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I'm not sure if today really is some sort of holiday where the postal service isn't running, as my Father-In-Law was telling me on Saturday, but either way my copy of Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011 has left St. Paul and is on it's way into my grubby paws.
It's another week so you KNOW you're getting another Rise Of The Runelords preview;
Saturday was D&D. From my perspective it went well and for me it was a blast, which is slightly surprising as it was short on combat. What it lacked in 'Hack N' Slash' it more than made up for in Role Playing. In fact this session had an almost Marvel SAGA level of Role Playing. I know that's not the comfort zone of a few of the players, but I applaud thier effort. So the crux of the tale was the PC's fullfilling their obligations to Div, the plotting Nagpa, and returning his 'Eye'. He then kept his part of the bargain and showed the PC's the way out of the Mountain. The PC's found themselves in a lush valley where they were ambushed by some Pig-Faced Orcs, my personal favorite. At the end of the combat some human troops showed up. We got the tense stand-off which always seems to happen with NPC's, but eventually they all made nice. So the NPC leader, Vladimir Nuatshill, invited the PC's back to his home village of Coldmine. The PC's made thier way with the surviving members of Vladimir's band. The entire time I kept bringing up the Grand Dame, the 'power' in Coldmine. I wanted the PC's to get the feeling that this was someone very powerful, seeming benign, but who had certain rules that had to be followed. The big rule was the elimination of organized religion, which made it interesting for the PC's as they are still headed to the Monestary Of Erathis. Vladimir was inviting, the town was friendly, and the PC's were relatively safe. As we all know though, nothing is ever as good as it seems. Dave's Vampire had to feed, and in the process let a local know what he was. Cassandra's Changling was in her human form, and found out it was the human form of a young woman who was abducted during a conflict with some travelers some 4 years ago. Zack & his Necromancer companion 'consumated' their relationship in disturbing fashion resulting in some interesting new information for them. There were all sorts of interesting revelations about Mike's Drow character who FINALLY after almost 6 sessions SPOKE! Joe's Genasi is still trying to get comfortable in his 'own skin' when he's not killing, so that made for some interesting moments. And finally, I really tried to put Bob's character through a true moral dilemma. In the end discretion and a common goal was the better part of valor as the PC's decided against trying to get rid of the Grand Dame, and in the process Bob had to choose between doing something truly heroic or self-preservation. It was an interesting session. Hell the price of admission alone was met by Dave & I Role Playing Cassandra's tearful, dotting long-lost 'parents'. While I love combat, and sessions that move the overall story along, there is something to be said for a session that expands on WHO the characters are and what they are going to become. To me that's what seperates D&D from a really good board game, the unpreditability of the story telling and the Role Playing of the players. So now we're onto where the PC's have been headed for about 5 sessions. What will they find in the Monestary, only I know and I'm not ready to tell...Yet...
Sunday I had the 'D&D Hangover', but I had promised some folks on the Board Game Geek boards that I was going to get back on the horse and make so more monsters.
I'm thinking that it might be time to wrap this up with some...
- We're going to Kansas for Memorial Day. I'm excited to see everyone to spend some time with L.O.M., to head to Pittsburg for some insanely good Fried Chicken, to see my sister's new house, etc. I'm hoping we can get some things done for my Grandma while we're there in the never ending effort to clean the rest of my dad's hoarded goods from her home. I'm really looking forward to just hanging out with my brother and maybe doing some cooking.
- If I & they can swing it, I might try to get some pals together for a night of laughs as well.
- I'm almost done with the 2nd Hawkmoon book, and I'm really digging it.
- well I finally sat down on listened to The Fairly Secret Interview. I have to say I agree with Dave, we are DAMN entertaining. Although I hate my voice, I really hate it a lot. I feel like it's a fun listen, with some interesting questions, and some unexpected answers. I really do hope this brings about a monthly podcast, because I had a blast doing this.
- Both Avengers and Young Justice were flippin' awesome this weekend. Young Justice finally resolved the 'mole' issue, and we moved to the Starro 'End Game' for the baddies. On Avengers we wrapped up the loose end of the Masters Of Evil, pushed forward not just the creepiness of Cap/Skrull, but also a HUGE Asgardian sub-plot. The only thing I'm 'wondering' about is just what happened to Wonder Man? I'm really hoping that he comes back and joins the team sooner rather than later. And believe it or not Black Panther continues to be my favorite Avenger on the team currently, he's just flippin' cool.
- Happy Birthday Mom.
- The NFL Draft is a week from Thurs. I'm terrified that the Chiefs will jump the shark and trade away the majority of their picks to move up and draft Ryan Tanehill. I'm not the biggest Matt Cassell guy, but I think he has potential. I really do feel the Chiefs need to concentrate on their Defense and their Offensive Line. This could be the year they break out, IF they can stay healthy. I'm also very intrigued by the Vikings at three and the potential to trade out. This draft has all the makings of something interesting. Either way Cassandra & I will be glued to the television Thursday night.
I think I'm done.
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