Saturday, September 16, 2017

Summer of Gaming and Exploring Gathox!



Greetings all!
I haven't posted in quite awhile. I've actually been doing a good bit of gaming. I finished grad school and this allowed my school enforced hiatus from gaming to finally come to an end. I spent a good bit of the summer actually playing in several games. I've been in an ongoing 5E Curse of Strahd Campaign that currently has us around 4th level or so. I was able to play in an awesome Labyrinth Lord Mini-Campaign that was loads of fun. I've also taken up the DM mantle after quite a long time and have started running a 5E home-brew campaign. I've even tried my hand at a bit of minis painting (well mostly terrain) and I've had loads of fun. I think I've gamed more this past summer than in the past four years combined!  As a result this blog has not been updated in quite awhile. With some store credit, I picked up the Starfinder core rulebook, OMG! that is a huge book! Yikes! The art and layout is impressive, but it is taking me awhile just to read it!  That combined with all the 5E gaming I've been doing of late has me finding myself yearning for more OSR goodness in my gaming rotation, Christian's Labyrinth Lord mini-campaign was rules-lite but oh so fun. With the OSR in mind, I picked up a recently released product Gathox Vertical Slum.
I was able to read a few early drafts of this product and have had a few exchanges with the writer/artist David Lewis Johnson (a great artist by the way!). The PDF (print version is due out any day now) is a fun, imaginative and rather Gonzo setting. Based on the White Box rules, but you should be able to adapt it to most old school rules. You will need a copy of the rules system of your choice to play it, in order to complete character generation.
Here is the official blurb for the game,

"Welcome to Gathox Vertical Slum, a far out, gonzo science fantasy campaign setting for Swords & Wizardry White Box Edition and other classic tabletop role playing games.
Aliens, mutants, spellslingers, and hardened criminals struggle for dominance in a lawless city built upon the back of a wandering, world-hopping godling. Inside this tome you’ll find:
* A fully mapped and fleshed out Vertical Slum, stuffed to the gills with greedy factions, hook-laden NPCs, and seedy locations.
* A new gangland system for running domain-level games at level 1.
* 43 fully illustrated strange and inimical monsters to spring on unsuspecting players.
* New classes, skills, ability checks, hirelings, and gear for players to work their will across the mean streets of the Great Spire.
* A vertical dungeon introductory adventure to test the skills and resourcefulness of new and seasoned players alike.
* Over a hundred lavish interior illustrations by D.L. Johnson.
* Five pieces of interconnected chapter fiction contributed by Josh Wagner."

I'll be reading this one a lot more and hopefully give it a run soon. I may even try to run it as an online game. Christian showed me how much fun it can be to play via hangouts, so I'm thinking this setting with White Box (or maybe B/X) would be fun.  More to come...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Wasteland of Gath: Part 3

I was lucky enough to get in another session in Christian's Wasteland of Gath Campaign. I'm using the Labyrinth Lord rules for my foray and having a blast with the setting and the old school rules system.

Christian did a great write-up of the session (including stats!) here. The dice were running hot and Righteous Rude slew a household of vile mutant cannibals, while rescuing a little girl that the malformed family had kidnapped. Kerg and Rude are slowly bringing civilization to the Wasteland of Gath. I'm having a great time with his game, and am really glad he convinced me to give online play a try. The sessions are quick and loads of fun. Plus it is great to be able to actually chat with someone I've known for years, but have never met "face to face". Google Hangouts has now allowed me to have that "face to face" connection.  I'm excited to see what will happen next!  More to come...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Continuing adventures in the Wasteland of Gath

Yesterday I was able to do some online gaming with Christian again, we picked up from last session.
This was the second session for Righteous Rude, Sledgehammer of THE Metal Gods, and his new acquaintance the repentent dwarf Kerg.

                     "Wonder what lies in that pit up ahead?"
Two beasts down, but one remains and Righteous Rude is down to ONE HIT POINT!!

One thing about going back and forth between my 5E game and my Labyrinth Lord game with Christian, I must remember how lethal LL is, especially at low levels!  Rude will meditate on using his sling more in the future, and maybe a little less direct melee especially when outnumbered and Kerg is caught with his pants down!  LOL

To read the full session report check out Christian's write-up

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What a great week!!!



 In spite of the heat and the storms it has been a good week. As I posted earlier I was able to try out online gaming for the first time with Christian. I wasn't able to participate in Free RPG Day, was out of town, but a good friend picked up an item for me that I really wanted. The Starfinder First Contact book.
I'm looking forward to giving it a read.
I'm blessed to be in a fantastic gaming group. Last night we played another session in our group's Curse of Strahd 5E Campaign.
The entire game session was role-playing. No combat, just the players interacting with each other and the different NPC's. The DM did a great job and the 4 hours just flew by. It wasn't until I was heading home that I realized we didn't have a single fight all night and it was loads of fun. I talked to the group and when we wrap up the Curse of Strahd Campaign (probably late Fall). They'd like me to run Starfinder!  I'm excited, the rules aren't even out yet, but I want to give them a spin. What we've heard about the game so far has everyone excited. So I've started working up some ideas for my upcoming Starfinder Campaign.

Also this week, I was a kickstarter for the Mutant Crawl Classics RPG. The PDF was released this week to kickstarters, so I've been reading through it in my spare (ha ha) time. It looks really cool, and I'm sure it will be put in the gaming rotation at some point.

I got some great books in the mail from my buddy since 8th grade, Tormentor. Somehow he always remembers my Birthday, even though I try to keep it on the down-low. Thanks Tormentor!

On a personal note, I got the best gift of all. I don't talk much about my personal life on the blog. Try to keep it about gaming. But felt this was appropriate. My grandson is getting close to 3 years old. He stays with us some of the time. He is developmentally delayed, and undergoing evaluation for autism We have worked hard to find ways to play, talk and interact with him. This week was the first time that he and I had truly interactive play. He was listening to me, following directions and truly playing with me. I'll never forget that smile and the gleam in his eyes when he and I were playing. That first magical moment is something I will treasure forever.  Well thanks for letting me share.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Get some gaming in this weekend and spend time with friends and family! They are what makes it all worthwhile!
Good Gaming -B.B.







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Online Labyrinth Lord in the Wasteland of Gath

  The journey begins....
I got to play in my first ever online game earlier tonite. Christian of the Destination Unknown blog encouraged me to play a quick session in his Wasteland of Gath game. I had a fantastic time. I've been corresponding with Christian for awhile now, and it was wonderful to have a "face to face" talk/game session with him. I had worried about the tech issues and my limited abilities with technology but we had no issues during the game.
 Gathering and burning the bones of the unquiet dead for a funerary rite to THE Metal Gods
Proper graves and burial rites for the two souls at peace.
Thanks again Christian!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2

My wife and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 today. We both really enjoyed it. We couldn't decide if we like it better than the first one. All in all it was a fun movie and if you liked the first one then you will most likely enjoy this one as well. This one is chocked full of Easter Eggs, and I will need to watch it another time or two to get many of them. I'm a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic from way back and there are some great tie-ins to the comic series. Also there are several scenes at the end as the credits roll (5 in all I believe) so don't leave until the end.
From a gaming perspective this one has some fun fodder to use in your sci fi RPG's!


Friday Night Ravenloft!

Last night we resumed our 5E Ravenloft game, I'll avoid spoilers, but suffice to say the first adventure in the Ravenloft campaign is quite tough. The DM really knows how to run the game and the other players are fantastic gamers. I've been playing since '79 and I really find myself challenged by the skill and ability of this group. I'm trying to get my head around the various nuances of 5E, this group is not only helping me make the transition to 5E but are making me a better player. Which rocks.  We finished the first Ravenloft adventure (Death House) Holy Crap was it challenging. The DM said he was impressed that we all made it out alive, great tactics and teamwork got us through, it is a TOUGH adventure for the recommended levels. I now have a 3rd level Tiefling Rogue!   Even Strahd showed up for a cameo! The DM has the Ravenloft board game so is using the minis from that! Good stuff.
It is so great to be gaming again!  Hope you all have a great weekend and get to roll some dice!
Take care, B.B.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dark Naga- City of Talos for 5E

My buddy Kevin of Dark Naga Adventures latest kickstarter is available. This is the third adventure module in the Haunting of Hastur series. If you enjoyed his earlier work, you will want to get in on this kickstarter.
Good Gaming -B.B.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scrappers Post-Apocalyptic Skirmish!

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I recently learned about the Scrappers 28mm Post-Apocalyptic Skirmish Wargame.
I haven't played 28mm Skirmish games since Necromunda first came out many years ago. Moving large armies across the tabletop never appealed to me but original 40K Rogue Trader and the later Necromunda game were lots of fun. Scrappers draws heavily from classic Gamma World (Some of the Factions in the game are very similar to classic Gamma World Cryptic Alliances), you can use your own minis (just because I haven't played skirmish games in ages, doesn't mean I don't have a ton of suitable minis lying around). You only need 3-15 minis for your crew, so again right up my alley. I've talked to a few friends at the local hobby shop and I've got them interested in trying this one out, so should be fun!
The game's Facebook page is HERE
Here's a review and a play report of the game
Now to go through my boxes and find some suitable minis to use! Have a great weekend and I hope you get some gaming in! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Game Store Bargain Treasures!

Went by the old Hobby Shop in town (one of the last ones these days). I haven't been there in awhile, and lo and behold found some cool stuff in the used RPG section.

The Night Below box is dinged up pretty badly, but all of the internal contents are there and are in excellent condition. I got all of this for under $15 bucks!
I had Night Below many years ago, but sold it off before I ever ran it.
Looking at this pile of coolness, I do believe I need to try to work all of these items together somehow into a cool campaign!  Night Below is a great Underdark Campaign, but using the Role Aids books to supplement it could make for an even more awesome setting.  Now to just decide what mechanic to use?  I'm leaning towards 5E, but Castles and Crusades has been calling out to me, and ACKS is a great system as well.  Decisions...decisions!
More to come!