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[MgT2] Burt Lancaster | Cowboy of the Terran Wild West

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 01:03

Name: Burt Lancaster
Age: 22
Homeworld: Earth
UPP: A78546
Skills:
Animals (Handling) 3
Guns (Slug) 2
Stealth 1, Deception 1, Streetwise 1
Medic 0, Carouse 0, Athletics 0, Survival 0, Recon 0, Navigation 0
Info: Was a Cowboy; something went wrong and had to flee a State; has an ally.

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HackMoor 2019/05/24 (&17) Battlesystem Test (& Civ)

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 03:07

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

We had an extra large sausage pizza both weeks, that makes it three weeks in a row.

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On the 17th we did not have a quorum so we played a four player game of Avalon Hills Civilization. Later on, I acquired the western map expansion, we will try that this week.

Last session, we applied the 2nd Ed, DnD Battlesystem to the situation. There are 750 bad guys versus 950 good guys (450 and good guy reinforcements of 500).

However the Players (as well as I, a little) were unfamiliar with the system, so we called it a training scenario with only basic rules and decided to perform the real battle in two more weeks.

This week we'll run Avalon Hill's Civilization again with the expansion western map.

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HackMoor 2019/05/10 Cadfael Died and Rose Again

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:36

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

We had an extra large sausage pizza.

What has gone before:

The Party is with a small underground civilization named Cynicism (demonym: Cynics) who are constantly stoned out of their gourd due to the poor diet of mushrooms, underground fish, and lack of sunlight. (I think it's mostly the mushrooms.) The Cynics are controlled by a priestly class of Ba'al worshippers and a tribe of Hobgoblins. The Party has aligned themselves with three rebel Catholic factions whose numbers are still too small (450) to defeat Ba'al. (550 plus a tribe of 200 Hobgoblins, and a large family of Ogres.)

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This session was rather brief with the following event.

If you recall last week, Cadfael was captured and taken in to the Temple of Ba'al. This was caused by a random encounter of stoned Cynics who thought the Cadfael was demon possessed. His two companions, (I neglected to mention this last post), had killed one of this three captors but not before Cadfael was taken. He was inert, as a Hold Person spell and rendered him immobile. The two companions retreated in to the headquarters of the Magi of Jesus across the street.

Cadfael was then taken to be "exorcised" by the demon hunters. He was placed on a rack and tortured until he died.

His Player had no recourse except to play a Hackmaster card, for a Minor Raise Dead spell. Meaning his character also got two flaws. The first flaw I argued successfully, was now three inches taller than he was (thanks to the rack). The other was he became a bleeder, in other words a Hemophiliac. This also convinced the demon hunters their "exorcsim" was a success and he was welcomed into the temple of Ba'al.

Thankfully, he wasn't raised from the dead while his body was with the three Catholic factions. They would have made him a saint.

This also meant Cadfael acquired 1000 experience points because of my house rule that the first character's death earns him that. This also qualified the character to raise level, since he now had the requisite experience points. However this is HackMaster, and characters are required to train for a week per current level. Being a first level, this meant one week but WHERE to train?

Problem solved, what better place to train for the next level of the priesthood than the temple of your enemy? Besides, I found no rule against it saying you "have" to train in your own Religion's school, or even the same alignment. (Perhaps I'll be corrected shortly.) Cadfael also gained the knowledge of the enemy temple troop order of battle, that can be used next session. It should also be noted, that everyone in this wretched city wears a full facial mask. So it isn't like anyone in the Temple is going to notice his looks, saying "You're not from these parts are you?". And Cadfael doesn't talk much.

So we fast forwarded a week, raising Cadfael to second level. Meaning Sham the Samurai's troop reinforcements should arrive the next day.

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CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, second level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thune, first level Berserker
10 Sprites, in a musical band called the Pharies
500 Light Infantry, enroute.
1000 Cynics

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/05/03 Cadfael Captured

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 01:52

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

We had an extra large half-pepperoni half-sausage pizza.

What has gone before:

The Party is with a small underground civilization named Cynicism (demonym: Cynics) who are constantly stoned out of their gourd due to the poor diet of mushrooms, underground fish, and lack of sunlight. (I think it's mostly the mushrooms.) The Cynics are controlled by a priestly class of Ba'al worshippers and a tribe of Hobgoblins. The Party has aligned themselves with three rebel Catholic factions whose numbers are still too small (450) to defeat Ba'al. (550 plus a tribe of 200 Hobgoblins, and a large family of Ogres.)

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This session I had prepped the Player for Sham to run the bad guy encounters because his character is on an overland march back the Party's location with a small battalion composed mostly of Tenians accompanied by a BlackMoor company.

The rest of the party accompanied Cadfael to the underground city. Thune the Berserker stayed near the topside entrance to watch the horses and keep watch for Sam'a army. Glaxx the Druid also went topside temporarily to check on Thune (and to make sure he didn't go Berserk). She hadn't come back before the end of this session.

While the leadership of the three factions had agreed to align, it still remained for Cadfael to convince the rank and file of each faction to join the cause. The three Catholic factions had centuries of animosity between them, and mostly had forgot what the source of the original splits were.

Ergo, the underground city of Cynicism's history:

After the city retreated underground to hide from conquering hordes, the discovery of of Ba'al during the dig and his worship overtook the populace. Ba'al worship reigned supreme in the early years underground with the gawd's promises of safety from conquering forces above and a drug induced haze. It was easy while the population was initially large and periodic sacrifices would take the weak, infirm, and the occasional faithful Catholic who got discovered. As the city's population dwindled, friends and neighbors disappeared, and the average citizen came to realize they were just Eloi and the next sacrifice could be himself. This was not helped by the relatively newly arrived Hobgoblin enforcers. Above ground, the once fertile region the Cynicism was once the capital of, became a desert.

Meanwhile the remaining Catholic faithful went into hiding and started quarreling amongst themselves, hence the heretical treatment of each other for the next few centuries. Lately, the Catholic membership has increased in the hope for relief from the perpetual lottery of doom. At least their faith had a promise of a better afterlife, even if taken by Ba'al.

So the onus fell on Cadfael to reunite the Catholic hoi polloi. Rather than go out evangelizing out in public and putting himself at risk, he decided to perform what a Catholic priest should be doing,* holding proper liturgical services. The first day, he began services with the Magi of Jesus faction, then scooted to the Maidens of Mary faction next door. He rolled successful non-Player Character (NPC) reactions check at each.

Next stop was to conduct services with the Brothers of Joseph who were on the other side of town. So Cadfael HAD to go out in public, at least he wasn't advertising himself.

What followed were a series of random encounters on the streets.

The first were a men wearing bird masks and flapping their arms while circling the Party. Taunting them because the Party could not "fly". (These guys were the usual Cynical citizens, stoned out of their gourds.) They eventually wandered off, "flying" away.

The next one was with a Giant Rat. ("Giant" meaning two feet long, not including tail.) It was an escaped penned animal one of several species the Cynics use for meat. Namo our thief nailed it with a critical hit.

Next the party encountered Cynical fishermen from the city's underground lake taking their haul to market. Strangely enough, these guys weren't "high" like the normal citizen. The party bought some fish.

Lastly Cadfael made it to the Joe Bros. redoubt. His NPC reaction check was not so good and the liturgy was a failure. (Cadfael needs a better Charisma score, or he should have done a "miracle" like last time.) Even though the preaching was bad, he was still a guest of the Joe Bros. leadership so he spent the "night" (underground sleeping period).

Additionally regarding Sham the Samurai who was on his first day going towards civilization to recruit his battalion, the 24 hours of Sham's "Undetectable Lie" had worn out and the factions were starting to ask about Sham, "Who was that guy?"

Next "day" Cadfael attempted to leave the Joe Bros. redoubt and headed for the Magi's place. Outside however there was roadblock and a detour blocking pedestrian traffic due to road work supervised by Goblin traffic cops. Cadfael retreated back to the Brothers of Joseph and since it was time for Vespers, his services again failed miserably and he was kicked out. He promised a better sermon next time (and maybe use a "Befriend" spell).

At least it was an hour later and the Goblin traffic cops were on break.

Cadfael had one more important encounter on the way. A group of three Ba'alist clerics on a mission to "cast out demons" from any unsuspecting passerby, of whom the party were the victims. Whether a prospective victim was "possessed" by a demon mattered little, as the Ba'alist Clerics used the old Monty Python logic of "Can you prove your not a witch?"

One of them cast a Hold Person spell on Cadfael and they proceeded to drag him to the ever so convenient Temple of Ba'al next door while Pavel and Namo tried to prevent his capture by fighting back. It was to no avail however and the Clerics took Cadfael into the Temple and the gates shut behind him.

He was now surrounded by upset Goblin traffic cops holding their coffee cups and half eaten donuts.

Cadfael's capture had interrupted their break.

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CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thune, first level Berserker
10 Sprites, in a musical band called the Pharies
500 Light Infantry, enroute.
1000 Cynics

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/04/12 Sham's March

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 02:55

The Party is with a small underground civilization named Cynicism (demonym: Cynics) who are constantly stoned out of their gourd due to the poor diet of mushrooms, underground fish, and lack of sunlight. (I think it's mostly the mushrooms.) The Cynics are controlled by a priestly class of Ba'al worshippers and a tribe of Hobgoblins. The Party has aligned themselves with three rebel factions whose numbers are still too small (450) to defeat Ba'al. (550 plus a tribe of 200 Hobgoblins, and a large family of Ogres.)

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The Brothers of Joseph were already convinced to join the new alliance of the three factions. Apparently I missed that part in the last write up.

Those who remained to be convinced were the three factions leadership well below the current dungeon level. As the Party had only convinced three semi-permanent patrols on the upper levels. This meant the party had to go to the underground city below and convince the faction leadership.

This also solved the problem of having to deal with several intervening dungeon levels, because each of the three factions had their own secret passage to the city below. So they were able to take one of those pathways and avoid the wandering monsters in those levels. It was only a matter of whose secret passage to take? As any such leadership below would not take too kindly to bringing still unvetted other factions using their secret passage. So the two other factions, designated two emissaries, blindfolded them, as well as the Party, to go along.

Upon arrival, it was only a matter of Cadfael performing another Clerical spell (in other words, a miracle!), to convince the faction leadership below. Then he had to repeat it twice more for the other two factions.

Now united, the three Cynical factions only numbered 450. (200 for the Maidens of Mary, 200 for the Brothers of Joseph, and 50 for the Magi of Jesus.) This is still too small to defeat the 700 or so mixed Hobgoblins and Ba'alists and a tribe of Ogres. Not to mention Ba'al himself, who resides somewhere in the levels the party skipped. He may or may not come out to feed after temple sacrifices. If the latter, the Priests do home delivery which is always iffy, because sometimes Ba'al invites a Priest for dessert. And no one ever declines his invitations.

So it was decided to send out Sham the Samurai back to civilization for reinforcements while the Party waited. Meanwhile Cadfael reinstated proper Roman Cathoic liturgy among the factions. Cadfael may even gain converts, as any Cynics who are not too stoned may realize its themselves they are sacrificing to Ba'al. (By the way honey on the way home from work, I sacrificed the kids!)

I finished the session by running Sham's topside trek to Rusagern of the Duchy. He had only one encounter along the way, which was a lone Zealot of Zugzul, a senior citizen holdover since the Afridhi occupation. He was waving his scimitar and ranting something about how his 401K portfolio tanked and how he was now dependent on Medicare and the Dole, (a common fruit shaped like your pancreas and about as appetizing). Sham easily dispatched him.

On his arrival in Rusagern, Sham made out for the Blackmoor consulate. It's been 35+ years since the Afridhi Barbarians have been kicked out, so the Duchy of Ten and the Kingdom of Blackmoor now have friendly relations. Having some connections via his links to nobility and a little too much honor, Sham made an appeal via channels, had got a commitment of half of Rusagern's (400) and Gar's Hold (100) in Blackmoor just across the river. About 500 light infantry.

Since the infantry was unmounted, that meant Sham and his contingent would have to march on foot about 15.~ miles per day for a week. Add Sham's prior trek to get to the consulate, it adds 3 more days. All in all Sham will have been gone 10 days by the time he gets back. The good news is with 500 troops, random wandering monsters will probably be avoided. Unless it is a flock of Rocs, which I doubt.

Meanwhile, next session will undertake what happened to the party who stayed with Cadfael and the Cynics. Cadfael, who is now conducting services for rebel factions will have to mingle with the populace. Unless he esconces himself in a hidden apartment in the city like Anne Frank, he eventually will be exposed to the Ba'alist authorities. Especially when conducting liturgy. The danger will even increase should he start proselytizing.

Next Session in two more weeks: (See beginning of this epistle.) The Player for Sham agrees he will not be with the rest of the Party next session. So I recruited him to assist playing the bad guys.

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CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thune, first level Berserker
10 Sprites, in a musical band called the Pharies
500 Light Infantry, enroute.
1000 Cynics

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/04/05 Rail Baron

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 18:11

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

Because I realized it was a Friday during Lent, and one of my Players was Catholic, we paid a visit to Captain D's and bought a Fish Feast and distributed it to all players. There were no baskets left over.

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The previous week was skipped due to falling on my company's fiscal month end period close. And I close the books.

Not having a quorum, we Played Avalon Hill's old "Rail Baron" after 3 hours the result was a statistical tie. But by extrapolation we guessed the game would go either go to the Player who got both AT&SF and Union Pacific or the one that got New York Central and Pennsylvania RR.

We also decided next it it is Played, we would use the 21st Century modified rules (easily found online). The main driver being Players don't have to pay when using their own railroads, thus speeding up play by eliminating the back and forth table to hand to bank motions of $1000 cash almost every turn.

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CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thune, first level Berserker
10 Sprites, in a musical band called the Pharies

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PART 3.

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



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HackMoor 2019/03/22 The Gathering

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 23:47

THERE WILL BE NO GAME TOMORROW DUE TO FISCAL MONTH END WHERE I WORK

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

We had a meat lovers pizza with the pepperoni out and philly cheese steak substituted. (Although one feeder found a pepperoni slice on his portion.)

Again some liberties have been taken with the story line, mostly to shorten it. But it also caused me to avoid third person plural pronouns (them, their, they) to ensure the object or subject of certain sentences by using a fully qualified form, (the Party, Brotherhood of Joseph, Magi of Jesus, or Maidens of Mary.)

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After fitting Thune with a peg-leg the party left the room through the opposite exit and entered a short hall with a "T" intersection. There was a door to the right and a statue of Jesus to the left, fully mounted crucifix style against the wall.

The party decided to pack away the Brother's of Joseph gear they had been given and continue on without a disguise.

Namo, our Thief, having learned his job dutifully checked for traps on Jesus and found none. (That isn't to say there weren't any, he just didn't find any.) Either way he determined that the statue's arms where hinged and decided to pull the right arm. The wall on which the statue was mounted swerved away revealing a 60 foot hallway with two doors.

Eschewing the hallway, the party checked out the other door, opposite the statue. Finding a panel with eight runes next to the door, they pushed one of the runes and after a lengthy grinding and some rumbling, the door opened up to encounter a group of Cynics coming towards them. Feigning friendship (and playing an undetectable lie for 24 hours card), the party convinced they new group they were returning spies sent from outliers. They even used the opened secret door behind the Jesus statue as proof they knew their way about.

It turned out this new group of Cynics were the "Magi of Jesus" faction, at odds with the Brothers of Joseph and the (warrior) Maidens of Mary (who were all against the Ba'al faction.) There was an element of doubt as to their story, but they claimed such "deep cover"as only the faction's Headquarters (further down) could vouch for them. They declared their purpose to unify the three factions against Ba'al because their spy mission found new powers they could bring.

Thus Party used Cadfael as proof of their good intent. (The Party had determined these three factions against the Ba'al faction had no true Clerics as the three factions had only Magic Users and Fighters, only the Ba'al worshippers had Clerics.) In effect, they had Cadfael cast the Clerical spell, "Create Water".

"Wow," the Cynics said, "we haven't had a Cleric in hundreds of years!" "We gotta show this to the Maidens and the Bros."

They all forthwith went down the another hall and to a similar doorway, and punching new runes into a pad by the door. A few more grinding sounds later the door opened and party went down the same hall.

(This is apparently a hallway on a rotating turnstile with 8 positions making 4 connections to opposite ends of the level.)

At the end of the rotating hall the met the guards of the Maidens of Mary section. And no, these are not the nuns of Castle Anthrax from Monty Python, since they wear armor all the time. Although they did have a captured Joe-Bro in the next room to which they were about to commit Death by Snu-snu.

Performing another miracle, Cadfael cast a Purify Water on which the party had corrupted, (don't ask how). Suitably impressed, the Maidens decided to join forces with the Magi and the Party.

It only remains to go back upstairs and convince the Joe-Bros.

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CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thune, first level Berserker
10 Sprites, in a musical band called the Pharies

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/03/15 Sham the Sam(urai) and the Pharies

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 02:46

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

We had a KFC 12 piece bucket and 3 sides.

Editor's correction, one character was misspelled as Thanos, he should have been named Thune. Other edits made to make the story fit consistently.

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Last week we left Thune down to 4 hit points, so Cadfael healed him for 14 points with his Staff of Curing. (Cadfael has one charge left.) They spent the night in the room from where the Stirges came from without incident. They also found another secret door in that room so they departed that way. On their left was a door that by its position was obviously the door not chosen before they went down the other hall and fought the Stirges.

Turning right and going further down a hall it turned left and opened a door. They found stairs going down. Deciding the current level was still unexplored, the party closed the door and moved on, turning right and finding another door.

Entering therein, they found a room with rotting furniture and a dead Hobgoblin with its left arm "swollen and discolored" with another door opposite. One astute party member remembered last week remembered the reference to "Killer Bees" and judging from the their corporate memory, said bees would be approximately in the adjacent room. Sure enough a listening check distinctly revealed a sound of humming from beyond the next door.

Backtracking around the rooms, they made their way back to the Bros. o' Joe (The Joe-Bros.) and reported their deeds to the faction leader Kanadius, even holding aloft the severed head of the Giant Lizard. Also reporting many wounds among the party, Kanadius offered a healing potion. He sent a few Bros to the next room which had the same buzzing sound as heard from the adjacent room with the dead Hobgoblin, the Brothers came back with jar and applied a healing salve to the party's wounds.

Upon inquiry the salve turned out to be "Royal Jelly" from the Queen Killer Bee.

Giving the party a batch of it, Kanadius, congratulated them on a good job. "You're giving me good vibes, Moriarty. Woof, woof! Keep up the good work, woof." Feeling a little bit odd at the apparent cultural differences and backing away slightly the party said "Thanks" and continued to clean up this level.

Moving along, the party went back past the original entrance to the Stirges and turned right, then right again and came to another door. Inside they found nothing but old rotted cloth.

Leaving that, following the hall with a twist and turn, they bypassed another room from which they could hear music. Why? Who knows, players are fickle.

Another twist and turn, they came to a dead end with four 4 foot tall pottery jars and a door on the right. Examining the jars they found the first full of sand and the other three, empty. Opening the door, they found an empty room with a highly polished green floor. Sending Thune in first, he cried out in pain as the highly polished floor turned out to be a dormant green slime that had camouflaged itself. In order to save him they had to amputate his leg and apply some Royal Jelly to stop the bleeding.

Noticing the same markings on the pottery jars as on the door with the music, they doubled back and checked it out.

Within they found a about ten Sprites sitting on top of some crates with runes, making music, smoking all sorts of things, cavorting and having a time of it. The party introduced themselves and the Sprites introduced themselves as a band called the Pharies, The lead guitarist was called Hatty, and the Drummer was called Matty. A reading check determined the boxes said something like "Amy Sir Plus." Opening the boxes the party found fireworks, and suggested the Sprites stop smoking.

The Pharies grateful for the safety lesson, joined the Party, mainly out of curiosity.

Lastly, the party decided to go down the stairs. One turn to the right and they found a door and found crates and barrels guarded by four Bombadier Beetles, defeating those the party healed up. Then they checked out the crates found food and wine and camped out again. They also took a side trip topside to feed the horses and dawgs. They brought them in and stabled them in the first room they entered when this all started.

Upon return to the room where they defeated the Bombadier Beetles, they busted up one of the crates, made a halter and fitted it for Thune's leg.

Thune's nickname is now Peg-Leg Thune.

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thune, first level Berserker

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PART 3.

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HackMoor 2019/03/07 Beginning Exploration, Introductions

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 01:36

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

We had pizza but I forgot what it was.

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The night started reasonably well, the Party started on the 40 x 40 foot room at the bottom of the three scuttles. There were three doors, the party exited one and came to a 40 foot long hallway that ended in a "T" intersection. There were two doors to the left and right, skipping both doors they turned right at the "T".

They found a 60 foot hallway with a gold statue of Joseph at the far end and two doors on the right. Taking the first right door, they entered a 20 x 20 foot room wherein were five guys wearing golden masks, chainmail, and dark blue capes.

The party introduced themselves and became acquainted with the Brotherhood of Joseph, a resistance group dedicated to the overthrow of the established order.

"Join the resistance, they said. You have nothing to lose but the next sacrifice, which may be you."

"Tell us more, the party said."

"Let us introduce you to our illustrious leader, he's in the next room." True to their word, in the next room (adjoined by another door), the dimensions of which fit the next door they did not enter, were five more guys in the same outfits. One of them wore a different looking helm, he immediately apologized by introducing himself, "My name is Kanadius, and I'm leader of the Bros o' Joe."

What followed was a discourse of the raison' d'etre for his existence. (Which was basically a rundown of the module I have modified.) In essence there are three factions of our religion trying to overthrow the worship of a demon-gawd named Ba'al who took over our once great civilization centuries ago and turned our lush property into a desert and demanded human sacrifices. The three factions are, the Bros of Joe, the Maidens of Mary, and the Magi of Jesus. There has been no cooperation with the other two opposing factions of course because they dislike each other almost as much as Ba'al.

(Of course modification fit right in with one of the characters being a Roman Catholic Cleric, it was soooo... convenient.)

That being said, the party was invited to become "Associate" Bros. There was a sincerity check to become regular Brothers. So the party were given silver masks, and light blue capes, to differentiate them as Associate Brothers, or Ass-Bros, for short. After that they were told to be on the lookout for wandering monsters, mostly bugs, lizards, and rodents for the most part. And stay away from the Killer Bees, they're ours we keep them in an adjacent room.

So the Party set off back the way they came. Determining the other end of the "T" intersection was a dead end they doubled back and checked he last door they skipped. To the party's surprise, yes there was one of those Giant Lizards.

In stepped in Thanos, our party' Berserker. Itching for combat, due to his nature he attacked immediately. (It felt weird, as the Player for this character was NOT present, but his character is a Berserker after all.) The Giant Lizard struck back, and almost rolled a critical hit, the creature made up for it however by making penetration on both its damage rolls. Thanos also also failed his Threshold of Pain roll and was down for the count. Sham the Sam(urai), stepped in and saved Thanos' hide.

Thanos was brought down to only one hit point, and Cadfael had to use his Staff of Curing. (2 charges left.)

Dusting themselves off, the Party made its way back to the room with three scuttles from topside. There were two other untried doors so the party took the one to the right. By chance (because Namos is Half-Elf), they found a secret door in the next 40 foot passage on the left. Ignoring the passages turn to the right, they decided to open this door.

The party was attacked by a flock of flying Stirges. Suffice it to say, yes the party defeated them after some struggle. Mainly because the Stirges gorged themselves on party blood. (Stirges are like pigeon-sized mosquitoes with feathers, after draining 12 points of blood they quit.) The Party killed most of them as the Stirges were satisfied, and attempted to leave. Fighting them was problematic, since once they have attached themselves to a victim, any third party attacker trying to help has a chance of hitting the victim.

Once again Thanos was almost killed, at session's end he is down to 4 hit points.

Cadfael is about to heal him again but we called it quits, so that may happen Tomorrow's session.

Oh and by the way, we voted Thanos as MVP, even though his Player wasn't there.

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

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thanos, first level Berserker

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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




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HackMoor 2019/03/14 Tempus Movere

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 19:17

This is not the weekly report. By request of the Players, my HackMaster game will move to Friday nights. Future reports will now read:

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

This also moves it back an hour. This is primarily due to shift work by one of the Players. Since their shift starts at 6AM. The Thursday night game did not give the Player enough sleep for the next shift.

HOWEVER

This also means there will be one less game per month. Because one Friday night each month is fiscal period close at the company I work for. Guess who closes the books by midnight? (And who also has the power to stall the computer clock so the process really goes past midnight but all fiscal period transaction time stamps are all recorded on or before 11:59 PM?)

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HackMoor 2019/02/28 Belated Arrival of Thanos the Berserker

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 01:14

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

Our pizza was made with that thin sliced beef they use in Philly Cheesesteak, with onions and mushrooms. So I would call it a Philly Cheesesteak pizza.

If anyone likes this unusual recipe (and to give free advertising), and lives locally, it was built at Anna's Pizza , 9708 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601. (Two doors to the right of World's Best comics.)

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We did not have a quorum.

HOWEVER

A Player who had been absent about a month who had rolled up a Sidekick in the prior campaign was present. So we repurposed the Sidekick as the main character and finished any minor details, (like buying clothes). And had him join the party at the tail end of last session.

Basically his back story he was tracking the party, and was curious as to what they are up to.

He is a first level Dwarf Berserker named Thanos, son of Thermos the Hot. (The "son of" part I made up.)

He rides a pony.

Berserkers well, they live for combat. They also have a tendency to go berserk during a fight, and will only come down after they have inflicted "X" points of damage and will even attack Party members if the damage requirement is not satisfied. Oh, and when it happens, they must have a minimum of four rounds of combat. They also have combat "pangs", and if they go for a certain time without any combat, they may go berserk anyway.

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

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS

Paveltepec, first level Painted Mage
Sham, first level Samurai
Cadfael, first level Cleric
Glaxx, first level Druid
Namo, first level Thief
Thanos, first level Berserker

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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



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