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  1. We... are watching Howard the Duck tonight. I warned Megan of what to expect, but she wants to know why I groaned at Howard's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy. She will learn... yes, she will learn.... The Auld Grump
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    The video really is pretty danged stupid - and likely to cost them customers, at least from those that actually watch the videos on Kickstarter. (I am one of those people.) Not a matter of being a 'snowflake' - it is a matter of not wanting to be treated like an idiot. Gods know, gamers have enough of a bad public image without an idiot adding to it in the name of marketing. It is not a matter of objecting to the sexy minis - I bought my good lady wife a bunch of figures from Wargame Exclusive that are much more cheesecake than these models. (A naked Tau sniper was the first 'just for fun' mini that Megan painted.) I kind of like the hussar - and would have liked it better in a somewhat less sexy pose, but at least it is a sexy pose that kind of makes sense - she is adjusting her spur. Other than that... I cannot help but feel that the Bombshell Babes fill the same niche, better. *Shrug* The Auld Grump
  3. On the other hand - in my case the clear minis - unprimed and unpainted - were the first models used out of the Bones III box. Used to remind the folks in my kids game that their characters were currently invisible/disguised - then replaced with their regular mini when they took an action that dispelled their invisibilty. (Mostly firing off fireballs.) Which is why I would not need each and every model in transparent Bonesium - it was only for as long as that effect lasted. The witch that had used Disguise Self to fake being a goblin was surprised when the giant proved just as willing to squash goblins as humans, elves, and dwarfs..... The Auld Grump
  4. An ex-military friend of mine called it 'Getting Amsterdamaged' Such is the run of humanity.... I remember an article, about... fifteen years ago? that one of the biggest crimes in the Netherlands, in terms of cost, was the theft of agricultural equipment, in particular tractors, stolen for selling in eastern Europe. And that it ran into the billions, each year.... *EDIT* On the other hand, finding out that King Willem-Alexander is also a commercial air pilot, flying a couple of times each month... is a much nicer political surprise than most countries get. The Auld Grump
  5. Well, Dain is playing a dwarf pirate - so there is no reason it wouldn't be both.... Going through my PDF collection on RPGNow... I have a lot of stuff for pirate adventures.... There really is no excuse for my not thinking of it earlier. Heck, I'm somebody that ran a Skull & Bones - Cthulhu Mythos campaign for about a year.... (Guest appearance by The Terrible Old Man - as a Terrible Young Man....) The Auld Grump
  6. Legendary Games is a publisher - I would have linked, but Reaper's commerce rules. And they have both print and PDF products. They actually pop up in our local Books-A-Million, so this is not that obscure a company - try looking for 'Make Your Games Legendary' or 'Adventure Path Plug-Ins' and it should pop up on Google. They are not allowed to use the actual Adventure Path titles, so you get things like 'The Red Queen Adventure Path' to refer to 'Curse of the Crimson Throne' and 'Kingdom Building Adventure Path' to refer to 'Kingmaker'. One guess what 'Pirate Adventure Path' refers to... They also have a lot of stuff for Mythic Adventures, but that seems like something that would be difficult to port to 5th ed. *EDIT* I will be going with Mongoose Publishing's Book of the Sea for the ship rules in The Pirate Adventure Path.... The Auld Grump
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    I... honestly have no idea what Megan would think of those.... For myself... no need of any of them - nor much desire, I'm afraid. (In spite of actually wanting a figure suitable for a female winged hussar....) So, shifting it to Megan, and letting her decide. The Auld Grump
  8. Hmmm, I almost like Megan's take on what is going on with Bonami and Goodfriend more than what I have planned.... (I was focusing more on romance, or at least my poor attempt thereat.) I might have to add another fae into the mix, perhaps with a name like Christopher (or Lee) Summerisle, just to freak Megan a bit. There is no reason not to use my plotline and what Megan came up with at the same time. So far, Jenny seems to like Goodfriend more than Bonami - which is kind of the opposite to what I had expected. I expected his boisterous nature and casual sexism to make Bonami seem a better choice. (She still kind of thinks that Bonami might be a vampire....) Instead, she is plotting a bit with Goodfriend - who calls her 'Little Lady' in a booming voice - to keep an eye on the smarmy and patently manipulative Bonami. And yes, the haunted house really is going to be haunted - since Jenny's character is supposed to disbelieve in the supernatural at this point. The Auld Grump
  9. Last night, at Old Neighborhood Buffet, I ran the first session of a Paranormal Romance game set at the tail end of WWII. This is the third time I have used this setting, each time advancing the year - the first was set in Berlin between the Wars, the second was a complete and unapologetic rip off of TSR's Ravenloft - with the villain being Strahd von Tzarovitch, a follower of Ungern-Sternberg that switched his allegiance to Germany and the Nazi party after the fall of Tzarist Russia. During that campaign, one of the PCs got a Dear John letter from his fiance in Boston - and was killed by Strahd before he could reply, never coming home. The new campaign is in Boston - and one of the PCs is that fiance, who has just inherited the late occult detective's business. (The breakup was because she did not believe in such foolishness.) The dinner took place in game, as the agency met with Boston attorney Robert (pronounced Roe - Bare) Bonami.... The late detective had also set aside the funds to pay the other three characters for a period of two years, and the lawyer also brought a letter of introduction to a Texas oilman that had just purchased a haunted brownstone in Boston. Said Texan does not want the ghost removed - he bought the place because it was haunted. The Texan's name is Bob Goodfriend - and so far, I think Megan is the only one to pick up on the trick with the names.... Then we got interrupted by four older Japanese tourists - who all play Dungeons & Dragons. The game went on hold for the night, but we all had a very nice conversation. (Though Megan tells me that it was my Weirdness Magnet again. ) The Auld Grump
  10. Interesting, went to visit Legendary Games - which makes products that are compatible with specific Pathfinder Adventure Paths - looking for stuff for both Skull & Shackles and Curse of the Crimson Throne... and found out that they make 5th edition products for the Pathfinder Adventure Paths.... converting the monsters and NPCs to the 5e rules. Looks like Pathfinder and 5e will be able to live in harmony. The Auld Grump
  11. Oh, good lord - Duncan knows how this is going to go but The Auld Grump - there is no way at all that is going to go horribly wrong, is there?
  12. Hmmm... I just got two character submissions for the Skull & Shackles game - from two of the kids that aren't even in this state! Looks like I may need to keep this running, even after the kids come back from vacation. The winner for roleplay at the kids game this week was Dain - who managed to fit a whole lot of character into one word...leaning forward, opening one eye wide, while narrowing the other, and dropping his voice as low as a nine year old can go... 'Gold....' My reaction was to say 'Well, there is no way that is going to have repercussions in the future...' and give him a hundred XP. (I do that at every game - bribery works well to get the kids to role play.) *EDIT* Anyone think that Dain has seen The Hobbit one time too many? *EDIT* Samantha has been very, very good at playing her fairy princess - and she seems to be doing just as well with her slightly wicked witch.... I am actually thinking about adding a second bribe - a 'Players Choice' award for role play - asking the kids who they think did the best at playing their character/did something cool. The reward will be a d6 that can be rolled once in the next game, and added to any roll - and the player does not need to use it on one of their own rolls. A variant on Karma Dice. Right now we are waiting for my good lady to show up for the grown up game - she has kindly volunteered to pick up the pizza, since Leonardo's is not far from her school. (Well, closer to MECA than it is to Westbrook, at any rate.) Leonardo's makes a great pizza, and I have a hankering for their Thai Peanut Chicken pizza, on whole wheat. At the Romance game we had Greek food from the festival.... Such are the vagaries of the gamer diet.... The Auld Grump
  13. Megan is a bad, bad influence on me - I came this close -] [- no making a comment about having a magic staff, with a knob on the end, not a magic wand.... The Auld Grump - I actually like the idea of having two threads - I can steal poke fun at listen to Megan's ideas! (I am soo gonna regret that line! )
  14. Waiting for the hardcover of the second edition of Kings of War, and playing from the PDF.... Loving the game - it feels right. It creates the sweeping battles that I want, and plays out quickly - with a lot of depth because of how important maneuvering is in the tactics. I am using Mantic minis for the bulk troops, mostly - Reaper minis are in use as character models and as monsters. How do others feel about the game? The Auld Grump
  15. There is considerable difference in discerning detail between a clear miniature and an opaque one. Also significant is that my players seem to feel that the grey plastic used for Chronoscope miniatures is a whole lot better at showing detail - to the point where some were pretty sure that the grey plastic really is more detailed. Put me down as 3 - with a couple of additions.... I would like to see a roughly useful invisible figure for each general class, in both genders. It does not need to be a specific female rogue sneaking around invisible, but it would be nice to have a generic invisible female rogue. Maybe in general body shapes too - a human can pass as an elf, but would have a hard time passing as a dwarf, whow would, in turn, have difficulty disguising herself as an invisible halfling.... Also, as mentioned, the grey does a very nice job of making detail more apparent. The Auld Grump
  16. More likely, you'll be grabbed by them, and end up on the end of his misericorde. Looks cool, but it will get you dead. An exception would be ceremonial armor - this is what he wears when appearing before his church - or armor for wearing as general of the church's forces - and not intending to get into actual combat himself. The Auld Grump
  17. And part of it is that the public reception of the free fantasy rules... has a whole lot to do with why GW is doing things so very differently this time around. While I could (and have) kvetch about the way they rolled AoS out, it is better, I think, to laud how GW is doing with the roll out of 40K. They learned, and changed things, rather than doubling down on the stupid - and that can be incredibly difficult for a corporate entity to accomplish. (Because it means that somebody has to admit to making a mistake - which is a really good way to stop being a member of said corporate entity.) So, a nice long lead time. Actually soliciting player input (which addresses a problem endemic to GW for decades - to 2nd edition 40K). Bundles to allow a lower entry price. Rules and army lists at a much more reasonable price. They are making progress, and that is a good thing for the industry. The Auld Grump
  18. Crikey! Just got an e-mail from a group of our players, at PortCon and wondering where we are.... I had completely forgotten about the con! The Auld Grump The Auld Grump
  19. The old Grenadier Shire Dragon is one of my favorites - a dragon raised by halflings... smirking. *** I would love to see some pirate weapons in the new plastic used for the Bones weapons! The Auld Grump
  20. Hmmm, no pirate weapons in Bones yet... I think that Barrelstrap will do for Dain's dwarf ranger, but he is going to need a weapon swap - but I like the pose a lot. (Need to buy another - the one I have is for Dragons Don't Share, and I want to keep that set together.) And I just realized that I have no idea what Sam's familiar is - kind of important for a Witch.
  21. Given that I am running the game for kids between 8 (Samantha) and 10 (Iain) being Bones is more important than the figure being an exact match. Accidents will happen. And Bones will survive being stepped on. (Or survive being knocked off the table, then batted around the room by a hyperactive kitten, for that matter.) Sam latched on to the Witch class for Pathfinder with amazing speed - she is a very young player, and Witch is a pretty complex class. But unlike wizards and sorcerers, there are plenty of magical things that she can do without using up her spells - she fell in love with Hexes. The Auld Grump - she has not used her crossbow even once, as far as I can remember.
  22. In the real world, you try to avoid things that can be grabbed in combat.... For fantasy... I can see those as a weird way to change out enchantments on the armor - with each stola having a separate enchantment. (Strangely MMORPGish thinking on my part....) The Auld Grump - stolette?
  23. Looking at figures for the campaign, going 'Oh, yeah! I have that one! In Bones!' And the realizing that I had painted him up as Santa Claus.... Yo Ho-ho-ho! In my defense, he does make a great Santa.... Depending on the direction that the female ranger takes, this may work - I would like to stick to Bones as much as possible.... The Auld Grump - plus, after three Kickstarters, I still have an embarrassing mountain of unpainted Bonesium.... *EDIT* The kids were wildly enthusiastic about pirates - enough so that I am kind of tempted to split the kids game into two when the others get back from vacation - which means yet another game, but both having reasonable numbers - we got a whole lot further with six players than we did with twelve - and if we have one of the games at our place, we could use my Maiden of the High Seas.... (The other game is a lot more portable - the Maiden of the High Seas will take up a lot of space,,,,)
  24. Character generation done... sort of. Because of the short notice, I will be letting them fiddle with their characters a bit - but once they use a skill or ability, it can no longer be changed. And they have woken up, stripped of all their equipment, to be forced to crew for The Wormwood.... Dain is playing a dwarf ranger - with skills in both carpentry and healing. Not important yet, but he knows how to work siege equipment - which included cannon. Samantha (the faerie princess) is playing a Sea Witch. (Samantha the witch?... I could swear that I have heard that somewhere before.) Ended up the cook's assistant. (And wants to know if she can use the ship's cauldron as a cauldron.... I predict bad things happening.) Iain is going for a Boundsword Magus Curtis is going for cleric - but is still waffling on deities. (May even change class - he is basically taking cleric because the party will need one, not because he wants to play one.) Becky is going for ranger... again. (She has had three characters - and all of them have been rangers... she is a Girl Scout, so I can understand that - it is a role that she knows.) Allen is a bard - and won the position of Rigger. The ability to boost an entire ship full of people... yeah, bard seems like a solid choice. Changes to rules - we are going with Guns Everywhere - cheap guns, which means not a whole lot of armor. (On ship, armor would be a problem anyway.) A character that would be killed by either a crit or massive damage can instead opt to lose a limb - peg legs, gaff hooks for hands, and of course an epic quest for the Head of Vecna.... Waffling between using the official Pathfinder ship combat rules or switch to either Corsair! or Book of the Sea. (Book of the Sea also includes rules for trade...) The Auld Grump *EDIT* I was surprised not to see any barbarians. And witch seems to really be gaining ground as a support spell caster - beating out sorcerer. Having three people in the party that can cast Cure Light Wounds will make a difference. That two of them are arcane casters... is a bit odd. And Samantha prefers to be called Sam. (But in my head, she will always be a (fairy) princess....) And I just realized that one of the NPCs is going to sound like Max von Sydow....
  25. I have some of the Black Scorpion pirate minis - figures for pirates that somehow you just know have bad teeth and smell funny.... And I am sure that I will find a use for the Kracken... The Auld Grump - downloading to my Kindle Fire right now - since my print copies are in storage. And I just sent out the e-mail, letting the kids know what they are going to be playing - I think that this is a great choice!