Saturday, August 8, 2015

UPDATE

Seriously been neglecting this blog! I don't want to though so I'll jump right back in and see what happens. I'm still gaming tons, 2-3 times a week, sometimes more. So that means less time to write like I wanted to.

Somethings I've been involved in...

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game We finished the game all the way through. Now we started the new organized play with Skulls & Shackles. 

Savage Worlds - Deadlands 
The previous Savage Worlds game was scratched and we've been playing a Deadlands setting.

Supers
I don't know the game system we are using, but the theme is Super Heroes.

Numenera
I'm involved in the online game that Brian from The Secret Cabal is running.

DnD 5th 
Started that game 2 weeks ago, tomorrow will be our second meeting.

Played a bit of Malifaux.  Painted a little bit.

Started playing Archeage.  Since MMOs are basically the only games my husband will play with me, I play that in between my busy game schedule.

Friday, March 28, 2014

PLAY BY POST RPGS

Have you ever done a Play by Post RPG? I'm very curious about them. Through my search I have found several different types of formats to run these games. I do not have any experience, but just want to write about where my search has led me.

The first and most involved type is where the forum is a whole world. An example of this is Mizahar. I actually found this one back in October or so. I was fastinated with the world and spent hours reading posts and getting a feel for what what going on. I did end up creating a character sheet and being approved to play. In the end though I just couldn't put anything in print. A lot of the players were really posting solo or with 1 other person involved. I couldn't think of where to start, even though I have this whole life for that girl in my head. I have found a many of other websites like that. Spirits of the Earth and Disney World of War are a couple. Be prepared to do a lot of writing on these kinds of forums.

Next I found one that was basically one continuous story, the posts just went in the order of time they are posted, Ongoing Worlds. I like this site because I can read the stories without having to sign up for the games. There are a variety of games created here, horror, sci-fi, fantasy. Go have a look and join in on one.

I have settled on trying a game at RolePlay onLine. It is a site where you can run any kind of game you like. Once you start a game you basically get your own forum play in. You can run games that need die rolls or just story playing.

I joined Savage Worlds 4400. I know how to play Savage Worlds and I know the show 4400.. so I had to sign up!

Finding the right game to play at the right site will take some time since there are 1000's of games open at any time. If you are interested in trying a Play by Post game just keep looking until you find one that fits your style.

If playing with the group at a specific time suits you more, try Roll 20, where the site is set up for virtual table tops. Find a game that fits your time schedule and sign up!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PODCASTS

I have been so busy! I haven't finished a post in a long time. I have a bunch started and more in my head, but taking the time to get it in print is harder than I thought. Maybe my gaming schedule is just too full! lol

So I caught up on all 61 episodes of The Secret Cabal. It is a great well rounded Podcast. My only complaint is that I feel Jamie talks too much and over takes every conversation. NOW maybe he needs to to keep the conversation moving and add content, but I wish the others would step up and put in their fair amount. Yesterday I went to "like" the Facebook page and see that Jamie is the majority poster there too. Come on guys!!! There are 5 of you.

I'm going to try and add my own thoughts after the new episodes. I'm to a point now where I can say... "Yes I've played that game too!".

I started listening to This Board Game Life yesterday. The reason mostly is because Rob is in one of gaming groups and I want to support him. After 5 episodes, (which were 2 years ago) I do hope that it gets better! They have the same issue with an unbalanced amount of talking. Jeff talks 90% of the time. I want to hear a conversation about gaming, not someone monologuing with an interjection of an answer to a question here or there. In Episode 5 Jeff asked Rob what he thought of something, Rob answered and mentioned 1 thing, then Jeff took that topic and ran with it without letting Rob finish. It's annoying.

I might jump to some more recent episodes to see how it's different. I'm not sure I want to listen to 2 years if it's the same.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

TERRAIN PROJECT

I've been collecting Hirst Arts molds since the end of last year. I now have 7 I think. I'm working on the space theme project that is posted at the Hirst Arts site. Starship Basic Interiors. I haven't got very far since it takes so long to make the casts. I do do at least 3 rounds of casts per week.



So I have a lot of extra pieces to have ready for when I need to make something. I do seem to run out of the floor squares that I need so I try and make extra extra amounts of those. Here's the floors that I've finished so far.



I'm more happy with the floors that I added the blue ink to. The other floors I was trying to follow the instructions on the Hirst site using shoe polish, but I didn't read it right... so they are splotchy! I'm repainting those now to make them now I like.

I am making some walls too that will look like the outside of the space ship. I think I'm going to add some velcro so that the walls can be attached / detached depending on the way I want to set the floor pattern. Here's how that is looking, but not sure on the paint job for that yet either.



I only have a couple of interior pieces done so far. I need to get on the ball and get some more done.



My main colors for this particular terrain are gray, silver metal, and blue. The beauty of being able to cast my own pieces is that I can then turn around and make another set in a different theme and color scheme. I am thinking of doing like a rusted out ship next time using the Secret Weapon pigments. But I need to finish this one first. I'll post more updates as I get further along. If you look at the project site you can see I have a long way to go! I still need a lot more molds. I check ebay constantly for them, but they don't come up very often.

Monday, March 3, 2014

BOARD GAME NIGHT - 2/28/2014

I got to my board game night a little late on Friday, about 7:30. The group was already involved in a game called Byzantium. I'm really not interested in these types of games, but I'll play anything with my game group. I watched them play for a bit, moving pieces, taking over cities, battling each other... I was confused! But there was some sort of dispute and then the end game trigger was pulled and the game was over. No one seemed to enjoy themselves and I'm not sure if it was with the game or the atmosphere.

I played in the next game... Might & Magic Heroes. I thought this was a great game! Well up until another dispute happened. Towards the end game people can take over areas that other people conquered already and basically take the points away from them and give them to yourself. This didn't go over well with our host who spent all game killing monsters to clear those areas only to have them taken away from someone who spent most of the game building troops and his castle. If you have played the video game you know what I mean by taking over areas. I can see the point and next time I play I will sit back and build more over exploring more... but just so I can safely kill the monsters around me. I wasn't doing very good at all. But I was having a really good time and it felt a lot like playing it on the PC... which I now what to make sure I re-install.

The 3rd game played was The Builders: Middle Ages. I really liked this little fast card game! You have buildings where you need to assign workers to... in order to complete construction on them. First person to 17 points ends the game and then you add up your VP and the highest wins. I would definitely buy this one. I think the owner said he paid $18 and I think it's worth that.

Friday, February 28, 2014

PODCASTS

So I am constantly listening to podcasts about games. I have an hour commute each way every day and I have a job that allows me to listen to my iPhone during work. On the sidebar I show what episodes I'm listening to and which number I'm currently on. These are just the podcasts that I'm currently listening to, there have been ones that I was caught up on at one point but haven't downloaded any new episodes. There's just so much to listen to. I listened to all of Cheated Fates Radio until M2E came out and haven't listened to new ones.

The Dice Tower - This is a variety show about board games and card games. The main things of it is a top 10 list every (other) week on a certain topic. There is also reviews, news, segments on a lot of different subjects. Lots of people talking about games they love.

I started listening to this podcast probably the middle of last year, in the current episode. I then decided to start at the beginning, which was episode 50 at the time. I wanted to see where the show started and how Eric ended up there. I really enjoy it and feel like I grew to like everyone in such a short time, where a lot of people have been with the same people for years. I liked Sam and Tom together. Some contributors I do fast forward through. For the most part I like hearing about the games they played back then. I always hear about something I want to try. I listen to the show at 1.5 speed so I can get through them faster. I want to be caught up soon so I can move onto something else though!

The Secret Cabal - This is a podcast with 4 friends. There is basically 4 segments each show, bantering, review, news, and RPG.

I found this podcast probably at the end of 2013 and I love it! It's my favorite out of the ones I listen to right now. I should just keep listening and catch up to the current episode, but I'm pacing between the others. I started this one at episode 1 without trying a current one first. I think that's what I'll do from now on. I like the segments and they seem to like the same games that I do... or ones I want to try. I don't know if the current episodes are different from the ones I'm on, but I hope they are the same. I have learned so much from them. I am involved in board games, miniatures, RPGs, and video games... so we have a lot in common.

The D6 Generation - This is another variety show. They talk about current games they play, interviews, reviews. This podcast seems a bit long to me, but it's hard for me to speed it up since Russ talks extra fast to begin with.

This is the first board game podcast that I started listening to. This is one I started at the current episode at the time and have since started over at episode 1. I like the achievements in gaming they do where they talk about the games they've played in the last 2 weeks. They seem to always be busy! I am out a lot, but I don't get nearly as much done as they do.

Critical Hit - I'm not sure how I found this podcast. I was looking for D&D or RPG podcasts to basically teach me how to play because I wanted to get into RPGs. This was perfect. This is a D&D 4 game where they started at character creation and then each episode we listen to them play in their world. I'm behind on this one by a couple of years, but it's not one that I need to catch up on anytime soon.

So there's a summary of what I listen to right now. There are many more that I would like to listen to, but there's so little time. Everyone seems to have a podcast now and I really want to add some Malifaux ones into my day.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SAVAGE WORLDS

I honestly thought the Savage Worlds game I was involved with was over. We played a demo game back in October and talked about playing a regular game. The scene was set and characters created, we played our first game in November. It was going to be a once a month game because we are all busy with other things and other games. (Our GM hosts multiple games). December came and went, January came and went, and February something showed up on the schedule... hurray!

So in Savage Worlds I play Sammy, a photographer for the local paper and partner to the reporter. I'm an ex-thief trying to turn my life around. I'm also the driver for the group.

Our group has actually changed since the first game. But we have a reporter, private detective, pilot, US Marshal, a kid, ... I can't remember what else, but that doesn't matter because it's changing next time again.

Here's the story.. summed up.

We are called together in an airplane hangar and given a job by Janice. Janice is the daughter of a man who owns a large corporations, I think in pharmaceuticals. She believes that her father was involved in something with the occult. He has died, but she wants us to figure out what he's been involved with. Someone who can help us and is very knowledgeable in these matters has been taken to a psychiatric hospital, so we have to rescue him. So we fly from Chicagoland to where he and we rescue him. We have to sneak our way onto the hospital grounds and find him, because this hospital is heavily guarded. (something about Black Water, which I need to look into) We found out he was in an underground garage about to be transported to somewhere else. There is a doctor with him and a little boy. The little boy is about to be kidnapped so we rescue him too. We have a shoot out and make it out and back to the hanger alive. This was the end of the first session... many minor things happen but this is the jist of it.

We are now in the hangar with the crazy ex-detective who thinks he's Elvis. The kid is played by someone and no longer an NPC. Janice give us a copy of a letter that she found in her fathers possessions. She doesn't know who it's from, but it has clues to who we should talk to next. As we are deciding what to do next the Marshall gets a phone call from a friend that wants to meet with him. We hear a shriek / howl sound in the phone so think we better all go and pile into my SUV.

As we are heading to the meeting place someone notices us being followed. I turn around the block and the car is gone. We weren't being followed afterall. We get to the church where the meeting was to take place. I stay in the front by the SUV with the kid. The others went down the alley to the graveyard in the back. They found the friend back there on the ground barely alive. He murmured something and gave Mike a silver ring, then dies. Mobs come out of no where and start attacking. Meanwhile me and the kid are being nosy in the church. We spot a man breaking things up and go inside to investigate. We end up following him out the back door to the graveyard. Me and the kid fight him a little bit until the others get done dealing with mobs at they are fighting. They come and join us on this big man, who then turns into a werewolf! We were not doing any damage to it, so I go back to the SUV with the PI and wait for the others. They try and fight it for what feels like hours with no damage. 2 of our party ends up dying because they were stubborn and wouldn't leave. At one point one of them tries to get me out of my truck so he can run the thing over, but I refused. Anyway we fled the scene.

This is a good stopping point.... 2 of the party died. The kid goes insane a bit later and is sent to an asylum, I hope a different one than the one we found him at. :( So we will meet 3 new people next session.

I will take notes from now on at my games lol