6.17.2017

Castle Whiterock - An Adventure in Six Parts

...but only because there have been six sessions so far.

Taylor has been running this with Pathfinder, and we've had a blast. Our party has made probably 10 forays into the dungeon, taking the opportunity to head back to town maybe half a dozen times, and we made it to fourth level last night.

We started as an established adventuring group, with our band having done enough stuff before the game started to bring us to first level in our respective classes. We met with a local personage of power and agreed to tasks set forth by her to collect books and other writings we recover, and then be compensated for them.

Early forays to Castle Whiterock saw us facing off with slavers/cultists (I don't think we ever really got a good idea of which), undead, murderous birds, and bugbears! This latest venture into the dungeons below the structure had us poorly navigating hallways and randomly bumping into groups of orcas... one even featuring a spellcaster! Some of the orcs seemed a bit tougher than others, and it felt like our group were in for it a time or two, but we persevered (thanks in large part to Sir Hiss' Color Sprays) until we came across this Donkey Kong-esque staircase where some orcs were rolling barrels down the stairs at us.

After taking a few lumps from the barrels on our way up, we finally made it up and engaged the 4 pig-faces, then were surprised by Nomdalu (sp?) running up the stairs yelling that we had more company coming in the shape of six of the elite commando orcs heading in from the other direction.

Sir Hiss fell early, but Nomdalu was able to come to his aid while Malek and Cale swung away at the growing mass of bodies. Cale was clubbed down, followed by Nomdalu when she attempted to cast a spell in melee. Malek swiftly followed, leaving Sir Hiss the last standing. He promptly started begging for his life to be spared, and the laughing orcs (only 3 left standing, I may add) tied him up and then the lights went out.

We all know Batman or the Ninja Turtles aren't coming to save our sorry asses, so Hiss has been knocked out. Taylor let us know that we didn't end with a TPK, and has, indeed, told us what is to come, but I will leave my dear readers in the dark!


Cast of Characters
Sir Hiss, Male Vishkanya Sorcerer 4 - Jon
Malek, Male Dwarf Fighter 4 - G2
Nomdalu, Female ?? Cleric of ?? 4 - Sam
Cale Fontan, Male Human Fighter 4 - Me

1.07.2017

2016: A Year in Summary

Happy belated New Year, everyone!

It's been four months since I've posted, and the reasons stay the same, so I'll not bore you with them. Instead, I've decided to tell you a little about what I've been doing, entertainment-wise, in the past year, much like I did at the start of 2015.

I understand that what I do with my free time probably isn't appealing to most people, but you never know if you might find a book, movie, tv show, or gaming product that you've never heard of on the list somewhere.

Feel free to question, comment on, or make fun of anything you see on the list!


2016 Use of Time
Books
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
Basic D&D Dungeon Master's Rulebook (TSR)
Do Ants Have Assholes? (Jon Butler and Bruno Vincent)
Pathfinder Adventure Path 11: Curse of the Crimson Throne 5: Skeletons of Scarwall (Paizo)
D&D 3.x Exemplars of Evil (Wizards of the Coast)
Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting (Paizo)
Proven Guilty (Jim Butcher)
Mummy: The Resurrection (White Wolf)
Vampire: The Masquerade New Orleans by Night (White Wolf)
D&D 3.x Ravenloft Denizens of Dread (Sword & Sorcery)
Vampire: The Requiem: Bloodlines - The Hidden (White Wolf)
5e D&D Forgotten Realms Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (Wizards of the Coast)
Expert D&D Rulebook (TSR)
Pathfinder Adventure Path 12: Curse of the Crimson Throne 6: Crown of Fangs (Paizo)
World of Darkness Armory (White Wolf)
World of Darkness Shadows of Mexico (White Wolf)
Pathfinder Unchained (Paizo)
World of Darkness Chicago (White Wolf)
Vampire: The Masquerade The Hunters Hunted (White Wolf)
AD&D 2nd Edition Dark Sun Thri-Kreen of Athas (TSR)
The Civil War Almanac (World Almanac)
D&D 3.x Dragonlance Dragons of Spring (Margaret Weis Productions)
Malifaux Rules Manual (Wyrd)
D&D 3.x Cityscape (Wizards of the Coast)
Changeling: The Lost Core Rulebook (White Wolf)
Expert D&D module XSOLO Lathan's Gold (TSR)
D&D 3.x Dragonlance module Key of Destiny (Sovereign Press)
Exalted 3rd Edition (Onyx Path/White Wolf)
Malifaux 2nd Edition (Wyrd)
Pathfinder Adventure Path 13: Second Darkness 1: Shadow in the Sky (Paizo)
Ruins of the Dragon Lord: The Dragon Stone (Green Ronin)
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Ships of the Inner Sea (Paizo)
Pathfinder Chronicles: The Great Beyond (Paizo)
Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Darkmoon Vale (Paizo)
Ruins of the Dragon Lord: Path of Archaneroth (Green Ronin)
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes (Paizo)
D&D 3.x Dragonlance module Spectre of Sorrows (Sovereign Press)
The Two Swords (R. A. Salvatore)
5e D&D Dungeonology (Wizards of the Coast)
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Dragon Empires Gazetteer (Paizo)

Magazines
Dungeon 95/Polyhedron 154
Dragon 353

Movies
Deadpool (2016)
The Mexican (2001)
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
The Croods (2013)
Pompeii (2014)
Ride Along (2014)
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
2 Guns (2013)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
47 Ronin (2013)
The Internship (2013)
Apartment 143 (2011)
Girl in Woods (2016)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
The Other Woman (2015)
Just Go With It (2011)
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Rise of the Zombies (2012)
Pacific Rim (2013)
The Revenant (2015)
Dream/Killer (2015)
Hazard Jack (2014)
Ender's Game (2013)
Man-Thing (2005)
Rawhide (1951)
These Thousand Hills (1959)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

TV
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 2
Murder Book, Season 2
Real Detective, Season 1
Agent Carter, Season 1
Major Crimes, Season 4
Rizzoli & Isles, Season 6
Ancient Aliens, Season 6
Game of Thrones, Season 5
Rizzoli & Isles, Season 7
American Horror Story: Roanoke (Season 6)
Game of Thrones, Season 6

Video Games
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Tabletop Gaming*
Rise of the Runelords (6 sessions)
Iron Gods (Taylor, 1 session)
Tomb of the Iron Medusa (Taylor, 4 sessions)
Wrath of the Righteous (Sam, 10 sessions)
Hollow's Last Hope (1 session)
Master of the Fallen Fortress (Taylor, 1 session)
Vampire: The Masquerade - New Orleans (10 sessions)
Serpent's Skull (Paul, 10 sessions)
Pathfinder Homebrew (Jacob, 3 sessions)
Shadow of the Demon Lord (Taylor/Me, 1 session)
Shadow of the Demon Lord (Taylor, 3 sessions)
Exalted 3rd Edition (2 sessions)
Forgotten Realms II: Legacies of the Past (2 sessions)
Malifaux (4 sessions)
Curse of the Crimson Throne (7 sessions)
*Games with names in parenthesis denote who ran those particular campaigns.