Posts Tagged ‘RPG’

100 Fatal Blows (Bladed edition) for all fantasy RPGs, PDF Release today!

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, I waste no time in announcing the latest release in the Grinning Skull Design Studios schedule, our growing range of RPG & wargaming PDF publications. Grinning Skull Design Studios presents: 100 Fatal Blows (Bladed Edition) for all fantasy RPGs. The latest in the “Grim’s Amazing D100 Tables” range of publications, this product is designed to […]

Review: TimeWatch Rpg

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

If you want to run a time travel rpg this book is a fantastic buy. Of 392 total pages 247 pages are of GM advice, guidance, examples examples, and more examples. Even if you don’t want to use the Gumshoe rpg mechanics this book could be an extremely us…

The Cabal of Eight – Pt.11: The Under-City Vaults Pt.1

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Underlings, after a confusing and circuitous route, led the young mages to the goal. They were in a large sewer tunnel on a narrow walkway above a flowing river of filth. They showed the mages a small hole bored through the slimy brick and mortar wall. Beneath was a thick oak double-door its bronze […]

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Project 1701b – the scenario

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Sources supplying the Mandanin intelligence community had painted a picture of enhanced activity by the Nar of the Crucis Union …

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Swarms Again

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Today has been hard work but at the eleventh hour (well the tenth hour to be accurate) I decided that I had to do something. This is probably down to the power of the blog. If I am going to post every day then I should have something to post especially…

Swarm Bases For Savage Worlds And D&D

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Swarm bases have been on my mind for a while, mainly for Savage Worlds and although I don’t really play D&D it would be nice to cover as many possibilities as possible. Swarms are one monster types that you don’t see a lot as models. It’s not that …

Review: RPG Coasters 2, Cthulhu.

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Alexander Ingram has just launched his second RPG Coasters Kickstarter! The theme this time? Cthulhu. For the uninitiated, the name is pronounced in some circles as kuh-THOOL-hoo. Now be careful when saying that to loud, as it may awaken H.P. Lovecraft’s Elder One from its eternal madness. That said, per mythos the human tongue cannot accurately pronounce it anyway.

The Call of Cthulhu was first published in the February, 1928 edition of Weird Tales. The creature was an elder god held inside a sunken city named R’lyeh, which featured bizarre, non-Euclidean architecture. Fast forward to 2017 and this sort of material is a wonderful playground for role-playing games. When beings such as Cthulhu threaten to break free of their cosmic prisons, investigators and adventurers must put a stop to it! Well that is what the GM tells you anyway, before your character becomes a blithering idiot from cosmic madness.

“It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing.”
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

With that background, Lovecraftian novice and veteran alike can appreciate this new RPG Coasters theme. I love to review cool gaming swag, and these gorgeous coasters stand apart. Full disclosure, Alex sent me this set to review ahead of the Kickstarter launch. So, consider this a sneak peek if you are marinating about pledging. These are identical in construction to the fantasy themed coasters which I reviewed here. If you want to see how the coasters match up to different types of drinking vessels, I encourage you to visit that link.

Alex does all the work personally on these coasters in his basement workshop. The coasters are offered in beautiful hardwoods of Cherry, Hard Maple, and Black Walnut. The latter seems to really make Cthulhu pop on my sample Keeper coaster! These same materials were offered and delivered in the first RPG Coasters Kickstarter.

“seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters.”
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Call Of Cthulhu

One of the things that really jumped out at me with this new set was the level of detail. The coasters and all the artwork on them are CNC (computer numerical control) routed by a several machines Alex created in his shop. The Antiquarian coaster may be my favorite since it contains an interpretation of Lovecraft’s own sketch from 1934. For reference, the etching on the coaster is about an inch tall!

If you are fan of Lovecraftian horror, these coasters are the perfect conversation piece for your table. As seen above, available now are the Antiquarian, Criminal, Keeper, Parapsychologist and Private Eye. The full set, not including the stand, is a $40 pledge. The stand is an add-on for $10. Maybe you just want one coaster to fend off a wayward Shoggoth? There is a $10 pledge level for a single coaster! Below you can see some of the artwork waiting to be unlocked from its eldritch prison:

I’ve had RPG Coasters in the Game Tavern for over a year now. Everyone that visits comments on how cool they are, or inquiries about where we got them. Not only are they epic gaming swag, but they are pieces of furniture. The holidays are still far away, and the Kickstarter looks to deliver before then. Why not surprise that relative or friend that has everything? Or just treat yourself to a glass of bubbling madness on a Cthulhu RPG Coaster!

“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”
In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Check out RPG Coasters 2: Cthulhu Kickstarter here!

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#43 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Kickstarter is Live!

Roll for SAN with these amazing Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice from Q Workshop and Chaosium. 
This is a set of full metal dice, made of tin, painted in black, and officially approved by Chaosium.

The numbers and ornaments are engraved in dice, thus ensuring their top quality. They are practically indestructible – and they come with the lifelong guarantee in case something bad happens.


The Kickstarter runs until Saturday April 15, with a whole swathe of Stretch Goals to come…

“The dice look like they have been mined from Yuggoth by the mi-go or grown in some Elder Thing vat in a lost city in Antarctica. They are stunning attractive and very readable—they’re going to be great on your gaming table.”
– Mike Mason, Call of Cthulhu line editor

CALL OF CTHULHU IN TOP 5 RPGS FOR FALL 2016

ICv2 reports that CALL OF CTHULHU is in the top 5 of RPGs in hobby stores for Fall 2016!

Next year, let’s see if we can get RuneQuest onto this list as well!

In addition to USD, Chaosium.com now shows the prices in the following currencies – AUD, UKP, CND, EUR, JPY and NZD. We can add this to the Four Reasons Why if you’re going buy our stuff on line, get it direct from Chaosium!

LICENSEE FOCUS

Our friends Stygian Fox Publishing are hosting Call of Cthulhu and more at DevaCon, a day of tabletop gaming in Chester, UK on April 29.

For more information: https://devaconblog.wordpress.com

What is Ab Chaos?
(…from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

Ab – Latin “from”
Chaos – (1) Any condition or place of total disorder (modern vernacular); (2) the disordered state of unformed matter which preceded creation (since Milton, Paradise Lost); (3) the dark, empty space which preceded creation (Greek Mythology); (4) the [formerly] Californian roleplaying game company.

Ab Chaos is an informal newsletter for Chaosium fans. Through our history we have tried to serve the players and gamemasters through craft and art as well as (and sometimes at the expense of) marketing and moneymaking. We appreciate your loyalty, and offer this communication to those who are curious about us, beyond the mere “product”.

It is planned to be informal and irregular. We are, after all, not the Orderium.

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Sunday Round-up

Posted on March 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I decided to chill a little this week as my former captors seem to have relaxed their search for me judging from their lack of progress……and as The Toughest Girls of the Galaxy have been surprisingly good company I tried to recruit a few more of th…

Insomnia , In Your Face And Some Work In Progress

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Insomnia no, miniatures and stuff yes. Swarm bases are going to be the next project.  I got to spend last night in an actual bed and a bed big enough for me to fit in. I had a great nights sleep and have been full of beans all day. I have hardly s…

Deathwatch RPG – Kill Team Theta – Session Seven

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The mission logs of Kill Team ‘Theta’ of the Deathwatch.This sessions attendees are…Martin – GM———-Matt – Black Templars Assault Marine KlausTristan – White Scars Assault Marine HakimMatt – Space Wolves Wolf Scout BjornGaret…

More Titansgrave RPG Miniatures

Posted on March 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Well the title should be More Titansgrave RPG Orcs it’s more orcs really but I have put up enough posts with the word “Orcs” in the title already this year. So I can safely say I have my focus back. Having put four of them together yesterday I wanted t…

The Cabal of Eight Pt.10: Tunnel Rats

Posted on March 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In front of the heavy just shut door of the Pesters’ Guild, Gornix (played by Gil) introduced Doubab the ratter to the group. After a short time he agreed to guide them into the rat fights underneath the Ruined Wall. It would be in a few hours at sundown that evening. As they departed their […]

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Focus, One Hour, Orcs / Orks And Titansgrave

Posted on March 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Titansgrave –  Ashes of Valkana caught my attention this morning. It popped up on YouTube and has been on my mind since. It is something I would like to be able to play by the end of the year and if that is the case, I would like to get somet…

Modiphius Entertainment Newsletter

Posted on March 15th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The latest Mutant Chronicles RPG news… Hi there,Today we’re really pleased to announce the release of the Dark Eden Campaign Book the final book in our scheduled Mutant Chronicles range and a spectacular conclusion to the Mutant Chronicles saga …

Sunday Round-up

Posted on March 12th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve yet again avoided capture for a week but to be honest I’m getting a bit bored with how easy it’s become……though my constant search for allies as I continue my quest for world domination has once again led me to Raging Heroes ‘Toughest Girls of…

Deathwatch RPG – Kill Team Theta – Session Six

Posted on March 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The mission logs of Kill Team ‘Theta’ of the Deathwatch.

This sessions attendees are…
Martin – GM
———-
Matt – Black Templars Assault Marine Klaus
Tristan – White Scars Assault Marine Hakim
Matt – Space Wolves Wolf Scout Bjorn
Gareth – Imperial Fist Devastator Marine Arno Tyr
Jon – Raven Guard Apothecary Validus
Garreth  – Iron Hands Techmarine Markus
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Designated Leader – Apothecary Validus
Kill-Team Oath – Oath of Glory
Mission Requisition – 100
The characters current stats can be found on this page here together with a few explanations about liberties that were taken with the character creation process. Other missions from this and other campaigns can be found here.
Note – Martin was GMing and obviously had notes and intro bits written down I’ve just pasted them into this article directly so they’ll be in a ‘reading to the group‘ style. This’ll save me a lot of time writing out everything again and hopefully wont effect your reading enjoyment too much bouncing between the two styles of writing. Out of character notes that shed light on certain events will be in red

Mission Six – A Surgical Strike
Introduction
The team has been allocated the task of insertion into a Tyranid hive ship in order to deliver a bio-engineered neurotoxin to cripple the production of warrior forms prior to the ships seeding of system worlds. The team is to be split into an internal assault element and an exterior team equipped with Jump Packs modified with an EVA system and armed with an experimental directional melta shaped charge with which to create an evacuation route directly through the organism. This should enable them to enter at any point and though the optimal use of the device will be to create an escape route it can also be used to draw any active Tyranids away from the primary team.

Team A – Apothecary Validus (Leader), Devastator Marine Arno Tyr and Wolf Scout Bjorn
Primary Mission: Deliver Toxin
The toxin can be delivered to the nervous system of the organism at several points but the greatest effect would be to deliver it directly to a hive node in what the Deathwatch has theorised is the equivalent of the hive-ships brain.

Team B – Assault Marine Klaus (Leader), Assault Marine Hakim and Techmarine Markus
Primary Mission: Extraction, Secondary Mission: Distraction
Trace a parallel course to the main team ready to extract them on mission completion and should the main team attract too much attention divert threats to themselves by whatever means they deem necessary.

Due to the wide variety of potential threat types Devastator Tyr requisitions several clips of specialist ammunition in order to maximise his efficiency against an as yet unidentified set of enemies with these including area effect munitions, Hellfire rounds and armour piercing shells. Apothecary Validus requisitioned a Flamer.

The team has also been allocated the use of a unit of Harakoni Warhawks Drop Troopers to act as support though the general consensus amongst ‘Team A’ is that they’ll probably just get in the way. Techmarine Markus’s offer to ‘modify’ them to make them more useful was politely but firmly turned down. He was also informed that as he was in the EVA team replacing them with servitors was also not a viable option as he would be out of range to direct them…

The Harakoni Warhawks are the Imperial Guard’s elite airborne regiments of Drop Troopers raised from the the Hive World of Harakon. The Harakoni Warhawks are‎ predisposed by their world’s environment to excel at Grav-Chute drops into planetary combat zones from orbit. This style of combat also increases the Warhawks’ use of elite Storm Trooper Squads and small-unit tactics over those preferred by standard line troopers of other Imperial Guard regiments.

The troopers of the Harakoni Warhawks are considered elite forces and every Guardsman is outfitted with a full suit of Carapace Armour and are also equipped with specially crafted Type 5 Pressure Helmets, which come with built-in respirators and breathing apparatuses intended for low-oxygen, high-altitude drops or for deployment in hostile environments like the vacuum of space or on worlds with toxic atmospheres. Normally equipped with Lascarbines however, Storm Troopers are always equipped with a Hellgun as a standard weapon to take full advantage of their superior training and weapons expertise.

“Harakonari an tellika regala!”
— A rousing Harakoni Warhawk battle-cry spoken in Konndar, the dominant dialect on Harakon

A Caestus Assault Ram of the Deathwatch first deployed the EVA team at the closest safe landing point before using its forward-firing heavy Melta Weapon known as a Magna-Melta to punch through the hive-ships outer armour before the craft’s armoured prow crashes through the weakened area.

A quick calculation by Techmarine Markus puts the exterior team at approximately 3km from the entry teams optimal toxin delivery point and with no immediate threats apparent Klaus orders the Astartes to make their way across the vessels outer shell via the most optimum route based on Markus’s Auger Array readings.

Validus meanwhile was taking auspex readings of the area though he detected no immediate threats. The entry point had been selected to intersect with a large passageway heading in roughly the required direction so the teams Wolf Scout Bjorn took point and ranged ahead. More concerned with their primary mission than dealing with their Warhawk allies the Apothecary left them to their own devices before Tyr of the Imperial Fists ordered them to form a defensive formation on either side of the advancing team primarily to keep them out of his line of fire. Bjorn discovered a large chamber some fifty metres ahead of the teams current position with a large pool of strange bio-matter at it’s centre. This pool was partially surrounded by a number of small Tyranid organisms that his Deathwatch training identified as bioforms classified as’Rippers’. Evidently the larger forms were yet to awaken…or were elsewhere…

The EVA team was making good progress as the majority of the bioships defensive and offensive adaptations were designed with larger and further away threats than the three Marines currently moving across it’s surface. The few tentacle like protrusions that got in their way were easily dispatched by their Astartes melee weaponry and the Techmarines servo-arm as well as some unconventional use of breaching equipment.

Editors Note – I’m yet to use that Breaching Auger to actually open something other than Xenos bodies…

The internal team traversed the chamber somewhat less stealthily than would have been optimal with only the Harakoni making the crossing noiselessly and this had drawn the attention of the already awakened creatures as well as causing several of those still hibernating to stir. To further complicate matters Apothecary Validus was having trouble interpreting the auspex readings needed to divine their optimal route onward so arbitrarily selected the centre-most exit from the chamber. More worryingly there were also a significant number of awakened creatures now moving to investigate the interlopers…

Editors Note – There were an astonishing amount of fluffed dice rolls during that bit…no seriously…Stealth characters failing stealth tests and medics failing medicae tests…

Validus stopped the team while he once again checked his Auspex and this time managed to make more sense of the readings being somewhat relieved to find that he had fortunately taken the correct route. Less fortunately this delay had allowed a significant quantity of Rippers and larger life forms to close on their position and now the corridor behind them was filled with enemies. Tyr ordered the Warhawks into better firing positions and they awaited his signal to attack. With so many creatures packed into such a confined area the Devastator couldn’t really miss and decimated the oncoming horde with Heavy Bolter rounds. The Warhawks also made a good show of themselves as they picked off many creatures that slipped though the Imperial Fists onslaught. Knowing that the Tyranid ships and their inhabitants tended to act with a single mind Validus requested that the exterior team attempt to draw some of the attention from them and they duly obliged by obliterating several choice looking bio-weapons along the vessels outer shell.

Somewhat satisfied with their performance in the encounter with the Ripper Swarm Tyr decided that these ‘Warhawks’ might be useful after all and began to direct their activities personally as the group moved into a new area that for want of a better description appeared to be ‘breathing’. Possibly this area controlled the atmosphere inside the ship in a manner similar to a set of lungs. This speculation was however interrupted by another Ripper attack though this time supplemented by larger Gaunts. Tyr laid down an impressive field of suppressing fire with the Warhawks supporting him with Hellgun blasts and they managed to repel this new assault with only the loss of a single Harakonian.

The Devastator and his remaining troops retreated in good order eliminating any threats that approached while the Apothecary and Wolf Scout continued to navigate their route deeper into the enemy ship. They arrived to find the Space Wolf attempting to (and failing spectacularly) remove a sphincter-like obstruction from their path. They had seen many of these so far functioning presumably as doorways though up to know they had all been in an open state. With a horde of enemies approaching and being unwilling to wait for Bjorn to beat his way through the obstruction manually Tyr quickly removed the backpack feed from his Heavy Bolter and inserted a clip of Hellfire rounds instead. The acid within these specialist Bolt rounds made short work of the blockage as well as removing much of the surrounding wall allowing access into the armoured corridor beyond.

With the primary team making relatively good progress the extraction team picked up their pace in order to make the rendezvous point on schedule encountering very little that couldn’t be handled with minimal effort. It seemed that the vessels attention was almost entirely focused elsewhere…

The newly entered passageway was pulsating alarmingly with sections extracting and contracting without warning. A particular violent reaction in one section brutally reduced three of the warhawks to a bloody paste as a new wave of enemies flooded into the section through the Hellfire created breach. Seemingly unperturbed by their losses the Storm Troopers continued their support of the Imperial Fist Devastator as he was once again poured Heavy Bolter rounds into the Tyranids advancing upon them. Bjorn and Validus added to this weight of fire with their own weapons but even focused down the relatively narrow passage the enemy advance continued.

Validus communicated with the other team to see if they could once again draw some attention away from his own group. Realising that they’d need to create a significant disturbance they moved towards several important looking exterior bio-weapon emplacements and hit them with every weapon they had at their disposal. In response a number of large tentacles burst through the vessels outer skin in an attempt to grapple and crush this new threat forcing both Assault Marines and the Techmarine onto the defensive.

Blade, maul and auger enhanced by power fields destroyed any tendrils that attempted to drag them down but for each one destroyed another replacement emerged. Bolt rounds were fired into targets fat too large to miss though against such gigantic bio weapon emplacements it was doubtful that they were reducing the enemies capabilities by a significant margin however each of these attacks seemed to correspond to an increase in the attempts to neutralise them. Most importantly however the internal team reported a reduction in the reinforcements that had previously been flooding to their location so seemingly the newly awakened vessel currently had limited resources at it’s disposal though this situation was unlikely to last once the living transport ship fully awoke.

Unfortunately they also now needed to extract themselves from the mass of exterior defences in order to enact the primary ‘rescue’ part of their mission. Being far less agile than his two fellow Astartes Techmarine Markus was having trouble navigating his way through the mass of grasping tendrils this problem being somewhat compounded by his insistence on taking the most direct route forward rather than diverting via less dense areas of activity. After a brief consultation between them the Black Templar and White Scar used their Jump Packs to swiftly manoeuvre through the bioships defences and then overpowered their packs in order to scoop up the Iron Hand and lift him out and over the immediate hindrance to their progress. Seeing the logical necessity in such an action Markus reluctantly complied and once clear they continued with their initial mission though they still periodically made attacks on likely targets as they went in order to keep some attention focused upon their location rather than that of the other team.

Editors Note – Iron Hands don’t go around things…well..mine doesn’t…going over seemed an acceptable compromise though…

With a little time to consider their current situation the Raven Guard Apothecary cross referenced what he’d learned during their progress up to now, with the information from their initial briefing and combined with newly taken Auspex readings concluded that there should be another passageway running parallel to their current location that might be a speedier route to the toxin delivery point along the ships ‘spine’. The only downside to the plan was that it would require blasting through a section of the reinforced wall beside them which would obviously once again make them the centre of attention. Seeing no alternative plan Tyr once again readied a Hellfire Round and used it’s acidic contents to create an improvised entrance-way. The adjoining passage was narrower and as they entered several of the previously encountered doorways closed to prevent their progress almost crushing the Apothecary with Bjorns somewhat clumsy attempts to remove the barrier doing little other than leaving a now quite severely damaged Chainsword protruding from it.

Once this minor and slightly embarrassing setback was bypassed Validus contacted Markus from the extraction team and instructed him to abandon the attempts at distraction and make their way as quickly as possible to the point where the melta-charge would be needed to create the escape route as his team was nearly at the optimum point for the toxin to be used.

Editors Note – Relationships between the Iron Hands chapter and the Raven Guard chapter have been fairly shaky since the notorious drop site massacre and haven’t improved significantly since, therefore my character may have briefly considered taking a more leisurely pace than would be optimal…he doesn’t have anything against either the Space Wolves or the Imperial Fists though so he did indeed pass the message on and off they all went to effect a rescue…

With the aid of an Astartes Krak Grenade a large enough gap was created allowing access to the spine that was their ultimate destination though Tyr retrieved the Wolf Scouts abandoned Chainsword first. He also noted that their Techmarine would be less than happy about the condition of the weapon when they returned though after the mission on the Jungle planet he was already quite used to rebuilding Bjorns wargear.

Wolf Scout Bjorn entered first and reported that there was signs of activity coming from both directions and that if they wanted to complete the mission then both sides of this section would need to be defended in order to allow the Apothecary time to work. The Space Wolf readied his shotgun, Tyr prepared his Heavy Bolter and the few remaining of the Warhawks split themselves equally between the two avenues of approach. With the area as secure as possible Markus activated the melta device on the vessels surface as Validus injected the poison directly into what would hopefully lead into the equivalent of the living ships brain.

The vessel began to shudder as the melta charge bored it’s way through the armoured layers of it’s bio-engineered exterior and onward creating a wide escape tunnel as it went. Meanwhile the ship reacted to the poisons coursing into it by commanding every awakened creature to converge on the invaders and destroy them. Though the initial waves had consisted of smaller forms such as Rippers and Gaunts this new assault element contained a number of formidable Tyranid warriors and slowly advancing from the rear was the massive form of a Tervigon.

Perceiving them correctly as the greater threat Bjorn unloaded his shotgun in the Tyranid Warriors direction but inexplicably failed to do any damage. The Apothecary switched to his requisitioned Flamer and flooded the area with Promethium and though this caused devastation amongst the lesser bioforms it did little to slow the warriors advance. A single Warrior burst from the horde and eviscerated a Storm Trooper before skewering the unfortunate Wolf Scout at his side. At this relatively close range the Kill-Teams linked systems could once again share visual information as well as vox signals and the danger that the internal team was in was immediately apparent.

Techmarine Markus activated the Maglev devices installed throughout his bionics in order to slow his descent marginally and simply stepped over the edge and plummeted downwards. The two Assault Marines descended by the more traditional method of utilising their Jump Packs.

The ever reliable Imperial Fist was causing terrible casualties among the tightly packed mass of Tyranids with his Heavy Bolter and had even damaged the heavily armed Tervigon at their rear. The two surviving Harakoni Warhawks were now permanent fixtures at the Devastators side and were proving to be far worthier allies than any of the Marines had first suspected as they picked off targets of opportunity with their Hellguns.

Validus attacked the Warrior who had speared Bjorn as it hurled the badly wounded Space Wolf aside in order to engage this new threat. Before the Warrior could act against the Apothecary the Iron Hand crashed into the chamber and removed it’s head by utilising his Plasma Cutter mechadendrite as an improvised Plasma Pistol. With the complete kill-team team now fully engaged the immediate area was quickly cleansed but his was at best a momentary reprieve.

All weapons were now focused upon the advancing Tervigon though only the Heavy Bolter rounds were having any real effect. Standard Bolter ammunition and Shotgun rounds even in the quantities unleashed by the Techmarines pair of Storm Bolters and the teams Assault Shotguns was largely nullified by the creatures layers of armour and sheer mass while the creature lacked the vulnerable areas necessary for the teams sniper weaponry to target. The Imperial Fist had become somewhat fixated on the Tervigon and seemed determined to destroy it at any cost as he turned down Markus’s offer to cover the teams retreat. Seeing no logical reason to remain his fellow Astartes stayed as long as was reasonably possible before making their own escape back to the surface via the melta created tunnel.

Tyr pumped round after round into the advancing monstrosity diverting his fire only when necessary to eliminate the smaller creatures that periodically emerged from the brood creatures abdomen. Despite punching a myriad of holes through it’s carapace and tearing vast chunks from it’s form it became increasingly obvious that it and the horde behind it would reach him far before he could cause enough damage to kill it and common sense began to prevail. As he retreated along the escape tunnel Tyr took one last look behind him and was surprised to see the Tervigon attempting to force it’s way into the tunnel. Risking one last burst of fire he aimed directly at it’s upturned head and was rewarded with the sight of the last round blowing it’s skull to pieces…

Epilogue.

The Caestus Assault Ram picked up the team as the specially prepared toxin continued to ravage the Bioship and it’s cargo of creatures. The two surviving Storm Troopers approached the Imperial Fist swearing that they would repay his saving of their lives and his attempt to maintain the safety of their comrades by pledging themselves to his service until the debt could be repaid.

Now all that remained was to see if the toxin did indeed cripple the vast Tyranid Bioship and await their next mission.

Back to Reality.
There were a lot of inexplicably terrible dice rolls in the early part of this mission which meant that the stealth aspects swiftly turned into a running battle though whether this was our GM’s intention or not we’ll probably never know.

As the objectives were achieved we all got the maximum XP available for the mission and several players were awarded bonuses for roleplaying (particularly Gareth whose Imperial Fist Devastator was spectacularly effective this session). We also got a few points of Renown each as the reputation of Kill Team Theta begins to spread.

Apparently our next mission is one of assassination…

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

The Gist: The Quiet Year

Posted on March 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

What: Explore the Story of your community with just paper and pencils. Players: 2 -4+ Time: 180 minutes (can be split into sessions) People: An interesting story telling game for a group or couple Available: Directly from the makers here Read the full recommendation over here

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The Cabal of Eight Pt.9: Imp Attack!

Posted on March 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Szoo (played by Isis), Gornix (played by Gil), led by Excor (played by Cris) left the Red Helm after breakfast and ‘swooped’ by the Grove to ‘scoop up’ the druidess Fauna (played by Jenn). They were on their way to see Afsik the strange the antiquarian at his shop in the Harbor District. Szoo, Gornix, […]

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Disease for 5e D&D

Posted on March 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The characters in our Parsantium campaign recently came into contact with a disease bearing agent and I realised that I had addressed …

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Titansgrave Saurians/ FantasyLizardmen And Demi Human Character Miniatures

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I got hold of a few GW plastic saurus (I mean they are lizardmen, GW and their love of changing things so they are slightly different) last year. I haven’t got any lizardmen for bad guys in my fantasy games. The main focus of my fantasy figure painting…

N1. Reptile god. Session 5

Posted on March 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the battle in the first level of the implausible dungeon beneath the swamp, the elvish boys had a good …

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The Cabal of Eight Pt.8: A Second Meeting

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The cabal’s newest member had just made his mark on the contract. Ilna (aka Bumble) jerkily leaned over the octagonal meeting table to shake Szoosha’s scaly hand knocking over her own ale. In a clumsy effort at a greeting Bumble also casually mentioned that her ‘father has two Naga slaves’. She stopped suddenly when she […]

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Keep It Brief

Posted on March 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I suppose today is all about little steps. I have felt lousy today. I think (hope) the pain from the lactic acid build up and unexpected exercise from Sunday has reached it’s peak. The last time my legs were this painful was when I broke my leg and didn’t realise it.

 One thing of note has happened today. I think I have found the model for a cyberdisk for the X-Com Game. What I want is the look of the cyberdisk from the original game but the new game’s cyber disk, before it transforms wasn’t too bad either. This model will be neither but then none of the other stuff is perfect either. No point being a perfectionist and it is close enough to what I want.

It is actually a £1 eraser from Wilkos in a snazzy plastic cover. I might make a couple of trims to see if I can smooth it out the front end. It might even look better than the original. I also thought of using it as a template for the UFO but I think I will stick with paper templates for them.

Modiphius Entertainment Newsletter

Posted on March 1st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I must admit that I prefer actual RPG books to pdfs but this is a the cheapest way of getting everything if you’re a fan of the system I suppose…——————–Hi there,Prepare for future war as we proudly present the Mutant Chronicles Defi…