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The Coven, as ones who have perused this column on more than a slight occasion will have noticed, are getting a lot of play from me. Its not a situation unique to me, or my meta. The Coven are getting the nod from players -those that are left of our now decimated population – across the country. I’ve opened dialogue with a few of them, and many are of the same mindset. The Coven is the answer to the gunline.

I disagree. Come, let me explain. This one is a little wordy and rambling, so be warned.

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As often as I play D&D – Once a week or so, you’d think I would have more to say on the topic. Strangely, it is a difficult topic for me to write about not only specifically because I don’t want to give any portion of the story away as the DM, but also because it seems to be a fairly significant amount of winging it that goes on on a week to week basis.

However, I do want to start making it a bit of a regular thing for me to put something out there about what I think about, how I go about DMing and playing characters, fun characters I’ve built, and other things that I am working on with my D&D world, even if its just a little peek into how my brain works while DMing.

Awesome Icy Hillscape by Shavans

Awesome Icy Hillscape by Shavans

Or, as it is this week, in preparation for DMing, and all the small, fun things I think about when going about creating, or retconing, worlds.

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The Witch Coven has not been an easy start to MK 3 for me. I’ve been playing them now for just shy of three months and only recently has the style and method of the caster really solidified. Their methodology, while I’ve said a lot here, I seem to always have something to learn about them, about how they play, and about what their goals and desires are. While I’ve a few more games to go yet before I’m done with them (except for tournaments, I Hope their a staple for years to come), I want to take some time and get onto paper what I’ve thought about them. Continue reading

Some times, It takes me a long time to get around to a video game, and then finish it. I grabbed Dark Souls way after release. Valkyria Chronicles took years to beat. I’m still looking with longing at Thea: The Awakening.

Thus is is with Assassins Creed: Black Flag.

Now, I don’t play stealth games. Never really have. I made it approximately 20 minutes of gameplay into Metal Gear Solid (yes, the first one) before I gave up. Assassins Creed, however, had a certain appeal to it. Not one would break the hesitation, mind you, but something that made me think that if I gave it long enough, one might come around that I did want to play. Some three years ago, they did.

Assassins Creed: Black Flag was just the right angle to get me intrigued. Age of Sail Naval battles have fascinated me for a while now, and this gave me the opportunity to jump in and maybe be a pirate during that time for a little while. Its not going to be historically accurate, but it’ll be interesting to see the setting, explore their version of the world, and maybe get some good hooks that pique my interest to go look further into the time period and the history – Much like Vikings, Amon Amarth and Dynasty Warriors had all done in their time. What did I think about the first few hours? Come with me and we’ll take a peak!

As always, spoilers about this game. It is, by now near 3 years old, but.. caution. 

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As I’ve mentioned more than a few times, Last weekend was the NOVA Open down in DC (5 minutes from the airport and IN a hotel. Check it out next year!). While I was busy leading most of the time, I attempted to get two games in. The first game on Thursday was a bust, but Saturday night I had some unexpected free time. Anthony from Frozen Kommander was walkin’ around looking for Iron Arena games, so we sat down and got to it!

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Its been a while.

I very much wanted to write something up before I left for NOVA, but it just wasn’t going to be. Between packing and verifying everything I would need to make sure WM and Hordes ran smoothly all weekend, I was unable to really get any solid train of thought rolling. I also knew I needed to get some sleep to buffer out the lack I was going to encounter shortly thereafter.

How did it all go? Well, keep reading! I’ll list all the winners at the bottom!

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This is going to be quick and simple. NOVA is bearing down on me and I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I want to still put something out there.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about historical accuracy and the feel of an RPG, especially Pen and Paper, and it has lead me to do research on a number of topics that I’ve not really considered before.

Like Bridges.

But, what do bridges have to do with anything? A lot, it turns out.

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Despite my ability to consume rules and absorb them pretty steadily, I do have a problem in seeing the best way out on the table. Often, This is because I am focused on wining the game in the most expedient way possible, and not necessarily taking a long view and looking at the end state of the game, and where it can lead me.

Well, I was, in MK II. with the release of third and finally having some dozen games under my belt, I’m starting to see what I’m doing wrong, on a much more macro level than I was previously, and I hope this is the start of the pull out of this miserable tailspin I’ve been in. I want to take a look at the Coven first, how I’ve been misplaying them, and how I see my game evolving with them.

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Like the last two years before it, NOVA comes to my neck of the woods with great fanfare. The largest convention I am part of running, the Press Gang has put a swath of events that I am excited to run. With players from all over the world coming in to play at their massive GT, it is great to have players from all over the US come and play in the WM and Hordes events that are put on.

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This is gonna sound dumb, but there isn’t gonna be a post here today, because I harvested peaches from my peach tree and made a cobbler out of them. My own peaches, and my own peach tree. Yes!

I’m also up to my neck in NOVA open awesomeness, getting ready for my biggest judging and coordinating effort of the year, and stuck doing a ton of other things. I’ll likely get one out on friday, which I guess is better late than never?

 

See everyone then!