Archive for April, 2010

A Fresh Start

Posted: April 27, 2010 in DnD
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Like I said the other day, the campaign I was just in ended which means another one is going to be started up.  Just about all of us have some form of an idea of a game, though it seems like Grendal, Drist, and myself are the only ones with viable games.  Drist and I both come up with some kick ass ideas, though we’re shaky on making them happen with Drist being the better out of the two of us.  Seriously, he ran a Delta Green game that I just adored!  Grendal is our group’s master DM, if that makes any sense.  He can come up with great stories and he runs them in ways that keep us hooked.

I actually have 3 different ideas, though I’m not sure if any of them will interest the group.  One is based on the Oriental Campaign style, focusing on some Japanese myths to provide stories.  This one would be done in chapters and spaced out over time if need be.  Another one has to do with a kidnapping and a Lich, in a whole ‘things aren’t as they seem’ type deal.  The third one is the more recent one out of the bunch but it’s interesting me more than the others.  It deals with the Norse and Greek/Roman pantheons being in the same world and working in tandem.  There is a prophecy that they will be destroyed and they resign themselves to their fate, save for a deity from each side.  Thus our players are ensnared by oracles, visions, etc. to try and save their Gods and their world.

More and more I’m noticing that I’ve taken a more serious and reality based turn to my characters and story ideas.  I love the idea of the Gods coming in to play and having characters with interesting bits to them.  Kanaloa, my half-aquatic elf, was missing an eye.  It provided a great story for her, made her memorable, and gave her a certain something that I loved.  Xyrygosa really didn’t have a physical part that provided the interesting story but it was the fact that she was a driven military person and very much into that and her family.  Now I’m working on a new character idea that I believe will only work to it’s full potential if Grendal is running the game.  It is a one armed human male, probably an ex-knight, a paladin, or a cavalier(from Pathfinder).  Though he is out of his original line of work, he is an arms instructor for new recruits.  He’s a widower and has a daughter who now has a family of her own.  This will be my first ‘manly’ man and my first character that is older than 25.  One thing I’ve noticed is that everyone I’ve met plays characters who are in their late teens to mid twenties, or equivalent.  There has only been one instance when that was different and that was during our Delta Green campaign.  So I’ve decided to leave my comfort zone and go for the older character and the manly man. 😀

If I flesh him out more and have the chance to play him, I might even post his back story. 😉

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It’s Been Fun…

Posted: April 26, 2010 in DnD
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Last night our gaming campaign ended.  Out of 6 character only 2 made it out of the dungeon we were in.  We all had a feeling that this wasn’t going to end well after the previous session: Xyrygosa was in a freny, Div was bloodied, Risto was okay but he’s our mage, Jake was healing Val, and Nic was blind!  I ended up trying to kill my friends but I was knocked out and then we were ready to barge through another door.  When we opened that one Risto was killed in one hit and Xyry was knocked down to 0 hp(from 30) so she went from raging to another frenzy.

This is where it gets bad.  Nic had managed to cast Detect magic on himself, giving him the ability to see a la Daredevil.  What he sees is Jake(our bard) cast a spell on Xyry after Val closes the previously opened door.  Xyry swings at Jake and Div shoots her in the hand with an arrow, knocking her to -8 hp but sine she had the diehard feet she was a ok.  Well, Nic doesn’t know that Xyry is a frenzied berserker, let alone the fact that the others have seen this.  He freaks out, takes a step back and blasts Div, killing him in one blow.  So that’s 2 people dead.

We start freaking out and decide to get the hell out of the dungeon.  Xyry is healed to about 30 again and the group picks up the two bodies( 1 1/2 technically) and we make a break for it.  Well the baddies had amassed and were starting to take us down.  Here is the short version: Xyry was engulfed in fire, Nic was shot through the throat, and Val had been knocked out twice but survived thanks to Jake.  The two hopped onto the cart we brought and hurried back to town.  Upon arrival they went to the city’s high council and asked if the group could be resurrected, save for Nic since no one knew he was there. XD

In the end we were all together again.  Rather than going back to delving we became teachers for the Delver’s Guild.  Jake and Val got married, as did Xyrygosa.  What made me giddy like a school girl was the fact that it was a minor character that had proposed.  He had been a thorn in the group’s side for a while but Xyry felt bad that the group had nearly ruined the guy’s life.  They had spent some time together, chatting it up and went on one date, though she didn’t have too much a good time.  I had been iffy when he proposed, but the character revealed something that was a huge secret: he was a gem person, something the group had been seeking.  Oddly enough with Xyry being half dwarf and this guy being a personification of stone, it was a match made in heaven.

I like to think they were perfect for each other and had some awesome kids. >w<  But that’s the girl in me talking.

Now I Get It!

Posted: April 22, 2010 in Gaming
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I know it’s been a while but this quarter is kicking my butt.  😦  I’m really worried about A&P and with midterms this week, it’s gonna kill me.

Anywho, I noticed something this morning.  I’ve been playing a bit of L4D2 and it has annoyed me that the zombies don’t run up and bite you like zombies ‘should’ but they sit there and smack you and curb stomp you.  Now, I’m not much a zombie fan but come on!  They should at least take a nice little chunk out of you.  While I was drinking my morning coffee and watching 28 Week Later I noticed something oddly familiar about the people infect by the ‘Rage Virus’….They act similar to the L4D zombies.  I mentioned this to Grendal and he noticed it as well.

After coming to the conclusion that L4D could have been inspired by the zombies in 28 Weeks Later, their curb stomping is more plausible and okay!  Plus it raises the game a little higher on my chart of likes! :3

Yeah, Easter has come and gone.  I usually spend time with Grendal and his extended family during the holidays, though I do hang out with my family for 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Saddly this year Grendal and I weren’t able to attend the family get together becasue he wasn’t feeling well.  Besides, it’s more of a child’s holiday than anything else.  I celebrated in my own fashion, with games of course!  I had the religious thing down thanks to Dante’s Inferno(finally got it, and the Divine Edition no less!!) and then the rising from the dead shebang with Left 4 Dead 2.  I know that it probably sounds bad that I did that, but I’m not part any form of the Judeo-Christian religions.  While I do love getting in to religious talks and debates, I’ll just keep this short: I am Pagan.  Take that as you will; you worship your deity and I worship mine.

Anywho, I saw Clash of the Titans on friday!  I’ve seen the ’81 version and barely remember it, but I did notice that a lot of things were changed for this reimaging.  This is one of those movies that you have to watch with no regard to the first because they really can’t compare.  In all honesty only two things really bothered me about the movie: the lack of the Gods interacting with each other and the introduction of Io.  I can let the interaction of the Gods slide because some people wouldn’t find that interesting and it would screw up the flow of action.  But Io?  The movie presented her as another demi-god and eventual love interest for Perseus.  😐  Who to the what now?  Io was one of Zesus’ many women and was eventually turned into a freakin’ cow!  I won’t go into the details/rant of the entire thing, but they TOTALLY fucked that up.

But yeah, good movie!  Worth a watch if you can disconnect it from the 81 version.

Renny has finally begun to play Dragon Age.  I’ve loaned him my copy since I just need to use the Awakening disc now.  He’s enjoying it and I’ve given him a list of mods to get him started, though it was kind of rough to get it working.  I told him he needed to read everything the creators put down, I even wrote that same statement down on the list of mods to look at.  What happens?  He has a mod refuse to work because he didn’t read the part where he had to have a compatability file as well(it’s fixed now).  We’ve talked over text about the game but the moment we’re in person Renny begins talking only to Grendal.  Grendal did try to get me in the conversation after noticing, since I’m the only one that has beat it so far, but Renny seemed intent on only talking to him.  I debated about saying something but didn’t; I swear I’ll say something one of these days.  Grendal feels bad but doesn’t know what to do, but it’s my problem and I’ll do something…..even if it means getting mean, since it does annoy the crap out of me.

Other than that not much has happened in my life.  Gaming is going on as usual, a new quarter of school has started, and the countdown for the Halo: Reach beta has begun!