Inspired by last week’s Finnrey Friday theme “video games” I drew jedistormpilot back at it again with the PS2 controllers -not everyone is good at every kind of game, but there’s always one genre everybody likes :)
Also, J-RPGs are great to be enjoyed together as interactive telenovelas, and as much fun as video games are, nothing beats an evening of parlour games with your friends
So my players are in a port city after finding out they got some business there. The party consists of a half elf bard, half elf rogue, a monk taxabi(catfolk), a monk kenku, and a human wizard\warlock.
The offices they go to are right next to each other. At the first office, in the main lobby the kenku and monk harass the gnome receptionist by pretending to shoot the kenku and the kenku making annoying noises. When they go to the second office, the receptionist there (the first ones twin sister) did her best to ignore them to deny a audiance with a academic counsol (they insulted the wizard’s sanity).
Taxabi: i jump on the desk and nuzzle her face. (Proceeds to act this out by nuzzling my face).
Kenku: While she does that i’m going to make random noises that annoy people. (Acts out some sounds)
Bard: i sit on her desk and play every catchy song i can think of on my harp. (Sings some fricking song)
Wizlock: i start shouting all the reasons why i should be allowed an audiance. (Proceeds to act THIS out.)
Rogue (sitting next to me, acting this all out): *leans in* i can make them stop, just give us entry and an audience… (Repeats similar phrases).
This goes on for a bit, the gnome somehow ignoring them all. They do not pause in their acting in character the entire time. Then the taxabi remembers that she is wearing eyes of charming.
TM: i lean in front of her and cast charm person with my glasses. “Click”
Gnome passes the wisdom save.
TM: i lean in closer… And try again. “Click.”
Gnome passes again, barely this time.
The Poor receptionist gets a nat 1, which they all see since they are all literally watching me roll.
They cheer as i shout in frustration but laugh at the same time. I am thinking of how to do this as they contiune on, then i smirk as i then shout out as loud as I can…
I never seen them so happy to until then. I love my group so much.
Got the PDF of the Dresden Files Accelerated RPG, and Ivy & Kincaid’s annotations are utterly glorious (SHE DOODLES!!! AND SHE SCRIBBLES OUT ALL HIS SWEARING!!!). Also the fact that they’re apparently writing a freaking tabletop game for Marcone. Marcone.
Our party has had some crazy times in just a couple of sessions. Some of the highlights:
Our Bard was being stupid, so our Druid threw fire at his cloak.
Me (DM): Ok, roll to attack the cloak.
Me: It hits. Roll damage.
Druid: (rolls damage)
Me: Congratulations, his cloak, which he had put on the ground, is now on fire.
Druid (OOC): I just wanted to singe the edge! How was I supposed to know it would catch on fire like that?!
Me: It’s a cloak, they’re not known for being resistant to fire!
Druid and Fighter were trying to make an appointment with an NPC:
Druid (IC): We would like to interview him for a… School project…?
Fighter, who has 6 INT (IC): Yes, we are from a schëwl.
Me: … Ok, [Druid], roll Deception at disadvantage, since she tried to convince anyone she’s ever been to school.
Druid (OOC): Why do I keep trying to talk, my Charisma is 4!
Me: That’s what I keep wondering, but it’s entertaining.
After the above conversation ends:
Druid (IC): Well, I guess that’s all. We’ll be going now.
Me (as NPC secretary): Yes, I believe that’s a good idea. (OOC) Just for my own amusement, give me a charisma roll.
Druid (OOC): (rolls a total of -1)
Me: As you go to leave, you close the door slowly. It creaks loudly the entire time. You never break eye contact with the secretary. She’s extremely uncomfortable.
Fighter (OOC): Can I go back in and offer her money to try and get us in sooner?
Druid (OOC): I think the time for that has passed.
Inspired by a throwaway comment from episode 101 of Critical Role. I wasn’t sure about Thomas Jefferson or Madison, so feel free to comment/add on below! (I spent way too much time on this guys oh my goodness)
Alexander Hamilton: Lore Bard
Everything Hamilton is able to do, all of the magic he is able to
create comes from his ability to write. His words enchant people,
like Eliza and the people that sent him to America. I briefly
contemplated wizard, but this just felt so much more right.
Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton: Life Cleric
Sweet, nurturing, loving Eliza. She’s a literal life giver, having
given birth to the Hamilton children, who constantly reminds her
husband to “Stay alive, that would be enough.” Eliza herself
lives longer than anyone else, allowing her to tell Hamilton’s story.
Plus I just love the idea that she could pull out a sick Inflict
Wounds if she really wanted, but chooses not to.
Aaron Burr: Ranger Now, hear me
out (…a series of essays…). For the majority of the show,
Aaron Burr sits back and observes. He keeps his distance, choosing to
remain outside of the political fray. Burr is also a survivalist,
using the information he gains to stay alive and relevant. This, of
course, changes in Act II, but that’s when he multiclasses in
Angelica Schuyler: Sorcerer She
was born special. She’s fiery, strong, and inherently powerful. I
contemplated wizard for her, too, but that requires an active
participation on her part. I know Angelica does actively search out
knowledge, but I think complacency is Angelica’s fatal flaw. A
certain future is laid out for her and even though it isn’t exactly
something Angelica wants, she does it anyway. She’s so powerful and
wonderful, but isn’t able to access that part of her. Also I feel
like sorcerers have a specific personality to them and it fits
George Washington: Open Hand Monk
Level-headed. Strong. Disciplined. Unwavering.
Hercules Mulligan: Wolf Totem
Barbarian This is the only one they discussed on Critical Role,
and honestly it just feels so right. Everything he sings is forceful
and tinged with anger, especially during Yorktown. He’s also able to
quietly and stealthily gather information from his enemies, like the
wolf from which he gains his powers.
John Laurens: Paladin (Oath of
Devotion) He fights for a purpose. He goes on a crusade, and
would happily die for his cause. Of course it isn’t quite a god, but
I think it still works.
Lafeyette: Battle Master Fighter
Yup, just a straight up fighter. Lafeyette is a master of war, full
of practical tactical brilliance. He knows how to work the
battlefield better than anyone else.
Peggy Schuyler: Random Peasant
NPC Only plot relevant for a short time, then disappears without
seriously impacting the main characters. My poor girl.
King George: Noble NPC/Final Boss
Philip Schuyler: A freaking child
NPC that the the players get super attached to until they all
make a single bad decision that ends in the kid dying and everyone
starts yelling at the DM but they just shrug and remind the players
that their actions have consequences.
But I mean, god fucking bless Laura Bailey for being a woman who clearly loves the hell out of both romance and D&D and doesn’t see any reason why she can’t combine them, because she and her friends are telling themselves a story and she deserves just as much of her own favorite type of story in the mix as anyone else does. Because it’s a lovely, public confirmation that someone like me can belong in the D&D world just as much as anyone else, that D&D/RPGs are exactly whatever you want them to be, and that there’s no one right way to play this game or tell these stories. I am so often left to feel a little bit on the outside of SFF geek culture, because my primary literary loyalty is to the romance genre, and even those people in SFF who defend romance usually do so because it makes money, not because they see any value in the genre itself. And gaming is SUCH a toxic subculture in SFF for women who don’t pull the “I’m not like other girls” bullshit, so it’s really amazing to have this now-popular D&D show that’s letting romance be one of the major ongoing storylines, where it’s just one part of what’s happening with the female character in question - but yet, something she’s allowed to be excited and enthusiastic about without anyone in-game or on-screen shaming her for it.
I just have a lot of feelings about feeling welcome in SFF circles as a romance fan, and how much I love Laura for being utterly unapologetic for what she wants in this storyline. I adore her for it.
HELLO EVERYONE! I’ve been working on Taurus’ realm these last few days, finishing up tilesets and right now doing some NPCs and enemies!
The fisherman person with a new background and the newest first ranged weapon of the game! I plan on adding Scepters for Cardinal as well as something for Fixed so each qualitiy has at least one.
and here I’m testing camera effects when timed hits are about to take place on the Mr. Ent! If you get dizzy, you can disable those on the menu at any time~
Btw I absolutely LOVE The new MV update with those plugin options. My GOD it makes everything so much better! The search function is fantastic as well. I just hope they make resizing notetag boxes a thing some time soon.
I keep seeing this woman at the bar I’ve been going to and she’s beyond stunning. from the passing conversation we’ve had she seems bright and lovely but unassuming and not concerned with career and I always think if I were her I could do so much with my life. And I wonder if anyone has ever thought that about me because as far as I can tell everyone would be and is better at living other people’s lives than their own that’s why we have assistants and fiction and RPGs. And I think if she knew my thoughts she would feel sorry for me because she’s happy.
I just…I just can’t even believe how amazing that episode was? So we have:
Mac openly talking about how he’s worried if his sexuality is bothering his best friend and trying to start an open dialogue with his other best friend about it
Dennis finally admitting he has feelings, BIG feelings (and apparently they hurt which is something I could have gone without but beggars can’t be choosers)
Mac getting Dennis his first Valentine’s Day present and it’s the one thing he wanted more than anything else in the world and Mac fucking knew it because Dennis is his best friend and he knows him better than anyone excuse me while I go sob
DENNIS ADMITTING HE HAS FEELINGS I need to say it again because it’s just so wonderful
The Macdennis was strong in this episode, as was Serial Killer!Dennis (so I was a pretty happy camper especially since they came together in the most marvelous way)
Hell, there was even some Chardee, which I something I can always appreciate
Also, Dee was amazing, just throwing that out there
We didn’t have soft-hair!Mac, but we did get swoopy-hair!Dennis, so I think it evened out
Dennis was Mac’s Valentine. And the look on Mac’s face when Dennis opened the crate and found the RPG was beautiful. As was Dennis’ face when he saw his very first present, second only to his breaking voice and watering eyes
“I love it. You figured out the one thing I wanted more than anything else in the entire world, and you got it for me, and it’s perfect” <– That is a fucking canon quote and you can rip it from my cold dead fingers