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Thursday, November 21, 2013

What DnD character are you?

I took a test to see what my Dnd type is.  It is about a 140 questions and the link is at the end of the post.  I included my test results and my responses.

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Monk (5th Level)

(I hate monks! Couldn't have been something else??  I was SUPER close to being a gnome paladin.  Now that could be fun...)

Ability Scores:







(I need some magic items!)

Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

(No surprise here.  I am off the charts lawful good.)

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Monks are versatile warriors skilled at fighting without weapons or armor. Good-aligned monks serve as protectors of the people, while evil monks make ideal spies and assassins. Though they don't cast spells, monks channel a subtle energy, called ki. This energy allows them to perform amazing feats, such as healing themselves, catching arrows in flight, and dodging blows with lightning speed. Their mundane and ki-based abilities grow with experience, granting them more power over themselves and their environment. Monks suffer unique penalties to their abilities if they wear armor, as doing so violates their rigid oath. A monk wearing armor loses their Wisdom and level based armor class bonuses, their movement speed, and their additional unarmed attacks per round.

(Did I mention I hate monks?)

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book 10

The final step into RPG was the Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook version 3.5.  The art was beautiful, the ability to customize the character was amazing and I was hooked.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Book 9

Continuing my top ten list for books that got me into the fantasy / gaming scene.

The Vorkosigan Saga
I love the character Cordelia in the Vorkosigan saga.  We first meet her in Shards of Honor.  She is a strong female protagonist that ends up in the middle of war.  The story is continued in the book Barrayar.  These were later combined into the omnibus Cordelia's Honor.  Later, her son Miles takes over as the lead character in books 3+.  If you haven't read this classic series, take the time.  You will not be disappointed!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book 8

Continuing my top ten list for books that got me into the fantasy / gaming scene.
Anne Logston's Shadow and Dagger Series was a fun read and a likeable thief.  The series actually starts with a prequel book, Greendaughter.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book 7

The Wheel of Time Series

Ok, I will admit that I did not read the whole series.  I think I got half way through book 4 and threw in the towel. However, I love origin stories and the first book has one of the best, most classic stories I have read.  Young teenagers in a small out of the way town.  Mysterious visitors with secrets and abilities.  An unknown threat to the simple life.  Grand adventure calling to them.  It was a fun read.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book 6

A while back, I started my top ten list of books that got me into the fantasy / gaming scene. 

 Mercedes Lacky is a well known author that has written dozens of books.  I have read a few but the one that captivated me was  "The Ship Who Sang" (follow the link to read a good chunk of the first chapter). 

The Premise: (from Wikipedia)
"The Brain & Brawn Ship series is set in the future of our universe and in McCaffrey's Federated Sentient Planets. The parents of babies with severe physical disabilities but fully developed and exceptionally talented brains may allow them to become "shell people" rather than to be euthanised. Taking that option, physical growth is stunted, the body is encapsulated in a titanium life-support shell with capacity for computer connections, and the person is raised for "one of a number of curious professions. As such, their offspring would suffer no pain, live a comfortable existence in a metal shell for several centuries, performing unusual service for Central Worlds."[12]
After medication and surgery, general education, and special training, shell children come of age with heavy debts which they must work off in order to become free agents. They are employed as the "brains" of spacecraft ("brainships"), hospitals, industrial plants, mining planets, and so on, even cities – in the books, primarily spaceships and cities.
A brainship is able to operate independently but is usually employed in partnership with one "normal" person called a "brawn" who travels inside the ship much as a pilot would. A brawn is specially trained to be a companion and helper, the mobile half of such a partnership. The nickname is relative: the training is long and intense and the brawns must be brainy people in fact. Commonly the brain and brawn are paired at will and, for a fee, a brainship may terminate an assigned partnership."

It is very well written and drew me in.  Even now, as I went back to look at it again, I reread the first chapter and loved it all over again.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Playsets Kickstarter

I recently saw a Kickstarter for Playsets over at Master Darksol's website. There are 4 days left and they just hit funding. It looks like a good game option for long distance RPGs and I liked the art work. It will be a free app with purchasable tokens. They just might hit one or two of their stretch goals.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Scyfi List Challenge

I love lists and Science Fiction.  Then NPR put together the Top 100 Science Fiction Books in a list challenge.  Check it out.  Click on each book that you have read and get your score.  I thought I would have most of them but it turns out I only got 30-ish.  After going over the list, some of the books are older than what I normally read but I picked up a few to see if they were any good.  I had never read Ender's Game and it blew my mind (then I found out they were making a movie of it).  I also discovered a number of movies which were originally from books.  Examples would be I, Robot, World War Z, Starship Troopers, and others.

After the list challenge, you might like the flow chart below.  It is the same books but helps you decide what to read next.

Picture found here

And finally, the interactive version of the above chart.

So what's your score and what will you read next?

Thursday, November 7, 2013


While I have been fairly silent on the blog front, I have been leading a Pathfinder adventure each week.  We are playing through the newly re-release anniversary edition of Rise of the Runelords.

If you liked DnD 3.5, you should check out the Pathfinder system by Piazo.  It seems to be DnD 3.7.  I like the way they have cleaned up some of the rules (like grappling and bull rush) while keeping a lot of 3.5.  Also, the Rise of the Runelords adventure path is rich in material and fun to play through.  We have been playing fairly consistantly for the past year and we are at level 10 on a 20 level progression.  Believe me when I say you can go through this much quicker but we only play about 1-2 hours each week and we have missed more than a couple of weeks.

There are 6 chapters in the story and 4-6 sub-chapters in each.  Each sub-chapter should probably be one game session (approximately 30-40 in total) but that doesn't always work with my group.  They do have some epic fights though.  This is a picture of the monk trying to "ride" the stone giant.  It was a good night.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book 5

A while back, I started my top ten list of books that got me into the fantasy / gaming scene.  These are more in order of when I read them than greatest impact, but I thought I would continue the list.  Incomplete lists drive me nuts!

Early in college, I started reading the Honor Harrington Series by well known sci-fi author David Weber.  I loved this series and still read it as new ones and spin offs come out.  The main protagonist is a strong female lead with a crazy sense of honor and duty.  She is given sometimes impossible tasks and is able to work her way through it.  It is set in the distant future and she begins as a space ship captain in the midst of a galactic political mess.  She is in a back water assignment and makes a huge impact.  The logistics of space combat are realistic and deep.  The characters development over the many books is fantastic.  Try the first one, On Basilisk Station, and see what you think.

And they are making a movie!!

I know there is always a hope (and fear) that your favorite movie will make it to the big screen but this looks like it might happen.  Evergreen Studios has aligned with the author and looks to be starting up.  However, I will try not to get too excited until it goes into production.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Painting Bones Minis

I primed about 100 of my bones minis the other day and they are sticky.  I am sure it had to do with my technique or the humidity or something but it is disappointing.  I have painted 13 of them so far and I am trying not to get caught in the details.  I pulled out my paints, base coated (over the sticky primer) and brushed them with Delvan Mud and Bedab Black washes as needed.  I quickly started running our of my washes, went online, and realized I can't get those washes anymore.  Now I have sticky models and I used the last of some great product on throw away minis.  Grrr... 

On the positive side, I painted 13 of 240 minis and moved my progress bar to 5%.  I am calling that a win =)

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