a great job and it does live up to the hype...

Go see it...and then go see it again like I am!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The One Ring RPG

Finally I have The One Ring RPG in my possession and I will be reading through it over the next few days in between the few time I will be at the Avengers movie.

I have to say that I do like what I see so far but I am only a few pages into it...I have looked at the dice and I can only assume right now that you cannot get extra sets of the dice.  The dice are important in skill resolution but you can use normal dice without any issue.  There are four or five d6 (they are in the car right now) and one  d12, the d12 has the rune for Gandalf and the Eye of Mordor on the face of the 12 and 11 respectively.  IF you roll a 12 then you have succeeded at the task at hand no matter what the difficulty for the roll was...if you rolled an 11...well that counts as a zero for the PC's and that is not good.  That is about as far as I can go right now but I will be posting more later as I get through the book.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Dungeon Crawl for Magus Crispin

Today the new Dungeon Crawl was interesting they actually surprised some orcs BUT left them alone to continue scouting the dungeon out...

I made those that had weapons readied stop mapping...those that carried a weapon could not now we have the hobbit thief mapping... ;)

They have managed to kill a Giant accident...

All in all they seemed to have fun and...they did find 12 gp and a non-magical dagger...not an auspicious start for May but it is a start...