Thursday, February 22, 2018

FREE RPG DAY 2018 Announces This Year's Swag

June 16, 2018 will be yet another Free RPG Day.

Any participating local game store can put in an order through their distributors for one or more crates of swag to give out to support the RPG Hobby.

All items are going to be original material, some with Quickstart rules to help facilitate playing.

Not every company adds an equal ammount of swag.   Platinum sponsors, with 15 copies of each item offered are Goodman Games (Dungeon Crawl Classics and 5th Edition Adventures), Paizo (Pathfinder and Starfinder), and surprisingly enough, Atlas Games with Unknown Armies.  Other sponsors, like Chaosium, only offer 5 copies, while others are inserting lone items to support the cause

Check out for more info on where participating stores are, or how to become a participating store.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

(Painting) More Middle Eastern Buildings and an Elaborate Mousehouse

When it comes to the blog, I'm a creature of habit.   RPG write-ups on Tuesdays, my Apathy of New Releases column on the 26th of every month, and I like to post the results of my painting on Fridays.  But the fact that I have more buildings "good enough to play with" is a small matter of pride.

Here are the third and fourth buildings from my Gamecraft Miniatures order.  I experimented with something for the top of the buildings.  It looks acceptable in person, and some sides are better than others when filmed.  They'll still display prominently in the Pulp game.

Both are 28MMDF020
 I also got the Amazon order I placed well before I had my accident.  Christmas instant-shipping they most certainly are not doing anymore.  Besides one of the My Little Pony RPG books, I grabbed one of the Pegasus Hobbies Ukrainian farmhouses on the cheap. 

A hefty piece of terrain, well painted, and will be the focal point of some upcoming Mousling games.

Next:  Hopefully a game or two! OGRE tanks getting the TSR treatment, those infernal treasure chests, and even a few gnomes!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ballad of the Pigeon God #46: An Accounting of the Chateau d'Echelon

GM Notes:  With the sale of the Chateau to Felix Homsburg, it's a great time to bring up another document from "The Baronial Journals of Baron Echelon."  Although there are no dates on the papers, this might be the contents of the Chateau d'Echelon around the time of the transfer.
  • Chateau Main Building
  • Barn
  • "Bungalows" x10
  • Stone Mill
  • Acres of Grain
  • Acres of Wolfsbane
  • Beer Brewing Equipment
  • Barrels, empty (at least 3)
  • Spatual and frying pan (at least 1 each)
  • 10 ft poles x4
  • Canvas  (indeterimant amount)
  • Grain Stores "x50"
  • Bit and Bridle (at least 5)
  • Crates, empty  (at least 7)
  • Rope, 50 ft, not in use x2
  • Lamp (at least 10)
  • Lamp Oil (at least 2 gallons)
  • Hatchet
  • Hoe
  • Iron Plowblade
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Quill Pens
  • Parchment (at least 10 sheets)
  • Lacquered Vase
  • Wine Goblets (x12)
  • Rare Rugs (x3)
  • White Wine (5 bottles)
  • Fishhook and Line (at least 8 sets)
  • Fish Trap x2
  • Camp Bed Sets x10
  • Sealing Ribbon
  • Shears x2
  • Linen Bandages (30') x2
  • Wooden Birdcage
  • Pitchforks x4
  • Sickles x4
  • Short Swords x2 
  • Leather Armor x1 suit
  • Silverware
  • Wine Goblets x12 (Ashe's)
  • Oil Paining, "White Plume Mountain"
  • Numerous pieces of high quality halfling made furniture from Elmshire (see episode #44).
  • Mule x1
  • Cow x1
  • Bull x1
  • Pigeons x22
  • Chickens x5
  • Rooster
  • Pathfinder (Wolf) x1
  • wolf/dog puppies x6
  • Horses x4
  • Phoenix (War Dog, female) x1
  • Rabbits x30
  • King's War-horses x3
This revelation clears up a big question: "Why didn't Pathfinder play a more active role at the Chateau in certain activities."  It appears he and Phoenix took a lot of time to make a mess, I mean a litter.  I honestly don't remember the reason to corner the market in wolfsbane, though.  

NEXT: #47 A Mess at Maless Manor

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Weekend Finds a New Home

"The Weekend," the small convention held in Lancaster, PA that last few Julys, has found a new home.

As reported earlier, The Weekend's former site, the Continental Inn, was purchased by neighboring Dutch Wonderland, and immediately closed, all reservations cancellations, including this scheduled event for April.

Lucky for those of us interested in going, a new site has been found, although the details are still being worked out:

From Cleo Leibl on TMP:

The date of the weekend is April 19,20, 21, and 22. Thursday to noon Sunday.
The place is
Roadway (sic) Inn and Suites
411 College St.
Myerstown Pa.
You can get the phone from the web site.

DO NOT CALL THE HOTEL AND MAKE RESERVATIONS YET. We do not have the account set up yet. That will take place this week. We have to sit down with their restaurant staff to hammer out the details of the "free breakfast." (You didn't REALLY think it was free at the Continental did you?"

Probably looking at a day trip this time and donating to the cause, but Myerstown is closer to Lebanon than Lancaster. I have no problems with a shorter drive for a game!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

(Painting) Middle Eastern Building, Microarmor, and... a Box

Through all the chaos of dealing with two insurance claims, car shopping, a promotion at work, a half inch of water in the basement, and the regular mayhem of my life, I have not only gotten to the bench to apply paint to models, things are actually getting finished!

First off, I finally got two of my Middle Eastern MDF buildings from Gamecraft Miniatures painted up to "good enough to play at home."    Painting large smooth areas with bottled paint isn't my strong suit, but multiple coatings did create a very faint texture.  It's not the sand blasted white of the building top-center in the picture below, but it's much lighter than the MBA buildings. For a few new buildings for the expanded town for Season 3 of our Pulp game, they're perfect.

28MMDF015 and 28MMDF010
I also finished the other three 6mm LAV-R from "the Mech Box" from the Fall-In flea market.   As my Transnitrian Scientific Republic seemed to have enough of these vehicles, these three are painted in the scheme of the Skye Rangers.
Finally, I got ONE treasure chest finished from Johnny Lauck's final Kickstarter, Dungeon Scenery & Anthropomorphic Miniastures 28mm. Whether they're simple scenery or game objective, chests, and the coin pile inserts will work well.
Larry of Arabica defending his bin of pennies....
Next Up:  More Middle Eastern buildings, OGRE minis, German gnomes, and the aforementioned treasure chests litter my work bench.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Project 350: Week Five

Still driving around with a rental car, and sloooowly shopping for cars while the Insurance Adjuster crosses the T's and dots the I's on my check.  I also no longer have the random moments in the middle of the night where I feel like I'm in total organ failure.  It's an exageration, of course, but I forget what the traditional aches and pains feel like for a middle aged man.

I'm also counting the weekends for basketball to end.  Don't get me wrong, our little community league is far better than the road warrior travels gymnastics makes us do, but with the double elimination tournament in full swin, leading to the big championship game at the high school for my eldest, I'm dreaming of 9:30 am next Saturday, when, regardless of win or lose, we'll be piling into a car and heading for the Allentown Train Show and a trip to my Mom's (and a chance to game with the guys).

The sump pump is pulling yeoman's work this week, but the French drains can do little for the soggy ground, and we're getting seepage through cracks in the floor.  With a 1/2 inch of water that goes down, only to have another downpour fill it back it, I'm monitoring the status by sitting at my bench and painting.  Of course it's nothing off my projects drafts save to the blog, so I'm sad to report minimal progress on Project 350.  With a week and a half to go, I'm stagnating at 357 drafts and scheduled posts, down only one from last week.

I've already whittled down the fory or so backlogged ideas for February down to 24, and to be honest, no more than six have a chance of occuring. 

My goal for this weekend?  Launch my Third season of the Pulp game with the girls.  Since I call them "seasons" I realized that for this storyline, I could "film" some of them out of order, and with the completion of certain pieces, those games could happen right now.  Here's hoping Maja's team wins their first game this morning, so we can grab breakfast and go home, a loss means a second game and a morning/early afternoon lost to any other activities.

Of course, the biggest news is that Monday I start a new position within my company, with a sizable raise and tweaked hours.  The late night marathon sessions will need to stop at midnight now.  The best news from this is that I've been doing 80-90% of the workload already, on top of my normal duties, so the job will eventually be easier, as I shed off some minor duties to interns and support staff.

Targets for this week:
  1. The Pulp Game, using Savage Showdown
  2. Mousling Fantasy... or Song of Mice and Whiskers 
  3. My Little Pony
  4. Contemptable Little Armies
  5. Writing some of the latter episodes of Ballad of the Pigeon God, it won't affect my 350, since they're scheduled for June, but it would be nice to drop that Draft number closer to 280.

Friday, February 16, 2018

(Kickstarter) Creatures: Underground - Gnomes!

It is a great and wondrous Friday when gnomes appear on Kickstarter!

Krakon Games has launched a campaign for Gnomes for the Creatures Underground line

Now, the gnomes are more akin to traditional 28mm scale, so they are very small for Gnome Wars, but I am picturing them as a variant group of warped cultists.   And at around $21 for 10 of them (prior to shipping), it's worth a try.
Scale comparison with an oversized dwarf