Sunday, August 20, 2017

Green Day Was a Freaking Amazing Concert

So I just go back from seeing Green Day live, and holy cow they were the best band I've ever seen live and that's not an exaggeration. I cried 5 times. Two of those were because I was laughing so hard and the other three I was just moved.

Here is a list of things that I want to get down before I go to sleep and forget some of them:

1. Wow I am not as young as I used to be. I'm not 16 years old anymore and am already feeling the impact of four hours of jumping around on my knees. I don't want to imagine how that is going to feel in the morning, whew I am out of shape.

2. I just love that Green Day tours when the country needs them. With everything that's going on right now, being there in all that positive energy with a crowd of people who were just as sick of this nazi bullshit as I was, really helped refresh my hope for this country. Dissent looks like hundreds of hyped up people singing along with American Idiot.

3. They were just /so good/. There was no part of that concert that wasn't high energy and amazing.

I'm feeling pretty good right now, let's hope that sticks throughout the week. And there's an eclipse tomorrow! ^_^ That's gonna be great. Mom and I have the glasses for it and everything and we're super looking forward to watching it.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DM's Log: The Catch Up Game

Okay I did just say I'm going to try to get myself all caught up with what's been happening in my D&D game. So here I go.

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Stalkurn XVII - Patrick - Back in the underdark after so many generations out, and wanted by Lolth, this is going to be an extra interesting adventure for him.

Maris - Josh - A trident wielding triton with mad net skills, he was taken as a slave by the drow while looking for a subterrenean kraken. He still hasn't found it yet.

Pipilouise [ABSENT] - Richie - A gnome in heavy armor with an attitude as bad as the bite of her weapon, she is arguably the most responsible member of the party.

Neko & Lunch - Cody - As far as the party knows, an incredibly intelligent mouse with a halfling familiar.

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Alright we've had a couple of sessions since the last time I wrote about this. There was a mystery game that we played that I'm not at liberty to talk much about because we were basically play testing the plot to a module I've been working on with some other people and I don't want to give too much away about that out of respect to them, but picking back up after that session...

We had a huge fight with way too many spiders involved and at the end of it right before she died the drow priestess the party was fighting got off a curse at Stalkurn that's left him slowly turning into a drider. He is not about that spider life at all and is going well out of his way to fix himself and the rest of the party seems to be down with that.

Baroness of Bedlam, Sleeve C. Daelan, showed up and sent the party to a forest of silver trees to capture the spirit of an owl to aid Stalkurn in defeating the spider within him. This led them to taking on a goblin in a deforestation machine and heading up to this factory the goblins had made in the deeper woods. There was a moat, a squid creature trapped in it that the party nearly killed before someone just told it that they were meaning to take on the goblins at which point it was totally on board with them.

I do believe that was Cody's first ever bonobo roll and he nat 1'd it so Neko just charged forward at this tower with the moat around it. Cue tentacle combat and then they went into the goblin factory. And I was expecting them to engage the goblins in combat but instead Stalkurn called out to ask which one the boss was and told him he was a travelling salesman and tried to sell him his broom of flying and quietly whispered his trigger word so the goblin could fly on it.

The goblin then said "We have to try this on the roof".

Several rolls later the goblin jumps off the roof on a broom and Stalkurn doesn't say the trigger word and he just falls to his death. And then Neko cast a wind spell and knocked half the other goblins off the roof after him. The rest of that combat was very quick and easily done and they went after the boss goblin who surrendered immediately and wrote down the locations of his valuables in exchange for being allowed to walk.

The party's thinking "The tentacle monster will take care of him" but the goblin had a plan for that. So now this nameless goblin I made up on the fly is now a named goblin. He's Lucky, and he's a planner alright. I'm probably going to use him again in a future campaign with some other goblin scam.

Oh, and at one point Maris decided to take a job for the assassin's guild and killed a drug dealer and took his lizard dog and then they gave the lizard dog to elven orphan Briia that they picked up the session before last.

June gets back in three weeks so I'm thinking we'll start wrapping this one up soon. It's been great being back in the DM's seat but I am so excited to launch into Storm King's Thunder when June returns. I'll be playing Nicophel's twin sister that he kept writing too all last campaign.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Let's Get Personal for a Second

Salutations, nerds,

I know I haven't been as good about updating this thing as I should be. I try to keep up with my campaign journals and I've been meaning to do an update on our current game (I plan on writing that after I'm done with this one), but I've been pretty all over the place and given this is my personal blog there is no more appropriate place to talk about this than here so that's what I'm going to do.

So, typical warning, this entry is going to be a lot of personal boost.

Anyway, I'm just riding a week long anxiety spike and at the risk of a potential TMI right now as we speak Shark Week isn't helping. That was a euphamism for my period not in reference to actual shark week that is happening this week, although to be fair large things in the ocean simultaneously fascinate and scare the crap out of me.

I took a couple of days off from the internet just to get away from the crippling existential dread of it, and that was good. Like, I was still online sort of just not on social media and I can honestly say that was really good for me while it lasted, like coming up for air from this toxic cloud that is the internet half the time. Most of the time I can just shrug it off, it's just been hard lately. I don't really want to dwell on it, but then my mind picks itself raw and I keep thinking 'what if I did this wrong' and the anticipate of all that nastiness is so much worse than the real thing.

I'm really lucky to have good friends to talk me through it when this stuff happens, though. Like honestly they're the best for listening to me gripe and knowing the right thing to say every time. I'm alright, it's not as bad as it could be, it's just a thing that's there.

Like, getting stung by a wasp. It's probably about a 2 but it's a constantly present 2 and it builds up after a while. Or, you know, for those of you that haven't been stung by a wasp kind of like being poked over and over again until it starts to hurt really badly? That's the best way I can describe it.

But honestly if I'm going to let something slip this blog is always the first thing and it's becoming something that I just feel really guilty about not keeping updated. I did say 'with some regularity' though. If that regularity is once or twice a month that's not so bad I think.

I'll keep smiling, like always, but it's got to give somewhere, sometime. And like I said, my personal blog seems like the right place to do that. Sometimes smiling doesn't work. And when that fails, being honest helps a little so that's what I'm doing. Giving myself about 10 minutes of self pity time and then it's time to get back up and try again.

That's really all I got.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Sunday, July 2, 2017

DM's Log: Get Shipwrecked

Alright, a little late on this one but going to go ahead and write it up before I forget.

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Stalkurn XVII - Patrick - Back in the underdark after so many generations out, and wanted by Lolth, this is going to be an extra interesting adventure for him.

Maris - Josh - A trident wielding triton with mad net skills, he was taken as a slave by the drow while looking for a subterrenean kraken. He still hasn't found it yet.

Pipilouise [ABSENT] - Richie - A gnome in heavy armor with an attitude as bad as the bite of her weapon, she is arguably the most responsible member of the party.

Neko & Lunch - Cody - As far as the party knows, an incredibly intelligent mouse with a halfling familiar.

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This session my concept was a pretty simple one. I watched Titanic again for the first time in a while and wanted to run a session with the party in a sinking boat, dealing with the chambers flooding, people panicking. I had them in the Underdark, but it was a pretty simple matter just to send them through time and space with a little bit of magic kerfuffle.

Maris has a character goal of wanting to take down a kraken that's made its home in the underdark, so Lysianthas came to the party at the beginning of the session and told them she could send them after an enchanted weapon that could shut down the kraken's ability to control the weather and make the fight easier for them. The catch? Right now it's at the bottom of the ocean and to get it she would have to send them back in time to the ship when it sank and they would have to retrieve it.

Naturally, the PCs tore through this much faster than I expected them to. It took about 45 minutes altogether for them to navigate through the ship and I wasn't counting on a creative use of the gust spell to clear out a crowded hallway of panicking civilians. Stalkurn at one point auctioned off a place on their way off the boat for a few thousand gold pieces and the person who paid them sent them on their way with her daughter, Briia.

So the party and this ten year old elven girl went through the portal back to the underdark. That was the entirety of what I had planned so I asked them what they wanted to do and they decided they wanted to go free a bunch of slaves from House Arken'sek.

They managed to get House Freaffin'vir to lead a premature assault on them via Neko posing as a spider, going in and telling them it would secure Lolth's favor if they acted early and the party pretty much just jumped in on the fight and went after Stalkurn themselves, given his long and sordid history with the Underdark. In our canon Lolth isn't too happy with him, if you recall. And then somebody realized Stalkurn was who he was.

So instead of a simple 'in free some slaves and out' situation we ended up with our three level five party members, three drow priestesses and five drow warriors, no less than eight giant spiders summoned by Neko and four giant spiders summoned by those priestesses and a unicorn. All in a fifteen by fifty foot hallway with spiderwebs blocking the exit.

Mind you, all of these things were much too high a CR for them to be dealing with at that point but my party fights smart. They handled it and they earned this week's level. But their victory didn't come without a price.

Before she died, the daughter of House Freaffin'vir pulled off a last minute spell and hit Stalkurn in the chest with it, starting his slow and painful transformation into a drider. Everything I've read about this says it takes like 78 hours but I'm going to run with a slower variant and give him a chance to turn it around because there is no way he passes any of these consecutive will saves. Lysianthas can help him out, but only if the party goes and retrieves a list of difficult to come across ingredients for the ritual to reverse the process.

Did I mention Stalkurn is terrified of spiders?

Well anyway, I got both Maris and Stalkurn something character related this session so next week I want to find something designed for Neko. Hopefully we'll have Pip back too, but Richie's got some stuff going on and real life always comes first.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

PS. Today I learned the myth about vampires not being able to see their reflections comes from the fact that old mirrors used to be backed by silver and it was an interaction with the metal and not the glass. Modern mirrors don't have that so a modern vampire would totally be able to see themselves.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chaining for Shinies pt 7: The Larvesta Entry

Shiny Statistics so far:
Bruxish (Josh) - 71 [Chain]
Cutiefly (ZK)* - 60 [Chain]
Rockruff (ZK)* - 35 [Chain]
Salandit (ZK)* - 70 [Chain]
Cutiefly (Me) - 315 [Chain]
Spinarak (Me) - 42 [Chain]
Dewpider (Me) - 373 [Chain]
Grubbin (Me) - 78* (but actually I killed like 2500+ of these total to get it) [Chain]
Larvesta (Me) - 877* [Eggs]
*With the Shiny Charm

Okay so I haven't posted anything in a bit on the pokemon front, and let's be honest I do these particular entries just for me anyway because there isn't a whole lot to say about the repetitive action of a pokemon chain. Also there's another reason.

The pokemon I'm working on getting a shiny of right now is Larvesta and it isn't a naturally occurring species in Alola. So I'm hatching. And hatching. And hatching. So this is not a chain, this is me breeding pokemon using the Masuda Method and it's suuuper slow.

But I finally hit the point where I had to start releasing some of them for Box Space and I don't trust myself not to lose a notepad document on my hard drive so I'm just going to make this journal entry and then keep coming back to update it as I hatch more Larvesta.

Then once I get it, I'll update the above list and make a new journal entry for Heracross.

So, Number of Larvestas Hatched So Far:

877

Fortune Favors,
Megan

DM's Log: Our Heroes Join the Assassin's Guild

Salutations, nerds, we've got Noah here in the house with us tonight and Richie's getting ready to go on Vacation so he won't be here this session.

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Stalkurn XVII - Patrick - Back in the underdark after so many generations out, and wanted by Lolth, this is going to be an extra interesting adventure for him.

Maris - Josh - A trident wielding triton with mad net skills, he was taken as a slave by the drow while looking for a subterrenean kraken. He still hasn't found it yet.

Pipilouise [ABSENT] - Richie - A gnome in heavy armor with an attitude as bad as the bite of her weapon, she is arguably the most responsible member of the party.

Neko & Lunch - Cody - As far as the party knows, an incredibly intelligent mouse with a halfling familiar.

Nodaco - Noah - Human bard, college of valor.

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Popping right back up where we left off, we are now currently preparing to go assassinate a daughter of the drow house Freaffin'vir to attempt to catalyst a skirmish between them and Arken'sek so that the party can use it for cover to go in and rescue some slaves! Everybody's all set to go, half the party's leveling and Noah's rolling his character and I'm going to try to update this during breaks so it's all fresh in my mind as we get it down.

So today, we begin with our intrepid heroes attempting to follow a drow raiding party into the bowels of the underdark hoping to ambush them on their way back from hunting a purple worm to take the poison they've extracted.

So I'm about to put them through a dungeon! You know, to see if they end up finding the drow party or the purple worm first. They are level three. Let's see how much common sense they have tonight.

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So the party went after the purple worm and the drow they were following lost the battle to said purple worm and they all died. Nodaco dug through a pile of poo and found a coin pouch in it from where one of the worms in the area had eaten an adventurer and put on a ring that he found in the pouch that is now slowly turning him into a tiefling and making him feel the need to do something ornery.

The party did not run from the purple worm. It killed Maris but everybody else lived. They got Maris rezzed using the gold from his own bag to do it and now they are back at the Assassin's guild preparing to go find Shi'nreena Freaffin'vir and assassinate her for the sake of staring a house war between Freaffin'vir and Arken'sek.

They did succeed at doing this after cornering Shi'nreena in an alleyway. They fabricated evidence that Arken'sek was responsible and fled the scene after Stalkurn took her ring as proof.

They had a little talk with the ladies that run the assassin's guild and the guildmaster's daughter presented them with a plan to slowly take out all the nobles in the city and just like that this has become an assassination game.

The last thing they did before the game ended for the night was go and take out a daughter of House Freaffin'vir out and in the process freed her body guard / slave, Nhile.

I probably gave them way too much gold this time around, but for a session I had to BS the vast majority of, I think it went pretty well. And my players are enjoying the assassination game so there is that!

Fortune Favors,
Megan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DM's Log: Things We Do in the Underdark

Alright, it's been a little bit since I've written a blog entry and I just wanted you all to know I'm not dead I've just been really busy this month! I've taken the DM's seat back for my Saturday group and our summer campaign is currently being held underground between a dwarven city, Mithrilhaven, and a drow one, Falythvraen.

June's gone home for the summer so our current cast of characters is as follows:

Stalkurn XVII - Patrick - Back in the underdark after so many generations out, and wanted by Lolth, this is going to be an extra interesting adventure for him.

Maris - Josh - A trident wielding triton with mad net skills, he was taken as a slave by the drow while looking for a subterrenean kraken. He still hasn't found it yet.

Pipilouise - Richie - A gnome in heavy armor with an attitude as bad as the bite of her weapon, she is arguably the most responsible member of the party.

Lunch - Cody - As far as the party knows, an incredibly intelligent mouse with a halfling familiar.

Right now, the party is in Falythvraen looking for an old friend of Pip's family who had been dragged down as a slave by the drow. They hope, at least, because the alternative is a pretty messy sacrifice to Lolth and nobody has time for that.

Last time, Stalkurn made the mistake of loudly announcing who he was to a bunch of drow guards and now the whole city is looking for him, which is pretty unfortunate because he is the only drow down here who also happens to be over six feet tall.

Through some pretty crafty dealings, though, they've managed to get themselves into a pretty decent position to get one drow house to seige another and use the cover of the attack to slip in and get their dwarf friend out of there. Also, they've made some contacts with the local assassin's guild, and half-drow Caliel Shaiith is definitely somebody you want on your side in a place like this.

I'll try to hit up more details next time, for now I just wanted to get some of these thoughts down and I'll give it another pass after this week's game, hopefully with a lot more detail.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller