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Thoughts on Volo's Guide to Monsters

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I picked this up last month pretty much so I could get Amazon to ship me a DVD they considered an "add-on." I have heard some pretty good opinions of this product, so let's see! *Spoilers below*

Beholders There is more lore here than I have ever read, or imagined, on beholders. (Good choice by the powers-that-be on choosing a copyrighted creature to expand upon.) I can almost see them having the paranoid personality of the most successful Skaven, though a lot more intelligent! The info on lairs is excellent and fuels a lot of ideas, especially for dungeons.

Giants There is some information about the specific mindsets of each type of giant. Every little thing to distinguish the big bad guys is nice, but I didn’t find the chapter overly enthralling.

Gnolls Well, the background of these creatures has been amped up a bit. Constantly hungry demon spawn, I don’t see myself using these much. A warband every so often as a rarity is definitely more than enough. I do like the rand…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 63

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Roderick - NPC Priest of Verena

(Previous Notes)

The automaton had obviously lay in the river for many years before arising to attack Padua. It was equally covered in runes and river slime. The runes were like nothing Tankred had seen when studying with dwarves.

To the west, dark thunderclouds hovered over the area of the tower. Roderick provided the party with a map of the tower...made from the party's own descriptions. They departed with all haste to the west.

A small herd of beastmen loped toward the party, apparently heading east in a great rush. It was uncertain whether the creatures were charging at the party or through the party, but either way weapons were drawn.

The physician was critically wounded. Vaervenshyael was unable to successfully patch h…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 62

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician

(Previous Notes)

The party conversed with Azmir, the mage turned merchant. The evidence seemed to indicate that Udrin may want to raise Abdul Al-Shar and his undead army.  The whys were purely hypothetical.

In the end, the party decided they needed to follow Udrin and the princep west toward the tower. They had visited the tower before, but it seemed like such a long time ago. They collected their belongings and headed to the south gate.

A monstrous construct of metal and stone crashed through the southern gate of Padua. Completely taken aback as to what the creature was and how to combat it, Vaervenshyael drew and fired her pistol. Her shot shattered stone and caused some echoing, grinding sounds. Her second shot missed.

After reloading, she shot the construc…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 61

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Bianca - Large pink riverboat the prince had used to come to this town

(Previous Notes
Vaervenshyael shook off the meditative sleep and rekindled her fireplace. There was a chill in the morning air.  Wilhelm and Johann must be at the river with that human medicine woman, she thought. The activity of the caravan could be heard out the window: draft horses, carts, and crying babies. That last one was new. Vaervenshyael looked out her window.

Teamsters, having secured the caravan for its return trip were frustratingly dealing with, to varied success, their sponsored families and individuals that were indeed leaving Padua. A quick count suggested at least a third of the town. These were the ones that would be judged weak in months to come...or the smart ones if …

Thoughts On Nefertiti Overdrive

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I had this RPG I kickstarted on my mind lately. I read this via PDF.  Here we go! *Spoilers below*

Opposed rolls: Not a fan. Sorry to be such a downer from so early on. Let’s keep reading to see if they play out like I fear.Great art.Tests and opposed rolls almost seem to be Marvel Heroic Roleplay or Firefly RPG-like (I'll just call that Cortex).P27. The rules are very much like my Firefly RPG experience so far.P47. The previous section explains the philosophy behind the game: why it was written as it was, advice from the author on how to play, and examples of play. I find this section helpful, as it explains the mindset behind the game. It explains reactions from years of D&D and how they shape the game. I agree that ideas from this game could easily be applied to other RPGs if players seized the opportunity to do so.Building Campaigns and Adventures Using the building blocks of the character sheet, how to build adventures that tie in all the characters to make sure everyone …