Friday, 19 June 2009

Obsidian is the man

So Hear I am feeling stiff and tired but cant sleep. Sis makign mini pizzas for our friends lan party tommorow. I have to work >.<>.<

Decided there will not jsut be or 2 trollkin but a high level trollkin fighter a fell caller and then there many minions. They essentialy will make up the Mercenray companies backbone. Oh yeah the Pcs are gonan be crying for there mother. Of course there nto going to be up agaisnt the full force at once that would be too cruel. But I like being cruel.

Well that all for now. Rember 1 days to go to see Mr o in action going at his Commissionlathon I will be subjecting Kylie to it when I get in tommorow night. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

I HATE WORK and other random Jabber

YOu know there are days you really shouldnt go to work. Got intoday at 5:30PM from my shift was meant to finnish at ten. Manageress goes ahh Andrew your staying to close now. JUH WHUH? Not my shift to do that. She tells me that newbie A is ill and I have to do it plus do the close tommorow ARRRGH. SO yeah we had virtualy no one in the kitchen it was busy as hell and from Half 9 I was left alone. Thank God it went quite enough for me to start cleanign at quater to nine.

However after workign there for 2 years Now it hasbeebn a veryl ong time Ive had to clean the entire kitchen by myslef OH god >.<. All was done by about 1 this morning urrgh. Not to mentio nwe hd a delivery show up at 11PM cause the distributer managed to wreck this mornigns shipment and had to send a replacement. SO Yeha I had fun for one thing I dotn drive im quite reliant when doing closes on gettign a lift. Fortunatly my manager said hed give me a lift home phew. Gonan have to ring up when I awaken to tell them Im not closign tommorow night as I cant get a ride home that late. So got in at 2 this mornign after me and the boss stoped at Tescos on the way back 1 for me to get soem very late din dins and 2 so he could get something to forget tonight. Then a quick stop at a petrol station for his usual amount of ciggys. So yeah dragged my corpse in petted the dog and I cant sleep so im just lounging here thinkign of more IK stuff. I started to think bout my lil gobber friend over the day and how he should work out. I made hi ma lvl 8char (lvl 4 rouge/4 Hexblade).

His story now goes that hes always had a little bit of a hint of arcane power but its more or less manifested in bad luck for him and people round him. After the incident he was kicked out of the tribe he headed to Five fingers where he became a pickpocket and petty thief to survive.
Soon his prowess grew and became a thief of moderate skill.
Whilst in Five fingers he cornered a snooty Wizard who before he died told our poor unfortunate gobber he had a sparck of arcane power about him.
After that our Gobber friend practiced on his own to master his new talents. After a while he decided he coudl ply his talents as a mercenary and joined the 4 star syndicate takign any job no matter how depraved.
After a while he met up with Trollkin with as much hate for humans as the Gobber, A Ogrun who sought revenge against Mankid for Killing his Dwarven paymaster and a Iosan who was hunting Human Spell casters. They banded together to form there own "elite" Mercenary team. The young gobber hates all humans because of what a young Sorceress did to him that got hi mexiled from his tribe. The other big humans didnt stop her so h figures all humans ar the same (Bogrin are simple creatures.

Which means i get to build a All Anti Human merc group who will take human coin only if it means they get to kill more humans. Theyll work for anyone including the Cryx and especialy there own kin (Trollkin and gobbers, the retributuion, etc). Course there very dubious abotu workign for the Circle. bunch of Ner do well humans in the wilds. And the Skorne who seem to threaten all of there kind as well as the humans. However once more if they were paid to take care of humans bythe Ksorne im sure there would be no hesitation. Of course they would prefer to be no where Everblight.

Being a Merc allwos me to move him and his compatriots around so when the Pcs are just of the right level they will strike.

Ideas on the other NPCS.

The Ogrun should have the Ogrun battleCannon from No quater #9.
It has some shinny ammo types.

The Gobber is a pistol weilding spell castign bugger. he has 3 spels but can only cast one per day. HE can also curse one person per day.
I also gave him a springloaded dagger in his coat sleeve which has venom on it hehe.

The Trollkin will either be a fighter or a Fell called i havent decided yet. May add another Trollkin as back up so i can have both fell caller and fighter.

The Iosan well im sure we can guewss which prestige class he will have. If you said Mage hunter giv yourself a small Geek crown with the privateer press logo on it.

And to mak up the 6th party mrmber the Gobber will have a old WarJack whos a bit "tempermental".

SO yeah should be fun i expect there to be carnage as our Gobber firend will obviously plan a ambush.

Next up I shal lbuild the Knight Exemplars Retinue for hi mwhen he is a higher level.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

I still cant get into 4th Edition

Sorry to all those who really can get into 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons but I cant there I said it. I mean its a ok system if you like a game where you have to micro manage every last detail. including powers. GOne are the days where I could be a fighter and it would be simple case of yeah I hit the guy. Yeah ive got these bonuses from feats. End of discussion. Now I have to keep rtrack of what special attacks Ive used which ones I have left, etc it iritates me. Also movment now measured in squares not feet less abstraction ARRRGH!!!

To me it takes more fun out of the game and there are other htigns I dont like about it. Want to make a magical weapon wont take you days no more nope. One quick ritual and hey you got yourself a +1 Greatsword. How magic items are made aswell. Yeah your weapon can have this enchanbtment ... if its this weapon type wth. Are Wizards jsut trying to make weapon creation just thatl ittle more restrictive. If I want a God damn adamntine maul I WILL HAVE my Adamantine Maul and I dont care if your version comes with a +2 enchantment as a level 8 magical weapon ill have that Added by jimbo the friendly NPC mage. It may take many days to do so but then it feels right it feelsm ore epic. Narcil wasnt made in a day and nor was it reforged i none. Wizards hav made a game for WoW and other young MMO players.
So what this rant probaly means is im just gettign too old for the way these new fangled things work. By the way Wizards GSL sucks balls.

And today unfortunatly there was no D&D as my players whop said they could make the session were no show and didnt turn up till late when there was less time. SO I have spent the evning watching mr O from commissioned drawing live via his web cam he is awesome and miss luna also agrees and is moderatly jealous. im more jealous of his baldness lol dunno why.

I also spent probaly the last 2 hours helping my new arrivals make there characters. We got a gunmage and a bard now. So more spell casters. The party is becomign spell caster heavy. Sorcerer, Arcane Mechanik, Gun mage and now a bard, All there is a paladin and fighter to protect them until the barbarian show (still waiting miss Y).
BOth there sheets are incomplete but its just spells equipment to go. THe Gunmag is a follower of Toruk eep. He is so up for a whooping if anyone ever finds out. Toruk is not favoured in the ik. The bard is being played by my good pal Nomis and he always plays spell casters. So I suggested to him that he might want to try Bard which he seems happy to do so. SO him and the sorcerer will be throwing around 0 level spells infinatly all day making the gun mage and arcane mechanik unhappy. As the party is nearign the end of Part 1 of the witch fire trilogy im currently developing my own NPCs to have them meet and ultimatly despise.

Ive decided there gobber friend will be making a return as a hexblade. I figure he returns the goblin chief fidns out that he was hiding in the chiefs room like a coward whilst there men were slaughtered and is cursed (literaly) and is banished fro mthe teribe. In time this curse he will master and become a hexblade/fighter. I wanted a Hexblade NPc as its one of my favourite PC classes and had much fun playing one in my friends campaign (ergo briefly).
Kaiketsu also has a rival NPC (he jsut dosent know it yet) ive decided on a Knight Exemplar who will hopefully be a recouring NPC whos soul purpose is to bring back Kais sorceress so she can be tried as a witch and burnt at the stake.

Ill probaly make a few intresteing other NPCS. Possibly a Cygnaran Gunmage a Swashbuckler to be the missues pirate rival stuff like that.

Privateer press this week released a preview of there new plastic warjack for the retributuion. People have already flamed it sayign it dosent fit in with the feel of Warmachine its too animeish etc. To be fair I didnt expect elves to have steam belching heavy armour clad warjacks I expected somethign more aerodynamic and streamlined. And yes i expected them to be powered by arcane powers. Reac the Iron Kingdoms RPG stuff people the fluff says it all.
Cant wait for the Retribution to be relased roll on September.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

The Moible suit Gundam the 17th Reconisance team.

So yeah Before I got back to work I just came up with this idea. Last night I finished building my new Gunpla. At the London Expo this year I picked up the Chars rick-Dom vs Amuros Gundam unit 3 kit. Its a great kit for the price and you get 2 MS in a alternate colour scheme so hey cant complain.

Then I was taking photos of the RX78-3 and the nifty little core fighter you get with it. Then it struck me. In the picture is the RX-78 [G]'s (the one poking its head out behind the Grey one) backpack looks big enough to hold the core fighter when it folds up with some room to spare. I measured it up and it did . Ideas started to buzz in my head.

The Ground combat Gundam (RX-78 [G] one) is seen through the 08th team (the series its in) on patrol in the jungle etc and the team is normally carrying those packs with extra equipment. They've got a hover tank what wires round the comms and has the sonar to check for the enemy on the ground etc. But what if they were given a aerial recognisance unit to go with them.

One what fits in a pack like say a core fighter. This now gives them a little bit more of a tactical advantage able to attack the enemy from the air and from the ground seems like a grand plan. SO I began to work out how this would work essentially. They would need a spare pilot able to jump in at a moments notice. So a spare pilot would be needed. A special compartment could be made for him to be stored in in the container as its large enough for a small compartment above a compacted core fighter.

They'd need a way to get it out and ready the packs are normally seen been put down on the ground before gear is taken out. prehaps if it had a lowering mechanism inside the pack what lowered it and transformed it into its fighter mode. It would have to get out of the pack and have some clear gorund to take off. Or prehaps a emergency launch system from the pack if there wasn't room. Not enough for a runway but enough to get it in the air.

So now I got an idea for a story about a Recognisance team during the one year war. Think ill write a story about the 17th Mobil suit team also known as the 1st Reconnaissance team and there battle with a team of elite zeonic forces. Going to fun on the bun.

Because I can - Fen

Pizza Hut menu just got classier and Players spouses should sometimes not com to your gamign table

So yeah its sunday and at 7 his mornign i grogly had food thrust in my face by the old man along with a pint of squash. Today no lie in I had to go to work also known as Pizza hut to learn the new menu. Every 3 months the menu gets a re-shuffle and being kitchen staff I hav been lucky that for the past 6 months I havent had to attend a meeting for a new menu as its all been stuff the waiters have to learn. Unfortunatly this new menuencommpased both groups.

I was absolutely dreaddign this. Last time we had a enw menu the amount of extra work we had to do on our open shifts was insane. Loads of new combonations to learn it was awful. Course 6 months in its all good now weve learned from our mistakes and improved 10 fold. The new menu isnt as awful as I thought. Were going european, along with all your favourite pizza topping and doughs we have added a lighter italian option. These pizzas resemble what you would get at Pizza Express. Heres a sneak peak of the new toppings (Starting tommorow eg Monday 15th).

Prosciutto and rocket: Marghareita base with fresh motzerella.. We then add rocket, prosciutto ham and sliced tommato once its out of the oven.

Pollo Portobello: Chicken and Portobello mushrooms, The sauce for the base is a mix of pessto and cream (my #1 fave of the new range I highly recomend)

Caprino: Goats cheese, Mixed Olives, Cherry tomatoes, caramelised onions and Fresh Rocket.

Verde: This one is amazing. Asparagus, Peas, Spinach and peppers with a cream base. I highly Recommend this for all you vegetarians and makes #2 on my overall list of the new pizzas.

I recomend you try them from tommorow onwards. and dont forget to try the new starter Large mushrooms with mixed cheese and garlic butter yum.

Ok so thats the sales pitch done onto the usual gaming rant.

Your gamign groups other halves should be left at home never at the table is probaly my new slogan. I found this out Thursday night when I hosted my 2nd session of my Iron Kingdoms campaign. Were still doing it online as one of my players isnt back yet and I cant get a weekend off yet (I will you hear me boss). So anyway 3 more of my group were supposed to start that night Kaiketsu my good bud at uni we run the Games club together. and two of my long time friends who are a couple. Mr X had doen a bit of roleplay before and was excited to go again. Miss Y never tried but was apparently willign to give it a go. Main reason she was with us I belive is Mr X isnt really allwoed to be let out of site (how it seems). So we get down to it we were havign some set up troubles with gametable and audio (TS2 servers suck) which we solved by switching to Skype.

Now I think miss Y one cant be bothered to sought out her headset and we got lots of feedback from her set what was giving us all a headache. Next up I think she couldnt be bothered to go through with it aeven after we got her set up. GAH so she ims me and says sorry and that she wasnt goign to do it online as it seemed boring this way but wil ldo it in person. Ok fair enough but I knew what was gonna happen next. Mr X obviopusly is on the leash and now must appolagise and depart with her (he gave the reason that at the time as we were havign audio problems and were gonna used text hed find that boring). So ok two gone what made me mad though is I had set the game back till 8 PM because Miss Y wasnt available till that time and it was the only day we could get a game going so by half 8 the game is finnaly off.

So we flew straight into Act 2 of the Witch Fire Trilogy Kaiketsu was picke up very easily as the poor waith and stray sorceress who needed shelter and protection. SO thewy too kher in are arcane mechanik and fighter then set out lookign through the Libary for information on the Witch trial. A NPC usualy gives this info but Are Arcane Mechanik forgot to ask her anymore info, so I introduced the idea of the Library, surely they would have soem kidn of Records on the witch trial of the Centuary. I also managed to introduce the NPC I forgot earlier on as they went back to the Church of Morrow. THey met with Father Dumas once more and introduced the young 14 year old Sorceress (kai has a penchent for makign odd and humorus characters I enjoy it) as a member of there party who wasnt wit hthem at the time father dumas belived them and allwoed her to stay at the Church with them. He also recounted the story fo the Corvis Witch Trial and explained where the witches were entombed. the party then journeyed off to the tomb.

And this is where Poop hit the fan. On the way random encounter. They fought a group of Devil Rats and even though they won the Sorcreress and the Fighter hav got Devil fever. They got to the tomb waltzed in fught the cave squid failed to find soem shinny treasure however found the magical dagger and some ancient coins. then they fought the squid what almost killed the sorceress as she was dragged under by the squid.
So they decided a they were exhaughsted, out of spells and the sorceress was well almost dead to camp the night. Then Gobbers found them i nthe cave (whoot random encounters) Fortunatly the hole was tiny they couldnt get through easily so the fighter blocked the entrance and was almsot butchered (good old 5' square held em). So the fighter and the Arcane Mechanik Took it in turns to plug the hole and fight the beasties whilst the sorceress threw her infinite level 0 spells and her bloodline power at the poor gobbers who in the end none were spared.

Next day they awake and the fighter feels like crap the fever has finished incubating and she lost 3 strength and 1 constitution ouch. This was not good as she was out of pistol rounds and had to rely on her longsword. and 1 less point of constitution meant she lost a point of HP. Fortunatly there in the employ of a cleric theyll be fine when they get back well she will be the sorceress hasnt scumb yet.

So they continue they find the poor little gobber huddling in the corner f a room begging to be spared poor bork never did anythign to them. However the party so far has had a rough experience with gobbers. They agreed that theyd let the poor little gobber go free if he told them so information which he did in which they found out a young lady came in and animated som dead bones fro mthe mass grave pit and then went to the room with the "smelly boxes" also known as caskets.
Then fun happens kai decides evn though theyv let the goblin go free hes gonna zap it thinking "hey my bloodline power does d6 points of damage it wil lkill him. Gobbers have 8 HP whoops. So Gobber goes to walk out the door and is zapped by lightning by crazy girl and bolts. So kai ive given a few points towards evil (he odnt know that yet) and i think the poor gobber is goign to become a recouring enemy MUAHAHA.

SO yeah they go towards where the poor gobber said the smelly boxes were and the party found a suprise wiating for them. 3 thralls. which essentialy ripped the fighter to shreds and the poor mechanik and Sorceress would have been next but hey they REALLY lucked out.
Mr X came back online and joined us on Skype free from Miss Y for the night haha excelent and asked even thoug hwe gonan be wrappign up soonish. in my mind I though SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAFE!!! I really did not want the party to die to these damn Thralls. So I set it up that the Paladin arrives to see Dumas and Dumas asks if he can go find the party as the tombs only 2 hours from town and they had nt been heard of for a day. SO the Paladin comes in walks roudn the corner and the eye begins to twitch as he sees EVIL!!!. Paladin flys in and hits the 1st with his Hammer Critical, Confirmed max damage there be just bone. Next one Critical Confirmed bone. End session. Fun times.

Onc that Paladi nturns Warcaster he will be a force to be reckoned with Nto as powerful as a spell caster as they have plentiful spells to burn into focus but jsut because with what focus he will have can make him a melee god.

So thats my rant and game recap hopefulyl tuesday I will get another game in whoot once we get through Act 2 the fun starts, especialy as are arcane mechanik has put 2 and 2 together to make a Arc node. yues his theory on zombies is confirmed:
A- thralls in the tomb.
B- The covens bodies are missing

and he thinks he knows whos doen it. Cant wait to see what happens next.