Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Life, the Universe and Everything - February

So, as expected not much to report this month. After resurfacing from January, spending time with my family and catching up with other things has taken its toll.

However, I am now the proud owner of the Original and Voyages Rory's Story Cubes! I have to say I do like them, I have already used them a little, both as an aid to role-playing and as a story generation tool with the kids.

You may have noticed the reference to role-playing in there, and I have actually found the time for a small game with my kids.

We used my Danger Patrol hack for musketeer based action. They are Queen's Musketeers, ladies tasked with the protection of the Queen (historical heresy I know, but do I and they care? Of course not!). Anyway they received a message to meet a stranger in a local inn and were immediately assailed by the Cardinal's Guards. The eldest ran for it, generating some crowds and more guards, while the youngest decided to shoot first and ask questions later! Probably something to do with her miniature holding a pistol.

Anyway a quick scramble to the meeting was made, whereupon they met a young musketter by the name of D'Artangan, who aksed them to dine for a while (Story Cubes in action). He asked them to deliver a message from the Queen to 'The Man with the Purple Feather' in Geneva, along with an innocuous passphrase.

Unfortunately at this stage it was bed time and we haven't managed to get back to it since, despite repeated attempts by them both, but at times where it has not been possible. This isn't quite the end of this adventure!

I've also just finished rationalising all the things I have ever printed out, which was quite a task really. How much can one man need?

So I consider this month a small success, but I sincerely hope with everything now settled there will be many more to come.

Spacejacker kindly commented on my last post about FUBARs 'automatic overwatch' where a unit fails to activate, this is another idea to throw into the mix. Certainly makes more sense than the THW freeze, and a definite consideration. This is another thing that has slid this month, again hopefully better news soon!

Until next time Steve

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Life, the Universe and Everything - January

Yes, this is for January, flu-like symptoms struck me low over the month end, so here it is now.

January is the busiest time of year for me at work, which has left me with little time to properly concentrate on role-playing, despite my recent postings, as most of which have been 'on hold'.

This means that Febraury may be incredibly quiet while I catch up and try to get time to play, this hasn't been helped by a virus, hence the latest of this post.

On a plus side I've agreed with my partner that I get a monthly 'Geek fund'. In the past it's been a case by case basis and it's pretty hard to justify a lot of my expenditure, now it's possibly a little less, but I have free reign and a new streamlined purpose.

I've also managed to enthuse my kids, and I am waiting for the time when we are all free to test out my DP hack (very imminent!).

On the additional plans front I am looking for pirate ship deckplans as the girls have both chosen pirate-y girls and love Pirates of the Caribbean, the trouble is there are so many!

I am currently looking at 0 hrs Ships, Lord Zsezes Pirate/Ghost ship, and GameScapes Pirate Islands. I have of course the Ron Shirtz tiles free from Ye Olde Inn, THE best resource for the Milton Bradley boardgame Heroquest, but I need ships large and small to attack and defend, so if I've missed something terrific let me know.

I am also going to try and find time to try out my solo dungeon delving/minis rules. Really it should be a case of bringing everything together, and as I do so I'll try and release documents to support the whole lot. Not sure where to host them, or where to get the time to bring them together, but I really hope to.

The biggest problem I currently face with them is activation rolls. I don't know if they will add or subtract from the game, I'd like variable initiative but wholesale freezes I'm not sure about, something to ponder on and try out.

As always I have things in the pipeline that I hope to reveal this month, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Until next time Steve