Terrain Builds

Here’s some of the layouts of my Modest Magic Terrain I’ve been messing with.

I’ll throw up some more pics as this piece grows. It’s gone from idea to testing, soon to glue and paint. I just need to figure out the exact layout I need for the game I’m planning to use this for. It’s also going to be probably 4 times larger when done.

The Day I’ve Been Waiting for is Here!

UPDATE 11/17/2012: Working on some builds, I’m at work so I will not be posting pics until later. I have a cool idea of what to build with the terrain, but I don’t want to give it away to my players. It’s a surprise!

UPDATE: All of the terrain has been de-sprued and I will mess around with some of it today. Game night ended up getting cancelled and next week being Thanksgiving here, we most likely won’t play next week, but that will give me some time to create the Mega-Zombie Castle of Doom!

My Modest Magic terrain arrived this morning! Tonight is game night, DCC RPG from the looks of what I just got! I’ll be doing a full review as soon as I can. Nick at Modest Magic has a contest going on that involves de-spruing (Is that a word?) the Dungeon Kit I got. I need to figure out what sprues are just the Kit so I can get in on it. Along with finding time to go outside to do it, as I’m pretty sure little pink foam dust and dogs don’t mix well. I apparently now have a ton of game prep to do, I’ll be back with more as soon as I can.

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Game Night: Risk Legacy and DCC RPG

Since today is my normal game night, I wanted to post what we’ve done the past couple of weeks. We are taking tonight off so I can get some work done on our upcoming Hell on Earth Reloaded game which will run along with my DCC RPG game. Probably do a little flip flopping with the games. Side note: Help the Hell on Earth Mini’s Kickstarter!

Three weeks ago, I had some GM Burnout going on, so I suggested we play Risk: Legacy. Long story made short: We played, we loved it, marking the board and ripping up cards is awesome and I won by my favorite method: Sneaky Underhandedness. This, is why I play Thieves in Fantasy RPG’s. My favorite way to win is to do it under a cloak of uncertainty and lying. Nothing like watching three factions wipe each other out and not expect me to sweep  in and clean house to a win. So, my name is first on the board…who will be next?

The next week, we went back to DCC RPG, continuing after the Frawg God Temple. In the Temple the players found a map that led to a new location. While waiting for the awesome Modest Magic Terrain I’ve ordered, I picked up a set of Wyrd Miniatures Terraclips and the Dungeon Essentials pack.

We had a good time with the game and the characters eventually made it through the traps and got to the Witch at the end. After some Phlogiston disturbance during a Spell Duel, the Witch lay dead and the heroes were victorious. The Terraclips work ok. I bent a couple pieces putting the clips on, and the package shows things that don’t come in the set I bought, but it was cool for a visual aid. I suggest not putting all the walls up in every room as it makes it hard for players at the end of the table to see what’s going on. Much better for a mini’s game than role-playing  I meant to have a photo of the completed dungeon but forgot to take the last couple of photos after the game.

Amazing new DCC RPG Cover!

It’s no surprise that I love Goodman Games’ DCC RPG, so when they mentioned that a new Limited Edition cover would be coming, I was pretty excited. Then I SAW the cover. I thought it was simply amazing. Doug Kovacs has created a wonderful image that sent my imagination soaring. Seeing it in person at GenCon was quite a treat. Having my wife buy me the original for our Anniversary was outstanding. I’m just waiting for it to come back from the framing shop so I can show it off. When I get it back, I’ll post some pics.

Harley Stroh and Doug Kovacs at GenCon 2012, with my Anniversary Gift!

Now, that cover is up for Pre-Order and I can’t wait to get my copy. If you have hesitated on buying DCC RPG, now is the time! Not only is there a new printing with errata and an index added, you get this sweet new cover as well. It was also announced yesterday that it is in the Top 5 Best-Selling RPG’s of 2012. Pretty impressive. Below is the image from the Goodman Games site.

Home Game: DCC RPG

From Game Night a couple of weeks ago. The characters find themselves lost in the Swamp after exiting the dungeon from Doom of the Savage Kings. After wandering for days, they come upon a Temple in the shape of a giant frog. Entering the Temple the characters were ensorcelled by a table of Illusionary Food that was actually maggots and bugs and mold, fought their way through various Frog-Men (I used Attack of the Frawgs from Thick Skull Adventures as inspiration, good module, pick it up) until they came upon the Red Crystal Living Statue and smashed the Chaotic foe into a million pieces. The next week the adventure continued…

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If you love Terrain…

Modest Magic is a small company that recently had a successful Kickstarter. They make terrain for gamers that comes unpainted but is an exciting concept. We are talking Modular Terrain people! Castle walls that can be used to make a castle, a keep, a tower, a wall! Use the floor tiles in combination with walls to make a DCC RPG dungeon you can create on the fly, at your game table! I personally think the dungeon tiles would be great for Super Dungeon Explore!

Or, if you like Sci-Fi, check out the Alien Civilization set. Great for your Warhammer 40K Tau or Necron army, or any future game you can think of!

I mention this terrain here because I believe in it, the creator has nothing but wonderful to deal with and the product looks solid.

Help a small time company with big dreams achieve them. Buy Modest Magic Terrain. Watch the videos on the site and you can’t help but want this stuff. Verdict: MUST BUY!

GenCon Recap Part 4: The Finale.

So there I was. GenCon is happening all around me. I’m getting some good gaming in. I’m walking back from playing Super Dungeon Explore and I see…The Dungeon Bastard! That dude produces some pretty cool web videos. You should check them out.

Over at the Who North America Booth, they had a nice life-size Dalek that was moving and talking. I grabbed a bunch of great stuff there. The Eleven Doctor Set that has all eleven Doctors Micro Figures, a Weeping Angels Playset, also got some stuffed Talking Daleks signed by the current voice actor for the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs (on the left in the photo).

Stayed at the JW Marriott again this year. While I had a great time last year and really enjoyed my stay. This year was much better. I had Trade Day and most of my games in the JW. It is a great place to stay and if the gaming tables occupy available space as much as they did this year, I will be staying there again next year. Top-Notch hotel.

Every year I see Nigel Sade at the Con. Every year we buy stuff from him, bandannas, prints and what have you. He’s a really talented artist and I suggest you check out his work.

This is a statue right in front of the Convention Center. Something about it appeals to me, so I share it here with you.

One of the games I learned about from my time at Trade Day, was this little gem called Pajaggle. We played it while discussing good games for libraries and I fell in love with it. I searched out the booth and grabbed a copy while I was there. Great family game.

This year saw the addition of food trucks outside the Convention Center. Food trucks are all the rage lately and I’ve been wanting to dig into some since I watch The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network. There is also a grilled cheese truck I saw turn in front of me a few months ago and I have been trying to get a sample ever since. I know it’s the Melt Mobile, I know where it hangs out, I just haven’t gone yet. So, at the Con I tried to sample some of the various Trucks’ wares. This picture was taken while waiting for food from Der Pretzel Wagen, I got a Big Helga, I also had some decent pizza from The NY Slice Truck (Pizza is tough for me to like out of state, Connecticut has some of the best pizza in the world Sally’s, Pepe’s, Letizia’s, Colony) and got a nice Glass Bottle Coca-Cola and some cheese popcorn from Scout’s. Lot’s of others I wanted to try, but they were either sold out, or I didn’t have enough time to wait in between games. I hope the food trucks will be back next year, I thought it was a great idea and I’d love to sample more. I followed @IndyFoodTruck on Twitter and was able to find out what trucks were there each day.

  

Next, it looks like I’ll hit Anoycon in December and then GaryCon in March and before ya know it, it will be time to buy badges for GenCon again!

Gaming Updates

Howdy folks!

Hope you all downloaded yourself some Cerebus while I was promoting it. I’ll be back to my regular gaming posts tonight. Coming up: The Final Part of my GenCon Recap, more Home Game stuff,  a review of Crash Games’ Dungeon Heroes, pics of my Super Dungeon Explore paint prep and whatever else I can throw at the wall and see what sticks. Be back later!

Cerebus High Society Audio/Digital Coming October 10th!

Cerebus is coming! Click here to go to the Cerebus Downloads Site. On October 10th, let the downloads commence!

HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO DIGITAL, the graphic novel project that raised $63,000 on Kickstarter in June to finance its conversion to A/D (Audio Digital) format is almost here. Graphic novelist Dave Sim brings his classic best-selling black and white 1982 graphic novel (FIVE STARS in most graphic novels guides) to life reading all of the narration AND performing the voices of his entire cast of dozens of characters.  All 500 pages have been digitally remastered from the original artwork, original negatives and reconstructions (the original negatives for 130 pages were destroyed in an apartment fire in August).  The first 20-page installment is a FREE download starting October 10 at www.cerebusdownloads.com !

If you have never read Cerebus, but have always wanted to, or if you are hearing of it for the first time, or it’s been twenty years since you’ve read it, HIGH SOCIETY IS THE BEST PLACE TO START. A story that unfolds over 25 issues of the landmark and historic self-published 300 issue magnum opus Cerebus, High Society is a great jumping on/starting point for all readers. A complete story, High Society is a triumph of storytelling and art. A true gem to add to any comic reader’s library. October 10th get your free download and then continue to come back for more. I have nothing but jealousy for the people who will get to experience High Society for the first time. I hope it means as much to you as it did (and still does) to me. Thank you Dave Sim, for letting me relive the wonder of The Regency anew.

 

Here is a petition I have signed.

Cerebus High Society Audio/Digital Edition.

From Dave Sim:

“HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO DIGITAL, the graphic novel project that raised $63,000 on Kickstarter in June to finance its conversion to A/D (Audio Digital) format is almost here. Graphic novelist Dave Sim brings his classic best-selling black and white 1982 graphic novel (FIVE STARS in most graphic novels guides) to life reading all of the narration AND performing the voices of his entire cast of dozens of characters.  All 500 pages have been digitally remastered from the original artwork, original negatives and reconstructions (the original negatives for 130 pages were destroyed in an apartment fire in August).  The first 20-page installment is a FREE download starting October 10 at www.cerebusdownloads.com

VIEW “TRAILER” HERE  FOR A SMALL TASTE OF THIS AWESOME PROJECT!”

From Myself: I absolutely love Cerebus. I discovered this comic a couple decades ago when I was living in Florida. It was a pretty screwed up time in my life and it came upon me one afternoon at a sports card shop that had a rack of comics in it. Something at the time just told me to read it. It was issue #154. I quickly realized I was getting involved in something I needed to know more about in order to fully digest it’s concepts. It then became one of my favorite books to read and it stayed with me through the final issue #300, which I sold in my own comic shop years later.

High Society is your best introduction to Cerebus. If you love comics, art, storytelling, comedy, drama,The Marx Brothers, Foghorn Leghorn, Elric, Marvel Comics, satire or amazing line-work, I urge you to download the free issue and buy more. Tell your friends, tell your relatives, just download, share and enjoy. I promise you won’t regret it. Take a look at the photos below, they include the Kickstarter Backer Thank You Card and the head-sketch I obtained. This Kickstarter has seen it’s hard times, but every single person involved has worked so hard to bring this product to you, has shared so much of the process that this is like a family project to me. Support Dave Sim and Cerebus. Buy the HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO/DIGITAL EDITION. Download the first 20 pages free at www.cerebusdownloads.com on October 10, share this information and enjoy one heck of a ride.