New Year, new posts.
New Year, new posts.

Happy (Belated) New Year, everyone!! It’s funny. When I was a kid, the new year started – BAM! – right on New Year’s day. This year, though, it didn’t feel like it really started until I was home, unpacked, and back to the usual schedule of work, gaming, and making comics.

My holidays were great! I rocked out with my family – I brought Guitar Hero with me, and my mom was a natural at it – and got to see Regina’s new comic book/gaming store with my sister. She dropped a ton of money buying comics, and I managed to stump the guy at the desk by asking for obscure RPG books. We even did an 80’s retro night where we hit the arcade and then went bowling. My family is pretty geeky, for all that they don’t roleplay.

Hopefully, you’ll get the chance to see what I mean in my new comic – Moose Head Stew! I’m still working on getting the site together, but it should be up and running in the next few weeks.

Anyway – how were your holidays? Any cool stories? Fireside D&D games?

News: Posted January 7th, 2009 by Alina

^ 11 Comments to “New Year, new posts.”

  1. KBKarma Says:

    Close: candle-lit DnD.

    The store we were playing in had a powerout just as we finished playing. At 3am. The guy minding the store couldn’t leave till morning, so we decided to join him. And, to keep us all awake, we played MORE DnD, after an hour or so of provisioning.

    Thus, from 6pm till 8am, we played DnD. About 10-11 hours straight. It was great. The owner of the store commented later that, if it were him, he would have just left. 😀

    Posted January 7th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
  2. Hellbilly Says:

    You’re lucky KBKarma. The only gaming related story I really have (besides an awesome hour and a half long improptu Changeling the Dreaming session) is one of the VtM LARPs in Denver…

    First- I dislike LARPs and most LARPers based on more than one bad experience, but I knew about 5 people there from the Immortal Vigilance oWoD digichat, so I went to hang with friends.

    So, I get there and the LARP starts almost 2 and a half hours late. Then, the ST begins the session proper by having an unknown green hand antagonist hiding in the venting ducts assault the Kindred onsite with the following- 1.) A shaving cream filled balloon, 2.) A hammer, 3.) A running chainsaw, and 4.) About 15 running chainsaws.

    Eventually the PCs discover that the creatures are ‘gremlins’ and can only be driven off by barnyard animals. The lowest Status Kindred on site is sent to procure said critters. Failing this, he (in a stroke of sheer genius) -records- them, and brings the recording back to the Elysium.

    After playing the tape, the ‘gremlins’ display their anger with the aforementioned 15 running chainsaws, and then tender their surrender with a handwritten note attached to a copy of the movie “Gremlins”.

    I swear to Jeebus, if it weren’t for the presence of my friends, I’d never go back to that.

    Hopefully the rest of you had better Holidays on the gaming front?

    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 12:10 am
  3. Pedro Steckecilo Says:

    *sigh* because everyone was out of town we let gaming slide over the holidays. Alas. However I’ve had time to work on my “BIG PROJECT” over that time, so hopefully things will be on an upswing soon.

    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 1:52 am
  4. Kristy Says:

    Lol – wow. Hellbilly, I feel your pain, but please don’t let it turn you off of us larpers in general! Some of the hands-down BEST rp experiences I’ve ever had were at larp games – specifically, i-larps (i.e., immersion larps), which can last for more than 24 hours and in which one is forbidden to break character for anything less than the hospitalization of a close family member. (Or the sudden need to care for one’s child, if one’s ex-spouse bails out on one. Long story. Anyway.)

    Being IC that long, going to sleep as your character and waking up as your character, taking a long walk at night to clear your character’s head and deciding on the fly whether your character wants the pumpkin pancakes or the plain ones – it will shape the way you game for the next year or more. (Even if you DON’T get hit with the drama we did. Note to all – no matter what your characters think, IC drinking games are a Bad Idea. Especially IC “Never Have I Ever.”)

    At any rate – at the iLarp game in question, there was indeed a fire bowl, courtesy of our lovely hosts, and so we did in fact game by firelight. Changeling the Lost and not D&D, but still. My character got to tell stories and sing songs around the fire, which is what she does best (and something we have precious little time for in ordinary games), and there were plenty of high-drama, high-emotion, low-cheese moments that will provide months worth of roleplay for all involved, so I feel safe in saying that a good time was had by all.

    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 4:52 am
  5. raphael Says:

    Just read Weregeek from start to finish. Hilarious, some real classics in there. Looking forward to more!

    Me and my group got together finally, we’ve been on an almost two year hiatus, as a few of us has children, work in distant locations and serious un-geeky stuff like that.

    We’ve have been playing a particular 3D Roleplaying Hobby Game (that’s Advanced Heroquest for the uninitiated) for hours and hours and hours and hours the last few days …. We’re slowly working our way back to pen-and-paper rpg’s, but haven’t managed to get that magic going again.

    Thanks for the great read!

    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
  6. Peter Says:

    Man, I WISH I had fireside DnD. Nobody I know likes but my brother and his friends, but they don’t let me play, so I haven’t been able to get into it. :[

    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 11:12 pm
  7. Danica Says:

    I just binged on this comic (start to finish) and have to say I love it. So many references and injokes that hit the true gamer right in the heart (and the funnybone). Especially the god of war one; as a fellow female Kratos (who swears up a storm while playing) I loved it. I showed all the WoW ones to a few of my friends, who are currently in the other room raiding. 🙂

    Anyway, just wanted to say I love the comic and will definitely be following it.

    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 1:15 am
  8. Lorien077 Says:

    XD Gungan Sith Lord….. the pain.

    Started a really cool solo game in a weird steampunk setting with a good dash of fey thrown into the mix. The mystery is driving me insane though! My character knows if she finds out the answer something bad will happen, but I WANT TO KNOW SO BAD!!!!! D:

    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 2:39 am
  9. gnrrrg Says:

    Go figure, we had seasonably nice weather throughout the holiday gaming lull and are supposed to have a snow storm blow through the day before Sunday’s Sailpower game.

    Managed to get a moderate amount of game design work done despite computer problems, but still going to have to push back initial play-testing another month or two later than I had hoped for.

    Discovered that if you modify Pascal’s triangle you can figure out all sorts of die-rolling probabilities. Looking into further research to possibly write it up in a formal paper.

    So, winter time sucks for actual gaming, but can give you the free time for gaming supported activities.

    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 9:31 am
  10. Zarte Says:

    meh i dont know enough ppl here to get any D&D games going but it does seem interesting to try it some time.but alas for my newyears i spent it getting better tanking gear in wow lol

    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
  11. MedPig Says:

    Inquiring minds want to know how the Hedgehog is doing? How are they as pets? Smell? Clean animals? Details, please…

    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 2:22 pm