Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Most Important Character

Actually I love the idea and have done something similar on a larger scale which involved legacies and heirlooms and turned out very well indeed.

Also I’ve done many kingmaker/kingmaking games most of which turned out superbly. Of course I’m very, very old school and began with playing the very first versions of D&D almost at the time they were first invented.

It’s hard to go wrong with this kind of game, though this may very well be a generational thing (rebelling against responsibility and duty) with younger gamers.

Early on it was written directly into the recipe.

Also castles, keeps, freeholds, manors, etc. were all prominent in my games and always have been as a Dungeonmaster. As a player as soon as I could afford it then most of my characters bought land (or received it for services rendered) designed and built their own homes and fortifications. So as to have a personal and secure Base of Operations. I’ve even had several great adventures either assaulting/besieging the keeps of others or defending my own.

BIG FLOCKER

Once upon a time I had a bad idea. In my defense I didn’t know it was a bad idea at the time. Mostly because it sounded like such a good idea.

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4 Ways To Improve Your Tabletop With Achievements

BIG FLOCKER

In video games the Achievement has become ubiquitous. It pops up around the borders of the screen with a glitzy soundbite and a tiny trophy cup, like you’ve won something, even if your biggest accomplishment has been not cutting off your hojos with a pair safety scissors.

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Another long pause…….

one J at a time

Well…… sooo….. yet again there seems to have been a delay in postings!! This time I do have a valid reason!

In between my last post and this post Mrs J, Little J and I have moved house and have stated a 1:1 scale terrain decorating project, so no hobby building/painting work has taken place, although there has been 3 games of Bolt Action completed with varying successes!

The first two games were completed on the same day. Mr A, Heer J, Comrade S and myself met in Mr A’s garage to be confronted with a 10ft long by 4ft terrain board. A 4ft x4ft town had been added!

The Town.... The Town….

For this games day we tried something different, two games running at the same time at different ends, the loser’s of the first game would then face each other, followed by the winners facing each other!

Initially I met Herr J in the farm…

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The glorious D&D geekiness continues

Figments of a DuTchess

For the Dungeons & Dragons fans out there, six posts on my blog Dungeon DuTchess, about the adventures we had in the Faerûn Underdark last February:

This weekend, the geekiness continues. 😀

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I’m actually interested in this game.

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I decided to test my fancy new PC this past week with an actual modern game, instead of the creaky stuff I’ve been playing up until now. My friends have been extolling the virtues of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and I realized that I have been missing a good open-world RPG, especially one that’s reputedly as mature-themed as this.

As with Skyrim and the Elder Scrolls series, The Witcher 3 marks my initial entry into an established franchise, so I lack any real references for the characters and lore. I’m playing the game about as “blind” as it’s possible to get. I will say that my initial thoughts will be based on the comparison between those two games, so if I tread on any sacred cows, I apologize in advance. For reference, as of this writing I’m about 26 hours in, level 13, and traipsing through Velen.

First…

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Robin Pierson’s Grand Strategy: The history of Byzantium podcast.

SUPERB!

Daredevil Season 1 Review

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No, not the Ben Affleck one!

Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Vincent D’Onofrio

Daredevil is the first Netflix show which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 13 episodes follow blind lawyer, Matt Murdock and his story as he looks to prevent crime through his job during the day and at night with his enhanced senses, beating a lot of people up in a bad ass Black costume. The show follows his rise to becoming a hero in this universe. Multiple times throughout the show you see Daredevil getting beaten down and having to force himself to get back up. The show also follows the rise of Wilson Fisk, who as we all know later becomes Kingpin. Vincent D’onofrio does a superb job of bringing the character down to earth and at some points you…

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The Single Player LARP – 2 Game Ideas

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In a recent episode of the LARPBook podcast we were asked to help a listener who on running low on podcasts to listen to was concerned that that he / she may have to interact with people on a regular journey of several hours long. As you can imagine the podcast produced some ideas that were as usual – interesting.

Then it struck me that a lone larper on a journey could be in fact be playing a larp. The number of players would be somewhat limited, well 1. However the number of NPCs is a potentially large number since it is everyone around you.

Of course you cannot pull our your trusty larp weapon of choice on public transport. That kind of thing is frowned upon – although likely to get you on the evening news. Instead these mini games are all played out mostly in your head. Though…

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Steel Fist Miniatures Review

Telford Wargames club

I would like to start off by saying that these miniatures were provided as FREE samples to show our club some of the range of miniatures from Steel Fist Miniatures. I would like to thank Oliver for sending me these samples.

We are all in the process of looking into miniatures that we can pick as our prefered manufacture for our Samurai campaign and display game to take to shows. We are looking at a final tally of around 150 figures for each member taking part in the campaign, around 6 of us so far. There have been a few members pick up the one off packs of miniatures from shows and from my extensive search for miniatures I came down to a few options I liked the look of. Perry, Kingsford and Steel Fist. I heard from a club member that picked some of the Perry’s and were not…

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Gangster miniature game

The Snooty Man of Steel 

The Long Dark: Review, kind of First Impressions

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longdark Images copyright Hinterland (I think, please correct me if I’m wrong) Screen cap from the game taken by me for review purposes

I realised the other day that I haven’t done a game review in a while, the first few posts were games related but they kind of fell to one side with the beauty products. I have slowed down on buying them and have a few of their reviews lined up but wanted to do a post about a game that I’ve found recently and loved playing.

The Long Dark is made by Hinterland and basically a survival game, it’s another that follows the same idea of surviving the wilderness and crafting what you need that a lot of other games have used. However this one seems different, it’s definitely addictive and very hard to survive (I’ve had more times surviving hours than days) and there are definitely areas that…

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‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Will Let PS4 Owners Play As The Adam West Version Of Batman

UPROXX

The hotly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight will be shipping with some exclusive content if you play the game on the PS4, which Sony has highlighted in a new trailer.

The exclusive content includes the trippy Scarecrow’s Nightmare missions, a Justice League 3000 skin, and yes, a skin based on Adam West’s Batman from the 1960s TV show. Hopefully the wacky comic book sound effects pop up on screen as you take bad guys down. ZLONK!

Got an Xbox One? Well, don’t feel too down, as this “exclusive” content will be coming to the platform eventually. Likely in late 2015 or early 2016. Until then, us PS4 owners will be over here Batusi-ing our butts off.

(Via DualShockers)

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COULD WE FINALLY BE GETTING A ‘LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN’ REBOOT??

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is one of the hundreds of comic book/graphic novel properties that tanked as a live-action film adaptation even with a cast that was led by Sean Connery, but there’s a reason Connery has been M.I.A. since this films release in 2003. The original film had everything going for it when it comes to cast and source material and then it all went to ruin after that. This was suppose to be a story about pseudo-heroes of legend and myth that became their own little version of the Avengers or JLA as they fought infamous bad guys with the likes of Fu Manchu and even aliens from War of the World.

Coming to no one’s real surprise, in this era of nothing but sequels and reboots, Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox may have plans for a new rebooted League of Extraordinary Gentleman. If we…

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Preview: High Crimes #10

Raiders of the Realms – Session 2

I en joyed reading this. An interesting campaign.

Wizard on the Wynd

Tree Huggers and Feathered Friends

Players present

Bethan – Bethrynna Innis a’sualen (Half Elf Cleric of Ilmater) Level 1

Corina – Windstrike (Gnome Monk) Level 1

Craig – Griac Vemi-Gar (Goliath Fighter) Level 1

Emmy – Aklime (Drow Rogue) Level 1

Frances – Alstromera Whitetip (Halfling Warlock) Level 1

Jack – Garret (Human Rogue) Level 1

Players Absent

Alice – No Name (Tiefling Ranger) Level 1

Ed – Cade Tosscobble (Halfling Bard) Level 1

Seven days pass as the adventurers recover from their encounter with the shadows. Cade though, feels worse and worse until it is suggested that maybe the bottle of perfume with the four shadows trapped inside is making him feel weak. He takes it to the temple and they confine him to a room for a few days and confiscate the bottle. Over that time Griac has turned the crab claw into a reinforced maul. He is leaving it at the tannery…

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Valley of the Kings Review

The Basics: Broad Strokes

PETER SPIDERFIELD?

Looks Like Asa Butterfield Is The New Spider-Man image
UPDATE: The validity of this story has been challenged. Borys Kit from The Hollywood Reporter is saying that no offer has been made yet. Asa Butterfield is apparently testing for the role this week, but he isn’t the only actor doing so. That being said, it does sound like he is still the frontrunner for the gig.

The story as it was originally published is below.

With Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War now in production, we knew it was only a matter of time before Marvel Studios finally settled on an actor to sign as their new version of Spider-Man. Well, if new reports are to be believed, it sounds like they may have found their man, as a source is now claiming that Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield has entered into negotiations for the role.

This story comes from known scooper Umberto Gonzalez, who claims to have heard from his sources that Asa Butterfield and his representatives is now sitting down with the comic book movie studio to hash out a deal that could see him become the third live-action version of Peter Parker. No deal has been finalized yet, but the fact that they’re at the table is a big sign.

Asa Butterfield’s name first entered the mix back in late April, but at that time he was reportedly in consideration alongside Nat Wolff, Tom Holland, Liam James, and Timothee Chalamet. Two weeks ago, it was said that the Hugo actor was considered the frontrunner in the group, though it was said Holland was presenting his biggest competition. It seems as though since then they have been able to make a decision.

When thinking about what Marvel Studios has said about their new direction for Spider-Man, Asa Butterfield does make a good amount of sense. They have gone on record saying that they are looking to find a legitimately young actor to play Peter Parker, and Butterfield just turned 18 a month-and-a-half ago (which also happens to mean that he’s no longer a minor and can work full days during a movie shoot). The young actor also has the experience of headlining his own projects before, including the aforementioned titles Ender’s Game and Hugo. It’s worth noting that he is currently in production on Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, but that filming shouldn’t impact potential for him to show up in Captain America: Civil War – regardless of the size of the role that has been carved out for the character in the movie.

If this news is accurate, we will hopefully be hearing official word at some point in the near future – but the announcement of Asa Butterfield may not be the only thing revealed. It’s also very possible that they have chosen a filmmaker to helm theSpider-Man movie that is currently scheduled for release in the summer of 2017 (thelast we heard, Jonathan Levine, Ted Melfi, Jason Moore, John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, and Jared Hess). As always, stay tuned for more updates about this constantly developing story, and look for Captain America: Civil War in theaters on May 6, 2016.

ELDRITCH ARCHER – THE FORGE

5th Edition Builds: The Eldritch Archer

Original artwork by the incredible Jason Engle

The eldritch knight archetype for the 5th edition fighter can technically be used to create a version of the arcane archer, though its powers are more suitable to melee weapons than ranged. With a few tweaks, the eldritch knight can become an impressive ranged combatant, while still allowing the knight’s melee advantages.

The Eldritch Archer

Spellcasting
The spellcasting feature of the eldritch knight remains the same with the following addition. Note: These changes apply to the spellcasting class feature of all eldritch knights.

Anytime the eldritch archer is able to learn wizard spells, including those limited to theabjuration or evocation spell schools, they may instead choose one or more ranger spells from the following list. These spells are considered wizard spells.

3rd: hail of thorns, hunter’s mark
7th: cordon of arrows, pass without trace
13th: conjure barrage, lightning arrow 
19th: conjure volley, swift quiver

Weapon Bond
The weapon bond class feature remains the same. Eldritch archers commonly bond one ranged weapon and one melee weapon. Though spells with a somatic component require one hand to cast, 2-handed ranged weapons such as bows and crossbows may be held in one hand while casting a spell.

War Magic
The war magic class feature remains the same with the following addition. Note: These changes apply to the war magic class feature of all eldritch knights.

If you use your weapon bond on a ranged weapon and that weapon is in your hand, you may spend a bonus action whenever you cast a cantrip to imbue one piece of ammunition with the cantrip’s arcane power. As a part of the bonus action you may fire the piece of ammunition at any target or location within the weapon’s range. If the spell requires an attack roll, the attack is rolled normally for the ranged weapon using Strength or Dexterity as appropriate, not your spell casting ability. If the spell requires a saving throw, you must make a successful attack roll against either the target creature or the desired point of origin (use a base AC 10 if the target is a point instead of a creature) before forcing the target to make the saving throw.

Whether or not the spell requires an attack roll or a saving throw, a successful ranged attack roll deals damage from the ammunition in addition to the effects of the spell (weapon damage is dealt before applying the spell’s effects, including any associated saving throws). Should the damage be reduced to 0, such as through the monk’s Deflect Missiles class feature or similar effect, the spell’s effects are negated.

Eldritch Strike
The eldritch strike class feature remains the same.

Arcane Sniper
At 15th level, you learn to weave arcane magic around yourself in order to hide your position. After you take an attack action while hiding, you may expend one 1st level spell slot to become invisible until the beginning of your next round. You may expend a 2nd level or higher spell slot to use this ability. For each slot level above 1st, the invisibility lasts 1 additional round. Invisibility gained through use of the arcane sniper class feature is not broken by attacking or casting spells.

Improved War Magic
If you use your weapon bond on a ranged weapon and that weapon is in your hand, you may spend a bonus action whenever you cast a spell (not only a cantrip) to imbue one piece of ammunition with the spell’s arcane power. Otherwise, this feature works as the war magic class feature.

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