Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Light reading while in Utah

I wrote this about Atomic Highway which I brought with me to Utah for Thanksgiving for some getaway reading.  Super glad I did, it has been a great read, and looks like it'll be a fun system to run and play.  My read on the V6 engine is storyteller light, use d6's instead of ten's but you never roll mitt full of them most PC's will never roll more than four.  Character creation, vehicle construction are fairly easy to understand while the concepts and tropes are familiar for the low fantasy radioactive future.

Yeah there are mutants, but this isn't Gamma World (which I am itching to play), the mutations are more like Costner's character in Water World than the gonzo mutations in TMNT Road Hogs, and Mutant Future etc.  Don't get me wrong, I loved the Road Hogs games my buddy Chris ran, but I prefer my Post Apocalypse sicience fiction these days more along the lines of The Postman (yeah I know it's cheesy), The Book of Eli, even I am Legend.

I'm thinking Atomic Highway will soon be played at our gaming table.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stuck on the Astral Plane.

Our Saturday night DM ended the game on the edge of a huge cliffhanger this week.  We have been, I think running through Scourge of the Slave Lords, or Secrets of the Slavers Stockades although heavily modified by the DM.  Anyway midway through the evening we find a stairway down to a lower level.  We were almost immediately set upon by an Arial Servant, that attempted to scoop up Ryoon our elven archer,  luckily he was able to break free, after a short engagement our Mage Horis wasn't so lucky.

We raced after Hoiris, and quickly fell into an ambush.  An evil somethingorother dude zapped Rufio our rogue into an unknown portal, and proceeded to electrocute us with a fancy Bronze Dragon helm, ouch!  I forget who got the best of the evil dude, but when they did the Arial Servant opened some sort of portal back to the astral plane.  The group wanting/hoping to save Rufio hastily followed the Arial Servant in the vain hope of locating the poor rogue.  What a great cliff hanger, and it was fun.

I got home late, but the next morning after my coffee the first thing I did was pull out my copy of Jeff Grubb's excellent The Manual of the Planes to do a little research, although after I finished the first couple of paragraphs I thought better and closed the book, I'd hate to spoil my own fun.  The fact that we were even battling an arial servant, or ended up on the astral plane was a mystery to us until the end of the session when the DM let it slip we were all on the same plane then spilled the rest.  I've never adventured on another plane as a player of a DM so I am excited where we are going.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

Between a Roc and an Astral Giant.

I decided to drop out of the Dark Ages: Vampire game, too much stuff going on right now.

I was however shooting in the studio this week and threw a couple of Mini's under the lights.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Busy Two weeks.

I've been crazy busy with my business, and spent four days in Phoenix shooting a match, but we are playing all weekend, Dark Ages on Friday, 2E AD&D Saturday, I'm running C&C Sunday,  and therefore I'll have stuff to say soon.

I went into the match wanting to push hard, and the first day I shot well, day two on the other hand I crashed hard, but managed to pick myself up on day three (really a quarter day).  I ended up 13th. not really where I wanted to be, but I learned a bunch.  My lovely wife photographed all weekend from which I grabbed this and did a quick edit.