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Mar. 12th, 2012 | 07:10 am

Flutterwing The Destroyer
1st level Pixie Ranger(Archer)

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Tomb of Horror

Feb. 6th, 2012 | 07:29 pm

Last night was our first session in The Tomb of Horror Pee-Wees Playhouse of Murder.

We are playing a 4e campaign, but by Krom it felt old-school! We were searching for trapdoors, engaged in paranoid ducking and weaving, and seriously considered carving warnings and directions on the wall for our next characters.

The highlight of the game came during the search of a corridor with a broom closet.

Player1 (Brian): I check out the closet.
Player2 (Me): Erica follows him "Celcia, you stand guard"
GM (Kim): Erika and Orien in a closet, kay-eye-ess-ess...
GM sees me nodding and trails off
GM: Wha-aat?
P2: "Orien, seeing as you are human (mostly) and I am human and you were recently naked and you are male and I am not ... and we are likely to die in here."
P1: "I'm not going to die in here, I'll eat your body if I have to."
P2: "Mmhmm... yes. So I was wondering, would you like to store your staff in my bag of holding? I wanna buff your stats, baby."
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P1: "I'm gonna get you all. I can't beleive I'm doing this dungeon naked!"
P2: "WAIT! You took off your clothes again?"

... so it is turning into that sort of dungeon. Almost insta-kill foes and traps, interspersed with off-colour jokes and bickering and people having their clothes teleport to wherever the heck 'location eleven' is.

We did manage to completely ace one encounter just by standing outside the room and blitzing it with magic until the traps were all gone, then luring monsters out with an illusion and laying the smack-down on them quicker than they could usefully react. I love being in an all-caster party - we may hurt when monsters get grabby, but a wizard and two sorcerers can lock down foes and blast them to bits before anyone can blink. I'll be happy when we get our defenders and heal/buff characters back though.

Oh - and we re-arranged hundreds of skulls into a smiley-face, as a two-finger salute to the undead guy who built the dungeon.

Because that's how we roll.

* I should point out that though our group makes jokes about aggravated assault, unicorn rape, and casual desecration of the dead we've all had the Veils and Lines chat, are all cool with it, and have an open environment where we all know to stop if someone 'taps out' or we hit a 'land-mine'. For more on lines and veils and how to not be an insensitive idiot at the table and take a game above PG13:

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Seeing as I'm in the U S of A... Unleash the owls

Feb. 5th, 2012 | 08:30 am

Do owls even have leashes? Is it "unhood the owls"?

I'm off to prepare for the BIG GAME today.

The big game of D&D that is. Tat is our party up above. Today Toridon, Orien, Princess Erica, and Celcia will discover why it is called The Tomb of Horrors, I hope this is the session where we finally find the entrance, hopefully it is just horrifying inside as outside it is terrifying.

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This year's christmas photos

Dec. 20th, 2011 | 10:18 pm
music: Slade

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Pro tip - don't position group shots in front of roaring fires. The front row were OK, but the back row... toastywarmtimes!
Sampling the rootbeers of North Americas. Our favorites? "Americana" and "Dad's". Least favourite? "Frosty Root Beer".

A freshly cut tree means you can do candles!

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I made these trophies for work...

Dec. 20th, 2011 | 09:56 pm
location: Olympia, Washington State
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Newborn T-Rex/Dragon (hard to see the rhinestones due to reflection from gold leaf). I added extra leaf (red-gold) on the body to give it that just-hatched look.


Gryphon (the wording is offset by a rhinestoney star - sadly not visible due to glare from gold).

Because sometimes you just need to reward team members with a blinged out mythological creature!

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Season finale!

Dec. 20th, 2011 | 09:35 pm


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What went on in the last two sessions of D&D

Nov. 22nd, 2011 | 11:44 pm
location: Mixing my tenses
mood: awakeBlinking emoticon


They have destroyed a city, accidentally freed evil gods, restored the balance of life and death, crossed dimensions, built a school, fought a thousand evil monks, laughed in the face of death (or anything else that has a face), fought the Mage King, and creeped out a Queen. They are:

Toridin The Dwarf who is very bravely continuing his quest to drink all the ale, and recently got a tattoo while passed out. Nobody knows what the ghost who follows Toridin around drinks, probably spirits.
Celcia The Scholar (a changeling, but probably not evil) who drools over magic playing cards from a certain well-feared deck, and recently went dress shopping with Erika. Changelings arn't evil by nature, it's a lifestyle choice.
Princess Erika who has had a set of custom bras made so that she can smuggle her magic orbs into high-society balls, and recently realised that she needs a more private place to practice bra-casting.
Felora The Just who got put inside a gem, then got stolen, then got taken to another dimension. Felora used to be a dwarf, now she is some sort of magic relic gem thing. Probably. Anyway, her room is full of snakes.
Orien The Storm King who assures the party that in his culture filling somebody's bed with snakes is a sign of friendship, and offers scorpions-of-remorse in our boots if he has offended anybody. If we don't like snakes he has lightning to offer us – he is The Storm King you know.
Balazar The Dragonborn (player in Afganistan) who continues to be an unholy abomination haunting the cellars.
Arris The Shardmind Monk (player in Afganistan) who continues his epic quest to … do something, something involving fists. Hi-yah! Punch! Kick! Anger! Shards!
And finally and importantly Novakri The Holy who sadly shakes her head in dismay at the rest of the party while continuing to heal them and provide a voice of reason.

Freshly back from yet another semi-successful quest the party attended a royal function, danced a lot, drank a bit, and drank a bit more. Then they bickered, drank, and danced some more. Finally they almost started a fight and then drank and bickered and went back to their mansion.

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Do I go to the last Maelstrom?

Nov. 19th, 2011 | 09:00 pm

OK, I'm overseas so getting there is a pain in the tucson, but still...

There was a time when I would have gladly hopped on a plane and travelled across the ocean to play. Now I'm ambivalent at best. Why? Because it's all so much hassle. Not just going back to England to larp, but the whole larping thing. The packing and unpacking, the travelling, the makeup and costumes, the whole thing. I think I'm turning into an ex-larper.

I've realised that what I really enjoyed about larping is the community, the sense of togetherness. I'm not really getting that with US larps. I enjoy the role-play aspects too. What exactly did I enjoy about larps? Can I point to specific things in the two bigger ones I attended?

+ Smuggling a wizard under a cape, and ordering someone's assassination while doing it.
+ Lying on wet grass at 2am still guarding a camp IC long after time-out.
+ Plague induced madness and real tears.
+ Multiple IC pub crawls
+ The Fallen, plots & bets, fake Flail
+ The Loyal, fun and games, The Great Eidolon Conspiracy (Skaven Dave - I love you forever for that).
+ The Jaguarites.
+ The Silverhand (shh).
All of these were great because they were IC moments shared with friends.
Plus (and this is a big thing):
+ Pre-game plotting and post-game decompression, and froth!

Now I'm thousands of miles away and I miss all of that. Larping for me has become a chore. Travel, find bunk, get into kit, urgh god now I have to be IC, - thank god it's over, now time to go home. I'm missing pre-game plotting and post-game decompression, and froth*. That's it. That is why I'm not loving US larp. Too much hassle to attend something that I'm not getting all I can out of.

... and I'm afraid that's rubbed off on me and tainted larping as a whole.

So should I try to attend the last Maelstrom? Probably. I'll probably regret it if I don't. The thing is - it will be so much travelling to get there and I'm fighting an upwards struggle against my apathy.

* There was one US game where I got this but it went bang and fell over. RIP the K'Cha'Kik our would-be insect overlords.

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Writer's Block: American Censorship Day!

Nov. 16th, 2011 | 04:03 pm

Today, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same. [Learn more here.] Do you support this bill?

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Martin at Halloween.

Oct. 31st, 2011 | 08:45 pm

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