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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    At a business meeting for the retreat with Grump right now. Interesting social dynamics. Three factions, all MOSTLY in accord. Grump being the one that eases them past the places where they conflict. And my high priest ceding control in favor of Grump, in spite of being the one in charge. I think Grump is in training to be an evil vizier. Mostly Keith's plans, but Grump is the one getting it done. But the social dynamics are ALL that is interesting. A lot of it is balancing budgets, making sure of permits, and booking for next year. Right now they are talking about site fees that they are paying to Dave and Lil, who are one of the factions. The retreat is slowly buying them out. Haines mostly owns the site, Dave and Lil buying HIM out at the same rate that the retreat is buying THEM out, so they are losing the retreat but buying the campground. Ten years of this? And this is the SIMPLIFIED plan?
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    Best Version of DnD?

    I think I have played Keep five times. Every time it has felt like a different game. Someday I will run it for our daughter, and it will be new again.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I just wish he'd write FASTER. But I think a lot of the time is making sure of his continuity. So many plots, places, and people, and making sure that everything fits together. He's not Tolkien, but has a firmer grasp on the why and what, while less grasp on language. But, yes, more like a history, and less like a story than most fantasy. His books keep getting longer because he keeps adding plots, places, and people, and has to find room for all of them. Like one of those long BBC documentaries about anything. :p:
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    But I wasn't expecting a main character cut down, leaving his woof woof to mourn.
  5. Loki, why you walking funny? Do you remember the giant's horse? Yeah.... Well it was faster than I was. Okay, you beat me to it. But mine was funnier!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Also, Smaug can wander off and drown. THESE were DRAGONS!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Holy crap! Game of Thrones STILL keeps killing people off! One more box to go, and then we have to wait for the next season on DVD.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    The same craziness happened with the Oz books, complete with book burning.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    George R. R. Martin, you baastaaarrrrd!
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Shhh! They might hear you! Crap! Too late! They DID! I felt bad about how many unpainted Bones we have, but hubby pointed out that unpainted miniatures are OPTIONS, potential for later, when you find the need.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Two of the people in our group that own a karaoke machine are the worst singers. Actually, one is a good singer, but insists on singing with his wife, who really isn't. The person that is the best singer used to HATE karaoke. I talked him around. One is a decent singer when sober, but the only way to get her to do the karaoke is to get her drunk. Then she is HILARIOUSLY bad. I love karaoke!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I want a whole flock of those.
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    Richard Pett's 'The Blight'

    Possible? Was it ever in doubt? One to get in, the other to get out?
  14. Posting on Grump's computer, not my Fire. I need to have more than one sentence paragraphs! (I almost posted as The Auld Grump because I hadn't logged Dennis out before logging me in. ) From time to time Grump has told me that he has literally dreamed a scenario, and I never really believed him. But I told Grump that one of his Christmas presents this year was going to be running a game so he could play for a change. Then I realized that I had NO FREAKING CLUE what I was going to run, and almost asked if he would like to run the game WITH me instead. Then Saturday night I had a dream where I was running a game, directing a movie, and watching the movie/game and suddenly I knew what I was going to run! Grump left out how WICKED AWESOME it is to dream an adventure. Suddenly I know why Grump runs games. I woke up from the dream because I WANTED TO WRITE IT DOWN! And it was REALLY nice to have my subconscious send me a message in something other than a nightmare. It sent me the solution! Wow, that was still a lot of one sentence paragraphs! Strangely, I dreamed I was running/directing/watching an Eberron adventure, even though until yesterday, I had never read any Eberron material, just knew what Grump had told me. Eberron is actually pretty awesome, and is NOTHING like Forgettable Realms or Greyhawk. It is its own place, and holds together better than any setting I have read before. The dream was a mash up of Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Arc, National Treasure, and Maltese Falcon. Some of it was narrated by the Grump as Humphrey Bogart. The idea is that the PCs start out hired by somebody to track down an artifact that will help the gods manifest on Eberron, instead of the hands off approach that is used in the setting. (Eberron even has atheists!) In the dream the introductory patron was this fat naked man that was sometimes a silver dragon, meeting the players in a bath house, while nubile young women scrubbed him. A fat silver dragon, using the human shape to conduct business. Part of that is as a dragon, being naked really does not bother him. And part of it is to make the player characters uncomfortable, so they would not spend too much time wondering what he is really up to. And what the players don't know at the time is that sometimes he EATS one of those nubile young women. He starts as their mentor and patron, both for the players and those young women, but he is really REALLY evil, and wants to use the artifact as a way of controlling the Draconic Prophecy, fulfilling its tenets in such a way that he decides what it means. The women are cultists, but do not know that he is just using (and eating) them. They literally mean nothing to him beyond his own convenience. Rescuing the damsels from the dragon will probably be one of the adventures, at least if I know the way Grump thinks. (He WILL try to rescue them!) Even after the players learn that the dragon is the bad guy, they will need a patron, and I need to come up with several, good, bad, academic, and mercenary. Travel in the adventure will be free as long as they have a patron, and EVERY time they are traveling, something happens, or sometimes THEY happen to somebody else! I picture one of those maps where you see the characters' travels being highlighted with a colored line, like in those old movies. And the scene where Indiana Jones is racing his horse alongside a train, then jumping from the horse on top of the train. In the civilized areas travel will be by lightning rail, and when going to less civilized areas travel will be by either ship or airship. Trying to keep one thing Grump has told me over and over. "An adventure is not the story. The adventure is the framework for the story that the players tell." Don't come up with a single way to handle or solve a problem, come up with three, and expect the players to come up with four, five, and six. Doing this like the old serials and writing each part while running the previous part. I have a general shape for the story, and an idea of where it is going. And most of all, even if the dragon DOES get the artifact, it won't do what he thinks it will do. The dragon is just as much a pawn of the REAL villain as the players start out as the dragon's! One of the things I like about Eberron, more than the Pathfinder world, is that the place is designed for globe trotting, and can handle a plot that covers more than one continent, let alone country. I am sure that Grump's DMing dreams are more coherent than mine was, but it was WONDERFUL! I went from worrying about the game to really REALLY looking forward to it! I am actually EXCITED about this! SO! I am asking for ideas for potential player patrons! One is already in the game, the Wayfinder Foundation, pretty much the Pathfinder Society by a different name. (Or the Pathfinder Society is the one with the different name, since Eberron came first.) I am picturing the leader of the Wayfinder Foundation a lot like the explorer in Up! But I will look up what he supposed to be like before committing to that.
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    Eberron Game! No Auld Grumpies Allowed!

    I'm psychic! I not only predicted who would decide to split the party, but how they would split it! And both groups accomplished their missions, leaving them saddled with four still wounded crew. They need to be careful around the phase spider. If they are too injured then her instincts might kick in, and it will be dinner time. The only thing I didn't predict was Grump grabbing the memory tapes and soul gems from the aberrant warforged. I forgot that we are using gearforged, which have those things. Later, I will allow them to use investigation skills to find out more. I just need to make it up first! I can USE this. Jon is really looking forward to his bloodrager learning to fly.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    There was no ALMOST. There have been collectible card games that were closer to D&D than 4 was. Not joking. There was a game where they used the D20 rules for a card game, and even had the OGL. Warlord? I think? Lots of fun, but maybe not much depth. Grump and Dunc both say that the main reason for the 4 changes was to kill the OGL. Instead the OGL killed 4.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    Someone running a high fever. Six editions and version of the game, OD&D to 3.5, all convertible with little work, and then the go Ta HELL wif it, let's burn EVERYTHING! I hear good things about 5. But Wizards will have to pay me to play it.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It was, I just had a left/right dyslexic moment. I started with LEFT, then changed the second line meaning to change the first, but didn't do it. I left the right which was wrong and wronged the left which was right. Then left.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It wasn't horrible to look at, it was horrible that it was looking BACK!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Try it with a chocolate stout in place of rootbeer. Sea Dog makes an awesome chocolate stout. We need an evil cackle emoji. Hey! You fixed the image link! All I got was the link, no picture!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    He obviously hasn't found the right wife! Then there would be a lot of unpainted miniatures! (And half painted miniatures, and painted miniatures, and terrain....) The Auld Grump *EDIT* Hmmm.... I think somebody borrowed my computer this morning....
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Witcher had a TV series. we have it on DVD with English subtitles, because it was a Polish series. Really good. No LEFT turns. EVER! I need to steal Grump's laptop more often - this is a WHOLE lot nicer than trying to use a Fire while Brigid wants to see if it will fit in her mouth.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

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    Eberron Game! No Auld Grumpies Allowed!

    Oooh just had an idea. I need more weresharks!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Grump seemed to enjoy it. or maybe he enjoyed the way we were looking at him. WHILE he ate it. In character. While I was playing a clockwork girl that would have no reason to be horrified by what he was eating. He does this. He played a fay that caused milk to curdle, and he mixed ricotta cheese in a milk carton and sealed it back shut again, opening it in game and POURING IT INTO A GLASS AND DRINKING IT! It had CURDS! The fish were small, smaller than herring. Maybe some kind of big sardine? The pie was about pot pie sized, not a full pie pie. GreenStuffWorld? I need to check that out. Hunh. I seem to have unplugged the laptop, and now it is out of power. Thank gawd I got what I needed to do done before playing around online.
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