Friday, April 22, 2011

My current projects - T&T and AGOT

A few things I have on my list of things to do for the upcoming conventions and such:

Troll Hoot (June 2011)
Working on my T&T GM adventure as well as my T&T Solo adventure that I am attempting to tie into the main adventure. As I mentioned, I will be basing my initial adventures in my Thyris settlement. I have not made as much progress as would have liked, but I now at least have a start.

I also have some miniatures to paint...I will be posting the pics of my progress here .

Gen Con (August 2011)
I am running my ongoing 'Game of Thrones' campaign again this year. I have most of my background work done, which is primarily slotting the adventure in the back drop of the main storyline from the second book in the series (A Clash of Kings).

Once again, I have some miniatures to paint. I will be posting the pics of the miniatures I have completed here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tunnels & Trolls - Thyris

So for my initial T&T development, I am bringing back something I developed ages ago regarding a settlement carved out of the wilderness I called Thyris. Some general features of Thyris are:

The Mine
An old abandoned Dwarven iron mine was found deep in the Great Forest. Why was it abandoned?

The Prison
With a newly found mine in need of workers, what better workforce than one that is relatively free?

The Garrison
A small garrison of the lord's men to protect the newly profitable mine and guard the prisoners. A Holdfast was built to house the leader of the settlement.

The Great Forest
Dense and full of all manner of non-human races. Traveling into, yet alone living in, the Great Forest is not a safe or easy task.

The Settlement
The active mine and holdfast fostered blacksmiths and other traders to visit and settle the area around Thyris. A wall is being built to better protect the growing city.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Niagara Falls 2011

Niagara Falls
When getting ready to leave, Ash was not too happy - he tried to trap Liam's buddy 'Junior' to prevent our departure.

I have not really done too much traveling over the years. The one thing that does seem to be consistent from tourist town to tourist town though are the crazy gift shops selling the same old junk. From the Badlands (SD) to Gettysburg to Hocking Hills to Niagara Falls - every gift shop has about the same stock of crappy stuffed animals and nick-knacks that really have nothing to do with the place you are visiting.

The Falls in early Spring was still nice to see. Notice the snow and ice in the foreground that has still not melted yet.

Old Fort Niagara
We also visited Fort Niagara which I was looking forward to, but was not expecting as much enthusiasm from the kids (well - at least baby girl, I knew the boy would like it since he enjoys Fort Meigs in Toledo). Irelynn was so excited, we almost lost site of her.

Looking North towards the lake, the 'French Castle' still sits on the grounds where it was originally built around the time of the French and Indian War.

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's been a weird week

A vacation in Niagara Falls, the death of a very close cousin, and a stressful few days at work...that has been this week - one that i both want to remember and forget.

It is too ironic that a funeral brings together family and friends that have gone way too long from seeing each other.

I miss you Peggy!

Take care all! Hope to see you soon.

Friday, April 1, 2011

From this day forward...

I think Unions are great and everyone should belong to one.

Liberalism is the answer to everything.

More of my own personal income should be used to pay more in taxes to support even more government services that I do not use.

I am OK with paying more for my own healthcare while also providing a cheaper alternative with my tax dollars for unions and public employees.

I am OK with paying Social Security, my own 401K, as well as more of my tax dollars paying for public employee pension pick-ups.

I totally agree that a union public employee should be paid more for the same work in the private sector.