E Chuta!

This has been a really busy month. I haven’t had time to write about any of the things I was supposed to. So, instead of writing a proper post now, I’ll just settle for quick updates on various topics. Oh, and I do believe a skin change is in order. What do you think of this one?

Personal and professional

As some of you know, I’ve recently been promoted to Senior Store Manager in the mygamestore.fi gaming store chain. I’ve also moved from Tapiola to Katajanokka, and my place of work is now the Stadin Pelikauppa store in Kaisaniemi, instead of Tapiolan Pelikauppa in Tapiola. I’ve also taken on some new responsibilities in the chain, as in addition to managing the Stadi store, I’m also in charge of buying all of the miniatures, and boardgames related stock for the chain.

Wargaming

Wargaming is still going strong. My Red Corsairs Chaos Space Marines army totals at about 3000 points at the moment, and I think I’ve reached somewhat of a water mark with that army, as I pretty much have all of the units I’m ever going to use with this army using the current codex. The converted Chaos Space Marine Chosen squad still isn’t quite finished, as I still need to do some details on the Rhino, and the squad members. The fiery red tiger stripe camo pattern on the marines looks dead on, though, so I should really get them finished, and have some pictures taken.

My Warriors of Chaos army is at about 2000 points, and progress with these guys has been really slow. I made the mistake of taking part in a Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament, and some bad experiences there made me pretty much lose interest in that particular game. It is quite unlikely I’ll ever dabble with the tournament side of WHFB ever again, as that game really REALLY doesn’t work very well in tournament play. As a beer and pretzels game it works just fine, however.

Role-Playing Games

I’m currently refereeing a Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Weird Fantasy Role-Playing campaign, in which one of the players is Jim Raggi, the author of LotFP. The campaign is run in English, and after minor initial language difficulties, the campaign is now running quite smoothly. We’ve played three times so far, and I have the impression the players aren’t hating it, since they keep coming back for more.

I also ran a short Vampire: The Masquerade campaign a few months back, but that one didn’t last, since pretty much all of the players were very busy, and thus organizing regular game sessions was a real pain. I also found out, that if I’m going to run a regular game, it needs to be a weekly game, or I will lose my interest in it very quickly.

Star Wars

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. My first contact with Star Wars was the original movie trilogy when it came out on VHS in the eighties, and the ensuing toy craze. I never had any of the original toys myself, as my parents thought they were too expensive. A childhood friend of mine had lots of them, though, including the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing Fighter, and an AT-ST Walker.

Later on I kinda lost touch with Star Wars, only occasionally re-watching the movies when they were shown on TV. Then the new trilogy came, and man was I disappointed. What it did manage to do, however, was bring me back the old movies. It also opened my eyes to the Expanded Universe, which in my case meant the Dark Horse Comics, and the Star Wars role-playing game. Comics have always been one of my loves, and the Dark Horse comics were exactly what I’d loved about that original trilogy, and had missed about the new trilogy, e.g. swashbuckling space opera, with engaging storylines, and interesting characters. I’ve since invested quite a bit in Star Wars -related comics, and have quite a collection of them.

My other connection to Star Wars is through work. Stadin Pelikauppa is really big on Star Wars, having the largest selection of Star Wars related merchandise, collectibles, and vintage toys in the whole of Northern Europe. The 501th Nordic Garrison trooping in our stores is what brought me into contact with the NG in the first place.

And so, finally, after years of being a Star Wars enthusiast, I’ve decided to take that extra step into fandom, and have decided to make a Star Wars costume of my own, hoping for eventual 501st approval with it. My project is Count Dooku. I’ve already purchased the first part of my costume; the cloak clasps and chain. The next step is getting the lightsaber, the boots (from an army surplus store), and the actual uniform, for which I have enlisted the aid of a friend, who designs, and makes clothes professionally. She did the costumes for Iron Sky, so Dooku’s costume is going to be a cinch for her.

There you have it, recent hobby-related activities handily summarized. More on various topics later on, when I have more time to spare.

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The Witchfinders – First Session notes

Just a few quick notes from today’s game session.

The characters created were:

  • Blackjack Davy (Fighter) – A mercenary sort, just in it for the money (and the free booze, and the occasional wench)
  • Hubert McIre (Specialist) – A Scotsman, and thus the butt of many a joke
  • Pearl (Specialist) – The daughter of a Witch, now a fanatical Witchfinder
  • Judge Killbody (Cleric) – An unscrupulous Witchfinder, whose career proved short
  • Theodule (Halfling) – A homicidal French midget with even fewer scruples
  • Marmaduke Pennycock (Cleric) – Poor Judge Killbody’s replacement

    The players’ notes (what I can make of them anyway):

  • Father Wilfred – The local pastor at Witchingham
  • Vicar Bertte – (I have no idea who this guy is)
  • Rupert, The Baron of Witchingham – The local Baron, a sickly old man, and a re-married widow
  • Christopher – The Baron’s son, a dimwit
  • Genevieve – The Baron’s mulatto wife from the West-Indies
  • Penny – A woman rescued from devil-worshiping cannibals
  • Doctor Godfrey – By all accounts a quack, and most likely linked to the above-mentioned cannibals
  • Captain Alistair – The Baron’s Guard Captain, who is rumored to be in relations with the Baron’s missis
  • Innkeeper R..? – (Another name I made up on the fly, and have now forgotten)
  • Something Wife-Witch – Possibly relates to rumors about the Baron’s wife
  • Theodore the Monk Accursed Something Something – Who’s ghost is rumored to haunt the Castle

    Rumors:

  • People have disappeared mysteriously.
  • Black-cloaked strangers roam the countryside.
  • The Baron’s wife is a witch.
  • A few decades ago, an angel fell down from the heavens at the side of the Baron’s castle.
  • Winged fiends have been spotted at night.
  • A snake-oil salesman was through these parts some time ago.
  • Those who bought the miracle medicine are the same who’ve since disappeared.
  • The Baron’s keep is build on a monastery, that was abandoned when the monks fell into devil-worship and debauchery.
  • The Guard Captain is in secret liaisons with the Baron’s wife.
  • The Baron’s son Christopher is a dimwit.

    Confirmed facts:

  • People have disappeared. They’ve possibly been kidnapped.
  • The Innkeeper of the Black Rooster wayside inn is not the same man, who until recently ran the inn.
  • The men at the Black Rooster were cannibals who murdered travelers staying at the inn. They worshipped a demon idol. One of the men matches the description of the snake-oil salesman.
  • One of the kidnapped women was held at the Black Rooster.
  • There is a secret passage which leads from the Black Rooster to a demon shrine.
  • The shrine at the Baron’s Keep has seen only little use, possibly only one regular visitor.
  • The Baron keeps a local man prisoner at the keep. The man is most likely innocent of witch-craft. He is, however, a drunk, and a blasphemer.
  • The Baron’s son Christopher is a dimwit.

    The game session had swashbuckling action, vile cannibal cultists, secret passages, demon idols, rumors of witches, kidnappings, ghosts, and winged devils (among other things), and the skull of a player character cleft in twain by a heinous villain. More on the actual goings on later. Stay tuned.