Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Star Wars and a trip to the 13th Age

Well we've got a couple of new podcasts for your listening pleasure.

First up is a game Ryan ran a while back using the 13th Age system.  As much as I am familiar with the system 13th Age can be described as Dungeons and Dragons 4.5 edition.  Which means that like the progression of Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition to 3.5 edition to 3.75 edition (aka Pathfinder), 13th Age is a logical progression and polishing of the 4th edition system.  Which means if you were a fan of 4th edition, you will like 13th Age, perhaps more so.

Anyway, enough rambling!  Time for a story about a quest, a stick, and a volcano.

GM Aaron finally ended his Force and Destiny Campaign, which sadly I had to drop out of early on due to time constraints.  I am still sad that I did not get to play my gambling addicted space otter for longer.  But we've got a brand new Force and Destiny Campaign!  This time GM Mike, not the Half-Human GM variety, begins The Empire of the Destined Age.

May the Force Be with You


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Free RPG Day

Happy Free RPG Day!

The Bards are huge fans of the RuneQuest rpg and have been for a while now, and if you have not been listening the RuneQuest podcast and the insanity of Our Gang, you should start.  Chaosium decided to release a quickstart promo for their new edition and we ran a number of games here around the Grand Rapids area.  It was awesome and I even got to play in a game run by our veteran RuneQuest GM Eric.  No one died, which was surprising, and we got attacked by bunch of talking raccoons!  

As Matt titled this picture of our game: Mobility + Flight and a Slyph to direct the herd = We're Gone!!!

And what would Free RPG day be without some podcasts!

First up we've got more RuneQuest!  This time Our Gang makes a new friend by the name of Finney.  As with all our "new friends" I'm sure Finney is going to be just fine and by no means going to get eaten by a Cacodemon.

Next we've got some new Masks of Nyarlathotep.  After the TPK of our last session some new meat, er I mean investigators are brought in.  Which may or may not have resulted in using some Mythos tainted incense cones.  What have I always been saying, stay away from Mythos tainted drugs!  Well, I have not been really saying that, more like, "do all the Mythos tainted drugs!"  I'm sure my mentally unstable WWI veteran can handle a 30 point sanity hit, no problem.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Getting Things in Order

It's been a busy couple of weeks.

If you have not all ready taken a listen the new Rappan Athuk is up.  This one actually might be the death of McSwordington, maybe....

It may seem long way away, but convention season will be hear soon enough.  The Bards will be at multiple conventions starting with our home town Grand-Con coming this September.  I'm getting the GM's and games together as I write this.  This year is shaping up to be the biggest yet.  More info to come later in the summer....

We got some more podcasts this week.  I know it's a little late, but we've got train robberies!

First up CN Luke continues with the New School Dungeon Crawl.  This time they almost do a thing.

Next up, we've got the campaign that I will not let Matt retire, EVER.  Space Buccaneers is back!  On this mission our group is charged with robbing a space train.  What could go wrong?


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Podcasts for your listening pleasure: Runequest, Star Wars, and Call of Cthulhu!

Finished up the second Tremulus game, and boy was it a doozy.  Let's just say it ended with Mike's character drinking "monster juice," during a church service.  I am becoming quite fond of the Apocalypse Engine for rpgs.  Look for the podcast later this month.

Also it may be early but The Bards are all ready in preparation stages for this coming convention season, kicking off with Grand Con 2017.  This year it is going to be at a new venue downtown Grand Rapids and we are going to bring the goods!

Now Onward to Podcasts!

Well it was bound to happen.  Ben blood-lust for killing investigators can only be sated for so long.  One wrong move, or in this case Spot Hidden Check, and the whole house of cards come tumbling down.  Spoiler Alert: everyone dies.

Onward to Runequest!  Who would have thought having tons of money would cause all sorts of problems.  You know what they say, Mo Lunars, Mo Problems.

GM Aaron continues on with his Star Wars Force and Destiny campaign.  Things are finally winding down for our crew of mismatched heroes.  Listen in for The End is Nigh, Part One and Part Two.

Time to get on the Cthulhu Train!  Choo Choo, madness and death awaits!  Mike runs a playtest for his every popular BYDA scenario.  Can a group of hobos who are down on their luck resist the temptation for a fortune in easy money? Probably not.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Playtest, a Playtest, and a New School walk into a bar....

Finally got a chance to playtest the Lovecraftian rpg Tremulus, which uses the Apocalypse RPG engine.  I only had one player show up for the initial game, but it was a blast.  He played a detective who had taken a job from a mysterious man named Mr. Blackmoore.  There was diseases, violence, unspeakable monstrocities, and lots of snooping around (as there should be in any good Lovecraftian game).  It ended with him escaping from the house and making his way back to Chicago with a rescued friend in tow, which he had to make a bargain with one Dr. Johnson to get the friends horrible disease cured.  Now a favor is owed to Dr. Johnson.........


I got the quickstart rules for the new Kult rpg Kult: Divinity Lost.  I was a huge fan of the original Kult rpg and this newly released edition has all the makings of an awesome game.  I've run it a couple of conventions and had some really great games, it just so happens to be run with the same Apocolypse RPG engine as Tremulus.  Even though Ben drank a tall glass of Haterade before he decided to play I think the game went great, well maybe not great for Ben's characters butler.

Chaotic Neutral DM Luke continues the New School Dungeon Crawl.  This week it's a Death Match!

We've got a bunch of games going on this weekend so if you're in the Grand Rapids area check our meetup and get your game on!