Results for tag: Scales of war
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Jun 12, 2012 at 01:29:17 AM
Let's try again, shall we? A couple of days ago I tried posting an entry only to have about 85% disappear into a bag of holding never to be seen again. Grrr!
Alliance at Nefelus is finally done. Overall, it was a dull grind only relieved by the fragment of a letter which had, somehow, come into the possession of a gargoyle. As for the rest, the sahuagin were too bestial to be interesting; the behir ate Kingdom, who made the creature sick; the beholder became a carving set in the wall; Nara of the Wastes couldn't be bothered fighting; the gargoyles were sleeping; and Chillreaver fought himself to death, thus gainsaying the old adage about two heads being better than one. Don't think so.
Anyway, Throne of the Stone-Skinned King is looking much more interesting. For the sake of reality I've...
Posted by: jwiv on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:43:40 AM
Honestly, I know I'm being all snarky in the blog post, but really, I don't think it was a bad session at all. The players seemed to enjoy themselves, and for the first skill challenge I've ever written, I think it went decently. It's certainly the first skill challenge at least we've played and not completely hated.
Posted by: jwiv on Apr 13, 2012 at 01:34:03 PM
Even though we started this adventure path years ago, things got a bit sidetracked (kids, etc), and we've just recently picked it up again. One of the big things I've also started doing with it is updating the various monsters to use the MM3 damage expressions, and other combat tweaks in order to try and streamline things a bit.
I'm keeping a blog about it all here -
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Apr 3, 2012 at 06:02:28 PM
Once again the tedium of marking exams which contain dull, unimaginative and heavily clichéd English has spurred me to resume writing. In fact, it wasn't the tedium of exams which prompted me in the first place, but rather the absence of anything much to do in study classes. The ghastliness of the exams has urged me onwards.
It's time for a recap, though, which is more for my benefit than for yours. Chapter 4 has grown slowly but to a monstrous size, accounting for nearly a third of the enture tale. I'm not surprised that Haven of the Bitter Glass has got so long. It's a big story.
Chapter 4 commenced with some shopping because Glory wasn't going to have the company turning up at Telicanthus' party looking like tramps or dressed for battle. (As I may have mentioned, this was to...
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Mar 9, 2012 at 03:46:59 AM
The loss of Internet access for three days provoked me into doing some more writing at long last. I rounded the meeting of the Platinum Shield Coalition (or whatever they call themselves) with lunch after which Glory ordered the boys to go and buy some nice clothes for the tea party at Telicanthus' mansion.
I thought that the githyanki had a glass factory in Sayre and had the carriages which ferried the adventurers to his home deliberately pass by a rather Art Nouveau factory. It was later that I found that Telicanthus smuggles glassware in from Tu'narath (with its pointless apostrophe). This seems rather risky and rather pointless because Sayre is a centre of glass manufacturing. In fact, Telicanthus could not just further the githyanki cause, but also generate significant amounts of...
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:41:08 PM
I haven't wholly neglected writing a little more of the Scales of War while I've been on holiday, but I've been busy with Skyrim and Need for Speed: The Run, which are the first two new games I've bought in a year, and the previous one, NFS: Hot Pursuit, was runnable on my old machine, but barely.
Anyway, the heroes are in Sayre and the leaders of the coalition have just held their meeting amid lax security. It struck me that Amyria and Odos were wandering around the streets as if they were out for a stroll, and no one seemed to care. Lord Torrance, who governs the town, seemed not to worry too much about assigning members of the city guard to protect these supposedly important leaders. I'd also assume that they'd attend with their own minders.
I took the outcomes of the skill challenge...
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:41:04 PM
I begin this entry with some trepidation because my long entry on 5e got truncated and then a shorter entry about part of that entry also got truncated. The only common factor I can think of was editing the entry afterwards.
I've finally got to the end of Chapter 2 of Haven of the Bitter Glass after rather a lot of fighting, first against Thaggriel and his dragon, Xirakis, and then against Captain Iquel and the Sacrifice. The party is so well known that even the githyanki know who they are because their exploits have been being published in The Astral Sea Gazette.
The second of these two battles had me wondering how airships would engage in battle. Neither ship is really properly designed for aerial combat because they're too much like sea-going vessels and to spare me a lot of bother...
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Nov 19, 2011 at 06:54:03 PM
I'd forgotten that I'd reached the end of the first chapter of Haven of the Bitter Glass. The story begins with the PCs complaining to Thorfinn (a sergeant in the Overlook City Watch) about the local paparazzi when a messenger turns up with news about the world's slowest flying ship approaching the city.
The githzerai, Tokk'it (and the apostrophe serves what function?), hauls the company off with him with minimal delay which I allowed because, according to my calculations, it's going to take about 17+ hours to reach Akma'ad because the ship, the Conqueror, can only do a pitiful 8mph. (I say pitiful because I'm over twice as far on my bike.)
As an aside, I've just been doing some research on sailing ships. The Conqueror is similar in size to an East Indiaman, which had a speed of 4-5 knots...
Posted by: Mr_Bamboo on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:00:46 AM
With the end of Beyond the Mottled Tower, I think the Heroic Tier of the Scales of War truly comes to an end. I managed to avoid getting bogged down in a lot of tedious slashing by lightly skipping over that part.
The party had an encounter with Kartak Spulzeer and Gaspard de Louca for the first time in the Adventure Path. Kartak knew exactly who Gunpowder and his company were because he's been reading about them in the Brindol Evening News.
“No doubt you’re on some exciting adventure, rooting out villainy and saving the day in the nick of time.”
I don't know whether I can work them in again or whether it was a one-time thing. It's a bit like the wall climb scene in 60s Batman when some celeb would stick their head out of a window while the Dynamic Duo climbed up the...
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