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The family tried 5E , Lost Mines of Phandelver, but it wasn’t a hit.

so we back to DCC.  Last night we made characters, and tonight I finally get to run the iconic Sailors module.  Hopefully it will be well received.

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Last night we finished our DCC campaign.  It ended well – the party summoned a horrible demon into the realm and threw in with him, so the realm is now conquered and oppressed.  And everyone was satisfied.  Geez.

The campaign lasted about 8 months with us playing most Fridays.  It was wonderful having my family at the table, and I think everyone had a good time, even Patti!  The characters made it to level 5, which is pretty impressive for DCC.

Usually I have some kind of music playing.  Last night I played Manilla Road, which was recommended in the DCC G+ community.  It’s 80’s heavy metal, and I must say just as some wines pair well with certain food, this music paired very well with DCC.  Just look at the crazy art on the album cover.  Three of the songs are just fantastic, really amazing, with the others fitting in quite nicely with the edgy nature of DCC.

It appears we will be doing another campaign starting next week.  We are eyeing straight up D&D, and I wonder how they will like it compared to the more flavorful DCC.

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I have been doing a good bit of YouTube streaming.

 

For resolution #7, I am to play more games.  And maybe these Blizzard games are the ones; Overwatch and Heroes.  Overwatch is just so convenient and quick.  10 minutes per game.  Heroes requires a 30 minute investment, but I’m much better at Heroes.

Anyway I have set up YouTube to stream, and this is convenient as it automatically adds my video to my own video library on the channel.   It works pretty damn well!!

 

 

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2017 resolution #4 is to play more games.  And Saturday morning I did.  I had a round of Imperial Assault and then half a round of X-Wing.

This was a good time.  Often I don’t think about playing games in the mornings, yet I went over to Sean’s house and had a great time.  If I hadn’t I’d have been sitting at home!

In Imperial Assault, I tried out the rancor and Jabba.  The rancor underperformed.  He went down too early, but I think I rushed him in which was a mistake.  Jabba however; he’s kinda expensive at 6 points but I think he may have won the game for me.   For armies with lots of individual models that are cheap he grants one victory point for each one removed.  Those can add up quick.

It was really great and I was glad to get these games to the table.

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We continue the descent down to the Center of Aereth in the family campaign.

As I have often stated DCC has been very good to us.  I really like these modules and this campaign is 7 or 8 months old which is really quite good.

The combat is slowing down, however.  This happens in most rpgs as the characters advance and everything grows in hit points.  The solution can be to increase damage and cut hit points of the adversaries.  I will look at this.

My one complaint with DCC continues to be lack of coherent story.  I have tried to weave in my own story, continuing with the goat man introduced in Portal Under the Stars, but the party is not asking about this and to me there is a lack of motivation for the party to journey down or anywhere.

I realize this is touted as a strength, and is a strength for many people.  Keep it simple, keep it episodic.  Old school.

 

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I love new year resolutions.  My first one is proper management of Kickstarter for 2017.

In 2016 I backed 40 Kickstarters at a total cost of $1,366.

It’s a rather alarming statistic.  I think that the problem was exposed to me last week when I got a reward, and opened it, looked at the contents, and then promptly shelved it.

It’s just wasteful.

So in 2017 I am going to strive to back only 6 projects.  This may be unrealistic.  Some of the best stuff comes from Kickstarter.  For example, I have loved Zombicide: Black Plague which has been a joy all year.  (now I”m done with it forever.)

Two of the projects are already decided; I will back the upcoming DCC Lahnkmar box set at a very high level and I will back the Dice Tower as well.

That leaves only four; it will be very hard.

If I could go back and pick only 6 for 2016, looking at the ones I picked I would have gone with:

1.  Dice Tower – I watch too much of this not to support it
2.  Massive Darkness – CMON is doing some great stuff
3.  Mutant Crawl Classics – DCC is my favorite RPG, so this is a natural
4.  DCC Holiday Module – see above
5.  Xia – looks so great.  I hope it’s fun
6.  Mistborn: House War – I love me some Mistborn and have a good bit of the Crafty games stuff

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Here is an image of me setting up for last night’s session. I have my RPG cats and something to drink.

Excited to Journey to the Center of Aereth with the family!

We have watched Journey to the Center of the Earth (the James Mason one) and are ready to go.

The first session was well received.  I played some nice cold ambient sound and then some cave sound and it was nice.  Everyone had a nice time.  I cherish these sessions.  I know that I will look back upon them so fondly for the rest of my life.  Thank you Goodman-Games.  My family loves the DCC game more than any other rpg by a large margin.

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So I got the Imperial Assault Skirmish mats in, which I didn’t know existed until very recently, and they are wonderful.

There are three, and they are the current tournament list, so as the list changed I hope they release more mats.  Obviously demand will dictate this but I think this is a popular game and am hopeful.

My biggest complaint with Skirmish was assembling all the pieces into a map; it was a real pain and this removes that issue completely.

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The mats themselves are very colorful and good, but also very very thin.  I guess that’s ok.   We will see how they hold up.  They come with the two scenario cards with them which is great, and the little map you see on the left side shows the two starting areas.

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I had an opportunity to play Star Wars: Imperial Assault Skirmish and wow that is a really great game!  It’s just so good, who would have thought that the little multiplayer add-on would be so much better than the campaign itself.  It’s just so fun.

The above picture is the setup.  I’m on the left with my scum list, and my friend Sean is on the right with his rebel forces.

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Early on, I was doing well.  I sent my fast rodians down to capture the objective crates, and had an early lead.  But it was all downhill after that.  I spent all my firepower taking down one of his wookies, and then he just marched in and killed all my good stuff; I was slaughtered.

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I actually got tabled.  But it was a very good game; very fun and it plays so fast.  I like that.  I’m going to work on my list and unfortunately that means paying $40 for three or four pieces of plastic.

My issue here is that I do not enjoy painting.  So, I think I will stop.  I’m conflicted.  Even just putting three colors on makes the models look soooo much better.   Maybe I will not stop.

My new list I am thinking of trying is this one:

Bossk
Bantha Rider
Elite Nexu
Gideon Argus
R2-D2
Greedo
Hired Guns
Temporary Alliance
Devious Scheme
Beast Tamer

 

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I have been reading Appendix N material and I must say it is bringing an understanding of D&D and DCC in a manner of which I find very surprising.  And what a delight!

I just finished the first Elric book and oh boy was it fantastic.  Not only is it a great read but it puts forth so much insight into old things that I am seeing in a new light.

Elric brings much to the table concerning Law vs Chaos, intelligent weapons and patrons.  I have always been a huge fan of alignment and while these books deal with law vs chaos I see the roots of the fuller system here.  It’s interesting to see how D&D expanded on it so fully while DCC is more pure in it’s adaptation from within the pages of these books.

The patron issue is fascinating.  D&D didn’t do as much as what DCC has done in this regard.  It’s so much more present in DCC, and I see it directly here in this first novel and it is beautifully done.  It is really helping me to understand the intent of the rules and thus it will help me in their execution at the table.  When you make a  pact with an otherworldly being…you better be careful.

When Joe Goodman sat down to write these rules for DCC it is as if he did NOT read D&D at all.  It’s as if he read Appendix N and made his own game from his own interpretation of that material that so influenced Gary Gygax.  Obviously, d20 is slapped in there as the core mechanic and for that I am happy as I am a fan.

After reading Lieber, Vance and now Moorcock, a fuller picture of D&D now resides within me.  My understanding of urban fantasy, magic and alignment as intended by the creators is so much richer now, I am anxious to read more.    They ripped off everything in their amazing original creation!  Growing up, I looked for the Appendix N books, but this was pre-Internet; I simply couldn’t find most of it.  Some, like Moorcock, was there.  I wish I had picked it up and am not sure why I did not.

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