Dec. 31st, 2015 11:02 am
cumuluscastle: (fat pony)
Started to keep track of total km per month for running this year.

September - 97 k
October - 74 k
November - 105 k
December - 124 k

Her Story

Dec. 24th, 2015 08:19 am
cumuluscastle: (cicada)
I highly recommend Her Story if you love mysteries. It's an extremely cool game that starts you with an old school, computer desktop and a program to search through video clips from several days of police questioning to help you contruct a story for yourself. It's twisted and strange. It all fits together in the end marvellously. The acting, all by Viva Seifert, is superb.
cumuluscastle: (santa grinch)
I actually find it hard to believe I haven't posted pictures of these before, but that's because usually I just pack them all up. This year I felt I should document my hard work.

From December 23, 2015

We have Peppermint Meringues, Spritz Cookies, Coconut Shortbread (dipped in white chocolate with red dye), Gingersnaps, Peanut Butter Balls (with a little pretzel on top), Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles (with toasted walnut on top), Good Morning Sunshine Bars, and White Chocolate Haystacks.
cumuluscastle: (fat pony)
I may have started playing WoW again?

My husband bought a Vial of the Sands and now he is my mount all over Azeroth.

I thought it would be funny if my nature loving nightelf priest made a chain of peacebloom to crown him with and took him for joyrides.

Vial of the Sands by cirruscastle on DeviantArt
cumuluscastle: (fat pony)
I just got 3 new board games to play on our board game nights:

The Resistance: Avalon

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Dead of Winter

I'm looking forward to playing them. We have a board game night on Friday, this week.

I've played The Resistance before, so this version of it should be familiar - from a quick glance there seems to be a bit more complexity to this version. It's a bluffing game, primarily.

Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective can be played co-op or every player can try to solve mysteries on their own. It has 10 cases only and these are designed to be played in order.

Dead of Winter, a zombie apocalypse game that is partially co-op. Every player will have a main objective that is the same as everyone else's but they will also have a private objective that may pit them against other players. This is a mechanic that I haven't seen before and I am interested to see how it turns out.
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I had a lot of fun.

The players seemed to enjoy combat more than anything else, but next time I am going to try to give them some puzzles to solve.

Th highlight of the evening was probably the fight with the injured blue dragon. Two of the characters were downed and had to made death saves. The players are uncomfortable being left to interact among themselves, but they've never done this before.

I need to look into to dual-classing, as Riswynn is very eager to be a bard/ranger.

Next session is going to be the Bacon show, because he rolled 2 icon relationships! The pre-made campaign Blood and Lightning starts the characters off in a very dangerous part of the world - sandwiched between Drakkenhall and the Court of Stars. I decided to send the characters to Drakkenhall, but I am unsure about this. I suppose, I could have sent them to one of the small settlements nearby and made a whole town up myself, but I feel a little hesitant to do that yet!

So Drakkenhall it is. Thanks to Bacon's rolls he will have the help of the Blue's agents to navigate the city. Hopefully this is enough to keep them out of trouble before I can send them off somewhere a bit less intense. Riswynn's continued Dwarf King icon rolls could help with this. I have no imminent plans for the Dwarf King.

Details behind the cutRead more... )
cumuluscastle: (stubborn)
Tonight should be the first night of actual roleplaying in the 13th Age campaign I am going to GM. I am nervous and excited. I really hope the players like it. They're all new so I feel some pressure to get them hooked off the get-go so they keep wanting to play. Wish me luck!
cumuluscastle: (fat pony)
Have you witnessed the glory that is the Ballad of Nuggins? It's a codex entry from Dragon Age Inquisition. It will make more sense to you if you've played at least one of the Dragon Age games and are aware of the ubiquitous nug.
Read more... )
cumuluscastle: (cicada)
Tonight my sister and her husband are rolling their characters. After that I can start planning their campaign a little bit. I really want not to go overboard planning things, so I will probably just come up with ideas for their relationship dice rolls at the beginning of the first session and a few story hooks to get them headed out into the world after we get through the pre-planned adventure that comes with the core rulebook.

If anyone is interested in The 13th Age as a tabletop RPG, then check out this campaign GMed by Grimith: 13th Age: Grimith Takes on Europe. He's an amazing storyteller. I chose this system, because I had heard someone else using it as a tool to create a more story-focused game. Combat is fun, but I am not as interested in a game that is just based on characters bashing their way through hoards of monsters. 13th Age promises to be a bit less rule intensive as well.

I certainly won't be recording our sessions, but I might very well describe them here - it will probably be more notes for myself as I try GMing for the very first time and describe my successes and failures.

Also, here's a drawing I made of my youngest sister's ranger character, Adina

Adina by cirruscastle on DeviantArt
cumuluscastle: (sparkly)
I really loved this short story about magical thievery by Scott Lynch. You can read it for free at Uncanny Magazine: A Year and a Day in Old Theradane

13th Age

Aug. 6th, 2015 05:03 pm
cumuluscastle: (Default)
Well, I decided to man up and become the GM for a tabletop RPG campaign. I know nothing, but I am learning.

So far, I got my sister and my husband to roll their characters and we did a little mini encounter with lizardmen.

We are going to be using 13th Age. It seems more forgiving than D&D and to be more focused on storytelling than just battles, which is what I am interested in.

So, next up my other sister and her husband are coming over to roll characters. Then we will be doing the small pre-made campaign that came with the core book. It seems pretty fun and I look forward to it. I really love the magical artifacts in this game and how they come with 'quirks' that affect the PCs. I don't like some of the quirks themselves, but those should be easy enough to change.

Wish me luck, all. I will NEED it!
cumuluscastle: (Default)
So lately I've fallen in love with plain old pencil art. Some part of me feels like it's inferior to other sorts of art though. Help talk me out of it!

It's just I have so much more control with a pencil than I do with paint. I am also trying to get back into oil painting (with so far little success) because I know it's less chancy than my usual watercolour. It's just so much more expensive in supplies.

Well, I have purchased some nicer drawing paper and some matte fixative anyway.

Here are some of my new drawings behind the cut.Read more... )
cumuluscastle: (fat pony)
Today I am enjoying a new anime - for the first time in uh forever. It's a dystopian anime about a society of people with psychic powers. It follows some young children in the society, a group of friends, Saki Watanabe, Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki, Mamoru Itou, Shun Aonuma, and Reiko Amano. Everything seems perfect in the small society in which they live, but sometimes children go missing from school and asking complicated questions is strongly discouraged.

I'm only afraid that the ending will seek to tie up all the loose ends and it will end up getting silly. Some of the whys and wherefores are already a little unnecessarily bizarre. I just finished episode 10 and it was a heart-wrencher. I know I'm hooked when I know I'm being strongly manipulated to feel sad, but I don't mind.

So, anyway, Shin Sekai Yori. That's the link to Crunchyroll.
cumuluscastle: (sparkly)
One of my new goals is to collect all of his short stories. The Last Unicorn is good, but in my opinion, he writes the best fantasy short stories there are.

This painting is based on a story called "Chandail" from the collection We Never Talk About my Brother.

I love the character, Lalkhamsin-khamsolal who calls herself Lal. She has been a slave, a swordswoman, a sorcerer, and a storyteller. You can read about her in The Innkeeper's Song as well. In this story she tells a tale about her encounters with chandail, strange sea creatures who can manipulate the memories of humans. I love the story because it is about a true alien being, how humans misunderstand them and how one human and one chandail come to understand a little more about one another.

Chandail by cirruscastle on DeviantArt
cumuluscastle: (slithytove)
Interesting twist on Robin Hood: "In the Greenwood" by Mari Ness. Who is the hero of this tale and who is the villain? The answer may not be what you have come to expect.
cumuluscastle: No shit, there I was. (varric)
My brother got me As You Wish for my birthday. I don't know if you know this about me, but The Princess Bride is my favourite movie of all time. I really enjoyed the book (even though I am not saying it is a masterpiece of writing or anything).

My favourite characters are Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini. This is the tiniest little fanfiction ever. It is set after the end of the novel, when Inigo is getting ready to take over as the next Dread Pirate Roberts. What I would like to have written is an epic adventure with Fezzik and Inigo pirating away all over, but I don't really write much anymore, so I doubt it will ever happen, but here is the tiny little snippet I managed to write. Read more... )


May. 4th, 2015 07:02 pm
cumuluscastle: (Default)
New character. I based this one off of two male characters named Cyan: Cyan Garamonde from Final Fantasy VI and Cyan Dag from Patricia Mc Killip's novel, The Tower at Stony Wood. Both of them are honourable, valorous knights, and I've used this name for many of my video game characters. If I was going to make her into a D&D character, this is how I would draw her.

Cyan by cirruscastle on DeviantArt

I've been fiddling with Photoshop Elements, but I don't know what I think about this final result. It's better than the gray mess I get from the camera itself, but so many details are missing. If anyone has any advice for me regarding pencil drawings, I would be happy to hear it.

for [personal profile] auronlu

May. 1st, 2015 04:38 pm
cumuluscastle: (Default)
Here we go. If there is anything you'd like me to change, please let me know.

Sunset at the End of the Universe by cirruscastle on DeviantArt
cumuluscastle: (sparkly)
I met and surpassed my jogging goal this morning. I ran 5.2 k in 30 min!
cumuluscastle: (castle in the air)
My artwork was featured in this blog on Studiovox.

It has some other nice artwork and has led to me following some new artists on DeviantART. So if you like fairy tale art you should give it a look-see.

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