Three powerful entities met in the Styx Oarseman; Joretha, a dragon, Ertharex, a beholder, and Mephorda, an illithid. Each wished to prove that they were the greatest tactical mind in all of Sigil.
“I am the greatest tactician,” claimed Joretha. “The traps and snares within my lair translate to a clear advantage on a battlefield. My ability to use the terrain will ensure my victory”
“No, I am the greatest,” challenged Mephorda, “for my ability to directly control the actions of my thralls ensures that every step they take is precisely in line with my masterful battle strategy.”
“Clearly, I am the greatest,” Ertharex interjected. “While you two focus on troops that can be slain and traps that can be bypassed, it is my ability to see the battle in its entirety that would make me the victor.”
They argued for what seemed like days. It wasn’t until a lowly goblin by the name of Sprock spoke up. “Why don’t you test your theories, then meet back and compare your results?”
This stopped the high-minded discussion in its tracks. Such a simple solution. And from a goblin, no less! The three agreed to the plan, each creating a shard of the northern Sword Coast from Abeir-Toril. With the location being equal, Mephorda reasoned, the only variable would be their individual tactical prowess.
And for four months, each mind tinkered with their shard, applying their individual schemes to the world under their sway.
At the end of that four months, the entities reconvened at the tavern of their original meeting. “We are agreed, then,” Mephorda began. “We combine our shards, merging them into a single shard of the Jewel of the North. Whomever has bred the last combatant standing will be declared the greatest tactical mind.” With Joretha’s and Ertharex’s approval, the three presented their shards, and the three began the ritual to bring their versions of Neverwinter into a single reality.
This is a post that’s going to require some explanation.
I seem to constantly be struck with inspiration as I’m showering. I have no idea why — perhaps is the solitude of my thoughts — but it never fails.
The other day, I found myself thinking about Magic: the Gathering; specifically, how I got a whole bunch of kids in my youth bowling days into the game through their love of the Pokémon card game being played in between frames.
Years passed, and I see my father playing something in a similar vein; build the best poker hand by drawing based on marks (strikes get 2 cards, spares get 1 card).
So, for whatever reason, the idea struck me to try and combine the two. And here’s what I came up with.
Magic: The Gathering – Bowlerton Format
So, there it is. If you actually decide to play this format, let me know.
Sometimes a bowler just has to face the mana curve.
As homage to one of my other favorite gaming sites, “The Dungeon Dozen,” (and as an apology for lack of updates while I do my Castles & Chemo hullaballoo), I present to you a Dungeon Dozen-style random table:
1. Trying to decide who gets the +2 sword you found
2. Doing yet another job for the Hutt Cartel
3. Wondering why the werewolves spent all game doing an Abbott & Costello routine
4. Setting up an elaborate Ponzi scheme in Korvosa
5. Trying to break that damn curse on Tloques’ axe
6. Getting jumped by phase spider assassins
7. Raiding the Heart of Fear
8. Going through level 4 of Legend of Grimrock, and getting jumped… again…
9. Reading the Drizzt novels
10. TV Tropes
11. Bickering over editions with someone who is obviously wrong for liking the other edition
12. Realizing that, yes, your DM is trying to kill you
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve gotten a bit of a headstart on my Castles & Chemo planning this year. I’ve launched an IndieGoGo campaign (Castles & Chemo Nonprofit Drive) to help turn Castles & Chemo into a standalone organization. With requests coming in from across the country — as well as international requests coming from places like the United Kingdom & South Africa — for support in running events, I felt it was necessary that I was acting independently of other organizations.
Those of you who are worrying, no, this does not mean that I will no longer support the American Cancer Society; much of the work I will do will still go to benefit their efforts. Becoming a separate nonprofit entity, however, has two direct advantages. First, it keeps the ACS from having to deal with issues arising from organizations & events abroad — the liability will fall solely on Castles & Chemo. Second, and probably the most exciting (to me, at least), it allows me to expand the scope of Castles & Chemo to include other organizations (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Breast Cancer Fund), as well as other events (like “Castles & Chemo Save Christmas,” where I help local hospitals buy gifts for children stuck there for the holidays; the title still in the works >_>).
But enough of the nitty gritty. Let’s get to the meat of the post. It’s time for…
THE CASTLES & CHEMO CHARACTER DRIVE
That’s right! Now is the time of development where I request personal stories to turn into characters for this year’s event. What better way to honor a loved one’s (or your own!) struggle than in the nerdiest way possible? And this year, I have a handy dandy form to help with that process. You’ll find that form at the bottom of this post.
In addition, I’m also creating an art guide to be handed out to the various artists for this year’s adventure. It’s almost as if I know what I’m doing!
Talks with AdventureAWeek.com have hit a bit of a roadblock; they’ve been busy, I’ve been busy, it’s a whole big mess. As soon as progress gets made, I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated.
Thank you for your support so far! Here’s to the +4 bonus you’re helping to grant!
In honor of the festivities (and in lieu of something a little more serious >_>), I present to you a 4e conversion of the Headless Horseman, the seasonal boss from World of Warcraft. Happy Halloween!
Click here for the stats!
Do YOU have awkward superstitions from YOUR group? Would you like to see YOUR CHARACTER appear in my comic? Would you like me to stop abusing the BOLD tags? If so, leave a comment below!