Blaugust 2021 Day 3. Play by Post update part one

As mentioned earlier this week, most of my roleplaying these days is done online, via a play by post platform, Gamer’s Plane. I sometimes use this blog to update what’s going on in my games.

Call of Cthulhu: A Time For Harvest

This Cthulhu campaign ran for just over five years and finished a couple a weeks ago. It’s the first full blown campaign I’ve managed to complete is PBP and it’s a very satisfying feeling. The final episode featured a new team as all but one of the original characters died, but sadly the surviving player wasn’t around to rejoin and see the game the end.

Spoiler ahead!

The scenario, which involved students wrapped up in a Mi-Go plot to take over the Earth from a secret base on the Moon was thwarted when investigators traveled to the moon itself via a dimension gate and blew up the Mi’Go’s access point.

Warhammer Fantasy – Paths of the Damned

Paths of the Damned: Ashes of Middenheim (Warhammer ...

The party recently wrapped up the first scenario in the campaign, Ashes of Middenheim, in which the heroes uncovered a chaos cult that had infiltrated the church of Ulric to the highest levels are were attempting to cause civil war with the Sigmarites. The adventure culminated in the party fighting half a dozen frenzied members of the Brotherhood of the Axe, the Deputy High Priest and minor demon. Almost the entire party were taken out leaving heroic former Watchman, Harald Haselrieder to defeat the demon single-handed.

Spoiler ahead!

The party have since discovered that a relic that they brought to the city contained part of the soul of Xathrodox the Red Flayer. They are now heading to the capitol of Altdorf in pursuit of the second part embedded in a knife. the Dagger of Yul K’chaum.

Warhammer Fantasy – The Enemy Within: Death on the Reik

Age of Ravens: Death on the Reik: Reading Warhammer's "The ...

Well into the campaign now, on the third scenario Death on the Reik and after discovering an imperial signalling device is being built on the foundations of an observatory, they ventured below finding it guarded by undead, each holding a strange key. Five of these keys were found and Six keyholes, indicating one missing. They also found evidence of some kind of expedition planned in the past to a place called Devil’s Bowl. Right now they are at Devil’s Bowl which appears to be the site of a meteorite landing, the surrounding land blighted, Skaven appear looking for a stone. Meeting a ghost who claims to be part of an expedition gone wrong and a nearby cave with more undead, will our heroes put two and two together?

Blaugust 2021 Day 2 – First forays into 5th Edition D & D

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know my passion and perhaps my history with tabletop RPGs. From the age of 12 when I discovered the first edition it has been the cornerstone of my gaming experience, moving to 2nd edition through my late teens and college years before drifting off to other systems like Warhammer Fantasy and Call of Cthulhu (both of which I still run in Play by Post games)

I never really dipped into 3rd or 4th edition or anything in between but I have recently been tempted to try 5th edition, thanks to the great podcasts/Youtube videos of two Matts, kings of the hobby, Matt Mercer and Matt Colville. As I no longer have a tabletop group and all my gaming is done by forum post, it’s hard for me to learn a new system but recently I took the plunge, both as a player and a DM

As a player I have joined a game over on my PBP site of choice, Gamer’s Plane. My character, Father Belathor Smythe, a human cleric of Lathander, former alcoholic and gambler turned holy man who carries with him a mysterious red egg.

Belathor with his prized possession (Figure designed on HeroForge)

My second foray needed a little more planning, I decided to GM for my daughter. She has played kids RPGs through her early years, games like First Fable, but this was her first proper step into a “grown up RPG”. As we both love Tolkien we decided to use the Adventures in Middle Earth. Our first Adventure, saw Chara the Beorning Wanderer, outcast of noble birth, aid a man and his son from Lake Town, through Mirkwood and to the Forest Gate on the edge of her Ancestral lands.

Learning the system was a lot easier than I thought and playing in person definitely speeds up the learning process over just reading to books. I’m already prepping the next adventure for Chara and with a long school holiday ahead I’m sure there will be many more tales to come.

Blaugust 2021 Begins! Day One.

So cheating a little bit here, as most entrants seem to write an intro to Blaugust before it actually kicks off, but I’m not ready at all so this will be my first post.

I’ve been involved with Blaugust, partly on the sidelines, since it began way back when (2014 I think) so I’ll give it another try. I hope to post once a day though that’s not always possible but as I haven’t blogged in a while I have a lot to share about what I’ve been up to. I potentially might have a guest post or two in there as well, adding to my series of writers who were influenced by gaming.

So what is Blaugust? Well, I can’t assume everyone reading this knows, so it’s been described as a Festival of Blogging, started by Belghast of the “Tales of the Aggronaut” blog – definitely go check him out. The initial idea was to encourage bloggers to try to post something every day through the month of August. Over the years that hardcore element has stripped away, allowing participants to write as much as they have time or the inclination to, though there are still the hardcore bloggers out there who will chase the golden price awarded for a full month of blog posts.

It’s a great way to encourage newbies to start a blog, to bring back old hacks like me and to bring a little community back to something that has been pushed aside in favour of cat videos on Youtube.

Although originally focussed on gaming blogs, Blaugust is open to all, an it’s not to late to sign up. Get over to Bel’s post and there you will find a sign up form to get involved. There’s even a Discord server to get help and advise on blogging and to share your posts for other folks to peer at.

So watch this space. It might not be all about gaming, feel free to skip over whatever doesn’t interest you but I’m glad to have you here. Feel free to comment or reach out on Twitter @knifesedgegames

Trudvang Adventures 5E Kickstarter about to close!

In case you haven’t seen it, get yourself over to the Kickstarter page for Trudvang Adventures 5E. It looks incredible!

This is a new setting for Dungeons and Dragons 5E! For 20 years Trudvang has been a hailed and awarded fantasy setting.

Set in a world inspired by norse and celtic myths and folklore, Trudvang is set in dark forests, the home of trolls, lindwurms, grendels and old mysetrious places where elves worshipped gods that long abandoned them.

The beautiful artwork is built on classic sagas such as Beowulf and the Celtic Mabinogion.

Now it is time for us to share this fantastic and unique world setting with all 5E fans out there. Trudvang Adventures is a game setting for 5E and it is inspired by Norse and Celto myths, mythologies and folklore with a twist towards the dark and down-to-earth. Whereas many fantasy settings take place in taverns and dungeons, Trudvang adventures is set in deep and dark forests where you will find trolls, lindwurms, grendels and old mysterious places where the elves worshipped their gods that abandoned them, or dark nests filled with treasures long lost.

At time of writing, there is just 68 hours to go and for $50 you can snag The Adventurer pledge set:

  •  Settings companion (+PDF)
  •  Hero Companion (+PDF)
  • Character Sheets
  • Trudvang Poster Map
  •  Game Master Screen 
  •  Wurmtongue (+PDF)
  •  Ribbon bookmarks 
  • Spell sheets
  •  Wildheart (+PDF)
  • Spelldeck

“Bound by Blood”, the Prologue Chapter of Guild Wars 2: The Icebrood Saga, Out Now

The prologue chapter of The Icebrood Saga, Guild Wars 2’s latest Living World episodic content, is out now free for all players who own Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire.

The Icebrood Saga is a totally new story in the world of Guild Wars 2. After Season Four’s thrilling conclusion in which Dragon’s Watch finally defeated Kralkatorrik, elder dragon of Crystal and Fury, it is a time of great celebration. But a shadow of dread grows over the festivities as whispers from the Far Shiverpeaks indicate Jormag, another of Tyria’s elder dragons, is emerging from its slumber and luring charr and norn warriors under its thrall. A new cast of characters take center stage as the Pact Commander and crew investigate the looming conflict that threatens the world’s snowy reaches.

Bound by Blood introduces myriad new features to Guild Wars 2, including:

  • An all-new story exploring the culture and mysterious traditions of the norn and charr races while setting the stage for the conflict to come
  • A new map, Grothmar Valley, the homeland of the feline charr and their military legions
  • The debut of strike missions, an epic new 10-player activity allowing groups to face off against challenging bosses, including a titanic Icebrood golem
  • New map-wide meta events, including an interactive musical performance from the Metal Legion, a thrashing charr rock group that puts the “band” in “warband”, and featuring three original songs created especially for this episode
  • Hair for Braham

As announced at PAX West, Guild Wars 2’s first expansion Heart of Thorns is now free for all players who purchase Path of Fire.

#Blaugust2019 The End of Blaugust (for this year!)

 

Blaugust-2019-FullsizeWell, it’s the end of August and with it the end of another Bluagust. Sadly time got away with me this year and I barely wrote at all, certainly less than in previous years. Given that I spent a quarter that time on the Mediterranean with no internet connection. Having said that, I have been inspired to pay more attention to my blog and try to record more, especially with my introduction of my daughter to the world of roleplaying, that’s something I’d like to record for posterity.

So until another year, I hope you all had a good August, discovered some awesome new bloggers and if you started blogging this year, I wish you luck and hope you can keep it up beyond Blaugust!

#Blaugust2019 Taking the leap into 5ed

Back the early 1980’s , my sister bought me a red box of books that became the start of a lifelong hobby. Dungeons and Dragons was in its infancy and I had no idea what a role playing game was but my friends and I posted over those books and figured out for ourselves how to play. We had no if we were doing it right, but we were having fun and soon enough I fell into the role of Dungeon Master.

A few years later, as a teenager, I stepped into Advanced Dungeons and Dragons and this became the game I played most for the next ten years along with other flavoured RPGs, Middle Earth RPG, Warhammer, Call of Cthulhu and so on.

In the following years, new editions came along, but I mostly ignored them. I dabbled a little with 3rd Edition but I preferred the complexity of 2nd Edition.

Now I am introducing my daughter to RPG’s and decided to try out the last edition of the game, referred to by those in the know as 5ed.

This 5th edition is quite different to my old game but seems easy to learn and play so I’ve got the bug again. We’ve rolled up two characters for her to play, an Elven Bard and a half elf ranger. She’s even picked some minis to match her characters perfectly, so I need to practice my painting skill again.

I look forward to crafting adventures, just as I did almost 40 years ago!

#Blaugust2019 – New Organised Play Campaign from Chaosium

Call of Cthulhu has been in my life for many years. Whether as fiction; the Cthulhu Mythos being classified a genre unto itself thanks to the work of HP Lovecraft and those that followed or in roleplaying form, the RPG Call of Cthulhu produced by Chaosium is currently in its 7th Edition and is currently having something of a renaissance thanks to its introduction of a one-shot on popular podcast show, Critical Role

I have been running Call of Cthulhu Campaigns in my play by post sites for many years and today I got some exciting news, a new “Organised Play” Campaign is coming later this year. These are designed for GM’s that play publicly to introduce players to the game, often at conventions, and are available to insiders, part of the “Cult of Chaos” – GM’s that apply for this honoured position. I have been playing their last campaign of this nature on Gamer’s Plane – A Time to Harvest and the introduction of another campaign is great news, especially if the quality of the stories are as excellent.

Entitled Flotsam and Jetsam, this campaign is a four-part serial, and introduces the journal, Strange But True! and presumably, the investigators will be employees of the newspaper.

STRANGE BUT TRUE! is a weekly newspaper publishing “true” accounts of the bizarre, the weird, and the frankly unbelievable. Elijah Cleaver, the chief editor and publisher, may have a taste for the outlandish, but he knows that the world is filled with darker secrets than most of his readers could care to imagine. When he can, he uses the resources of his newspaper and its loose network of investigators to uncover the truth and present it to an incredulous readership. Whether or not such investigations result in a publishable story, Cleaver hopes to, at least, make the world a safer place.

#Blaugust2019 – LOTRO goals

LotRO_604x423As most of my PC gaming time is currently dedicated to a single game, The Lord of the Rings Online, I often think I should organise my goals for my characters in the hope that I might focus on them instead of wandering off into random dailies and instances. I am also levelling a couple of new characters with my daughter but not too concerned about goals for them. Other alts will be on the backburner while the three mains get to scratch.

What better place to hash this out than my blog. This is more for my benefit than anyone else’s but hey, it’s good to share!

Jestro – Hobbit Hunter

Current level 120

Goals

  • Complete steps required to get all class points.
  • Max out virtues (45 left)
  • Max out legendary items – Scrolls needed Bow 33/Dagger 35
  • Complete Anduin Vales Zone
  • Achieve Kindred with Iron Dwarves and Beorning Faction

Brandenhelm – Human Loremaster

Current Level 120

Goals

  • Max out legendary items – Scrolls needed Staff 58/Book 217
  • Achieve Kindred with Beornings
  • Work on Iron Dwarves Dailies
  • Max out Virtues (35 left)

Pinhealer Elf Minstrel

Current Level 116

Goals

Get to level 120

  • Get gear for level 120
  • Max out Jewellery crafting tier

Blaugust2019 – Play by Post update

It’s been a while since I wrote about my RPG gaming over at Gamer’s Plane. The site is stronger than ever and since I joined, the play by post games I’ve been running have gone from strength to strength.

Note that this may contain spoilers for specific adventures (though as some of them are over 30 years old, I think it’s safe to post)

Warhammer: The Enemy Within

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay was always a favourite of mine and my decision to resurrect this classic campaign in Play by Post form was a good one. Following the adventures of Airandille the Elven Initiate, Tobias the Bounty Hunter and Piter the Mighty – former soldier, among others, the party have travelled to the town of Bogenhafen for the annual Schaffenfest. They have currently uncovered a plot involving cultists, the trading families of the town and demons.

Warhammer: The Ashes of Middenheim

This is the first part of the Paths of the Damned campaign, original released with Warhammer 2nd Edition. I have converted it to good old first edition and it’s running smoothly. This campaign involves Laurellia the Elven Targeteer, Rufus the Smuggler turned Fence, Eldryn and Elven hypnotist and others as they escorted a group of refugees from a village destroyed by chaos hordes, to Middenheim, a city also suffering after its own assault by the forces from the north. On arriving in the city, they became involved in a murder investigation, tracking a skaven assassin deep underground and successfully defeated a whole group of the chaotic rat men.

Call of Cthulhu: A Time to Harvest

This campaign has been running for some time and the team of investigators led by survivalist Mathis Steele have discovered the mysterious brain-stealing Mi-Go, aliens from the 9th planet. Having infiltrated one of their bases in the Vermont hills and rescuing a number of captured folks, the team are headed back through the worst storm in history, to the disturbing town of Cobb’s Corners.

Call of Cthulhu : The Shadows of Yog Sothoth

Another long-running campaign, this game predates Gamer’s Plane and at this stage has been running for well over ten years. Millionaire playboy, Hal Green and his friends are currently in the Scottish village of Cannich and have uncovered a coven of witches who are seeking three parts of an unusual artifact. Our heroes have discovered two parts, and are racing to find the third before the coven does.

Call of Cthulhu: The Dreaming Ward

This game has been a series of one-shots rather than a long campaign and follows the adventures of Luis Karabekian, Larry Getz and Marc Armando. They are currently investigating a hospital studying dream therapy and have found themselves dragged into the Dreamlands, a dream-like dimension where nightmares are real.

Gamer’s Plane has a huge selection of games and new games opening up every day. If you ever thought about roleplaying but never had the chance to play over the table, why not check out play by post? It’s great fun and it’s a wonderful welcoming community.