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  1. Pippin

    Our Ghost Archipelago Campaign, 2018

    Wow! The dynamics of this game seemed much different from the Frostgrave campaign. Not sure if it's actually the nature of the differences between the two games or if it was just this specific adventure happened to go more violently. I mean, losing four figures? 40% of the crew down. I don't think you ever had loses like that back in the Frostgrave games. Looking forward to seeing how things progress in the next games of this campaign and in seeing young Marny come into her own and proving to herself and her uncle that she's a capable adventurer.
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    A rather enjoyable, though as you said, anticlimactic ending to the adventures. I have a captain in my warband and she is a massive beast of pure destruction. It's really been fun watching Quail and Bailey on their adventures as they and their crew have grown and developed. Am I correct in assuming you'll be playing them again in the Christmas adventure, or will the Christmas adventure be your test run of Ghost Archipelago? Speaking of, I'll be interested to see how things go with your Ghost Archipelago campaign!
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    My Ghost Archipelago Crew

    So looking forward to your Ghost Archipelago campaign! I'm glad that you're using the iconic half-orc inquisitor that you so wonderfully converted into an elf for this crew. I actually got that mini specifically so I could steal...I mean...borrow your idea ;=) Looking forward to meeting the rest of the crew!
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    Heroines in Sensible Shoes 3

    I think bringing in uncommon races is a brilliant choice! I've had trouble finding decent kitsune minis. Several of the guys I play PFS with have expressed the challenge of finding grippli or tengu minis as well. Of course, quality female dwarf, gnome, or Halfling minis are also non-human characters that might appeal to those who don't want to go quite as monstrous?
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Another nice write-up! I've been enjoying the adventures of the librarians, but I can't help but be excited to see if next year's adventures will feature a different type of warband or if there will be some Ghost Archipelago in the future. Kind of stinks that the game got cut short on you. Still, sounds like a lot of fun was had :=)
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    Bunnies!

    Looking forward to seeing these develop from blobs to beauties!
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    Some goblins

    Love the cartoony vibe these guys give! It puts me in mind of the old animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King.
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    Sculpting a dwarf (rather pic heavy)

    Some nice work on that guy! I rather like the facial expression and the fact that you didn't sculpt him quite so squared-off as some dwarves become, yet he still clearly reads dwarf. If you're going for the flail idea, a tiny bit of fine chain to connect from the handle to (insert whatever you call the bludgeoning part here) could really sell the look well. This would involve either putting a tiny bit of green stuff to hold it in place (and fill the gaps) or some glue rubbed into it to hold it in place and fill the holes. Of course, if you decide the idea of making it casting-ready isn't an issue, just let it have movement and it will add depth to the piece on the tabletop. In going with him as a farming character forced to pick up arms, I'd think a scythe could also be a solid two-handed weapon choice. Character-flavor-wise, I'd vote for the first option if you go axe head as it looks more like something that might be kept around to chop lumber while the second looks more like it's made for battle. Looking forward to your next step in fleshing out your mini!!
  9. Awww, that's the sweetest background story I've ever heard about a terrain piece! It's painted really well (and so is the mini you posed with it for scale), but the piece being a memorial of your mom just really grabbed my focus. Excellent work (and I have no doubt mama is proud of your work).
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Wow, looks like "Bemis the Barbarian" went on a ghoul stomping spree!! Must say, I was rather amused by what a massive force of melee destruction he was! Peeking behind the veil to get the other side of the apprentice battle really took us on an unexpected turn! Here I was thinking Agarn had suffered a fatal blow when, in actuality, it was his poor, poor hat that had suffered such a grievous blow! An excellent update!
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Another excellent update! It was nice to see the Bailey trauma storyline reach some conclusion.
  12. Good heavens!! This is amazing! The additions to the piece, the paintjob, the...everything! Just wow!
  13. So, I've finally found a friend who is interested in Frostgrave and we've got a campaign going! We played several "practice" games with other warbands, but now we're ready to really enact a campaign. We, of course, waited until we'd received our copies of The Frostgrave Folio so we could include captains. I decided that the captain is my warband's actual leader and the brains behind the operation for the sake of the narrative. First off, let's meet the warband! "This had better be worth what I'm paying," the auburn-haired warrior said to the odd fellow with the foppish hat. "Oh good heavens yes!" the foppishly-hatted fellow said waving his arms flamboyantly around. "Felstad! City of wonders, mystery, enchantment...and other adjectives! It's thawing! If you can get there before other looters...I mean...historians, the treasures and riches of a past civilization of magical mavericks is yours!" Branna sighed to herself, and handed over the bag of coin. She hated to part with such a sum, but tried to consider it an investment: pay money to make money. She knew she'd need a band of followers to share in the excursion, and she'd already started her recruiting. Reliq Burrows, pirate-turned-thug-for-hire, and Dell Furth, the skittish archer, were already on board and were sitting a table away as she secured the map. After all, it's always smart to have back-up around in case deals like this go south. Next, Branna needed more hands to carry off loot they'd find. She knew exactly who she wanted to target for this. "Hmm, sounds dangerous," said Jaffy Lightfoot, the Halfling thief. "Yes, much too dangerous. I prefer my safe, urban setting where plenty of pockets make themselves available for the picking. Yes. I say no." "Huh, coward," chuckled his taller companion, Ella Shar. "Good luck getting out of your next scrape when someone catches your hand in their pocket and I'm not there to bail you out. I'm going with Branna." At this, the Halfling started making some odd sound at the back of his throat. It wasn't quite a gagging sound, nor did it entirely sound like whining. Ella had gotten used to it, and gave Branna a wink as she knew this sound indicated that Jaffy was weighing the options, but would ultimately side with her: as always. "Fine," he said with a sigh, "but I'm going to regret this, I'm sure." "Of course you will," Ella replied. "Regret is one of your many great skills!" With a couple of treasure grabbers on board, Branna knew she'd need some magic. After all, one does not wander into a land of wizards without bringing one or two of your own. She'd known some great and impressive wizards in her day. Unfortunately, the only ones available, were...well...these ones. "So, hot stuff, come to take me up on my offer?" the obviously fiendishly blooded fellow said, his voice dripping with self-confidence. "No," Branna replied, and launched into a quick explanation of the quest before he had time to try throwing yet another of his bad pick-up lines her way. V'Roth Forcahl had quite the reputation as an overly-confident ladies' man. Strangely, his meek and timid apprentice, Sylvania Efilbrooke, never seemed to be one of those ladies. In his interactions with her, he seemed caring and almost fatherly. Strange qualities compared to his usual gusto and bravado. At length, she finished her explanation. Sylvania looked at V'Roth to see how they'd respond. The tiefling laughed and said, "You know this is just your coy game to get in more time with me, Branna, but I'll play along." "Excellent," Branna replied, then added, "it'll be cold where we're going. You should find a shirt." V'Roth simply laughed in reply and then flexed. Branna was fairly happy with the band she'd gathered thus far. However, a single archer and her own bow would surely not be enough. Realistically, she could use another treasure grabber while she was at it. That settled it, she was going to bring in the twins. Venna, the sharpshooter with the crossbow, and Vesienne, the rogue, were quite a capable duo. The drawback, they were excessively co-dependent. A warband is ideally composed of members who will look out for each other. Branna knew full well that either of the DeMoir sisters would forsake the rest of the warband for her sister. Still, as long as she deployed them together so that looking out for each other worked out in the band's best interests, she was certain she could use their devotion to her own advantage. Branna was, indeed, skilled at war, but she also knew a thing or two about managing people. With the rest of the band in place, she approached the one member she truly trusted and the only one she saw as her peer. "They're a jumbled mess of outcasts, but I think we can use them to our advantage," she said. Then she leaned in and gave her warhound, Fang, a scratch behind the ear. "Just stick with me, big guy," she said, "and we'll finally hit our big payday." And with the band assembled, the only thing left was for Branna to give them a name: Branna's Brigands. V'Roth, Sylvania, and Jaffy are unaltered Bones minis. Branna and the twins are HeroClix minis I've altered (Branna was a gender-swapped version of Valeros, the iconic fighter from Pathfinder). Fang and Ella are rebased minis from MageKnight and HeroClix respectively. Dell is a Bones skeletal archer that I converted by adding Green Stuff. In terms of additional characters, the barmaids are minis I sculpted. The foppishly-hatted fellow is the result of some kit-bashing I did and arms I sculpted (he's the mini for one of my Pathfinder characters named The Traveler). I made all the terrain pieces including the bar tables (and I still need to finish painting them).
  14. Pippin

    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    An excellent and highly enjoyable update, Knabe! Loved the wit in the writing (ham for dinner indeed!) and the analysis of the adventure. Sounds like Bemis had quite the success!
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    Branna's Brigands-A Frostgrave Campaign

    Statue Moving Over There? (For this adventure, 6 statues were placed on the board. Each time a treasure is collected, a 6 or 4 sided die is rolled to determine which statue is activated. The statues use the large construct stats and follow standard monster rules.) After the first foray into the frozen city, Branna and her band found themselves inhabiting an old, abandoned inn. Given that they had more room, and more gold to entice more help, Branna decided it was time to expand her warband...after she invested in the finest kennel she could get for her beloved Fang. Branna's first new addition was a curious elven fellow she had met through The Traveller, the odd fellow who'd sold her the map to Felstad in the first place. Deviem Nuk, the elven fellow, was not much in terms of being a warrior. Rather, his skills were more cognitive. He was an alchemist who specialized in creating healing elixirs. Branna decided that this elven fellow would be convenient as her own personal field medic, an occasional flanking buddy, and another set of hands to carry off loot. Hired on an apothecary Next up, Branna wanted to make sure young Sylvania was protected. The young apprentice had definite skill, but just seemed very fragile and vulnerable. To this end, Branna called in a favor. Back when she had been part of the defense for the kingdom of Skalinsgard against the goblin horde, she had saved the life of a Templar by the name of Brother Khald. Khald had promised to repay that kindness one day, so Branna called in that favor. "Your job," Branna instructed him, "is to keep this young mage alive or to die trying." "It will be my honor, milady," he said with a bow. With a band now twelve members strong, Branna decided it was about time to head back into the frozen city. The inn plus the kennel allows 12 members including Fang for those of you questioning the math. Before setting off with the band, Branna sent Jaffy and Elle out to scout ahead. They came back with reports of an area that appeared to have valuable items laying out for the taking, but each seemed to be placed on some sort of pressure plate. The rogues worried that taking these treasures might come with an extra helping of danger. Well, no risk, no reward. In order to cover more ground quickly, Branna split up her band. With herself, she took Elle, Deviem, and of course, Fang. She also asked V'Roth to cast a spell. As the magic washed across her, Branna could feel her body change as it surged with might from the demonic presence. "And if that's any indication," V'Roth said with his usual leering bravado, "our children will be gorgeous!" Instead of her usual eyeroll, Branna felt a sudden surge of anger and desire to kill. She'd have to make sure she kept this fury under control so she could direct it at her foes. After all, a warband would be hard pressed to keep following a leader who might slaughter them without warning. Sylvania, accompanied by Brother Khald (her new bodyguard) and Dell Furth the archer were the first to learn about the pressure plates. As a treasure was lifted somewhere in the area, a statue on the battlements above them became animated and dropped down behind them to attack. Brother Khlad immediately moved to defend his charge, but Sylvania wielded her staff and stood toe-to-toe with the statue. Even Dell, after shrieking in fear like a little girl, drew his dagger and moved in to attack. They quickly dispatched the construct. The construct was not the only foe coming their way, however. The enemy captain along with a man-at-arms and thief captured another treasure, and consequently, animated the construct standing beside the man-at-arms. Meantime, the demonically possessed Branna, the alchemist, and the warhound moved forward to intercept the enemy thief who was escaping with the treasure. He was toppled in no time and Deviem began retreating with the loot. Fang was sent along to keep him safe. As the man-at-arms kept the construct busy, Branna moved in and dispatched the rival captain. She then turned her attention to the construct. And with the construct out of the way, she could focus in on the man-at-arms. Finding himself outnumbered and already weakened by the construct, he put up little resistance to the demonic captain. However, as another treasure was recovered elsewhere on the field, the statue right by Deviem began moving to pursue the treasure-laden alchemist. Fang moved in to protect him... and the warhound was toppled. Branna, unfortunately, was focused elsewhere as the illusionist's band was trying to secure another treasure. On the opposite end of the battlefield, V'Roth's band had stopped yet another member of the illusionist's band from escaping with a treasure. And after that, he had moved on to reek havoc with the illusionist's troops as they tried to escape. V'Roth's laughter could be heard ringing through the air as he threw blinding light spells at his foes and Venna blasted crossbow bolts their way. On another part of the battlements, they could see Jaffy grabbing another treasure for Branna's Brigands. In a final move, Branna and Brother Khald moved forward to take down yet another construct, but Branna was frustrated yet again as the illusionist cast invisibility and escaped. Back at the inn, Branna and her crew began going through the four treasure chests they'd managed to secure. In addition to the 210 gold pieces they'd recovered, they found three potions: teleport, speed, and invulnerability. Additionally, they discovered three grimoires: slow, reveal death, and elemental bolt. But most importantly, they found that Fang made yet another miraculous recovery. Fang the wonderhound would live to fight another day...after he cozied up in his kennel and enjoyed warmth, food, and belly rubs in the comfort of the inn. Of course, now that the inn was starting to double as a storehouse for treasures, perhaps it would be necessary to hire on some more help and leave one or two members back to guard the base. She'd ponder that even as she debated whether it was worth the time investment to have her mages learn spells from the grimoires. Then again, that would make sure that V'Roth would have less free time to harass her... Game two happened about a month ago and game three is scheduled for about a week and a half from now. My wizards have hit level 5 now and Branna has finally leveled up for the first time. Captains do not level quickly.
  16. Pippin

    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Wow, I had a pair of adventures to get caught up on! Poor Bailee!! Really nice character development. I was actually hoping that she was going to take out the dwarf and get closure at the end of the last adventure, but apparently even a light-blinded dwarf is a capable foe! So, Knabe, about getting that report posted...?
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    Knarthex Host's Frostgrave 2017

    Excellent! A nifty new campaign to follow! Have the three of you (and Doug for that matter) considered doing background write-ups for the warbands so we can get to know them (or at least the wizards) a bit more and therefore share more deeply in their sorrows and rejoice more loudly in their triumphs? And why are none of these cool Frostgrave things happening in the Springs? :=(
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Wow, teleporting the possessed soldier into the midst of your band was quite the unfortunate backfire! I'd have thought that all the flanking bonuses should have overwhelmed him. Still, an excellent effort by the successor of the great druid Knabe ;=)
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Well, the casting rolls for elemental bolt would be high for a while, at least. That's part of my logic with explosive cocktails: no casting roll. Of course, it would be cheaper to just have Quail and Bail get bows. Just 5 gc according to the captain equipment.
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Another excellent write-up! I was rather surprised to see the riskier nature of your play this time, so it was interesting reading through the commentary you gave at the end about the struggles you and Quail faced together. Maybe pick up some explosive cocktails for future occasions when they need damaging spells?
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Congrats, Knabe! You won second place in the posting race! (David can still get the bronze, though, so everybody goes home with a medal). Another really nice update! In my mind, I read Diesel Vin's name as Vin Diesel every time. Your statement about not getting many shots of the game action is negated by the fact that the shots you did get were good and made for an excellent narrative. Kudos!
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Another excellent write-up!! You really had me fooled about Clol's fate. Glad everyone is still intact. Sad to hear about David's departure. I'll miss reading his accounts of the adventures.
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    Another lovely update! It was definitely interesting seeing how the alliances of convenience formed in this game. Having only ever played against a single opponent, alliances are never a situation I've encountered.
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    Frostgrave Campaign 2017

    @Rob Dean-I think my daughter's first time GMing at a con was when she was 10 or 11. Small world, right? She's only 13 now, but even when she's a 27 year old just coming by to visit, she'll still be my baby. I'm guessing it's the same for you and your young man ;=)
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    Branna's Brigands-A Frostgrave Campaign

    Thanks! I rather enjoy the Captain-as-leader bit and have been wanting to take this approach ever since I heard about Captains, but I was waiting to buy the Folio...which is pretty awesome, by the way. Thanks! Glad you're enjoying it! I wanted to give each of the characters a bit of...well...character. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of Star Trek redshirts and no one really cares if they live or die. Oh yeah, school of wizardry. That kind of matters, doesn't it? They are thaumaturges. Yep. Basically clerics, if we're thinking in Pathfinder terms. Buffing and healing seems the right role for magic in a Captain-dominated warband :=) Oh, I'll take this opportunity to remind you of my earlier comment about how your half-orc elven inquisitor would make a great captain ;=)
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