Monday, September 26, 2011

Artifact from Yesteryear

I was cleaning out a closet in the guest bedroom this evening and found an uncashed check from the Gateway game convention circa 1985 for $5.00. This was a prize from Hero Games that each person at our table was awarded for successfully finishing in first place in a Champions game. At least I think it was first place. You would have thought we would have been given a trophy or somesuch. Anyway, I kept the check as my trophy all these years.

The Dungeon Masters

I watched a documentary this weekend on Hulu.com called The Dungeon Masters. It's basically focused on 3 individuals who are DM's of D&D and their lives. It seems to me, the makers of the documentary selected these people who are examples of the extreme stereotype of D&D players and DM's. Obviously, they selected these people to portray gamers as oddballs and losers. Sadly, anyone with no knowledge of D&D will come away with a similar viewpoint after watching this documentary.

Has anyone else watched this? And what is your opinion of it?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Some more Pathfinder Plastic Minis Images

I found some more preview images from the upcoming plastic miniatures line for Pathfinder.

That's a pretty attractive-looking Medusa. I thought the old legend was she was supposed to be so hideous in appearance you turned to stone. Hmmm.



That lich looks bad-ass.




Nice.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Work Faster, Minions!

Today is supposed to be the VIP Head Start on the new expansion for City of Heroes. It was supposed to be ready at 1PM. So, I come home for lunch from work and find out they are not ready yet and the maintenence time has been extended.

It's times like this that I want to channel my inner Dr. Doom and blast some hapless dolt with an ion blast from my iron gauntlet...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Good Day

I knew everything was going to go well today. It started with thunder, lightning and rain! Overcast skies meant it wasn't going to be the typical oven-baked temperatures we have been suffering. Yay!

I went to the Hobby Day in Anaheim where we had our first session of a Pathfinder campaign. Our intrepid party (consisting of: Half-Orc Fighter, Dwarf Rogue, Elf Ranger, Human Fighter, Half-Elf Sorceress, and Dwarf Cleric) answered the call to help out a hamlet that was being harrassed by goblins. On the way there, we encountered a band of goblins attacking some wagons and killing elves. We wasted them promptly (the goblins that is, not the elves...) and found a halfling merchant cowering under an overturned wagon. We assisted two of the fallen elves, who were the guards hired by the halfling and prevented them from dying. The halfling promised us "store credit" at her shop in the hamlet of Barrow's Edge which is where we were going. So, we uprighted the wagons. My ranger tracked down the horse that ran away and brought it back to the wagons so we could get the halfling's goods safely to her shop.

A few hours later, we were attacked again on the narrow road that wound its way through the forest. This time by a goblin druid and his two rapid dogs. The druid got the drop on us and cast an Entangle spell near the wagons. A few of us were on foot behind the wagons, so we weren't caught in the spell's area of effect. The dogs attacked us and one managed to bite the dwarf rogue in the shoulder. We quickly killed the dogs and goblin druid and we found a scroll, two wands and 10pp and 10gp on the bugger. That is the richest goblin I have ever encountered.

We make it to the hamlet towards evening and after settling in at the local Inn, we learn that the goblins had been disrupting trade in and out of the hamlet. As the place has no militia or any defenses, these people were in dire need of help. There was the beginnings of a wooden wall being constructed, but completion would not be expected for another year. We spent the evening talking to the locals and the more prominant citizens. We learned that a few villagers went out looking for the goblins, but never returned. One of those villagers was the husband of the woman who ran the Inn. She asked us to find her husband and if possible, return to her the wedding ring he wore. In return, she would give us a family heirloom, a sword.

A local dwarf who is a money-lender told us that he had reason to believe that the goblin raids were just the prelude to attacking the village and did not want that to happen. He said he would reward us with 500 gp if we would deal with the goblin menace and could show proof that the goblins would never trouble the village again. We debated what constituted as "proof", but it was sort of left up to us to figure that out. I suggested collecting goblin heads.

The following day, we travelled back to where we encountered the goblin druid and his mangy mutts and looked for tracks to see if they would lead us back to the goblin lair. My ranger was having a hard time locating any tracks (really sucky dice rolls), but the human fighter managed to spot some and soon we were off on the hunt. The tracks led to forested hills were finally the forest ended and there was a sloping field of tall grass with a dirt trail leading through it to a small cave in a hill. A few noticed 2 Goblins and a dog just inside the mouth of the cave. The Dwarf Rogue and Elf Ranger used stealth is crawl slowly through the tall grass to get into position to suprise attack the guards. The dog seemed to become aware of the Elf Ranger's scent, but had become alerted and did not attack. The elf saw this as the best oppurtunity to take out the dog, and fired an arrow at it with his bow. His shot only wounded the animal. Meanwhile, the human fighter ran from the treeline up the the mouth of the cave to engage one of the goblins. The other goblin turned and ran deeper into the cave.

The dog and goblin were quickly slain, but soon 5 more goblins armed with bows arrived. There was a pitched battle inside the cave which was joined a round later by a Bugbear and another goblin. The Half Orc killed the Bugbear with a critical hit and used his Cleave feat and took out the goblin that was next to him. The Elf Ranger took out two more goblins with arrows and the human fighter killed another goblin with his sword. Two remaining goblins ran away towards a wood door that the Bugbear and goblin emerged from and slammed it behind them.

That was the end of the first session. Nobody in the party died, so thats always a good thing.

Friday, September 9, 2011

[Mystery Men!] Miasma

[Mystery Men!] Rex Havoc

This is a character from an old Champions campaign I played in many years ago. The premise of the campaign was that each of the player's characters was a teenage metahuman and we were all in a special school called Mt. Greylock Academy, that also had normal kids attending. Much of the faculty were also powerful metahumans, who taught mundane classes but also helped to train us in our powers. We had to keep our powers secret from the normal kids in the school. There was a "rival" school called Sentinel Academy which also had their own metahuman students, but these kids were evil and they hunted and abducted young mutants into their school. It was very much like the old Marvel comic New Mutants and their struggles against the Hellions. It was a cool game and I played the asshole of the group. My inspiration was Judd Nelson's character from the movie The Breakfast Club. There was awesome roleplaying between the PCs and NPCs with the typical teen-age angst that goes along with high school drama.

[Mystery Men!] Speed Demon

Using the new character sheets from Bliss, here is a new hero.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It's too Damn Hot!

The last few days here in Southern California haven seen temps in the 90's. It's great weather if you're a Baked Fucking Potato! I really hope things cool down dramatically before this Saturday's Hobby Day in Anaheim. Since the gaming hall doesn't have air-conditioning, it can be a real drag when you are uncomfortably hot and sweaty. Regardless, I'll be playing a 1st level Elf Ranger as it's a new campaign and we are all first level schlubs.

I was searching for an image online to use on my character sheet. Searching Google, I found there was a preponderance of FEMALE elven ranger pictures, but hardly any good ones of male elves. I guess it just proves the fact that what people are looking for are Hot Elf Chicks.

Speaking of Pathfinder, I purchased the Hero Lab software and downloaded the Pathfinder rules for it. I find that with crunchy systems such as PF, I'm always overlooking something, like an extra skill point I'm entitled too or somesuch. A nice little program such as this reminds you of such stuff so you aren't cheating or screwing yourself.

Monday, September 5, 2011

[Mystery Men!] Gun Spectre

REAL NAME: Unknown
CLASS: Adventurer
LEVEL: 4

STR: 5 (+1)
INT: 4 (+1)
WIL: 3 (+0)
DEX: 6 (+1)
CON: 2 (+0)
CHA: 4 (+1)

HP: 18
DC: 11, 13 (Light Armor)
ATT BONUS:+4 (Range), +4 (Melee)
SPEED: 2

POWERS: Weapon Master (Handgun), Catfall, Scare, Invisibility, Super DEX +5, Jump (Rocket Pack: DC:16 HP:3), Darkvision (Mask: DC:10, HP: 10)

GEAR: Light Armor (+2 DC), 2 Handguns (2d6)

BACKGROUND: Who is the hero that haunts the nightmares of evil men? Only the Gun Spectre knows. A mysterious hero from the Golden Age of crime-fighting, the Gun Spectre deals out justice with his twin automatic pistols and strange powers.

[Mystery Men!] Pink Isotope

REAL NAME: Kaitlyn Banks
CLASS: Adventurer
LEVEL: 5

STR: 4 (+1)
INT: 5 (+1)
WIL: 7 (+2)
DEX: 11 (+3)
CON: 2 (+0)
CHA: 6 (+1)

HP: 20
DC: 13
ATT BONUS:+7 (Range), +5 (Melee)
SPEED: 2, 4 (Flying)

POWERS: Energy Blast (Neutrino Beam) 5d6, Energy Cone (Psychic Scream) 5d6, Fly, Super DEX +5, Super WIL +5

BACKGROUND: On her 14th birthday, Kaitlin Banks received a chemistry set from her father. Kaitlin was always interested in science as a child, namely due to the influence of her father, who is an engineer at the Terra Volta Reactor. Her first expirement caused an unstable reaction and the beaker shattered, sending a cloud of pink vapors into the air, which caused Kaitlin's hair to turn permanently pink. Unbeknownst to her at the time, the isotopes in the vapors also unlocked potential psionic powers. Then one day, Kaitlin's father took her to the Terra Volta Reactor on a 'Take Your Daughter to Work Day'. An attack by Sky Raiders while she was there exposed Kaitlin to the reactor core. Her dormant psionic powers triggered and she was also able to absorb and control the radiation, thus saving the engineers from exposure. Some heroes showed up to save the reactor from the Raiders. At this point Kaitlin's father enrolled her into the Nukem High School for Girls so she could learn her powers.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

[Mystery Men!] Dr. Destruction

REAL NAME: Dr. Wolfgang Mentz
CLASS: Scientist
LEVEL: 13

STR: 12 (+3)
INT: 12 (+3)
WIL: 11 (+3)
DEX: 6 (+1)
CON: 6 (+1)
CHA: 16 (+5)

HIT POINTS: 53
DC: 15
ATT BONUS: +7 (Melee), +8 (Range)
SPEED: 4

POWERS:
Powered Battle Armor:(DC: 16, HP:40)(Energy Bolt 10d6, Web, Invulnerability II, Protection, Adapt Body (Vaccuum), Water Breathing, Super Speed +2, Super STR +10)

Super INT +10, Super CHA +10, Super CON +4, Super WIL +6

Science Pool: 20,500xp

BACKGROUND:
During World War II, Dr. Wolfgang Mentz was recruited by the Nazis to work on special weapons. He helped develop the V2 rocket and other jet-propelled aircraft. He regarded the other scientists as inferior to his own intellect. Resentful of his arrogance and condescending manner, the other scientists managed to lock Dr. Mentz in a lab and set a fire among the barrels of volatile jet fuel. The building exploded and it was believed that Dr. Mentz had perished.

Dr. Mentz had managed to escape, but not before suffering severe burns over most of his body. Fortunately for him, there was a canal nearby that he dove into to extinguish the flames. Burned and crippled, Dr. Mentz was no longer the image of Aryan perfection, and so he went into secret exile underground to conduct his own research and expirements. Many years had passed, but soon he emerged in South America, this time in a suit of powered armor which hid his grotesque appearance and provided the means to survive his injuries. The armor had greatly enhanced his physical abilities and provided protection from mundane weapons. It could project beams of energy from his gauntlets. He quickly took over a small country in South America and began his plans for world domination as Dr. Destruction.

Friday, September 2, 2011

This Weekend

This coming Satuday, I'm supposed to go to SoCal Smackdown 2011, a small local game convention in Anaheim. I purchased a one-day pass and signed up for a OD&D game set in a prequel to Tegel Manor.

Those plans may be nixxed since I had taken my dog into the Vet this morning for them to do a biopsy on a suspicious lump under his throat. He had a large goiter a few weeks ago, which has gone away, but this lump has me worried. Depending on how the proceedure went, I won't know until I pick up my dog from the Vet later this afternoon if he will be okay to be left alone at home on Saturday.

If I have to cancel my plans, I guess I will continue the work on re-basing my superhero minis.