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HackMoor 2019/02/07 Campaign Reset New Character Development

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 02:29

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

We had a large sausage pizza.

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In continuation from last week we continued developing new first level characters, the end results are thus, one each:

Wood-Elf Druid
Half-Elf Thief
Cleric - Roman Catholic
Painted Mage
Samurai

The Painted Mage is an interesting choice. Instead of a plethora of spell books to memorize, all that is needed is sufficient skin space to put spell tattoos at the rate of one level of spell per pound of flesh. Unfortunately as the Painted Mage gains more levels, he has a tendency to become more corpulent and the chance of spell fumble increases. As the Mage may need to look under folds of skin to find a particular tattoo. This shows a certain affinity with some gamers.

I see potential party conflicts already brewing as everyone but the Cleric has chosen other gawds. The Painted Mage follows a Central American gawd. I fully expect the Cleric attempting to force the Painted Mage to start building a Mission out of adobe. The Church is rather intransigent after all. Notwithstanding the Druid and the yearly burning-man ritual.

It may be a good harvest this year.

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PART 2.

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CHARACTERS
See text.

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/01/31 Campaign Reset

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:22

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

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This week we did a campaign reset and scratched out all the old characters and rolled up new one.

This was predicated on two new Players showing up and rather than deal with assimilation into the party everyone starts at first level.

We rolled up one Samurai, one Druid, one Cleric, one Thief, and one Magic User.

Sounds like one interesting First Level party.

There were a couple of no shows, but one had just rolled a First Level sidekick, I can roll that in to the new campaign. That leaves only one Player who has not yet re-rolled.

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CHARACTERS
None compiled at this time.

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/01/24 Samurai Swords

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 21:32

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

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​Last week we played old Milton Bradley's "Samurai Swords", the week before that on the 17th, there was no game, and the week before that on the 10th I forgot what we did.

But anyway back to "Samurai Swords", it has a "Risk-like" feel to it and even has a card per territory like "Risk" albeit used more like ownership titles. One Player was thoroughly amazed and wanted to Play it again.

Tonight we have on schedule a new Players so we should be spending the evening rolling up a new character.

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PART 2.

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CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a sixth level SpellSoldier (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
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)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

NPCs/Proteges:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Friar of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Hero/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING/OFFLINE/RETIRED CHARACTERS
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
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.
Zamon, a fifth level Thug. (Player disappeared)

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PART 3.

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[thepuck 2019-01-19] Flyers 5 @ Habs 2 EN

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 21:36
    Danault(8)-Drouin(4)-Gallagher(6)
    Domi(10)-Tatar(7)-Lehkonen(4)
    Kotkaniemi(5)-Hudon(6)-Armia(6)
    Chaput(8)-Agostino(7)-Deslauriers(8)
    Mete(7)-Weber(4)
    Reilly(5)-Petry(5)
    Kulak(7)-Benn(5)
    Niemi(8)
    Price(-)

Scratches:Peca, Alzner | IRL: Shaw | Suspended: Byron

First
More than half the period was gone before the Flyers achieved a shot on goal. 14 minutes in they had a 3 on 2 against a collapsing Mete and Weber, performed a nice play and missed the net. The period end 0-0 and despite the lack of SOGs by Philly, it's a tight free-flowing game with only ten faceoffs so far with both teams playing well.
Best Hab of the period: Chaput

Second
The Flyers get their first few scoring chances 3 minutes into the period. Lehkonen has an awkward collision 4 minutes in. So far it's a great game with the refs letting the players decide until a weak call 7 minutes in against Kotkaniemi. So the refs give the Flyers a weak makeup call to balance out their poor decision earlier (Kotkaniemi just missed a puck and when checked by Voracek, it was called Interference). The Flyers push and work hard. Konecny gets a good angle and scores on a rebound while being knocked over. Later, van Riemsdyk tips a point-shot past Niemi. 2-0
Best Hab of the period: Niemi

Third
Drouin takes a silly penalty. Simmonds and Patrick cash in on a two-on-one versus Petry; 3-0. Both teams play hard but the Flyers keep getting offensive odd-man rushes (). Tatar pulls the puck to Domi who buries it; 3-1. Gallagher rushes the net but Hart stands tall and his teammates protect him. Patrick skates in on a pass from Voracek and beats Gallagher, Weber and Niemi; 4-1. Kulak gets a rebound; 4-2. A beauty rebound plops out to Drouin who misses the net. Habs pull the goalie in desperation and foolishness. The Flyers snag an empty net goal; 5-2.
Best Hab of the period: Domi

Hab's Three Stars:
1. Domi (1 goal, -1, 2 shots, 1 hit, 1 block, 18 minutes)
2. Chaput (1 shot, 9 minutes)
3. Danault (-1, 1 shot, 5 hits, 2 blocks, 18 minutes)

Weber led the team with a time-on-ice of 25 minutes but didn't have a particularly good game. Other than Danault and Domi (who is excelling since parting with Drouin as a linemate) only the fourth line constantly made things happen despite their low ice-time (under 10 minutes). Niemi also played very well with most of the goals not being his fault.

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[Movie Review] The Forest (2016) 2 Catkins

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:46

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The Forest is a well paced tense ride with appropriate jump-scares but fails in the end by not following the verisimilitude it built up.

The cast was excellent and the production values felt solid. Even the concept had a lot of potential and again, the constant tension was near perfect as this film keeps you glued.

The ending simply falls flat.

What would fix it? First, Michelle Trachtenberg could have pulled off the twin role instead of the poorly fleshed out identical twins. Second, give us some hint as to how the ending could be achieved or change it to a couple really diabolical finales leaving us speechless.

Other than that, it hits the other numbers solidly and while not a waste of time to watch, don't expect to be fulfilled at the end.

2 Catkins (out of 5)

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[thepuck 2019-01-21] Avs 0 @ Habs 3 EN

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 04:09

Press are still yacking about MacKinnon's temper tantrum. Ex-Hab Mark Barberio is in the lineup for the Avs.

Below is the lineup with my rating for each player in the game. This is not a direct reflection of their skill level but how they impacted this specific game. It's rated from 1-10. It does not take into account intangibles like how they lead off the ice.

    Danault(6)-Drouin(6)-Gallagher(9)
    Domi(7)-Lehkonen(7)-Armia(6)
    Kotkaniemi(4)-Tatar(3)-Byron(6)
    Chaput(8)-Agostini(7)-Deslauriers(10)
    Mete(7)-Weber(6)
    Reilly(6)-Petry(7)
    Kulak(7)-Benn(10)
    Price(9)-Niemi(-)

Scratches: Hudon, Peca, Alzner; IRL: Shaw

Star of the First Period: Artturi Lehkonen
Star of the Second Period: Jordie Benn
Star of the Third Period: Brendan Gallagher

Weber appeared hesitant to shoot in the first couple periods but leaned into a few in the third. The first three (and really all but one) penalties were pretty chintzy. Agostino is getting time on the PowerPlay. The new KK (Kotkaniemi) line gets pinned in their zone the way the old Domi line used to. Drouin seems to be trying harder than usual. Reilly takes exception to a blindside hit in Chaput (more because of the suicide pass he sent up the ice) before Deslauriers can get involved but they both get penalties.

While shorthanded but with a faceoff in the Avs zone, Danault draws the puck back to Kulak who strafes, fires and scores!

Instead of pulling back and “setting up” when the puck exits the Avs zone, Weber tosses it to a player just exiting and they rush back in catching the Avs off-guard allowing Drouin to send a cross-ice pass to Kotkaniemi who one-times it into the net!

This was a close, hard hitting and exciting game much like the 1-0 game vs the Wild. The score is inflated by an empty net goal.

Kersus' Three Stars of the Game

    *Jordie Benn
    ** Brett Kulak
    *** Carey Price

It was cool to watch this game with archergirl and from a distance, DWfan9. Cheers!

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HackMoor 2019/01/03 Thief Caught ... Not

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 16:27

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

PART 1.

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Jacko realized at some point that the person with no personality who was resurrected from the pit containing stolen weapons, was not the thief who they had met earlier in the mushroom forest. Sure he looked like a thief, was dressed like a thief, but it wasn't that thief. Jacko had to go back to his house of ill repute (where they had put him to work) and remove the mask off the gimp suit they forced him to wear to confirm this.

So Jacko hit upon another idea, using the same method he used to find the stolen items, he used it to find the Thief. Not knowing the thief, he used his Mirror of Mental Prowess (again) at 50% because he had seen the target once. Even if failed, he had a couple dozen other party members who could use it.

He found the lost Thief, buried inside a Mushroom in the Mushroom Forest. Extracting the Thief, he had to get this one also raised from the Dead.

Once alive Jacko used his Ring of Truth to ask if he was the one who had stolen the items. To which the answer was a resounding "No.".

Then the Thief was asked, "Who killed you?" And the reply was, "I don't know, my throat was slit from behind."

Stymied, Jacko is still looking to exact retribution from whoever stole the Party's items.

(This was just a short 10 minute after session sidebar after having played "Ticket to RIde". We did not have a quorum for a regular game.)

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CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a sixth level SpellSoldier (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
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)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

NPCs/Proteges:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Friar of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Hero/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING/OFFLINE/RETIRED CHARACTERS
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
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.
Zamon, a fifth level Thug. (Player disappeared)

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2018/12/20 History of the World and 2018/12/29 No Game

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:17

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

PART 1.

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There was no HackMaster game this session. I had a visitor from uttermost West attend and we played a "History of the World" game. Players had not played it in awhile, the boxtop was fading with age from too many days in the sun baked back of the vehicle. It is only a 7 turn game, but it was refreshing to remember that the loser of the previous turn gets to decline bad cards on the next turn and give them to his opponents.

The following week we had no game.

I'm not sure what to do this week either. I have no more adventure planned. I'll just have to "wing it".

Jacko still has two goals, to bring retribution on the thief who stole company magic items and to find the Crown of Thrain and ascend.

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CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a sixth level SpellSoldier (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
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)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

NPCs/Proteges:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Friar of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Hero/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING/OFFLINE/RETIRED CHARACTERS
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
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.
Zamon, a fifth level Thug. (Player disappeared)

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PART 3.

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[KEZ 2018-12-29] Lejends 1:1 TRS

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 05:02
Kersus Excorticates Zines

A hodgepodge of review, synopsis and related thoughts. By no means one of those things and yet not all. Just what I felt like writing. :)

Lejends Magazine

Vol 1, Issue 1
May 2000; 32 pages; $5.00
Total Reality Studios

These magazines have nice cardstock covers and the front cover looks nice. It's all black & white. Some of the graphics kind of bleed into a blur like the Hekaforge logo.

The back cover has an advertisement for upcoming Lejendary Earth fiction; “Dawnstar Chronicles” coming Fall 2001 (www.darkwurks.com). It's mentioned again inside.

The inside front cover has the words offset to the left so the first letter of each sentence is cut off. The art here is a little better than the cover (the cover art is nice but the ink bleed takes away from it a bit) and I believe pictures some type of Sorcerer/Demonurge. There is also a plug for the artist Tina Druce-Hoffman.

The Courier's Pouch

We start with a welcome letter from editor Lady Amanda who mentions “All of us here at the Forge and within the halls Castle Gax and Falconsflight Keep have pledged our utmost effort toward bringing you a magazine you will use and enjoy.”

From the Forge

Some fun words from Forgie (Chris Clark) and the unfortunate news that his IBM was infested with a virus and replaced which cost them time and work. He also uses a Mac that never connects to the Internet. The writing is playful giving the virus some Lejendary Adventure stats.

Chris goes on to talk about the back cover advert which is for a comic book; GAMA and getting LA into distribution which I never actually realized it was - perhaps at the time Lion Rampant couldn't get it which meant few gaming stores in Canada would get it. Back then, and this is me talking, not Chris, I think Alliance was still separate from Diamond.

There's talk about cartographers in the stable, the new German artist Tobias Brenner who did the cover for Mouth of the Marsh (adventure and great series IMO), the Learth series and how the Fellowship of Lejendary Gamers web site is being stymied.

Chris talks about the demo program, which I never actually knew about other than talking to Gary about convention support where I received personalized adventures The Rock and later Seizon of the Son (both well after the conventions I ran LA at - and different years I think). The Rock I've used quite a few times but SotS only once. Anyway, he talks in this column about The Rock, The Judas Goat, A Question of Tribute and Dead Calm.

The big thing is that these tournament modules will only be released under this program and never see full production.

So, time changed things. Perhaps one of the names became Seizon of the Son (Judas Goat?) But probably only Chris could answer that. I don't believe A Question of Tribute ever came out however since I playtested and helped edit it for the defunct Gygax Games, I did get my own copy and have run it at conventions and for a few gaming groups to much success. It really shows off the mechanics of LA.

So, what was The Judas Goat and Dead Calm?

The Rock ended up being released under Troll Lord Games (minus the special convention extras).

I don't know if the noted Dwarven Forge figures and dungeon geomorphs were available at Gen Con that year.

Eye of Glory by Martin Dougherty is mentioned and was truly a masterpiece of a novel much like Saga of Old City in feel but very uniquely awesome. Absolutely one of my all time favourite novels.

There's a sarcastic comment about litigation, the work being done on Lejendary Lite and the difference of opinion between him and Gary on what to include. There's mention of 74 events they organized for the two companies (not sure the second company) at Gen Con.

Chris is explaining here all his different sections where he'll write about things like the above in The Hammer, The Anvil, Augury and Wrap-Up where I am now.

Many pleasantries toward the fans and a note about how tinkering is within the intent of the rules.

Laws of the Realms: A Sufficient Presupposition by Dan Cross

This is a nice article on dealing with difficult players who want ‘the rules Bent to their ideas regarding verisimilitude’ and the difference between that and genuine questions. As well he talks about how radically malleable the rules are (without breaking) when the LM feels the need for change.

With that in mind Mr. Cross tackles Orders, Abilities and basic perception (within the game).

Lost Lore

Gary adds some new Psychogenic Powers bringing the total to 34 at this point in time. Five years later when Living the Lejend (I think TLG listened to Kenny G when editing) came out, the four Powers listed in this article are not included.

By the time the unpublished Revised Edition was ready, they were included plus seven more.

I wonder if Gary's Psychogenic Veshoge used any of these?

Xagig's Fables

Gary talks about Orders and those who attempt to munchkin the system and how it fails to work with LA.

Orders were added because of the appeal in archetypes. I personally think they were added to accommodate those who couldn't get their heads out of D&D. LA is one of those systems if not THE system where it's best to unlearn all you knew and start fresh. It's so very intuitive to new gamers but very hard for those ingrained in rigid thinking.

At the end is included the errata for Unordered progression of Abilities. I think this is less because it was necessary and more to tweak the system. In play I've found that Merits are enough for Avatars and there is no need for these progressions however when they're used, it works as well. The system is not only malleable but dynamic enough that these parts of the mechanics are very plug and play even during an ongoing campaign (although I'd recommend deciding beforehand).

Adventurers’ Tales
The Invisible Dreadnought: Fun With Panprobability
By Evan Torner

Lejend Master Torner tells of a one-shot adventure he created around the use of Panprobability. Now, either I've read this article multiple times or it's also elsewhere as I know this story quite well. It's an ingenious adventure that feels like a fantasy scavenger hunt meets Divine Intervention (a Traveller 1e adventure). He gives us enough information to recreate this adventure as the locations are easy enough to slap into a town.

This is a gem of an article.

New Optional Orders

Alchemist, Merchant and Scholar are fleshed out. Jay Witthoft's illustration of an Alchemist is quite nice as is much of the art in this issue.

Out of the Wilderness

Gary, Daniel Lewis and others bring us a handful of new creatures for Learth. All of them are useful and well fleshed out.

The key here is that each creature has a blurb from Aryen the Watcher based on his experience, knowledge of myths, and even monetary values of remains, tips and warnings from his scant 38 years of travelling.

All of these creatures appear in the published book More Beasts of Lejend (2006) without Aryen's interesting blurbs.

The Star Chamber

In this article Gary welcomes us to the LA Game Multiverse talking about AsteRogues (Fantastical Science), Elder Worlds (Science Fiction), a Weird Science, Wild West, Horror, Cyberpunk genre and more! LARs Kowloon Wharf Station is mentioned and how short the learning curve from one genre to the next would be. There is also a link to the beta-test material for LARs.

The most notable sentence in this article is:

“The system is, as well you know, skill-based, rules-lite, and participant friendly.”

To me LA is simple, dynamic and versatile however Gary's sentence above is perfect as well. The concept of skill-bundles (also used in Savage Worlds as broad skills) works very well allowing a great deal of customization or playing it as-is.

The Watcher's Way

Daniel Lewis talks about survival and staying alive when leaving the confines of a city. Specifically here about surviving in the fens (swamp) directed at enhancing the gaming experience.

Shadoweavings

Some clarifications on rules and changing the Warlock Order to be called the Augur Order.

Gamesmythe's Faire

This speaks to become a place for players post things as well as a retailer listing.

Inside the back cover is an advertisement for Castle Wolfmoon which is the conclusion to a trilogy.

Final Excortications

This is a pretty full issue setting the stage for greatness.

It's dedicated to one system and really isn't that old so it doesn't feel dated. Much of the information is not only still pertinent but there's also thoughts useful for any system.

Some of the material made it into published products, but not all.

These magazines are some of my favourites next to Journeys but when they were released it was near impossible to get copies.

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The question I have for you is, what makes a review/synopsis/banter about a magazine issue interesting?

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Hackmoor 2018/11/29 and 2018/12/12 Departure from BlackMoor Dungeon

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 03:56

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

The Player for Jacko ordered the pizza again with a steak and mozz both weeks.

This report compresses two sessions.

PART 1.

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From the prior report the Salamanders chose option , a return to the Plane of Fire. Their reasoning was their return point would be a different point from where they left. If I read the dungeon correctly, the Salamanders were originally tired of the fighting on their original Plane of Fire. Return to a different location on the same Plane would give them the same respite in an environment they were more comfortable with.

Since Jacko has a Mirror of Mental prowess, he used it as a Portal, the entire troop of Salamanders exited thereby. Jacko already had been to the Plane of Fire, he didn't need to research the entry point. Although Jacko made it a point that he would use the portal to send the Salamanders to the Town of Noob, into the crematorium where there was a known Gate to the Plane of Fire and just hold the portal at the entrance to the Gate and have them shuffle through.

Then Jacko returned to the rest of the Party who by that time had negotiated themselves back up the cliff overlooking the mushroom forest. Using Jacko's portal again, their first stop was the town of Noob where the party reacquainted themselves with their Thieves lair and their contract house of ill repute.

Jacko, still determined to discover the thief who stole the Party's goods used his Mirror of Mental Prowess again.

"Knowing" the subject to be viewed (the stolen items), he used his Mirror's scry ability. (Why he didn't think of this before, who knows?) So he used the Mirror's portal ability to go to where he scryed them. Stepping through he found the Party's missing items on a pile of dead Elf bodies and one a little more fresh Human body, sans its head.

He found himself in a circular room with no openings on the walls. Pondering this impossibility for a minute, Jacko looked up and realized he was in a pit. Hanging over it was an Iron Maiden. Climbing out, Jacko recognized the room as one of the Torture Rooms of the "Bloody Duke". Retrieving the dead body, Jacko returns through the portal back to Noob. Having been dead too long it seems, they had to use a Resurrection spell. (How they got their hands on that spell, I forget. I presume it was a contracted spell.)

In any case when the body became alive again, it was unresponsive. Snapping their fingers in front if its eyes, it blinked, but could not talk, nor relate. It could eat, sleep and poop, but that was about all. Apparently, it had no soul.

Except the Rubber kind, because the party decided to put him in a gimp suit and employ him in the house of ill repute.

As a last resort the Party posted drawings of the resurrected man, with the caption "Have You Seen Me?" in various placed in Jacko had ever visited (using his portal). The Party is still waiting for a response.

Meanwhile the rest of the Party did the following:

Huang, Honda, Junkbot, Fundisha and Numrendir left for Huang's Barony of Catan.

Aerys, hung about in the town of Noob with Tanzen. Perhaps frolicking with the periodic visits of the home ported merchant ship, "The Raging Queen" at the river dock.

Grok, leveled up, using a Tempis Fugit spell to compress time. He also opted to roll up a Sidekick which took up most of the second session.

Meanwhile Jacko went back to the Dungeon of Blackmoor, retraced his steps one more time and determined that the Thief could not possibly have gone past the party nor further than level 15.

Using Sherlock Holmes's methodology, ergo: "Whatever remains however improbable, must be he truth." Jacko used his Portal to return back to Noob to ponder his next move.

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

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Zamon, a fifth level Thug.
Grok the Dwarf, a sixth level SpellSoldier (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
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)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

NPCs/Proteges:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Adept of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING/OFFLINE/RETIRED CHARACTERS
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
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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[thepuck 2018-12-13] Canes 4 @ Habs 6

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:37

For being the only consistently good player in a losing cause last game, Deslauriers is scratched for Peca. Reilly also steps in for Schlemko.

    Danault(8)-Tatar(6)-Gallagher(9)
    Domi(2)-Drouin(4)-Shaw(9)
    Kotkaniemi(6)-Byron(4)-Lehkonen(7)
    Chaput(5)-Agostino(8)-Peca(10)
    Kulak(2)-Weber(5)
    Reilly(4)-Petry(5)
    Benn(6)-Juulsen(10)
    Price(3)-Niemi(-)
    PP(4)-PK(7)

Scratches: Hudon, Deslauriers, Schlemko, Armia(IRL)

Kersus' 3 Stars: Peca, Juulsen, Gallagher/Shaw(tie)

1st
Domi's line starts. Kotkaniemi hooks a Cane down and goes to the box to feel shame. Habs have been dominant so far. Canes get a delay of game penalty and the most notable event of this Habs PP was the Canes shorthanded tow-on-one rush which was the best scoring opportunity of the game thus far. Byron takes a stick in the face and goes into the boards hard – leaves for the dressing room. No call. He returns shortly thereafter but doesn't go on to play his normal brand of opportunist hockey.

Hab of the period: Mike Reilly

2nd
Benn takes a wee hook, holds the stick and then embellishes a fall down. He gets caught and goes to the box embarrassing his whole team and the sport. Weber gets skated around and the Canes go up 1-0. Svechkinov steps up in the crease and slams his forearms into Price with the Ref watching and leaning on the goalpost. No call. Habs are heavily outshooting the Canes.

Domi embellishes however the call goes his way. Karma, er, Byron gets his stick caught up in a Cane player's legs. Four-on-four. Later the Canes get another penalty. Price rushes to the bench, the extra man comes on, we're deep in the Canes zone with everyone ready, except Drouin who just stands there while the puck slips in front of him and the play's called down.

Weber sends in a nice low shot that Byron easily tips but the save is made. Shaw dives across to knock the puck away and somehow the refs think a Cane tripped him. Price turns over the puck on a bad pass and luckily the Canes miss the net. Peca and Petry score, 1-2. Habs are still doubling the Canes in shots.

If you watch, Shaw plays the Centre position for Domi and even takes quite a few draws. Domi and Drouin both float with Domi seeking the break-out and Drouin either trying to do a Gretzky or just lost.

Hab of the period: Matthew Peca

3rd
Petry gives up a goal. Gallagher answers back. Lehkonen drives from the opposite side as Gallagher's goal, scoring and even taking the late hit! Price gives up an easy goal. Shaw replies on a play he started taking the pass from Weber on the rush.

Domi leaves his man wide open and covers no one. Juulsen goes down, gets slashed and then a Cane looks at him in a vulnerable position spearing him in the crotch. No call. Maybe the puck was in his jock.

Domi tries to protect the lead by flipping the puck up into the neutral zone to a Canes player instead of any number of solid plays. That Cane makes stuff happen and they rush in beating Kulak and Price for a goal.

Price has yet another turnover but the Canes miss the net. With 2:14 left, the Canes pull the goalie. Petry bounces the puck off the boards and into the empty net. Gallagher almost gets another ampty netter.

Hab of the period: Gallagher

Notes

Watch the replays – many goals were scored by a guy skating across the crease without any interference by the defencemen – that's hard on a goalie.

Weber didn't look good. He hasn't for a few games. He started off with a bang but either he's aggravated something or he's still working back up to 100%.

Petry had seven shots on goal.

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[thepuck 2018-12-04] Sens 2 @ Habs 5

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:04
    Danault (++++-+) 9
    Tatar (+++-) 7
    Gallagher (+-++) 7
    Domi (-++++++) 9
    Drouin (--+-+--+-+) 3
    Shaw (+++-++) 9
    Kotkaniemi (-++-) 5
    Byron (+++) 8
    Lehkonen (+++) 8
    Chaput (+-+) 6
    Agostini (++-) 6
    Peca (+++) 8
    Kulak (-+++) 7
    Weber (-++-++) 7
    Schlemko (+++---+) 6
    Petry (+-++++--) 7
    Reilly (+---+) 4
    Benn (---) 2
    Price (+++-+-) 7

1st
Domi has started coming back to support in the defensive zone but his line still gets stuck a lot there with only Shaw being aggressive. Domi and Drouin tend to float.

Gallagher was double shifted in the first, playing in Peca's spot.

Batherson clips Shaw and Domi takes exception but Batherson hugs him to death. Kotkaniemi serves the extra penalty because Domi scared Batherson.

Kulak and Peca's hard work sees Domi and Drouin get a 2on1 which Drouin puts in Anderson's five-hole. Afterwards Price faces a scoring chance as Drouin doesn't cover his man. Domi's line gets pinned again in their own zone along with Reilly and Benn.

Chaput gets called for holding and Tkachuk for slashing. 4on4. Gallagher gets a phantom hold call ending a Danault breakaway prematurely.

Hab of the period: Shaw
Score: 0-1

2nd
Drouin dives and draws a penalty.

Petry stands up Duchene.

Much of the period had very little flow. Neither team knows what to do after the Sens tie it up.

A Sen loses his footing, Drouin tosses the loose puck to Domi and he puts it in the top corner.

Gallagher gets away with an errant stick.

Drouin feeds Domi again. Buried.

Kulak sends the puck to Shaw who carries it end to end, dishes to Kotkaniemi who pops it over to a driving Lehkonen who puts it home.

Hab of the period: Domi
Score: 1-4

3rd
Reilly makes a diving defensive play that while desperate, looked cool.

Tatar steals the puck… To Gallagher; goal!

Ceci takes a huge dive and Kotkaniemi goes to the box as the refs give Ottawa a freebie.

Danault and Lehkonen gain a 2on1 shorthanded and Danault doesn't pass.

Falk goes after Domi and the linesmen break it up too quickly. Smith sucker punches Shaw when Shaw is held back by a linesman. The other linesman protects Smith from Shaw.

Dzingel tries to run Kulak, they wrestle a bit and Dzingel finally gets a punch off after they go down and the linesmen move in.

Sens get a late goal as the Habs are all out of position starting with a bad pinch by Petry.

Domi tries for a hat-trick and misses the net.

Tkachuk interferes with Gallagher using a big shoulder. No call.

Hab player of the period: Puck boy. No one stood out.
Score: 2-5

Habs special teams looked good against Ottawa however the Sens really didn't have a good game.

Archergirl's 3 Stars: Domi, Drouin, Kulak
Kersus’ 3 Stars: Domi, Danault, Shaw

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HackMoor 2018/11/08 Jacko's Choice

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 19:11

​Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

The Player for Jacko ordered the pizza, and he earned an honor point.

PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

We picked up where the Party left off at the bottom of level 14. Since the Party had explored the entire level, so I had made it a project that they encounter every possible random encounter there was for that level. Having done most of this the previous session there was still one left.

Four Angelic beings. (They tie in with Jacko's pending ascension anyway.)

As the Party approached, One of the Angels sounded a trumpet. Everyone failed their save except of course Jacko.

Huang and Honda started speaking in tongues.

Another Angel proclaimed, "Jacko, come forth!"

To cut to the chase, these four angelic beings offered Jacko the conditions of ascension albeit on different terms. For brevity we'll call them angels A through D. All offers involved getting the Crown of Thrain a HackClass item. Anyone who has achieved 36+ levels will be imbued with divine essence, attaining demi-gawd status with all the benefits thereof. [Note Jacko makes this claim having gained 15th level in three different classes (3x15 > 36). Whether that qualifies or not, remains to be seen. It should also be noted these Angels are entirely irrelevant, Jacko could look for the Crown without being so advised. Perhaps their advice mitigates the 3x15>36 question?] Their offers below:

Angel A: Get the Crown of Thrain. Retain only 4 magic items to obtain goal. Give one half all his money to charity.

Angel B: Get the Crown of Thrain. Find the person who stole the party's stuff and obtain retribution.

Angel C: Get the Crown of Thrain. Find the person who stole the party's stuff. (Didn't say what to do when found Maybe I omitted it in my the notes? I think an outright kill was mentioned, but that isn't necessarily the same as retribution.)

Angel D Get the Crown of Thrain. Donate all valued possessions to charity.

This is obviously a test of Jacko's judgment. Jacko chose Angel B. Jacko tested the Angel and asked it to take him to his proper plane. (Jacko is Neutral Good which would mean the plane of Elysium.) Jacko was then taken to a place with chirping birds, lush fields of grass, rolling hills along the banks of the river Oceanus, and all the trappings of Neutral Goodness. Thus satisfied, Jacko was taken back to the Party.

The party then went back to the back gate of the Fire Giant's lair and Jacko reintroduced himself as a mercenary to assist the Fire Giants against the Salamanders who had taken half the Giant's domain on the other side of the lava lake. The Party then went upstairs to the Giant's middle level that opens to the bridge crossing the lake to the opposing side.

Jacko requested that he be allowed to cross the bridge and espy the Salamander's holdings. The Giants, letting him out their fortified door. Going invisible, he crossed the bridge to the opposing door.

He knocked.

Crawling up to the top of the door, he waited until it opened. Still invisible, he crawled in. Still attached to the ceiling.

Therein he found 20 Salamanders keeping guard. The one that opened the door seeing nothing, shrugged its shoulders and closed it again.

. Staying invisible, due to his thief's ability he stayed on the ceiling and crawled (like the one of the orcs in the Mines of Moria scene in the first Lord of the Rings Movie). Finding mostly empty rooms until he went down one level. There he found a gathering of Salamanders ready for battle and they all seem lined up outside an excavation tunnel.

Sticking to the ceiling he followed the tunnel which was filled with more Salamanders. At the far end he found that they had excavated underneath the lava lake and were about to breach into the Fire Giant's lower rooms.

Making his way back he found the biggest baddest Salamander of them all. It was apparently, it was holding a personnel inspection just before the invasion.

Jacko decided to interrupt.

Calling to the lead Salamader, which would sound like a disembodied voice being invisible, Jacko made an offer.

(I'm culling the tête-à-tête​ between Jacko and the lead Salamander,​​ to shorten this up.)​

1. ​Return to the Plane of Fire?​ (Whence the Salamaders invaded from due to a fluke between the planes.)

​2. Serve as guardians of Fort Neverland (what Jacko is calling his territory topside).

3. Be annihilated.​

Before the answer I cut off the session due to time constraints.

Meanwhile while all this was going on. Aerys and the rest of the Party decided to quit and ​headed back upstairs. They were back at the Mushoom forest at time of Jacko's offer to the lead Salamander two levels lower.

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

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++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Zamon, a fifth level Thug.
Grok the Dwarf, a third level WitchRanger (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
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)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

NPCs/Proteges:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Adept of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING/OFFLINE/RETIRED CHARACTERS
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
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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[thepuck 2018-11-27] Canes 2 @ Habs 1

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:02

Shea Weber's first NHL game of the season and in nearly a year and he didn't injure Gallagher with the puck!

Karl Alzner, the team's second best defenseman, has been waived and assigned to Laval. This is poor treatment of such a quality veteran who has been labeled too slow for the new NHL. He was a rock on defense, laying people out, protecting his goalie, making that nice first pass out of his zone and playing pretty darn solid hockey. As if the “new” NHL doesn't need stay-at-home defensemen. Ridiculous. Chalk it up to why Montreal will have trouble getting stars and veterans to sign with them. See Tavares.

What the Habs lack in many ways could be resolved with an Andrei Markov or Tomas Plekanec. Shabby treatment of players behind the scenes will hurt the team for years to come.

    Danault(6)-Tatar(6)-Gallagher(10)
    Domi(5)-Drouin(1)-Shaw(8)
    Kotkaniemi(4)-Hudon(9)-Lehkonen(9)
    Chaput(6)-Agostino(5)-Deslauriers(6)
    Schlemko(9)-Weber(7)
    Kulak(10)-Petry(6)
    Benn(6)-Mete(9)
    Price(9)-Niemi(-)

Healthy Scratches: Reilly, Ouellet, Peca
IRL: Scherbak, Armia, Byron, Juulsen

Habs Best Player 1st Period: Brett Kulak
Habs Best Player 2nd Period: Victor Mete
Habs Best Player 3rd Period: Phillip Danault

Habs Three Stars: Kulak, Gallagher, Mete

The Good: Kulak was extremely impressive all game long, making good choices, staying in position, getting back, pinching all at the right time.

The Bad: The Habs collapse in the defensive zone, always leaving the point men open. Even Lehkonen has finally bought into this system which leaves Price fending off shots from the point while screened. Drouin simply is not working on the point for the powerplay. He's talented but doesn't have a knack for keeping the puck in or playing defense when forced. The powerplay in general is trying that obsolete drop-pass method (it may still work on wider ice like International surfaces) leaving them struggling to gain the offensive zone. The Canes goaltender Curtis McElhinney but on a veritable clinic with the Habs vastly outchancing and outshooting the Canes.

The Other: Drouin dove and got the Habs a powerplay in the 3rd. Price got away with an obvious penalty however shortly thereafter Shaw paid the 'price' with a makeup call.

It was a fun close game in scoring however it wasn't as tight as the score looked with Montreal dominating quite often. Between the Canes goalie and some exciting defensive plays, Montreal could not tie this one up.

PostGame Thoughts: Weber looked good and showed that his instincts are still great. He playe lots but by no means looked 100%. Kotkaniemi has been struggling since Armia was injured (and before being teamed up with Armia and Lehkonen) but Hudon may well be still improving. Shaw is an unsung hero on a line that makes a ton of mistakes. Both Domi and Drouin make very risky plays and rarely come back and help out defensively. Shaw shoulders the extra load well and is playing his best hockey since coming to Montreal. There were times when Mete looked like he had the puck on a string. If he keeps improving, who knows what heights he'll reach.

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[thepuck 2018-11-24] Bruins 3 @ Habs 2

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 03:17
    Danault(10)-Tatar(8)-Gallagher(9)
    Domi(7)-Drouin(5)-Shaw(10)
    Kotkaniemi(8)-Hudon(10)-Lehkonen(8)
    Chaput(8)-Deslauriers(9)-Agostini(9)
    Benn(5)-Petry(8)
    Kulak(8)-Schlemko(5)
    Alzner(9)-Mete(9)
    Price(8)
    Niemi(-)

Healthy Scratches: Peca, Rielly
IRL: Weber, Juulsen, Armia, Byron, Scherbak

Despite losing, the game was a solid example of hockey's greatest rivalry and both teams played well.

Habs's First Star: Andrew Shaw
Hab's Second Star: Victor Mete
Hab's Third Star: Karl Alzner
Han's Fourth Star: Charles Hudon

Shaw far and away was the star of the game.

Gallagher had some rough battles and there were a lot of good hits for an NHL losing its identity.

While Kotkaniemi was. Bounced around a lot, it was one of his better games this season.

Domi and Drouin both took poor penalties.

Kulak continues to impress.

Schlemko had a hard game and made some good plays while quarterbacking a Powerplay with some skill we haven't seen on a powerplay in some time.

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HackMoor Placeholder Report 2018/10/11 to 2018/11/01

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 02:24

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

We had varying pizzas for the last four weeks, we even had one KFC 16 piece Family Bucket with four sides once.

PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

This is a placeholder report.

For the last four weeks we played three games of Rail Baron and one game of Junta.

Perhaps we shall resume HackMoor tomorrow?

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

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