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Putting on the Knitz....

4 hours 55 min ago

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.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

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.

++++ 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, 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.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

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.

++++ 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.
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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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.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

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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++++ 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.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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



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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 ++++

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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

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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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PART 3.

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

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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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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PART 3.

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"The Weekend" Mini Game Convention

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.

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

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)

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.

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

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.

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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.

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PART 3.

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

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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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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PART 3.

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

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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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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PART 3.

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