Sunday, August 7, 2011

May I join in this Star Wars game? Please?

A gold what?

I confess I don't know who this Phil Noto guy is.  Obviously, I have some research to do.

Spread 'em! (dice picture)

Why not?  Here's all my dice spread out.

Not really all my dice.  There are a few little sixers tucked away in with the microgames they belong to.

And here's the box in which I carry and often roll my usual playing dice.  I like it because they make Ogres in Sheffield.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

So, what flavour is this cool-aid?

I finally got on this googleplus bandwagon.  Now to join in ConstantCon.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kevin says.... might be a gamer if you sort your dice.

I say you might be a gamer if you don't sort your dice.

You're gonna need a bigger boat jar.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's not mooching, it's collating

Sorry everybody.  I've still got Pokéthulhu on the brain.

Here's a thread at the Giant in the Playground forum describing two new, extra special aspects and a bunch of new 'thulhu ('thulae?  'thuluses?  I can never remember).

Howzabout a DeviantArtist who doesn't seem to know about the great Pokéthulhu multimedia experience, but is drawing them anyway!  Just like little Tony Wilcox in Episode #57: Calling Doctor Pikathulhu.

I.  Need.  These.  Cards.

And Pokéthulhu Orange is something I completely missed out on, to my eternal vexation.  Clever stuff going on there.

Now, back to preparing for a game on Saturday.  Have you ever tried to map the laboratory of Dark Priest Maple?  Ain't easy, as you may well imagine.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fast Pokethulhu Generator

It's done...
Perhaps I should look into finding a place to upload pdfs and the like.  Mediafire and that sort of thing.  Which ones are any good?

EDIT:   And here is the link to the pdf on googledocs.  Thanks for the suggestion and the praise, Talysman.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

In Which I Do Nothing Of Merit

Geez, missing time piles up fast.

So my delusions of the Petal Throne have dissipated with the morning fog.  Instead I'm thinking of Pokéthulhu.  I'm knocking together a roll-the-shining-dodecahedrons-on-here thing for quickly generating random 'thulhu ('thulhus? 'thulhi? Whichever).
It's not done yet.  I still need to play around with assigning aspects and making names.  Maybe the different name components could be linked to specific aspects?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vornheim contest? Hmmm...

So Zak S         has double-dog-dared everybody to make Vornheim better.  And what notion do I have stuck in my noggin?

Why didn't we get a "Jakálla: The Complete City Kit" decades ago?  Now I've gotta make one and I promise I am not the right guy for this task.

I'm going to mow the lawn now.  Maybe a little physical exertion will make me sweat out my delusions of competence.

EDIT:  Goddamnit, now the lawnmower won't run.  I hate omens!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stupid, stupid computer

Had a system crash.  Got things up and running at long last.  I'll get back to gaming talk when I'm less annoyed and more rested.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

War of the Mecha: Record Card

No ramblings or other incomplete thoughts today.  Just a simple little record card for War of the Mecha.  The fanciest thing about it is the freebie Spacedock Stencil font from perpetually cool dude S. John Ross.

I hope this card is reasonably complete and clear.  Any suggestions to improve it are totally welcome.

And it still works with the revised War of the Mecha. Bonus!

Bonus?  Where did that come from?  Do people even say that anymore?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

War of the Mecha Campaign Begins

Since JB was so generous as to post campaign rules for War of the Mecha, I just had to try 'em out today at HRGG.
Being my first go with the new rules I'm not sure if I got things a little muddled or if the dice were just playing their usual tricks on us.  The first mission saw half-a-dozen mecha try to break through the line held by a full company.

"It'll be a slaughter!"

"That's the spirit!"

"No.  Our slaughter."
But first a chunk of time was spent statting up the forces.  Wasn't anywhere near as bad as it would have been with Battletech, of course.  Which reminds me, I should knock together some nice record cards or maybe a full sheet for each lance.  Something with little touches to remind one of critical checks every 20 points damage and the like.
Though it wasn't pretty, it still moved along at a decent pace.  18 mecha on the table and we were done in a couple hours (or near enough).

And boy were we done.  One little Locust managed to break through.  A Crimson Hawk was cut down just one more jump away from the end-zone.  And the rest were lucky if they could make it halfway.

But who said every fight has to be a fair fight?

On with the "clean-up" phase, nobody surrendered, and the war carries on.  Another battle next week.

Oh, and JB says WotM 2.0 is imminent.  I can hardly wait.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ich Bin Ein Vornheimer

That post title's a bit pretentious, isn't it?  And stupid.  Pretentious/Stupid.

Anyway, "Vornheim, The Complete City Kit" arrived on my doorstep today!

Everything you've read about it is true.  Including and especially the talk about changing how people make stuff for their games.  Already I'm imagining how to apply the lessons of the Vornheim Kit to the 'verse of Battletech/War of the Mecha.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Playing with War of the Mecha

Got in a game of War of the Mecha this weekend.  Two players, one lance each.  I was hoping to try the Clan Invasion expansion but that more sort of just didn't quite happen.
The size of the clickymechs (and the Blockhead gashapon) was dealt with by doubling the distances/speeds given in WotM.  Also, I said that a 45° turn costs 1" movement.  Dead simple rule adjustments.
I still find remarkable how a one-page game catches so much of the essential feel of the full Battletech rules.
The only quibble I have with WotM is the critical hit table.  There's a one-in-six chance of the critical hit not being a critical hit.  It's the "no soup" principle explained by another game-blogger I can't recall or track down at the moment.  There's no mechanism in WotM for losing heat sinks, so I may house rule the chart to say lose 1d4 heat sinks instead.
I lost this battle, but what of it?  I'm more worried about how easily those trees were knocked over which now that I think of it makes sense what with those giant robots rampaging about.

In future games I want to add brief and simple rules for all those clicky armoured vehicles.  Strange and startling it may sound, but first edition Critter-Tek has just what the doctor ordered.

Integrating microMechwarrior looks to be easy, too.  Instead of the Battletech conversion given in mMW, just use the usual Target Numbers from the stats.  Normally this would make hitting the target with ranged weapons way too difficult and slow the game down.  However the Target Number will be not for short range, but medium instead.  Short range gives a 2 point bonus to-hit, long range a 2 point penalty.

And from there I just have to figure what sort of campaign might go over best.  Straight up bring-n-battle slugging matches, or some light roleplaying leading into the fights.  I don't know.  Depends what I can coax the local players into doing.

Oh, and I need to make up some cardstock buildings too.  I keep forgetting those.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Simple Salvage

Part of the charm to playing Sphere instead of Clan is the constant struggle to keep the mecha in some sort of running order.  I cooked up some brief rules to cover that in War of the Mecha and microMechwarrior, but not too many.  Just enough to get the feel, or so I hope.

So you've won the day.  The field is yours, and it's littered with broken and battered mecha.  What can you do with 'em?

Did the engine go kaBLOOski?  If so, then there is no salvage.

Did the mecha get knocked down to zero Armour Points?  There are a few things you can do then.
  • Try to fix it with a Technician roll.  Fail the roll and it's tagged as scrap, not even good for spare parts.  On a pass you've got her running again, but she's picked up a little more personality from a roll on the malfunctions table.  Roll boxcars and the mecha is running without any new glitches.
  • Did someone mention spare parts?  Chop it up and use the bits to get a bonus for fixing another mecha.  It's like spending an Action Point without actually spending an Action Point.
  • Keep the wreck in storage until you're ready to work with it.  Or trade it.  Or whatever.
The mecha didn't lose all its' armour points?  Then patch it up.  Technician roll.  Failure means all the combat damage is repaired, but the mecha gains a new malfunction.  Pass and the mecha is repaired.  Natural 12 and not only is the mecha repaired, one malfunction is too.

And don't even think of chopping up a mecha that's still functional.  If you're lucky the Chief will only hit you with a wrench.

That's all I've got for today.  G'night.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thank You, JB.

After waiting too long, I got in a game or two of War of the Mecha today at the Hamilton Road Gaming Group.  It had all the thrill and psychic anguish from making decisions such as "should I run in & alpha strike while I have initiative, or is the chance of losing initiative next turn plus heat penalties too dangerous to risk my half-dead mecha" while lacking the tedium of rolling a hit on the (roll, roll) right arm (roll, roll) lower (roll, roll) critical slot #4 which is empty anyway so why did we bother with all that?

And it's a great way to get all those clicky-mechs doing something other than herding dust bunnies under the bed.

I should post some pix, but I didn't have the good terrain set up today.  I'll get that ready for next time.

Thank you, JB.  It was fun.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

d30 Mecha Malfunctions, Bigger and Better

And by better I mean worse.

This table assumes you're using War of the Mecha and microMechwarrior.  If a result doesn't apply then try the next one or roll again or adapt to whatever rules you are using or just make something up.

The mecha of the Known Sphere have developed an assortment of quirks over their centuries of abuse.  When you've finished configuring your mecha roll a d30 on this table.  Any dice rolls in square brackets are permanent values set when the mecha is designed.  Any weapons affected are also set at this time and chosen randomly from those installed.

Of course, the mecha of the invading clans are free of these defects.
  1. Wobbly Gyro; [1d3] penalty to Piloting rolls.
  2. Bum Leg; -1 Walking.  Yes, this affects Running too.
  3. Weak Ankles; failed Piloting roll causes a leg critical hit, just like #3 on the critical hit chart.
  4. Cracked Frame; May land only one melee attack safely, EVER.  Further strikes make the mecha suffer an "arm" critical hit (#4 on critical hit chart).
  5. Weapon Lag; One weapon has [1d3] penalty to-hit.
  6. Jammy Weapon; One weapon jams if it rolls [1d6+1] or less to-hit.  The jam may be cleared on later turns with a Technician roll (that's a microMechwarrior thing) in lieu of any attacks.
  7. Hot Gun; One weapon produces [1d6] extra heat.
  8. Flaky Jump Jets; Make a 2d roll halfway through a jump, a result of [1d6+1] or less forces a Piloting roll.  Safe landing on a pass, fall on a failure.  In either case the mecha doesn't get any further than halfway.
  9. Cramped Cockpit; One point penalty on Piloting for each two points (or portion of) over STR [1d6+3] (mMw again).
  10. Coolant Turbulence; Each heat phase roll 1d6 twice, the first adds to the "true" heat score and the second subtracts.  This modified score is only for checking heat effects, and does not change the actual heat of the mecha.
  11. Hot Engine; Add [1d6] heat each turn.
  12. Rejection Seat; May not eject from mecha.  You gotta climb out, and good luck outrunning the thermonuclear explosion.
  13. Heat Sinks by Lowest Bidder; Each turn at [2d6+8] heat or higher lose 1d3 heat sinks.
  14. Stiff Arm; [1d3] penalty to-hit melee.
  15. Separate Triggers; One weapon not properly linked into the targeting system.  This weapon may not fire in the same turn other weapons are fired.
  16. Pinched Coolant Tubes; One weapon suffers to-hit penalties [1d6+1] heat points earlier.
  17. Tippy; Making any turns while running requires a Piloting roll.
  18. Mecha With A Rep; Killing this mecha is worth [1d6] extra kills/experience.
  19. Needs More Oomph; Ranges shortened for one weapon. -1 short, -2 medium, -3 long.
  20. Premature Ejection; Failing a shut-down over-ride pops off the ejection seat.  Your mecha pilot is out of this fight, but alive for the next.
  21. I Don't See Any Difference; Mecha may only fire all weapons or no weapons in a turn.
  22. Sluggish Throttle; Mecha may not go from a standstill to running or vice versa without spending a turn between walking.
  23. Backfire; One weapon will explode if it rolls a two to-hit.  Mecha takes damage from its own weapon and loses that weapon.  If you survive this fight, the replacement will not have this glitch.
  24. Give It A Thump; Roll 1d6 at the start of each turn.  On a one suffer a 1d3 to-hit penalty for the turn.
  25. Low Hydraulic Pressure; Mecha does melee damge as one size class smaller.  Lights inflict none.
  26. Improvised Armour; Pick one type of attack: ballistic, energy, missile, melee or (if the clan invasion has started) gauss.  When taking damage from such a weapon roll twice and use the higher result.
  27. Steers Like A Cow; Can't make more than one hexside facing change per game turn.
  28. Screaming Neural Feedback; Another one for microMechwarrior.  Damage to mecha affects pilot.  Each [1d3] points of mecha-scale damage results in one point of human-scale damage (location is not important).
  29. Roll twice again.  Lame, I know.  The next one is better.
  30. Roll twice again. Second roll is a latent glitch that shows up if the first glitch should ever be repaired.  A microMechwarrior GM should probably make the second roll in secret, or something.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hey, It Works

Yes, I've jumped on the printer friendly bandwagon.  Here's hoping the service doesn't vanish into the ether.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mecha Malfunctions

I might as well do something constructive with my current infatuation for War of the Mecha, so here's a table of malfunctions, glitches and the like.  The mecha used in the Known Sphere of systems have each gathered their own little quirks over their centuries of abuse.  Roll 1d20, and if the result doesn't apply to the mecha then try the next one down.
  1. Wonky Gyro; 1 point penalty on Piloting rolls.
  2. Bum Leg; -1 Walking MP.  Yes, this affects Running too.
  3. Stiff Arm; 1 point penalty to-hit melee attacks.
  4. Hot Engine; Each turn add 3 heat.
  5. Weapon Lag; One weapon (selected at random) has a 1 point penalty to-hit.
  6. Jammy Weapon; One random weapon jams if it rolls 2-4 to-hit.  May be cleared in later turns by passing a Technician roll in lieu of attacking.  Wait.  That's microMechwarrior talk.  Well, you should be using microMechwarrior too.
  7. Hot Gun; One weapon generates 2 extra points of heat (whether large or small).
  8. Flaky Jump Jets; Roll 1d6 halfway through a jump.  On 1 the jets cut out.  Make a Piloting roll to land there safely, or suffer the usual fall-down-go-boom damage.
  9. Cramped Cockpit; For each 2 points (or portion of) over STR7 take a 1 point penalty on Piloting rolls.  Including ejection rolls.
  10. Coolant Turbulence; Each heat phase add 1d6 and subtract 1d6 from the "true" heat score.  This modified heat level is just for finding the heat effects this turn.
  11. Cracked Frame; May safely land only one melee attack.  EVER.  Further melee strikes make the mecha suffer an arm critical hit just like #4 on the critical hit chart.
  12. Rejection Seat; May not eject from the mecha.  Jump out instead, and good luck outrunning the nuclear explosion.
  13. Heat Sinks by Lowest Bidder; Each turn at 15+ heat lose 1d4 heat sinks.
  14. Magnetic Reputation; Mecha is so (in)famous that killing it counts for 5 kills.
  15. Skinny Ankles; Failed Piloting roll causes a leg critical hit (#3 on the critical chart).
  16. Separate Trigger; One random weapon is not properly linked into the targeting system.  This weapon may not fire in the same turn other weapons are fired.
  17. Pinched Coolant Tubes; One random weapon suffers to-hit penalties five heat points earlier (5, 15 & 25).
  18. Tippy; Making any turn while running require a Piloting roll.
  19. Roll twice again.  Lame, I know.  The next one is better.
  20. Roll twice again.  Second roll is a latent glitch that doesn't show up unless the first malfunction somehow gets fixed.
 Hmm.  Only twenty.  I want to roll a d30.  Any ideas to bring this up to thirty?

Monday, April 11, 2011

What is Wrong With Me?

Don't everybody answer at once.

But instead of spending so much time converting I don't even want to guess how many battlemechs there are now to Mekton Zeta Plus I should just use ChicagoWiz's microMechwarrior and B/X Blackrazor's War of the Mecha and make up my own damn random tables for people & stuff in the Inner Sphere and get to actually playing a whole lot faster.

I'll get on that after I've had a bit of sleep.  Sleeplessness doesn't do for me what it does for Zak S.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Let's Try That Again...

I can't stop thinking about an Appendix N for Battletech.  Quite possibly I'm the sole entity on this planet interested in such a thing, but who's counting?

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu.  Or Sunzi, or however you prefer to spell his name.  Either way, this work has got to be some kind of required reading.  Indeed, it may be insultingly obvious.  No insult intended, though.  Beyond the sound military advice, Sun Tzu's analysis of the various qualities and failings of generals and rulers could be useful in cooking up some NPC's.

The Prince, by Nicky Machiavelli.  Yes, again with the obvious.  I want to make sure I've got the fundamentals down, y'know?

Fang of the Sun Dougram (太陽の牙ダグラム), directed by Ryosuke Takahashi. Yes, it's anime.  No, I don't include it because it's where some of the Unseen come from.  I include it because it's a serious story with high-level political shenanigans, decent military scenes where the makers put some actual thought into how giant robotic combat vehicles might work in battle, and a generally even mix of verisimilitude and dramatic license.  The overall feel of this show is close to that of early days BattleTech.  Hell, Crinn Cashim and Grayson Carlyle are cut from much the same cloth.

Armored Trooper Votoms (装甲騎兵ボトムズ), also directed by Ryosuke Takahashi.  If Dougram is close to young BattleTech, then Votoms is BT turned up to 11.  The war running for generations, the scavenger mindset, ex-soldiers drawn into fighting for gamblers, and probably a whole bunch more parallels that I just haven't got to see yet.

Beyond those, I don't know.  Dirtside II from Ground Zero Games includes a brief bibliography of "Combat SF" on page 55.  I expect some of those books (not enough of which I have read) ought to offer something to BattleTech.  Here they are:
  • John Dalmas - The Regiment
  • Gordon Dickson - The Dorsai series
  • David Drake - The Hammers Slammers series
  • Roland Green - Peace Company
  • Joe Haldeman - The Forever War
  • Bobby Heinlein - Starship Troopers
  • William Keith and Andrew Keith - The Fifth Foreign Legion series
  • David Langford - War in 2080
  • Keith Laumer - Bolo
  • Ralph Peters - The War in 2020
  • Jerry Pournelle - The Mercenary
So, I don't know.  Is that a good list?  Anything that you would include or remove?

Addendum:  In conversation today Kevin suggested Armor by the late John Steakly for the list.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hey, what's in BattleTech's Appendix N?

While searching about for intersting stuff on the BattleTechVerse I found this forum thread, "The moment Battletech jumped the Shark."  That discussion quickly suffered topic drift and wound up focused on Lynn Minmay and the power of song.  But what I think to be much more interesting is the bit of the opening post that says,
With those old authors, you get the sense they actually thought a minute about how mercenary units might work. It was a primary derivative work, derived from lots of reading history books and non-fiction books on military.   The "Northwind Highlanders" as depicted in the nineties book OTOH are a romanticistic wish fulfillment of the author, based on reading Battletech novels and Battletech sourcebooks AND misinterpreting them.
I don't want to be in that second catagory, so if BattleTech had an Appendix N: Inspirational and Educational Reading then what would be in it?  Name some non-fiction books... oh, why discriminate?  Can you name any books (whether non-fiction, fiction, colouring, pop-up or scratch-n-sniff, but under no circumstances BattleTech) which ought be included for a BattleTech bibliography?

Really, I don't know.  That's why I'm posing the question.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Battletech + Mekton = MektonWarrior?

I really ought not waste much time internetting around today because I've got some final preparations to make for a playtest tomorrow of some house rules meant to fit the mecha of BattleTech (or MechWarrior, or whatever they're calling it this year) into Mekton.  But I will take this opportunity to post a draft of the mecha record sheet it'll use.
No promises, but perhaps tomorrow I'll write about my take on this recurring meme among Mekton gamers.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wilderness Tile #7

Just testing to see how a wilderness geomorph looks inked.  Lines came out too heavy for my liking, so it's back to pencil only.

Oh, and the number seven thing.  I wouldn't want to inflict some really crummy geomorphs on you nice people.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Geomorph: Dungeon #6

Instead of writing some DungeonWords, I tried drawing them.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Old School Battletech, sort of...

I do enjoy the setting of old Battletech.  Before the Clans.  Before Michael bloody Stackpole.  Even before William H. Keith (whose praises I can not sing highly enough, so I best not start) wrote the fine tale of how his Gray Death Legion found the technical archives of the fallen Star League stored on an overgrown USB stick.


Turn to page 38 of the original Tech Readout.  Go to the bottom of the third column to read about MechWarrior Fletcher Raymond and his Clint.

During the battle for Bell of the First Succession War, Fletcher's great uncle happened to capture a Clint.  It still works well, but only one of the medium lasers still works, due to damage received during the battle for Bell.

That Martel medium laser represents a full third of the Clint's total firepower.  The First Succession War ran from 2787 to 2821.  This Clint has been carrying that damage for more than two centuries.  And that's normal.  Read the old unit & scenario books like Black Widow Company, Fox's Teeth and Cranston Snord's Irregulars.  The 'Mechs listed have at least a 50% chance of being in less than perfect repair.

In 3025 the BattleTech universe was in technological decline.  They were fighting for spare parts.  For some reason that appeals to me.  Or maybe it's the sense of unknowns and potential that one gets from the early days of any game.  Either way, I've been going over the oldest BattleTech books I can lay hands on.  The first edition MechWarrior RPG looks to be lots of fun.  It's full of charts to roll on.  Random 'Mech acquisition, unit affiliations, duty assignments, encounters and major astropolitical events.

It's that last one that really grabs my attention.

Instead of cleaving to the official BattleTech timeline, I want to roll on the major events chart and see what happens month by month.  I gave it a little test drive.  January 3025, first thing that happens is a major campaign starts up along the Free Worlds League/Capellan Confederation border.  A bit odd, considering that they had just signed a big agreement to cooperate against the Federated Suns/Lyran Commonwealth alliance.  Ah well, on to February.

Fall of a major world.  Andurien, in the Free Worlds League.  Looks to me as though Dame Cathy Humphries made her move to seccession about five years too early, and got stomped fifteen years ahead of schedule.  Probably the League and the Capellans coordinated to finish this in just a month, strengthing their alliance perhaps?  Hmm.

So that's what I want to run.  Same starting point, but no way to tell where it's going to lead.  However, fun as the random charts are, I don't want to use the whole rule set of first edition MechWarrior.  Right now MicroMechWarrior greatly appeals to me for being light weight and quick to pick up and fiting nicely into BattleTech.  But I just can't go that way because in my noggin nothing says roleplaying and giant robots more than Mekton.

More later...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dungeon Geomorph Five

I wanted to see how the borderless look would come out. Seems OK to me, so for the sake of Dave's Mapper I'll go with it.

But now I have to erase the borders on the old morphs.  Good thing there's only four of 'em :)

I suppose I should have another go at the wilderness tiles, too.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dungeon #4

Clearly the Dyson Logos Hatching is the industry standard in dungeon geomorph fill.

I'm starting to wonder what sets the morphs apart from each other.  Take this one, f'r instance.  It's another sudoku dungeon.  Leaving aside the DungeonWords there are three connections that don't exactly connect, and two of those are stairways to other levels.  True, one could just take any dead-end and turn it into a stairway.  But one can just as easily whiteout any stairway and be left with a dead-end.  What's the point in having such features on the geomorphs at all if they're not making GMs think about them and try to make sense of 'em?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dungeon Geomorph #3

You just gotta have a spinning fireplace in your dungeon.  It's tradition.

Still experimenting with ink and DungeonWords (love that CamelCase) and other things.  After another several dozen of these tiles I may just get the hang of it all.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dungeon Geomorph #2 Revisited

Had to fix the damn thing.  To fit the space properly I turned the secret door in the bottom left to a boring old open doorway.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dungeon Geomorph #2

I did a bit of experimenting on this one.  First off, I tried out Greywulf's sudoku dungeons guide.  It's definitely a good tool to jump start a stalled brain.

Next, I inked it before scanning it.  Before now I had just scanned the pencils and skreeked the contrast curves in the computer to make the blacks blacker, the whites whiter, and give it that lemony-fresh scent.  I guess it's OK but if I ink again perhaps I should get a finer pen and a little better quality of paper?

And as you can see, I followed Tim "Risus Monkey" Ballew's idea of writing words in a few of the rooms to serve as imagination fuel.  I just used the table from the sudoku dungeons post as the source 'cause I'm terribly lazy right now.

Something I need to avoid in the future is placing a secret door on the edge connections.  You're left with either half an "S" or an ugly white strip breaking up the fill pattern.  In any case, it's yuck.

Monday, February 14, 2011

D&D Ain't My Game

The first time I laid eyes on a D&D set was in a little hobby shop in Grand Bend.  Haven't a clue what year.  Not even sure if it was Before Star Wars or After Star Wars.  I didn't have money for the box and couldn't convince my grandfather to spring for it.

And that was pretty much it between me and D&D for quite some time.

Oh, sure, I've played since, in sessions here and there.  Read scenarios and stuff in White Dwarf.  Even owned the Holmes and Mentzer sets.  But that was after one of the Steve Jacksons had got into my noggin with The Fantasy Trip.  I've spent more time with Car Wars autoduels or Fighting Fantasy gamebooks or GURPS campaigns than with D&D.

And yes, I know the FF books weren't by "Texas" Jackson (except for the three that were) but that's beside the point, which is "D&D Ain't My Game."

So I find myself in a peculiar relationship with D&D.  Interested, but not participating.  Everybody's either so far ahead of me that I can't contribute much of anything to the D&D conversation, or they're completely disinterested and there is no D&D conversation.  I'm in limbo.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wilderness Tiles Need Help, Badly!

I'm still sickish.  I'm trying to work my way through a haze of hot lemon flavoured acetaminophen, but I'm not satisfied with the results.  I mean, just look at this...
I guess it's an O.K. start, but I can't figure how to finish it off.  Do you have any advice in jump-starting a stalled brain?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wilderness Tile #3

Sorry I missed yesterday.  I came down with something that made my eyeballs feel like they had been overinflated.  Probably just a cold, really.  But you don't care about that.  You care about this...
I first thought this would come out at a couple lakes with forest between them.  But I then thought that swamp would be more fun, especially if you can't tell where the swamp ends and the lakes begin.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wilderness Tile #2

The word of the day is "empyema."  If you don't know it then look it up.  Your players will thank you for it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Another Day, Another Geomorph

Well, of course I'm going to draw up some Dyson Logos style geomorphs.
These are such fun little ten-by-ten tiles of goodness.  It's no wonder everybody's making them.  Besides, I've got to get working on level two of this...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hello. Have a wilderness geomorph.

Hello.  I'm Glenn Jupp, and it's time for me to start a proper blog.

I'll use this thing to post my stray thoughts about role playing games and war games and maybe even some video games.

My first thought?  Well, I quite enjoy Tony Dowler's Year of the Dungeon.  His whimsical little dungeons and bits of town and countryside are terrific imagination fuel.  But Tony's on a well-deserved micromapping hiatus right now and I find myself suffering a sort of withdrawal.  So I've started making my own little wilderness tiles, like this one...
So that's me trying to match Mister Dowler's format and style, if not quality.  Roads go to the middle of an edge.  Rivers and coastlines go to the corners.

That's all for now.  More stuff as and if I think of it.