Thursday, 29 December 2016
Sunday, 20 November 2016
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Like I said its been a really crazy ten days, both in my personal situation and my piece of the RPG world since I posted I was going to start The Last Parsec. Today's post is focusing on the last bit - my corner of RPG-dom. Its going to be a long post too folks!
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Thursday, 11 August 2016
The answer to this today for me isn't so much the effect on the way I play, but more about the effect on my level of participation in games and in the gaming community. I am going to have to call out +Damian Hupfeld and +Eric Lamoureux on this.
Two years ago when I first came across Fantasy Grounds, I hadn't seriously in a couple years, that changed quickly. From being introduced to the Castles & Crusades and Savage Worlds via some one shots they ran to their endless energy in running new game, to their presence on the forums has been a force in me becoming more active - not just on the forums as my post counts climbs, but participating actively in the G+ communities I am a member,
From the early stages as I leaned how to input my home brew materials into FG, then eventually start making m own product conversions, then starting my own blog about progress on my conversions, and even now as I close in on the completion on my third project.
Their patience, crticism, advice and general all around help has been a fantastic source of support, and with that kick in the ass when I needed it has been of immeasurable help.
So thanks, and hat's off to you guys.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Largest in game surprise I have experienced?
This one took a lot of thinking, I was originally trying to think of surprises I have pulled on players but really couldn't come up with any really good ones. So I had to go with one where, a good friend and I as players surprised the players in the group.
Waaaayy back in high school, pre-2nd edition AD&D days my good friend Chris (we have been friends for almost 40 years) and I played in multiple groups. One of the campaigns we were involved in the GM ran two totally different groups in the same home brew world. The groups had heard of the other's exploits, but had never crossed paths at all. Our characters were a pair of brothers who were both fighter types and after several years of campaigning two or three times a week were both fairly well leveled....like about level 15 or so. We weren't exactly saints....but not too evil either.
Being all army brats, the members of the groups tended to fluctuate somewhat and this particular summer the other players in this group had moved away. The second group our GM ran also lost a couple of players and were at a point where they needed some extra muscle for a particularly nasty expedition. It also helped that both our characters were very familiar with the area the group was going to. So the GM brought us into the other group.
Now we knew of one or two of the players but had never played with them. Our two brothers join the group and guide them to the area they were interested in. A freaking huge dungeon our GM delighted in constantly adding to and/or changing (think Undermountain or Rappan Athuk huge).
So after several sessions, the others hadn't actually realized that their two new beat'em ups were brothers. We didn't tell them, cause well, they never asked. The party was holed up in a fairly large room, and had just surprised and captured some underlings of the BBEG they were after.
The others being of good alignment and disposition questioned the prisoners nicely and had not received any real answers from them. The players were discussing their options when my buddy Chris decides to take matters into his own hands.
He walks up to the prisoners and points at one of them and says to him, "You're going to tell me what we want to know." He then promptly smashes the ankles of the prisoner next to him. Chris looks back at the first prisoner and says, "Cause once I break every bone in his body, I am going to start with yours."
This gets the attention of the other players, meanwhile I am sitting off in the corner minding my own business. The argument that ensues was funny as hell, and Chris keeps basically telling them he is going to get the info one or another, if they don't like it they can look the other way. Chris takes another swing at the maimed prisoner, and one of the other players sticks his shield in the way to block the attack and announces, "He swung at me first, so I am attacking" This sets off a messy in party fight.
I am still minding my own business in the corner, and one of the players has a sudden gleam of intelligence and says, "I am going to go sit in the corner and read my play-elf." In the fight that followed four characters attacked Chris, with the one dude in the corner and I taking it all in. Before they killed Chris' character he was able to kill one of them and wounded the others.
After a few minutes there are three wounded PC's looking down at the dead bodies of two other characters, and they begin discussing how they were going to split up the loot and get their dead friend brought back to life.
Enter my character....."I just have one question for you guys."
They all turn and look at me.
"Now that you killed my brother, who do I kill first?"
The looks on their faces was awesome, and when it was over I had my choice of some pretty cool loot.
Oh, and the guy reading the play-elf got some nice stuff too after I had him carry my brother's body all the way back to town.
Best part of it all - nobody went away mad.
Monday, 8 August 2016
Today's question: hardcover, softcover or digital? Easy - all of them. I love books, and I love reading. I am not above owning multiple copies of a book in different formats. I am a proverbial kid in the candy store when I go into a book store or a game store.
Having said that, the bulk of my book purchases in the last three of four years have been digital. Partly because the nearest FLGS is a 30 minute drive on a good day, partly because of the cost of shipping. When it costs more to ship a book to me than the book costs, then its time to "settle" for the digital copy.
If I local group that played regularly then I would actually eat the extra cost to have the real deal in my hands. Currently, my only play time is on line so digital works. Plus it is way easier to do conversions for Fantasy Grounds with a digital copy - be interesting to try and do a conversion on a hard cover though.
Sunday, 7 August 2016
Today's question: What aspect has had the biggest affect on me?
Personally, I am going to have to say the biggest effect on me has been pushing the boundaries of my creativity and imagination. I have also stepped outside my comfort zones at different times over the years. From the time I was three I have always enjoyed reading - yes I started early, and I am still a voracious devourer of books.
Once I started playing 1st edition AD&D back in the day, it was almost as if the beast within was released. I started world building, writing adventures and stories to fill those worlds. Right from the start I wanted to contribute to the hobby somehow. Way back when Dragon and Dungeon magazines were still TSR products, I even submitted several articles and adventures. Looking back now, those admissions were pretty amateurish and its a good thing they never actually got published.
I have not really finished travelling that road though, it has just gone in a different route than I originally envisioned. I have one completed conversion available for +Fantasy Grounds, another one for the gang at +Just Insert Imagination is in the queue for review before being published. I also have a "small" list of other products I would love to convert as well.
The itch to write is there, I have been working off and on for a couple of weeks on a really big Weird Wars Rome plot point campaign, and there a couple non rpg projects being worked on slowly, but progress is being made.
Friday, 5 August 2016
#RPGaDAY #RPGaDAY 2016
Today's question: What story does your group tell about your character?
This one is a bit more difficult to answer for me. If I had to go with something recent, I think I would have to go back to the first session of +JC Locke's Beasts and Barbarians game. In the arena, my character, a dashing rogue from the under streets of nowhere and everywhere, happened to be an alcoholic. So as we begin the fight for our lives in the arena, I haven't had a drink in a couple of days and am suffering from the DTs and going through withdrawl.
Part way through the fight, after I had taken down one or two bad guys, the other heroes had the situation well in hand. More than half the bad guys were still alive and active, including a really big scorpion. I go running at the arena wall and scrambled into the stands grabbing all the drinks I can find to quench my thirst. Panicked spectators were running everywhere, though I think they were more running because the arena was falling down around the their heads.
Still did more than that cowardly, useless sorcerer.
That session was full of hilarity and epic moments all around.
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Most Impressive thing another persons character did? I think it would have to be the entire group's play during a Beasts and Barbarians game run by +JC Locke.
We started off the game as prisoners to be sacrificed in an arena to the scorpion god of some cult. From the get go the party took it too those pesky cultists (okay, really the sorcerer went hid behind the biggest pillar he could find)
+Skip Voyer, +Matt Stark, +Lan Kelly +Eric Lamoureux and +Daniel McLaughlin
Hopefully we get to play some more of this!
Recorded session here
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
3 August, Proudest Character moment: Hmm, 35 years worth of gaming and the highs and lows that your characters will encounter. I am going to have to go with something from about a year and half ago.
Playing in +Eric Lamoureux' Weird Wars Rome The Half Set Sun. My character was the Decanus elevated to lead a century of my fellow legionnaires in retaking a backwater district of Aegyptus back from the treacherous Nubians.
I had to lead the century in the retaking of a series of Roman forts and a couple of local villages while keeping my losses as low as possible as I wasn't going to be getting any reserves. I wracked my brain and pored over the shared campaign map between every session working out plans and contingencies for every what if I could think of.
The effort of my planning paid off, we got some really nice modifiers to my Knowledge Battle rolls meaning we captured most of our objectives with very minimal losses. It was our group of heroes that took the most beating, and we were a little on the slow side to catch on when the weirdness started to happen.
We never got to finish that plot point campaign, but it was a blast. When the campaign stopped I still had almost all of my original force after seizing four of the forts and two villages. All the heroes were battered and bruised but still on their feet.
It was a blast to play.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Winter Eternal has been submitted to SmiteWorks, and is currently in que for review. I am hoping Eric Lamoureux picked out the stuff I missed. With any luck you should see it the store in a couple weeks.
Work on the theme for Weird Wars Rome progresses slowly. Almost all the issues with various frames have been sorted. One frame refuses to deviate from its default. The issue that stopped Eric from working on it further is still present. It won't all the dragging of bennies from a character sheet. So I started rebuilding the theme from scratch to see if I can isolate it, I do know that it is related.to font he wanted use and the chuanging of anchor points. None of the numbers seemed to be out of place or different.....hence the ground up rebuild.
Unfortunately, for me my 8 year old Toshiba Sattellite laptop bit the biscuit today. I did a significant portion of my work on it, that will hve the follow on effect of slowing down some of my work. Hopefully, I will be able to pull data of the hard drive. Time to start looking for a new one
Just a quick update to keep the information fresh.
Friday, 1 July 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
From the FG store: Weird Wars Rome and on Steam. Check it out! Tad bit stoked to see the result of my work!
So yeah just a real quick post, but like I said, I am a tad bit excited to see it available.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Monday, 30 May 2016
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Saturday, 14 May 2016
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Thursday, 5 May 2016
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Friday, 29 April 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Thursday, 21 April 2016
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Thursday, 14 April 2016
Thursday, 7 April 2016
I have watched all of four in the last week, all of them got this old brain doing some thinking. Though I better stop before I hurt myself.
So, I will toss out some further thoughts on a subject or two touched on this one in particular to start with: The Gathering of Dorks. As I have said before, I enjoy gaming. Pretty much doesn't matter the system or setting (yes, there is a difference - but that's another post and commentary on another podcast) I am willing to give it a try at least for a couple of sessions. I started with 1E and played a whole lot of different systems since then - no 4E or 5E yet. My first 5E game is this weekend at the FG Con.
Now, in this particular podcast one of the gang mentions something about they had they had gotten more into "meta-gaming rather than just gaming" or something along those lines. I don't remember who actually said it, or when during the podcast but it stuck with me.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
In the winter of 1985 I discovered a new gaming group, and that lead to 7 years of awesome gaming and fun times. Year round we could pretty much be found in the camping trailer parked in their parent's drive way or in the living room of somebody's house playing something. The list of games we tried out and liked or didn't like was crazy.
Monday, 28 March 2016
The previous school year, I had a Language Arts teacher who took a different approach to the subject. She read us J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", complete with nuances, inflections, tones. She gave every character a slightly different voice, to the point with your eyes closed you could tell which character was speaking. Part of chapter or a full chapter two or three times a week. We also got to watch the 1978 animated version of "The Lord of the Rings".
The class also put on a version of "Robin Hood" as a school play. I was excited to be one of the Sheriff of Nottingham's guards. I can't act - I know it now, and I knew it then, but I was hooked on the fantasy genre and Tolkien in particular.