Friday, July 14, 2017

Strange Things Afoot in Skull Mountain

As recent posts have indicated, the crew have been busy cleaning out level three of Skull Mountain, thoroughly searching level two, and scouting around the entrance to the Deep.
My oldest had the day off, I had the afternoon off, and we did a marathon session.
Also, I'm beat, so - bullet synopsis!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Notes on Cleaning Skull Mountain

As mentioned when discussing the aftermath of the big throwdown, the party decided to clean the main hallway to prevent disease and the spread of russet mold.
People have asked 'how?'.
Good question!

Interestingly enough way back at the beginnings of the Briar Mapping Expedition Seeker passed on instructions to the hirelings at the Skull Mountain base camp to begin making lye soap and vinegar.
Yes, really. If anything can be said of the style of play of the party 'paranoid', 'prepared', and 'OCD' should be included.

After the battle a team of speakmen, porters, cooks, and the healer trouped down to level three and cleared away the bodies, taking them to the fire pit in the center of the Plateau. The goblin dead were burned, taking a day. While that went on the team returned to the site of the battle and (using water from the goblins' cistern heated in their kitchen)  sluiced the hall, then scrubbed with lye soap, sluiced again, then rinsed with strong vinegar, then sluiced again. In each case the slope of the floors tends toward the Deep and the hirelings helped it along with mops.
Of course the party had supplied brooms and mops a few real-world months ago!
This took another day, during which the party thoroughly explored level three and part of level two, eventually deducing that one wall near the Study is covered with a permanent illusion.

The party gave me fetailed notes on the cleaning process, BTW.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

GM Report: Even More Level 3

Wow! Busy night! Quick synopsis follows:

Campaign Notes: Goblintown

Recently in my main campaign the party captured almost 200 goblins (mainly non-combatants) and people are asking, 'where are they going?"
Where?
Goblintown

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DM Report: Skull Mountain, Level Three Continued

Part one here, part two here.

The party rested, rememorized, and returned, pausing in The Study on level two where they found - a cookie jar with a note that said 'take one'.
Many did. Ginger snaps. Delicious and fresh.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Other Blogs: A Reply to Gitabushi on A Princess of Mars

Edit-Darn it! The link didn't stick!
Link added.
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Over at another blog Gitabushi is talking about A Princess of Mars and, well.
I'm replying.
Let's just dive in, shall we?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Block Review: Iron Fist episodes 4 and 5

First block here. Please read it first

Review: Finn Jones continues to be terribly miscast, which is a shame. Rosario Dawson shows up and, just like I said about Carrie Ann Moss - when a competent actress is on screen is shows how bad the two female leads are. The show is doing the origin story of Colleen Wing as a superhero (and not doing a bad job of showing how she is able to do things only a superhero can do!)  and the actress is so wooden I care less than before.
The real problem, though, is the writing. There are a few moments that are good, even really good. But based on the overall tenor, I suspect those are from the showrunner - i.e., the stuff that is being forced on this particular writing team so that Iron Fist matches Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc. is pretty good because someone else wrote it while Iron Fist wallows because the dedicated writers aren't very good.
The interactions between Danny and Colleen in particular are really... odd. My theory is that the writers know that Danny has a vow of chastity (i.e., 'no sex outside of marriage') and simply have no idea how chaste people act. Jennifer (The Wife) disagrees because she thinks Colleen's dialog and such are worse - her theory is the writers just suck in general.
So we are in a weird position of liking the comics, thinking the villains are solid, and recognizing that a lot of the incidental characters are great AND being interested in the overall plot while disliking the female leads, the secondary male lead, and thinking the protagonist is terribly miscast.

More to come