Archive for November, 2010

Mission. Accomplished.
28 November, 2010

Partly because I felt that the first part of Keep on the Shadowfell did not present the full D&D experience and partly because I enjoy drawing and populating dungeons, I created a dungeon delve for my little blood-thirsty combatants. I made a point to include several traps as I felt that they had not developed the proper level paranoia when crawling around the battle mat. I think after the thief fell in the pit and both the fighter and wizard walked into the spear gauntlet that they will approach empty squares with more caution. The final battle pitted them against a white dragon. After the trouble the party encountered with Irontooth, I was concerned that it was too tough. This time everyone remembered to use their action points and the fighter’s daily power really jacked up the damage, to the tune of almost 150 points of damage in five rounds. They also learned to search for secret rooms, and then to search the secret room, allowing me to have a little fun rewriting the color text for the magic item. All in all, I count this delve a full success.

 

Big Bang Funny
13 November, 2010

While I have always loved the movies, my movie-watching took a sharp uptick in the 80s, probably due to the triple threat of a job, a car, and a VCR. Like Abed my vernacular grew to include things like “Medic!” from the oodles of Nam war flicks such as Platoon and “I’ll be back.” from Terminator.

I first saw Terminator in the summer of ’85 in the main auditorium of Harvey Mudd. I spent two weeks on campus as part of a program called CAD Camp. In essence it was summer camp for geeks. Like all summer camps it included outings for the campers. Since Mudd is in SoCal, one of those outings was a trip to a Dodger game.

The rented bus had capacity for more than twice the number of us so everyone had a seat of their own. We were sitting sideways, talking across the aisle, when the bus stopped quickly in the rush hour traffic. Buses had no seat belts back then either and a guy in the last seat slid forward off the seat and onto the floor. In a joke that would only kill in a busload of geeks, we heard a plaintive cry from out of sight.

“Cleric!”

Rules Lawyer
1 November, 2010

When negotiating how much Halloween candy the kids could have, my eldest said, “Halloween has a +2 Sugar bonus.”