Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sigmarzeit 8 - 10

We leave Bovi on the barge around 6 PM

On board, I practiced using my bow some more with Henry. He had cut some fake arrows from some reeds at the dock. He's still not the greatest. How he ever managed to kill that large rat is beyond me.

Lord Erik is making a good show of running the ship, but if you look closely, you can tell that Alan, one of Darryl's confidants, is really running the ship. Alan and the rest of the crew are really working our new recruits. I wonder if they realize how much we need the new people to complete our mission. Starlana looks very unhappy when she observes the rough treatment.

9th

I was told we were heading to Morin, a small town of only around 200 people and our last stop before the end of the river. I don't expect there will be much to recruit from. I practiced some more with my bow. I seem to be getting better and faster. I can shoot two arrows while Henry shoots one.

We arrived at the town around 5PM.

We headed straight for the inn to try to recruit more help for our mission. The place was called the Blue Goose Inn and it seemed that every patron there actually worked for the innkeeper. If he needed something, he just asked on of the young men sitting down drinking.

Upon investigation, we found that the town had been decimated by a disease some time back - The Grey Shingles. Supposedly it has been eradicated, but I hope we don't stay too long.

Recruiting was a failure, as predicted, so we headed back to the barge. One of the recruits from Bovi, Kirk, saw a glint in the surrounding forest along the trail. I'm starting to feel pretty confident in myself, so I decided to take a look. Gunther came with me for some added protection, though.

In the forest, Skreet and Skratt were waiting for us. I led the recruits off the trail by saying "here, kitty kitty." They lost interest when they thought I saw a cat in the forest.

The skaven told us that we were being followed by 3 "litters" of enemy skaven. I'm not sure how many skaven are in a litter, but I'm prone to assume it's like a company of warriors. They complain of being tired chasing us, but we tell them the boat is the fastest way upriver. They're just going to have to meet us at the end.

10th

We sailed for most of the day until we reached the end of the river. The barge could go no further and Capt. Darryl let us off.

There was a guide waiting for us, a burly man named Hagar. He was large, red headed, bearded, and had two bloodhounds with him. He wasn't very personable and pretty much told us to keep up and to watch out for unknown beasts.

We were expecting a three day trek to our destination. Some things happened to slow us down, though.

Skaven were seen in the woods. A party went up to check it out, and the skaven ran off. We expected an ambush, but it almost seems like we were just being watched. Hagar let us know that, though we have Lord Erik in the party, Hagar is in charge until we reach the destination. Everyone must tell him everything and listen to everything he says. I can understand that, since he feels responsible for our well being.

At night we prepared camp fully expecting an ambush. For this reason, I decided we should put more eyedrops in our eye. We decide to keep the eye drops secret as we don't have enough to go around.

Sure enough, there was an ambush that night. It happened on my watch, though on the opposite side of camp. When I got there, I was able to kill 3 shaven with 3 shots. One shot went straight through the creature's forearm and into it's heart. Though gruesome, it was pretty cool. I really, really do not like the rat creatures.

When the dust cleared, Jesse, one of my recruits, died in the fight. I seem to have bad luck. Jesse was the last one carrying my backpack.

March 28th, 2009: Skullstompas vs Heroes

On Saturday, March 28th the Black Pass Skullstompas took the pitch against Hobbly's Heroes for the first Olde Worlde League game of the season. Fifteen thousand rowdy BloodBowl fans took the stands for the inaugural game. The weather was perfect, as was the game.

There were two casualties and 5 knockouts for Saturday's game, giving the fans a taste of what's to come in the future. For casualties, Varg Facepuller badly hurt Hobbly's Patrick Squire, causing him to miss the rest of the game yet suffer no long term effects. Hobbly's ogre, Brakk Badgerbreath, repaid the favor when he badly hurt Gort Sheepbane. Again, the player missed the rest of the game yet will suffer no long term effects. You can't have it all, now can you?

There were two spectacular plays in the game, one from each team.

In the first half, Joe Ratcatcher, one of Hobbly's catchers, dodged two snarling orcs, picked up a loose ball, and threw it to the other catcher on his team, Frederick Trapper, for a most unexpected touchdown. This amazing show of agility earned Joe the MVP title from the game. His teammates will probably look to him as a leader on the field from now on.

For the Skullstompas, one of the blitzers, Don Ratgnawer, made an amazing play including a blitz on Hobbly, running to the endzone, and catching a touchdown pass from his teammate.

Hobbly's Heroes also ended the first half with a long bomb to Frederick Trapper, he second out of three touchdowns for the day. Something tells me we'll be seeing more from Trapper in the future as the catcher has amazing skills.

For Hobbly, thrower Jorje farmer also ended the day with two completions, while thrower Paris the Sassy ended the day with one.

The Skullstompas' Vin Skullchucka earned MVP for his team, throwing the touchdown completion to Ratgnawer.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sigmarzeit 7 - 8

When we were done introducing our new recruits to everyone, Lord Erik informed us that we would actually be spending the night in the town. I wasn’t sure what changed since we left, so I knew I’d have to keep and ear out.

Gunther decided that we needed to get off the boat and spend a night on dry land while we had the chance. I couldn’t have agreed more. I’m not sure Starlana really cared, though.

He took us to the town’s one inn, the Goblin’s Gizzard, and paid for rooms for each of us. We got settled in, and then Starlana and I headed downstairs while Gunther spent some time in prayer.

We came downstairs to the sound of our new recruits bragging loudly and generally acting boisterous. They invited us to sit down, so we joined them until our meal was ready and Gunther was ready to join us.

While we were waiting, Lord Erik came in with Alaric and his small retinue to get a room of his own. Henry was with him, but they were acting pretty closed-mouthed and secretive, though we weren’t even prying. I talked with Gunther and Starlana, and we decided to try to listen in on their in-room conversation.

I snuck up to Lord Erik’s door and Gunther kept watch near the stairs so no one would surprise me. All I heard was some boring talk about them being uncertain whether they had the strength of arms to take out this Lukrat fellow. Since they weren’t discussing anything we hadn’t heard before, we went out separate ways and my eavesdropping career was over.

Some time in the middle of the night, Gunther saw a ghost in his room. He didn’t tell me about it until morning, which is a little spooky. He told Starlana, and she spent the rest of the night with him. I wonder which one of us he’s really worried about protecting…

Gunther’s ghost told him he was wrongfully cheated out of payment for his services. Gunther, being the altruistic runt that he can be, told the ghost that he would make up for the wrong and see it righted. That’s how we spent the rest of our morning hanging out at the docks.

Gunther managed to spy someone that looked like the ghost’s description of one of the men that cheated him. Then, we started to follow him. Then he tried to take off on us, but Starlana and Gunther start calling out to him and making a deal to sell him some goods. This all happened to fast that all I could do was stare.

They agreed to meet this shady character later with their goods. All we had to do was get the boat to not leave without us. And get some goods to sell. Nothing too difficult for a couple of hired swords, right?

They told the ship captain, Darryl, and it turned out that Darryl knew this fellow, too. Not only that, but he had some kind of score to settle with the guy. He insisted on coming along with us. We found out that Darryl’s a pretty tough guy who also happens to be very handy with a hand gun.

We borrowed a horse and some chests, one even had some cloth in it that we could pretend was our goods. We headed down the road to our meeting spot, under a huge rock that overhung the road. I tried to head into the woods and scout the area out first, but I didn’t think of it until Hugo, the man we were meeting, saw us coming up the road. Instead, I tried to keep watch in the local surrounds and on top of the rock. It’s a good thing, too, because I did see movement up there.

Neither side trusted the other for some reason. We had to stop and take it slowly. Darryl took charge of the situation.

When Hugo looked into our chest with the cloth in it, people started shooting arrows at us from on top of the rock. That’s when things really got dangerous.

I ducked into the woods to try to sneak up the back side of the rock. From out on the road, I could hear Darryl shooting his gun.

Somehow, Starlana ended up beside me at the foot of the rock, and we slowly headed up together, making sure to stay behind trees and trying our hardest to be quiet. It didn’t work. Neither one of us are the sneaky type, I guess. The attackers from on top of the rock were barreling down the hill at us. I could barely get off a couple arrows before they were upon us.

Luckily, when they bore down on us, Gunther showed up to lend a hand with the fighting. I moved back and kept trying to shoot someone with my bow. Though I had some trouble shooting up the hill at men who wouldn’t hold still, I seemed to be more used to drawing it back. All the practice must have made it easier for me.

Between Gunther, Starlana, and the one time I actually ended up shooting someone, we were able to subdue the attackers from the top of the rock. Darryl had caved in Hugo’s head with a crowbar, but we did get one prisoner to take back to town. It happened to be Hugo’s accomplice.

Gunther returned the accomplice to the authorities, and then made his way to the ghost’s widow to tell her that her husband had been avenged. I tagged along, too. It’s the kind of stuff you hear about in minstrel’s tales, but you don’t normally get to experience.

We’re ready to get back on the barge and leave the small, but exciting little town on the river.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Blood Bowl Returns to Naggaroth

For over a decade, the pitches in the northern part of the New World have been desolate. Cutting grasses and dangerous new flora were long allowed to grow where human and orc, dark elf and dwarf once met in a testament of steel and skill. Blood Bowl had faded as mere survival took precedence.

Things changed as of this past Monday, March 2nd 2009 when the human team of Hobbly's Heroes met with the vicious orc team, The Black Crag Skullstompas.

There are hopes that a league may be reformed in the wake of the exciting game, which Hobbly's Heroes won 4 - 0. Fans are already placing bets on whether the humans dare try again, now that the orcs know how to put their helmets on the correct way.

If you are in the Greater Bangor, Maine area and wish to contact us about joining a Blood Bowl league, please leave a comment below.