Greetings, readers! I know, long time no see and all that :) Needless to say, for now, I'm back. As previously stated, I got laid off from my cushy and supposedly safe government job. After spenind the last week wallowing in self pity and "what now" bullshitology, I have reached an inner plateau of zen that has allowed me to come back and bore you all to tears with my RPG blathering.
Since we last spoke (of anything containing ANY relevance whatsoever) I was lamenting the state of affairs I had brought upon myself by ad-libbing my way through the PYRAMID OF SHADOWS. Since then, the party made their choice, and chose to ally with the rather unsavory Gharash Veng to dispose of the dragon.
As leaving the dry-erase on the mat for long periods of time seems to cause unremoveable stains, I decided that it gets erased every time we wrap for the day - and is redrawn according to the events that occurred in the last game. As a magical pseudo-quasi-pocket dimension, I decided that it periodically changes to reflect the power of the denizens within it. As such, when they completed the first mission (kill, fetch and carry) for the beast, it's power was increased, and it's digs got bigger and more complex. Simple, eh?
So they go blundering into a newly remodelled white dragon's lair, they immediately noticed that there was a large water element now. Frozen, slushy water that gently lapped at the edges of the ice crusted stone walkways that crisscrossed over it. In the rear, the dragon's horde - unprotected! They wisely chose to allow Gharash and his thugs to go in first.
Yeah, you guessed it. The Dragon was under the water :) He surfaced and blasted the would be heroes with his icy breath, following it up with some good old fashioned flesh rending. This theme would repeat itself throughout the battle. The dragon would submerge, and a horde of ice-zombies would clamber up from the slush and attack (minions, anybody?) This worked out well, and allowed me to stay a half step ahead of the party before they decided to go all "nova" on me and busted out with a half-dozen dailies to turn the tide.
In the end, they defeated the great beast, and claimed some awesome treasure in the process. Special thanks to Asmor's Quartermaster for making the once tedious process smooth and simple. So now, we left them gazing upon the headless body of Varyliss (sp?) and usure of what to do next. Great stuff :)
Yes, that really is all I've been up to. Wasted a ton of time going to union meetings, writing appeals and such, as well as just feeling useless and doing nothing. I'm good now, but as you no doubt may have noticed, it's been tough trying to keep things running smoothly around here. Tell me, dear and venerated readers, why do you come here? What do you enjoy about this little nook here? I'm genuinely curious, and want to re-connect with my readers, so I can start planning ahead. With all this time I'll have on my hands in the immediate future, it would be a shame to let it go to waste.
As for the future, I am writing a pretty long critique of Nevermet presses "The Desire". While it is late, I have been savoring it (both it's goods and bads) and will be espousing that in the next week. Until then, game well and look around at what you have - and appreciate it for what it is :)