Monday, March 2, 2015

New To Me DCC

This past weekend I was in my hometown for a day and I snagged a couple of Dungeon Crawl Classics adventures from Dungeon Dwellers. I picked up DCC 82: Bride of the Black Manse and DCC 82.5 Dragora's Dungeon.

Bride of the Black Manse is an interesting 3rd level adventure. The plot involves a haunted mansion, the devil Mamon, and a broken pact. The interesting is quite interesting in the fact that events happen based on real world time. Every hour that passes during the game session causes another bell to toll. I also liked this adventure because it includes succubus stats. The book also contains a 2nd level jungle adventure called Blood for the Serpent King. This adventure deals with the return of the Emerald Cobra, a powerful serpent man king.

Dragora's Dungeon is actually a DCC update of an adventure Goodman Games released for 4th edition. The advnture revolves around the return of an ancient society and a royal family put in a mystical coma.The adventure is a lot of fun and includes some great exploration and encounters. My only real issue with this adventure is I'm not a fan of the weird almost-porn fantasy cover. Yeah she's protected if someone was aiming for part of her breasts or her vagina, but otherwise, she's not really protected at all. Plus that armor looks like it'd cause a lot of chafing. The again if I was a hot blonde with a green dragon partner and a large group of ape-like servitors, maybe I too would go for style of substance.

Both these adventures look like a lot of fun. At 9.99 they're worth picking up, even if you don't play DCC.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free Show, Great Music, Cool Shop

If you're in the Buckeye state today I recommend heading to Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs tonight. There will be a great hiphop show tonight. Mikal kHill and Tribe One will be doing individual sets. Afterwards they will get together to do some stuff from Tribe One's other project, Malibu Shark Attack! (exclamation point is part of the name, though I am excited). 

I've heard both of the cats before. They're fantastic artists and just really cool dudes.

Mikal kHill - One Last Walk

Tribe One - The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z

Malibu Shark Attack! - Internal Organs

Not a Malibu Shark Attack!, but still funny.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This Color Ends With "Urple"

My birthday is in one week and I decided to treat myself yesterday I ordered pdf and print versions of +Venger Satanis's The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence and +Zak Smith's Red and Pleasant Land. I've skimmed through both pdf's and I like what I see. I can't wait to sit down with the physical copies and really dive into them. Once that happens, expect to see more detailed thoughts.

As I've previously mentioned I'm running +Mark Taormino's excellent The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen at my birthday party. Due to work schedules and things I still have a few weeks to wait for that, but it's going to rock! Speaking of Mark, he's much closer to finishing his second kickstarter, and will be launching a third soon.

Life is good. Despite the stress, I'm loving my new position and I've started seeing a new lady friend. Also, I've got three kickstarters that I should see returns from in the next few months (DCC Peril on the Purple Planet boxed set, Lusus Naturae, and the hardcover Freeport update).

Lusus Naturae (plus a new 5E monster conversion)

It will be arriving a bit later than planned, but I'm happy to hear that +Rafael Chandler's Lusus Naturae is in the final stages. The book is an utterly gruesome old school bestiary using the Lamentations of the Flame Princess rules set (meaning it's compatible with most old school fantasy games and even 5e with a  little work). I've already converted one of the preview monsters over to 5E. You can can check the preview and read about the nasty thing here.
Large monstrosity, Chaotic Evil
Armor Class 15
Hit Points 53 (7d10+14)
Speed 60 ft
  STR     DEX       CON      INT      WIS       CHA
18 (+4)  12(+1)   15 (+2)   15 (+2)   12 (+1)  14 (+2) 
Saving Throws: Wisdom +4, Constitution +5
Skills Deception +5
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages Common
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Unicorn Form. The Shadhavar can transform into a white unicorn. While in this form the Shadhavar’s alignment appears to be LG for the purposes of alignment detection. In addition, creatures riding the Shadhavar are gain Condition Immunity Poison and Damage Immunity Poison.

 Between sun and down, the Shadhavar can take a shadowy spirit form and stalk prey. In this form it gains: Damage Immunity from bludgeoning, slashing, and piercing from nonmagical weapons.

Multiattack. The Shadhavar can make two gore attacks.

Gore. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target.  Hit: 10 (1D8+5) piercing damage.

Slow Impalement. The Shadhavar targets a sleeping opponent. The target must make a Constitution saving throw (DC 13) or take 3d6 on a failed save, half damage on a successful one. The injuries are not sustained until 2d4 hours after the victim awakens.

Keep an eye out for Lusus Naturae. I'm sure it will shock and appall you in all the right ways.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game and the Owlbeartross

Recently I've become pretty interested in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. The base sets are for 1-4 players. While gaming alone isn't the most fun, my groups rarely meet. This would give me a chance to do something (other than video games) by myself.

To play the game you buy one of the base sets (based on Pathfinder Adventure Paths) and the bi-monthly expansions. Cards can be mixed and matched if you want. The current sets are Rise of the Rune Lords, and Skull & Shackles. Wrath of the Righteous releases later this year.

I currently have a few promo cards. I bought a Game Trade Magazine earlier this week because it had a Dance with Squeelly Nord promotional card. I also grabbed the Ranzak (goblin pirate) character card from last Free RPG Day. I hope to pick up the Ekkie one this year. I think I'm going to pick up the Skull & Shackles base set for my birthday.

As a side note, I found this while researching the game. I don't remember if it's in the AP (I'll have to check when I get home), but I have to use an owlbeartross the next time I have a nautical game.

Ash Wednesday - Half-Deadite Berserker

Today I present to you a a dangerous mook created using material I posted for my first Ash Wedsnesday post.

Name: Half-Deadite Berserker
Motivation: Make The Pain Go Away
Critter Type:  Half-Deadite, Half-Human
Attributes: Str 10, Dex 5, Con 10, Int 2, Per 2, Will 1
Ability Scores: Muscle 26, Combat  14, Brains 10

Life Points: 117 Drama Points: 5

Special Abilities: Half-Deadite, Hard to Kill 10 Natural Armor 2, Attractiveness - 6, Regenerates 10 Life Points an hour, only needs to spend 1 drama point to use Back From The Dead 

Name              Score    Damage               Notes
Claw                   14          26                  Slash/Stab
Dodge                 14          -              Defense action
Grapple               16          -       Resisted by Dodge