Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gator Bait Vs. Super Croc

* = I think I might have an irrational love of this game...

It’ll be a short one today, but I figure in order to placate the Mob of Two I’m willing to make sacrifices, it’s just a shame they couldn’t be human. Anywho, last night I cut out all the additional cards and characters for Castle Ravenloft. Today we get home early so Cassandra’s going to laminate them, that means FIVE new adventurer options, TWO new master villains, and three new group adventurers! Just when you thought I was done being irrationally excited by this game the Board Game Geek dot com crew pour more fuel on the fire.

I also purchased a deck of additional Encounters, Monsters, & Treasure cards off Artscow dot com made by some folks on BGG! They look fantastic and it’ll add a ton of more options to the game. I’ve also printed three new Solo Scenarios, which I’m hoping to try out on one of these dark and rainy evenings. This game is a veritable TOOL BOX of awesome.

So keeping that in mind I’m trying to put together 5 to 10 scenarios regarding different Darklords from Ravenloft. My first foray is putting together a run of seven connected adventures involving Dr. Victor Mordenheim & his villainous creation Adam. These two are analogs for Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster. I’ve never played through the specific adventures in 2nd Edition starring these two, but I get the impression from all the info I’ve read they are more of a harkening to Hammer Film’s Frankenstein flicks, at least when it comes to the “Good” Doctor. So I’ll be treating Victor Mordenheim like Peter Cushing; he’ll be tough, conniving, and potentially physical. As for Adam he’s much more in the mold of Frankenstein’s Monster in the book. He’s adaptable, self-loathing, smart, and vicious. The interesting part is in Ravenloft Lore they are BOTH the Darklords of the Domain of Lamordia.

I’m thinking the first adventure will be into the caves on the Isle Of Agony looking for a lost child, possibly the Doctor’s stable boy or the son of the maid. The goal will be to find the child. There will be a ten-turn limit on whether or not he’s alive. At turn seven Adam will show up. At turn ten he’ll flee. In the interim the other available monsters in the deck will be a Dire Bat, Gravehounds, Cloudreavers (aka Pirates of the Sea Of Sorrows), maybe Rot Grubs or some other small insect horde. After turn ten it’s all about finding at least the body and escaping the caves of the Isle Of Agony.

If the party is successful and bring the child back alive they then can go to Mordenheim Castle where the child claims that Dr. Mordenheim’s wife is still alive and being mistreated by the “Good” Doctor. Again it’s a ten-turn trip. The Castle is mostly empty; they party will be looking for a specific room tile to find the status of Mrs. Mordenheim. Whichever tile is designated, allows the players to pick up an item, maybe her journal or something, that shows she is still alive. The available monsters should be constructs in origin. Maybe Dread Guards, Animated Statues, Iron Defender, & the big bad would be the Zombie Hulk. On turn-ten they are expelled or more aptly run from Castle Mordenheim. They retreat back to the village with the onset of a huge blizzard, which is Adam’s way of closing Lamordia’s border.

If they do NOT find the child alive then upon returning to the village they will circumnavigate the Baron’s home looking for him. Again it would be a ten-turn adventure, where the party is under the assault of Farmers, Human Brawler, Human Commoner, Dwarf Brawler, Merchant Guard, with the big ‘bad’ being the Captain Of The Watch who all want to arrest them.

If the party is defeated they go to jail and lose any items they have. The story option would then be that another child disappears and the Baron releases them, they back to the Isle Of Agony where they hunt for the killer, deal with Darkmantles, Dire Rats, Rat Swarms, and find the big “bad” to be a Cadaver Collector.

That’s just the rough idea of it right now. I think it could work.

On to some…


- Cassandra is the best. She really is. Anytime someone can articulate just why they love just hanging out with you, why they enjoy laughing with you, or just badly singing in the car it give you the ‘warm and fuzzies’. That’s what my wife does to me. There is no greater compliment I’ve ever received than being told I was someone’s “greatest decision ever”.
- I have spent half my day today debating Fantasy Football players and I don’t even play. Although maybe I should.
- I’m going to start Fringe over again from the beginning with Cassandra in tow. My dad swears by the show so I should give it a go.
- This weather is PERFECT for sleeping. I want to go sleepy right now…

That was WAY more than I meant to write…

“I warned Garth, erm, I said, "I'm not an actor". And erm, he said, I'll always remember this, that he didn't want an act, he wanted the truth. So erm, here is, er, Dean Learner, playing Thornton Reed. Not putting on an act, but putting on the truth.”

* = Thoughts on my plan?



  2. by the way...we all wish we could quit you.

  3. Dave-O
    I haven't slept that much the last two days, but last night's two forays into Strahd's castle were TOTALLY WORTH being tired.
    Oh and you can't quit me...