There is way too much new stuff for our hobbies every month to keep track of. So I decided to pick my four favorites from all the news, posts and curiosities hitting the internet in the last few weeks.
I love maps! Especially in pen-&-paper roleplaying games. Most of the time I just grab an empty piece of paper and get started. I usually end up with something that could be a dungeon, a village or other adventuring location for my players to explore.
This month, the GreatGM put up an amazing video. A detailed tutorial to get started with drawing your own maps using photoshop (but you can probably use any other similar software, too). I really like the approach. It’s a four part tutorial and if you’re a GM yourself, you should check it out.
This post contains spoilers for the first two scenarios of Gloomhaven, a road event (#13), a city event (#22), character creation and a random side mission (#63).
Considering the strong legacy part of this board game you should be aware, that through reading this article, you could spoil yourself some of the fun, if you plan to play this game yourself in the future.
We started the game with three players and we choose the Spellweaver (similar to a wizard), the Brute (a warrior) and the Tinkerer (a gadgeteer) for our first characters. Character creation is pretty easy compared to pen-&-paper roleplaying games. Besides picking your class you have to draw two random cards, from which you choose one for your characters personal quest. This personal quest affects your play style and sets the end for his career. After achieving their biggest goals, the characters retire and settle down in the city of Gloomhaven. After that you get some money to go on a shopping spree in the city of Gloomhaven.
“And what is diversity but a celebration of differences?” Dr. Phlox to T’Pol when she is feeling ashamed of her Human comrades.
In short: Around ten weeks after the start of its mission, Enterprise is visiting an ancient Vulcan monastery on a remote planet. After arrival the crew finds out that Andorians took the monks hostage. After a small fight they become prisoners themselves. The leader of the Andorians, Commander Shran, suspects a hidden Vulcan long range sensor array somewhere in the monastery. Commander Tucker steals away into the catacombs beneath the building to find an old communications console to get into contact with Enterprise.
Mounting a surprise attack using the transporters, Lieutenant Reed and his security team can take out two of the four Andorians. During a fire fight in the catacombs a hidden passage is revealed. Behind this passage the combatants stumble upon the huge hidden listening post the Andorians were searching for.
Captain Archer decides to give the scans of the area to the Andorian Commander, who is now in debt with the Captain.
I got something wrong in the first post. Actually not only Princess Peach was kidnapped (again). The same happened to Tiara, the younger sister of Cappy. She is – of course – a living, talking and flying Tiara. Bowser kidnapped her to use her as a headdress for Peach during the planned wedding. Yep… this guy is sick.
Now that we are clear on that, we are ready to jump into the action. Bowser got away in his flying ship and we are following him on his heels. For this we need a vehicle of our own. And Cappy just knows where to find one…
This is my first post about Gloomhaven. It contains minor spoilers from the first two missions unlocked at the beginning of the game.
What is Gloomhaven?
In essence Gloomhaven is a board game with a strong legacy part. The players take on the role of mercenaries based in the city of Gloomhaven. Through adventuring and undertaking missions a bigger storyline is revealed. Every mission is played in co-op mode against the game itself. There are special rules and cards, which make sure, that the enemys feel alive and behave realistic.
The characters have their own personal goals that can affect the playing style and the outcome of the missions the party undertakes. Through experience points the characters level-up and learn special abilities. On their path they find money and better equipment. After achieving their personal goal these characters go into retirement which again affects the city and the world of Gloomhaven. After a character retires, it’s player chooses a new class and creates a new character in the same game world. Continue reading “Gloomhaven #000 – What is Gloomhaven?”