We were fortunate enough to have some friends come visit from the UK. Not only was it nice to see them face to face we actually got to get a game of Frostgrave in!
In addition to this blog post you can see Tom‘s blog about the visit from his point of view…
Tom and Laura generously presented us with a couple of gifts, a mini that will do nicely for our Tarnished Splendor project and a 3d printed obelisk that will suit our Frostgrave games.
Tom did the 3d modeling as well as the actual print!
Unfortunately, I did not quite get my Necromancer and his warband fully painted in time but we did not let that stop us. I should have probably focused more on painting and less on discussing philosophy, politics and cinema.
Mrs. GG did manage to get her warband ready in time however…
… thanks to her Contrast paints speed painting. Just a bit of finishing touches needed on some bases.
My plan for our game was to focus on it being cooperative and memorable. So my thinking was… make it big! Dwarven Forge caverns and burrows….
We started with the dragon slaying scenario from Spellcaster #2, the Lair of Gremolean but we added some extra twists. First we used the AI from the dragon slaying campaign in Spellcaster #7, the Great Wyrm. Then we doubled the number of minor demons. We also used Ulterior Motives to give each of us our own personal agenda in addition to slaying Gremolean. Finally we went with a 6×4 table and each of us starting in a different corner.
All of us had fairly new warbands and were still learning the second edition Frostgrave rules. This led to a few mistakes and delays as we looked up rules but we were all eager to play and had fun even before we rolled the first dice.
Things started grim as we had not anticipated how easily the demons would rush towards our warbands and catch us at chokepoints created by the terrain. This prevented us from making the most of our greater numbers. We used GW Orc models as minor demons.
Our Ulterior Motives also added a werewolf, 3 ghouls and a Homunculus to our troubles. At first things looked very grim as we each quickly took casualties, including Tom losing his apprentice.
However, once we got past the chokepoints we were able to destroy the magic mushrooms (I did not have enough crystals) that Gremolean had invested his essence into… causing him great distress (and reducing his stats).
Finally Mrs. GG was able to slay the beast, although she was not able to achieve her Ulterior Motive in time. There were more surprises I had added, just in case, that we did not get to due to time, a greater demon and matriarch spider.
It was a great game and I really wish Tom and Laura lived closer so we could do more gaming together. They were great sports, getting into the spirit of the game and just plain being fun to play with. I certainly had my share of childlike glee… although since I kept rolling better for the Monsters than for my warband I thought for sure my warband was doomed and that all four warbands might get wiped out.
Lots of Kickstarter news.
We were just too undecided on the Dwarven Forge Reliquaries KS to pledge for more than the 1 Dollar pledge so that we can postpone making a decision until the pledge manager closes at some point in the future. We like the sculpts but the prices are financially challenging for us, for what they are.
|Reliquaries: Fantasy Dice Thrones & Metal Relic DiceReliquaries are hand-painted displays for your favorite dice. Complement them with custom-made Relic Metal dice sets.www.kickstarter.com|
We decided to pass on the Gnome Guard KS. They are so cute but gain our finances just could not stretch to cover them.
Tiny Furniture has a great looking campaign for sitting Figures and furniture that we are considering.
|SITTING FOLKSHigh-Quality Resin Miniatures in Sitting Poseswww.kickstarter.com|
I have regretted not backing their kickstarters in the past. It is too bad we cannot afford their painting service.
Printable Scenery has a new KS that has terrain and Figures designed by Johnny Frasier Allan of Hagglethorn Hollow fame. Normally we do not back 3d print STL campaigns but this one we might…
… it reminds us of the Printable Scenery Hagglethorn Hollow STL campaign.
In other news, Fear the Walking Dead and Walking Dead: World Beyond continue to disappoint while Superstore is good without being great.
What shows are you watching and what games are you playing?