Feb 212017

I know. I know. I’ve had similar rants before but this another of those little ideas that hangs there in the back of my head. I’ve always thought clerics should differently in your standard style fantasy (read D&D) type campaign.
I always thought it was a bit silly that the cleric sits down to pray with a shopping list of things that may be needed for the day. Make the wrong choices and tough luck bucko. I understand this a resource management and game balance type thing. Got it. But I’ve always thought that clerics should be more spontaneous in their casting. Sort of a pray as you go for what you need when you need it.
Another thing bounced in my head this week. Clerics are always bound to just one god. So why not take this in slightly different direction. You have a world. It has a pantheon. Clerics pray to whatever god they need to in order to get the spells that they need. Need healing. Pray to the god of healing. Need valor in battle. Pray to the god of war. And so on. Freely bouncing between gods and just pulling whatever spell they want may seem overpowered. But the thing is the gods may not get along. So the cleric has play a balancing act to appease all the gods they can or face some sort of divine retribution.
It’s a kernel of an idea. So I think I’ll let it mull in the back of brain for a while and see where it leads to.

Feb 192017

Well, I grabbed up some more space opera based mini’s and it looks like things maybe getting off the ground for this campaign. It’s been a chore finding more mini’s. I have a bunch of the old WOTC Star Wars mini’s but like any gamer I wanted more. I searched the internet and kept my eye open looking for something inexpensive.
Then it hit me. One of the Appendix N inspirations for this whole thing is Guardians of the Galaxy. What about Hero Clix. I mean I have a bunch of Mage Knight minis and Horror CLix (if you remember those). Plus I’ve grabbed up some less superhero looking Hero Clix for modern era games. And yep found some singles over at Troll and Toad. Heck, the most I paid for one was 99 cents. Not bad.
Here’s some if you’re looking for some more retro and just a bit gonzo. Who can say no to kungfu disco robot? That’s what I thought when I saw the mini of ISAAC.

Of course, there’s your more standard fare and the Guardians themselves that would work pretty darned well.

Right now, I don’t know if I’ll leave these as is or take the time to rebase or possibly repaint a couple.
Let’s talk spaceships. Previously, I had picked up a bag of the very soft plastic (vinyl or whatever the hell they are made of) space ships from Amazon and there was some discussion of another set which I picked up. Here’s a pic of those along with a Star Wars Micro Machine Millenium Falcon (Yeah, I got some of those too). And as you can see, they are a very similar scale which should work pretty well on the tabletop.

This new set is larger. Slightly more detailed and from harder plastic. And according to the Amazon reviews you could even paint these. So what am I going to do with those soft ones? Well, they would make cool Bennies. Wait, what? Is that obvious hint? Yep. That Space Opera game is finally going to come together and I’ll be returning to on old favorite game system that I haven’t messed with in years. Savage Worlds. So it’s time to dust of the rules books and hunt up those old house rules and get to making up cool stuff.

Feb 132017

Last session I threw this little beastie at the party at the finale of Doom of The Savage King. I stuck in the Jarl’s head. So here you go terrorize the PC’s with the Octobrain.
Octobrains are mysterious and ancient race bound to the forces of Chaos. They appear as a writhing mass of tentacles with the a brain at the center. Octobrains move by using their tentacles spring, usually towards a new host.

Init: +4; AC; 12; HD: 2d6; HP: 7; MV: 15’ (jumping); ACT: 1d20; SC: Fort: +1; Ref: +3; Will: +4

Atk: Face Hug: Make DC 3d6 Ref Save to avoid or it starts face hugging. On the following rounds make opposed Str Check against Octobrain (+2). If successful then the Octobrain has been removed. If fail then the Octobrain has pried open the character’s mouth, oozed inside their skull and begins absorbing the victim’s brain. The victim 1d5 Int damage each round. When the character reaches 0 Int then the character is dead and the Octobrain is in control and can access all of the dead character’s abilities. Attacks against a face-hugging Octobrain do half damage to the character it is attached to.

Other attacks:
PSI Shriek (once per day) 30 foot radius centered on the Octobrain. Take 2d4 damage. DC 12 Will Save for half.

Brain Bolt: One Target, 30 feet, DC:12 Will Save or take 1d4+1 damage.

Feb 122017

So with all the running around I did yesterday, I stopped by the local Goodwill as I go from time to time just see if there was anything interesting. And yes there was picked up this whole bag of toy soldiers for under $2.00.

Most are your run of the mill standard green army men plus a couple of cowboys but there some gems in there that made it worth it. Knights! Yeah bigger than your standard mini but still useful.

There’s way more than that. To be exact, 34 knights. So that’s a good gang of something to throw at player characters. And there were a few surprises in the bag too. Like Two Face and some nonstandard army men.

Oh and sitting right next to this bag on the shelf was this. More ships for that Space Opera game that will happen sometime.

Feb 072017

I’ve talked about 1/72 miniatures briefly before and I finally grabbed a couple of boxes from Hobbylinc. Overall pretty cool and average about 40 cents each. So the price isn’t that bad.
Let me start off with the first question that most folks are going to ask, “What about scale?” So here you go.

From left to right: 1/72 Undead Necromancer type guy, an old Ral Partha (I think) lead miniature, a really old Heritage mini, and finally a modern Pathfinder mini (It’s just the one that I grabbed out of the box). As you can see the “standard” scale has changed over the years. While much smaller than the 25/28 mm, the 1/72’s can still easily be used if you don’t mind the size difference. What about the miniatures themselves? Like I said I grabbed a couple of sets and I’m going to talk about them separately.
First, there’s the Caesar Undead, made in China. The molds are fairly clean and detailed considering the size. They’re made from a harder plastic similar to a plastic model kit. (Remember those?) The miniatures are fairly stable and don’t have a problem staying upright.

I also grabbed up the Modern Amazons and Cimmerians from Dark Alliance out of the Ukraine. The good news is that if you want to a Sword & Sorcery game with a barbarian horde the here you go. But there some bad news. They’re on plastic sprues with some pretty bad molding. So there’s lots of trimming and getting rid of excess plastic. These are made out of a soft plastic. It’s slightly softer than your standard green army man. So trimming isn’t that much a problem, it’s just there is a lot of it. The bases on these are much smaller and getting to stand on their own will take some bases.

So there you go. Each box contains 35 to 40+ miniatures depending so you get a good sized mob for your bucks. Overall I like the Caesar’s much better and bonus they are cheaper too. And finally, here’s one more pic for the picture heavy post.