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  1. TheAuldGrump

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Back to Legacy of Fire, if we can remember what our heroes were up to when the game went on hold for the summer. As an aside - I really cannot recommend The Razor Coast as much as it deserves, the format has changed the way I was writing a scenario, and got rid of twenty plus pages of really complicated encounter tables.... (The first draft of the Wolde... needed a flowchart. Megan mocked me, and was right to mock me. The encounter tables were mockable. The flowchart showing how to use the encounter tables was highly mockable. So, she mocked it.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Musical inspiration of the Wolde - This song is probably where it began, The Song of Fey Cross, by Three Weird Sisters. The Water Lily, by Patricia Herdman (not a happy song, but beautiful). The Queen of Elfan's Nourice - not this rendition, but the right song. (Child #40) Tam Lin - again, not this rendition. (Child #39). La Belle Dame Sans Merci. (In English.) The Elfin Knight And, of course Thomas the Rhymer (Ewan McColl is kind of my go-to for music of this sort.) And, I would say I was introducing Sam to this, but... well, her mom is in the SCA and fought heavy list - what are the odds that she has already heard The March of Cambreadth? There are several points where this song might well be the theme, if things go horribly wrong. The Auld Grump - there are a few others, but this post is full enough.... *EDIT* Okay, one more - The Black Fox by Heather Dale. Pretty sure that the 'devil' in this song is a fey amusing himself....
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Incidentally, while it is a vignette, and a feel good piece (Woo! Free beer for a year!) - if the PCs don't intervene - either to get Durginn's leg into working order, or donning the burdock themselves, then the ritual does not take place. Which can have repercussions if things go all pear shaped at the end of Autumn. If the ritual does take place, the PCs get to find out what happens when a fey/undead Huntsman gallops full tilt into an active ward. (A hint - the ward wins....) If not... odds are that the Huntsman catches up to its prey, in the middle of town. (Not good for morale, if anyone was wondering.) One of the oddities of the town - the roads that cross in the town's heart are due North/South and East/West, in perfect alignment. Oddly, a compass goes wild when held in the crossroad, spinning randomly.... (There are several places in the area where that is the case - another is the Knob - a perfectly round hill in the edge of the Wolde, close to the town.) *EDIT* Setting detail - there are thirteen months, of 28 days each - unlike our world the solar and lunar calendars are in agreement. Holy days for the Old Faith (Druidic) are the solstices and equinoxes, as well as the cross-quarter points - the first day of each season. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I got rid of my Dark Angels a few years ago - not a 'Grrr! I hates GW!' thing, but a 'We've got a baby on the way! ' thing. I hadn't played in several editions, they had changed the size of the Terminators, and if I was going to stick with a minis game, it would be one that Megan plays too. Plus, I run fantasy games - the minis can serve multiple roles. The Auld Grump - soon we will be wrestling over who plays what armies in Vanguard.... But I have an advantage - Megan is ticklish!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Mantic reminds me of GW in the nineties - when having multiple armies was the norm. I very much enjoy Kings of War, and having the lists for the main armies, right there in the rules, makes a difference. Though 40K has been picking up again, locally - it is amazing how fast having a CEO that does not publicly claim that no one plays your games, they just collect the miniatures, makes.... The Auld Grump
  6. TheAuldGrump

    Pathfinder Version 2

    I made similar comments when White Wolf Magazine became Inphobia... (It going away shortly thereafter was no beginning of a surprise.) When the first issue had a great picture of chicken necks, I knew the magazine was doomed. (You might think someone would tell them that, 'Hey! People aren't going to buy a gaming magazine that has gotten rid of its gaming content, and features chicken necks on the cover!' but... there it was.) Sometimes clever people can be amazingly stupid. Resonance Points is a case in point... so to speak. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Continuing the Wolde - Minor Artifact - Old Nell The iron church bell sounds more like a hammer against an anvil than warm ring, yet it's call echoes through the town, and to the edges of the far fields. Three times per day, when Old Nell is rung, all Humanoids within hearing are affected either as though under the effect of a Sanctuary spell from a 10th level caster - if unarmed, or have their weapons treated as being Cold Iron within the sound of the bell, for up to ten minutes per peel. In addition, a protective spirit is bound to the bell, to keep children and fools safe from harm. Monster - Old Nell Church Grim - Medium Outsider (Good, Native) an enormous black dog, with cold white eyes, and white mist licking around her chops. Treat as a Neutral Good Shadow Mastiff - Bay affecting all but Humanoids and Animals within a 300 foot spread. Old Nell is tasked with protecting the children of her congregation, but also has a reputation of appearing to drunkards, and frightening them home. She remains within 300 feet of the church, unless the bell Old Nell is ringing. *** Tavern - Fiddler's Green. A single floor tavern, with an oar mounted above the door, and a sign that reads Fiddler's Green. Old Carruck claims that when he wearied of the sea, he put an oar over his shoulder, and traveled until he reached a town where someone asked him 'What's that thing you got on your shoulder?' and there he settled himself down to stay. Carruck is browned and scarred, with a tattoo of an anchor on his left arm, and a tattoo of a black rose on his right. (Carruck was a pirate, once upon a time, and never in that occupation did he ever need to use his blade for more than intimidation. A close call with a boarding cutter made him rethink his occupation, and leave the sea behind.) The Auld Grump Chop them up, scatter the pieces on a large base, partially cover with sand, and you have terrain. The bat that you didn't show is a good start for a dragon graveyard. The Auld Grump
  8. TheAuldGrump

    Pathfinder Version 2

    This... may be Paizo's 4e. They have been taking a small but vocal minority for a majority, because it fit what the game designers wanted to do. I still like it more than 4e - but considerably less than 5e, which I like considerably less than PF1. I will be sticking with PF1 for the foreseeable future. Megan was fuming while working on a Playtest character - none of the group actually made it as far as actually playing the playtest scenario. Weaker characters that require more work to create, and generate more paperwork to upkeep... hurray? PF2 is a 2.5 out of 5. 4e was a 2, 5e is a 3.5, and PF1 is a 4 - 4.5 with Advanced Player's Guide. Making it tied with late edition 2e. The Auld Grump - F.A.T.A.L. holds steady as the only 1, with the Mega System as 1.5. AD&D 1e is 3, but partly because of rose colored memory spectacles.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Continuing on with the Wolde, this time looking at Soon-To-Be-Renamed-Town.... Vignettes - Vignettes are minor, non combat encounters, intended to give the players a feel for the setting - Folk celebrations - The Lashing of the Burdock Man - On the first day of Summer, a man, garbed head to toe in a suit made from cockle burrs 'frightens' the town's children, throwing candy at them, then is driven from the center of town and out into the woods, being beaten the entire way by the town's mothers and midwives wielding light wicker staves. After he is driven out, the men folk come and drive iron nails into the roads leading out of town, in all four cardinal directions. Because the man that has taken the role of the Burdock Man is getting older, a PC may be given the opportunity to be dressed head to toe in a remarkable uncomfortable outfit, then beaten with sticks (taking 2d6 nonlethal damage in the process) but is given free food and drink at the inn for a full year following the ceremony. * In addition, the women that take part in the Lashing of the Burdock man are granted a +1 to hit and damage against Fey, and a +2 to all will saves against spells and spell like abilities used by Fey. *** The Turning of the Stone On the first day of spring, the strongest men in town wrestle, with the winner chosen as the man to climb the Knob and rol the stone at its top over, so that what was the bottom becomes the top. *** Non Player Character - Alsara Greenbough, the blacksmith Female Elf Magus 7 The town blacksmith is Alsara Greenbough - an elf that is 'lean as a fence post and brown as a nut' - married to the son of the previous smith - a human named Durginn Smythe. They have been married for twenty years, with no children, but this year she and her husband seek a little privacy in one of the fallow fields, on the first day of Spring.... Alsara is a Magus, with her smith's hammer as her enchanted weapon, rather than the typical blade. Her husband Durginn has taken the role of the Burdock Man for as long as they have been married, but this year his game leg is in just too much pain. While he too is a smith, he fully acknowledges that his wife, and former apprentice, is far better a smith than he. *EDIT* Durginn Smythe will be taking over as town blacksmith during the latter half of his wife's pregnancy - he wants no chance that a horse might kick her while she is carrying his child. (Who will, in her turn, become the town's smith.) The Auld Grump - yes, I stole both of those folk rituals from rural England....
  10. Currently reading the web serial The Wandering Inn - a LitRPG story. Not all that deep (at all) but enjoyable, playing with the 'person from the real world goes to fantasy world' trope, wherein our heroinesteps through the bathroom door the wrong way, and ends up face to face with a Dragon, flamed by same (but not killed - I think it was just the dragon's way of saying 'Get off mah lawn!'), then chased by goblins. She takes shelter in an abandoned inn, cleans it up, prepares dinner - then levels up as an Innkeeper. So... she becomes an innkeeper The Auld Grump - LitRPG stories are not my favorite - but I read Quag Keep, way back when, so....
  11. TheAuldGrump

    Pathfinder Version 2

    It does not need reworking, it needs burning. Then the ashes scattered. And the ground where the ashes land salted, so that nothing should grow upon that blighted earth e'er again. It was a solution that was far worse than the problem. The Auld Grump
  12. TheAuldGrump

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    But it also affects being able to call it 'Low Sodium'. And 17% RDA, for a single cup of soup, ain't. Campbell's sells low sodium chicken broth - with less than half the salt of their 'low sodium' tomato soup. And that is why I say that it is just plain a lazy recipe - though I have no doubt that the higher sodium broth that they do use as a base is less expensive. Ah, well - it is not exactly hard to make tomato soup - the hardest part is forcing it through the strainer to remove seeds and cloves. The Auld Grump The Trader Joe's tomato soup - regular, not 'low sodium' - has less salt than the Campbell's 'low sodium'....
  13. TheAuldGrump

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Pretty much all of the current setting material that I really like is from Frog God. Bard's Gate, the Blight, and The Razor Coast are all freakin' awesome. (And each is a completely different kinds of awesome.) I generally loathe mega-dungeons, yet somehow Rappan Athuck - which embodies every I don't like about them - is something near and dear to my heart. The Auld Grump - that is strange... there appears to be a young woman trying to drag me away from the compu
  14. TheAuldGrump

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Picked up a really dumb old computer game for Megan, over to GOG. Does anyone remember Spellcasting 101? 102? 103? (By the same designer that did Leather Goddesses of Phobos.) The Auld Grump - warning... seriously sophomoric humor. Bard's Gate and The Blight are close - and very much inspired by the old City State. There is also Haven, but you have to look at Different Worlds to find it. (Still around, just harder to find.) But City State was the one that came first, and set the standard high. (Waterdeep ain't even close!) A teeming hive of scum and villainy, long before Mos Eisley. And more like Lankhmar than any of the published versions of Lankhmar. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When they started out there was no one else. They published the first adventures, the first setting, the first city supplement, and had adventures in their magazines before anyone else. I still love a lot of the old Judges Guild material - their setting in particular - I was ticked off enough at TSR for killing the license for Judges Guild that stopped buying from them until second edition AD&D - about ten years. The Auld Grump *EDIT* City State of the Invincible Overlord is still one of my three favorite city settings - along with The Blight and Bard's Gate. Brigid is currently in a birthday induced coma. The Auld Grump
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