Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
Buon Natale e buon anno!
Feliz Natal e Feliz Ano Novo!
!Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo! 

I'd love to add greetings in Polish and Russian, but I don't trust my old translations, and I'm afraid to make a similar mistake to the lead priest at my father's church. Every Christmas service, he breaks out his guitar, sings José Felicianos "Feliz Navidad", and proceeds to wish everyone in the congregation a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous Anus. You really have to watch those accents and non-English letters, as I keep trying to tell him... ;D

Festive joy from my favourite webcomic, Brian Patterson's d20 monkey. May all your gaming be merry and bright, and may it be with the best of your family and friends. Have a Happy New Year, too!

P.S. Please send good wishes and/or prayer's Brian's way. He broke his knee getting his Christmas decorations down from his attic a month ago, has had to have surgery, and can't even sit at his desk to draw the comic for most of the next two months. And his gaming-related goodness includes an annual Christmas arc with one of his lead characters proving to be Santa's long-lost son... :(

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Extended corn rows for Corn-flagration of Dooooom!

As previously promised, One Monk's Corn Rows modded to 10" lengths, to save work when crafting the corn maze. Four printed copies are necessary for the cornmaze I've designed, at the largest size they will print off (either US Letter or A4). The cornmaze requires 78-79 linear inches, and if you can print each sheet at 10" long you'll just be able to do it. Actual photos of the build should follow tomorrow...

The illustration is (C) 2008 by Jim Hartman (One Monk), and modded with permission 2013 by Anne Thornton (WackyAnne AKA DungeonMama). For personal use only. Please visit onemonk.com and the Cardboard Warriors forum for more on the art and hobby of gaming papercraft.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Minis for Monday! (slightly late)

Hello Everyone!

I've learned a valuable, yet painful, lesson today. I had an older post open to update it with some links, my computer hung up (a memory leak somewhere, it seems), and the post was wiped. As it was my Dungeon for Dominion Day, a prize-winner, and my most detailed (and visited) post, I couldn't leave it at that. There was some hope, in that the initial image and opening paragraph still lingered in the editor when the browser was re-opened. It's taken me hours to restore the post, and add back in the valid links, etc. Fortunately the comments were still linked...

The reason I was fiddling with the old post in the first place was because I've recently been chatting with Mr. Billiam Babble, of Inked Adventures fame, and he suggested I share the minis I made from his knight-for-scale doodle in his Large Dungeon Entrance. These knights will be marching off to join the Cardboard Warriors as soon as this is posted.

I reworked the whole page earlier today, to put in a proper copyright notice; they were, until today, for my eyes only save for a glimpse in the photo below. Please note, the artwork is under copyright by Billiam Babble, but my understanding is that my adaptation may be shared with the notice intact. For free, that should go with out saying. However, I heartily encourage you to purchase some of Inked Adventures' most excellent dungeon tiles and terrain. Not only will it show your appreciation of his work, it affords you the very best way to make your knight feel at home. ;)

Brave Montresor against four Dead Demi-Human Knights (or Halfling Shadow Knights, if you prefer) in the Dungeons of the Demented Demi-Human! adventure for Dominion Day.

These are not quite in the One Monk/Cardboard Warriors style for three reasons.
One: this is simply mirrored art rather than full-front and back (YOU try doodling a back to match!). Two: rather than fold on the base tab, you fold down from the top of the mini.
Three: no black border used as a cutting guide. You trim as near as you can, or leave rectangular

Why this way? Well, this was a very early experiment of mine, before I knew about GIMP or had access to my Photoshop. This is just about the simplest way to make a mini:

1) take a cropped screenshot of a suitable image
2) duplicate it
3) flip the duplicate upside down
4) flip the duplicate left-right (mirror-image)
5) open up a text-editor, drop in upright
6) copy across as many times as you want, hit enter
7) drop in upside-down/mirror-image
8) copy across the same number of times, lining it up
9) in between each set of feet, insert two lines of type with the artist/mini info
10) underline the right-side up text, to provide a cut or fold line

That's it, save for some minor tweaking of tab sizes, lining-up, and page formatting. All it took on my Mac were the screenshot function, Preview to flip the image, and TextEdit. The screenshot image loses some resolution from the original, but it's still acceptable.

In this case, to fit the page, the knights come out to about 23mm scale. Given that One Monk's scale is closer to 32 mm, and comparing with my small-sized Pathfinder minis, the resulting knights are just about perfect halfling size. Now, you could certainly enlarge these on printing, though you will have to change your top and bottom margins to compensate. It would be easier for those using A4 instead of US Letter.

Here you can see them roughly cut and folded. Next, you would glue the wrong sides together. You may glue the tabs together if paper-basing One Monk style or with a plastic slotted base. Or you could leave the tabs unglued to use the Reivaj or Kev's Lounge styles of paper-base. Inked Adventures' free bases work best with the latter styles. After the glue has set, you can trim around the figure, or leave as is.

Well, I hope you have some fun with these. To see what I used them for, check out my Dungeons of the Demented Demi-Human! adventure for Dominion Day.

The good news is, that I have perhaps inspired the Brilliant Mr. Babble to draw up some actual adventuresome paper minis!

- WackyAnne, AKA Dungeon Mama

Monday, 21 October 2013

Picnic Adventures! Corn-flagration of Doooooom! Halloween Mini-module for Monday...

Just a tease, for now. Hope to have this mini-module of sorts posted tonight, as there are now only 10 days left until Halloween!

Picnic Adventures! Pumpkin Patch Map-Tile

The first official release from Picnic Adventures! For my readers, and especially my friends at the Cardboard Warriors Forum! It will be joining the second part of the Forum Hoard of free minis and models in paper...

A pumpkin patch/garden plot/wheat field/corn field tile for your enjoyment, using the grass and dirt textures from One Monk's bases page (all credit to the mighty Jim Hartman, and thanks to Eric "Squirmydad" Brown for keeping the dream alive!). This ensures that they will work perfectly with One Monk's Halloween Harvest Prop set (download zip file here). The map or terrain tile is designed as 7" x 7", 300 pixels per inch. You'll likely have to test it out on your printer for the most accurate scaling.
Picnic Adventures! Pumpkin Patch Preview (Plain)
Picnic Adventures! Pumpkin Patch Map-Tile (image or pdf)

Why 7" x 7", rather than 6" x 6" or 8" x 8"? Well, this way you can slice off one or more of the grass margins and have a battlemap spanning multiple tiles, yet still have a usuable stand-alone tile. Four tiles will yield a 12" x 12" field, six tiles a 12" x 17" field, nine tiles a 17" x 17" field - and unless you plan on leaving the fields fallow, you'd better stop there  ;)

Since the One Monk crops are 3" long, one page of wheatfield or pumpkins will yield 24 linear inches or 120 linear feet of crops, one page of corn-rows will yield 12 linear inches or 60 linear feet of crops. A single tile can accommodate four (in-line) or five (off-set) rows of crops per page, so plan & print accordingly. 

You can use One Monk's bases that are included in his set; they'll match just about perfectly if you want to place or glue them down onto the tile (see how well they'll blend below). Alternatively, you can glue the tile(s) down onto foamcore board (preferably black), and cut slots to accommodate the crops' tabs, like Okumarts bases his minis. You can also crop (tee hee) the tabs somewhat, so you don't have to slice the whole length into the tile/foamcore.

Picnic Adventures! Pumpkin Patch Preview with Props ;)
Preview showing compatibility with One Monk's free Halloween Harvest Prop set (download zip file here)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Reboot to the Head! A little Mini Mondays for you...

Hello again, World!

While the summertime meant mama-time over dungeon-time, things are finally falling into place for fall. And this blog has been too-long neglected, especially considering the amount of raw data that I've been accumulating even as I've been failing to post.
In the coming days and weeks, I'll be posting many of the papercraft gaming models I've been finding, admiring, buying, printing, cutting, folding, gluing, and even occassionally using ;)
I'll also be reviewing a few of the many excellent resources (digitally and in print) I've discovered for gamers and game-masters, beginners, kids, and old grumps. :P
But for tonight, where it's still Monday somewhere, I'll be talking about an impulse buy that has turned into an impulse collection... with perhaps no end in sight.
For Mini Mondays, let me present:

duh duh DAH!


[now let me take a few minutes to clean up and post some pictures, please :) ]

Hopefully you recall our handsome adventurer from the Dungeon for Dominion Day, brave Montresor Jericho, from DC's Crisis line. I picked him up for a song ($0.50) at my FLC&GS, Strange Adventures,  because he so closely resembled the hero from the best computer RPG that ever was, or ever will be, Sierra's Hero's Quest Quest for Glory. I've still not found any better candidate, in metal, plastic, or paper. He's seen duty more than any other mini, and braved the Skeleton King's Crypt not once, but twice, while my son & I played Pathfinder on a picnic in the park.
Well, he was also a gateway mini, and after the disappointments I've suffered with the hit-and-miss quality of WizKids' Pathfinder Minis releases, I found the prospect of HeroClix _very_ appealing.
Buying from the bargain bin allows me to see what I'm getting and therefore get what I like, pay little for it, and keep or convert as needed.
I plan on rebasing them gradually, touching up a few spots where the brush went awry or the colours need adjusting for my needs, and only altering a couple more drastically. Mini-painting is another entirely new experience for me, so I'll go slow, do as little as possible, and only experiment on the cheapest, most disposable ones until I'm feeling more confident.

Over the course of a month or two, I bought 34 bargain-bin HeroClix for $22.75, or $0.67/mini on average; 7 for $0.25 each, 11 for $0.50 each, 2 for $0.75 each, 14 for $1.00 each. Roughly a third need no conversion, another third only light modification, and the remainder some, none (saving 2-3 recognizable superheroes for my boys later on), or completely (cut up for parts).

Pros: No Surprises, Cheaper, Generally better paint jobs than I've found with the Pathfinder Minis.
Cons: Need for re-basing for best results, Not Pathfinder-specific,
Break-even points: slightly larger scale than most RPG minis.

Sorry, I'll have to add more more details and photos later. Looking over my stash, and my records, this got more involved than I'd planned.

Today's big news was supposed to be that I'd found HeroClix Marvel Classics and DC Classics 3-packs at my favourite local "dollar" store for $2.50 apiece. Savings of 75%, my sons will get to play with recognizable superheroes (or it'll be up to me to run a superhero campaign sooner rather than later), and one or two will have life outside comic-book settings. Commissioner Gordon looks like he'd be great as an aging pulp detective ;D

Monday, 26 August 2013

Picnic Adventures! Picnic Mimic!

What kids ever met up in a tavern? Nope, our bold adventurers begin their heroic journey one simple, sunny summer day, enjoying the fresh air and a delicious picnic. But what is a picnic without ants?

Here is adversary number two for our bold Picnic Adventurers (the first ANTagonist was diplomatically turned into an ally): a baby mimic at play!

The picnic basket is all one piece, folded, and has the following options built-in: food, blanket, mimics (2), and lid to keep it all in!  Dryw the Harper's female cleric from his Imperfect Child Adventurers set is included for scale, and your defense!

[My submission to the Single Figure category for this year's Papercut Awards over at the Cardboard Warriors forum]

I'd not originally planned to include this and my other entry into the Papercuts 2013 contest, but if I don't now, I never will get them done ;D I hope it at least brings a smile to your face, if not admiration for my skill!

Sadly, only camera working is my iPhone, and neither of my printers nor my scanner were in the necessary full working order to assist, so things are a little rough. My mini, therefore, is the original, prior to being scanned and printed. My photo-scan needed too much digital manipulation to restore true colours to make it worth my while for the contest submission.

Picnic Adventures!

What kids ever met up in a tavern? Nope, our bold adventurers begin their heroic journey one simple, sunny summer day, enjoying the fresh air and a delicious picnic. But what is a picnic without ants?

Here's what I've been up to all summer. Well, lots of picnics, certainly, with my two boys lil' G (age 7) and lil' L (age 3). And trying to get a game of Pathfinder going with my husband and our friends while having to satisfy my fix diving into this wonderful hobby of papercraft for gaming. The closest I've come this true adventuring has been A Pathfinder Picnic in the Park with lil' G, GMing him as he went through the solo adventure in the Pathfinder Beginner Box, The Skeleton King's Crypt, with help from a couple of paper minis.

The combination of my favourite pastimes inspired me to start designing a kid's game which may one day see the light of day. The pictures below show a glimpse into a couple of adventures I've got planned. The ant is Reivaj's Ant Warriors Standard Bearer, shrunk to 67% and de-weaponized so that he doesn't present a threat to Dryw the Harper's excellent adventurers [Imperfect Child Adventurers]. The background is from The Hobbit Companion book, the ground from a Japanese papercraft site modded in Gimp, the greenery from Oversoul Games (whose Dungeon Plungin' I have yet to read the rules for), and the Picnic Mimic, blanket, and log are all mine. The log, in fact, I've already shared in a previous post, and was my first paper mini, made on the fly for that first photo.

[My submission to the Diorama category for this year's Papercut Awards over at the Cardboard Warriors forum]

Supplemental to the entry, a couple of fun details as I play around with Dryw's amazing little adventurers...

I'd not originally planned to include this and my other entry into the Papercuts 2013 contest, but if I don't now, I never will get them done ;D I hope it at least brings a smile to your face, if not admiration for my skill!

Sadly, only camera working is my iPhone, and neither of my printers nor my scanner were in the necessary full working order to assist, so things are a little rough.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Synergy? Synchronicity? I dunno, but there's some kinda syn around here ;)

Imperfect Infernals by Dryw the Harper
Disco floor tile by spaceranger42
Idea from Parduz
Additional inspiration by DagobahDave Graffam
Execution by Dungeon Mama/WackyAnne

All thanks to the amazing Cardboard Warriors!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

A Dungeon Delayed...is a Dungeon Denied?

My apologies to all my readers (who I'm sure number in the handful, if not two, by now) for not posting over this last week, but summer vacation rarely means vacation for mamas. I've a couple of small stories to share nonetheless.

First off, I'd like to thank the FrugalGM for having such a fun contest to celebrate the work of one of my favourite artists, Billiam Babble of Inked Adventures. I was inspired to finally use the Inked Adventures sets and odds&ends I'd picked up from RPGNow over the last few months, and free-form design a dungeon for Canada's birthday. While this dungeon has yet to be played in (hence today's title), it's ready to go at a moment's notice.

I had a lot of fun designing the Dominion Day Dungeon, using elements from a couple of free sets, the full Modular Dungeon Cut-Up Sections Basic Pack, and encounter sets such as Evil Summonings (charity IRL, no mercy IG). I also broke down and gave in to a long-standing temptation, picking up all four of Inked Adventures' Encounters, which include not only specialized tiles, but paper minis for the adversaries. I only needed the encounter tile from  Encounter Lairs# 3 Forest Ambush for this particular set-up, but I'm sure I'll be able to make use of all of them sooner rather than later.
Another enjoyable aspect, aside from the amazing hand-drawn art appeal, was the simplicity of cutting out tiles to lay out as I please (with no scoring, folding, or glueing). That's a welcome relief from all the previous paper mini-making, kid's papercrafting, and even the 3D terrain in my future.

Gnome#1 will soon be ready to go through, playing a simplified Pathfinder ruleset. We went through most of the introductory solo adventure in the Pathfinder Beginner Box a week ago today. More later!

Dungeon Delayed = Dungeon Denied?

Sunday, 30 June 2013

A Dungeon for Dominion Day!

Tomorrow marks Canada's 146th birthday, and I plan on celebrating with A Dungeon for Dominion Day! (A salute to my Dad, who still calls Canada Day by its old name.)

Our good friends will be trudging through this dungeon for our first ever crawl soon enough, but I plan on taking my older gnomelet through tomorrow morning. For now, you get a sneak peek at my plans and secrets while I also showcase my favourite papercraft artist, Billiam Babble of Inked Adventures. Depending on timezones, I may even get this entered into The Frugal GM's Inked Adventures Contest in time. Time's something I've been rather short of, with the gnomelets now out of school for the summer, and a surprise convention that got me gaming for eleven hours yesterday! Anyway, back to The Dungeon!

In our first glimpse, we see two gypsy wagon drivers enjoying a chat and a beer while someone else looks after the horses. The gypsies are from a caravan our hero is helping to protect through a sometimes treacherous route through the woods.

The wagons & drivers are from my second favourite papercraft artist, Dryw the Harper, over on the Cardboard Warriors forums. He has generously provided 100's of free paper minis that he's made for the games he gamemasters (GMs). Our hero is a bargain bin HeroClix figure I picked up from Strange Adventures (my friendly local comic & gaming store or FLC/GS) because he looks remarkably like Montresor: my favourite character I've ever created, from my favourite computer game, Hero's Quest AKA Quest for Glory. Except, I played Montresor as a jack-of-all-trades thief, and this guy (Jericho? whoever that guy is; clearly he's in the bargain bin for his obscurity) looks ready to take on the world with his fists alone. Which is good, because he's going to solo this dungeon for demonstration's sake ;)

Descending into the crypt, our hero will confront a halfling skeleton-come-to-life should he open up the sarcophagus. However, our hero may be smart enough to discover the lever that swings the sarcophagus aside, revealing steps leading into...

The Dungeon Dominions of the Demented Demi-Human!

Our will have to be wary of traps and minor beasties in the hallways.

Every decision will have its consequences.

A Mysterious Chamber?

Or more choices?

A Dead-End Tunnel?

Or a Dozen Dead Demi-Human Knights?

Okay, so only four are shown here. But I have twenty-seven altogether! These were my experiment at crafting paper-minis in a semi-One Monk/Cardboard Warriors style; the artwork is the scale-representative drawing used in Inked Adventures' Skeletal Archway & Portal Large Dungeon Entrance add-on. The artwork here reminds me very much of my favourite comic book artist, Mark Oakley, and his Shadow Knights in Thieves & Kings.

Finally, our hero seems to be getting somewhere worthwhile. But who would be crazy enough to live down here?

It is the Demented Demi-Human! (AKA Lem the Halfling Bard, Iconic Pathfinder character, gone rogue... err... evil summoner) summoning a creature from a bizarre dominion...

He also appears to have an equally demented pet goblin, ready to toss a bomb or two at our intrepid hero!

Will our hero's fists-of-fury prevail?!

Naturally. After all, I'm going to be running this for a seven-year-old gnomelet, as his first-ever dungeon delve ;)

My elder gnomelet may, however, need his lil' brother gnomelet's miraculous finding skill to discover the hidden treasure hoard off the summoner's bedchamber. Someone roll him a Nat 20! Stat!



All terrain used for this dungeon is Inked Adventures from RPGNow, as noted below:

Encounter Lairs #3 Forest Ambush ($3.25 sale $2.50), the encounter tile is printed twice
Modular Dungeon | Cut-Up Sections | Basic Pack ($5.50 sale $4.50), p.40 "Entrance amidst overgrown ruins" [also available in the Free Sample Pack of same]

Modular Dungeon | Crypt Room & Door (FREE)

Entry Stairs, Corridors, Stand-up doors, Dual-level Chamber
Modular Dungeon | Cut-Up Sections | Basic Pack ($5.50 sale $4.50) [some pieces may also be available in the Free Sample Pack of same]

Summoner's Bedroom, Staircase, Summoning Chamber, Prison Cell, and Secret Treasure Chamber
Modular Dungeon | Evil Summonings ($2.50) [all proceeds go to charity! Woohoo!]

A mixture of minis:

Gypsies & Wagons: Imperfect People's Imperfect Wagons, by Dryw the Harper @ Cardboard Warriors

*Log*: my first ever paper mini/terrain. Surprise!

Our Hero, Montresor: Jericho, DC Team Crisis, HeroClix, from Strange Adventures in Fredericton

Halfling Shadow Knights: paper minis I crafted from a scale-representative drawing in Inked Adventures' Skeletal Archway & Portal  Large Dungeon Entrance ($1.50 sale $0.95)

Halfling Summoner: Lem the Halfling Bard (iconic Pathfinder hero repurposed), from WizKids' Pathfinder Battles: Shattered Star random booster pack (MSRP $15.99, or on his own for $10.00 from Paizo), from Strange Adventures in Halifax.

Goblin Pet/Prisoner: Mogmurch the Alchemist, from WizKids' Pathfinder Battles' Builder Series: We Be Goblins (random single pack, MSRP $2.99). He was my character from my first-ever-as-an-adult tabletop RPG, on Free RPG Day 2013, from Gamezilla in Fredericton.

Summoned Creature: A patriotic maple leaf eraser from one of my elder gnomelet's pencils ;D

The dice, too, are patriotic in Canada's Red & White; they are from the Pathfinder Beginner Box. The shimmery yellow d20 die is a loose Chessex from the bin @ Strange Adventures in Fredericton, bought especially for my GMing.

Hope you've enjoyed the adventure, and that you have a Happy Dominion Day! 
err... Happy Canada Day! err... Happy Fourth of July! or just Happy Summer Gaming!

- WackyAnne AKA Dungeon Mama

P.S. Always share your stories (& your treasure) with your friends afterwards ;D

A busy week! Happy Summer!

Well, it's been a VERY busy week. The first full week of summer means both gnomelets are underfoot more often, and both eager to do some papercrafting. Well, for Mama to do the papercrafting for them. Two treasure chests, one made for the elder gnomelet's friend's birthday card, the other (reinforced) for the littler gnomelet sufficiently to hold some gigantic jewels (more on that another day). After an intensive internet search, they settled on my next project for them - Cubeecraft's Luigi and Mario (elder & younger gnomelet, respectively).
I think next year I'll have to dress them up and take them to the con I visited Saturday - Animaritime. My first-ever convention, and somewhat unplanned. Unplanned on my part, because being neither an anime or manga aficionado it wasn't on my to-do list until I learned a few days ago that there would be Pathfinder played there. Well, how could I pass up the chance to play again? Our home game didn't get  off the ground yet again, turning into Dungeon! and Margaritas instead of Dungeons & Daiquiris last  weekend. And can you believe it, I didn't realize my mistake on the drinks until my friend J pointed it out to me days later. So you can see how often I drink...
Anyway, back to the convention. Aside from enjoying the sight of people en-costumed in their favourite characters (all-but-unknown to me!), peeking in a couple of panels, and window-shopping the vendors and artists, I was hard-core gaming. From 9am to 1pm I was in my first-ever Pathfinder Society game, and my second-ever took up the hours between 7pm and 11pm. I also got in a two-hour play-&-learn session of Munchkin, but hanging out with my own Munchkins for supper was more fun even if it was mundane. Mission Impossible flavour doesn't quite float my boat, and the hot muggy weather made the geek sweat more claustrophobic in the too-small, too-packed room. I'll be happy to pick it up and play it again sometime, but will stick with dungeon flavours - especially if it's the upcoming Pathfinder one!
I'll update with the Pathfinder game information later on... (I had a blast!)

WackyAnne, AKA Dungeon Mama

Monday, 24 June 2013

Mini Mondays!

Okay, I know I said in my original Mini Mondays/Module Mondays post that I'd be alternating Mini Mondays (odd days) with Module Mondays (even days). However, our at-long-last-we-are-going-to-actually-PLAY! group didn't actually play Dungeons & Dragons this weekend. Instead... we played Dungeon! a dungeon-crawling board game put out by Dungeons & Dragons. Close enough... especially since we got more than enough plurality in the Daiquiris half of our Dungeons & Daiquiris Saturday evening...
So without further ado, Mini Monday! (I'm odd - close enough?).

While last week I posted a review of the Pathfinder Battles Builder Series: We Be Goblins, today I'll be focusing on something completely different: Paper Minis!

In particular, a spectacular freebie, sure to add lots of flavour to many a campaign, especially any of the number of Pathfinder adventures set in gypsy-inspired Varisia.

Imperfect Wagons: Gypsy Wagons by D. Caraley (AKA Dryw the Harper), from the Cardboard Warriors forum.

Dungeons & Daiquiris!

Well... Dungeon! & Daiquiris...

As I mentioned in my intro post, myself, my husband, and a couple of very close friends have been talking about (and somewhat preparing for) playing Dungeons & Dragons since New Year's. Well, summer has now officially arrived, and in the hopes of enjoying some deck time and the short Canadian summer, I had the inspired idea to host Dungeons & Daiquiris night.

We had had an evening or two a couple of months ago where we'd done a little work towards character generation: one night in January or February where the germ of our characters (name, race, class, perchance the ghost of a backstory) was hatched, and another in late April/early May at J&S' place where we compared the D&D 4E Red Box I'd picked up for them against the Pathfinder Beginner Box J (our DM-to-be)

Freebie Fridays!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Mini Mondays! We Be Goblins!

The deranged alchemist Mogmurch.
He stands 20mm to the eyes.
A new blog, a new feature! I'll be alternating Mini Mondays (odd days) with Module Mondays (even days), highlighting and reviewing whenever possible the best I've seen / read / purchased. To kick things off, I will be including an edited version of the review I posted to paizo.com of the Pathfinder Battles Builder Series: We Be Goblins.

Pathfinder Battles—Builder Series: We Be Goblins

Available now at here at Paizo's website, or at your Friendly Local Gaming Store (FLGS) in single packs (MSRP $2.99) or 24-pack Display Cases (MSRP $59.76). Canadian, international, and even different store prices may vary. My FLGSs had single packs priced at $2.79CAD and $3.95CAD, respectively.


FANTASTIC! exceptional detail & finishing, fabulous fun ;D

Monday, 11:38 PM

Impossible to resist if you are any fan of goblins at all, I imagine many visiting paizo.com have had these on their wish list since the day they were announced. Let me say, these minis in no way disappoint (how could they? They Be Goblins!). The sculpts are full of personality and exceptional detail, and the paint jobs are fantastic. There is a great balance of matte and shiny surfaces (appropriately assigned), nice metallic work on the weapons, no painting outside the lines that I can find (over the 6 minis I've gotten so far), and there is a nice wash so that the depths are brought out. [One difference to the photos shown at Paizo.com is that I have a blue lizard mount for my Goblin Warchief, instead of the plain brown pictured. His back half (lower torso, back legs, and tail) and his forearms (lower front legs) are all denim blue, with the rest black-speckled brown. It looks great, but again, is different from what is pictured.]

As to randomization in the case, I've been lucky, with the Goblin Warchief in my first package*, and no duplicates in the further 5 I purchased at another store. I've another two that I'm leaving in the package until I just can't resist any longer ;)

The Goblins arrived just in time for their second module outing - another home run for Paizo (& smart marketing). While I was playing in a We Be Goblins Too! game at my FLGS on Free RPG Day, a guy from another table (who'd bought out most of the case) shared his duplicates so that we all might play with our actual character's minis. It certainly enhanced the experience! The cherry on triple-fudge sundae, to be sure :D

I would also like to add just how much I like the Pathfinder Battles Builder Series as a whole, and why it is such a great idea in so many ways:
#1 Goblins! Epic Win!
#2 Allows you to play Iconic monsters ;)

General benefits to the series as a whole:
#3 allows you to populate larger creature encounters, adding as few or as many as you like
#4 that little bit of surprise, the happy kind, while still knowing that you are sure to get a goblin (or undead, in the upcoming set), instead of some more random monster or NPC.
#5) a token something to pick up at your FLGS every time you pop in, at low price-point (good for the buyer, the store, and Paizo/WizKids - win/win/win!)


*That happy discovery redeemed WizKids for me, as I was very disappointed with my lot in the Shattered Star booster I'd bought as my first ever mini purchase. I'll add that review in when I have more time.

Mini Mondays! Module Mondays! We Be Goblins!!!

A new blog, a new feature! I'll be alternating Mini Mondays (odd days) with Module Mondays (even days), highlighting and reviewing whenever possible the best I've seen/read/purchased. Our gaming group has yet to get off the ground, so my one-&-only contemporary tabletop experience was this weekend's Free RPG Day. Therefore, my module experience is limited ;)
To kick things off, I will be including edited versions of reviews I posted to paizo.com of this year's Pathfinder Free RPG Module, We Be Goblins Too! and of the Pathfinder Battles Builder Series: We Be Goblins. The module I'll be reviewing from the player's perspective, and a newbie player at that. Once I've had a chance to read it over in more detail, and hopefully run it for my gaming group, I'll review it from the GM's perspective. Keep a look out!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Happy Free RPG Day 2013!

Happy Free RPG Day 2013 to all you gamers, geeks, wannabes, and especially the DMs/GMs/Storytellers that put up with us. And thanks to the great Friendly Local Gaming (&/or Comic) Stores, fantastic publishers, and the friendly organizers of FRPGD who put theirs heads together and put on a such a wonderful event on for us today!

My biggest thanks to Strange Adventures and GameZilla here in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and some very special people: Josh Smith (local PFS guy, allied with Strange Adventures, who let me know what was going on today), Lee Dunn (organizer of the games at GameZilla who hooked me up with my very first modern game!), and the other staff at both stores whose names I will learn & remember soon, I promise ;D
And last, but certainly not least Ellie, Phil, Amanda, and most especially Kyle, who took me through my first ever game of Pathfinder (We Be Goblins, Too!) and put up with my many questions and much enthusiasm with patience and helpfulness. And Kyle, you've some amazing voices in you! Loved every  minute of it, and so glad I was able to join in.

Now that I've actually played my first tabletop RPG in over twenty years (my older brother figure Andrew lead me through the original Ravenloft and another AD&D module back when I was a tween), I can now pour out all that I've been poring over the last six months. Myself, my husband, and two very good friends of ours were playing a boardgame New Years Eve, and shared a mutual desire of getting into D&D. For one reason or another, we've not suceeded in getting together yet, but I feel our luck a-turning. Joe's been able to run some intro to 4E with his kids, in prep for leading us grownups through, and I've been learning Pathfinder (more fluff than crunch so far) so we can trade off GMing duties and try a couple of flavours of RPG.

Look for my upcoming reviews of the fun Kids' RPGs I've tracked down so that we might share our interests with our little ones, plus fantastic freebies I've found in my hunt for knowledge ;)


Anne, AKA Dungeon Mama, AKA Mogmurch today ;D