Dragon’s Bend Sessions 1-4

Grumpy Wizard

I wasn’t going to do session reports for this campaign. Session reports don’t get many views. My players find them useful so I’ll start doing them again.

My post about the setting got some positive attention. Here are the highlights of our first four sessions.

We spent a lot of time in those first few sessions just talking and hanging out. All of us are busy. The game group is a major social activity for most of us. I think that we are finding our stride as group again and future games will be more focused.

Notes

  • We are playing Swords and Wizardry Complete.
  • 1 Silver Piece of treasure recovered and returned back to Dragon’s Bend = 1 Experience Point
  • Treasure awards will be 10 X less than the game RAW.
  • Starting Money is 3D6 x 10 Silver Pieces. Gear prices remain the same.

The outcome of that is…

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Swordtember Blade #5 – Breaker of Kings

Dyson's Dodecahedron

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage to keep this going for the whole month, I’ll release all 30 sword images (minus the frame and Swordtember logo I drew) as an incidental stock art pack.

This ancient dwarven blade is known as “Uzbad Makarful”, the breaker of kings or more commonly among non-nobles as the breaker of tyrants. The nicks and breaks in the blade seem to confer no reduction in its sharpness. It is a sword +1, +3 vs nobles / kings / tyrants and their ilk.

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Swordtember Blade #4 – Last Blade of the Lich Shogunate

Dyson's Dodecahedron

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage to keep this going for the whole month, I’ll release all 30 sword images (minus the frame and Swordtember logo I drew) as an incidental stock art pack.

As the Lich Shogunate collapsed, one last “perfect” blade was produced by the master swordsmith of the final Shogun. Never named, this Last Blade of the Lich Shogunate is a +2 sword that grants a +2 bonus on saving throws against effects, spells, and abilities of the undead.

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So, Then I Just Backed it: A Series on My Kickstarter Adventures (Part I)

It was shortly after attending E3 2016 that I started to dabble into the Kickstarter scene, and like any new and exciting thing that I have not tried before, I wanted to jump in and try it out. So, in August of that year, I backed a music group called Master Sword–a metal band that played songs based off my favorite game series, The Legend of Zelda. I backed the “Supporter Scribe” tier, which came with both a physical and digital copy of the album featuring ten songs, a digital video documentary, a Kickstarter patch, and a thank you message from the band. From the moment I received all the rewards in late 2017, I was hooked. This was the beginning of my Kickstarter adventures.

So, what exactly is Kickstarter and how does it work? Kickstarter and other platforms such as IndieGoGo are project funding platforms that allow someone…

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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 72

Dyson's Dodecahedron

(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)

Session 72

Something Rotten in Kislev

  • Larry [Templar] – I 68
  • Nate [Cleric 3] – I 64
  • Gottlieb [Templar] – I 63
  • Wilfried [Templar] – I 63

Walking out to the south entrance of the dungeons (along the bank of the South Lynsk), they collect the still smoldering body of Wilfried who is remarkably alive although somewhat crispy – left for dead in a snowbank.

Climbing up out of the marshes and discussing how to get back into the city when the gates are closed at night, they see a farm on fire in the valley beyond the road. A group of people come running from the burning buildings, several of whom are carrying torches. In the distance they can see…

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Top Ten Platforming Games

The Game Campaign

Platformers might be my favorite genre when they are done correctly. There was a time in the 90s when this genre reigned supreme and that is when I began to play video games. They hold a special place in my heart and there has been a slight resurgence in their popularity in recent years with the rise of indie developers. It is a good time to be a platform lover but there are some titles that have stood the test of time.

As always, there can only be one entry per series and platforming should be a core part of the gameplay. There are a lot of games in this category so who will reach the top? Let’s jump on in and find out.

Celeste

Celeste

On first appearance, Celeste seems like it is just going to be a standard platformer but things quickly ramp up in both the narrative…

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Dragon’s Bend Campaign

Grumpy Wizard

This summer has been tough for gaming. Vacations and other obligations have made it difficult for us to get a regular game schedule going. With that settling down, our regular schedule is going to be better. We’ve been playing in person as all of us are vaccinated and healthy. With the various mutations on the move, I don’t know how long that will last.

I hope we don’t have to go back to online gaming. It was great that we were still able to meet up every week and game during the first year of the pandemic. Online gaming kept me sane and I am grateful we were able to do that, I prefer being together.

We started the campaign with a session of Microscope wherein we formed the history of the campaign setting. I suppose that would be a session “zero” of sorts. Using Microscope to create a setting…

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Swordtember Blade #3 – Embercleave

Dyson's Dodecahedron

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage to keep this going for the whole month, I’ll release all 30 sword images (minus the frame and Swordtember logo I drew) as an incidental stock art pack.

This is Embercleave, a blade that is magically warm to the touch at all times (about 43° C / 110° F) said to be because it was left embedded in a red dragon for untold years – that is otherwise a typical +1 sword.

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Boss Rush Banter: Which Mario Character Deserves Their Own Spin-Off Game?

Mario is one of the most recognizable characters across pop culture, and for good reason. Almost every game in the mainline Super Mario series is a critical and commercial success, with each entry redefining what it means to make and play a video game. One of the reasons why he is such an enduring character is the cast of supporting characters he surrounds himself with, from heroes like Princess Peach, Luigi, and Yoshi to villains you love to hate such as Bowser, Goombas, and Bowser Jr. But Mario isn’t always a spotlight hog—throughout the years, he has been known to share the spotlight and let some background characters take center stage to lead their own games. It’s a great opportunity to introduce the world to more of the lovable characters in the Mushroom Kingdom as well as bringing new genres to the Super Mario pantheon. Which begs the question—which side…

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Lessons learned #Blaugust2021

GamingSF

So Blaugust is over for another year. This year I got a ‘bronze’ award with twelve posts, surprising looking back that’s actually not bad, my entries for Blaugust 2020 and Blapril 2020 didn’t reach double digits, I’d have to go back to 2018’s event for more posts. My days of blogging daily even for a limited period of time are over it seems. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the event, and responding to the odd themed or community-inspired post nonetheless.

What I feel I’ve learned, or even enacted this last month, was to put time aside for gaming over blogging – to ensure that the “tail isn’t wagging the dog”. By that I mean playing games first and foremost for enjoyment, and not because they make good blog post fodder. Of course, it would have been nice to play lots of games AND have time to write about them…

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