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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,322 posts. 15 reviews. No lists. No wishlists.


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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

09/14- We're approaching that Halloween time of the year, so this week over at Shadows over Vathak, I take a look at 3 different adventures perfect for a Halloween game and, of course, how to port them over into Vathak.

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I think I might have played the original Ravenloft module a little bit- but it was like 24 years ago when I would have been 9 or 10 so I don't remember much.

Last year, I ran Brandon Hodge's awesome "Feast at Ravenmoor" adventure while serving up bratwurst and homemade apple strudel.

This year, I think I want to run Nic Logue's "Hangman's Noose" as that looks like a really fun, different kind of adventure.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Everyone keeps telling me about Shiner Bock
Shiner Bock is, to me, the Texas equivalent of Pennsylvania's Yeungling -- it's not all that great, but it's at least drinkable, and it's readily available in its home area in all kinds of places that otherwise would be serving only Bud Lite, so you're always incredibly grateful that it exists. I don't keep Yeungling in the house now, and I never kept Shiner on hand when in lived in Texas, but I've had more pints of both of them than I can easily count, and was glad every time that I wasn't reduced to a choice between American-Style Piss and no beer at all.

Ha! I know exactly what you are saying. I had a business trip in Leesburg, VA and it was literally the choice between Bud and its equivalents or Yeungling. I feel the same way- it's drinkable but not my first choice. My relatives in MA get all excited over it like the other people I know get excited for Shiner Bock (which at $17.50 for a 12 pack isn't going to be on my list any time soon).

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For my bday, I had Clown Shoe's "Ride the Lion." The label depicts a woman, dressed up like she's in Braveheart riding the lion. It's brewed in bourbon barrels and well...it tasted like whiskey. And at almost 12%, it's pretty potent.

Everyone keeps telling me about Shiner Bock so I bought a 12 pack of that when I finally saw it at the local grocery store. Pretty good, but rather expensive. I am enjoying that my usual weekly grocery store is carrying some German beers finally and cheaper than the store I usually have to go to find them.

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09/10- Excited about today's blog over at Shadows over Vathak- I discuss the success of our recent open call for freelancers plus tease our forthcoming module- Silhouette of a Shadow.

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09/07- Today's inspiration blog over at Shadows over Vathak takes a look at the recent possible discovery of the identity of Jack the Ripper and how you can run your own Vathak detective adventure.

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08/27- Short status update on some projects over at Shadows over Vathak.

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08/24- Over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss how Black Sabbath's latest album, 13, makes the perfect soundtrack for your favorite pulp writers of the macabre as well as plotting out an adventure set in Vathak.

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08/20- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss some of the major themes to be found in Ina'oth- a land plagued by spirits and disease.

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08/16- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss Thomas Ligotti's Songs of a Dead Dreamer and how you can use the stories in that collection to inspire your own horror adventures.

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I think I just exploded at my desk with sheer happiness and joy! Thank you!

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08/13- Over at Shadows over Vathak, I ponder whether adventure modules can provide more than just a session worth of fun but instead carry a deeper meaning.

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I just recently learned about Thomas Ligotti due to the controversy surrounding allegations that True Detective plagiarized some of his work.

However, that aside, I picked up his first collection Songs of a Dead Reader yesterday.

1. Are you a fan of his work?
2. Is there a particular story of his that is your favorite.

Just reading the very first story in the collection I bought, I can see why people say he sometimes has a Lovecraft vibe to his work.

The story

Spoiler:
A psychologist is telling his wife about a crazy patient, John Doe, who claims to have a thousand names, lived thousands of years, and describes himself from being from the star. At the end, he kidnaps the doctor's daughter, leaving behind her stuffed animal with its stuffing hanging out in an allusion to Nyarlothotep
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Endzeitgeist wrote:
They will! Tomorrow, a 3rd RSP product this week will hit site. Haven't yet decided which, but, yeah. :)

Crossing my figures that it's Wolverton! :) Speaking of reviews, I'm sending you a PM.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

08/06- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss dropping some of the extraneous monster mechanics to help let your imagination run wild.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

The other night, I picked up a variety pack in cans(!) crafted by Baxter Brewery out of Maine. So far, pretty good. The Stowaway IPA was very good- not overly hoppy but had a nice malty finish.

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Yes, please ship it if it's ready to go and thank you. LoftP books are rather tricky to track down. Anyways, it was nice to meet you at PaizoCon (we were talking about painting minis early Saturday morning over by the Dungeon Delve with Adam. I was rambling, I think, about my Kingmaker game- early morning+jet lag...).

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07/30- After Sunday's discussion of the RPG, The Last One, and the interesting storytelling mechanics it uses, today over at [url=https://www.facebook.com/Vathak?ref=hl]Shadows over Vathak[/i], I spin that discussion into a talk about incorporating new/alternative game mechanics to tell the story you want to tell.

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If it's possible, I would like to cancel my pending order 3089258. There's a couple of Lamentations of the Flame Princess products that keep shifting to "backorder." I am planning on submitting a new order without some of those items. Thank you.

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I just got my Kickstarter book today (for the Savage Worlds system) and it looks amazing. The art is fantastic, some of the best I've seen in a long time with some great full page art (which you don't see too often anymore). I imagine that the Pathfinder version will look as equally fantastic. I'm quite impressed.

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07/27- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss how you can use a neat little RPG called The Last One to spice up your Pathfinder campaign with a very interesting story mechanic.

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07/23- Today's update is posted over at Shadows over Vathak where I begin my musings on what an "adventure module" is- a subject I will be exploring over the coming weeks.

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07/20- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I drop in at The House of the Devil.

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07/16- I discuss the new Vathak book, "The Colonies- Game Master's Guide," over at Shadows over Vathak.

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07/13- Over at Shadows over Vathak, I take a look at the anime series, Knights of Sidonia, and discuss how you can use it as a basis for a mythic campaign where the PCs are front and center in the battle against the Great Old Ones.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Hitdice wrote:

'Cause there's monkeys in India? 'Cause wines with animals on the label outsell wines without animals on the label, and everyone's hoping the same thing will work with beer? 'Cause if you pay your graphic design firm with all the beer they can drink, they always just end up doodling monkeys, regardless of what you requested?

Maybe the question is, "Why aren't there monkeys on more beers?"

Good point. I'm actually very susceptible to buying beers with dragons on the label and if you're in a good store, it's surprising how many beers have dragons on the label.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

What's with monkeys and IPAs? Shipyard has a monkeyfist IPA that is pretty good. The monkeyfist refers to a type of knot (according to the radio commercial) but the label has a monkey on it.

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This was my first time at PaizoCon and despite spend 4 hours on the tarmac in Boston before a 6 hour flight, I had a great time. I've heard how it's much "bigger" now but it still felt like it had a very intimate feel to it where you could actually engage the Paizo employees in a real conversation vs. the frentic pace of GenCon with its mobs of people (still a great con, though). I'm definitely looking forward to future PaizoCons and hanging out again with all the wonderful people I met there. Great job, everyone!

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Hitdice wrote:

Have any of you tried anything from this brewery? I had one tallboy one time, and it was the single best beer I have ever tasted in my life. I'm actually a bit hesitant to link their site on a public forum like this, but the brewery is apparently closed to the public, so, no harm, no foul.

Speaking seriously, I guess they're a small brewery that doesn't sell to distributors, but that junk was delicious! It's worth going to find it. :)

I have not but I have relatives in Burlington that I never had a reason to visit until now.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

James, it was great to meet you at PaizoCon this year. I really enjoyed the "Horror in RPGs" seminar Wes, Ryan, and you hosted.

Can you please tell me what the name of that movie was that you talked about? You described it as looking like a movie that was made in the 80s but had modern day special effects. In between the general excitement of the con and trying to remember all of Ryan's and Wes's suggestions, I'm afraid I forgot its name. Thank you!

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07/09- I'm back from PaizoCon and you can hear about the awesome "Horror in RPG" seminar I attended over at Shadows over Vathak.

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At home, I have some Shipyard Summerale in a can. I'm enjoying it more than the Sam Adam's one. I also bought Shipyard Melonhead. Shipyard's pumpkin beer is called Pumpkinhead, so it uses a similiar image (Headless Horseman except with Melonhead, it's a watermelon). It's...interesting...one or two on a hot day. If watermelon isn't a fruit you enjoy, I would not recommend it.

At PaizoCon, I was drinking Fat Tire. Not sure which one- but I suspect it was their Amber Ale. Anyway, it was a good, easy to drink beer. They had a local one on tap, forgot what it was called- very cloudy and almost chewy. Fat Tire was smoother so I went with that.

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06/29- Over at Shadows over Vathak, I take a look at an awesome anime series, "Death Note," and how you can use it as inspiration for your own Vathak adventures.

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06/25- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I blog about the concept of "show, don't tell" and how to apply it to adventure writing.

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Aberzombie wrote:
Misroi wrote:
Having lived in KC as long as I have, how is it I'd not tried Boulevard's Chocolate Ale until last night? The only chocolate beer I'd had that's better is a chocolate porter that Old Chicago had for their Winter minitour a few years back, which was great on its own, but stunning with a shot of Chambord in it.
Young's Double Chocolate Stout. That is all.

Haven't had that in awhile, but yes, that is good, good stuff. I bought a bunch of different chocolate stouts a few years ago in the hopes of doing a chocolate stout taste test with my friends but never got around to planning it.

I might have mentioned this before, but if you see it- avoid Shipyard (brewery out of Maine) Mint Chocolate Stout. They make good beers but that one just tasted like mouthwash.

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06/22- Over at Shadows over Vathak, I talk about using the band, "Tool," as a source of inspiration in helping to create the alien details unique to a Vathak adventure.

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cartmanbeck wrote:

AAAAHHH MY NAME IS RIGHT THERE! :-D

Extremely excited to see this come out!

Congrats, Tyler!

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06/18- Today's post is up at Shadows over Vathak. Find out what we are up to and what we are working on next.

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06/15- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I take a look at a cool new horror RPG, Kuro, and how you can use campaign elements from that game to inspire your own Vathak adventures.

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ShinHakkaider wrote:

I havent really watched a Gundam Series since SEED (which I enjoyed) and havent seen SEED Destiny. But I am watching Unicorn now and going into it knowing nothing about it and assuming that it was going to be some alt universe Gundam you cant imagine my surprise that it takes place in the UC.

BRIGHT NOAH!!

Also its great to see the evolution of several of the mobile suits from the the various UC series including the Quebley, the Sazabi (the Sinaju!) and the Zeta Plus.

Watching episode 7 and just saw the Hyaku Shiki's oversized beam gun being used by one of the GM derivatives.

Really enjoying this show.

I only discovered Unicorn a month or so before part 7 came out (which is good, since I didn't have the long wait). Great series and I would love to pick it up if the blu rays weren't like 40+ bucks a piece for one episode.

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Didn't get into the Swords&Wizardry game, but that's ok as my plane leaves at 7am on Sunday (so I probably would have had to forgo sleep). I did get the Rappan Athuk mystery level event, so I'm excited for that. Looking forward to meeting the Frog God crew again (I met Bill last GenCon).

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6/11- Update post over at Shadows over Vathak.

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Liz Courts wrote:

I know I recently received an email asking for shipping addresses for some of the rewards.

Edit: Which I just got at the office. :D

In that same update where they said they were sending out those prints, they stated that they hoped to have a status update soon, so I'm hopeful. I only backed for a copy of the movie. The other doc, "The Great Kingdom," occassionally posts production stills on their Facebook page so it sounds like at least one of the projects is still chugging along. Again, I hope to see both.

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Dungeons and Dragons: A Documentary.

I backed this project and I still hope they will be able to continue. The other doc by the they guys who left is called "The Great Kingdom." They have a Facebook page. I hope they can work it out and both docs get made. D&D history fascinates me.

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6/8- Take a trip with me to a cabin in the woods over at Shadows over Vathak where every Sunday I give you ideas on how to take your favorite horror movies, books, and other media and turn them into an adventure.

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Hitdice wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Heading to McKinnon's in a little bit. It's a higher end grocery store that has a much bigger selection of brews than my local store. Still looking for a new beer to excite my jaded tastebuds for the summer. Haven't found anything yet...hopefully tonight.
At least you live in one of those permissive states where they deign to sell beer at supermarkets! :P

The varying state liquor laws always confound me.

Picked up a new beer to try from Clown Shoes. Never had any of their beers but the names and labels of their beers are pretty wild. The one I got is called, "Baelcorn Unidragon" and the label shows some weird cross of a black dragon and unicorn. Had to get it.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Heading to McKinnon's in a little bit. It's a higher end grocery store that has a much bigger selection of brews than my local store. Still looking for a new beer to excite my jaded tastebuds for the summer. Haven't found anything yet...hopefully tonight.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

jemstone wrote:

I forget which Yamato movie I watched that Netflix had up on streaming some time back (may still be there), but it was a *terribly* bad sub, and was from a ridiculously poor source - to the point that it was over 6 hours long, restarted multiple times through the stream (like, it would get 45 minutes in, then restart with slightly different subtitles), and was full of no-content black-screen patches.

I quit at the 2 hour mark, removed it from my queue and never looked back. Hopefully they've gotten better sources since then.

The discs I got from them weren't that bad- the sub, overall, was pretty good (unlike the Gundam one I bought which is nearly incomprehensible). Just looking at Amazon, there's a couple of different collections out there so I'm not sure which one Netflix has. It took awhile to get those discs (which meant I ended up watching the movies all out of order...!). I'll check Netflix tonight to see if they have a streaming one but their animation section is a lot smaller than it was a couple of years ago.

Speaking of streaming- does anyone have a subscription to Funimation? I was thinking about picking one up when I drop HBO after Game of Thrones wraps up. I was curious to see if anyone had any thoughts, good or bad about it. I know if I got a Roku box, I could stream it through my TV which is a big selling point for me.

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I recently purchased a relatively cheap collection of the original Mobile Suit Gundam off of Ebay. I wasn't really expecting much considering the price. The picture quality is very good but the translation- well, I think it's from a Chinese source. All the characters have Chinese names- Amuro is translated "Yabao" and "Char" is "Masha." Haro is "white gourd" for some reason. The translation does lead to some funny moments though I'm still not sure which ship it was that they were referring to as the "Horse Sword."

Recently, I saw that the first season of Star Blazers was for sale on Amazon. I watched the Space Battleship Yamato movies for the first time last year after finding this thread. Amazon sells a collection of a bunch of the movies, but the reviews are not very good. However, I wonder if its the same version that Netflix uses which weren't too bad, I though.

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6/4- Today's post is up over at Shadows over Vathak where I give a progress update and some brief advice on drawing maps.

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