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There are a lot more out there - those are just the top couple that came up on google when searching for miniature painting service.
I would re-suggest using your local gaming shop if possible as well. Put up a flyer and you'd probably be able to find someone happy to do it on a payment or a product-in-lieu-of-payment basis.
I'll toss in an interest chit - specifically for the dwarven side of the equation (hankering to run a Tortured Crusader Paladin).
I do have some exposure to the AP on the GM side of the screen and even ran part of it on the boards here - but it was long enough ago that I've legitimately forgotten most of it anyway :P
Jesse Heinig wrote:
What is the "troubled history" of this AP? Players who are aware of it could certainly work to help get around it.
Basically that it hasn't been finished and doesn't look like it's going to be in the foreseeable future. Some of the content has been release (either 2 or 3 volumes) but the tail end of the campaign will potentially be homebrew - which the GM has indicated he's comfortable running with.
Apologies for being a bit late getting in on this (though in my defence I was floating around offshore on an oil rig for the last two weeks).
I was a backer for both of the Artisan Dice kickstarters - the original d6 edition as well as the polyhedral, plus I've ordered a couple of sets separately. Here's my TL/DR recommendation if you're thinking of ordering from them... don't.
The three poly sets that I ordered and received (Purple Heart, Lignum Vitae, and a Rainbow set) are nice as a novelty, but they do have some issues. Mis-centered numbers and readability issues are the higher order, and the D4 specifically 'feels' a bit undersized and delicate. I think they'd hold up quite well to general play (covered table, or a Wyrmwood dice tower, or the like) but 'may' suffer if you're someone who often sends dice flying off the table onto hard floor or the like.
The d6s I received earlier are better - with only minor blemish issues. Some of them I like alot (my Holm oak set, plus a set of 4 x liars dice I got originally), and they hold up well to play and rolling.
The hand feel of wood dice can vary quite a lot as well - denser woods feel more 'sturdy' while others are lighter than plastics.
The other elephant in the room is that in all honesty they don't offer good service. Their first kickstarter over promised and under-delivered after many delays. Their second is worse... significantly so. I've personally written off the $300 ish I've put in as a loss, as I just don't see them following through on some of the work. Their KS comment / update section portrays the full story - but it's a very very long read with a massive tail end of vitriol.
That said - some of their work is good - the signature sets they put up on the last KS were really well done. But I would only buy complete sets - that are physically in front of you at the time. That way you can get the important 'hand feel'- plus you get instant payoff for your investiture. I believe they will be at GenCon?
I don't believe anyone else is doing wooden poly sets though. There are some other cool poly dice out there - like:
Unfortunately my favorite set is from a company that I don't think is operating any more: Black Rock Relics - which are ceramic dice. Beautifully done, sharp edges and tough as nails.
If you want to get your wood on though - I'd heartily recommend the fine folks at Wyrmwood for pimped out accessories - maybe one day they'll branch out onto dice...
Been there and done that previously with a poisoner gnome Bard that used illusions for stage effects and his flute doubled as a blowgun.
Would be interested to tag along, but don't have the time right now to commit to details (I am working offshore on an oil rig for the next couple of months).
So here's a dot, hope you rock on... and maybe hire a roadie / session musician at a later stage.
NSFW due to language - but these are well worth a watch and chuckle.
The summary blurb from IMDB:
I just finished reading The Aeronaut's Windlass and the cat character Rowl is extremely racist against humans, and it makes him really annoying. I think he's supposed to be kind of cool, but because he's always acting stuck up, and totally discounting everyone else (even other cats, so I guess he's also a misfelid) but it makes him dumb. And he's supposed to be clever, quick, intuitive, and tough.
*Raises eyebrow* - that isn't so much racism as it is Blue and Orange Morality. I had no issues whatsoever with the manner in which Rowl was presented.
Stepping into hostile territory here... but the Punisher has a great deal of potential if done right, and forms an important part of the moral world of superhero-ing.
Done right he is not a 'common thug' or just someone who likes 'murdering criminals'... he's an extension of moral absolutism given literal flesh. The unwavering belief that people who cross the line deserve to be 'punished' and an unwillingness to compromise regardless the circumstances.
The contrast of that against a more morally grounded character like Daredevil has the nugget of a great empathic piece within it. Whether Punisher works as a standalone series is another thing entirely though.
ShinHakkaider - the reasons you quote for liking the Operative from Serenity is an example of a Punisher style character done right.
WormysQueue - the money that you pledge specifically on the kickstarter will be charged at the close of the kickstarter in a few days.
There will likely be an additional time to pick up some more add-ons during the Backerkit phase - which will be at a later date. This is also when shipping will likely be collected as well.
It's worth kicking in as much as you think you can on the kickstarter though - as it will count for stretch goals.
List of Applicants:
29 applicants down from my count - interesting list too... full of memories for me.
What is your favourite campaign setting?
Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Shackled City before?
What made you decide to apply?
Given your statement of looking through some of my aliases for details - I thought I'd highlight a few of the better / worst:
Dibbets - for the splash of absurdity and a four year plus old game.
Qhude - for the emotionally heavy mixed roll/role and narrative driven game
Phillip Hargreaves - for a very very heavy RP focused game with depth of narratives and characters.
Thrymr Nithinger - for games where I have crashed and burned due to personality / expectation conflicts.
Richard Pett wrote:
There are lots of fantastic settings on the market, but to me, great though those settings are, they only really come to life when you walk the streets – when you and your friends take in the air, mingle with the locals and soak yourselves in the atmosphere of the place imagination has birthed.
Each of the districts gets a run down on how it looks, sounds, smells and feels - which will be a great help in building that immersion.
His eyes should look like this
One interpretation is that it's just the vampirism causing it... but I always read into it that it was a reflection of his massive drug addiction over the decades.
I'm thinking that the massive drug addiction may have been dropped from the series.
QuOzl - PF and S&W initially with a potential for 5th.
As sayeth the Frog:
Correction - Pett is a daemon.
Demons exist merely to destroy - Daemons are a bit more artistically nihilistic. As the PRD states clearly under the monster entry Pett, Richard
Richard Pett wrote:
It's also true of the AP that it plays on the senses.
The absolutely beautiful part of it is the Pavlovian response you can engender from PCs. They could be