D&D AL – Tomb of Annihilation – the adventures begin

Posted in Campaign, D & D 5e, D&D, Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2017 by vobeskhan

Baldur’s Gate is a bustling metropolis and often a staging point for adventuring parties, several of which have received invitations/summons to a meeting from their various Faction contacts to gather at the estate of former adventurer and well-known wizardess Syndra Silvane.

Many groups of adventurers have gathered but all look to be fledgling groups with little to no mileage under their belts. A well-dressed servant calls or everyone to take a seat as a figure most had failed to notice by the fireplace slowly rises to its feet and begins to address the gathering.

And so began another season of our D&D adventures at our local gaming store (Tabletop Tyrants), thankfully this season I’m not the only DM as I’m joined by Jon, Patrick and Matt in the hot seats (though I am still running 2 tables a fortnight). We had quite an increase in people wishing to play and so all 5 of our tables have reached maximum capacity already!

My two tables are running on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening every other week. All of us had decided to begin the season with the Adventurers League adventure DDAL07-01 City on the Edge before continuing through into the actual full hardcover. We also decided to give each table a team name based on jungle animals, and so I have Team Zorbo on Tuesdays and Team Chwinga on Wednesdays.

After being teleported to Syndra’s ship as it approaches Chult the Teams made landfall in Port Nyanzaru. Syndra is going to visit and stay with her friend (one of the Merchant Princes that runs the Port) and tells them to come see her once they have conducted their business with their local faction contacts.

And so began the fun.

Team Zorbo

Team Zorbo decided to visit all of the faction contacts and see what each required before attempting any of their tasks. They took part in a dinosaur race and arena combat in the coliseum, found a misguided local making undead out of captured locals, made a short foray into the edges of the jungle and encountered angry frog people, and uncovered a smuggling route before taking several trinkets that seemed to fit together to the drunken Harper contact. This individual asked them to take it to his contact within the secretive Ytepka society but the meeting went awry and further issues arose before they were finally able to return to the assembled faction representatives. Now they decide their next move.

Team Chwinga

Team Chwinga got of to a shaky start as one o their number is a former pirate and the local harbour master dislikes pirates (reformed or not). They lost the race and the arena combat but thanks to the intervention of one of their new acquaintances they still managed to acquire the trinket they needed. They foiled the individual with the undead, tackled the frog men, and disrupted the smuggling. However they also tend to spend their evenings trawling the bars of the Port, and during one such foray encountered Zindar the harbour master again. He’d remembered why one of them was familiar and made an offer on behalf of his employers to the Team to defeat and capture a trio of pirate captains (and their ships) that were plaguing the area. The team realised that this might be beyond their current abilities but said they would look into it. The next evening while also on a pub crawl they heard a scream from the lighthouse in the harbour and looked up to see a burly figure throw someone from the top just before the light went out. Bravely the heroes storm the lighthouse, but unfortunately the tabaxi bard chose to climb the outside and just as they were about the crest the lip to the walkway one of the attackers stepped backwards onto their fingers causing them to lose their grip and fall to their death!

So two sessions in and we have diverging story’s already. We will be having a poster sized map of Chult put up at the store to record all of the teams progress on once they begin exploring the jungle properly and are actively encouraging the teams to share information of their discoveries too as they all attempt to discover and end the Death Curse!

 

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Charity D&D Game

Posted in D & D 5e, D&D, Gaming events with tags , , , , , , , on October 18, 2017 by vobeskhan

Hi everyone, as some of you may know I am going to be DMing a charity game next month in aid of Dementia UK.

Gnomegeddon is taking place at Tabletop Tyrants in Leicester on 11th Gnomevember with a team of 10 gnomes tackling a modified Tomb of Horrors in an 8 hour session.

We are hoping to record it (either as video or audio, dependant on the equipment one of our players is able to borrow).

You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mik-calow-dm to make the little gnomes lives harder and help raise funds for a great UK charity.

Many thanks in advance.

D&D Encounters and life

Posted in D & D 5e, D&D, Encounters with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by vobeskhan

As usual life has a way of interrupting and truding on the best laid plans, so I failed to keep up with the blog upates of my 3 tables running through the Tales of the Yawning Portal season, so here’s a recap of what went down.

Table 1 – Tuesday evenings

This table really put the speed on and managed to clear not only the Sunless Citadel, but also A Thousand Tiny Deaths and The Forge of Fury too, earning both myself and thermselves a completed secret mission for their Adventurers League faction characters.

Table 2 – Wednesday evenings

While not a quick paced as the Tuesday crew they still managed to clear all 3 adventures and secured the secret missions, though they chose not to fight the second dragon and instead placated it with treasure and got the hell out of dodge.

Table 3 – alternate Wednesday evenings

Probably more cautious due to having a fair few newer players they took quite a while to clear Sunless Citadel but still made it through A Thousand Tiny Deaths as well.

In addition my online paid-DMing has gone a bit quiet for one reason or another, where I was running 3 separate games they have all now ended. C’est la vie.

The new season of Encounters has begun and (thankfully) I’m not the only DMing this time around. Jon, Patrick and Matt are also taking the hot seats and just as well as we have ended up with full tables each (though I am still running 2, a Tuesday and a Wednesday) as we venture into Chult in search of a cure for the Death Curse.

Hopefully I shall be able to post more frequently on my groups experiences as we go (but no promises).

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – September

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by vobeskhan

This month I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time (or inclination) to paint so wanted to do something small – having looked in a few of my old boxes I cme across an old rhino back from my Space Wolves days and since that force is never going to see the light of day again I decided to repurpose it for my SAMCRO Black Legion.

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It’s not going to win any awards but it matched the rest of my army and thats good enough for me.

Now I just need to decide what to do for Octobers pledge……

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – August

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by vobeskhan

So the Survivor Series reaches yet another Showcase month and following the release of 8th edition and its accompanying FW Chaos Index I decided to paint my Helforged Contemptor (modified from a Betrayal at Calth model).

I’ve only used him in a couple of games (mostly in 7th, 1 in 8th) and he usually gets blown to hell.

Originally he was magnetised so he could be removed from his base but once I finished the painting I decided to glue him in place. The pieces on his base are Blood Angel parts donated by fellow All Scar Ricky, and are in “honour” of my annual Christmas throw down with Blood Angel player Patrick.

Hope you like him, I’m quite happy with him, particularly the gloss Nuln Oil wash (first time using that version) making the black armour plates pop a little better.

 

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All out war in the 8th edition of 40K

Posted in 40k with tags , on August 4, 2017 by vobeskhan

So the new edition of 40K has been out a little while now and I’ve had a number of games with it, some wins, some losses, but lots of fun!

All my games so far have been Matched Play using the points system, and have either been Eternal War, Maelstrom of Narrative missions (the latter for the ongoing Fate of Konor campaign).

I haven’t played Power Levels yet and in all honestly don’t feel the inclination to do so, however I did pick up the Open War card set which is meant to be used in a Power Level Open War scenario.

However I reckon you could easily use them to generate a very random mission for Matched Play just as easily.

The pack splits into 5 separate decks:

  • Deployment deck
  • Objectives deck
  • Twists deck
  • Ruses deck
  • Sudden Death deck

Shuffle each of them and then draw the top card of the Deployment, Objectives and Twists decks. These will define which deployment zones are being used, the overall mission objective and a non-standard bonus that could affect both armies equally.

Then have each player draw a ruse card, this is different to how they’re meant to be drawn (usually to the player with the lower total Levels) but give each force an individual bonus that can have an impact on the game.

Set up and deploy following the normal rules and any of the cards drawn so far. Then the player that is to go second draws the top card from the Sudden Death deck (again this is not the normal use, that’s normally for if one player has a total level whose opponent has more than double the total levels). This generates an instant victory condition that can be achieved by either side but if player one completes it, player two still gets his equal turn and if he also manages to complete the victory condition (for example, the card is “Kill Order” and both players manage to destroy the enemy Character/Vehicle/Monster that has the highest Wounds currently on the battlefield) then it is a draw.

 

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – July

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month’s pledge was one of my older miniatures that has sat languishing on the shelf for many a year – Fabius Bile.

It was primered in white but needed a little cleaning up after its long wait. Despite a quick start of the month getting much of the base colours done I then found that I had no mojo to complete the model until this morning.

I wanted his flesh coat to be made up of varying shades to signify the pieces coming from differing sources so used a combination of rakarth flesh, cadian fleshtone, and pallid wychflesh before a wash of reikland flesh.

I’m still not a fan of painting faces (theres a reason we have helmets on the models) but I’m happy with how he’s ended up.

Now just interested to see how he fares in a game, especially after the news that the actual 8th edition codex is only a couple of weeks away!

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