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.