Monday, September 1, 2014

The First Role-Playing Game Session

Since it was supposed to deluge today (it ended up not), I decided today was the day to initiate the 4thpowers into the world of gaming.  They actually made up characters last year but various reasons prevented it from actually progressing past scribbles on paper.4thPower Bravo decided she was going to go w/ CinC to her uncles house for a last minute BBQ invite but Alpha and I decided to stay home since I had invited a friend over.

Alpha rolled up an exceptionally short Dwarven Knight wearing plate armor and riding a trained war goat.
Bravo will play an Elven Wizard named 'Magyck'.
To round out the group, my friend rolled up a Gnomish Thief and a Human Cleric (which will be ran as NPC's when he's unable to show)

In a RPG version of kitbashing, I rewrote the old D&D module B2:Keep on the Borderlands for the almost as old Palladium Fantasy RPG 1st Ed. KotB was the game I cut my teeth on decades ago so I found it fitting that my spawn do the same. My buddy had never played it either.

This was a learning experience for Alpha.  Munchkin Hack-n-Slash dungeon crawl all the way just so he can learn how to follow a storyline and get some game mechanics down.  I bumped up his abilities/gear so he wouldn't be taken down the first time he encountered some low level opponent and he could have some fun learning the game.

He played very well in character, knocking out an unarmed opponent instead of outright killing him and then charged into the fray when an alarm was sounded in cave 'D', the goblin lair.  Eventually, 3 goblins were killed, 3 escaped, and the mercenary ogre from the next cave was dispatched by the might of the dwarf and his goat.

W/ the battle ended and more goblins on the way, the group escaped into the ogre's cave to hide and reap the bounty of his hoard which is where we ended it for the day.  The boy had a good time and he hasn't shut up about it since.  As he gets more experienced, I'll introduce more actual role-playing and rule intricacies to keep things lively.



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lying WaPo Reporters

In a hit piece, a couple of 'Authorized Journalists' ( the kind Sen Dick Durbin wants to give exclusive 1A licenses) completely make up facts when they're not quoting Bloomberg as gospel. Case in point, the recent tragic and preventable shooting regarding a 9yr old and a fully auto Uzi:
The gun used at the shooting range incident, an Uzi, is a submachine gun that could be classified as either a handgun or a long gun depending on the model and any modifications to the gun. While federal law would prohibit minors from owning the pistol version of the gun, there are no such federal restrictions on the rifle version.
Except, you know, those laws heavily restricting fully auto firearms under licensing, tax stamps, background checks etc. and limiting new manufacture of civilian ones.

The hit piece continues:
But it’s important to note that these numbers could be too low. A recent study found that federal reports of accidental child gun deaths are significantly underreported. There’s good reason to assume that accidental gun deaths and injuries are underreported for all ages.
That 'good reason'?  Bloomberg's millions.  Seriously.  The 'recent study' is by Bloomie's 'Everytown' puppets assuming the numbers are higher because they want them to be.  That's their evidence.

And THIS is why fewer and fewer people trust the media to get anything right.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brady Campaign Wants To Come Out & Play

So an organization w/ effectively no current membership, 'reduced' staff, and no influence want to get their 'grassroots' on against Illinois firearm owners:

What: National Bad Apple Gun Dealer Campaign Kick-off
Event Location: Chuck’s Guns - 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, IL 60827
When: Saturday, September 6
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
This is the same shop where Father Phleger threatened to 'snuff out' firearm dealers. 

I certainly think that we can round up a few people to attend, don't you? 

H/T to GSL


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Short Movie Review: The Gamers: Humans & Households / Natural One

These are two mini-series set in the world of 'The Gamers' movies w/ many of the same characters and cast.

'Humans & Households' is a role-playing game for heroes and adventurers to use to escape their daily life of slaughtering orcs and killing dragons.  You can take on the role of 'Nurse', 'Student', 'Athlete' and other mundane jobs while you attempt to cross the street w/o getting run over or get past the guard dog in the kitchen.

This 3 part series had tears running down my eyes.  Take your normal group of gamers and turn it on its head.  Then throw in enough social commentary to tick off everyone at least once and you have a winner. 

Natural 1 is a direct spinoff from the movies.  'Gary's' sister is getting married but they have to test the potential groom to see if he's gamer material by running him through a live or die Cyberpunk campaign. 

While not quite as funny as H&H, it definitely has some funny bits in it, the story keeps you involved and the campaign itself is classic Cyberpunk though I could definitely give them a hand w/ some of the puns.  I'm wondering what they're going to do w/ the 'knitting club' bit in the beginning and if it will spawn a mini-series of its own. 

4/5 stars and will definitely be watched again.  Looking forward to getting the DVD propper to see if there are any 'extras'. 




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