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I'm looking for recommendations for a magnifying glass on a stand. An attached light is a nice to have but I know that raises the cost. Looking to use this for tabletop painting, modeling, etc.

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For those who actually used Google+, and if you're a tabletop RPGer at all, that's a high probability that you were a part of at least a handful of groups, listen up.

G+ is being retired in case you didn't know, and they'll be pulling the plug April 2nd. After that you will not have access to any data found there. If you'd like to back things up, here's the directions on how to do so:

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788

Tenkar's Tavern rightly pointed out another problematic aspect to this shutdown: blog comments, as Google states,

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019.

What do you think? Is a site you own affected by these changes?


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It's staggering how quickly your schedule can be upended from underneath you when the whole household gets sick, frigid temperatures and winter weather rears it's head, and job search picks up after not much activity. Either can take up a lot of your time, stunting certain pursuits like this one. But as I've learned over the years, never apologize for delayed blog posts! And so I'll just move right along...


An annual meeting of old friends over printed cardboard

Nearly each year for the last decade or so, friends from my hometown in Evansville, Indiana gather together on New Years Day for a whole day of tabletop. This tends to start at a Chipotle/Quoba style burrito place called Moe's for lunch. We then head over to usually whatever local church's fellowship hall we have connections with and set up our festivities there. It's basically a private con and a great way to relax, catch up with friends I don't see except that day, and start the new year more or less carefree for a day.

I made sure to record plays of each game I played to one day do this very post. The GeekList linked below has the names and my comments about each. Feel free to reply below or under each at your leisure.

Game Day 2019

Back to some Aqualith work for me. Until next time...


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Con of the North schedule

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My first gaming convention here in Minnesota is just over a month away. Con of the North

My schedule is more or less on lock. I'm trying out games I've yet to play (Root and BATTLETECH Classic), getting some in person experience with my current favorite roleplaying system (Cypher - Numenera), getting some volunteering in, and dusting off one or two previously retired Pathfinder Society characters.

I'm particularly excited about The Solstice Scar, as it's a multi-table event. I've been a part of two or three of these in the past and they are well worth it!

Sunday is capped with a Dungeon Crawl Classics game, as outside of a very short Labyrinth Lord session ran by a friend, I've never played an edition prior to 3.5. I need to up this cred and be a true OSR member outside of my ties to groups on MeWe!

The last bit is a game of King of Tokyo that is kinda my fall back for hosting. I signed up to be a judge, in case I had the possibility of running an RPG but my schedule did not allow for me to properly prepare for it. Hopefully next year! KoT is easy, but it's currently not on the list of games you can sign up for. I'll be adding it somewhere to the white board there as a late edition, so if you'd like to play, be on the lookout for it! I'll also try to announce here and on Twitter when I found a slot.

Do note, that the times shown are in military at Central time. So for instance, Root will be played from noon to 2pm on Friday.

FRI
Root (FRI12-14)
Numenera: Falling Into Golden Skies (FRI14-18)
#Volunteer (FRI20-22)

SAT
PFS 10-10: The Shattered Shield (Tier 1-5) (SAT08-13)
BATTLETECH: Grinder of the North (SAT14-16)
#Volunteer (SAT16-18)
PFS 8-99d: The Solstice Scar (Tier 1-2) (SAT19-24)

SUN
DCC: Stronghold of the Wood Giant Shaman (SUN14-18)

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King of Plymouth (King of Tokyo + Power Up! expansion)
Pathfinder 2nd Ed. Create-a-Character room
Viking Hall room

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#ThirstyThursday :: Mythic Minis 63 - Planetouched Feats II

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Welcome back to #ThirstyThursday, the second in a hopefully on-going series where I find a RPG product, water-centric if possible, and spotlight it! Last time we took a look at 5 Control Water Spell Feats for Pathfinder. I invite you go back there for a little background of why I started this as well as taking a look at a pretty cool 3rd party supplement. By the way, Owen K.C. Stephens replied back regarding the Super Genius Games website link in that product. He indeed verified my suspicions that the domain was completely out of his control but would pass it on.

Let's get on to this week's product, shall we?


Mythic Minis 63 - Planetouched Feats II

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The Mythic Minis series by Legendary Games is not something I'm that familiar with, mainly due to my inexperience with Pathfinder's mythic options. I will keep my comments regarding those rules to as brief as possible so as not to embarrass myself in front of those of you hardcore mythic fans.


Mythic brevity
The pitch as I understood it when Mythic Adventures (MA going forward) and it's product tie-ins released went like this: high level play in 3rd edition D&D was something few got to experience, as either the campaign finished early or the game broke apart for various reasons. So how do you essentially make your player character Thor-like with strength and power that far exceeds the everyday adventurer? You add an extra layer called mythic tiers which overlap and supplement the classes you're already playing. There's much nuance to that, but I will be focusing on that today.

What is to be focused on are the feats this particular product puts emphasis on.


Feats of elemental strength
This tiny three page PDF gives air and water-based options to player and gamemaster to enhance their game. In addition to Mythic Adventures, Advanced Race Guide (ARG going forward) is strongly recommended either in book or PRD form to get full effect and playability out of this product, as all nine of these feats work off of their originals referenced in the ARG.


A certain air about it
Why cover air? This blog is about water! I came for water! Yes, but when I read the Airy Step, something came to me which I'll unpack below.

Airy Step (Mythic)
Airy Step from the ARG, which requires the character's race be Slyph, is a feat improves the saving throw bonus, plus a little extra for when one decides to freefall. Buzz Lightyear would be all on top of this if he could.

The understanding of this feat is it derives from walking along electrical current in the air, but what's stopping that from being the moisture in the air if you have water control? A homebrew game could easily augment the standard and mythic versions of this feat for the aquatic-centered player. Something to consider there, eh?

Cloud Gazer (Mythic)
Not normally the eyes-and-ears of the bunch? No worries, this one takes the awesome that is Cloud Gazer, and makes it communal. Very nice!

Inner Breath (Mythic)
I can't imagine saving yourself and an ally from suffocation and other toxins in the air from being a bad thing. Situational, but slyphs may want to have a looksee.

Wings of Air (Mythic)
Like Airy Step, this feat could pass for water-centricity over electricity. But instead of walking, the concept is about flying, wherein this mythic version builds on.


Undine wishes
Now for the straight up water-centric feats.

Aquatic Ancestry (Mythic)
Cranks up your swim speed and darkvision. A no-brainer to me, especially if you're concept makes sense to have it.

Hydraulic Manuever (Mythic)
Few feats' names sound as cool or fun to say as Hydraulic Manuever! This synergizes with Hydraulic Push, which you probably will want to have in your build anyways. As the name in implies, this gives you some CMB fun. Combat Maneuvers are a sub-system my friend Carlos over at Something Clever Games is a big fan of, so I wouldn't be surprised he builds an Undine PC someday just to have this!

Steam Caster (Mythic)
Like synergy with fire magic? So do we. Especially AoE's. Full steam ahead!

Triton Portal (Mythic)
The standard Triton Portal is interesting, especially for those wanting to mimic an Aquaman-like character. The Mythic version of this underwater-only feat, which like Hydraulic Manuever, also builds off of hydraulic push, takes cues from dimension door and shadow walk. Quite a powerful benefit.

Water Skinned (Mythic)
Use of this kinda power screams substitution of Diplomacy or Intimidation skill to me. Characters who show the opposition this kinda power just by walking through an obstacle unscathed just before a fight or flight situation oozes flavor to me. I dig it. Side comment: I spotted a typo in the Benefit section.



Suffice to say...
...this product is awesome. If you're homebrewing it, don't fret about the slyph and undine race requirements, especially if you don't want to play those. Work with your gamemaster on that. At $1 USD, it's a no brainer if you're playing one of these races in a Mythic campaign.

Do let me know what you think of the product or if you have suggestions for others to look at, specifically water magic related. Know of an existing product that has synergy with these options? Share in the comments below!

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please share it with a friend if you found it useful.


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New paints, new con, new initiatives, new year!

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It's 2019, and without going into details, I'm very thankful that year is done with. I am looking forward to a fresh start not only in the gaming hobby, but vocationally and home-building.

Let's focus on the hobby today.

Paints
My youngest sister gifted me a set of Humbrol paints for my Great War project. They have yet to arrive in the mail, but when they do, I shall snap some photos or do a video about my plans for them. Additionally, I promised an unboxing of sorts for The Great War to which I have not forgotten but simply was not afforded the opportunity to do so. I think the delay has allowed me to process how to make that a genuinely better post anyways.

Con of the North
Last night before I went to bed, yes before midnight because I am getting old and don't care for the strike of midnight hooplah, I submitted last minute choices for the events I want to attend at the Twin Cities' Con of the North. This will be my first time attending and looking to get a nice spread of roleplaying, board games, and dabble of wargame into three glorious days of gaming.

Game Day
New Years has afforded me and my friends from my home town celebrating New Years Day with a sprawling day of playing games either either at a church fellowship hall or in the case of this year, a park lodge. So from 2pm to midnight, my brother and I will be joining as many as a dozen or more other guys for some great games. I'll report on that this week as to what I got to play.

Speaking of, I need to get ready for it.


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#ThirstyThursday :: 5 Control Water Spell Feats

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I never liked Thursdays growing up.

Maybe it was because that while it was nearing the end of the week, it was that one day keeping me from my precious, freedom-filled Friday night. No more school, no more books, you know the rest. I also noticed it would rain more on Thursdays, especially in the morning. Never knew why, but it didn't help things!

That said, I will take a cue from the oft-lauded Happy Hour specials name and redeem Thor's Day for this blog: find a RPG product, water-centric if possible, and spotlight it!

The first on my list is an old PDF product from the now defunct Super Genius Games. They had something of a re-org and you can find this product now under the DriveThruRPG store of Rogue Genius Games. The trade dress of Super Genius is still retained. Let's take a peak inside, shall we?


5 Control Water Spell Feats
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This tiny three page PDF is part of Rogue Genius Games' #1 With a Bullet Point series of Pathfinder options. In one page you get five thematic feats which act to complement or modify your spells pertaining to water.

As the DTRPG description refers to them:
Quote:
Eldritch Well: You can summon up water into the spaces you magically create.
Greater Water Control: Your ability to control water is greatly expanded.
Water Lord: You have become a duke of the element of water.
Water Knight: You have become a knight of the element of water.
Water of Life: Your water spells are also blood magic.
Eldritch Well
This one is interesting in that one of the prereqs is Knowledge (Engineering). If your character isn't trained in this skill, it would be worthwhile to at least dip into such. Thematically it makes sense and gives some love to a Knowledge that, like Knowledge (Geography), doesn't see a whole lot of action.

Greater Water Control
This is a fun one and has some synergy with Eldritch Well. Fledgling hydromancers would be hard-pressed not to grab this one, even providing a bonus to CMB when fighting in water. If this is something your character plans to do a lot, it's recommended your other feats compliment it.

Water Knight
Building on the previous feats, requiring some Knowledge (Nobility), one can keep creatures of the water subtype at bay. Given this was published years before the new diplomacy-driven rules from Ultimate Intrigue came in, I'd be interested to see how this could play out.

Water Lord
As you progress as a Water Knight, the next step is to lord it over a water elemental of your very own! So awesome. I do like that it's bound to the space of the water you are currently controlling. That gives a nice balance and makes for interesting gameplay and some crowd control on your part.

Water of Life
This is an interesting one and probably the most situational of the five. I know I state that regarding feats centered on water magic, but you obviously came to this blog for our mutual affinity for water, right? Work with me here! From the description, it appears this would serve a fellow medium-sized PC who's stricken as a vampyr, keeping them fed without taking the lives of innocents.

Additionally any creature which has blood can basically get a bleed attack from you. While that's quite powerful, it may not work thematically for your character. I can't see myself personally playing a character that would do that, but the option is there.


The point of it all
That wraps up my quick synopsis of this product. It's really easy on the wallet at just a $1 USD, so if you have any curiosity about it, especially as a Pathfinder 1st edition player, it's certainly worth taking a look at.

One caution I should note: there is a link to the old Super Genius Games website on page 3 of this product that should be avoided. Rogue Genius Games looks to have not retained the URL for forwarding to their current site, so it is now parked by what appears to be a phisher, which fires up a dialogue box to download something probably nefarious. I strongly advise you not click the link in the first place. It is likely all the #1 With a Bullet Point products have this link, so do tread lightly. I've notified the publisher on DriveThru so they are made aware.

Do let me know what you think of the product or if you have suggestions for others to look at, specifically water magic related. Know of an existing product that has synergy with these options? Share in the comments below!

While I would like this to be every Thursday going forward, it simply won't be possible for me at this time. Next week is Christmas with New Years following right after, so expect the next one on Jan. 10th.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I genuinely appreciate it.


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I had intended this past Thursday to premiere a new weekly feature but I had to concentrate efforts on non-hobby related tasks. We'll re-focus this week, so look for a new weekly feature called Thirsty Thursday starting, you guess it: Thursday. In the morning to be precise.


Speaking of focus... Cypher System, a game system where the player character's abilities come from their focus, is something that's been been on my mind a lot the past few years as it's my go-to roleplaying game system of choice. I'm not entirely a big fan of Numenera, but I do enjoy a lot of player options and setting components it provides, so I do generally have a lot of those books.

Right now, I'm playing in a play-by-post of The Strange, a Cypher System game, on Discord server. With my current life responsibilities, this fits my schedule the best. We're right now about to translate to a recursion on our own for the firs time. I'll share if we made it and where we end up in a future post!


I say no thank you
The Cypher System-lite roleplaying game with a focus on young players, No Thank You, Evil!, has received it's second printing. I should be receiving my email any day now from Monte Cook Games to let me know it is ready to be shipped. I would suspect we won't get it in time for Christmas, but my kid isn't quite old enough for it anyways so no bother there. She's still all in about wooden trains. But I look forward to getting her into rolling lofty and colorful d6's in the future. It should be as much fun to play as it will be gamemaste...er guide. Like the promised Great War unboxing, I'll be doing one for that as well.


1914-1918 WWI Games Series
I wished the devs of Verdun and Tannenberg came up with a better name for that series as "1914-1918 WWI Game Series" rolls off the tongue so well, don't ya think? [/sarcasm] I joined the community event for Tannenberg I had mentioned in my last post. It was somewhat successful, but not nearly enough players had joined. What I didn't know was that it was on a private Euro server, so the frame rate had a significant drop in the second half of the match, making it pretty unplayable for me. I hope that perhaps more US events take place, but perhaps that should be instigated rather than waiting on to happen. I was unable to attend the Verdun one the following afternoon.


Star Citizen community, best community
I cannot tell you how blessed I am to be a part of such an outstanding community, especially one centered on a PC video game that's still a couple years out from release. Yesterday, I was blessed by the content creator WTFOSAURUS regarding a giveaway I had won a few months back. Due to some delays, he wasn't able to get to me until yesterday and because of that he made the prize even sweeter. It's quite awesome and I look forward to locking in my personal fleet for launch soon. Do let me know in the comments if you plan to play Star Citizen at launch or if you just have questions about the game itself.


Aqualith updates
Finally, while the blog was quiet last week, early development on Aqualith products certainly did not. No new news on when you'll see the first product, but I am laying those foundations down to see what is feasible and realistic concerning the limitations I have on time.

As mentioned at the top, keep your eyes peeled Thursday. Until then...


Steady tides be with you!

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Verdun & Tannenberg community events

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As stated in my last post, I try playing the 1914-1918 WWI Game Series, which includes Verdun and Tannenberg, as often as I get an opportunity. I especially like the community-ran historical battles. I missed quite a few of them in years past but recently they've scheduled them a bit better for me to attend. This weekend there's two events, one for each game.

Tannenberg: Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive 1915, Saturday, 8th December 2018. Start time will be 8pm CET. Poland map, restricted to K.U.K. Trupp (Central Powers) vs. Frontovik (Entente), all weapons.

Verdun: Second Battle of Artois, Sunday, 9th December 2018. Start time also at 8pm CET. Artois map, restricted to Stosstruppen vs. Canada. Up to 128 players! Also all weapons allowed.

Utilize this fantastic time converter to find out when these are for you.


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