Author Archives: Joel

Statues, a Dragon, and Smashing Statues

The party climbed back up to Sandpoint with the one bit of coherent-ish writing they found in the Scribbler’s lair. After some research they determined that the second stanza referred to a lake in northern Varisia. They decided to stop … Continue reading

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Return to Sandpoint and a Sinkhole

The citizens of Sandpoint called on their heroes again, this time to investigate a sinkhole that devoured a guard patrol. The party made their way in and found a passage blocked by a planar creature. They defeated it handily and … Continue reading

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Against Mokmurian

The party barricaded themselves into the room with the Sihedron rune for the night. Jusy trapped the door. In the night they heard a voice asking if the small ones were there.  Then someone opened the door and triggered the … Continue reading

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Information in IT

One of the biggest soft skills I’m trying to develop at work is distributing information in usable ways within the organization. I’m digging into DevOps to see if there are ideas there I can apply. It turns out that a … Continue reading

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What are the best day-to-day time-saving hacks?

What are the best day-to-day time-saving hacks? – Quora. I really liked this answer from Marius Ursache —– It’s not about time. It’s about energy. We try to squeeze as many hours in one work day, to be “productive”, but … Continue reading

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Past Lamashtu’s Lamias

The party moved into the cave with the chanting lamias. Despite the lamias casting clouds and blasts of darkness at them, Theo, Jusy, and Tinder took them down fairly easily. They found some scrolls depicting tortures in service of Lamashtu. … Continue reading

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Beneath the Giants’ Fortress

After leaving the cramped tunnels, the party found themselves in another set of tunnels, these scaled for giants rather than kobolds. They chose to follow the north path towards the smell of cooking and scoped out the dining hall, hoping to … Continue reading

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To the Valley of Giants

After checking around Sandpoint a bit, the party checked with local Thassalonian expert Brodert Quink to see why the giants might be interested in a rock from the Old Light. He offered his theory that the Old Light was an ancient weapon and … Continue reading

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Defending Sandpoint

Following the battle with Barl, Jusy and Theo returned to Sandpoint accompanied by an alchemist gnome, Tinder. One fine morning, they heard a series of crashing noises to the north of town. Rushing up there, they found Hemlock and a … Continue reading

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Rob’s Guide to Writing Good Aspects

I don’t know if I’ll get around to running a FATE game any time soon, but I like this Guide to Writing Good Aspects. Good aspects: 1) Grant permission 2) Make you awesome doing some things 3) Hinder you in … Continue reading

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The very hungry rust monster

The very hungry rust monster is cute little comic. Of course the one time I sent a rust monster after someone’s sword it turned out to be a crystalline sword. Dang sword. It is now a sword of legend in … Continue reading

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Bashing Barl

The party headed deeper into the cave and decided to follow the clanging sound first. They found a number of ogres making huge weapons. Despite their numbers the ogres weren’t much of a threat. Next they spied three hideous creature … Continue reading

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d12: Lamenting The Death of Dungeoneering

I hadn’t thought of this before. I think this is why my attempt to run Tomb of Horrors in 4E wasn’t much fun. In 1st edition D&D, you knew if someone found an item hidden under the bed because they … Continue reading

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Workout routines

These are some fun looking themed workout routines. I might give these a try for a bit of variety. (Via Lifehacker)

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Access Control Lists and the Fellowship of the Ring

I enjoyed this explanation of Access Control Lists using the characters from the Fellowship of the Ring http://book.cakephp.org/2.0/en/core-libraries/components/access-control-lists.html. I’ve had to explain ACLs to a couple of colleagues and this is a beautifully clear explanation. Then again, maybe I should … Continue reading

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Tactics matter

Turns out the unnamed ninja cunningly dodged the ogre’s devastating blow. The stealthy types moved into the cave, past a dragon’s bones and a giant statue with a Sidhedron medallion. They found a number of ogres playing cards with a … Continue reading

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Alas Unnamed Ninja

As Theo recovered her strength, the rest of the party wandered around Turtleback Ferry. Brecca spnt some quiet time recovering alone. WhyD asked around and found out from Wenda that the leader of the Black Arrows was seen heading into … Continue reading

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The end of the Grauls

The party headed upstairs from Mammy’s room and found the Graul’s sleeping area. Jusy disarmed a chest trap and found a little bit of cash and severed fingers. The attic workshop had little of interest besides a few flasks of … Continue reading

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Graul Homestead – First Floor

As they moved into the Graul home, the party was joined by Arcmort Warbottle and Bumaro. Upon opening the side door, a wave of stench left Jusy and Brecca sickend.  The kitchen was a mess of rotting meat and vegetable … Continue reading

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X-Card

This idea is interesting: X-Card.  I’m playing Rise of the Runelords with my group right now and I’m worried that some of the descriptions may be a little too gross or otherwise bother my players. The biggest thing that stops … Continue reading

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