Fellow hobbyists I’ve gotta say having a weekend off is so great!
I’ve kind of gone off on a weird one this week but I’m curious as to other people’s thoughts so let me know if you think I’ve lost it.😂
Seriously I’ve managed to get so much done that I didn’t realise how much I could do in a single sitting!
First off I finally watched infinity war pt1 and dayum what a rollercoaster of a ride!
It had me thinking about a D&D campaign that I’m writing at the moment (alongside building terrain and painting everything). It is the first time I’ve written one and it’s still being planned but anyway…
Without too many spoilers there are few things that the Marvel Series has done great leading up to the Infinity War.
1. The way “NPCs”(aka not the avengers) are used as carriers whilst feeling like they are the main plot point for their brief time in the spotlight.
Yea I know death is about as permanent as tissue under a tap for MCU but I’m just taking the meaty bits the way a world ending source of power can fall into any simplton just living his life in my imaginary world suddenly has the power to control minds of reanimated the dead without knowing the true strength behind his gift has turned out quite powerful with the right plot hook.
The thing that had me was the way Red Skull was positioned after being a pretty rubbish throw away character in Captain America.
2. Making that 2nd act downtime actually pay off.
Something I’ve always found difficult in D&D is the non combat stuff.
I’ve always been a bit of a Conan style character in my approach. Even Shamash my Dragonborn paladin has ended up the same way after ploughing tons of points into charisma, I still ended up making him a tank. A tank that is forever being knocked out or rolling rubbish when headbutting a rude Npc but still when he connects he’s pretty lethal.
So I struggle with the downtime out of combat with the talking because I as a player don’t really know what to ask or how my character should ask it.
Something I noticed was how an Npc’s character can evolve even after death and how what they did can have an affect on the way the Party perceives future threats.
But only if the character is played in the right way and to a level that the Players can understand as a threat until they realise the greater threat is the one they havent yet discovered.
Placing a key item that will create reactions with a future Npc who knows it only by legend, somebody like the Collector or Vision depending on how I and up with a neutral point of interest whos knowledge is helpful yet fractured.
3rd and Finally(for now) the big battles.
Seriously that battle was amazing! You know the one I’m talking about…
Putting that into my campiagn will be a good challenge but I’ve got an idea one that will allow the tactician to tactic, the murder hobo to murder hobos etc.
It’s one thing I’ve never experienced in D&D, so it will be fun to see how it goes but keeping it smooth for the Players without going full fantasy battles will be something I’ll have to reign in.
Anyway Infinity War was freaking brilliant and I may have to watch it again for funsies.
On top of the jaw droppingly awesome piece of geekness I also managed to get some other gaming planning done.
This was for Massive Darkness, which has been a bit of a mixed bag for me since it arrived.
It’s not a bad game, solid mechanics alongside light dungeon crawling experience and rpg levelling with loot everywhere was a pretty decent selling point. The components are brilliant too.
It just felt a little too light in the end with some of the thematic parts feeling a little tacked on bundled with a really low difficulty curve it hasn’t been played as much as I wanted to.
But one thing the Zombicide / Massive Darkness mechanics work well for is sandboxing. Literally making up your own house mechanics and just adding them to the game to adjust and fine tune those areas that didn’t sit too well.
After a request on on of the community pages on Facebook, for a specific type of story campaign around the elemental box I thought I’d give it a go.
Around 3 months ago…
Finally this weekend I managed to get something down.
I’ll be honest my influences are glaringly obvious but more in a homage as opposed to direct copying.
Well that’s was the intention Mr GW copywriter sir 😅.
I mean Orcs have brought their god idol to life , dwarves have made crazy machines in the heart of the mountain it’s not like I’ve directly quoted the battlecry of a Khornate war monger. But I’ve used a couple of ideas.
Ive always felt that was a thing with custom material for sandbox style tabletop gaming. I’ve adapted it to fit the mechanics of massive darkness and made the maps, I just needed some fluff to grease the creative wheels so to speak. I mean it’s just a hook to set the scene and give a reason to the party to be in the dungeon so hopefully it will go down well.
Anyway I’ll be tweaking them over the week and adding a final quest hopefully I’ll get a chance to playtest and do a write up about the first thoughts if anybody is interested.
If you are a fellow Massive Darkness player and want the maps remind me to chuck a Google drive link up.
So the exciting part is that I taught my wife to paint this weekend.
It was weird.
Not bad weird.
I am a habitual overthinker which means I spent most of the time trying to stop myself from saying “are you having fun?” or “what do you think?”
But I think she had fun, and we got the initial colours down and a coat of liquid talent over the mini.
After that we called it and I realised how much it can take out of somebody who isn’t used to staring at armour, muscles and leather for hours at a time.
I realised how and why I can occasionally be a little crochety after painting for a few hours.
Ky-rà looks pretty good so far next week I hope to start on basic highlighting with Becky so she gets to see more of how the mini comes together.
While helping I also managed to get started on repainting the minis I had stripped before and hopefully will have them finished over the next few days to possibly do another building or maybe a different style of mini so that things don’t get stale.
How was your weekend?
Have you got any suggestions of films series to watch that could help me develop some fun narrative?
In the meantime,
Hope you all have a fantastic week!!!
Fight On & Roll High!