Friday, May 27, 2022

Let's Build a Tower

 Saw some cool dice towers and thought, "I'd like to build something liike that." I didn't really want to make a dice tower... so... just a tower then!


I started with a can of tomatoes (I ate the tomatoes) and then some foam I found in my condo's recycling room.  Cut them into bricks and glued them on (1).  I left spaces for the windows and door.  I also cut both ends off the can.  Not really necessary to do both sides, in the end.





Next, I did a modpodge/black paint sealing coat (2).  The roof was done on carboard with eggcarton bricks (3).  Forgot where I heard this would work well, but it really does.  From now on, I collect egg cartons.  Easier than foam core and looks at least as good if not better.


After, I coloured everything grey and then did some bricks a different colour (4).  Brown, dark grey, etc.  A light drybrush with beige came after.


The next step is the blackwash and gluing on the popsickle stick door and trapdoor (5).


Finally, I attached the roof and gave everything a light modpodge coat to give it a satin gloss (6).  You could leave it matt, but this looks better and it adds more glue, which is always good.


I'm happy with the result overall (7).  If I did it again, I'd make the bricks smaller, the arrowslits smaller, and the crenellations taller.  The way it is, the scale is a bit wonky.  Still, it's not terrible by any stretch.  


If you've got some basic craft supplies, I'd encourage anyone to give this a go.  It's fun and free.    





Monday, May 23, 2022

Something Keeps Bringing Me Back to Emily Dickinson

 


It's true that I'm an English teacher and I studied poetry in the way way back times, but I never really understood or gravitated toward Emily Dickinson.  I was more into Poe for poetry, or Edmund Spenser - both of who, now that I think of it, were writing fantasy stories more often than not.  Anyway, when I was looking for the perfect poetry to use for TOTM, I searched the internet, hoping to find the right words that would fit the tone of my universe and not once, but twice, Emily Dickinson proved to be the best choice.  I think I need to revisit her work and give it another go.  Maybe I was just too young to get it when I was in university.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 74

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                 148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 73

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Part 2                                       Tense Cinematic Instrumental Ambient Music by Argsound

                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTz6Qp7QE_c

Combat                                    RPG SOUNDS “Dark Continent”  https://tabletopaudio.com/

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com


Regal Rollers:  https://bit.ly/3k8wnMn

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

 



Is this D&D now? I think, it kind of is, at least for most people.  I'm not sure why I'm hung up on this, but, I am.  It's such a head scratcher.

Last week I went to a 5e game at a live table, all with strangers met on Discord.  I knew the vibe would be silly cartoon and I was ready to embrace the experience.


THE GOOD: I really liked the people at the table,  They were around my age, which was kind of nice, and everyone was a cool hang.  Would be happy to game with any of them again.  


THE BAD: I'm not sure we really played 5e, or even D&D.  Let me explain.  The GM, in an effort to be entertaining (wait, shouldn't this be listed under 'Good'?) had prepared a lot of... stuff.  There was a board game on the table with a plastic volcano. Push a button and tribal drums played.  There were cards, from the game ready to be used as well.  My cards were: crowbar, fishing pole and snorkel gear (!!!???!!!). In our 3 hour session, we spent an hour getting our characters together and saying hello to each other, another hour watching the GM performing various NPC voices and setting the scene (Strixhaven), and an hour playing.  The playing was a single combat situation which my character more or less needed to sit out because they couldn't do anything (an archer vs a swarm of bats). Round one of combat took 25 minutes. So... did I play?  Felt like a no.


THE WEIRD: Where do I begin? The full 3 hours were bonkers strange from start to finish, mostly due to the contrast between a table full of normal adults and a story/game happening that was unabashedly in the cartoons-for-6-year-olds camp.  It was a hair's breath away from fetishistic, in my view. I wanted to pinch myself multiple times.  I almost laughed out loud several times, but not at jokes. Maybe weirdest of all was the apres-game mutual congratulations on a great session and a desire to schedule the next.  I was kind of thunderstruck during and after, but also a little giddy from the 3 hour vacation from normal. (Is this the appeal? I kind of get that. Would never do it again, but I kind of get that.)


(The Sad): I'm going to have to break up with this group in a way that doesn't feel personal.  It isn't.  I really liked those folks, but you couldn't pay me enough to do it again.  Have any of you had to break up with a group? I've done it a couple of times in the past year and I don't think I'm very good at it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Sweet! A Lovely Review for OSitD!

Thanks to Lexi, of The Gaming Table, for the very kind review.  

If you're keen to see it, you can watch it right here




Tuesday, May 3, 2022

My RPG Quests

I've been hoping to get back to the table since I started my show over 2 years ago.  Well, it finally happened.  In the end, there was a smaller turnout than we wanted and it started with just 2 of us, then a third.  But you know what? It was great!  I'd learned a lesson from a failure a few months before.

In February, I had put up an ad looking for players and got a few responses that were promising.  2 of the guys were local - so local that I suggested we meet for coffee.  This was a mistake.  Without the focus of 'a game happening 'right now' in front of us, the meeting felt strained and awkward.  One of the guys was incredibly late, forcing the first 2 of us to smalltalk for over 45 minutes before the third even arrived.  It just didn't work out.  So I learned from the misstep and realized its better to start a game almost right away.  

But.... I still have one more quest.  I want to try 5e D&D and I don't want to DM it.  I want the player experience.  I found a group through Discord in Toronto and ... well, I'll let the jpg speak for itself...




So I was getting a certain vibe ... it was not going to work.  The game got postponed, so I didn't even find out.  It's been rescheduled for this week, and I think I'll go.  I'm going to play it their way, silly pun-names and all.  Just once.  Then I'll at least have tried 5e.




Sunday, May 1, 2022

Shownotes for Ep 72

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Shownotes for Ep 71

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

2 Years!

 

Thanks to Roland Diaz for this amazing illustration to commemorate my 2 year anniversary in podcasting.  As always, I am blown away by his talent.

A couple other things happened exactly on the 15th, which is the show's birthday.

  • I hit an all time one-day download record.  I was just shy of a milestone number I never in my wildest thought I'd hit.  this gives me a lot of confidence.  One day, I will hit that number - just gotta keep going and gotta keep improving.
  • I had my first live-at-the-table game in about 30 years.  I'm in my late forties now and my last game was in my teens.  Man... it was so good to be back at the table.  Virtual has been good - even great - but there's nothing like flesh & blood, dorks-at-the-table.  Thanks to the other dorks who hosted and joined in.  Had a great, great time and I'm hoping live ttrpgs will be a regular event in future.

We all work a lot, right? 

Day jobs are tough. 

... we deserve to play more games!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 70

Theme Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome 148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Part 1 (Trap) Tense Cinematic Instrumental Ambient Music by Argsound

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTz6Qp7QE_c

Dramatis          RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX: https://www.zapsplat.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Roland Diaz-a-Palooza

 Roland has come up with a lot of fantastic pieces that walk us through the opening phases of the story.  Sometimes folks mention that the cast could be made into an ebook - something I'd certainly like to do if I can find the time to put the work in.  Roland, if and when that happens, you know I'll be getting in touch!


In the meantime, enjoy this awesome collection!








Saturday, April 2, 2022

Shownotes for Episode *69

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com


*Theme is the same for the false 'April Fool's Day' Episode

Friday, March 25, 2022

A little photo-realism in your audio?

 Occasionally, I'll find a photo of a place that inspires me to try to sketch out a scene using the photo as an anchor point or reference.  This is true to Rydell's Sanctuary, which is based off a photo of Scotland's Faerie Pooles and is more or less a text duplicate of the image, to the best of my (admittedly limited) skills.  I've never been to Scotland, nor had I heard of the Pooles... I just loved the photograph.


In the early/lower levels of the Agojen, I did something similar with this photo:




This isn't one I stumbled across and then decided to insert into the story.  this time, I had the idea (I needed a way to power all the stuff in there even in the absence of the Agojenites) and so I hunted for the right photo.  When I found a good one, I tried to do another text-sketch.  This scene was a real challenge to put together, mostly because there was a lot of noise that needed to be included to capture the grandeur of the falls... but I also had to have dialogue happen.  I must have mixed it five time to get it right :)

Monday, March 21, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 68

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Part 3                                       ‘Labyrinth of Lost Dreams’ by Darren Curtis

https://soundcloud.com/desperate-measurez/labyrinth-of-lost-dreams-free

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Yet more from Justin!

Yes... yes, that's pretty much how it went down.




Thanks for the phenomenal work, Justin!  Gyrios, with his eyeball buggin' out, is maybe the best thing I have ever seen.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

More beautiful art from Justin Pfeil

 This incredible scene from the middle of Season 1 is by the very talented Justin Pfeil.  If you haven't checked out his webcomic, you can do so right here.

Justin is doing something experimental with his comic that's quite similar to what I do with TOTM.  Plus, he can really draw!



Monday, March 14, 2022

Check out the Nuovarden Kickstarter!

 I wanted to show some support for Ty and Erin of Adventureslang.  They're launching their kickstarter on Mar 16th.  If you're into Sci-Fantasy, please check them out!

Their pre-launch page is here



Saturday, March 12, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 67

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Pre Part 1                                 Darren Curtis – She’s Watching Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGguA2HUUr4

Part 1                                       Odin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XddzQIaRIU

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

It's BOGO Poem Month 'Round Here (Thanks, Whitehall!)

 

Saturday, March 5, 2022

The Warrior’s Poem (Episode 66 - not a spoiler)

 

The Warrior’s Poem

 

Hafitta lo minrum eyemon

Yo nokka fartha un ta saydon

 

Gulluh dun-dun aki anonalla

Lo faro dolai-anir-branna

 

Lakuumshae zar boa skund

Lakuumshae kojo boa khaz

Lakuumshae haptun kala mirioth

Waramir anonalla taag

 

 

 

Bless you who answers the call

We are glad to see you strong and hale

 

Drums beat for you, the champions

Who hunt the giant serpent of red

 

May your axe be like the wind

May your courage be strong as the iron

May your victory be as inevitable as a river

Chosen of the queen

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Monster Mod for Ep 65 (not a spoiler)

 HOMONCULOUS Type 2 (TOTM MOD)

 


FREQUENCY: Very rare

NO. APPEARING: 1

ARMOR CLASS: 6

MOVE: 6"/18"

HIT DICE: 1

TREASURE TYPE: Nil

NO. OF ATTACKS: 0

SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil

SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil

MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below

INTELLIGENCE: See below

ALIGNMENT: See below

SIZE: S

PSIONICABILITY: Nil

% IN LAIR: Nil

DAMAGE/ATTACK: Nil

Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

 

This creature is created and animated through a special process by a magic-user. It appears as a vaguely humanoid lump of misshapen clay or dough. Sensory organs are typically malformed and sensory acuity is likewise somewhat limited.  It has no attack capability but is useful to the magic-user who created it as a spy.

 

The creature makes all of its saving throws at the some level as its creator. Although the homonculous cannot speak, it knows what the magic-user knows, and the latter is able to see and hear through the creature's eyes and ears. There is a telepathic link between the magic-user and his creature, and the homonculous can be controlled up to 48" away from its master. It will never willingly pass from this maximum range. If the homonculous is killed the magic-user immediately suffers 1-10 points of damage. When a homonculous is desired the magic-user endure an expensive, lengthy and painful process. It takes 1 week to form the creature. This will require 1 pint of the magic-user's blood and 500-2,000 gold pieces.

 

A magic user may have up to five homunculi in their service at any given time.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

New Wandering Encounter Table for Ep.66

 Random Encounter Table for The Khaz Mirioth 

Levels 4-6

 

Roll 1d20

 

1       Exceptional terrain feature or extreme weather

2       3-4 ogres

3       4 harpies

4       Strange/Symbols or totems

5       – special NPC(s) (ranger, hermit, wizard, etc?)

6       an abandoned campsite, only 2 days old.

7       Carrion birds circling a dead body… or is it alive?

8       rockslide

9       wyvern

10     Grizzly Bear

11     Mountain Lion

12     Spotted by the dragon

 

*Items in italics can only be encountered once

Shownotes for Episode 66

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Part 2                                       Scott Buckley - Hiraeth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZdPxAXsd5k

Final scener                             Evan King - Odin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XddzQIaRIU

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Monday, February 28, 2022

And the Hits Keep Comin'!

 Another beautiful drawing by Simon J Williams.  If you're close to caught up on the show, there's no spoilers here - you'll know the scene.  Thanks, Simon!!






Monday, February 21, 2022

More Jaw-dropping Art from the Amazing Roland Diaz!

 Spotlight on Umura:





Shownotes for Episode 65

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Another FREE OSitD Offering by EZ!

 The man who gave us the Lair of the Goblin King module for OSitD in early January is back with a new free game.  In addition to a new module, this one is a re-imagining of the original game rules with the specific aim of being for kids.  

EZ gives us: The Bounty of Remfort Manor.

You can get a copy for free right here.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 64

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                 148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Some of my own artistic hits and misses

 I'm a pretty garbage artist, but with the help of photofilters, I can sometimes achieve something not awful.  Here's a few pieces that turned out OK (and some that didn't). 



This wyvern is not too bad.


This troll really failed. Something not going right in the bottom half.


I'm happy with this ogre's face, but I had to crop out most of the body and there's still a problem with that right arm.


I was really happy with this one. Probably the best of this batch.

This is a little basic ... but, yeah, not terrible.


Many will recognize the drawing I used as a model/inspiration.  This one turned out OK.


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 63

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Friday, January 21, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 62

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Part 3                                       Darren Curtis “Soul’s Departure” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbAn520Qab0

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Another Milestone!

 I think this means I'm a level 4 podcaster now... do I get to roll for stat increases?




Monday, January 17, 2022

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Meme Tweets

 Ben from Lawful Great Adventures posted this on Twitter the other day.  Not only did it make me snort like a horse, but it is also my very first Meme-ticore!




Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 61

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Map of the Lower Mines of Thangar

 This one is a little more spoil-y, so you might want to give it a skip if you aren't up to date with the show.






Thursday, January 6, 2022

Map of the Upper Mines of Thangar

 For this section of the adventure, I started working with 'zones' instead of a detailed map.  Wouldn't work for a tabletop game, but for the podcast I think it is a useful tool, especially in a labyrinthine place like the mines where having all the detail in front of me would really just be a hindrance.  Does anyone want to listen to a n audiodrama of a bunch of PCs walking down dead ends, retracing their steps, taking more wrong turns and getting lost.  Somehow I doubt it would be very engaging.  Better to abstract it with something like this...


I'll post the map to the Lower Mines in another day or two.  If you're not up to date with the show, you might want to avoid these - there's spoilers in the small print :)







Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Fan-made module for OSitD available right here, for free!

 A couple of weeks ago I got an email from EZ, who had made a module for OSitD.  He asked if I'd like to playtest it  ... you bet I did!  He has very generously allowed me to make it available to you for free, so if anyone is looking for some OSitD DLC, click on this link and be sure to leave a comment for EZ with a digital high five.  There are some very cool ideas here.  Without spoiling too much: expanded thief abilities and a Boss Henchman random table.  This adventure, called the Lair of the Goblin King is 4 levels, and takes significantly longer than a typical OSitD game.  Partly this is due to expanded combat (by which I mean there's more combat than in the original module).  Here's a photo of EZ's setup.  Now I have some serious card envy going on!




Saturday, January 1, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 60

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0vFUCzEM

Part 1                                       Kevin MacLeod “Unnatural Situation” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsjSb9oFLZI

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                                https://www.zapsplat.com