January Blues

Probably the residual effects of a really bad festive season, but I just can’t seem to get going at the moment.  Painting has stalled, I got my first game of Warmachine/Hordes, of 2012 on Tuesday and I just can’t get up the enthusiasm to get going on the tournament in a couple of weeks.

That said, the couple of games I played on Tuesday; have helped to buoy my spirits wonderfully.  First game, 35pt pGoreshade v pButcher; which was lost before we even started.  I haven’t run Goreshade in a long time, so when I pull out Nightwretches and Skarlock Thrall; it doesn’t trigger that I am wasting points.  It is that bad, it was half way through the game; when I remembered what pGore feat.  So I had to then dig out my Banes, ready to use them.  Suffice to say, Dave smashed me with his Man-O-War Shocktroopers.

I followed this up with a 25pt game of pMadrak v pMorghoul.  This was a lot of fun, even though I had a Titan Gladiator; pummel my Blitzer into the ground in one activation.  With just 2 Boomhowlers and Madrak to end the game, it was feat time.  Watching Madrak scythe his way through Nihilators and Pain Givers, to get to Morghoul; was awesome to watch.  I certainly didn’t forget the lesson, that I learned in Dundee last year; that you check models first before declaring activation ended.  As it was, Madrak didn’t kill Morghoul that turn, but it was close thing; with Madrak down to 1 pt of health after weathering Morghoul and Cyclops attacks.  Thank goodness for Grindar’s Scroll, that Scroll meant I was able to finish off Morghoul next turn.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we kicked off a campaign; using the new Lord of the Rings RPG – The One Ring.  I’m playing a scholarly female Elf of Mirkwood, Miliana Starshine, in the company of 2 Dwarves and one Hobbit companions.  Yes you read that right, I am playing a female elf.  I think of it as the greater challenge in roleplaying, to play the opposite sex.  Hence, why most of my rpg characters have been female.  Plus it’s pretty funny, when innuendo’s start to fly about her sexuality (man trapped in a womans body, etc).  With Iron Kingdoms v2 coming this year, I am really looking forward to getting back into my RPG’s.

Geek Out – Role Playing

Gary Gygax at Gen Con Indy 2007. Gygax is stan...

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My Geek Out today, is all about my love of Role Playing Games; or RPG’s for short.  Like many gamers my age, I started out with the Father of all RPG’s; Dungeons and Dragons.  D&D Red Box, was my first memory of gaming. Sitting in the Home Economics or Science buildings in Inverkeithing High School at lunch time, rolling dice and visiting distant lands.  Amazingly, I still have a single miscast d4 from back then; which makes it over 30 years old.

Over the decades, I have played many RPG’s and tried umpteen different systems.  For me it’s not the dice, the combat or the escapism; it’s all about belonging to something unique.  There are more positive things out of RPG’s, than there are negatives.  Name me one sport, hobby or past time; that requires the following skills in a person.

  • Social Skills – whether playing the role of your character, or speaking to your fellow gamers; how you interact with people is important.
  • Mathematics – to be able to play an RPG, you have to have some basic maths skills.  Working out that 2d6, has an average of 7; can be important.
  • Money Handling – I’m not talking about Real Life money, more in game money.  An adventurer knows the cost of the sword he wants, but knows he could save money by trading in the loot he gained in the last dungeon.  A lost skill, is Haggling; which surprisingly is legal to do in UK.
  • Language Skills – In order to role play, you have to be able to communicate in something resembling the local language.  While I am not fluent in Klingon or Elvish; speaking English to the GM helps a great deal.
  • Problem Solving – Ah the ubiquitous riddles and puzzles, that the GM throws at the party; in the vain hope of killing one of us.
  • Literacy/Imagination – I’ve combined these two, as there are many gamers (like me) that like to really create their characters.  They may write a background, journal or even blog about their parties adventures.  All of those I have done for two particular characters I ran, maybe one day I’ll post it here on my blog.
These are just the ones off the top of my head, there are many more that I could add; like painting, modeling (miniatures) or hand crafts.  All this goes to making RPG’s a great world for me.  I honestly don’t think I would have had as much fun in life, without discovering Role Playing Games.  Thank you Gary Gygax, for opening up a world of possibilities and dreams.