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Game Night Highlights for 10152017

GM: Recap for Sam, since he was out last week.

Ellibelli Bannergnome: I got a banner!

GM: Besides that.

Elli: I know! I could make myself look like a big chest full of treasure with Minor Illusion! What do you think, Sam? Carry me!

Sam: No. Harvey can carry you.

Marmolade Ranger-danger: That seems like a lot of work to have a bigger chest.

Elli: Hush, you.

GM: All of this because you won’t say “Tiamat, our mother and strength?”

Elli: Not “won’t.” Can’t. Am physically not able. I can say “For Bahamat! Aieeeeeee!”

Alexeron: No.

Sam: So, I could polymorph you into a rat. Or crow. Then you could go over the walls.

Elli: Oooh! I do have experience with wings.

GM: AND YOU APPROACH THE WALLS YOU SAY?

Elli: Caw. I’m a crow.

GM: Not you. You’re not even a bird yet. Shut up.

Elli: *sticks out her tongue*

GM: It’s a foot thick door.

Adrin Burnlodge: What? That’s insane.

Elli: It’s a Giant’s castle. What did you expect?

GM: You haven’t seen that yet. No meta.

Elli: Oh, when aren’t we meta?

GM: Hmm. I didn’t know that.

Alexeron: What?

GM: It’s evil.

Elli: In this module? No! Say it’s not so.

Sully-cat in his natural habitat – the middle of everything.

Sometime shortly after this picture was taken, the Bellysucker 9000 alarmed for the third time today, claiming it was blocked. I managed to get the alarm to clear, but the wound vac has been extremely pinchy today and uncomfortable today. It was certainly not helping my mood toward the game.

Module spoilers follow. Stop here if you plan to play Hoard of the Dragon Queen.

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Game Night Highlights for 10082017

GM as Talis the White: Sheath your weapons, fools.

Ellibelli Stabby-sneaky: Does she have people with her?

GM: Yes.

Elli: *to the people with Talis* Yeah! Sheath your weapons, fools.

After a long discussion of where everyone is and why Talis the White shouldn’t be casting spells at us.

Elli: We just didn’t want to die horribly in the hall. We’d like to choose where we die horribly.

Marmalade Ranger-danger: S-U-T, S-U-L-B.

GM: What are you doing?

Marmalade: Reminding you that we don’t know how to spell “subtle.”

Adrin: *reveals his face to Talis, his childhood friend* We need to talk, old friend.

GM as Talis: Ah, Adrin. I knew it was you by the amount of collateral damage to my lodge.

GM: For the most part, the rooms in the lodge are very well-appointed.

Elli: Except for the ones that are smoke damaged. *high fives Adrin Burnlodge and Alexeron Farstrider*

GM as Talis: Rezmir follows Severin the Red. He is even more the fool than the lot of you to try to try to raise the Queen of Dragons.

Elli: That’s what we’ve been saying.

Talis the White: I am infinitely more qualified to wear the white mask than Varrom.

Elli: Varrom the so-called white. *writes down the name* I just want to make sure to delivery your regards to the right person when I’m stabbing them.

GM: The name of the town is Parnast.

Elli: Porn-nest?

GM: PAR-NAST

Damn it, Sully Cat. You are not the Spine of the World. GM: Roll Initiative.

Game Night Highlights for 10012017

Ellibelli Dragon-gnome: What’s the name of this adventure? Whores of the Dragon Queen?

DM: Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Hoard!

Elli: Yeah, I’ll believe there’s treasure in this adventure when I see it.

Elli: Oh, in the last room, we found a Wand of Secrets. The command word for the wand is Rad-nu. It pulses is a trap or secret door is within 30 feet. Who wants it?

DM: It’s more of a throb than a pulse.

Alexeron Farstrider: Not me.

Adrin Magepants: No, thanks.

Marmalade Ranger-danger: Uh, no. I’m good.

Samwise Bardfast: All you, Elli. You keep your throbbing wand.

DM: There are a pair of standing stones. They have a curve at the top. Sort of an arch.

Elli: Are they yellowish?

Alexeron: NO! We are NOT at McDonalds!

Elli: Just checking.

Marmalade: I have Dragons as one of my favored enemies. I use my Primal sense to sense if there are any of my favored enemies nearby.

DM: There are (counts quickly) 10 nearby.

Marmalade: There are 11 Dragons nearby, if we count Ellibelli.

Elli: See. I told you I’m a dragon.

DM: Ellibelli isn’t registering on your dragon-sense.

Marmalade: I know where my bread is buttered.

Sam: I say “Drazir” and run in.

DM: Roll your constitution check.

Sam: (Rolls) 4

Elli: (Sighs) I drag Sam out of the way and lean him by the arrow slit room door.

DM: I’ve got to give it to you, Sam. If at first you don’t succeed, yell Drazir and try again.

DM: These are gargoyles.

Elli: Does one of them look like Michael Dorn? The Michael Dorn Gargoyle was hot?

DM: No, but one looks a little like Gilbert Godfrey.

Marmalade and Elli: (together) I target the one who looks like Gilbert Godfrey first.

Adrin: (Opens the door. Throws a fireball. Closes the Door) TROLLS!

Alexeron: (Opens the door. Casts shatter. Closes the Door) STILL TROLLS!

Alexeron: So, Adrin’s flaming sphere is blocking the door into the entry hall and the trolls are blocking the door out?

DM: Yes. And the door is on fire.

Alexeron: I cast Invisibility and move 5 feet to the right. *pop*

DM: (dice rolling behind the screen) They don’t seem to be able to find you.

DM: Elli, you hear doors opening and closing in the next rooms.

Elli: We’ve got more incoming!

DM: The door into the entryway is on fire from Adrin’s flaming sphere. The flames are licking the ceiling. The Hunting lodge is on fire.

Elli: *singing* The lodge. The lodge. The lodge is on fi-re. (stops) Sam. Among your people, you are known as Samuel Burnleaf. Adrin, from now on, you shall be known by the gnomish name Adrin Burnlodge.

Sam: (Goes up to the second story of the burning lodge)

Harvey Littlefoot: Elli, where should we go?

Elli: Sam should never should be left alone.

Harvey: Upstairs it is.

Elli: I’m sad. I had visions of Harvey and Elli’s Hunting Lodge in the future.

Artisan Dice

I saw it via a share from Artisan Dice. I think it may be originally from WMFC Knights.

Artisan Dice gave it the caption “+1 Masterwork Frying Pan of ____________”

I saw it and all I could think was:

+1 Masterwork Frying Pan of Incredible Seasoning.

  • While this seemingly innocuous skillet can indeed be used as a weapon against creatures only able to be damaged by magic, its greatest use is in the kitchen or over the campfire. Even the most humble ingredients are rendered delicious in this pan.
  • Gift of the Pan: No matter how much or how little food is actually placed in the skillet, portions may continue to be dished out until all at the owner’s ‘table’ (metaphorically or literally) are satiated. Additionally, the Frying Pan of Incredible Seasoning renders even poisonous items edible and nourishing.
  • Once per day, the pan may be used to summon a Heroes’ Feast (as per the spell).
  • This item may be owned by monks with the poverty vow without restriction, so long as the monk freely shares the Gift of the Pan with those in need.

I added that last bit because my friend JB is a great role player and I always wanted to reward him for making me laugh while I’m GMing, but with the Vow of Poverty, I could never give his character treasure. As I was writing the description of the Frying Pan of Incredible Seasoning, I could picture his Monk making the whole party wait because he had to feed every orphan, widow, and down and out person in the city while the rest of the party groaned (and mostly helped out so it would go faster.)

Charlie over at Artisan Dice really liked my response to his prompt and asked for my address to send me a gift. That gift arrived today.

Sorry, JB. I’m going to be selfish and keep this one.

My dad was a master molder at a gray iron foundry so having a prototype cast iron die is hugely sentimental to me. I may play elves and gnomes in D&D games, but I come from a dwarvish people. I pulled the lovely little protective dice cup out of the plastic protecting it and was greeted by the most beautiful D20 I’ve ever seen.

The most beautiful d20 I’ve ever seen.

The picture doesn’t do it justice, of course. It’s weighty, solidly cast. I pulled out our Chessex mat and gave it a few satisfying rolls. As I gently placed the die back into its cup, I wondered, did it have a smell?

There is a smell that I associate with my father when he was working at Iowa Steel, a combination of coke and ash and iron that I can’t quite explain to anyone who hasn’t been around the process. It is a smell that I only can describe as “cast iron” and Dad smelled strongest of it on days he poured.

It smells like cast to me. It smells like my father. Not strongly, but it’s there. Let’s hear it for having a sensitivity of olfactory that my brother in law once described as “nose like a coonhound.”

I put the cap back on to keep the smell in. I can’t wait to use the d20 in game play.

Hopefully, there will be brother and sister dice for this prototype soon. It’s a beautiful prototype and will make a lovely product in the future. I foresee dwarf players digging on it as well as people who play steampunk games.

Mostly, though, thank you to Artisan Dice for sending me one of the best gifts ever.

A new way to spend my money

On Monday nights I waste spend my time playing D & D with friends. We’re currently playing through the first of the Tyranny of Dragons modules, and I’m playing a gnome rogue named Ellibelli. I’m currently using a halfling rogue as my miniature at the game table, which is just fine (I guess) since D & D didn’t bother to make any gnome miniatures.

Who am I kidding? It’s annoying. All those halflings everywhere and no gnome miniatures? It’s annoying as heck.

That’s okay, though, because our GM reminded me that Hero Forge exists and that I could get a custom miniature made there. I fussed and fussed, but I did manage to make a miniature that would work as Elli. I played for quite a while to get everything exactly how I want it, including finding a dragon familiar for the miniature.

Elli doesn’t have a pet dragon. I added that to represent one of Elli’s character traits in the game. Elli’s quite the little expert on All Things Dragon. According to Elli, the reason she knows so much about All Things Dragon is because she really is a dragon. Her official character history says her grandfather actually slew a dragon, earning him the name Dragonslayer before he settled down to live the sage life.

Gnome? Where? I’m a dragon. – Ellibelli Dragonslayer, gnome rogue

The other player characters have declared that Elli is insane. Only the GM and I know the truth. It’s sure fun to play, though.

Then I spent the better part of the afternoon making builds for all my favorite characters, including one based on my City of Heroes/World of Warcraft/The Secret World/Rift character. It’s mostly City of Heroes with a touch of World of Warcraft and Rift thrown in to try to get a look that reminds me of the character I always build in online games like these.

Sometimes a girl just needs to put on a pointed hat and shoot fireballs at computer generated enemies.

I’ve got saving up for the double sized version of this model on my budgetary to do list. For now, it’s only screenshot here and a saved file out on Hero Forge. Someday it might even become a tchotchke on my desk.

I miss videogaming. It was a social activity for me. Get online. Hang with my guildies. Blow off a little steam doing daily quest or crafting. I’ve always had some degree of video game motion sickness. After I had my bout of vestibular neuronitis, my video game motion sickness got worse, to the point of games becoming nearly unplayable. It’s one of the few things that I didn’t recover at least to some degree through physical therapy.

I miss it. Really, I miss the guildies and the camaraderie and the raiding. Hugging the floor and trying not to throw up all over everything? I don’t miss that at all.

The ironic thing is that I originally got into videogaming because we couldn’t keep a group together to play D&D. Before video games, playing tabletop roleplaying games was my social outlet. Now I have a D&D group again because none of us can keep a group together to play video games. What’s old is new again.

With actually “needing” miniatures for tabletop play, I could go down a pretty deep hole here designing characters and then printing them up as we need them. As we know already, I love miniatures. I could very easily build daily life fantasy dioramas.

Anne Dooley, Piglet on my tiny imaginary farm

Sadly, the D & D Miniatures are 30 mm, which is approximately 1:60 scale and the farm is 1:24 scale because that’s the approximate scale of the Schleich farm animals. There will not be any fantasy figures visiting the farm at this time except if they’re visting the land of the giant animals.

Maybe if I save up for one of the 1:30 scale figures I can play around with what I already have. Otherwise, I’ll be searching for 1:24 scale people to turn into fantasy characters or 1:60 scale farm animals and buildings.