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Gnomegeddon – the aftermath!

Posted in D & D 5e, D&D, Gaming events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2017 by vobeskhan

This weekend I ran the Gnomegeddon charity D&D adventure at Tabletop Tyrants. As I posted previously we were raising money for Dementia UK and I honestly expected us to raise around £150 between us. With myself as DM we ended up with 7 players and had an absolute blast of a game.

The first gnome death came before they had even entered the dungeon itself, with Daniel’s wizard, Bodyknock, drawing from the Deck of Many Things and pulling the Void! One of his banked resurrections down.

They came to the darkened three-sided pyramid with the strange icons at the points.

The first entrance they found led down a tunnel to a large double door, the second longer tunnel to a pair of doors. Venturing down this corridor they found loose stones partway along so cautiously spiked them incase they were traps before tying ropes to the doors and using them to open the doors from outside the tunnel. It was a good job too as upon opening the doors a block of granite slid forcibly across the loose stones, crushing the spikes beneath it and sealing the tunnel.

Rather than going down the other tunnel they checked the third side of the pyramid and found a third even longer tunnel with a mosaic floor which had symbols carved into a meandering red path as part of it.

And so began their exploration of the classic dungeon known as the Tomb of Horrors. I didn’t run it exactly as written as I wanted to put my own stamp upon it.

Many of the characters drew from the Deck repeatedly during the game (they were allowed 1 draw each every time they discovered a new “room” and paid a donation of £1), some of the results were good – Daniel gained 2 wishes, Elliot the deeds and titles to small keep etc; some not so good – more draws of the Void and Donjon cards, Elliot gaining the enmity of a denizen of the lower planes, and Jon having his alignment and gender reversed (Chaotic Good male to Lawful Evil female).

With advice from the fundraising team at Dementia UK some of us made Just Giving pages to accept our donations and these were them:

Mine – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mik-calow-dm which also includes £15 of Alastair’s as he didn’t create one for himself.

Elliot’s – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elliot-winter1

Jon’s – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/indiana-gnomes

Patrick’s – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/patrick-ellwood

Daniel’s – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/boddynock-gnomeageddon

Jack, Matt and Alastair brought their donations in person and with them and other donations on the day this brought another fantastic amount in.

We’re just waiting for the last few in person donations to be collected in but we’ve already topped £700, a truly astounding effort from all involved I’m sure you’ll agree.

Using Daniel’s wishes they were able to bypass some of the dungeon and faced the final guardians. During this battle Jon entered the supposedly empty sarcophagus of the evil Dee-Em and found himself “elsewhere”. He was then given a choice, he and his allies could continue to battle and face the Dee-Em directly (and lose, according to the evil being) or make a deal to substitute one of his companion’s hearts to be used as a fake and leave the dungeon as supposedly victorious heroes and live long rich lives. Thanks to Jon’s earlier mishap with the cards his now evil alignment saw the benefits of taking the deal and gladly volunteered his rival rogue in the party, Elliot!

The enemies they were facing whisped into smoke as Elliot clutched his chest in momentary pain and Jon reappeared from the sarcophagus with the withered heart of the “Dee-Em”, the heroes rapidly exited the dungeon and took the heart back to the Gnomelands to celebrate (a few months later it simply crumbled into dust).

The evil Dee-Em is free to continue to terrorise Gnomes and a worthy charity receives some fantastic donations.

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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – November

Posted in Gaming events with tags , , , on November 5, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month I decided to have a break from 40k models and finally get around to painting some of the figures or my Last Night on Earth board game (from Flying Frog Productions).

I was inspired by many of the monochrome zombies I’ve seen painted for the TWD All Out War game but wanted to keep the rotting zombie colour – thankfully I found my ancient pots of Citadel colours of Rotting Flesh and Ghoul Grey.

These were successively drybrushed over an Eshin Grey base which in turn was over a black primer. Everything then got an Agrax wash and the bases were Waagh Flesh with coloured rims to designate the separate “pools” of zombies.

This might even encourage me to paint the individual heroes from the game too, though those will take some extra effort.

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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – October

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month I wasn’t really feeling the urge to paint (possibly due to some proposed changes to the series which have sadly been made official since) so just pledged a CSM unit, possibly a Havoc squad.

Settled on a Havoc squad built from my modified Calth heavy weapons men and their accompanying champion.

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Not sure if there will be further pledges as the whole format of the series is being altered (with only 2 months of the current year to go for no reason other than the new supervisor within the All Scars wanted to).

New format is pledge any single model rather than a fieldable unit, so single marine/grot/familiar etc.

Showcases will be every other month.

Voluntary “donation” of £5 towards the extra showcase prizes which will also gain you entry to a raffle.

oh well, guess the idea is no longer to encourage us to field painted forces but just have odd miniatures here and there.

 

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.

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.