Sunday, May 31, 2015

This Hive is Lost to Us

The Commuters are already aware and are unfazed.

Bless Your Weapons And Flame THIS Area: Old Camera Rig for Shooting Minis

My once-slick Canon has been languishing since I got back into painting figs. Also, having my high-definition video camera/still digital camera in my pocket all the time sort of precludes dicking around with a 10 pound/1700 dollar chunk of accident-waiting-to-happen.  But I figure with people like Adam W. putting stuff up over at Kickassistan about his WIP I ought to let my DSLR and my freak flag out for a breath of fresh air, also.

What follows is just a basic test of the set-up, and right now, believe it or not I'm using a dead man's walker as a tripod, which is maybe pretty unwise but it's relatively stable and unlikely to break my rig and all the chunky gizmos attached.  A dead man's walker.  I hope it's not cursed.

Maybe I will document my sadly-never-finished Dark Angels successor chapter, ostensibly members of the Guardians of the Covenant.

Here is Brother Renfrew, hooded Templar-Sergeant of the Nox Betelgeuse Monastery, about to be taken apart by some xeno scum.  As you can see, the system needs a little twerking, but I think it's going to be nice, once it's all together.  I think it's going to need some pictures of Dresden in the background, or maybe some shots of a castle in Alsace-Lorraine or somesuch.  It could be the depth of field is a little too low, here.  Anyways, catch you later, heretic!

Suddenly, Renfrew regrets his choice of imposing headgear

Wayne's Scratchbuilt Table

In addition to hanging out at WayneCon a couple of weeks ago and meeting generally amazing people and playing, for example, Metamorphosis Alpha, I got to see Wayne's slicker-than-a-ratsnake homebrew DIY Necromunda board.

Check this shiznit out - you'll like it.  Sorry about the beer-soaked iPhone photos.  I think it was on account of all the Night Gaunt and sleep deprivation.

Friday, May 29, 2015

This Innsmouth Building Is

As you sneak through the ruinous Wharf District of fog-shrouded Innsmouth, you will come across buildings on every dank street which the unwise might investigate.

Take up a handful of the standard polyhedra, and find the building is:

The building is: 1d4 – 1) ruined, burned 2) ruined, collapsed 3) poor shape, occupied (next roll) 4) inhabitable, occupied (next roll)

This lives there: 1d6 – 1) Human couple, grieving 2) Human couple, complicit 3) Human family, insurgent 4) Mixed family, mostly transformed 5) Mixed family, mostly human 6) Monstrous entity (next roll)

The monster is: 1d8 – 1) Small Shoggoth 2) Massive Deep One 3) Pirahnoid 4) Froghemoth 5) Toadopus 6) Star Spawn 7) Mi-Go Vivimancer 8) Minor Floating Polyp

Inside, there is: 1d10 – 1) Trash 2) Furniture, destroyed 3) Furniture, intact 4) Bootlegger cache 5) Gun Runner cache 6) Strange machines 7) Egg cases 8) Valuable artwork 9) Working vehicle 10) Occult Texts

The family is afflicted with: 1d12 – 1) Normality 2) Hallucinations 3) Benign Delusions 4) Innsmouth Taint 5) Leprosy 6) Malaria 7) Cholera 8) Strange Pets 9) Horrible Curse 10) Vengeful Spirit 11) Paranoia 12) Great Wealth

The house is connected to: 1d20 – 1) nothing 2) a mostly flooded basement 3) a nearby house via tunnels 4) a nearby house via rooftops 5) a distant house via tunnels 6) The Esoteric Order of Dagon 7) The Innsmouth Jail 8) the Manuxent River, via tunnels 9) Coastal sea-caves, via natural tunnels 10) Coastal sea-caves, via worked tunnels 11) Yhan’thlei via a gate spell 12) The Dreamlands, after midnight and before dawn 13) the Waite Mansion, via a private phone line 14) an underground complex via a basement hatch 15) a Federal Agent hideout 16) a forgotten charnel pit wherein ghouls meander 17) a secret cache of Civil War weapons 18) a hidden Christian Chapel 19) a trove of Deep One treasures 20) R’Yleh, through a time-warp gate

XSOLO1 - Lathan's Gold

You may have guessed that I am a fan of solo games and gamebooks.  My mom and dad started me off on this with Choose Your Own Adventure Books and the various knock-offs, since like a lot of kids back then I was into fantasy and sci-fi because of Star Wars.

Flash forward a couple of cartoon- and comic-soaked years later, add a dash of Moldvay and AD&D and stir it in a crummy neighborhood in Miami and you get me, bored and needing a game. What I got were the BSOLO and XSOLO modules - the former I've raved about and the latter I'd like to rave about, now, despite some of its flaws.

XSOLO1 - titled Lathan's Gold, is the Expert Set answer to The Ghost of Lion Castle. Of the two, BSOLO is my preference, but upon digesting the thing for 30 years I find Lathan's Gold to be a masterwork of solo gameplay. It has a couple of flaws - it's somewhat dry and spare but I imagine this is owing to the format. It's a standard TSR module with 3 columns and it needed to house rules for encounters and movement.  the scope of it is fairly broad (the Sea of Dread!) and although Lathan's story is foremost it is replayable via use of pregenerated PCs (each has a quest of their own) and random PCs the player might bring to the "table".  It's put together so that time pressure and resource management are serious concerns, which is something I found I liked when I encountered Barbarian Prince only a short time after.

You can sail around, get lost, encounter pirates and monsters, get sucked into a vast whirlpool. Experience a mutiny.  Trade with locals, hire sailors and marines and other NPCs. Dig up buried treasure, fight a bandit leader to the death over a woman. Climb a gold-spewing volcano.  The sheer number of things that can happen is very impressive given the space constraints and I wonder what might have been left on the cutting room floor.  It could even be used as a basis for a Sea of Dread campaign if the DM used it as the guide (culminated with the exploration of the Isle of Dread, naturally!)

I've given some thought to making an alternative quest list for the thing, since the 6 main quests can be rather played out in a rainy afternoon. But you know what?  That would maybe appeal to me and like 2 other people on the planet (not a good reason not to do it, I know).

It is frankly the basis of my next DCC solo module, in which an adventure for thieves is wrapped up in a high-seas hijinks kind of thing.  The focus will be on complex emergent solo play, of which XSOLO1 and Barbarian Prince are my favorite classical examples, and I think maybe the Kabuki Kaiser stuff is the best free-wheeling recent example.  This may sound weird but I always sort of enjoyed the desperate, charts and maps thing that Lathan's Gold offered. I may try to get ahold of Midnight on Dagger Alley and Thunderdelve Mountain, also.

alright, back to the workaday world.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New DCC/RPG Projects

A one trick pony am I:  I announce another DCC Solo Gamebook in the works right now.  I know, I know.

The other thing (probably first) is a multiplayer follow-up to HHSOLO 1, with some satirical Black Humor for good measure.  Political commentary.  Since it seems the way of things, I think my layout will go easier if going forward I just shoot for 6x9 format for everything - this presents both freedoms and constraints, but at least I won't need to retrofit a book down from 8.5x11, again.  I think since the demand was high, everything going forward will be paper first, and digital as a bonus or freebie.

The second thing is HHSOLO2, a solo DCC book just for Thieves.  Of course, now I know what works and what don't, I won't necessarily limit it to just Thieves, but thieving may be the focus of it.  Sure, there'll be a little bit for everybody but you'll not get deep down to the Heart of the Thing unless you're a Thief.

ominous foreshadowing?
This isn't going to be just hard in the way that HHSOLO1 is, it'll also TEST your Thieving Skills, and similar to a couple of other old-timey gamebooks there'll be a system of memory (maybe just a check-list) and I'm saying I don't mind bragging about stealing liberally from some of the concepts laid out in Mad Monks of Kwantoom by +Kabuki Kaiser.  Which, really, is maybe the most curry-filled and exotic thing I think I've ever played around with in bits and snippets.  And, I point out, I haven't looked at a single Secret without being directed to do so directly.

I will work on my 40K table and the Genestealer Cult here and there, as I am able.  And I'm running a Purple Planet game biweekly starting a month ago or so, and it appears to be taking of (at least on paper).

Friday, May 8, 2015

After the Mower, Larval Stage

I finished a thing for WayneCon next week, but maybe I think even the folks that don't get to go there might roll this around in the spirit in which it's conceived.  WayneCon will be one of those times when pictures will be insufficient to communicate the awesomeness of the brain waves engendered, so I offer the wavelength I'm at at the moment.  Payment to the community for just being fun people to interact with, bat things around with, create and explore with.  Like a mystical journey, dig?

For my part, I was in contact with some of the folks that will be at WayneCon when I had this game fall out of the sky into my head while I was mowing/thrashing the patches of weeds and roots that symbolized a lawn outside the trailer in the woods in which I lived with my wife and Very Tiny Baby.  Doug K.'s taken an interest an' this may suffice to whet our appetites, for a spell.  It's late - late means many prepositions and nested ones

That particular mowing, I turned about half way through and I noticed that the Bees were all hovering there, looking at me, as if to say ARE YOU GOING TO MOW THIS PATCH OF GROUND, MAN?  And I was struck by their patience and simple Stoicism and my time there was somewhat trying but almost always interesting in that way.  The game tumbled out of those bees into my ear and I laughed and I fleshed it out later, and it was better at one point but this is what I have, now.

The fox that attacked me, we had come across each other a couple of times in broad daylight when I was jogging in the woods - I didn't know then that each time we crossed paths it was getting more ominous and unsafe, and I was struck by wonder that an animal like that could be so flagrantly fearless.  Not a good sign.  And rabbits!  So many rabbits.  I learned that the woods kind of depends on large numbers of rabbits NOT making it, or else there would simply be too many rabbits, and hungry, ill, and desperate foxes.  Like after the tenth dying baby rabbit, it's not that your heart hardens, but Ants and Buzzards gotta eat same as Rabbits.

Here you go. Simple target numbers, modified maybe by 1 or 2 tops in either direction, 2d6 - you only need one die to signify a success.  2 1's is a critical success, etc. etc.  I think doubles of any kind ought to have some magic in it, so there.

Let me know what you think, or not.  A premise of the game is that Death comes for critters the same as anybody, and it's okay.  Life in the woods goes and goes and they don't tend to complain too much.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Heresy, Inc.

Following up on the Scooby-Doo/40K crossover.  Need to figure out how to do a cravat in green stuff.  by the by, I saw the Scooby movie the other day, and they cast that puppy spot on.  Usually I think Matthew Lillard and Freddie Prinze are wastes but Lillard makes a perfect Shaggy and Fred's not bad (the ladies hit it just right). The CGI is terrible but hey YMMV

Commisar Jones – Grim, Well Dressed, Generally Dense and Clueless.  Never needs a morale check, and ruthlessly murders all those who turn tail in his presence.  Has a tragic thing for the Death Cultist that will never be reciprocated; he now trusts only to his comrades and his array of master-crafted weapons (currently a hot-shot laser pistol and a Mechanicum-hacked Eldar cutlass that he won in a card game).  All psychology is suspended within 12" of him


Death Cultist Dympnha Black – Tight synthskin suit and vibro-rapiers.  She is single minded in her determination to slay heretics and meet her end at the hands of a worthy opponent.  She is a 6th Dan black belt in Terran Ninjudofu, and coincidentally a triple-gold medal winning Zero-G gymnast. In addition to the usual profile, any humanoid opponent will have their I reduced by d6 when attacking her (units all use the same roll) as they gaze upon her unearthly appeal


Sister-Hospitaller Dinklage – Prudent, calming, slightly autistic.  A capable surgeon and her practically worthless meat eyes have been replaced by psyocculum-integrated synthetics.  She is a skilled boxer and wears Jokaero Digital Flamers in addition to her Auspex and medi-kit.  A gifted researcher and scholar, she is tireless and sometimes too-focused on solving mysteries.  She lowers any opponent's S and T by 1d6 each since she sees clearly to the bottom of their schemes.


Shagrojj – A vicious and bloodthirsty Void-viking turned Space Wolf Scout for the Lone Wolves chapter, he is on loan to Commisar Jones after incurring a life-debt to him.  The team often keeps him sedated with Kalma and colorful 2d animated holos, and he and Sk00-B became friends almost immediately owing to their shared love of tearing out throats.  Shagrojj is fully capable of using any weapon he comes across but prefers lightning claws.  He enjoys being dropped over incursion zones in deep strike maneuvers.  If he is within 12" of Sk00-B at the start of the turn, he gains Fleet and if deployed together they gain Infiltrate


Sk00-B – None knows, now, why this cyber-mutt is gifted at drawing forth and ravaging Chaos, Xenos, and Heresy.  The fact of the matter is that wherever this unit is, so too arises scandalous urges in the populace to swindle others, conspire with aliens, and summon evil.  It may be coincidence but early tampering by a Hrud shaman while on patrol with his original Arbites squad may have scrambled his circuits.  He is affixed with many purity seals after personally mauling over a thousand heretics, aliens, and daemons.  The owner may spend a Victory Point or other resource (come to an agreement) to give Sk00-B +d6 attacks at S6, AP3 at the start of, and until the end of the next turn - if he is within 6 inches of Fred, Dymphna, or Dinklage at the start of the turn.

I think that incorporates sufficient Scooby  lore and 40K mechanics for my needs!




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ideas for Scenery, ALSO The Heresy Hunters

flexible garden edging for shield wall...

Just so (except you flip it over).

The one in Home Depot today was fairly cheap like 8.00 for 5 feet or something, and was suspiciously shaped like the GW plastic shield wall kit but like twice as high and 100 times as long

Also, always scoping out the scenery DIY scene, can't help but point you to

As if you din't know about those already, but that's where I'm drawing a lot of inspiration from...

Also, thinking about some Kill Team stuff, check this 40K Kill Team idea (don't fucking copy this, even though it's a watered down version of a couple other mashuped ideas, please!)

Plus a Commisar, a sexy Death Cult Assassin, A Sister Hospitaller, a Mystic (maybe a Space Wolf scout... Get it?) and some badass Cyberhound.  And a melta-turret on top.  I will stat these up later for you.

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