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General Discussion » Ideas for a homebrew adventure (strange artifacts) » 3/21/2018 2:43 pm

Do you have the second edition? I would read fairly carefully through the magic item section, where many items were added that have more flavor, or are more setting specific, than maybe in the first edition. I think there's material there that can inspire you to design some artifactual things.

General Discussion » Gaming at cons » 3/20/2018 10:56 am

tomas wrote:

But I was wondering if there were any shared adventures from the forum that I could run instead. Are there any I could peruse?

I found that running just the dungeon part of Jeff's Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes worked well for a four-hour con slot. I started it off with an encounter with giant radioactive ants just to get the blood flowing. And allowed dead characters to be replaced from the stack of pregens who were left "guarding the mules." We, uh, ran out.

Convention and Game Day » Gamehole VI (2018) » 3/20/2018 10:53 am

mavfire wrote:

I am 90% in... Looking for ride sharing from Michigan.... and/or room-mate... chime in if interested in either! Willing to meet 1/2 way in the chi-town or surrounding area. Driving 6 hours alone sucks after the 1st few hours!

Take the ferry! That will break up the drive.

Adventures » The Black City » 3/16/2018 11:32 am

Yeah, I have poked around on this few times. Good stuff.

General Discussion » Gaming at cons » 3/16/2018 11:30 am

I think the responses so far mostly cover things. But because I hate to feel left out:

I'll generally either pick an adventure that I think should fit the time slot or modify one for it. Like last year I ran just the "dungeon" part of "Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes," which is like 18 rooms of exploration with a fair amount of possible combat. "Meal of Oshregaal," which is open-ended but seemed like a good fit for the time. If my players can do it in a six-hour game. I figure con-focused people can do it in four!

This year I came up with a system I liked for ratcheting up the mission importance of random encounters until they became important enough that the main adventure started. I thought it worked pretty well, but I was also ready to cut to the chase (literally) if it was taking too long. In the other one I ran this year, there were two main adventure areas. I figured it was possible to do both, but only for a group that got lucky or was really focused. And doing one or the other would be fun enough. Worked out as I figured.

I suppose that there's always a chance that you could get someone at your table who is just NOT OK with you saying, "OK, your party has decided to investigate this" and plopping them down at the dungeon door, someone who insists on the purity of the sandbox no matter what -- but I've never heard of it happening at a con. I think the social contract can be relied upon to that extent.

Also, play in Mabon's game. He's a master!

Swordsmen & Sorcerers » Looking for a Name » 3/14/2018 3:09 pm

francisca wrote:

Late to the party, but: Warden

I like this one.

Television and Film » Annihilation (film) » 3/14/2018 9:05 am

Chainsaw wrote:

Handy Haversack wrote:

Will probably wait for video. But I am notoriously cheap.

These days I usually wait because I can’t tolerate bad movie manners, with people talking in normal voice, playing on phones, etc.

I just don't like to pay that much just to watch half an hour of commercials for things I will never want followed by a two-hour commercial for the continued relevance of the American movie industry, which is also basically now a thing I will never want. And at home I can complain louder!

Television and Film » Annihilation (film) » 3/14/2018 7:23 am

Did you read the book, or are you going into the movie with a blank slate? I read the trilogy and heard the author read and speak on it as the first one came out. I think it was optioned for movies even then -- Hollywood loves an iterable property!

Will probably wait for video. But I am notoriously cheap.

Announcements » Gary Con X Special Announcement » 3/13/2018 9:46 pm

Did Luke and Skip appreciate getting to play with a celebrity?

Convention and Game Day » Gary Con X (2018) » 3/13/2018 1:52 pm

mavfire wrote:

In Fridays game; . . . Thomas . . . , Michael. . . . I think only Michael said he had played Hyperborea once before, though several of them had already purchased one version or the other.

Tom and Michael were in my game on Thu. and were great. I'll reach out to them and point them to the forum because they were exactly the kind of player we should be recruiting: imaginative, fun, ready to rock and/or roll. They were a lot of fun.
 

Convention and Game Day » Gary Con X (2018) » 3/05/2018 11:00 pm

I spent three hours on the phone with Delta to move our flight from Wed. morning to Tue night because a foot of snow is coming our way here in the metropole. What a shitshow. If anyone's staying at the airport hotel tomorrow night, shout.

Literary Inspirations » Clark Ashton Smith » 3/05/2018 2:30 pm

Thanks, Ghul!

The reviewer does not seem to know much about the economies of publishing, especially scholarly publishing -- especially in relation to the economies of small art-house presses that publish through subscription! I think one of the things to wonder about is why the letters aren't being put online for free study by scholars. CAS's stories, like HPL's and REH's. are freely available online because they have entered the public domain. I think the only reason the letters *aren't* available is so that the price point on the books can be protected. Though I cannot believe any sales would be cannibalized. Those who want $100, high-quality book will buy them; those who don't never will. An online collection is not going to do anything but expand the potential audience of those who might spend the money -- and increase the access of scholars to these letters.

Convention and Game Day » Gary Con X (2018) » 3/05/2018 10:34 am

Chainsaw wrote:

Chainsaw wrote:

Good news! I managed to weasel out of my work obligation, so I should be able to attend.

Eh... I spoke too soon! Part of my job is supporting transactions that I don’t get much notice of, and a few of those arose over the past few days and created a conflict for this week. So, sorry for the head fake earlier and for people who had been expecting an off-grid game, but I can’t make it. Again, apologies. Have fun and post some good pics!

Son of a--!

My heart can't take this constant toying with. Even monsters cry, Chainsaw.

We'll miss you!

General Discussion » Form-fillable 2e Char Sheet » 3/04/2018 2:22 pm

Yeah, it's the printer driver. I have tried several now. There's something about booklet printing to ledger paper that just screws up every one I try on this machine. I can't ask for *too* much IT assistance since I don't print that much stuff for work . . .

Announcements » HYPERBOREA: Beasts and Cannibals » 3/01/2018 11:56 am

Ghul wrote:

Thrasaric wrote:

Ready to take my money on this yet ? http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png

Going to launch after Gary Con. I have my sights set on the Ides of March. Let's see if I can pull it together. What is it called if it's a week after the Ides of March? The Ides-and-a-Half? A baker's dozen? Hmmm... This may be a question best answered by Handy Haversack.
 

EQUINOX OF BLOOD!!!!

General Discussion » The Character Sheet of Wondrous Automation » 3/01/2018 11:49 am

Ghul wrote:

Handy Haversack wrote:

Ghul wrote:


Spoke with him a few weeks ago. He is doing well, but is pretty busy with his hectic work schedule and travel. After speaking with him, I began combing through the sheets, and I do think it is worth it to see the project completed, because it is a great utility, but the addition of the new classes is not enough, though. There are other adjustments I would like to see to bring it up to 2e standards. But man, what a resource. 

If you comb through this thread, I've noted a few bugs and also tried to add to the spell library since that was one part Maezar wasn't able to finish.

I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of the spell section, because there are too many spells that can't be boiled down to one line, several (IMO) being cases in which the shorthand notes of one person may not be ideal for another. For this reason, I feel these should be blank fields, form-fillabe for the individual user, if they even want the notes. Some might just want to enter the page # of the spell for look-ups. 
 

I feel you . . . but I find the time saving of having a boiled-down line really useful, esp. for making pregens. I guess my preference would be a default description that you can overwrite if you'd rather.

General Discussion » Form-fillable 2e Char Sheet » 3/01/2018 8:53 am

Has anyone had any trouble printing this sheet after filling it in? I'm trying to get the pregens finished off for GaryCon. For some reason, on the closer printer to me this one prints only the first page, and that blank, without any of the field data. It also prints:

ERROR: typecheck
OFFENDING COMMAND: cshow

STACK:

It must be an error at the printer since I was able to print to the farther-away machine (which I have to hustle to before anyone wonders when we went into cryomancy!).

Just wonderin'.

General Discussion » The Character Sheet of Wondrous Automation » 3/01/2018 8:41 am

Ghul wrote:

Handy Haversack wrote:

Maezar, please come back to us and add the new classes to the Character Sheet of Wondrous Automation! Ideally, do this several weeks in the past so that I can already have made my pregens for GaryCon!

Spoke with him a few weeks ago. He is doing well, but is pretty busy with his hectic work schedule and travel. After speaking with him, I began combing through the sheets, and I do think it is worth it to see the project completed, because it is a great utility, but the addition of the new classes is not enough, though. There are other adjustments I would like to see to bring it up to 2e standards. But man, what a resource. 

If you comb through this thread, I've noted a few bugs and also tried to add to the spell library since that was one part Maezar wasn't able to finish.

Television and Film » The 13th Warrior. » 2/27/2018 1:29 pm

I did . . . I think maybe I put a few on G+? Jason's running a bunch of awesome stuff at GaryCon this year if you're going to that.

Television and Film » The 13th Warrior. » 2/27/2018 10:38 am

Last summer(?), Jason Cook came down to Brooklyn and ran a 13th Warrior game for us at the Dwarvenforge studios using Chainmail, OD&D, and AD&D for three separate battle scenes from the movie. He had built the sets and provided minis. A ton of fun.

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