Tuesday, September 16, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge

I'm becoming a big fan of blog hops/challenges. It helps keep me focused. This year, I've decided to take part in the October Horror Movie Challenge hosted by Krell Laboratories.

If you're not familiar with the challenge, the goal is to watch 31 horror movies in October, with at least 16 of them being completely new to you. Since this is a gaming blog, I've decided that in addition to my short reviews I want to have some piece of gaming info to based on the movie (be it a spell, new monster, npc, or just advice on incorporating elements of the flick into your game).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Who Do You Voodoo...

While listing my extra Elizabeth Bathory figure on ebay I found another McFarlane femme fatale I needed for my collection, the Voodoo Queen from McFarlane's Monsters. Well 12 bucks and less than a week later, she's mine.

My Voodoo Queen looks lovely with Elizabeth Bathory and Camille Noire
Also, if you interested in picking up a Bathory of your own, my auction doesn't end until September 18th. Check it out here.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Assault on Cragmaw Castle - Part I

Current Adventure - The Lost Mines of Phandelver

Rolen Moonshadow (Remy) - wood elf ranger of the Emerald Enclave
Mojo ar Meisce (David) - human monk
Saarkson (Paul) - tiefling warlock and new Zhent agent
Rogar Lighttalon (Adam) - dwarf cleric
Droop (npc) - goblin henchman

Warning: Adventure Spoilers

The night started as expected, the party eliminated the orc scouts at Wyvern Tor and their ogre ally. The fight was rather quick and I was rolled terribly. I couldn't hit a pc to save my life.

After defeating the orcs, the party returned to Phandalin. They spoke with Sildar and received their reward for killing the orcs. Then they went to the orchard to inform Daran that they'd taken care of the undead at the Old Owl Well. The aging knight gave them each a bottle of his best hard cider and inducted Rogar into the Order of the Gauntlet.

For reasons unknown to me Rogar's player started talking in a really bad Ringo voice. We laughed too hard and I'm still not sure why it was so funny. I ended up giving him inspiration because my face hurt from laughing. It might have been payback for me saying "Dude, do you even dwarf?"

The party picked up Droop from the former Redbrand hideout and that's when things went a different way that I expected. Instead of heading to Thundertree, they decided to head straight to Cragmaw Castle (with Droop leading the way).

The coolest moment of the night happened right outside of the castle. One of the goblins fired through the arrow slit and Mojo's player spent a ki point to deflect/catch missiles. He caught the arrow, rolled a 20, and through the arrow back at the little bugger... killing it before it could duck for cover.

He would catch two more arrows before the night was out. though not as cool as throwing it through an arrow slit). One of the two throws was even another crit.

The party made it through two thirds of the Cragmaw castle. They took out a multiple groups of goblin mooks, the hobgoblins, and the goblin "priest" and his pet.

We all had a great night! I wish the game was weekly, but the best we can do is bi-weekly. I'm looking forward to finishing Cragmaw Castle.

Mojo's magic 20
The party vs. the orcs of Wyvern Tor

Succubus Sunday - Painted Doll

"You're in the Devil's Carnival. Come one, come two, come all. Devils Carnival!"

 Today's succubus is the Painted Doll from The Devil's Carnival. In the musical she is played by the lovely Emilie Autumn. The movie is from the same fine fiends that brought us Repo! The Genetic Opera (and includes many of the same cast members). The movie is an instant view on Netflix at the moment and the sequel is being made.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Is Why God Invented Photoshop

 Perhaps he's an ally of the Claw?

Tonight's Gaming Session - Ruins of Thundertree

After a brief hiatus, my 5E game starts back up tonight. Tonight should be very exciting. Tonight's agenda includes eliminating the orcs of Wyvern Tor and then heading to the ruins of Thundertree.  If you're playing through the adventure, you should stop reading now.

Thundertree is a dangerous place. The ruined town includes numerous encounters with twig blights, ash zombies, a Cult of the Dragon encounter (because Tyranny of Dragons), and to top it off there is a green dragon!

The party doesn't know about the twig blights or cultists. They do know that undead lurk there and they know a dragon currently lairs in the ruins. The ranger (a member of the Emerald Enclave) has a hatred for evil dragons and his player (a newbie to tabletops) is hellbent on killing the thing. I've made sure to point out that his mission is to drive the monster away, not necessarily kill it, but we'll see how things go tonight.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday in Freeport - Homarid Invasion!

Homarids are a race of humanoid crustaceans featured in a few sets of Magic: The Gathering. While they're not Freeport specific, I think they'd make a great addition to Freeport (or any other nautical setting).