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  1. Rather than continue to fill the Best Version of D&D thread with tales of lost treasure, and high seas battles.... Pretty sure that the Mutiny of The Wormwood Mutiny will take place this Tuesday - but after that.... I am thinking that I will abandon the rest of the Path, and go with my own piratey path to perdition - it will take just about the same amount of work to do a whole new adventure as it will to jury rig the Skull & Shackles path for twelve players. Also, it allows me to come up with new ideas a week before I need them, in a blind panic. One idea is that I want to have one of those Mythic turtles... the ones with a whole danged island on their backs. (I coulda sworn we buried the treasure on an island that was right here....) Maybe add a bit of Kingmaker* to the mix - let the PCs establish their own pirate haven. The Auld Grump * This assumes that the kids are at all interested in creating their own pirate kingdom. 9 years old....
  2. Or give everyone access to a few 0 level spells, choosing either Arcane or Divine, and either Int, Wis, or Cha as the controlling ability score - higher level spells are a matter of training. So, anybody has the potential, but most don't, anymore than most people get a degree in engineering. (The 0 level spells are like learning to change the time on a DVD player or microwave oven.) The Auld Grump
  3. Hasslefree - Dominatrix Libby. (Libby is, I believe, the wife of sculptor Kev White.) The Auld Grump - Kev has done a lot of miniatures of both himself and Libby.
  4. Of the two women I have tried to watch Titus with, neither could finish the film - both reaching the exact same point and stopping. (Pretty sure anyone who has seen the Hopkins film knows exactly which scene.) And one of the men left at that exact same point. It is Shakespeare's equivalent of The Red Wedding! (Actually, there are a lot of similar points in Song of Ice and Fire - pretty certain that Martin has read The Bard.) The Auld Grump - it is one of my favorite movies... but I don't get to see it all that often. (The Lion in Winter is my all time favorite - for the record.)
  5. And 'Did you know Paizo has published a battlemap for a Purple Worm's intestinal tract?' (And they have! ) The Auld Grump - I think it was released on April 1st, but it really was released. (Not using the battle map - but Jon is right about my painting Goremaw for a reason....)
  6. Music to a GM's ears - 'Is there a reason you are painting a purple worm? ' The Auld Grump
  7. Live

    The timing of the goblins was... suspiciously good.... We just added 250 points to our Kings of War league, and Megan is playing goblins as an ally for her Forces of Nature army.... The Auld Grump
  8. Live

    We just got ours last night - pretty happy with them! Three suffered from slippage on the part of the mold, and the wizard's staff was broken - but pretty easy to fix. This was my first real experience with Trollcast - and I have to say that I am favorably impressed with the material - very clean casts, and very good detail. The Auld Grump
  9. It is obvious that your Hallowe'en Grumpiness is a punishment for your many sins and failings - you must further punish yourself by watching Manos: the Hand of Fate and Plan Nine From Outer Space. Your very soul depends on this! The Auld Grump - actually, Plan Nine is a lot of fun, if your head is in the right place for it.... For Manos... I recommend the MST3K treatment - If ever a movie deserved a remake... it isn't this one.
  10. I know that last year's Dreadmere Faction Miniatures did make their way into general circulation a month or three later. And, yeah... that pirate lady is gorgeous - and not wearing high heels! Giving myself a while to argue with myself on whether or not to get the Swag Bag - and giving Megan the option to overrule me, either way. But that pirate lady will be joining our collection at some point. The Auld Grump
  11. I completely missed the point of why they are getting Sam CC3+ - they are getting the program for her for the exact same reason a daddy gets their kid Lego blocks or a train set.... It gives them an excuse to play with it. I forgot - they are nerds that are raising a nerd girl. The Auld Grump
  12. I pretty much steal my elves from Poul Anderson's Broken Sword. Elves are self centered - the best that you can hope for is enlightened self interest. For me, that is the difference between Seelie and Unseelie - Seelie will want (not need, just want) a reason to do something horrible to you. Don't give them a reason, call them Lord and Lady, and you should be fine. Do not turn down any gift they offer, but do not use it, either. For the Unseelie, they need no better reason than 'I wanted to'. Turning a group of girls who are dancing, into a circle of standing stones? Why not? It'll be funny. For the Spelljammer setting, elves are descended from humans - that the fey played with. The fey themselves... bad, bad news. The Auld Grump
  13. Hey! The 3D special effects are excellent! You'd swear that the toilet paper is being hurled from behind you! From the back row! The Auld Grump - who was Riff Raff when we did audience participation, a few years ago.... It's astounding...
  14. Having a dream about adventuring with a halfling was how I realized that I was falling in love with Megan. (In the dream, I was an ogre paladin, and she was a nekkid halfling rogue/witch. Despite copious nekkid halfling, the dream was pretty much rated G. I have a weird subconscious.) The Auld Grump For my homebrew, I pretty much do go with the Norse alfar, with some elements of the Celtic sidhe. But, hey, at least the elves are having fun, right? The Auld Grump - great, now I have Cindi Lauper with pointed ears stuck in my head....
  15. The Dwarfs in Norse mythology... were not all that honorable - that was more of a Tolkien thing. (That said - I go with the Tolkien version too... it just seems to fit. ) As far as I am concerned - this is the quintessential D&D song - And has been since more than a decade before D&D was even written.... *EDIT* Gods, I am so tempted to revive the Dwarf campaign for the kids game - they have not yet encountered the DRAGON... that gives the PCs a lecture on the nature of economics. The Auld Grump
  16. Megan has told me that my orcs are STNG Klingons.... When I started working on the Starjammer campaign, I realized that, really, in that campaign at least, they are the Maori - a lot of their warlike culture is posturing and physical braggadocio. (Coming soon! Italian orcs! (Irish orcs get drunk, then weep for the good old days.)) Even in my Beyond the Borderlands game, the Barbarian in the party gained status with the second tribe by beating their chief in a wrestling match. (But, since the chief really was chaotic evil, he cheated. Being GM means that you can have your cake, and eat theirs too.) The Auld Grump
  17. And then there is Oblivion - where you can find an orc that runs a book store. The Empire in the Elder Scrolls may have many faults, but it is egalitarian as all heck. The Auld Grump
  18. I quite like their anthropomorphic personification of Death - but then the show used the exact same theme music for Death that I had in a game.... Rising Appalachia/Jen Titus's rendition of O! Death. Full song - And, just because Hallowe'en - This is a song with... history.... The Auld Grump - there is a reason that I loathe Good King James....
  19. Find out if there are any local Wiccans? (I am Outer Court, but mostly because my good lady is Inner Court.) I am pretty much the same as the guy that goes to Catholic Mass because his family goes, and only knows when to stand and kneel because everyone else is doing so. The Auld Grump - but at least I don't go 'nur, nur, nur' to hide not knowing the hymns....
  20. It's in my miniatures case in the L. L. Bean backpack - she left it with me for safe keeping. Sam has sent out a message asking if the others will want to wear their pirate costumes to the games after the Hallowe'en party. Nerd Girl! The Auld Grump
  21. I can tell you that in my campaign, the term that would pertain to such PCs is 'Gallows Fruit'. I am not running a game about how wonderful it is to be a Murder Hobo. And the viewpoint of the landed gentry will be that the PCs are entirely expendable. After all, they will be allowed to keep the goods from the condemned PCs. If the player complains, we have a wonderful device that allows people to walk through walls! - it is called the door, and players like that will be invited to use it. Once. That said, the last time I had that problem was in the early nineties. I am quite upfront in regards to what happens to Murder Hoboes in my campaigns. The Auld Grump - I wants stories about heroes, not more accomplished villains than the bad guys in my campaign.
  22. Funded

    Mr. Bones is niche enough item that the best way to handle him would be a limited release metal, possibly included as a bonus item or add on when the Kickstarters pass the 1 Million Dollar* mark. Probably not enough appeal as a Bones release to make the mold worth producing. The Auld Grump * Or if he is a Mr. Evil Bones, perhaps at the Million, Billion, Trillion Dollar mark.
  23. Funded

    I ran a game where I showed up in game. The PCs killed me, and the world ended. The Auld Grump
  24. Cheech & Chong as archimages? The Auld Grump - goood niborg, man.....
  25. Ordered the Pathfinder expy for Megan (Starjammer), and only then realized that she will almost certainly expect me to actually run it! In my head, I was going to give it to Megan for St. Valentine's Day, and then she was going to run it! Now, cold reality has crept into my mind, and I discovered that I have no idea, whatsoever, of what makes for a good Spelljammer game. (If Megan runs it, odds are, I will be co-GM.) I never ran Spelljammer, played it, or even really looked at it! So, what does make a good Spelljammer game? The Auld Grump