Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Amused, Quinlan picked though the letters contents. It was clear, the officer of the garrison at Firespike Tower 114 wanted to defect to the Acyti. The organization had grown strong and was already attracting new blood, but the enemy?
The officer left instructions on following an underground passage that would take the party to the north woods of the tower. It could and almost certainly a trap. Still, the information that could be obtained was too good to pass.
"Get the others. We are going hunting."
The party treked for hours though the under dark until they came upon a surprised cult of Malar worshipping Bugbears and Hobgoblins in the middle of eating lunch. The farmers daughter was on the menu and immediatly the party attacked with knights of the Raven, Silver and mages from Candlekeep.
The enemy wizard put up a blade barrier and already was protected by globe invulnerability. Groshdek was his name, a ruthless wizard and lycanthrope feared thoughout the lands... He was tough and he wasn't alone.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Well obviously many of us have strong opinions one way or the other about the healthcare stuff but this leads me to another question - one which I have covered in the past. Why do we game? I think that for one reason we game because deep down inside each of us we know that there’s a better way. We also all know that living in a fantasy world largely beats the heck out of living in the real one. So why then we do allow ourselves to be collected into right and left camps when we all really want to create new and interesting worlds for each other to explore?
A question for the gamer community. Do you think that FLGS will be able to pay the tax or keep health insurance on their employees? I personally am against the government being allowed to force people to pay for a service but I can see some regulation in the bill which may be for the good. The problem though is what is going to happen to small business? Will they have to close their doors forever?
We are getting a GW store in town. Is this going to force out the smaller guys because they can pay insurance? Probably but I really hope not. I have known these guys at the FLGS for my entire life and they put their blood, sweat and tears into it. The owner of the closest one to my house, Borderlands, spends six sometimes seven days a week at the office putting in his time and effort to keep his business going so he can cater to comic affectionados and gamers alike.
Think about it. Does your local FLGS carry insurance on their employees? Do you think that they could afford it if they were forced to do so? Could they afford the 2,000 fine (tax) that is incurred if they do not? Are we helping to get rid of small business by giving the government more power?
I apologize that these are politically charged questions and while I have worked very hard to keep my own personal opinions of politics outside of this blog and from my company in general I do have to wonder what is the future of this company and of other small businesses.
Feel free to speak up. I ask that everyone remain peaceful and calm although I understand the current of the situation is a very hot tempered one. I would like to keep the conversation specifically toward FLGS and what people think might happen as a result of today's passing of this bill as constitutional. Thank you.
Update: You guys might be interested in this. I did a little reading of the 2400 page law and found this:
PART II—SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT
"‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘eligible small employer’
means, with respect to any taxable year, an employer—
‘‘(A) which has no more than 25 full-time equivalent
employees for the taxable year, "...
It appears that the actual amount for a 'small employer' to receive a tax credit (they still get the penalty and still get charged) is 25.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
There is apparently some amount of confusion on how combat works in the game. I apologize for this and will try to explain it more succinctly.
The number of dice rolled is listed on the weapon on the faction sheet.
Roll the dice listed. For instance, Grandpa's shot gun does 3d6. Roll 3d6 and compare the dice rolled individually to the target's Hit Me score.
For every rolled number at or above the targets Hit Me score, they take a wound unless they are in cover, in which case their Hit Me score is increased by one to max of 6.
Therefore each die has the potential to cause a single wound.
There is no roll to hit then roll to wound and dice are not added together.
I hope this helps.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Once inside they came to a natural cavern complex that they had to use some extreme dungeoneering to get through without slipping and hurting themselves. The caverns were lit with a magical purplish flame that screamed to them dark elves (evil elves in Dragonlance are not Drow).
At once they came to a crossroads of four winding passages and followed the one where the footprints led hoping to catch their quarry. A tight squeeze followed as they made their way through a four foot wide gap and the centaur scraped himself on the close quarters. They emerged some twenty feet later into a massive natural cavern chock full of spider webs!
A quick look around by several party members did not reveal anything but when the knight approached the spider webs he was ambushed from behind the webs by a huge ogre spider! The fight was on! As the party quickly poured into the room to do battle with the beast four medium sized spiders appeared from the web and attacked Kas the kender. Kas being dexterous was able to defeat one of the beasts in the second turn while the others lumped on him and on the brave centaur Firenaze who rushed at the huge spider heedless of his own life. The blinded knight moved back from the deadly hit and a trail of blood followed from the valiant soul from the critical hit caused by the sneaky huge spider as he used the vanish spell to wait until he could see once more.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Is this something you would buy? I ask as now that I have some time to mull it over I am considering a few options for production that may indeed rival even the great Dystopian Wars.
Wtnw Earthin the Hollow World should be out next week if not tonight!
I eagerly await your responses.
Update: WTNW Earthin is available NOW!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Scifi has many variations. For instance, Star Wars could be classified as science fantasy whereas star trek could be classified as science fiction and Starship Troopers (book) could be called hard science.fiction. What are your favorites and what do you classify them as?
Monday, June 18, 2012
Friday the group was asked by capt Frost to check out the Lizardmen zigguraut in the fens. They interrupted the middle of a ritual and saved an irda. I used the crit hit and crit fumble decks and the dragon missed a flyby attack, fumbled and I drew the hangnail. It was hilarious. This game was a blast and had mystery, magic and a little comedy and horror.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I have had our layout artist put together some faction sheets for both of the current books. These faction sheets list the faction members as well as the cool powers for the factions on one handy sheet for each faction. As a bonus we've included the faction's symbol that represents the faction. The faction symbols are as follows: McCoys: Pig, Hatfields: Limber, Grays: UFO, Cephs: Squid, Blobs: Splat, MIB: Sunglasses, MIP: Sheep, Revenuers: Sledge, Grangers: Goat, O'Dairys: Cow, Meddling Kids: Magnifying Glass, Cultists: Hand Holding Knife, Zombies: Severed Arm.
Here's the link! You get all 16 factions for only 2.50! That's a heck of a steal!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Someone brought up a good point on TMP today. They said why do we have dumpy hotels at cons? I answered the post but it got me to thinking that it would be interesting to hear about their worst con hotel experiences.
I find that the nice regional conventions tend to be in OK hotels. Rapiercon in Jacksonville, FL (THIS WEEKEND) for instance is in the Clarion at the International Airport and the hotel is not the best but they give us cheaper rates and the food is actually pretty good. I am hoping that this year under new management it will outshine previous years.
We've had pretty much everything that could go bad with that hotel and their solution was to shuffle rooms. OK but that didn't fix the one non-working elevator (they have a total of two). Then there was the fact that the food wasn't as readily available in the middle area as they said it would. This year though we are assured that they will do better. Well honestly we get the entire hotel and we aren't having to shell out too much money for it this year so it's not a bad deal! So come on out and support the convention, crummy hotel and all. Who knows, maybe this weekend will be a total 180 from previous years hotel stays?
Then there are the hotels that are at Dragoncons and Gencons which are much more pricey but tend to be of much higher quality. Personally I couldn't care either way as long as the bed is not full of bugs - or worse - and I get enough sleep to get ready to go back and play again in the morning. Then, there's also the fact that the more you spend on hotels the less you have to spend on gaming toys at the show.
I hope to see many many of at Rapier this weekend!
So what's your worst con hotel experience?
Friday, June 1, 2012
Well last weekend that we were supposed to play the Dragonlance game my son got sick and we had to cancel. Tonight the game continues however and as I have been watching the History Channel's Hatfield and McCoy I think it is high time for a fued in Kenderhome.
That's right because tonight I will run a game that will involve gnomes taking up arms against kenders for the rights to call an invention Ni whereas the Kender want to call the invention Na.
I may also have a group of rogue Knights who say Ni make an appearance as well as a werepig named Johnse. Should be a hoot and a half!
By the way, I know I have been somewhat remiss in DM or Player advice articles. This is largely due to the final work on Wtnw Earthin as well as the convention prep for our demo teams for Aliens vs Hillbillies. We are looking for two more teams if anyone is interested drop me a line here. I would like to get one in the NE and one in the NW. At any rate the next DM advice article will be covering using rain, snow and other effects during your game.
Also, the kickstarter is just about over so if you want to get your hands on done prime minis and rules get over there!