Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Numero Three

Hi there so without any further ado...
Mensis Seeking #3
Who was, in game, the most annoying or worthy foe / villain / pain-in-the-arse and what was it that they  did that makes you say so?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

And the winnah is....!

Hi all.  Well October is coming to a close fast and I haven't hauled arse to get anything down on here.  Well with a week off work I intend to change that a little.  So a little out of order I'm gonna talk about a great day spent with friends yesterday.  This weekend is our Labour Day Weekend.  So with that in mind a message was sent out to all interested and available to turn up for 12 hours of face to face games.  Those proposed were; Car Wars, Dungeonslayer, 5 by 5, the Barroom brawl from White Dwarf #11 and The Elixir Of Life, a tournament adventure from 1st ed days.

So we got off to a slow start but by 10am we were about to start the first game, Car Wars.  It was in a basic form, the Mini Car Wars set.  We used the Double Drum arena.
The Drivers;
Dan 1 and Dan 2, The Sheik and Muhammad, God and Jesus, Mike, Andy, Lincoln, Darth Vader and the Unknown Car Wreck.  Several bikes in the mix, some Killer Karts and variants of Mini Sherman's and then Go!
The rules were easy and the goal - last man standing.  The group started off with alliances ( Dan of Dan 1 and Dan 2 fame managed 4 alliances, Lincoln, on the other hand, had none.).  When you chose to dump the alliance was up to each player, amazingly most stood to the end!
First fatality was Muhammad who got nailed by an errant Heavy Rocket that was aimed at Jesus (Jesus Saves!), while still entering the arena (there was a pile up of randomly sorted gates through which each participant could enter), his vehicle at 10 mph moving randomly across the arena, to be finally destroyed by his team mate, the Sheik.
 Next great moment was Mike and his car getting stuck in between two of the doors that open and close for most of the game (he exited with about 3 rounds left to play).
Most pointless death had to be given to the Unknown Car Wreck.  In a Killer Kart lost control trying to maneuver to come up the rear of Mike and take him out but managed a crash and burn result on the maneuver table, without firing a single shot! But his corpse in the burning chassis did take out the TV tower - crowd roared their approval! Darth Vader didn't do to well either, after two suicide attempts he managed to crash headlong into God, but God being God survived while pieces of Darth and his Killer Kart ( 100 mph collision) drifted by (made a pretty cloud).
 The end in sight it was evident that those left needed to get out of their wrecks and start to try and take each other with pistols.  End result: Mike had least damage but due to him having to leave for work for a while (he had an alliance with Dan and Dan took control of the car) Dan was next with 20 some points of armour more than God.  As a side note Jesus didn't make the final save. See ya next resurrection big J!
 Looking at the time we needed to cut one game so Dungeonslayers bit the dust this time.
Next up was 5 by 5.  Its a free game by a guy called Jeff Moore.   You can find it here: http://dreamsanddragons.blogspot.com/
Its described as a toolkit RPG to fit the rules in any setting you want.  So far we have played it in a space opera setting and a zombie apocalypse.  So this time round, what with the end of the world coming on in December the group played in - MONSTA!
The setting is after the supposed end -of-the-world-as-we-know-it.  So what happened?  Not a lot.  'Things' started to creep into our world, through the cracks, in shadows and under beds.  Then comes along this group of people who are out there to fight them.
This group was led by one Big Willy, a Jamaican DJ who drives a 72 Holden station wagon (I'm hoping the players will all stat themselves out with description etc later).  Anyway one thing Big Willy loves is his Little Willy.  Ahem, yes okay.  This Little Willy is his gun, a blinged out pistol.  Funny thing is while there were many in game jokes Little Willy was never whipped out.  Along with Big Willy was Rangi, an errant young man whose mantra was 'take the easiest way through' - usually with his 2 foot spanner.  Next was an out of work grave digger, called Skull, who was under the impression that he had been given Death's job so that Death could go on holiday for a while.  He dressed appropriately and carried a scythe.  Next was Jimbo Jones, an athlete who competed in sprinting, his claim to fame in this game was that by the third round he was knocked unconscious and captured by the monsters and took the rest of the game trying to become conscious to escape. After Jimbo was a Chinese Acupuncturist, Chu Sum Fatt.  He and Willy were responsible for getting most of the group out alive. Next was a homeless guy who was ex military who was in possession of his father's haunted pistol, if I am not mistaken his name was never mentioned in play.  Lastly was a guy who was a 'performance specialist'.  He traveled the world with Renaissance Fairs and displayed the Knightly arts of swordsmanship etc in full armour.  So the group traveled to a town in the South Island called Gore and were investigating some sort of Squid like creatures that appeared to walk on land.  The game ended with the group increasing the monsta's population seven fold, leaving two party members in the sexual clutches of these creatures, Skull burning down several historic houses and to Big Willy's dismay his Holden was damaged in an altercation between the group and these sexually frustrated creatures.  Happy Memories.
The third game, a bar room brawl run in basic D&D was another exercise in chaos, but then it was supposed to be that way, unlike the previous game.
If anyone has ever run this I'd be very interested to see how it went for you and your group.  The characters that were in play ( we did not use all of the PC's.) were; A female wererat, a goodly priest, a ranger hunting for the wererat, an evil monk out to kill paladins, rangers and goodly priests, an elf magic user hungry for magic, a female magic user out to make  the innkeeper pay for past deeds, a druid, and the innkeeper.  The npc's used were the ogre, minstrel, the innkeepers wife (who was having PMS at the time) and his daughter, and a traveling merchant.  We didn't get to finish this game as we needed to move onto the last game, The Elixir for Life Round #3.
 So when 'time' was called the female magic user had managed to kill her half sister, the ogre had been taken out by the priest, the monk had revealed that he was happy to kill ( he had two of his arrows in the ogres back as well as shooting at the ranger), the elf magic user had located the magic but was also accused of killing the innkeepers daughter and accused the wererat lying about being a peasant girl (having seen the backstab attempts), the minstrel had attacked the wererat for a mug thrown her way, the ogre had been trying to take the wererat out as well due to being accused of murdering her entire village, the wererat had manged to try and miss backstabbing the priest twice while previously convincing him she was in need of his protection.  The ranger was about to take on the monk (he had also landed an arrow on the ogre).  The innkeeper was trying to manage his PMS wife back into the kitchen, deal with the fight and finally sprint up the stair to try and save his daughter. Apart from getting the evil female magic user's dog to run off, the Druid spent most of his time enjoying a good drink at the bar.  Just another night at the Rover's Return aye!
Lastly the group convened to play in the tourny adventure.  9 players took on the story. So as not to ruin the the fun for any one else who might want to play it (yeah I know its been around for a long time but still...) I wont go into the details.  The group had been given the job of retrieving several important items from a large nest of bugbears .  They did really well until the end.  Then chaos broke out and two players started talking about fireballs, who could survive, 'I have a fire resistance spell', 'I have a potion of fire resistance' etc when surrounded by bugbears and more on the way.  As it was one other magic user let off a lightning bolt from her wand and fried several monsters but also several party members.  So with 45 minutes left to play we stopped there.  So , for those who were at the game, what you have been waiting for- The Results!

The Winah is...
The group scored 27 out of 46.  Of the '46' 16 is the deepest into completion the group could go - you guys got to '3'.  So out of all the other measured qualities - Rules, Innovation, Strategy, Role Playing Co-operation/Teamwork and overall performance to stated goal you got 24 out of a possible 30.
Special mentions (you needed to have the majority vote for you - in this case 5 or more) for Rules went to Andy, Leadership went to Mark, Innovation to Lincoln and Dave tying , and finally for Role Playing went to Dave. There wasn't a clear winner for Strategic Thinking ( I guess that's the whole 'fireball' incident coming to haunt the group), or for Team player category.
Now on to the last rankings.  Those that were voted best players of the game.  If you want to know where you came if your name isn't mentioned e-mail me.  Just one thing.  I reckon you guys did well ( well until the whole fireball thing started happening lol) and it showed in how every single person received a score for something, so to me everyone must have contributed in a meaningful way to be recognised by the team.
Drum roll...

In Fourth place...


In Third place...


In Second place...


In First place...


Your prize Andy is to provide a round of drinks for our next big face to face gathering lol!

Oh yeah, the players got to rate the DM (yours truly) so how'd that go?
Well the score could have been rated out of 270 but one player did not turn in a rating for me so based out of 240 this DM got 200 out of 240 or 200 out of 270, whatever way you want to look at it. If any of the players want a better break down e-mail me.

Next time... more on the games we've been playing and the stories so far, along with the characters (again hoping the players of said characters will take an interest and stat them up and enter some from-my-perspectve stuff).
Stay safe - remember carry rope! Lol
Happy Gaming!