Friday, November 3, 2017

GMing doldrums, sort of

I'm currently running two prewritten campaigns,  a D&D 5E: Rage of Dragons and Star Wars Saga Edition: Dawn of Defiance.   I hate to say sometimes I get bored as a DM.  This boredom effect both games but since I have developed other problems with SW, I'll just focus on the 5E game. 

My problem is my players, they are wonderful. They create deep PCs and that are attached into the world,.  Most modules assume the PCs follow the pattern of itinerant wanders looking for adventure, or in the vernacular "Murder Hobos".  The campaigns do offer a broad story and a clear path from start to finish.    They also trap the DM, and to a lesser extent, in a narrative.

 While I can mitigate some of this by changing the encounters,  the're still are on rails.  The story may change but end is known.  While I do add things special for the PCs,  I don't feel that this allows for the to plum the depths of the their story, the world and/or the lore. 

I am going to finish both campaigns, but the next one I do will be self written. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Campaign/Organization Idea-The Nameless Legion

In pop culture there's a trope called The Legion of Lost Souls, with notable examples of the French Foreign Legion and The Night Watch from The Song of Fire and Ice. It's  military unit where people to go to start a new life fresh without burden of their past, they hope.     You don't join a unit like this out of honor,  patriotism or glory;  you join to escape a prison, the stain of dishonor, or to forget the pain.   Here is my take on them.   

The Nameless Legion.
The Affiliation of Independent Systems  spans over a hundred stars.   Ever expanding,  the Frontier grows larger each year.  Warp ships exist, making the trip between systems a matter of weeks and the frontier a matter of month. Carrying communications between systems

While not a true central government, the Affiliation requires its members to standardize their currency, weaponry and normalize trade.  The affiliation does maintain a space fleet and an army. and the systems each have their own militia. After a disastrous operation in 3582 it became clear that something need to fill in the gap in the middle between the Affiliation military and the militias,  an asymmetric force to solve asymmetric problems. Tthese problems are the mission of the Nameless Legion.

The Legion is small compared to the fleet, underfunded compared to the planetary militia, and have a 95% casualty rate. So why do they join? For a chance of new start, the affiliation will seal all records for anyone who enlists. Bank records, criminal files in business deals, it doesn't matter. You get a new name and a new life. If a Legionnaire survives long enough they will get a discharge.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

D&D Campaign Lore - Time Line

During what we know now as the Age of Rebirth, the noted historian Publius Junius Dacien codified the system that we use for history today.   Ages have no set years, rather they evoke the major influences that happened.   Times mark the end of Ages.   The 4th Age ended when Emperor Maxen X sundered the runic sigils and brought about 100 years marked by fire, plague and famine.

Time Line

The Age of Dreams
The Time of the Fall

The Age of Serpents
The Time of the Avatars

The Age of the Ancients. 
The Time of the Dawn War

The Age of Wyrms
The time of the Brobdingnagians.

The 1st Age of Man, The Age of Glory
Time of Song

The 2nd Age of Man, The Age of Heroes
The Time of Testing

The 3rd Age of Man, The Age of Rebirth
The Time of Apotheosis

The 4th Age of Man, The Age of Turpitude
The Time of the Sundering

The 5th Age of Man, The present

Saturday, February 25, 2017

#126 Button Hook Cocktail

Tonight we have the Button Hook Cocktail.   I've never worn button on boots nor do I think I ever will need to own button on boots, so I'll never need to use a button hook. The fashion of  this style of footwear was started by Queen Victoria.
Now let on to the cocktail.

Made with Creme de Menthe (White), Apricot Brandy, Absinthe Substitute, and Brandy. Take a  1/2 oz of each and shake.

You have a beautiful golden color and a little bit of froth on it. The Taste is kind of fruity and well-balanced. It is a little bit sweet for my taste but I'd highly recommend you try it.

Next up the Cafe the Paris Cocktail. Looking forward to the recipe I see that it has......oh no... not again........egg white.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#110 Brazil Cocktail

What I hear the name Brazil the first thing I think of is the Terry Gilliam movie about a
dystopian future,  after that I think of the bombshell Carmen Miranda, Carnival, soccer, corruption, poverty, and pollution.  Now this cocktail has nothing to do with any of those things.

I'm thinking that some of theses cocktails are archaic,  that is to say they were made very much at the time the writing this book but here we go with Brazil cocktail.

Made with Dry Vermouth, Sherry, Bitters and Absinthe Substitute. Stirred with cracked ice and served in a cocktail glass.

It certainly looks nice with a very pleasing caramel color a little hazy but that's to be expected. The taste however is underwhelming. The flavors didn't merge well. I wouldn't spend money on it but it wasn't awful.

 Next up the button hook cocktail.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

#77 The Bombay cocktail. (Not the Mumbai cocktail. )

I'm getting back into this, and  I don't know why. Maybe the muse has hit me,  maybe it's just boredom or maybe it's at the place I keep all my liquor is really really full.    (Mostly the latter to be truthful.)  So,  I'm going to be sticking with one main type of liquor in this case and then move on to the next.   We are starting with  Absinthe Substitute.*

Tonight's drink contains both types of Vermouth, Pernod's, Brandy and Curacao. Unfortunately it's going to look a little weird because the only course I have is blue.  I could probably use Triple Sec instead however I'm going for taste overlooks and I have the Curacao.  Now on to the drink.

It has a very nice green blue look to it but it smells overwhelmingly  like licorice.  It tastes like sweetened licorice as well.      Yuck!  

I might of made the drink incorrectly as the Pernod and Curacao amounts were minuscule.  I'm not going to try this one again.

One other book had a recipe for this, but only called for lemon juice
, East India Punch and served in a Pimm's No.1 cup.  I have no idea what the punch is nor have I ever seen a Pimm's cup of any number.  

*A note on absinthe substitute. At the time of the most of these books were published absinthe was not available in the United States as stated above I am trying to be as accurate to the recipes as possible.  This is why I'm not using absinthe in any of the cocktails.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pokemon Go Plus, A review

Like many people I have been playing Pokemon Go.   The game is addicting and it gets me walking.   So when I heard that Pokemon Go Plus  was released, I spent some store credit and bought one.  I've been using it a week and here are my thoughts.

First, a bit about the product.   Its a $35 dollar Bluetooth enabled button that allows you to play PG, in a limited fashion,  without looking at your phone.   It flashes and buzzes when a 'mon is close, a Stop is close and it also records distance traveled for your buddy and for eggs.

The find and throw function has limits,  only one basic ball is thrown and if the 'mon escapes it runs away.   There is no way of seeing what your throwing at other then a flashing color,  green for something in your 'dex and yellow if you haven't caught it yet.     Now if you don't have any standard 'balls,  it will keep flashing and buzzing until your out of range.   I found this to be most annoying as there is no was to skip past.

The activate 'stop function works well, but there some thing to note.   If you're in a vehicle it might not alert you to a 'stop unless the game cycles the time just right and the game will alert for a 'mon over a 'stop at all times.  You will miss things if you rely on this as your only interaction

The distance tracking works well,  I've hatches several eggs using it.

In the end, its good product depending, on how you play.    If you're a walking and don't care what you're catching its a great way to get exp and stardust, and it helps keep you in the moment of what your doing while still allowing you to play.

There you go,  and happy hunting!