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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/04/13 - The New Guy (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 00:23

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

This time instead of pizza we had four Subway brand foot long sandwiches.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

This week we had a new Player appear. So we did the full Monty and spent the night rolling his character up.

We ended up with a Dwarf Cleric named Felipe of the Chosen One subclass. Felipe grew up at the Regency of the Mines and his family came from the Lower, Lower Class (freed slaves, peasants, vagabonds, & criminals).

Chosen Ones don't have to go to seminary nor school to level up. Neither do they pick their spells, as their Gawd chooses the spells for them. Essentially that means the GM chooses his spells, who may just as well roll up spells randomly.

In keeping with this Social Class, our Player also decided to be a Peasant Cleric, taking a vow of poverty. Meaning he gives his share of the Party's Treasure, to the poor.

We started him at half the average party level rounded up, which meant 3rd level.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (Infiltrator subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to

NPCs:
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Winds (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/04/06 - Banshee Lords (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 03:12

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Again we had a half-sausage, half-pepperoni pizza, large but not extra large.

Last week we played the old Milton Bradly version of Axis and Allies hence no report.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++
We had a minimal quorum and the party decided to march back down the spire where they had been resting after destroying the vegetation in the valley below by fire, using a fire elemental in broad swaths.

We had a return of a Player with his character Numrendir. We made some convoluted excuses how to bring him back, since he stayed back in town. It involved Jacko's demon girlfriend gating out of this plane, teleporting to town, getting Numrendir, and back again. Don't ask.

There were caves on the edge of the valley, and the party decided to explore one sending Huang and Honda in first.

That is where they made their first encounter of the day, a Banshee Lord. One who can kill with its death scream in a 60 foot radius. Also anyone within the same range even without the scream needs to save versus fear or become paralyzed.

Huang did not make his fear save. Honda did, saving versus both the scream and the fear and fought the Banshee Lord bravely. All the others (outside) were thankfully out of range. Numrendir and Elefus came in to help.

Meanwhile a Confusion Beast attacked Honda from the flank, Elefus finished the job causing a Threhhold of Pain on the Confusion Beast, letting Numrendir perform a coup de gras. Then Elefus finished off the Banshee Lord.

Aerys then joined the group in the cave.

Aerys, Huang and Honda went ahead down a passage leaving Elefus and Numrendir back in the main cavern as backup. Coming upon an intersection, Aerys went right and shortly came to a dead end. Huang and Honda went straight and came into combat with another Confusion Beast.

Whilst they were fighting it, another Banshee Lord came up from the one passage they avoided behind them and started screaming. Thankfully Aerys had bumped her head and went unconscious at just the right time. Elefus and Numrendir were just out of earshot. Again Elefus came in just in the nick of time and defeated the Banshee Lord (So as not to forget, the Confusion Beast was defeated by Honda).

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

Debriefing: It turns out I was too lenient with the Banshee Lords. While it says against the Banshee Lord's scream a character must save vs. "magic" or die, it does NOT say to save versus "Death Magic" or die, which is an explicit different category and easier to save against. I should have been able to kill off more characters.

Perhaps next time, there are more Banshee Lords on this level. Of course after I send this off the Players will attempt an argument.

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++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to

NPCs:
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Winds (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.




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Sublimation

The Rational Man - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 23:18

One question I was asked in my recent interview with Christian McQueen came from a read Cheryl:

Why don’t men find out a little info about the girl he’s going to have sex with?

Seems simple enough, right? I mean, hell, I got into all kinds of trouble for suggesting ways men might use in the vetting process of determining a woman’s suitability for a long term investment (however you want to define that). I can certainly understand the criticism. I seem to run into two extremes in this respect. On the one hand I get run up the flagpole for even suggesting men might qualify a woman for anything more than a pump & dump. The danger is too great and the more hardline MGTOW a guy might be, the more misleading he thinks my suggesting guys vet a woman is.

On the other extreme, there are the guys who tend to preemptively White Knight for themselves. In this perspective his standards (according his Red Pill awareness) require the utmost scrutiny for any woman to be considered worthy of his attention. In fact, just that he would consider a woman suitable ought to be flattering for her.

Now, those are two ends of the bell curve, but it’s the guys in the middle who, as Cheryl says, seem to give very little thought about a girl he wants to bang. This is a fairly innocuous question, but it has many answers.

First and foremost, it is biological. There are aspects about women that trigger a sexual response for men. We evaluate sexual potential and sexual availability of a woman all in a matter of seconds. He’s found out all he needs to know about a woman he wants to have sex with by whether or not he gets an erection with her. I think it was Roosh who dubbed this the boner test. In polite society this is the vulgar answer, but a man’s unconscious sexual response is the result of millennia of pragmatic and efficient evolution.

All sexual response in humans has evolved to be so autonomous you don’t notice it functioning in your mental processing. That’s one reason appealing to sexuality in commercial advertising is so reliable and ubiquitous – the response is always running as a background subroutine in our hindbrains. In our evolutionary past it served men best to hone their sexual evaluation and response to a woman within moments because anything less, any over-investment in that assessment, had the potential of his being killed by a rival for whom he might be competing with intrasexually.

Assessing sexual availability and suitability evolved to be an instantaneous and subconscious process for men because men also had the lowest investment requirement in reproduction. I often delve into explaining the mechanics of raw female Hypergamy on this blog, but it’s important to consider how women’s fundamental sexual strategy forces men’s own strategies to adapt. What we call ‘pump & dump’ now was a very pragmatic, often life-preserving reproductive strategy for men to follow in our prehistory. Since Estrus is largely concealed in human females it made sense for men to adopt a sexual strategy, and consequentially evolve a physical sexual response, based on immediacy.

Men’s sexuality is ‘always on’. Men are aroused sexually far quicker and with much less prerequisite cues and stimuli than are women. You have to work a woman up to sexual arousal. In some instances that may be an easy task (if the guy is an idealized Alpha for instance), but by comparison healthy men’s sexual response is far more responsive than that of women. You might think, “well duh, Rollo, everyone knows women need foreplay and an emotional kick (good or bad)”, but this is one of those “well duh” moments we need to review in order to understand why men don’t apply themselves more to sexual qualification of women.

Now carry this dynamic into the present. This immediate sexual evaluation and response  was a great evolutionary adaptation benefit for prehistoric men – assess it, hit it and run – but in today’s world, it’s largely a disadvantage because social and environmental conditions have changed. Our mental subroutines are the same our ancestors had, but the environment they evolved in is largely gone and forgotten. However, the vestiges of this evolution are something we need to contend with today. I think it’s ironic how ready we are to accept that our bodies process and prioritizes calories of certain foodstuffs as a result of how food scarcity in our evolutionary past made for a more efficient physical machine. Today, food is plentiful, but our physiology still processes food as if food was scarce. As a result we see epidemic obesity rates.

Mind Over Matter

That’s easy to understand, but what our social and physical conditions demand from us now is us exercising self-control over the consequences of those evolved vestiges. Largely we think a fat guy is weak for not having restraint with food and prioritizing exercise (and exercise he needed for survival in the past), but what we don’t like to accept is that our physical nature is what sets our operative conditions today.

We expect much of the same modern day self-control over our evolved sexual response too. The more noble, higher-order thinking aspects we value today are really mechanisms intended to sublimate evolved aspects of ourselves that used to be the most pragmatic and efficient means of solving the problem of reproduction and survival. Mind (or spirit) over matter doesn’t preclude the influences of these evolved motivators – nor does it (or should it) absolve men of consequences of his behavior.

In psychology, sublimation is a mature type of defense mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse.

Sigmund Freud believed that sublimation was a sign of maturity (indeed, of civilization), allowing people to function normally in culturally acceptable ways. He defined sublimation as the process of deflecting sexual instincts into acts of higher social valuation, being “an especially conspicuous feature of cultural development; it is what makes it possible for higher psychical activities, scientific, artistic or ideological, to play such an important part in civilized life”. Similar views state that sublimation is when displacement “serves a higher cultural or socially useful purpose, as in the creation of art or inventions”.

In short, sublimation is a result of restraining those evolved aspects of ourselves and channeling that motivation and impetus to other endeavors. I think one of the key understandings that Red Pill men need to grasp is how these underlying motivators operate in themselves as well as how they affect women. Game is greatly enhanced by a real good understanding of how a woman does or does not sublimate certain aspects of herself. In fact, I would argue that since the time of the Sexual Revolution, and the social unfettering of Hypergamy, women have systematically changed how they sublimate their evolved impulses. The rise of our feminine-primary social order has been molded by how women have been absolved of the consequences of realigning this sublimation, or unapologetically dropping it altogether.

Simultaneously, this social order has increased the liability for men who cannot or will not adopt the forms of sublimating their own impulses according to feminine-primacy. As you might guess, this coincides with the Male Catch 22, men’s Burden of Performance and men being held to old order social contracts while also being expected to respect new order social mandates. Men are held accountable for any marginal lack of self-control (sublimation of evolved imperatives), while women are socially absolved of, and sometimes rewarded for a lack of control over their Hypergamous impulses.

Roissy once stated that the goal of feminism is to remove all constraints on female sexuality while maximally restricting male sexuality. How we reward and punish either sex’s capacity to sublimate their feral natures is how this is effected.

Devil in the Details

Yet the bewilderment persists, why don’t men vet the women they want to bang more? What the question presumes is men ought to have a capacity to sublimate their sexual desire in order to make better decisions for themselves. What the question presumes is men’s sublimation should align with the sexual strategies of women and to their ‘correct’ benefit. It also presumes women’s sexual strategies are in no way intended to confuse or capitalize on a man’s value to her. I don’t mention this to be mean or imply judgement, rather that arousal and attraction don’t happen in a vacuum. I’ve made this analogy before, but,…

T-rex doesn’t want to be fed; he wants to hunt. You can’t just suppress sixty-five million years of gut instinct.
– Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park

Sexuality, families, and men did not come about because of society. To the contrary, sexuality, families, and men are what made society possible in the first place. – Pook

Men’s brains evolved to sexually objectify women. In order for this assessment to take place the mental construct of perceiving women as objects was a necessary evolutionary step. The simple truth is that it’s part of men’s neurological firmware to see women’s bodies as objects. It’s a well studied fact that when men see an arousing woman’s semi-nude body it triggers the same area of our brains associated with tool use. Sexual objectification is a survival feature for men, not a bug. Furthermore, studies show that men’s brains will prioritize sex even above food acquisition.

None of these facts absolve men of personal responsibility for their actions – however, men making less than wise decisions with regards to sex are following their evolutionary directive. Today’s women feign some ignorance of this, but what they don’t appreciate is that their own directive, the dualistic nature of Hypergamy, is not the same as men’s. And yet again we become victims of the teachings of equalism that wants us to believe men and women are the same, and as such men ought to be able to sublimate themselves in the same manner as women.


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"The Weekend" Mini Game Convention

Furiously Eclectic People - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 01:38

There is an unusual mini-game convention in Lancaster PA from June 22 to June 25 at the Continental Inn.

What is unusual is there are no vendors, just gamers, both miniatures and boardgames.

They often bring games of their own design, (usually the miniatures folks of course) but I've brought redesigned boardgames myself.

See attached picture.

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[Book Review] Killing Floor by Lee Child (1997) A Jack Reacher Novel

Furiously Eclectic People - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:04

Killing Floor by Lee Child 
A Jack Reacher Novel ()
1997

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We start off with some excitement and a disjointed mystery. A few chapters into the story and the reader feels engaged.

The great start is defeated by the following chapters that tell the passing of time and describing things like how the light changes the shade of the earth. Big words like ghastly and... Well that's the most complex word in a pretty smooth prose that's thriller cookie-cutter style; certainly designed to be approachable by those with a basic sense of the English language.

The other notable feature of the writing style is that it feels a little more like TV or a movie than literature.

Almost halfway through the book things pick up back into the story introduced in those first few chapters. It's visceral but predictable without many twists.

A little further in and it feels like Child had a thesaurus handy while breaking his inelegant prose with words like lugubrious and teetotaler but he returns to his simple kindergarten prose.

You don't see that oddly different again prose until you're into the last four chapters but by then, I was wishing the book was finished. It took me longer to read than the in-story time moved along.

Child often says what happened and then goes on to describe it; something like, "I blew his head off. I braced my wrist, pulled the trigger, and blew his head off from a zillion yards away. The metal bullet entering his temple and yammer yammer yammer." It's an okay device but it's overused, sometimes for a paragraph and sometimes pages of description about something you already knew and were ready to move on.

All in all, you could tear out 4/5 of the book and not miss anything important.

Is Reacher the Yankee Bond? Is he perfect? Should this all be a 45 minute episode of some tv show? Hey Thomas Magnum!

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/03/23 - Out and Back Up the Spire (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 00:08

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

This week we had a chicken and cheese, extra large. The week before we had a steak and cheese, large.

Again this is a two session report that cover two weeks Both March 16 and March 23. Both sessions actuall full length, we just didn't do much. One of the side benefit of my Players are the hardware upgrades. One Player replaced the fan on my laptop while we discussed technology. Another Player went out to Radio Shack to get some Silver Paste for the other guy working on my laptop. (The store was closing down and it was also on sale at 30% off.)

NEXT WEEK IS BOARD GAME NIGHT. WE DECIDED TO DO CLASSICAL AXIS & ALLIES. (If I can get a couple more Players, I can run it Double-Blind.)

++++ START OF 1ST WEEK ++++

The party took considerable damage from the little critters. They were about twice the size of Raccoons. Apparently their favorite tactic is to wound one of their number and have it make a pitiful noise. When a traveling party approaches and they approach to heal it, they all ambush from the sidelines. The party fell for it.

They were only one hit die creatures, but since they had a fifteen foot leap they attacked the party from the sides all along the marching order. Meaning the weaker party members had to fend for themselves. The stronger characters took care of themselves handily but it mean a delay helping the rest of the party.

Once finished, various party members started wandering off in different directions. They discovered they were being controlled by a small spider that had crawled on the backs of their necks and bit. The party took care of the problem but it meant another delay.

The Party decided to back to the spire and set fire to the brush and grassland below. The mechanics thereof to be decided the next week.

++++ END OF 1ST WEEK ++++

++++ START OF 2ND WEEK ++++

The party debated the best method to set fire to the valley below. The thought about using the "dry" cantrip followed by various fire spells, but the cantrip would only dry one cubic yard per casting. They hit upon the idea of using the Garnet Gem from the Orb of Abyssal Death to summon a Fire Elemental and let him do the dirty work.

So done. (Only remained to calculate the various experience points of any creatures so exterminated.)

A few survivors attempted to make it up the spire where the party was. First was a demon bull, (officially a Bullweiler,) that Elefus cast down. The second was a ghost like figure. Not sure if it was a survivor, but it came up the hill nonetheless. Jacko's new demonspawn girlfriend took care of it with Magic Missiles.

Again it was a short night.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

CHARACTERS

Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).

NPCs:

Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party. Renamed to ManBearPig.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/03/09 - To and Down the Spire (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Sun, 03/12/2017 - 22:33

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

This last week we had a half-sausage, half-pepperoni pizza, extra large double-cut. I forgot what we had the week before.

There are two sessions that cover two weeks Both March 2 and March 9. Both sessions were woefully short, the first week due to Player action, the second due to Player inaction.

++++ START OF 1ST SESSION ++++

The first week the Players ignored the 2nd monster, a creeping Ochre Jelly. Jacko resolved it with the expediency of using his new girlfiend, the Dark Enchantress. (Nominally she is a demon minion from the lower planes including the bat wings. She has done a minor shape change on herself to look human and the bat wings are folded to look like a cloak. She does this so Elefus won't notice and for her dedication to the greater evil.) Anyway, Jacko got her to teleport with Jacko back to where the half dozen 20-sided Modrons were guarding the gem. Teleport back with the gem and the Modrons. Once back, Jack made sure everyone was within the maximum radius of the gem, excluding the approaching Jelly and touched the gem.

Everyone within the radius were gated to another demi-plane and were on top of a natural spire that was 50 foot wide at the top. There was a encirling 50 foot wide steep ramp that led to the bottom of a valley covered with vegetation 200 feet below.

Since the Players had maneuvered themselves to a area I wasn't prepared for I called it a night and we played a game of Settlers of Cataan.

They also decided to utilize their Cube of Opulent Lodging (Model I) to rest for eight hours, heal unhealed wounds and refresh spells.

++++ END OF SESSION ++++

++++ START OF 2ND SESSION ++++

This session was also short because one Player got a case nausea so we didn't get as far as I would have liked.

Refreshed, the party made its way down the hill, to the valley covered from knee to thigh high grass and thick twisted bushes. There was no trail. The edges of the valley they could see had cliffs with cave entrances interspersed here and there.

The first thing(s) they encountered were obvious spider webs and apparently obvious garden variety spiders. The party decided to avoid them.

Making their way towards a cave entrance they found what appeared to be a small wounded lizard-like creature (with many teeth) moaning pitifully. Elefus approached attempting to heal it.

That's when a large gaggle of similiar creatures leapt from hiding in the tall grass and bushes and attacked both flanks (in columnar marching order) of the party.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).

NPCs:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Winds (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

BT

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/02/23 - Meandering Along (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 02:16

I skipped a week due to a medical procedure.

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Again we had a meat lovers pizza with the Pepperoni out, Steak in.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

I don't remember much so I'll keep it short.

Amending the Work Order to fit the situation since it was a paper document, they left the six Alpha Modrons to guard the gem.

Leaving behind the six Modrons and the gem, the party moved South finding a few monsters, first a Grey Ooze, that kept following them through the dungeon. It could never catch up but I kept track of its movement, just in case the party had to go back the way it came.

The next thing they did was return to the center of the complex and take another route where they got delayed by some large spider critters, a mated pair so when they killed one the other would not relent. It delayed them long enough to get stopped by a giant rolling puffball mushroom, some more Flailing Wailers, and finally before the night ended another attack from the rear.

Essentially they were starting to get surrounded. I took a photo on my phone to resume positions Tomorrow but my cell phone died and is awaiting repair.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).

NPCs:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Winds (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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The Wizards and the Sheep

Dungeoncomics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:30
This is a long-winded story about how master 20th level wizards often get into the sheep business.

Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/02/09 - The Work Order (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 16:37

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

This week we had a meat lovers pizza with the Pepperoni out, Steak in.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

I decided on a reset. So any new Rift Vortices will appear at a new cumulative 1% if anything dies.

This week we spent most of the evening in chit chat and only did a few things.

The first thing the party had to do was get Grok and Madger out of the relative Ethereal plane. Elefus had to "burn" one of his 5th level clerical spells and pray for 50 minutes to acquire Plane Shift and get them back.

Next the Party reversed course out of their dead-end and went back towards the last intersection, turning left they went into a 30' by 30' room (another dead-end by the way) occupied by a half dozen Icosahedrones. (A.K.A. Alpha Modrons, creatures from the Lawful Neutral plane of Nirvana, A.K.A. Mechanus in lesser game systems.)

"What do you want?" asked one of the multifaceted creatures.

"A gem." replied Jacko. Since he was looking for a shortcut to the next crystal that would fit in the Orb of Abyssal Death.

"Do you have a Work Order?" said one of the Modrons.

"A Work Order?" replied Jacko.

"Yes, specifically form 27B stroke 6." said another.

What followed next was as short discussion of the movie Brazil. Rather than go through the formality of digging up a form, the Player for Jacko strategically played a HackMaster card suitable for the occasion, thus fulfilling the requirement for the Work Order. As far as the characters were concerned Jacko produced a 11"x17" pre-printed green-bar folded sheet in a plastic industrial strength sheet protector.

"Okay.", and our group of six platonic solids took the lead followed by the Party, moved back down the hall. They started turning down corners into a typical search pattern except for one corner.

"Not that hall", said Jacko, "we've been that way already."

Faced with inescapable logic, the six reorganized and kept going until they once again ran into the sound of hoof beats, or claw beats in this case. They had turned left into a double diamond shaped room with eight fire pits and were attacked by four Hippogruffs.

With superior armor and monotonic repetition our new polyhedric warriors easily defeated the bird like claws from the flightless birds, receiving only minor scratches. The routine search afterwards found a nest with one egg and a gem. Apparently the next gem the Party is looking for. So without touching it, because they figured it would send them to the next plane, they decided to continue exploring this Nexus. Aerys took the egg.

Amending the Work Order to fit the situation since it was a paper document, they left the six Alpha Modrons to guard the gem.

At least I didn't make them cancel the Work Order, send it back to Engineering and Document Control to change the Steps of the Routing, and re-enter the Work Order.

Item on the agenda for next week: Roll for another Rift Vortex at 4% or less on percentile dice for killing four Hippogruffs.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).

NPCs:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/02/02 - Rift in Motion (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 20:22

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

A half Pepperoni, half ground mystery meat pizza was ordered to satisfy all concerned.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

When we left the previous session the Party heard approaching hooves from behind. Ignoring the sound, apparently the galloping beasts went down another route and it faded away.

The Party continued forward until they heard the sound of music. No, not the Von Trapp family, something more guttural, Flailing Wailers. A group of eight humanoids each having four arms and two legs. They were in a dead-end hallway that widened to a thirty feet wide at the last seventy feet. Whilst this group was "singing" Jacko decided to sneak up on one and kill it from the back. Huang did the same.

I'm not going to go into game legals but that seemed like a completely Chaotic Evil thing to do.

The Flailing Wailers ignored the party and sang on. Eventually the monsters did attempt to strike back, but who could tell if was it out of a sense of self-defense or a random act by the GM's die roll?

The humanoids were insane, but the party (obviously) did not know that. The GM's die roll was the cause for activation of self-defense, the creatures were supposed to respond with an attack at 88% or less, but I had rolled in the 90th percentile three times it a row when it came to determine if the creatures would strike back.

Speaking of die rolls, Players finally noticed I was making a tic mark on the board every time something died and then rolling percentile dice.

Eventually their number came up and there was a surprise.

The Party was attached from the back of the Party the where the Jaundiced Grappler was assigned to guard the rear. Normally a good position due to its eight foot width, it should block most attacks from that direction. Upon hearing a the sound of a rushing mighty wind, the Grappler fled. (I think it must have encountered one before.)

It was a Rift Vortex and it was making its way down the same hallway the party had just been. As it was explained in evening debrief, a Rift Vortex is a one foot wide ball that generates a forceful suction that behaves like a mighty wind. Characters within 10 feet must roll versus Bend Bars/Lift Gates to avoid getting pulled in. Characters from 11 to 40 feet must roll versus Open Doors with a +1 to avoid it. Anything beyond that is felt as a gentle breeze. A nyone who gets pulled in gets crushed to a ball the size of a molecule. Essentially non-recoverable death, but there are exceptions. If a bag of holding is involved it will send the victim and anyone within 40 feet to the Ethereal Plane. A Portable Hole will do the same to the Astral Plane.

The players were not armed with this knowledge so their reactions were natural.

After the first round it became apparent rolling initiative against an object that was moving constantly was pointless. So the combat rounds were front-loaded. Characters moved at constant rates from their positions starting at segment one of each round (as well as the Vortex).

On the first round when the Jaundiced Grappler started running, it only had a speed of 6', the Rift Vortex moved 11' that round (a variable 9'-15' i.e. 1d7+8. How you get a seven sided die, I don't know.)

Unfortunately for the Jaundiced Grappler, it only started running after it discovered the Vortex 10' away. It did not make its Bend Bars/Lift Gates roll. Good-bye Grappler.

Fortunately for the rest of the Party, the Grappler was in the rear and the first victim so they had at least one more round of reprieve.

Most of the party still in the rear retreated down the line interrupting the ongoing fight with the Flailing Wailers, except for Grok, who like the Jaundiced Grappler before him, had a unencumbered speed of 6'. The Vortex was moving 12' this time. Grok also did not make his Bend Bars/Lift Gates roll. However Grok had just recently acquired a Fanny Pack of Holding due to the judicious play of a card and got pulled into the Ethereal Plane along with the Madger who was also within 40 feet. One of the Flailing Wailers also decided to willingly go near the Vortex (did I not mention they were insane?), and joined Grok and the Madger.

Jacko cornered, looking for an escape route in this dead end, decided to utilize his new girlfiend from the previous level to teleport away because he fit within his girlfiend's teleport carry-on weight limitation (sorry no checked baggage with a teleport spell), along with Tanzen since he was light. Since teleport is limited to the same plane, and since they were on a demi-plane, they teleported down the same corridor well away behind the rift.

This left the rest of the Party to fend for themselves. (Jacko's Teleporting out did not seem like the most selfless of acts.)

Next the Rift Vortex moved into the 30 foot wide area. Even so, not knowing the die rolls required the Party members one-by-one attempted to run past the Vortex along the sides of the wall. This meant they were at best 15 feet away so they only had to make a die roll versus Open Doors +1. All of the Party Members made it, except Barkinus their Charmed Evil Temple Cleric and the remaining Flailing Wailers. (Perhaps Jacko should have taken his chances instead of Teleporting? It would have looked better on his resume.)

When the Vortex reached the end of the hall it bumped into the wall carving out a perfect sphere into the stone. Shortly thereafter it apparently achieved some sort of how much it could consume threshold and ceased to exist.

This left Grok, his new friend the Madger, and one of the Flailing Wailers in the Ethereal plane with no apparent way out. The Wailer simply wandered off, Ethereally that is. Grok and the Madger were essentially ghosts, invisible to the party unless they can find a spell.

Party debrief. Nobody in the party knew what the Rift Vortex exactly was. So Jacko's new girlfiend cast a Legend Lore and got it fully explained to them (as above).

Module-wise on this level a Rift Vortex appears at a 1% chance every time something dies on this demi-plane and they had achieved 16 kills so far for a 16% chance.

So should I reset Rift Vortices back to zero after a Vortex appearance or should I keep going from 16% ?

Common sense dictates a reset. However I can be gamey about it keep going up from 16% and use it as an "incentive".

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).

NPCs:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Winds (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

BT

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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[2017-02-09] The Grumbler

Furiously Eclectic People - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 16:57

Lately I've been grumbly about work. I habitually take on more than I can handle and feel stressed. It isn't stress about the work itself, but the people it affects. I'm by no means a people person however I care about people. People are important and people come before material things. I often stop in a decision to think about how this will affect people.

It is not about appreciation, acceptance or being liked. Mostly I like to be left alone; it's part of who I am to care about other people's needs.

When I take on work, my concerns are about doing the best I can for the needs of the people hiring me. This generates pressure to do everything perfectly even though I'm not perfect.

So I get stressed at my imperfection and start to grumble to those closest to me.

What a bad example that is, to grumble about the work I do. I have it pretty good. I have some control over my life which allows me a lot of control over my health making me a stronger person. I have people around me who care and clients who are loyal.

Most of all, despite my grumblings, I have a peace inside that isn't easily disrupted. I always trust that things will work out no matter how my outward grumblings may appear.

My bad example can hamper other people. Grumblyness in general is not a way to live and it encourages others to see life in a grumbly way. My outside should represent my inside and show people peace.

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