Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fulci made a barbarian movie

I vaguely remember seeing this at a video store, way back when I was a wee lad. The kind of video store that had a box on the shelf, with little aluminum tags dangling beneath for VHS and Beta. Loads of movies had fantastic covers like this, only to give none of what was promised in the art.

Not so with this one. This really has a lady with a metal face, dressed only in snakes and a loincloth. There is a metal plated demon, and the barbarian protagonist fights with bone nunchucks.

I'd be lying if I said it was a good movie. It's totally not, or you would have seen it. It does have plenty of awesome things about it. Dog men tear a quarter a naked girl, then drag her head back to their master. Old men get their brains bashed in. The hero has a bow that shoots lasers. The villainess cooks an underling on a hot stone. Bog mummies, spiderweb shrouded stone men, Dog men, devils, bats, cavemen, and a golem demon.

It's got a misty dreamlike quality that I liked, but could see would be annoying for some. Sort of like Excalibur, or dream sequences.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

No deaths to speak of

Tonight the Pathfinder session ran roughly five hours. Which was good, it never dragged or became boring. The party had a couple of near death experiences. I really didn't want to fudge the rolls or "let" them live, but really, a chance encounter with 3 trolls would have ended them. They met the green buggers in a field, based on movement alone, the trolls would have overtaken them. Even if they had split up, they were a party of three. All three would have been digested and pooped out.

Monday, June 7, 2010

First session.. a success kinda?

Played the first session of my new pathfinder campaign. I told the players, make what ever alignment you want, do what ever you want, this is a sandbox. Mmmhmm, the session ended with two of the characters knifing the lawful evil priest of Azmodeus in a healing pool he had just desecrated. So that's why letting players have evil alignments is frowned upon. Huh, now I know.

So first session, 1 kill, but totally not my fault. Also, they enslaved a kobold, then got it killed. Anymore first level is all about enslaving at least one humanoid, then putting it in the line of fire.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gonna run some damn Pathfinder

Been a while since I blogged, since I haven't been doing much gaming. The only gaming I've been doing has been Warhammer 40k, and tons of World of Warcraft. For 40k, my girlfriend built me a huge gaming table in the garage. So now I can play on a battlefield that is the correct dimensions of 6' by 4'. Haven't had a chance to play any traditional pen and paper rpgs though. Pretty weak showing, time to start playing the D and the D again. Or Pathfinder, which is the crazy stepchild of Ye old D&D.

So today I'm going to start the first installment of the Kingmaker adventure path. Sandbox in all it's glory, good times. It has a couple of homages or inside jokes to classic DnD. The most noteworthy to me is an encounter with a crazy hermit who lives in a hollow tree with his pet puma he calls "Cat". Mmmhmm, ripped straight out of Keep on the Borderlands.

I have 3 "tenative" players so far, need to expand that to about 4 or 5 I'm thinking. I like the format of the sandbox campaign. Weekly attendance isn't as important as it would be in a character story driven railroad campaign.