Friday, July 21, 2017

Game Publishers' Guild G+ Community Established



I've created a community for the Game Publisher's Guild on g+. Much like DramaScape's progression where our facebook page preceded the g+ one by a lot, it's been a while since we made a GPG page on facebook and far past time that I established a community here on g+.



https://plus.google.com/communities/100428941223830300273

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Return to 50 Fathoms Recap 18


July 14, 2017 @8:00-10:00 P.M.

< WARNING SPOILERS FOR 50 FATHOMS AHEAD MATEY!>

DAY 119
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS QUARRY
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: NIGHT

The group rested the night before resuming their trip up to the zenith of the mountain. Horventerous discovered that the ring was a magical Captain's Ring and gave the ring to Red Pirate Roberts.

DAY 120
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS QUARRY
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: MORNING
 
Rosetta ran into the Medieval Quarry and told the Captain that a fort had been spotted on a peninsula overlooking the Kieran Sea bristling with guns. It was overlooking a promontory that could spot their junk if it left the fjord on a clear day. Rosetta decided to help them acquire the bottle of air from the zenith of the mountain.  

[Chessie played Uh Oh! right out the gate.]
 
DAY 120, SCENE 1
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS SUMMIT
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: AFTERNOON

Rosetta cast fly and flew up over the mountain. Horventerous and Natsu Nara were confused. No Atani elementalist had ever existed in the history of Caribdus and they became suspicious. Natsu Nara cast wall walker to get up the mountainside. Unk grabbed Suzu and Suzu grabbed Smithers. Unk used his hook to ascend the cliff face. Horventerous climbed the mountain slowly. Red Pirate Roberts attached her grapple gun and her sailors attempted to climb up. Unfortunately, two of them failed. One of them was snatched in mid fall by a gargantuan bird. The other one fell to the ground with a crunching sound, and then was picked up by a smaller bird. 

[Mac (Summer's friend playing Autumn's character) played Reinforcements.]

The birds dropped the sailors into their nest which had six bird babies that set about eating their new "food". 

  
Here you go my darling babies, a snack!

Natsu Nara sent an earthen cannonball at the biggest bird but it bounced off and hit the smaller of the two birds yet still seemed to do little damage.  

Rosetta summoned a burst of air that buffeted the nest, killing the bird babies and putting the two sailors out of their misery. Beyond wings fluttering, it didn't seem to affect the two giant birds much. 
 
Mama Bird then looked at Rosetta with murder in her eyes.

Unk and Suzu rushed at the smaller bird. Unk did a cartwheel and plunged his long sword into the left side of the bird while missing with his hook hand due to the cartwheel's momentum. Suzu attempted to spear the avian but the bird dodged the thrust.



Horventerous climbed up and drew La Espada de Vampiro

Red Pirate Roberts had Smithers and Rafael attack the smaller bird but they missed their spear attacks. Red Pirate Roberts and Emilio climbed up the rope. 

The male avian failed to shake off its wound to the ribs and screeched in pain. The female avian swiped its claw at Rosetta. Rosetta took a claw to the midsection but her leather armor held. 

[Mac played Second Wind after soaking to "avoid" the attack.]



Rosetta cast deflection to try and save her skin from a second swing by the big angry bird. 

Natsu Nara sent a massive earthen cannonball at the big bird.  It smashed its left wing and cracked its left ribs, knocking out the big avian. Natsu Nara's forehead was covered in sweat from his concentration on the spell.

[Summer played Arcane Spike.]

Red Pirate Robert's sailors stabbed the smaller bird to death with a flurry of spear thrusts.

[With Unk + Suzu + 3 sailors, max gang up +4, +4 huge, +2 wild attack. So even an extra with a d6 fighting can easily hit and Raise at +10!]
 



Red Pirate Roberts bottled air from the Coaker Mountain's peak. The group found a cutlass and 1,800 pieces of eight in the nest. They harvested the birds for food.

[Chessie played Pandora's box, so Unk gets a +2 damage, +1 parry short sword, and I am back to drawing Adventure Cards lol. Summer played Buried Treasure which effectively quadrupled the pieces of eight amount with the addition of a second roc to the fight.]

The group wall walked, glided, or climbed down the cliff face. They rested the night at around the midpoint of the mountain trip. Horventerous got dehydrated by the cool mountain air again.

DAY 121
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS FORT
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: DUSK

The group had to sneak by the fort to get back to the ship. Natsu Nara cast burrow to get most of the people through unseen and the rest snuck by using stealth by hugging the mountain and moving in shadows. 

DAY 121
PLACE: KIERAN SEA
WEATHER: FIERCE STORM
TIME OF DAY: NIGHT 

[Chessie played Foul Winds.] 

A nasty storm blew in and the group decided to risk it rather than wait for clear weather to potentially get shot at by the fort. Red Pirate Roberts easily navigated through the storm and Horventerous was reinvigorated by the constant rain.

DAY 122
PLACE: KIERAN SEA
WEATHER: STORMY 

The group traveled to Paltos to the south. 

DAY 122
PLACE: PALTOS
WEATHER: STORMY
TIME OF DAY: NIGHT 

The group headed to a bar called The Coconut Grove except for the Domingo brothers as Manuel was nursing Luis back to health and the escaped prisoners who refused to step foot on Kiera soil again from fear of being recaptured let alone the prison city of Paltos. The captain opened a fine cask of wine she had been saving to allow for a celebration of the completion of the four elemental pillar quests. Nothing left to do except collect their pay in Bluth's Crown.

[Red Pirate Roberts used the Fine Wine card.]

Unk lost 100 pieces of eight trying to defeat the bartender's monkape Dead-eye in a throwing contest.

Unk then spent 25 pieces of eight on a Masaquani escort named Morgana May who had long curly blue hair, green eyes, and a tan brown skin color wearing a lei, coconut bra, and a green hula skirt.

[Chessie played the Love Interest card. And yeah she had four plays (Enemy + Uh Oh! + Reinforcements + Base 1)]

Natsu Nara grilled Rosetta about how she could cast elementalist spells. She claimed she found a tome in the Flotsam Sea that she had studied it below deck for the last three months.

[What she left out is that it was found on an Octopon Warlock...] 

DAY 123
PLACE: PALTOS
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: MORNING-NOON

Unk took Morgana May back to the ship in the morning. Suddenly the junk and The Coconut Grove were surrounded by Paltos city guards... 

XP: 2; Veteran (3; Seasoned) 

MINIMUM XP: 25 

LOOT: Cursed Cutlass, 1,800 pieces of eight 

PICTURES:

MAPS

The map for Scene 1 is part of DramaScape's The Stairs map. I printed out a few pages from the bottom of the map to create a mountain cliff face and a flat zenith for the top of the mountain where the roc's nest was located.

MINIATURES 

Tri-folds used are from the 50 Fathoms Figure Flat Pack PDF and a metal 50 Fathoms miniature by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Heroclix by WizKids are used for some figures. Some figure flats/top downs are from Deadly Missions by Grey Matter Games. I bought the Cloud figure for Summer for Christmas. I used the griffin figure flat from DramaScape's Fantasy Creatures Paper Miniatures for the initial roc. 

The Stairs 

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/131015/The-Stairs?affiliate_id=12615

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Return to 50 Fathoms Recap 17



July 7, 2017 @7:00-10:30 P.M.

< WARNING SPOILERS FOR 50 FATHOMS AHEAD MATEY!>

DAY 118, SCENE 1
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: DUSK

The group made it to the nadir of a mountain and began to climb... 

When they reached a mountain pass, they saw three dead men in tattered prisoner clothes in large cages. The cages hung over head attached to the cliff face swaying in the wind as vultures pecked into the cages hoping for a taste of decaying flesh.



"Dead men in cages! Aaaahhh"--Cowardly Escaped Prisoner
This scared one of the escaped prisoners and he ran screaming away from the cages. Unk's face was ashen as he looked on in horror at the scene.
 
The group spotted a Kieran Empire patrol coming down the mountain pass as they approached. The remaining escaped prisoners moved ahead and screamed a battle cry. 

"Die you Kieran curs!"--Escaped Prisoners

They promptly shot one of their own while bringing down one of the Kieran patrolmen. The two remaining escaped prisoners dived for cover. 

The Kieran patrol was ordered by the Kieran sergeant to fire upon the escaped prisoners. 

"Looks like these escapees found some reinforcements. Use lethal force. We'll put the survivors--if any--to work in the iron mines!"--Kieran sergeant 

They all promptly missed with one of them shooting another guard in the back in the narrow canyon.

Red Pirate Roberts shot at one of the Kieran guards and it barely missed his head. Her sailors moved up next to the escaped prisoners.

Suzu moved forward next to a sailor as Unk was left dazed.

Horventerous moved forward and wielded his scepter of fire, using it to incinerate a Kieran guard.

Suddenly Natsu Nara appeared from the ground and he observed the dead man in the cage. He walked down the cliff face and dropped down on the unsuspecting Kieran guard below. With a brutal lunging attack, he swept the right leg off the guard.

Suddenly Cloud appears and changes the tide of battle!


 Natsu Nara's earth magic came in handy in this session. Especially his new wall walker spell.
  
Natsu Nara quickly moved across to the other side of the canyon and stabbed a second Kieran guard. Horventerous unleashed a water blast that took out the remaining soldiers and left the Kieran sergeant reeling as he was pushed back into the narrow pass.




The Kieran sergeant attempted to run away but Natsu Nara was able to use his wall walking to get on top of the canyon pass wall and sent an earthen cannonball bolt caroming through the pass and smashing into the sergeant.


"He bravely ran away!"



The group scavenged the soldier's pay and their gear. 

Impressed by their magical strength, the escaped prisoners told the group where the mine they escaped from was located in the hopes of freeing the rest of the escaped prisoners.

Horventerous began drying out due to the high winds of the Coaker Mountains...


DAY 119, SCENE 2
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS QUARRY
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: AFTERNOON

The group made it to the mining quarry. They tried sneaking up on the guards but were spotted. The group saw four guards and over sixteen slaves toiling away with picks to remove stone and open up a new iron ore mine.  



The escaped prisoners moved first again screaming war cries. 

"This is what you get for whipping me! Fire!"--Escaped Prisoners

The escaped prisoners missed the guards completely. The guards on the ground retaliated with musket fire but missed and then dived for cover. The guard on the upper level cut a rope. The tethered rope was the only thing holding a stone slab suspended in midair and it came crashing down on an escaped prisoner, killing him instantly. 

"Hahaha! Such is the fate of escaped prisoners of the Kieran Empire!"--Kieran guard 


Natsu Nara cast wall walker on himself and Unk. Natsu Nara clambered up the quarry wall but missed with a sword slash hitting the rock wall behind the arrogant guard's head.  However Unk climbed up the stone wall with his hook and pierced the guard's chain hauberk and right lung with a lunge from his long sword.  Suzu charged forward. She threw her spear at a guard but missed. 

"You'll never reach me up here! Hahaha!"--Kieran guard"
"Oh really? Aww. No ducking!"--Natsu Nara
"Wha...Impossible!"--Kieran guard"Not for me! Say hello to my large friend Unk!"--Natsu Nara

Red Pirate Roberts and her sailors opened fire but missed the guards. 

Horventerous cast water blast and crushed one of the guards beneath a falling stone block.

Manuel cast stun on the remaining two guards. 

Natsu Nara and Unk moved closer to the guards on the upper platform. Unk freed a prisoner. Natsu Nara cast an earth cannonball bolt at a guard but hit the stone block in front of him instead. Suzu picked up her spear and stabbed a guard. 

Red Pirate Roberts ordered her men forward. The back row reloaded their muskets as the men in front surged ahead with their spears. One of the sailors stabbed the last guard in the right eye, killing him instantly. 


The group freed the rest of the prisoners. Manuel was reunited with his brother Luis and gave La Espada de Vampiro to Horventerous as promised. Manuel, Luis, and the freed prisoners prepared to head back to the ship, with the freed prisoners gathering weapons and armor to defend themselves and food from the sailors to make it back to the ship without starving to death. The group slaughtered the two oxen on the map for food and looted the guard's money. Horventerous found a gold ring with an anchor insignia in the commander's quarters and took a bath inside the quarters to relieve his fatigue.   


 
E-bay what kind of port of call is that?


The rest of the group rested the night before resuming their trip up to the zenith of the mountain...

[Chessie played New Henchman, giving Suzu an advance and + three wound levels. Andrew played Spurred On! which I'll allow the use of for the descent from the mountain next session.] 


XP: 2; Veteran (3; Seasoned) 

MINIMUM XP: 25

LOOT: Gold ring, 160 pieces of eight 

PICTURES:

MAPS 

The map for Scene 1 is DramaScape's Mountain Pass map. Mountain Pass works well as a pass thru the mountains or as a passageway from the nadir to the mid-levels.  The map for Scene 2 is DramaScape's Medieval Quarry. Medieval Quarry works well for mine type scenes in the hills or mountains.

MINIATURES 

Tri-folds used are from the 50 Fathoms Figure Flat Pack PDF and a metal 50 Fathoms miniature by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Heroclix by WizKids are used for some figures. Some figure flats are from Deadly Missions by Grey Matter Games. I bought the Cloud figure for Summer for Christmas.


Medieval Quarry 

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/142556/Medieval-Quarry?affiliate_id=12615

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Return to 50 Fathoms Recap 16

June 30, 2017 @7:00-10:30 P.M.


< WARNING SPOILERS FOR 50 FATHOMS AHEAD MATEY!>


DAY 95, SCENE 1
PLACE: TORATH-KA, THE TEETH
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: DUSK


Stripe used his spyglass and found sharks infesting the water near the sunken Carcanus. Red Pirate Roberts turned the ship wheel and they headed towards the crashed ship... 



[Chessie started the session by playing the Enemy card.]

With so many sharks, the group discussed how to draw them off, including throwing in Jim Black and Stripe. So Stripe went down below and slashed poor Jim Black across the throat. Unk threw a wild punch below and missed him after witnessing the murder. 

"Useless to feed a man with no hands, I gave him the mercy that you should have given him to begin with. Let him serve us in death the way he couldn't in life."--Stripe.

Stripe brought Jim Black above deck and threw him overboard to draw off the sharks as bait, but they seemed to go into a blood frenzy. 

Horventerous and Stripe dived down to the Wreck of the Carcanus.  


They've spotted you Stripe!


Horventerous got to the ships sails and started cutting them free. Meanwhile Stripe whiffed at a shark and then got eaten by four frenzied sharks.

Spear is a little off to the left.


Nom Nom Stripe

When Horventerous freed the sails, the sharks heard a ping sound and turned from Stripe's skeleton stripped of flesh.  

Horventerous grabbed a rock and threw it. The sharks ran toward the new sound and thrashed in the sands, seeking the source of the noise. 

[Andrew played Mermaids which allows a free Smarts trick.]

Where is the food at in this sand?
 
 
After realizing there was nothing in the sands, the sharks turned up and pursued Horventerous. Horventerous got to the surface as the sharks continued to ascend. Unk attached his hook to the bulwark and swung on his rope to try and grab him, but missed. Smithers grabbed the rope and pulled Horventerous out of the water just as the sharks surfaced. 

Horventerous with a 51 inch swimming start as the sharks turn up 14 inches.

The group rested for the night and Unk recovered from his fatigue and a wound.

DAY 96
PLACE: TORATH-KA, THE TEETH
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: MORNING-NOON

Red Pirate Roberts directed the crew to put up the sharkskin sails before heading to The Gullet. 

DAY 96
PLACE: TORATH-KA, THE TEETH
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: NOON-DUSK

Red Pirate Roberts navigated to the wreck of the Flying Festoon in The Gullet. Her sailors grabbed a Green Dolphin Figurehead and attached it to the ship. They then sailed through The Gullet to the Torath-Ka Sea and made a bit of progress east before weighing anchor.  

DAY 100
PLACE: KIERAN SEA
WEATHER: SUNNY
TIME OF DAY: DUSK

Red Pirate Roberts spotted a frigate and galleon moving west. She attempted to pursue them but they got away. Unk recovered another wound with bed rest.

DAY 102
PLACE: KIERAN SEA
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: NOON
 
Red Pirate Roberts spotted a junk and approached the vessel. The junk put up a pirate flag. Unk put up a British East India Company flag, that of the H.M.S. Selerity. The junk seemed to pick up speed and race towards them after that flag was raised. 

Complication for the Rojo Cazadora sends them careening right as the junk fires at long range.

Red Pirate Roberts nearly hit a shoal in the water but then turned right away from the hazard. The junk fired their cannons but missed their shots with the sudden turn and change of direction.

Red Pirate Roberts maneuvered her ship to the left flank of the junk and Smithers fired a cannon. The pirate captain adjusted course after the cannonball ricocheted off the port side of the vessel. But this course adjustment exposed the ship's rudder and Manuel cast bolt for the first time. The massive screaming arc of water smashed into the vessel's rudder, killing the captain instantly, and left a huge hole in the aft hull of the ship. The ship suddenly crashed into the shoals that Red Pirate Roberts had avoided and the ship's crew and cannons flew off the upper deck of the ship while those below drowned. A few survivors hung on to planks and drifted away.

Red Pirate Roberts ordered Joseph to salvage the junk. 

"But C'pn, we ain't got any lumber!"--Ship Carpenter Joseph   
"Strip the upper deck! I will have that ship!"--Red Pirate Roberts

"If this gambit fails, we will be adrift at sea. Are you sure C'pn?"--Ship Carpenter Joseph 
"You have your orders, Quartermaster. Carry them out."--Red Pirate Roberts

The crew chopped down their own upper deck and handed the planks to Joseph who repaired the junk's bottom hull as it teetered precariously on shoals and threatened to sink completely to the bottom of the Kieran Sea. After the repairs were made, they latched their vessel to the junk and headed for the nearest Kieran island having to go a long way in a counterclockwise manner due to the rudder only being able to turn right. 

[Ellen played Convenient Repairs.]

DAY 102-111
PLACE: KIERAN SEA
WEATHER: SUNNY

The group spent the next nine days moored at the island. They stripped the Rojo Cazadora of everything and used the lumber from below deck and then cut down trees on the island to repair the junk. The crew started to whisper of mutiny as cabin fever started to set in as day after day was grueling work and more and more damnable crackers made morale plummet. 

DAY 112-113
PLACE: TIMIN
WEATHER: RAINY 

Red Pirate Roberts sailed the repaired junk west to Timin. In Timin, she paid the crew, bought provisions and cannonballs, a hold full of lumber, and recruited four Masaquani sailors. The entire crew caroused. The men toasted Jim Black, a man who didn't deserve his fate, and cursed Stripe for his treachery, toasting the sharks that ate him. Unk bought a parrot that he named Nick Nack following Masaquani naming traditions with a Red Man's spelling.

DAY 114
PLACE: KIERAN SEA
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: AFTERNOON

Red Pirate Roberts was forced to turn back to the island to hide out, finding a black ship patrolling to the northeast of Timin.  

DAY 117
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: DUSK

Red Pirate Roberts used the weather and lighting conditions to hide the junk from the eyes of the fortress at the tip of a peninsula and land the ship in a fjord beyond their line of sight.

She decided to take Smithers and the four Spaniards, Horventerous, Domingo, Unk, and Suzu on land leaving Joseph, Louis, Rosetta, Natsu Nara, and the four Masaquani recruits behind at the ship. 

DAY 118
PLACE: COAKER MOUNTAINS
WEATHER: OVERCAST
TIME OF DAY: AFTERNOON

The group found four humans covered in ash and soot with tattered clothing with metal shackles with broken chains around their wrists and ankles. They carried muskets and cutlasses. They parleyed with the group, noticing they were not Masaquani. They wanted to leave the island and Unk's parrot (with the Big Mouth Hindrance) said that they had a ship. The group negotiated with them and they agreed to help them with their quests for a bottle of air from the peak of a Coaker Mountain and to rescue Luis if they were granted safe passage. When Horventerous brought up Tomas de Orinjo, they mentioned that their now deceased guards said he had just been caught in Paltos. The group made it to the nadir of a mountain and began to climb... 

XP: 2 

MINIMUM XP: 25

LOOT: Sharkskin Sails, Green Dolphin Figurehead

PICTURES:

MAPS 

I used our blue tablecloth for the seas of Caribdus this week. I used the center four map sections of DramaScape's Sunken Ship as the Wreck of the Carcanus. This removes the mines on the other map sections that makes it look like more of a modern map. Sunken Ship works well in 50 Fathoms for any of the wreckage scenarios.

MINIATURES 

Tri-folds used are from the 50 Fathoms Figure Flat Pack PDF and a metal 50 Fathoms miniature by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Heroclix by WizKids are used for some figures. The figure flat for Unk is from Deadly Missions Mercenaries by Grey Matter Games. Ships used include one from Red Rose Tea and Letters of Marque by Fantasy Flight Games.


Sunken Ship 

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/135049/Sunken-Ship?affiliate_id=12615