Jump to content

Cranky Dog

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Cranky Dog

  1. Cranky Dog

    The Wile E. Coyote Award

    I remember an honourable mention for this type of award. Players were fighting a manticore. One character wanted to jump off a ledge and land on its back. Which he did. Then I explained to him how a manticore's back is naturally lined with iron hard spikes (this was in D&D 3e days). Several vasectomy jokes followed.
  2. Biggest one I remember doing was in the Pathfinder AP Jade Regent #3. Heroes are crossing the north pole (Crown of the World in Golarion). After pissing off a half-fiendish mini-boss, she sends hordes of zombies at the heroes' caravan camp (where several non-combatant NPCs were). I literally had over a hundred minis of zombies (ice-subtype) and various zombie beasts attacking the heroes from all sides. Luckily, the players had access to plenty of fire, including a flaming burst katana, and of course creatures vulnerable to said fire (double damage). Zombies are also very, very slow (they move *or* make a single attack). That combination meant that no matter how many zombies I was throwing at them, they were mowing them down just as fast with minimal loss in resources (the PCs also had much higher than average stats). The story was supposed to be that the PCs would be overwhelmed until Deus-Ex-NPChina would appear to help and end the fight. But they were hanging in there and I didn't want to go through another round of 100 zombies, so the NPC popped in anyway, "turned the tide" and yadda yadda, fight ends. It's around that time that I realized why stat buying is much better at levelling the playing field, and to ditch XP altogether and go with level gains at key moments. The published adventure could not cope with higher than average characters without me constantly re-adjusting the opposition (like maxing out HPs, or adding more levels or number of foes).
  3. Cranky Dog

    Pathfinder Version 2

    I own it! This version is from their KS version from several years ago, and a follow up KS campaign to get more stuff. The setting has been updated to take into account that practically all modern players are familiar with computers and integrated technologies. But Alpha Complex remains a glorious proof of what human productivity can achieve with loyalty, genetic purity and true happiness under the guidance of Friend Computer. Oh look, a very large laser is pointed at my head to cheerfully motivate me. Praise Friend Computer. I *really* want to play/GM it.
  4. Sympathies if it really is that. My mother has RA (so does several of her siblings), and I just learned that my younger sister (43) probably has hip RA. And it feels worse now that winter and cold weather is setting in. Our holidays were to be spent at a ski hill. My sister loves skiing, yet is currently not looking forward to it.
  5. Why not all at the same time. i.e. PANTOMIME! Dress up like a puppet, sing and dance, juggle. Channel your inner Jim Henson! Knowing you and the class. I'd want an extra reroll on that table. "So your result is... NOPE!!! Roll again!"
  6. Cranky Dog

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Sophie's Kiss was also a name that popped into my head when coming up with ideas. Now I'm stuck with that name, and only that one.
  7. I got a new answer: Race: Dragon! (one of the good ones, people don't want to slay them as much) Class: Also dragon! Favourite treasure type: Minis and paints. [Looks at mounds of unpainted minis in apartment.] Yup, that's a hoard all right. Breath weapon type: A cloud of primer.
  8. Was -20C° this morning. Already have over a foot of snow. Snow tires are on. And I'm oddly in a good mood. With the general snow cover, it's much much brighter outside than if it were a regular leafless, snowless, rainy, November.
  9. HUMAN COMMONER! Let the heroes crawl in the sewers or attend to that kobold problem. Alternative is HALFLING CLERIC. I'll get to worship an entity who's views are perfectly aligned with my own (there are enough out there that I'll eventually find the "One"), and they have great health coverage. And being a halfling is basically like being retired. You're encouraged to stay home, get plenty of meals, no hassle. Just peace and quiet (I'm 48, this is becoming more and more desirable by the day). But if you're a lich, you're already immortal, so you don't need to paint anymore. I bet the ceremony includes sacrificing all of your minis, licking you brushes, drinking your paints and praising GW's business practices. Gods, it really is an affront to all that is holy!
  10. The point of sharp edges is that the dice don't needlessly roll too much. It helps with overall balance of dice. It's one of the reasons why casino dice are made the way they are. Your average gamer dice go through a tumbler in their creation process which inevitably rounds off all of the edges. When you roll a sharp edge gaming die, you'll even feel like it doesn't roll enough unless you really give it a good throw. If the resin is fragile or not really depends on what particular type of resin they use. You can have pretty much any property you want depending on how much you want to spend. Just like wooden dice, ones made of pinewood vs ones made with ironwood will have very different durability.
  11. Cranky Dog

    Breast Cancer Pink

    I believe I'm on my fourth bottle. I didn't even make an order last October, but I did win one of the Twitch giveaways so a bottle was included. I really need more inspiration as to how to include them in my color schemes. I have an easier time using Nightmare Black, Dirty Bone, Splintered Bone, Pure White, Maggot White, Pure Black, etc. which I also own in unusually high quantities (3 of each).
  12. At first, I thought something with flamethrowers, but reconsidered to have something doubly useful. I'd attach powerful microwave magnetrons to the front bumper of a minivan. The energy pointed towards the road will instantly vaporize the snow. I'll attach powerful vacuums to suck up the steam and send it to the back of the minivan which has been converted into a sauna filled with Finnish tourists. I'll paint stripes on the sides to make it go faster.
  13. Cranky Dog

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    From my own experience (won a skeletal dragon, and then a Cthulhu), I got a shipping message on the Friday of the following week, and the package the week after. So under two weeks overall.
  14. Cranky Dog

    Dunkeldorf---28mm Fantasy Towsfolk

    Lucky! I'm still waiting on mine. Probably won't get them until next week.
  15. Cranky Dog

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Let them (and us) survive Bones 5 before confirming any Bones 6. P.S. Congrats on your own win too.
  16. Cranky Dog

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Congratulations, you got the limited edition Rose Gold paint!
  17. Cranky Dog

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Ron just told us there are ~600 minis this time around! According to them, last time it was ~400.
  18. Cranky Dog

    Lord Cireneg's City

    Just discovered it today. I love the modular nature of it. I'm getting closer to having every standard sort of medieval/fantasy type of buildings.
  19. They grow up so fast, as if in the blink of an eye. Whaddya mean literally? "It's your turn to change the diaper honey."
  20. Dip my #0 brush in it and do the 7 Day Goblin Challenge. "Sure it's a genuine size 0. You know the camera angle makes the brush look bigger. Right? It's all perspective." Sadly, I know this would backfire on me as I would be surely tempted to lick the weasel. [Googles Lickitung (Pokémon)]
  21. Those are among the most beautiful dice I've ever seen. And seeing as how people are pledging like crazy on day 1, I'm not the only one thinking that. I know these are premium hand-made resin dice, but yeesh!, at ~$60 per set (including shipping), I can live without.
  22. Cranky Dog

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Ah, but would they have been for Bones, or for the unreleased Conan game? Remember how models like the giant cobra was supposed to go there.
  23. Nah, that's Scooby-Doo disguised in the Vatican to hide from the "Ghost of Pope Pius XII". "I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling protestants!"
  24. Cranky Dog

    What is there at Reapercon?

    There is plenty of game stuff! Concurrently to the miniature painting focus, there are normally dozens of role playing games occurring all day long (many locals go there for the games). There are also miniature games, boardgames and the arcade. The classes are also miniature focused, but some are relatable to art in general (colour theory; character art design). The we have the shopping area, which is similar to most game/geek conventions. Again not all of them are miniature related as many craftspeople and writers are also present. And if you're curious, there's also the Reaper Tour that gives a visit of their factory (shuttle ride included). On Saturday (the biggest day in number of attendees), many people come in costume. This year (2019), we even had a balloon animal guy that was very creative with geek themes.
  25. PersonalIy, I find that Pinterest has more inspirational ideas (at least in my inbox). Even though I don't find it particularly easy to navigate if you want something specific.