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Adventures in the East Mark is a fun frpg from Spain based on the BECMI D&D rules but expanded to include rangers and paladins. The pdf is available at Drive Thru rpg and there is also a pay-what-you-like quick start rules; more info about the rules and setting can be found here:
Love this preview! Both of the humans can serve multiple npc roles in a campaign, and the leucrotta is a classic monster that has never been done before. I'm glad that WizKids is getting the message from Paizo that they need to address the painting on human minis. Hopefully, The Lost Coast will not suffer from the problems that plagued the last few sets.
I've lost faith in WizKids' ability to paint human/humanoid faces. This is the third set in a row where the pc/npc figures I want most have lousy paint jobs. Where is quality control? Why can the painters do excellent jobs on monsters but not on humans? I can not justify blind purchases when the quality is so spotty.
An unkindness of ravens and a murder of crows. :)
Erik Mona wrote:
This is very good news! Now, just stay on WizKids about the paint jobs on PC types' faces!
This is another fantastic preview! The male/female trolls are must haves!
I got my case today. Overall, I'm very pleased with the set. However, (you knew there would be a however, didn't you?)there were more breakages in this case than in previous cases that I purchased. A Brimorak and a Schir Demon were off their bases; a Death Demon was missing a wing (found it rattling around in the booster); and both the Dominion Invader and Gibrileth Demon had their flight stands snapped off their bases. The stands didn't pop off the bases, they broke and part of the stands are still in the bases.
There are some amazing paint jobs in the set; but I think someone at the factory hates doing human/humanoid faces. Every one of the Alain, Low Templar, Imrijka, and the Queen Galfrey figure look like their faces were painted using a spatula and semi-hardened paint. The frustration of having these screwed up faces is compounded by how well the rest of the figures were painted. WizKids needs to up their game on the PC/NPC faces; the Beginners Box Heroes set and Runelord set figures didn't have this problem. Also, I received a Minagho that had red dots for eyes painted on it!
I've got to mention the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's adaptations of The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer In Darkness; both are filmed in black & white, using the film techniques of Lovecraft's era. The Call of Cthulhu is the shorter of the two, at 45 minutes and is done as a silent movie. I believe both are available on Netflix. See the links for the trailers on Youtube:
The Whisperer In Darkness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ee9K9hXtw
and The Call of Cthulhu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHuY2wXTd0o
I don't think it's the case where the masters set the expectations too high; at least not for me. I've been buying ppms since WOTC's Harbinger release and I know that the finished product will not be as good as the paint masters. My problem is that many of the LoG human/humanoid figures look like they have been painted by a child: paint globbed onto faces so heavily that the features are totally obscured, paint spilling over onto the wrong parts of the mini, excessive use of wash, and sloppy dry brushing. Over the years, I've come to expect some sloppiness on commons but when this is happening on rares, I've got to call Paizo/WizKids on the carpet for releasing a sub-standard product.
I've just opened a case, and am overall pleased with the minis. However, there were a few so poor, that I have to mention them.
1. My black dragon is painted a dark teal blue. I assume it should have received a black wash but didn't.
2. The Janni looks like someone painted the face and then washed it with water/paint thinner. The face is streaked as though the paint ran and was allowed to dry streaky.
3. One of my Orc Soldiers is missing his cape; it did not come loose in the package; it's gone.
4. Sajan, as others have noted, is poorly painted and the painter(s) decided he's wearing a bra.
5. The Knight of Ozem is a Mage-Knight figure, and I don't mean this as a compliment. Poorly sculpted and poorly painted.
6. Both the Eagle Knight and Commander look like they received a hasty base coat and dry brush before being rushed out of the factory. Some of the Knights have mold flash that should have been trimmed before painting.
7. This one is the most displeasing to me: King Irovettti's face looks like it was painted with a trowel. The paint is so thick it totally obscures his features. I was really looking forward to this figure; the rest of it is perfectly painted, the sculpt is great, but what was done on the face is totally unacceptable, especially for a rare.
Lately, "If I Had A Heart" by Fever Ray is what I listen to to get me in the gaming mind-set. The song was used as the title theme for the History Channel's Vikings tv series.
This will never end
This will never end
If I had a heart I could love you
If I had a voice I would sing
Dangling feet from window frame
Crushed and filled with all I found underneath and inside
If I had a voice I would sing
Ponswick, in the many years that I ran AD&D, I never made use of weapon speeds. The game runs faster without that rule. I also never gave xp for gold; to me, gold is its own reward. Instead, I gave xp for monsters and bonuses for good role-play.
If you like old-school style play but want something a bit more streamlined and in-print, check out Swords & Wizardry (it's available thru the Piazo store http://paizo.com/products/btpy8yg8?Swords-Wizardry-Complete-Rulebook-2013-E dition). It has the option of using classic descending AC or modern ascending AC, is very clearly organized, classic modules adapt with minimal conversion (or the S&W modules can be used with AD&D), and is well-supported by both professional modules and by many on-line blogs.
This is the new Evil Dead reboot/remake in theaters now. I really enjoyed this film; it embraced the themes and some of the set-piece scenes of the original but gave us a new cast of characters for deadite torment. I hope everyone stays through the end credits for the brief "stinger" which gives me hope for the direction of future sequels.
Wasn't it mentioned a while ago that there were a couple of orcs in the next set?
The unfortunate thing is that, as appropriate as the Grappler is for black tentacles, it takes 64 of them to cover the area of the spell! That gets a little pricy!
True, but what I do is put one tentacle at each corner point of the area and tell the players that the tentacles fill the entire space; economical, and the player minis in the area of effect are not standing on the bases of a bunch of tentacles.