Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Surgery and Surprises - Crossroads Campaign - Sessions 11 and 12

After recovering from our encounter with the creature and its tainted giant animals, we moved further on toward this shiny thing that Astra had told us about. It was a crystal of some sort, working as a focus for the necromantic spell we'd discovered earlier and directing the energy back towards the logging camp. As we approached, a shadow creature appeared out of it and proceeded to attack us. That was bad enough on its own, but we also found ourselves attacked by a red-eyed demon wolf. As we fought those two, gnolls began to appear out of illusory hiding spots to harass us with arrows.

The Shadow Guardian

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Counter Attack - Airships Lost - Session Eleven - Gameplay Discussion

A continuation of the previous stories and my attempts to move on toward more exploration, this will get several NPCs added into the mix that will give them some directions to head to look for new places and possibly a way home. This presents the party's assault on the gargoyle pirate field base. I ended up conceding victory before the commander of the slaver base could be encountered because the players were tearing through her forces quite well.

As a note, using minion enemies, where each mechanical entity represents a team rather than an individual, speeds up combat and makes the heroes seem extremely competent. This is great for this sequence. Especially in comparison to the long fight against the single cockatrice from earlier.

As a side note, I seem to have picked up on the lessons of running action sequences from the previous campaign better and I'm getting playful quips advertising action and doing mystery or advertising exploration and doing action.

Back to the Airship Lost index - Aeryn's Travel Log - Yukimura Amaya's Perspective

To keep everyone on the same page, I added the gargoyle base to the grid from last week.

Counter Attack - Airship Lost - Session Eleven


[The camera is running on a split screen between the guards watching the trapped hallway quietly and standing at the window in the medbay as Aeryn scans through the sky before focusing on a large slab of floating rock seeming to materialize out of nowhere into the small atmosphere and coming level with the Sol Suna so that they could see the forms of several gargoyles walking around atop near a platform of some sort.]

"Miss Lee, would you please get back to the bed and stay away from the windows!"

Just a minute, doctor, I have to film this. Wow, these are like actual pirates and, hey, what's that?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Piratical Pests - Airship Lost - Sessions Eight, Nine, and Ten Gameplay Discussion

This is my first attempt to move toward getting toward other shards and introducing some bad guys that have contact with other settlements. In order to avoid the groups that would have connection to Earth, I went with outlaws that have been exiled from the gargoyles. So they might not know of Earth themselves. Real life issues resulted in this being split out over several sessions and my performance being a bit spotty in places. I've also obviously had trouble getting the reports out on time so I've likely lost some details here and there.

Back to the Airship Lost index - Aeryn's Travel Log - Yukimura Amaya's Perspective 

The burn mark on the shard.

The fight with the gargoyle pirates outside the exhaust

Engine access area and defense plans

The death room and the planned future diplomacy room.



(I've left this report a little too long and only a handful of the Aspects stand out, unfortunately.)

Piratical Pests - Airship Lost - Sessions Eight, Nine, and Ten


[The camera opens up on the scene of a burned out field with the husks of a few remaining trees here and there. The camera swings wide catching the sight of Rudyard Holt, Aislin Newell, and Yukimura Amaya standing in the middle of it.]

"The burn started here, so the emergency exhaust must be in the area." Aislin noted, sweeping around.

[The camera swings about to show Aeryn's face with a wide smile.]

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Greek Princess - Set 4: The Real Folk Blues - City of Mist





Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.

The sound isn’t my watch. My watch is expensive, just like the suit I’ve been wearing for three days now. It’s the clock on the government-approved pastel green concrete wall, the cheapest piece of shit clock money can buy. Imperfect mechanisms clamouring away in the silence of the tiny interview room. I feel like the two-way mirror dominating the wall on my left is watching me. No, not anyone behind the mirror, the mirror itself is staring. Or maybe I’m scared of my own reflection, after all every time I go to look I catch it watching me.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Innovative Immorality - Crossroads Campaign - Session 10


Our investigations into what's going on in Calliopeela was a little bit interrupted by the realization that we were being followed and watched by someone. They looked like a wolf, but the behavior didn't fit a basic animal. It was a very tricky creature, darting this way and that and making it hard for even Kelmar to keep track off. There was an attempt by Medi to dart forward on Alwyn to cut off the wolf's path, but the creature simply darted aside and seemed to change into a squirrel before vanishing up into the tree line. 

The Hymns of the Fey - Celtic Wolf's Campaign - Session 5


Character Journal

The First Hymn of the Fey


The forest stretched on before us, trees by the score alike.
This I assert as one who has been raised in the city.
We walked; we followed; we trusted; in the daughter of the lady.
I have seen the concern in her face as she realized herself lost.
Let our efforts to find Nakatari not be further afflicted.
Grace's fear of spiders has left us stranded in a sea of flora.
And I shall endeavor to be rested and ready for more danger.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Greek Princess - Set 3: Switchblade 327


Set 2: Beauty and the Beast

Patricia's Wellness Journal

Can you hear that? Can you taste that? Mmm.

Every part of me feels so alive. 

No, no. This is my contact. One of them. I can hear her in the back of my head. No not literally, it's a feeling. It's a sense of exultation that is somehow me and also not me. Do know what I'm talking about? I have to clear my head. I can't give her too much lead.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Bureaucratic Barriers - Crossroads Campaign - Sessions 8 and 9


The Insfar Peninsula
Character Journal

I had thought that I had escaped bureaucracy when I graduated from Oxford with my Bachelor's in Music Theory and promptly began an occult investigator after my first encounter with cultists. Of course, this is when I discovered what was necessary for getting a private investigator's license. Then I thought I had escaped it when I signed on with Department 7, you'd think the name would have clued me in, because surely they'd keep their agents sheltered from such nonsense. Then I thought I at least wouldn't be bothered with bureaucracy in The Lost, but really all I escaped was paperwork, I still had the endless sort of fetch quest chain you'd associate with something like Baldur's Gate. Of course, becoming a deva came with more paperwork after this line. But, this doesn't compare with what we've discovered on this continent of the world of Opali.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Hymns of Escorts - Celtic Wolf's Campaign - Session 4


Character Journal

The First Hymn of Escorts


The Veiled Lady of Phane called agents to her company to discuss a task.
This I assert as one of those called to the meeting in her abode.
She explained; she described; she requested; of us to head into the woods.
I have met her daughter who would be our guide into the fey realms.
Let our travels be quick and safe that our task might come to smooth conclusion.
Grace's comrades impart a quick sense of awe in those she is about to guide.
And I shall endeavor not to step on any tails or paws of giant lions or wolves.

Surgery and Surprises - Crossroads Campaign - Sessions 11 and 12

After recovering from our encounter with the creature and its tainted giant animals, we moved further on toward this shiny thing that Astra...

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