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Ə - Tracking

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 18:01

Dumping this here for now. Maybe I'll get around to cleaning it up later.

Tracking: Base target number of 10, check every Adventure Turn. Changing conditions (change in weather, terrain, etc.) triggers a new Turn

Inherent modifiers of creature being tracked (add to TN):
Size: Tiny +8, Small +4, Medium 0, Large -2, Huge -6, Gargantuan -8
Slimy (worms, Viscous Blobs, etc.) -9
Creature alters terrain (Lava Lizard, Basilisk, etc.) -15 (modifier goes away when monster is in unaffected terrain)
Flying or Swimming +20 (This is in here to preclude impossible tracking. I want to keep the possibility of the legendary tracker who can track a swallow in a hurricane.)

External Modifiers (Bonus/Penalty to Adventure)
Terrain (use one)
-Fresh snow +4
-muddy ground, loose dirt +3
-Thick vegetation +2
-Forest, field, dusty floor +1
-Normal ground, wood floor, sparse vegetation 0
-Desert, dry sand -2
-Swampy -3
-Rocky terrain, solid ice, stone floors, shallow water -4

Illumination (use one)
-Sunny day; Light spell 0
-Twilight, light fog, snowing, torch light -1
-Full moon-lit night, day with moderate fog -2
-Overcast night with no moon, dense fog -3
-blizzard, sandstorm -5

Situational Modifiers (use all applicable)
-Every two in group being tracked +1
-Each additional tracker assisting +1
-Every Travel Turn (half day) since trail was made -1
-Every Adventure Turn (hour) of rain, snow, or sleet since trail was made -2
-Creature being tracked attempts to hide trail -3
-Failed Tracking attempt -1 (cumulative for successive failures. Penalty resets with success)
-Two consecutive successes +1 (non-cumulative)

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Tracy's HackMoor 2017/06/29 More Leveling Up With Kittens in a Blender

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:57

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

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We skipped the Thursday before (June 22nd) as I was the yearly invitational "The Weekend" game convention in Lancaster PA.

This past week the Player for Grok showed up after a long absense yet the Player for Jacko was too tired from overwork, so we merely leveled him up.

We had some spare time afterward so we played the "Kittens in a Blender" card game.

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Tracy's HackMaster 2017/06/15 Back Down the Temple

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 04:16

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

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I have forgotten the type of pizza as it has been two weeks.

I'm also going to skip a lot of detail, such as diarming traps, minor combats, and treasure takings, as it would make this too lengthy and difficult to remember.

After some preliminaries, there were some details added to the previous leveling up of Jacko. During his training, he made an enemy of one particularly bothersome student, who just happened to be another grumpy old man. He was apparently auditing the Level 9 "Infiltrator" course because Blackmoor law offered free tuition to the elderly as long as they don't take the course for credit. Insofar Infiltrator coursework is off the books because it is of the Thief class, but even Thieves have a healthy respect for their institutions (and possible Tax audits of undeclared fees). The grumpy old man made Jacko's time in school a living hell of small practical jokes designed to embarass Jacko in front of the other students.

This session also introduced Felipe, a Cleric of the "Chosen One" class. He had been away for several weeks and the Party's hiatus seems to fit his introduction so that we could say he joined the party whilst they were training. (Much like a certain grumpy old man.)

The Party eager to resume adventuring, made it back assembled back inside the temple before the huge throne. And that included the same grumpy old man who seemed to have latched onto the party no matter where they went, criticizing party members every step of the way. It was as though the party took along all their respective Mothers-in-Law rolled up into one saying things like "Straighten up that cuirass buckle!" and, "Don't you think the enemy isn't going to talk about your manners behind your back?" This was especially curious as the party had teleported, and the grumpy old man wasn't even invited.

​Since Jacko was the only one with the abilty to operate the huge throne​ with unique magic item called "The Orb of Abyssal Death", (including the four magical gems inset into their respective spaces which gave it full power). The thone acted like a huge lift with only two levels, top (were they were) and the bottom (as yet unexplored). So everyone had to assemble onto the throne as it went down.

Jacko particulary wary, did something (I forget what), but made sure the grumpy old made was not aboard (or so he thought) when the party went down.

The party found itself in a large room with pillars, doors, and openings all around. The party was of course well aware this must be the home (a.k.a. prison) of the demoness in charge of the place. The armies that had defeated the Temple decades before had locked her in this area shut the double-wide bronze doors with magical incantations and simply left the elevator-throne lock in the "up" position. Jacko and his Orb just undid that and at the same time cocked up the security of the Prime Material Plane. But enough of that later.

Of rooms of note, one had four glowing portals on the floor that looked like the same portals that earlier sent the party to the four Nexi. The party avoided them. Another opening led to a room with a smaller throne with someone sitting on it who looked like the Wicked Witch of the West. As soon as the party was within audible range she asked for the Orb that Jacko had on him, "Please give me that Orb my pretty!" The Party backed out of the room saying, "We'll get back to you on that." The Witch shouting "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog Toto too!" The Party wondered at that, since they didn't have a dog, much less one named Toto.

The party split and started exploring the rest of the area leaving most behind with the throne-elevator. But I'll avoid details because it just dealt with material goods, and little if that. Finding a couple secret doors they looked into them and chose one. It eventually wound its way around the throne room that the Witch was in.

Making himself useful, Felipe and with a bit of the party's nudging, cast a Detect Evil spell and performed a slow turn. (Based on a prior session's capstone thesis, we explained that it basically worked like an old radar, where the detection was in a straight line and Evil showed up as blips. The caster had to make a slow turn to accomplish this properly.) Anyway Felipe cast his spell in order to find their relative bearing in relation to where they thought the Witch was, since she was on the other side of various walls they could only guess.

Felipe, eventually turning to where they thought she was, there was not one obvious evil blip in the scan but two blips.

Interesting but not enough information to be useful.

The party then wound its way to a long hallway that should be behind the throne of the Witch. This hall had an obvious backside of a tapestry (you could see the threads). Jacko, hoping he could back stab the Witch on her throne took a peek from behind the tapestry and saw her instead standing on the floor staring straight at him. "Don't worry my pretty, feel free to explore around, even take the few treasures back there, I'll get you eventually!".

Also standing next to the Witch was the Grumpy Old Man. They were holding hands. There was green lipstick on his collar.

​(For the obtuse, yes the Grumpy Old Man was the second blip on the Detect Evil radar.)​

Jacko stepped back from the tapestry, again avoiding details, yes the party ​found some more odds and ends of treasures, disarming the traps protecting them.

Finally working thier way almost completely around the smaller throne, the party made it to the next to last room before rejoining the rest of the party they had left behind with the elevator-throne.

Notably the other half of the Party left behind at the huge elevator-throne noticed the Grumpy Old Man appear at the entrance of the smaller throne room, he pointed at this eyes with two fingers then at Elefus, making a Viking-like challenge of some sort.

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​We skipped next Thursday of 22 June, as I was at Otto's "The Weekend" game convention in Lancaster, PA.​

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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 Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West 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 Mysteries (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth 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.
One charmed Confusion Beast

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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PART 3.

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Tracy's HackMaster 2017/06/08 More Leveling Up

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:57

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

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We had a extra large meat lover's pizza substituting philly cheesesteak for pepperoni.

We had a quorum, but after an hour or so of small talk which was a total waste of time. We pegged on the idea of leveling up some of the NPCS. By 8:30PM I had figured we weren't going to run the dungeon this night, so we continued the leveling process.

This post sent as a placeholder, for those who like continuity in reports. (For last Thursday's game, on 15 June we actually DID do something. Write up not yet submitted.)

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/06/01 "Factory Manager"

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 17:17

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

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We decided to use a different restaurant after some debate on doing "something different". One suggestion was declined for Burger King as "too expensive", which was odd as I ended up paying near 60 bucks at another Italian place.

Not having a quorum, we ended up with playing "Power Grid - Factory Manager" so the unemployed members of my group could understand the experience of laying off others. It was either that or the "Kittens in a Blender" card game, (for which I also have the expansion set.)

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[Movie Review] Lucy (2014)

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 02:36

Lucy (2014)

Lucy doesn't start off with a bang but does get moving with increasing rapidity. It has a mixed feel between Indie and high budget, flipping from 'creative' scenes to solid effects.

Is it a philosophy lesson or a science lesson? Since all three, philosophy, science and theology must work together to find truth, it doesn't matter, or does it?

We only use 10% of our brains (although it uses 15% later) yet dolphins use 20% while other animals 5% or less. This, from the movie. Douglas Adams told us that white lab mice should be up there too.

The movie whole heartedly takes in Darwin's theory of evolution and the long Earth theory and asks what happens when we use 100% of our brain with subtle implications that either we reproduce (die) or become immortal.

From a science (as opposed to scientific) point of view, there are glaring errors with all the base concepts in dealing with the brain as they are presented. It's true that we don't really know nearly as much about how the brain works than we are often led to believe but firing too many synapses at once is what leads to mental disorders. They need to fire just the right amount for the sake of sanity.

Math as a universal language is thrown out the window but anyone who's dealt with old and new math already knows this (along with anyone who has delved deeply into calculus).

Then we tackle existence and that time is the only constant. Time gives us meaning and then what does it mean to exist outside of time?

Oh wait... This isn't about philosophy, science, or theology. Truth? No, not that either. The whole movie is to mask someone's idea of creation leaving us with a false statement that “now we know what to do.”

Lucy is a bait and switch movie that most people wouldn't have even heard of if not for Scarlett Johansson starring in it. She lends credibility to a poor project that lacks depth or understanding of the universe. Her acting along with her support cast is excellent. They have the joy of presenting this alongside some solid effects and well designed action sequences however the movie seen as a whole is lacking.

An intriguing childish concept drawn out weakly adding credible acting, a big name, decent choreography and effects leaves us with an immature scribbling given mass effect.

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/05/25 "Civilization"

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:50

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

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This session we had a former Player visit and he brought his entourage, including five large pizzas for everyone. That would be 5 honor points for his former character that is now an NPC.

This left me with the dilemma of continuing HackMaster this night or playing something else.

It was an odd coincidence that morning. Before I leave for work I usually grab the few extra things I need to run the game and take it to my vehicle. But that morning while looking at my "game stuff" on the shelf, I had an odd feeling. Instead of ignoring the usual voices in my head, I paid attention to them as I heard them saying: "Take a multi-player boardgame, ... take a multi-player boardgame, ... take a multi-pl ..."

So I told the voices to "shut up" and I grabbed Avalon Hill's original "Civilization" copyright 1981, knowing it was my only board game that could handle up to seven players.

I had expected we would not even have a quorum as we were down two Players due to schedule conflicts. So when the former Player appeared with his entourage, there was room for everyone. Dilemma solved.

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Putting on the Knitz....

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 17:25

It's been a very busy, very...strange 6 months. Lots of sickness has gone around and I'm on a merry-go-round of being sick it seems this year.

I haven't been knitting or crocheting much, saying that I still have 6 projects on the go, and I've been itching to cast on a . I think it'd be perfect to wear to work in the air conditioning this summer.

I've been puttering along on the lapghan/blanket for my boyfriends dad still, it's a double-sided knit blanket. One side is royal blue and white for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the other side is Gold and Black for the Hamilton Ti-Cats. I started out making it a lapghan to just cover his legs but I got paranoid it wouldn't be long enough. Now it'd function as a shawl for his shoulders or his lap, and I'm still knitting. It's going to end up being a king sized blanket at this rate.

I'm also working on a for a coworker who just had a baby.

I have a laceweight scarf on the needles but it's been hibernating for a bit because it progresses so slowly. I can knit on it for an hour and see minimal progress. Lastly I'm working on a , it's a fun knit but requires a bit of concentration so I've been slowly making progress on it.

I have a bad case of start-itis, I blame the beautiful colours of nature that are appearing, makes me want to cast on lacy, colourful shawls.

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Tracy's Hackmoor(v4) 2017/05/18 Absolutely Stunning!

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:15

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

Last night we had a typical meat lover's pizza, phillycheesesteak substituted for pepperoni. Added bonus, got a free upgrade to extra-large.

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Continuing where the Party left off in training. Next person on the list was our 10th level Monk, Huang. High level Monks need to formally fight in hand-to-hand combat another Monk (or Monks) of equivalent levels of the next level. I chose the easy way which was against Huang with a single 11th level Monk.

Wrong move, I should have chosen 2 Monks of 5th and 6th level or 3 Monks of 4th, 4th and 3rd level.

The bottom line is since combat is based on initiative, and since a single Monk hit can stun an opponent, the Monk who gets in the first swing wins.

Huang won initiative of course. His first swing inflicted a to-hit roll needed by five or more, thus causing a mandatory period of "stunning" the opponent for 'x' number of rounds. Technically Huang was free to defeat his "stunned" opponent at will.

This invoked a major incident with the group's Rules Lawyer.

He noted since the effects of the word "stun" were not described in the rules, therefore "stunning" had no effect and was therefore meaningless.

So we wasted at least a half hour debating and searching the rules until we found the defition on page 115 of the "Combatant's Guide to Slaughtering Foes". Essentially it is a synonym for unconsciousness per unit of time.

The rest of the Party present leveled up without incident.

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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, an Investigator (Infiltrator subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West 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 Mysteries (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Mysteries (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born fourth level Exciter. (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.
One charmed Confusion Beast

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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PART 3.

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) Level Up Session (T1)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 03:19

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

Last night we had a typical meat lover's pizza, phillycheesesteak substituted for pepperoni. Added bonus, got a free upgrade to extra-large.

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The Party, a bit relieved now that they were back on the Prime Material Plane, decided they needed to "level up" before descending to what was apparently, their final encounter. Which was some unnamed demon-lord from the module. (It actually does have a name, but the Players never bothered to investigate such details.)

Using Jacko's new girlfiend (a demoness), they teleported (with limited capacity taking several trips) those who had enough experience points to level up. It was left unsaid what happened to those who did not need to level up. Perhaps they stayed behind at the Temple? Who knows.

Jacko deposited the party's collective treasure stash in their Theives Guild, for later. Then he went and burgled the Town Treasury and stowed it there also.

The NPC Monks leveled up first in Town. Using Huang as their personal tutor, 3 weeks.

Next Jacko and the remaining Thieves (who wanted leveling). Teleported to Blackmoor for Professional Thieves Guild training. Using good references from Weasel to join the Blackmoor Thieves Guild and used Numrendir as a guide. They also hit upon a convenient way to level up quickly. By using the Tempis Fugit spell at 11th level (sequentially over and over because cast at 11th level it only gets them 9.16 hours of compressed time), again via Jacko's new girlfriend, they shortened training time from 5 weeks to 5 days. (Then did it again because they had qualified to raise twice and I had conveniently forgotten the lose all your experience points after leveling rule.)

Next week, unless the Players have some other major party enhancing project. I expect them to Teleport back to the Temple and meet their Pièce de résistance.

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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.
One charmed Confusion Beast

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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PART 3.

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Ə - Money

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 14:43

Still not doing price lists. Not gonna happen. But I do recognize the need for some kind of economy, so here are six categories/ranks of wealth and what you can expect to be able to purchase with each rank.

Change - a meal for one; ammunition; a small weapon or a larger one of poor quality; a quick schtupp in a back alley
Purse - a week's room and board for one or a night for a group; quality weapons; leather or scale armor; a mount; zalb for the krenk on your schmeckle (What'd you expect from a nafka like that?)
Chest - a house/farm; a small armory; armor for a party or plate for one; low magic (scrolls, small bonus weapon); a herd; a wife
Cache - a business; a mercenary troop; magic (mid-bonus weapons); a harem (or for the Office Space fans: two chicks at the same time, man)
Trove - an army; high magic; a princess
Hoard - a kingdom; love

If you have Change and kill a kobold who has Change, you end up with Change. But, if you kill a bunch of kobolds, each of which has Change, you'll have a Purse. If you add Change to a Purse, you get a Purse. If you add a Purse to a Purse, you still have a Purse. Wealth is a funny thing. If you have a thousand Purses and sit there adding one Purse to the next, come the end of the day you end up with a Purse, but if you gather a couple-few Purses you get a Chest.

Each category is a general description of value. A Chest could be a small chest of gold, a large chest of silver, or a bejeweled scepter. A Hoard could be comparable to King Solomon's Mines or the Arkenstone of Thrain.

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Ə - The Ritualist

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:29

Rituals are spells that are (almost always) cast outside of an adventure, usually for the purpose of creating something magical. Rituals are expensive -- always in coin, sometimes in Character Points, often in some other commoditable (that which can be made a commodity).

Ritualists specialize in Rituals. Ritualists possess a particular attention to detail, fortitude, and focus that gives them an advantage in casting especially effective Rituals: when performing a Ritual, the Ritualist is considered 2 Ranks higher. However, these traits also make them particularly poor at casting spells outside of Rituals and even worse during combat, receiving a -1 and -2 penalty, respectively. When a member of a chain-cast Ritual and not the Focus, the Ritualist adds 2 to the Caster Rank. (Reminder: the Caster Rank of a chain-cast spell is the Sorcerer Rank of the Focus plus 1 for each contributing member of the chain.)

Ritualists must have Sorcerer as their highest (actual, not effective) Aspect. If another Aspect matches or exceeds Sorcerer, the Ritualist permanently loses all benefits while retaining all penalties.

Ritualists in adventure parties: Obviously not the primary spellcaster. They spend all their non-adventuring time (and money) creating scrolls, weapons, and utilitarian magic items that are then used up in adventuring to gain more resources to create more magic items for the next supply run adventure.

The Ritualist's Staff conundrum: So the effective Caster Rank of a Ritualist is +2 when casting a Ritual. Does this mean a 5th Rank caster can use a 7th Rank Staff as long as it's used during Rituals? Is he restricted to a 3rd Rank Staff in combat? No and no.

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/05/04 Exiting the Nexi (T1)

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 03:13

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

We had a chicken and fresh mozzarella pizza.

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Skipping the Intelligence Check on the Nature of Serena (mainly because the grumpy old man was killed too fast), the party finally decided to take a methodical approach to exploring this Nexus.

I'm skipping the less important encounters of this session. Of worthy mention was another grumpy old man whom they did not kill, but simply transported it to the other end and out of walking distance to catch up to the party again.

Mostly the party went about exploring empty caves, primarily because the drew out the inhabitants and dealt with them earlier. Of course they hadn't dealt with everything, so eventually they came to a cave that still had an occupant.

A flying brain.

Well a flying brain with two claws and a medulla oblongata that penetrates into other brains.

Even so, when faced with the half-dozen Icosahedraons of contract 27B stroke 6, it retreated and made mental contact with Jacko.

"I just want to be left alone." said the voice in Jacko's head.

So Jacko makes a deal, he asks "Where is the next Gem for the Orb of Abyssal Death?"

"Oh that trifle, it's just the next cave down and the ramp up." said the mental phrase. "By the way you wouldn't happen to have any brains for my lunch?"

"Sure," said Jacko. There's a whole bunch just outside." (Referring to recent elimination of the Gibbering Goblins and other monsters a few sessions back.)

So the party makes it to the rendezvous, point. Jacko invokes the last gem, and via a bit of Deus ex Machina the party found itseft back topside inside the ground floor of the Temple of Existential Evil in front of the Throne that they couldn't get to (due to a magical barrier) when they first arrived.

The next bit of information is that Jacko now knows how to operate the throne. It's actually an elevator that sends you to the another unexplored area of the dungeon. Of course it's a HUGE throne, big enough for the entire party to fit on the seat.

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

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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.
One charmed Confusion Beast

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.

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Ə - Sandglasses of Time

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:39

There are two types of Sandglasses, one that functions as a per the Tempore Finis spell when turned over, the other that works like the Tempore Saltus spell when powered.

The first type, the Sandglass of Stopped Time, will stop time for the person who turns it over for some fixed number of perceived Combat Turns (determined at creation). The sandglass does not need to remain in the person's possession for the duration of stopped time. (Which is zero. Time has stopped. Pay attention.) When the last grain of sand drops, time resumes. The Sandglass can be carried and moved but cannot be turned over again before the sand runs out.

The second type of Sandglass is recognizable by its lack of sand, making it a sandless sandglass. (Sandlessglass?) (Sandglassless?) (Sharon Gless?). When the Sandglass of Skipped Time is turned over and Powered to beat a 4 (half the base for the spell) the character jumps forward in time an Adventure Turn for each PoS. This number of Turns is based solely on the Success; the character cannot choose how far to jump. If the powering fails, the Sandglass cannot be used again for a Travel Turn per PoF.

[[The third type, the Cursed Sandglass of Stopped Time, looks and acts like a Sandglass of Stopped Time but places the person turning it over in Suspended Animation, per the Vita Dilatio spell, for some fixed number of Travel Turns (determined at creation). The target number to remove the curse using a Cure spell is 9 plus the number of Turns remaining in suspension.]]

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[Live Action] Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017)

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 03:01

While it feels like a Seth Rogan movie without so much yelling, this murder mystery appears to aim for original indie style however it has a very mediocre delivery. The cast is good and yet the writing has a few 'miss' moments. Despite those moments, the movie itself is not a 'miss.' I'd slate it up there with any evening murder mystery TV show or movie series with a little less intrigue and a little more slice of life. Handsome wasn't bad and it wasn't good.

Essentially if you're looking for something pedantic to watch, this is the right movie for you.

3/5 Catkins

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Ə - Mattock of Destruction

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:03

This excavation tool reduces Damage Reduction by 4. If this reduction of the reduction results in a positive number (using on Sedimentary Stone improves the -1 to +3) use the result as a bonus to damage (Tool: Stabby d3/d12).

Note on tools: While tools may be statted like weapons, they are not weapons.

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Ə - Gauntlets of Return

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 08:18

Anything thrown by a character wearing these gauntlets will return to hand the following Combat Turn, even if stuck or held. If the character grabs something else after throwing, the returning item displaces the new. Note: This isn't a cursed item. Dropping or setting something down will not cause it to return.

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Tracy's HackMoor(v4) 2017/04/20 - The Party Is Noticed (T1)

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 03:31

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 ++++

BT

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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.
One charmed Confusion Beast

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.

BT

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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



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[2017-04-19] Star Trek TOS 2x19 A Private Little War

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:02

Star Trek: The Original Series S02E19 "A Private Little War"

A planet (Class M?) off-limits to interference and yet here be Klingons and Federation among the bows and arrows. Apparently Kirk spent some time here among the people and made friends. There are two tribes and the Feds suspect Klingons are arming one of them. If so, Kirk may need to impose a 'balance of power.'

This is a simple yet intriguing story that ends up being standard Trek fare. It doesn't move overly quickly nor does it truly conclude the planet's storyline. It offers a picture into the past and future while forcing some hard decisions. Most of the time Kirk and Bones are arguing over morality and Kirk's arguments, while well spoken, fall flat on modern ears. It fits the style of the time.

The standout performance was Nancy Kovack who is gorgeous and effective even when surrounded by awful wigs, wooden extras and hairy/rubber costumes. Her outfit does not really fit, but it sure is spicy.

Why did I watch this episode? I found a little gem at the local Book Trader. "An Imbalance of Power" adventure and mini board game for the old FASA Star Trek RPG where the player's play the Klingons in a story very similar but fleshed out through to an exciting finale.

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

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 ++++

BT

BBBB

++++ 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.

BT

BBBB

++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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



Tracy Johnson
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