Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Armies of Greyhawk 6 - Idee.

Still trying to make up for the terrible lack of updates for the past few weeks, herein you'll now will find a bonus update!  Please to be finding yourself the most glorious order of battle for the forces of Idee, being the latest update to the developing Armies of Greyhawk - Field of Glory project. Coming up next time is the County of Sunndi.

Armies of Idee (.ods file, downloads from Mediafire.  Idee1.0.90.ods ).

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Armies of Greyhawk 5 - Almor.

Finally, after many weeks of frustration without my computer, I can release the latest in the Armies of Greyhawk series. Today, I present the forces of Almor for your edification. Over the next week or two I'll be adding a couple of extra army lists, Idee and Sunndi among them, to make up for the dry spell.  Sit tight, we'll get there in the end!

Armies of Almor (.ods file, downloads from Mediafire.  Almor1.0.90.ods ).

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Caroline, oh Caroline!

She's finished! Eeee! The pink Fencer, after deciding on her name of Caroline, is ready to destroy those dirty, horrible, science-hating Combine forces!  She's thoroughly gorgeous and she'll overrun anyone that says otherwise. I panicked somewhat when I first added the black lining after the basecoat, but thankfully (I think) the topcoat went on quite nicely and covered the fact that it looked bloody awful at that time.  Paint covers a multitude of sins, thank goodness!

You'll also see, in the background of Caroline's glamour shot, the beginnings of my Royal Household Pan-European forces. Slow progress, I will admit, but I'm quite pleased with the results of the first few units.  Hooray me and hooray black ink!

Okay then. In addition to Caroline, the pink Fencer of DOOM, and the Pan-Euros, I've been working on some bases of trees. Below is a picture of my box'o'trees.  It's not quite hundreds, but it'll cover enough to be getting on with. Roughly twice that number again and I'll be done! Simples!

Yay pictures!

Also, my power supply and new PC components are in the mail, so fingers crossed they'll arrive by the weekend and I can resurrect the Armies of Greyhawk series. I haven't forgotten and those lists are still coming!

ADD, the mad way.

Today, I had the pleasure of running a game of Joe Bloch's excellent Adventures Dark and Deep for a few regulars of another campaign that had to take a week off due to someone apparently having more fun at a convention. Hmph! In keeping with the grand tradition of such things, I feel somewhat obligated to make a campaign post about it.

Present were Nikole, human fighter; Albert Finkle, human mountebank; Kanick, dwarf thief and Rannos, human Cleric.  The game took place in a mysterious underground 'sporting' dungeon hall that a mad tyrant once maintained in the Flinty Hills to torture and abuse his enemies and random victims. The mad tyrant in question?  Duke Monty.  Yes, they were taking a trip to Monty's Halls. I think that really set the tone for the evening.

Venturing down, the sorted a marching order and at first began with some exploration of passageways and an empty room manned only by an robed and cheerful figure. Welcoming them to "his home", he invited them to "make themselves..." before the enchantment binding it failed, leaving them none the wiser of his intent. Undeterred, the brave engineers adventurers took to unscrewing and removing doors from their hinges one by one. A second room, apparently a cloak room came and went without incident, although the mysterious cloakroom attendant did make off with the Cleric's hat.

Onward, through yet more exploration (and mapping, which would prove costly to their sanity soon enough!) the bold party discovered a room with a series of chalk marks, laid out in a pentagram. Bad news, they thought, particularly as the reek of sulphur hung heavily in the air. Still, the mad little Dwarf thought to break the circle, to which responded an almighty BOOOOM!  Oh dear they thought, there goes another innocent town.  Out again, and soon the party began to become confused.

Mapping broke down at this point, or at least the mapper broke down after a trip through an endless passageway led them to traveling in impossible circles for a good while. Finally, they twigged the problem, found the track back and chose another path. In the next chamber, the party had an amusing conversation with a talking statue, who kindly assisted them in reclaiming a large cache of silver pieces, added to a nice find of jewelry, though not until after a nasty scuffle with a pair of Displacer Beasts, both of which were ultimately dispatched by consummate ease by the fighter's mighty longsword.

Their searching led them to discovering a lair of Ogres... At least after they rigged a clever system to open the latched doorway that tragically backfired, resulting in the cunning mountebank's face suffering a nasty encounter with a rapidly opening door.  The battle, however, was brought quickly under the party's control, and all the beasts were dispatched. A thorough search (other than the offal pile, at least) brought forth more monetary rewards in the form of several hundred gold pieces hoarded away in a crate.

Bolstered by the find (though not by the heat of the AC-less game store) they took off again only to stumble into a chute that seemingly led them deeper into the bowels of the lair. Following their brave cleric's lead, the party all took the trip. It wasn't until more mapping and the clue provided by the dwarf thief's 'fixing' of the chalk pentagram with added flower designs that they discovered the chute had deposited them on the very same level! Many colourful curses later and they found their last encounter of note - another talking statue.

The statue began with a seemingly random barrage of nonsense words.

"Friends! Ventured most frobulently forth, 
scoobus nikto in my largest bloo!
Flip tickle mook nobby!
Tick tock, tick tock!"

Bewildered, the smart-mouth dwarf retorted "when the walls fell." Sadly for the party, the statue was much less amused by the reply than the players were, and spewed forth an unpleasant burst of acid.

At this point, it was late and were all somewhat fatigued, so we called it a night.  It wasn't a terribly intricate setup on my part, but a good old fashioned (if somewhat bizarre and twisted) stroll into silliness served to provide everyone with a great time and earned several very kindly received compliments from the players. Including our new to tabletop gaming fighter, who wanted to know how we could play remotely just so she could come back. For those words, guys, thank you! I realise I was worried about how it'd run, particularly so given the massively high bar our regular DM (Joe) sets, so it meant a lot to get that. 

The game was a pleasure to run, and seemingly a pleasure to play in too... Still, I'm looking forward to getting back to digging through the Mad Archmage's cellars some more. :)

Friday, 6 May 2011

Sometimes, I swear...

...things pile up against me.

I know it sounds silly but right now it feels like a perfectly understandable paranoia!

A few days ago, Mediafire was having issues with cooperating with Firefox (pretty much any version from 3.x and up). This coincided with my having finished off a couple (well, four) overdue Armies of Greyhawk lists. All typed and ready to go they were (are!), but no uploading meant I decided to just leave off posting until the next day. That night, the PSU for my computer imploded.

So now I'm currently awaiting receipt of the next one to be installed into the beast and typing this up on a spare with so little grunt that I doubt it would actually be able to power the painting lamp that is sitting next to me. I -could- tear out the HDD from that one and attach it up to this one if I really felt so inclined, but instead I'm taking the time to clean up and prime more of the 'Mechs I got from my Battletech starter boxes. And paint a pink Fencer (yes, I said pink). And base some more trees.  Oh, and finish proof-reading v1.0 of the Adventures Dark and Deep Game Master's Toolkit.

Sure, I appreciate the time to paint, but I think I'll feel a little more relaxed when I get those new AoG lists posted like I said I would... At this rate I'll actually -finish- painting the Fencer AND have taken pictures -before- I get the parts for the new computer. Astonishing!