Independent Merchants – 2014-2015 – Wk. 3

The Wrecking Crew

  • (155) Mr. Pink-{184}-{183}-{148}=515 {171} +16
  • (144) Lenny-{124}-{145}-{112}=381 {127} -17
  • (161) Ruben-{139}-{180}-{180}=499 {166} +5
  • (172) Tod-{200}-{233}-{204}=637 {212} +40
  • (201) James-{268}-{200}-{242}=710 {236} +35

Bold indicates individual point won. Italics indicate poker hand won.

As a team we took 30 out of 35 points and as a team we were +81 for the night.

Peace be with you!

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D&D 5th Ed. Trial Run

This past week my Wednesday night group play-tested the latest installment of D&D. For those of you not in the know, it is 5th edition.

My initial thoughts of it is that it is a bit of a throwback to 2nd ed. and 2.5 for many of the old mechanics like spell progression and weapons doing a type of damage, bludgeoning, slashing or piercing. There were some differences in a new mechanic called advantage/disadvantage. This is a mechanic that says when a person or group have advantage (like when surprise a band of kobolds) you get to roll 2d20’s and use the higher result. Conversely, if you have disadvantage (like being surprised by a band of would-be heroes righting the wrongs of the Forgotten Realms) you roll 2d20 and take the lower result. Advantage good, disadvantage bad! The new edition also allows you to break up your movement. Meaning you can move, perform an action and then move the rest of your movement. Finally, there is a thing called Inspiration that is sort of a “bennie” used in some of the other game systems. What Inspiration does for you is if you have Inspiration you can spend it to re-roll a d20 or give you advantage on a roll. You can also give it away to others. Inspiration is made up from following your characters background which is made up from Personality Traits, Ideals, Bonds and Flaws. If you play up those aspects of your character, then you get Inspiration. I imagine it is a way to help everyone; the DM has material to work with about his/her players and the players have material to draw from on how to act towards certain peoples or situations. I will admit at first I was pretty grumpy about how it seemed we were having less control of the way we played our characters because of this but I think I am okay with it after having played a session this way.

Having said all that, let me make some introductions:

  • Varis – Wood Elf – Ranger
  • Talbot Firepot – Luskan Human – Wizard
  • Braedek – Luskan Human – Fighter
  • Gesh – Dragonborn – Sorcerer
  • Gyrleth – Wood Elf – Cleric
  • Eliana Amakiir – 1/2 Elf – Charlaton
  • Gronk – Outlander 1/2 Orc – Barbarian
  • NPC – Mumbles – Halfling Wagoneer/Cook

Our journey started with all of us having signed on to a caravan heading to Greenest from Amn. Each of us had our own stories as to why we would sign on but the greatest underlying reason was that there is safety in numbers.

We journey for about 10 days and entered a mountain pass.  Up until this point things were pretty easy going. We did a little hunting and nabbed a deer but also aroused one of the local black bears. Varis was able to use animal handling on it plus his awesome ranger  mind-trick, convincing it to let us go unmolested with our deer.

While the 2 wood elves and the 1/2 orc were out hunting, the rest of the caravan experiences a breakdown in one of the wagon wheels. It had a couple broken spokes that needed repair. We were out of complete wheels to replace it with so spokes were needed to made from the raw materials at hand. Talbot tried his hand at making spokes but his choice of green wood left something to be desired for proper materials. He did however manage to use a tensors floating disc to  raise the corner of the wagon so that the wheel could be worked on easily without breaking backs. I think people started called that spell Talbot’s Floating Disc or was it Talbot’s Wagon Jack. I can’t remember.

After the groups meet back up and the wagons can move out they travel to a natural stopping point indicated by the basic shrines to several goodly gods and goddesses. Much to our chagrin the shrines were defiles. Not only that but upon closer investigation we find signs of a fight. Gyrleth used one of his spells to communicate with a crow to find out what took place. The only payment for services rendered were eyeballs. The crow actually said “Ah Bitch, I loves me some eyes.” He tells us that some little yappy things came out of the forest and killed the people with the last caravan.

We find the bodies dumped a little ways in the forest and decide to follow the trail made by the “yappy” things hauling the wagon back with them. That and the various bits of clothing and undergarments that were strewn about made the trail easy to follow.

Initial scene from main combat

Initial scene from main combat

After about half an hour we come across a clearing that sets on the edge of a body of water. A rundown shack rests overlapping both. In the clearing there is a roaring bonfire made from the wagon used to haul all the booty back to this place. Dancing around the fire we see a number of kobolds (yappy creatures), and a lizardman holding a leash connected to a massive alligator.

Luck is with us and we have surprise (advantage) for the first round. With our battle plan figured out (kill’em all) we set upon the little beasts. Varis is first to leap out and upon silent elven feet he sneaks upon two kobolds and slays them both with one slice of each of his short swords. Gyrleth eliminates another with his longbow from cover and then moves forward cautiously. Gesh calls upon his arcane magic and firebolts another to death as he emerges from the brush. Gronk now joins in the melee and runs into camp and hurls his mighty javelin through the raging bonfire to skewer another kobold. Not to be outdone, Talbot makes his way to the edge of the clearing and also drawing upon his arcane ability to cast magic missile. Three missiles emerge and hits three kobolds, killing 1.

The remaining kobolds go on the offensive and attack. The two nearest Varis attack him…and miss. Braedek joins in and he kills a kobold. Eliana uses her adept skills of sneaking and comes upon a kobold from behind that was advancing on Braedek & Gesh and sticks her dagger between its ribs, killing it instantly.

Chompers

Chompers

The fight isn’t over yet as the lizard man sicks his pet crocodile “Chompers” on Varis and then engages with Gronk. Chompers in his rush to engage with Varis knocks over 2 kobolds and stuns them momentarily before missing Varis. Gronk isn’t so lucky as he takes a massive hit from the lizardman’s mace. Gyrleth moves over to Gronk and heals him some of the massive damage inflicted upon his body but another blow from that mace might finish Gronk off anyway. Gronk, far from out of the fight returns the favor and hits the lizardman. Talbot finally casts sleep and puts the lizardman to sleep.

The 2 remaining kobolds on Varis try to bodily tackle him and throw him into the raging bonfire. Varis was not so easily dismissed and stands firm against their puny efforts. Eliana and Gyrleth finish off the 2 kobolds that tried to push Varis into the bonfire, allowing Varis to focus on Chompers. Varis manages to hit chompers again freeing him from his mortal coil. With the lizardman asleep and all his troops decimated, we easily dispatch him.

Giant mutated rats

Giant mutated rats

20140917_203127After the battle everyone does their own thing but Gyrleth notices the shack shimmers briefly. He tells the rest of us and then heads over to investigate before disappearing once he gets close to it. Upon the door is a note that reads, “Those that can pierce my veil, what lies within is your. P.S. Don’t forget to feed the cat.” Turns out there is a glamor cast upon the shack and it is really a very well-appointed home, with lots of magics playing about on certain areas or items.

The home has the main floor and two lower levels, the bottom being the lab where we encountered horribly mutated giant rats and a rat swarm. They had odd powers from feasting on various alchemical potions and components. The battle didn’t last long and soon the critters were dispatched. Seems there was a point of contention with Gyrleth using fire to destroy these beasts. Talbot wanted to save the material in case there was anything of use to him while Gyrleth just wanted to be rid of the vermin.

As we are checking out the rooms a strange clockwork cat greets us and latches onto Talbot who has now decided to keep the cat and with any luck make it his familiar. After  all the rooms are searched and we claim what we want, we decide to have the rest of the caravan stop here for the night as the accommodations are better than that of a defiled open-air rest stop.

Peace be with you!

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Independent Merchants – 2014-2015 – Wk. 2

The Wrecking Crew

  • (155) Mr. Pink-{141}-{163}-{136}=440 {146} -9
  • (144) Lenny-{141}-{155}-{127}=423 {141} -3
  • (161) Ruben-{141}-{107}-{190}=438 {146} -15
  • (172) Tod-{211}-{163}-{143}=517 {172} Even
  • (201) James-{233}-{220}-{211}=664 {221} +20

Bold indicates individual point won. Italics indicate poker hand won.

As a team we took {23} out of 35 points and as a team we were {-7} for the night.

Peace be with you!

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Independent Merchants – 2014-2015 – Wk. 1

The Wrecking Crew

  • (155) Mr. Pink-{148}-{105}-{156 }=409 {136} -19 (tied his opponent for half a point last game)
  • (144) Lenny-{127}-{108}-{170}=405 {135) -9
  • (161) Ruben-{142}-{175}-{155}=472 {157} -4
  • (172 Tod-{150}-{155}-{159}=464 {154} -18
  • (201) James-{245}-{190}-{213}=648 {216} +15

Bold indicates individual point won. Italics indicate poker hand won.

As a team we took {12.5} out of 35 points and as a team we were {-35} for the night.

Peace be with you!

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More good news!

The good news keeps pouring in; on the heals of my first voice over project being released on Audible (Deep Dark Woods by Ty Schwamberger), I just accepted my second audio book on ACX entitled When the Dead Wake by Matthew Burris and Chris Gray.

I am extremely pleased with the work I did on Deep Dark Woods and especially want to thank Ty for allowing me the opportunity to work on his book. Sometimes it just takes one person to give you a chance to realize a personal dream. Thanks Ty.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chris and Matthew for allowing me the great opportunity to work on their book, When the Dead Wake.

Now to work. :)

Peace be with you!

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It’s finally here! Deep Dark Woods is available on Audible.

As some of you may remember I wrote about doing the voice over (VO) work for a book entitled Deep Dark Woods by Ty Schwamberger through a site called ACX. Well…the book has made its way through the rigorous trials of passing their technical audio guidelines and is now ready for purchase through Audible…. Here!

A great thing about ordering the book through Audible is that if you are a first time user on Audible and your first purchase is Deep Dark Woods, Ty (the author) and me (the voice talent) get to split a $50 bonus as long as you remain in good standing with Audible for 60 days. I believe that is the requirement. The downside is that you have to listen to me speak for 7 hours. Kidding. If you can manage that and want to help support me and Ty please feel free to do so. If you are already Audible members and already have purchased books through them, you can still get the book and support me and Ty.

Also, if you do get the book and have any constructive criticism, please let me know. It can be anything; how quick or slow I talk, not enough variation in voices, enunciation. Anything at all if it off putting or not, I want to hear about it so I can develop as a VO talent.

I also want to especially thank Ty for allowing me to do the VO on his book, giving me the opportunity to follow what has been a dream of mine for a couple of years now. Speaking of Ty, I would like to point you to his website where you can hear about all of the exciting work he is doing. You can go there from clicking this word.

This is an exciting day for me. I can’t wait to get started on my next project.

Peace be with you!

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Great News!

For the past several months now I have been putting myself out there, no – not visiting online dating sites – but rather have been focusing on my business. To that end I have been doing tons of networking. In the last two weeks alone I have been to nine 1-1 networking meetings and 1 leads group event where there were about 20 people.

The several weeks before that I had probably about five to six 1-1 meetings and 3-4 leads or general networking group events. All this effort to get my business name/brand out there so that I am a face people recognize and want to do business with.

Aside from all the networking I am doing for the web portion of my business I have been looking at web sites that work on just voice over (VO). I joined several groups through LinkedIn and saw the frenzy that occurred every time someone posted a new project that was looking for some new voice actors to be in it. It was crazy…and honestly aside from occasionally giving me some insight on specific industry how-to’s, was not very fruitful.

Last month I was largely convalescing from back surgery and was looking for some alternative sites that I could get in with that might use my VO talents. I came across ACX. This is the brainchild of Amazon. It puts writers and producers (me and those like me) together and allows for the writers to submit a written segment of their book to be recorded and submitted for approval by VO talents. If the writer accepts your proof, then you guys go through some legal stuff and are then working together.

This morning I got an email that 1 of the 2 books I recorded for has accepted my work and wants to have me record their book! I will tell-all about the project when I can but I am fairly sure it wont be until after the project is complete.

I still need to read all the fine print etc…before I agree. I have a couple days to decide if I still want to do the job. Until then the writer cannot offer the job to anyone else so I don’t have to feel rushed about making an informed decision to do the book.

So…THAT is my big news! I am very grateful that I get this opportunity.

Peace be with you.

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