Way back when, I used to write these short posts (yeah, Pffft!) where I would mix and match various cool things I’d seen on the web or to update people on things I had been doing. I thought it would be a good time to do one now.
Font of Sorrows 3.0
A recent, Montreal-based, bilingual gaming forum called Roludo opened-up a few weeks ago. Managed by a group of passionate gamers, including my friend WalkerP, they decided to organize their first convention (held in one of the organizers’ apartment) this next weekend.
They invited me to join and I offered to run my Font of Sorrows adventure, a 4e Dungeon Crawl featuring new monsters, fiendish traps and heavy exploration elements.
I’ve spent some time fiddling with it this week. I ran it at Pax East and it ended up being too complex to run properly. I’m simplifying it while highlighting the elements that made it different from other adventures I ran. I’m very happy with the results so far, thanks to Dave: The Game who helped me with the Skill Challenge involving a very special 4 ton monster called Spurt.
I know I keep busting other RPG bloggers ‘ ass when they’re being negative about themselves online, but try as I might, I have trouble wrapping my mind about being associated with the above in such a large event (60 000+ participants).
I guess you really made it as a geek when you get invited to your country’s largest Fan convention. Still, part of me says “but I haven’t even started yet”.
Anyhoo, with so many playtest sessions of Font of Sorrows, I hope to be able to have a final manuscript ready for publication by the end of the summer. The adventure could even be the starting point for a Primal/Within campaign setting should I ever decide to go for it.
When Twitter leads to awesomeness
Two weeks ago, while fiddling on my home D&D session, I imagined a mechanical construct that would be the embodiment of the Blade Barrier spell in humanoid form. I envisioned some sort of encounter element that could act as both a trap and monster. Thus I created the Doomforge Bladeshrike as a tribute to both the cleric spell and Hyperion.
At the same time I was designing the monster and musing about it on Twitter, my friend Jared Von Hindman of Brain Injury Theater (where I just learned that I made the top of his “What people say about me” list, yay!) gave me advice on the creatures’ look and spontaneously decided to draw it.
Have a look (click to enlarge), it’s Made of Win.
I love the internet.
Now go buy his art! I need his butt at Gen Con for our annual Drunken D&D.
My first piece of Blogger Fan Art!
Last month, blogger Corwin of Ready an Action (A nice looking blog that posts regular D&D 4e adventures) wrote me a tribute adventure. It’s called Musings of the Chattering Skull and features a undead skull named Menardo that’s driving a whole town crazy with it’s echo-amplified incessant chatter.
The adventure features a full encounter against the garrulous skull and pokes fun at many of my past articles and idiosyncrasies. Its clear that Corwin knows my stuff and had fun working it in the adventure. He especially went all out to spell out a lot of catch phrases and dialogue for the Chattering skull, it’s hilarious. I’m now the villain of a D&D adventure, so cool!
I’m really touched and feel all weird. I guess that I have fan art now.
Have a look and let the author know what you think of it.
Power Word: Melt!
On a more personal note, last week I saw my physician for the first time since my Type 2 Bipolar diagnosis last year. I knew I that the combination of mood stabilizing drugs and 4 months of near complete physical inactivity during my last seminar season had made me gain significant amount of weight. What I didn’t expect was that I gained so much (35 lbs) and that my bad cholesterol levels skyrocketed to such height that my doctor wondered aloud how come I was still alive.
I needed to do something about it.
When I shared this as a semi-joke yesterday on Twitter, Dave offered a friendly, but very serious wager. We would both commit to losing 40 lbs before the start of Gen Con 2011 (that’s 13 months from now). We would wager that the loser would spend 100$ in Gen Con swag on the winner’s behalf. If we both won, we’d spend the money on us.
However, if we both lost, we’d donate the money to our respective Heart Foundation.
The idea caught fire and both Vanir and Chris from the website joined and paired together in a similar wager.
E from Geeks’ Dream Girl has suggested that we join her “Fit for Gen Con” project and I think that our approach would bring a cool male geek (i.e competitive yet for Geeky stuff) vibe to it. You can rest assured that I’ll keep everyone posted on the project and the steps I’m going to take to beat Dave’s plan to a pulp.
So if you feel like pairing off with a friend (be it online or not) and joining us, feel free to comment or email me with the details of your wager and stakes.
Also, we need a cool name for the endeavour, here are the ones we have so far:
- The Geekest Losers
- Operation: Mass Reduce Person
- Mordenkainen’s Faithful Diet Buddy
- Power Word: Diet
- Power Word: Melt