Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Endings and Beginnings...



So 2014 comes to a close.  The last few years have been very full with many many changes, personal, work related and gaming.  This year , while I have enjoyed playing many wonderful games and told some cool stories with many players and friends old and new this year I said goodbye to my longest standing player.  Dave started way back in the beginning in 80/81, playing Moldvay /Cook.  One of my three original players.  33 odd years aint bad in anyones book! Well times change, life takes us on different paths.  I'll just say thanks for all the fun, games, stories and most importantly friendship. Its been a great experience and thanks for sharing so much of your life with me matey.
2015 looks like an interesting year.  Several things planned on the horizon, both personal , like that trip to Europe ( after five years saving! lol), as well as letting my game of 25 some years of Barra have a rest and seeing what we can create with a new group of players in KAAtooM. Hopefully the Traveller group will continue to play from strength to strength and it will be satisfying to get a superhero game off the ground and sustained.  Those are a few of my goal/anticipations for '15.  Once I return from the annual camping trip I will start to record my take on an Original/1st ed  AD&D mix for KAAtooM over on the PHB blog as well as post the Players Handbooks to their respective locales in KAAtooM.  Well if I think of anything else before going off I'll put it up here, if not hope everyone out there has a happy and safe hoilday season and an awesome new year too!
Cheers and Game On!
Steve




Saturday, December 20, 2014

TRAVELLER STARLIGHT 3.2 Hmmmmmm....

And so our group complete another year of gaming , this time the adventure costs them in the wallet as well as they gain some very important information about things for next year..portends of 2015... watch on and enjoy, see you all next year!  Have a happy and safe Holiday season, all the best for 2015!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Round up

So we are almost at the end of the year- have a few sessions to post..enjoy...


Firstly from the Monday night group there last few encounters...Barra 1.6 Adventure Ho!


Barra 1.7 Adventure Down


Barra 1.8 Adventure forth

Barra 1.9 Adventure wet

and lastly the final for this year and story in Barra 1.10 Adventures End

Our Tuesday group had many difficulties in being able to meet and play so we have changed somewhat.  Next year, with a third player we will continue the Marvels Age in the fifties and sixties under the ICONS rules.  Also welcome back Matt!

The Wednesday group managed a few more sesions before game close and here they are...

Elderlor 1.12 The Manor shows its Mysteries...


Elderlor 1.13 More and more mysteries...

And finally Elderlor 1.14 Closing Time...

The Saturday group of Traveller players goes on from strength to strength , here are the few final bar one for 2014...

Traveller: Starlight 3.0 1:Baku crew 2:Flash New Ship 3: $$$$$$$ 4:New Sector - What could possibly go wrong?

Traveller: Starlight 3.1 The Rescue


So one more game and that's it done for 2014. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Change, the one constant...





So as we come to the close of another year just felt I needed to evaluate the year in gaming.  So far the year has been one about change, we have tried many systems, stories and combinations of groups.  We have welcomed on board new players and seen some old players leave the scene.  Some of the newer players too have had to move on due to life's demands or just personal preference.
We've had many ups and several downs but at the heart endures the love and passion for this wonderful hobby.  I have had the priveledge to referee several games with a wide mix of players, be it age, experience or even time zone/nationality.  To those of you who dial in at those early hours I thank you for your commitment and passion to sit around the virtual table, game and shoot the breeze and open one's eyes to other perspectives.  I think this also part of gaming's allure.  You get the opportunity of not being so insular and develop tunnel vision in both your personal and gaming lives. So that's this year dealt too, many stories, some classic lines and clangers and some thought provoking situations.  Not bad after coming up on 34 years of gaming.  Lastly to those out there who have sat at now vacant chairs thanks for the excellent times of laughter and storytelling.  For those who are still ready and able to hang around for another rotation...watch out - here comes 2015! As always if you have just wandered by and reading this saying what the f...?!?  Contact me on my e-mail or leave a comment or take a punt and ask for an invite to one of the games - who knows - it could be a whole lot of fun!

Cheers and as always...Game on!
Steve

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Barra 5 1.5 Adventure Away!

So our group decided to investigate deeper and go underground with some nasty surprises and a song regaling us about their escapades...




♫Bravely down the deep dark hole,
Go our adventurers bold!
Down to the bottom the group hath climbed,
Nobody knowing, what we would find!
A dank dirty cavern, what a surprise,
The light cantripp'd stone is blinding our eyes!
Forward we go, Valasca leading the way,
Searching for tracks of our unknown prey!
Across a crumbly bridge, a ramshackle door looms,
And to our side, weak supports that could spell our dooms!
The door is misshapen and is poorly made,
And yet in front of it, our traps are now laid!
Along a side passage, Valasca still in front,
The party moves onward in this big treasure hunt!
Sneakily we move, along this narrow path,
When suddenly three Giant Centipedes appear, bearing much wrath!
They bite and they bite, Valasca and Helja both drop,
But Jerrick shoots fire, and nabs one with a sizzle and pop!
Two more remain, a horrifying sight,
as Valasca and Helja lie unconscious, despite all of their might!
Laurel moves in, whip lashing out from her hand,
Slapping the Centipede with a force that it could not stand!
The last Centipede comes scuttling, up on the wall,
Going for Thokk, but it made a misstep and took a big fall!
Thokk takes aim, and brings his hammer down like a rock,
As he shouts to the heavens "CENTIPEDE GET THOKKED!"
I rush over to our unconscious and poisoned heroes two,
And use my medical prowess, to cleanse both their wounds!
As we all take, a much needed rest,
I use my healing magic to make them feel the best!
Onwards we go, a secret door we do find,
And open it goes with a bump and a grind!
Into the room, Thokk and Helja enter with a grin,
and alert the beasts slumbering within!
Shambling and groaning, appear two abominations ahead,
I KNEW IT ALL ALONG, ITS FREAKIN UNDEAD!♫

Traveller Stardust: 2.18 Welcome to the Bright and Shiney future...

After a rather interesting encounter in assisting some aliens in recovering a kidnapped child the group finally get whats coming to them... ( p.s. who would have thought that shooting the child was a successful way of rescuing them!?!)..enjoy....


Elderlor 1.11 Into the Manor

And so our brave heroes test their mettle and enter  Aethaungors Manor house,  and promptly get stomped on by ants, BIG ants....


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Elderlor 1.10 Something in the air...

And so the group reforms, this time with only two of the original members and a new third, he seems to be an elf with an interesting take on interpersonal interaction, all that and a possible adventure that may result in bulging pockets of gold! Enjoy...



Barra 5: The Life of an Adventurer

The group get their first break...a 'real' adventuring job outside Gomel.  Oh did we mention it involves dead bodies going missing?   Enjoy


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Elderlor 1.8 Thump, Thump, Thump

Its gonna leave a mark! The group conclude the little adventure, this is the last we will see of Stanis and his player Shona for a wee while as she moves over to the Barra game.  Its been great!


Elderlor 1.7 Off again

And the group head off for a shorter adventure...


Traveller:Stardust 2.16 Getting to Akorom; getting there is only half the fun

Enjoy those crazy spacers!


Traveller:Stardust 2.15 Guns at Dusk

Seems the group are in a spot of trouble - no surprises there!



More New Oldness: The continuing adventures in Barra: Skagin under 5th D&D Ed.

Set back where the whole Barra story started, on the island of Skagin, this time the group a a small and of pre adventurers in the settlement of Gomel.  Here's to adventure!


One: Ad Initium

 Two: Down, Down Dank and Dark

When it hits the fan




Welcoming a New set of adventures: The MARVELS AGE Book one: The Hongshan Jade Chptr 1, 2 and 3

Welcome Adventure lovers.   The story starts with two new heroes , Black Lightning and Deadpan, two men from the mid thirties, pulp noir heroes where misdirection, a good swift punch and some good ole fashioned Chutzpah will save the day! 

Chptr One

Chptr Two

Chptr Three

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tavern Tales 2.10 The end...?

And so the valiant characters find a way to end the menace but at a hefty price, 7 go in, 4 come out



And so we leave this story for a time, the next set was to do with the characters moving wider afield and heading north..watch out for   NEW HORIZONS

Saturday, July 26, 2014

TRAVELLER STARDUST 2.13: we're when now???

And so the intrepid crew find themselves again at the mercy of the universe and they turn lemons into lemonade!




P.s. we welcome Erick aboard playing Victor.

ELDERLOR 1.6 Take II - An escape...

Hi there, well we got enough people to get together to complete the escape from the sinking castle.  Alas poor Leo sacrificed himself so that the others could reach safety...



Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Devils in the detail...TRAVELLER:MINERS 1.3

Another great session, the group manage to overcome a blight problem threatening their food source, continue to build the infrastructure of the mining colony ( at the moment nicknamed 'Guidoville'), have several mishaps, find out something about the planet's geology, get some good results for the mineral resources for mining and the 'scintillating rock' comes up in a strange way.  Also Guido starts broadcasting Guido Radio- the rest are concerned he may be suffering cabin fever. Next installment around September, enjoy.....


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Time, time, time

Well its been a while since posting, life and slackness the main agents.  Any way here are the games we've played since last posting;

ELDERLOR 1.4


and ELDERLOR 1.5
were we see Patrick in action for the last time - farewell Pat, been  good having you at the 'table'


Now Tavern Tales 2.7... Welcome aboard Thomas!



and Tavern Tales 2.8 -... Welcome aboard Thomas! .



and  Tavern Tales 2.9 the group are almost there..


Moving left a little in genre...HERO GUARD 1.15

and with that Hero Guard is left dangling ( unfortunately we could not gather enough players to play out the final scene ( here's hoping in another dimension or at a future date we get to see how it plays out- Long live the Guard!)

and lastly the ongoing tales of our sci fi miscreants...    TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.10


TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.11


and lastly.. TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.12


Now just for a little change in direction , the next Miners installment... 

MINERS 1.2 (ignore the name stamp on video)



well that's it for now, more to post later once the games are played, also the replacement game for Hero Guard will have a more pulpy/golden age feel to it showing casing the adventuring experience of a dynamic duo

Okay and for MENSIS SEEKING #8 - what has been your favorite system to play in and what could have made it better? 


Sunday, May 4, 2014

TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.9 R&R stands for?

Well the group acquit themselves fairly well and end up with a nice bonus...


Hmmmmm

So, gidday.  Been a while since I have had the chance to sit and blog something on the blog.  Apart from posting the games as they happen , and taking plenty of prep time for each one I haven't really been developing anything else - not a lot of time.

So where are they all heading?

Well I think they are all slowly marching in the general direction they had started  or been intended to at their conception.  Some have gone through several changes, Tavern Tales being the prime here, while each game has seen some amazing players come and go.  So if you ex-players are still reading this just wanted to take the time to say thanks for an awesome experience and hope you can find your way back to the gaming table again one day, hopefully mine.
As to direction guess it would be good for my own clarity to put it down somewhere.

TAVERN TALES is mired a little, had three major changes of group members and two reboots.  The group is still playing under 3.5 Ed D&D rules with the E6 modification.  We are experiencing difficulty in getting enough experience and survivability running through some modules to propel the group into the main storyline but the roleplaying and characterization is coming along in leaps and bounds.  I had hoped we could have been engaging in a few of the major storylines by now so I have some ideas to rectify this in the immediate future (for the players - bwha ha ha - you'll enjoy it (probably-probably not)).

HERO GUARD has finally gone through the cycle of different systems and , if I got it right from the players, they seem to be okay with the Mighty Six rules (based on the Mini Six rules, which itself is based on the old WESTEND D6 system aka Star Wars).  The group themselves have gone through several roster changes with only one of the original players still in the game - go Kioki! and they have always managed to have some unplanned humorous event happen in almost everyone of their sessions. The majority of the base storyline has been laid with the return of the original Hero Guard after decades of being stranded in an other dimension. Now the planned story arcs can start to be introduced - hope you guys enjoy the ride.

ELDERLOR, the late comer played under Swords & Wizardy rules, has had two reboots also and a slight change in group members but they seem to be getting to grips with the old school style of gaming and , at present, staying alive (just) and making mullah!  Now they just need to learn when to run!  They seem to be enjoying the dungeon crawl that is the Sinking Castle and I hope to detail the surrounding world more once they have completed the first level.  I hope they find it in them to want to pursue deeper into the lower depths of the semi submerged castle.  Also the game is designed to try and go back to replay/relive those 'first experience' adventures when we all started in this great past time (and I think we are succeeding to some extent in this).

Then finally that crazy game that is TRAVELLER:STARDUST.  The guys play with gusto, guts and grit.  I am hoping that they get to iron out some of the twists and turns that have been played out in the game so far, get reacquainted with some old friends (some good ole boys?), meet up with some old enemies (go Black Cell!) and make plenty of new adversaries (while making a buck of course and looking damn stylish while doing all this).  The group has undergone some player changes, the character Victor onto his third player and Ean onto his second - isn't it usually the other way round, player onto his xth character!? - just one of the gonzo things that happens in the game. Anyway the group seem to be settling into their second ship, the Silver Beetle -and I really thought there would be ruder names for it given their loss of the Ostlander- anyway they've taken it in their stride like everything else.  As you may tell I am having a lot of fun in the game.  Hoping the other three will kick start soonish and we can enjoy them just as much (not that everone isnt but there are moments hehehe).

Anyways that's my thoughts at the moment.  Oh yeah just a thought on the horizon,  in a word - BLACKMOOR!


PS- What would one of my bloggings be without:
MENSIS SEEKING #7 - When you 'take stock' of how your gaming is going, what do you prioritize to look at and what do you not worry about?

GAME ON!
Steve

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.8 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh vacation time

So the group get a chance to have some r&r while their ship is in drydock getting its annual checkup, what could possibly go wrong!!??!! hehehe


Elderlor 1.1.1.1.1.1.1 et nauseum

Okay the group seem to delve deeper better.  Fingers crossed....




ENJOY!

Friday, April 4, 2014

TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.6 The Return!

Once again the team is on a mad dash across space to find something they don't even know they are looking for...



Meanwhile..mild mannered...







So on the Supers Hero Guard game we are trialing the last system, Might Six - based on the ld West End games d6 Star Wars engine, then filtered through Mini Six and finally themed by Mighty Six.  Anyhoo - our group saves the day in the last Marvel session, and then has to undergo a roster reshuffle as players move in and out.. read on comic book fan....









Wednesdays







Over the last couple of Wednesday nights we have been trying to get a game of something going...and here is that mess!...finally I think we have settled on Elderlor a Swords and Wizardry ruleset game


Attempt one;



Attempt two;


Attempt three;




Attempt four, otherwise known as Elderlor oh oh reboot


Traveller: Miners 1.1

And now, its time to go...BOOM!




Tavern Tales...a whole bundle of them 2.2, 2.3 finish of the Delwynn's Tower story and 2.4 starts..Another job...

Here we go...

2.2



2.3


and 2.4


Sunday, March 16, 2014

TRAVELLER: MINERS 0.1

Somewhere, out there, lies the motherlode!  All it takes is a little bit of elbow grease, some luck and a steel resolve.  Welcome to the Belt, welcome to adventure!

Our crew find them selves on the Devlin's Star, a slow Pinnance, heading toward the Outter Rim from Lamarch in the Arcturus Subsector.  They hold a 5 year contract worth a hefty 1 million creds each.  There's a lot of danger money there!  Anyway they need to travel to Kthon-666, a small asteroid, and ascertain if what the prospector has sold the company is the real deal before handing over the money.. Of course they find something entirely unexpected...





Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tavern Tales 2.1 Things get..interesting...Shhhh!

Well the group take off on their new adventure...breaking and entering..the welcome committee isn't what they expected either!




TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.5

Whew!  its been a long trip but the group finally get some answers...not that it helps much but they have answers....



Monday, March 3, 2014

Some thing new... Swords and Wizardry aka Elderlor 1.0 or should that be 0.1 Character Generation

Here we go, new game, new group, hopefully some new stories..Game on!




MSH HERO GUARD 1.9

Hero Guard go BOOM!
Facing off in this corner 400 lbs of raw evil..OVERLORD....



Tavern Tales v2.0

So we'll try a little retcon and see if we have a little more success. Same story , slightly different group starting out...here we go :)




Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

M&M HERO GUARD 1.8

Sorry but due to the interwebs not co-operating we were unable to record the session.. in the ongoing battle with the Power Corps the group fight back and start to chip away at the villains, finally over coming them with team work.
Next onto MARVEL SUPER HEROES Where a Major Villain makes an appearance - is the group ready!!!??

3.5 D&D TAVERN TALES 1.8

So finally, into the new adventure?





3.5 D&D Tavern Tales 1.7

Off to new adventures








TRAVELLER:STARDUST 2.3

In a Galaxy Far Far away...





Thursday, January 9, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

D&D 3.5 Tavern Tales 1.3

A change in the wind...
In which two new members are introduced and disturbing news from the plains arrives.  The group go hunting through Basco and onto the plains for the villian...