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  1. Paranormal Romance Gaming [No Megans!]

    I told the creator of the tee shirt about my evil plan - she gave me permission, and told me about her 7th Sea game. The pitter-patter of little feet (STOMP, STOMP, STOMP! Thump, thump, thump *BANG!* Ow! Thump, thump, thump!) marks the return of small people armed with paint brushes and miniatures.... The Auld Grump - the cats have already learned to hide when they hear the sound. The dog is still holding out hope that food will be involved.
  2. 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
  3. GW Announces WH40K 8th edition

    TRADITION! The Auld Grump
  4. GW Announces WH40K 8th edition

    If they handle Mordheim the way they are handling Necromunda, or try to tie it in with the Sigmar's Psychotic Episodes of the new Warhammer setting... I will be giving it a noisy pass. The Auld Grump - because it is better to light a single candle and to curse the darkness. (And blame the darkness for the high cost of candles while you are at it.)
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    We don't have snow. We have two inches of white goop! It was turning to slush even before hitting the ground. The Auld Grump - I do not do slush angels!
  6. GW Announces WH40K 8th edition

    People are tying the current winter with changes at Games Workshop. Snow in Washington DC. Snow in South Carolina. Snow in Florida. Games Workshop is releasing plastic Sisters of Battle... Yes, we know what ties them all together - Hell has frozen over.... The Auld Grump - yes, they have stated that there will be plastic Sisters of Battle next year.
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    George R. R. Martin on The Red Wedding - The Onion. And Conan O'Brien - The Auld Grump - and... about twelve minutes ago, my blood sugar plummeted... time for bed.
  8. Paranormal Romance Gaming [No Megans!]

    And I am tying this in with the plot of the Paranormal Romance game - decades later. I wonder how Mega is going to handle hearing the name Bonami again. The Auld Grump
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    No one that has ever met, heard, or seen George R. R. Martin has any difficulty picturing either one. He is... one of us! By the way, there is an interview with him about his wife seeing the Red Wedding - he got the same kind of glee out of it that you got from your mum. There is another where he reveals the end of Song of Ice and Fire - The Auld Grump - his Wild Cards series began as a SuperWorld campaign, way back when.
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    She's a DM - of course it's Leadership! (Keep moving people! Back! Back! Stick together!) It was adorable. And given that she has convinced a ten year old boy of her vision of the future (that they are getting married)... she has definite potential. The Auld Grump - the weird thing is how matter of fact they are about it.
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Because I think you will understand.... The Auld Grump
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Honest Trailers - Game of Thrones. Spoilered because NSFW - nudity covered by black bars, that kind of thing. Plus, you know, actual spoilers.
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I took the bus in to work this morning - leaving the car for Megan. On the way, the bus stopped off at Breakwater School and picked up Sam's entire class for an excursion. And I learned something that was no surprise at all - Sam is a bossy young lady! The Auld Grump
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Unlike Megan, I have met George R. R. Martin, at (no surprises here) a gaming convention - looong before he even began SoI&F. He is... a lot like he seems to be, with a tendency to veer off topic and into interesting tangents.. Now take five people, just like him, and do a panel with them. Add a room full of people for said panel - who are virtually indistinguishable from the people they are listening to. And everybody feeling like they got their money's worth. (Origins, 1981 or so. I was the youngest one in the room.) He once said that if you dropped him into his native terrain, he could vanish, like a ninja. (A gaming convention.) The Auld Grump - think that the subject of the panel was on using history for the creation of wargaming scenarios.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Sam has realized that she doesn't want to try a game with twelve players quite yet. So, there may be a split off group. The Auld Grump
  16. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    After some searching (and checking the price of the Star Trek Cooking Manual - yikes!) - I have found the recipe for Gargara-Dakria - Klingon Onion Pie. The Auld Grump
  17. Pathfinder Version 2

    A preview of the Fighter class is up on the Paizo Blog. Looks interesting - some of the things everybody can do in the current Pathfinder become pretty much the Fighter's territory - attacks of opportunity being a case in point. Shields have become more useful and more active - raising them takes an action, but allows an active defense, beyond the AC adjustment for having a shield. Power Attack has become a single attack that uses the base attack bonus but uses two actions - adding an extra die of damage. (Each attack in the round past the first imparts a penalty - so this is the better option.) The Auld Grump
  18. Bones Super Glue - status?

    Sorry. I was thirsty. Boy, that stuff really sticks to your ribs. My suspicions is simply that they had lower than required sales of the super glue. The Auld Grump
  19. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Super important, and the generally low voter turnout means that the extremes of the parties are more likely to determine that course. (Which is why the Democratic pary has those much maligned 'Super Delegates' for the Presidential primaries.) The extremes tend to show up because it is important to them. For good or ill. The Auld Grump Got a request from Sam - she wants to try her hand at running the Tuesday game for a short campaign, and wants me as a player.... Should I tell her about the concept of 'a ringer'?... (An NPC being run by an assumed player - most often a shill, mole, or traitor.) The Auld Grump - I once ran a convention game with seven players - six of them were ringers... and none of them knew about the other ringers....
  20. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Wow, the two of them watching Game of Thrones is noisy!.... It is so easy to see that Megan is her mother's daughter.... And they still haven't gotten to The Red Wedding.... The Auld Grump - it was kind of the same when they were watching [REC].
  21. Having two directors with very different styles did not much help. But having Zack Snyder as one of those two directors also did not much help.... The Auld Grump
  22. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Swashbuckler is one of my favorite classes. But then I also like the Gunslinger, so it's not exactly a surprise. My character for Megan's game is going to be a Warforged Vigilante Avenger - with his social persona being a very loud and boisterous GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER! DRINKS FOR ALL THE HOUSE! His Vigilante persona is a lot quieter, and quite literally has a different face. Think of the social persona as a bit of comedic relief. And, yes, I will be wearing a different hat for the two sides of the character. My original plan was that his mentor - and the one gave him his fortune, was killed on the Day of Mourning, but Megan wants him to still be alive. I am absolutely positive she has no nefarious plans. Why, yes, that is a juicy looking worm, and I am certain that no (plot) hooks are involved! The Auld Grump *EDIT* Later, I may buy a metallic skull mask for the Vigilante side of the character...
  23. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    My job at home tonight is the same as it was last night - stay out of the way while Megan and her mum binge watch Game of Thrones.... At least until after The Red Wedding. The Auld Grump
  24. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Sammy, is that you? The Auld Grump
  25. Best Version of DnD?

    Some of the new elements were taken from Pathfinder Unchained - most particularly the Three Actions and a Reaction. I am tempted to start using that part in my next campaign. The Auld Grump