So, inspired by two different blogs that I read, Risus Monkey and Tabletop Diversions, I have decided to pick back up the solo game adventure using random tables, Mythic GM Emulator, and other things. This is the first episode of a new adventure and I’m really happy with how it went and I plan to continue it as I have time.

I decided to use Fate Accelerated Edition for this adventure, but I switch it up as I play to a different system. Here are the different tools I used to help me with this game:

For my character, I pulled a couple of cards from my GameMaster’s Apprentice Deck to help me create a character. The concepts that I got from these cards were:

  • Kai
  • Arcane Weapon
  • Fire
  • Virtue Compassion

From this I took his name and the type of character he would be, basically good characters with magic and tends to like fire. Below is the FAE character sheet for Kai.

High Concept: Dabbling mage in search of lost knowledge
Trouble: Cannot leave well enough alone

Aspects:
Music is good for all situations
Friend of nature
A little alchemy can go a long way

Approaches:
Careful: Mediocre (+0)
Clever: Fair (+2)
Flashy: Fair (+2)
Forceful: Average (+1)
Quick: Average (+1)
Sneaky: Good (+3)

Stunt:
Student of the Arts: When using magic, I gain +2 when trying to cleverly create an advantage
Pyro: When I use fire magic, I get +2 when forcefully attacking.

Supplies:
50 silver
Backpack with rope, torches, rations, pouches of components

I’m happy with the characters, but I’m not sure if I will be sticking with FAE or not. I might test out different rules in the future, but this will work for now. Here begins the tale of Kai:


 

My journey starts in the town of Perun. It is built on an ancient battleground between two long dead and forgotten nations. I find myself in a tavern listening to a bonny lass play a haunting tune on a violin. She plays beautifully, but I am here for more than the good music, I need to find some companions to join me on an adventure not too far outside of town.

(Do I see any people that look like the right type? I rolled a 33, so yes there are. Also, I triggered a random event! Focus: Ambiguous event. Meaning: Carelessness Vehicle)

We here a scream and a shout outside, “Run away coach!” right before a large coach comes crashing through the thin front of the tavern.

(Is anyone in danger? 97 Exceptional No)

The tables close to the door and window get knocked over, but no one was sitting there so its okay. There is a hole knocked in the wall and the barkeep is spitting mad, but it looks like the coach is still in one piece as well.

I rush over to the coach and look inside.

(Is anyone in there? 62, Yes) (Is it a woman? No.)

“Are you aright sir?”

Raffolk Wyselw (thanks to the donjon fantasy name generator) shakes his head to clear it and gets out of the coach brushing himself off. Raffolk replies,”Yes, just a little rattled.”

(Does he seem to be the adventuring type? Exceptional yes! 97)

Raffolk is wearing plate mail with a large hammer hanging from his belt and a shield that he is pulling out of coach. I introduce myself only to find out that Raffolk is a paladin journeying through the countryside. His coachman had passed out drunk and caused the whole crash through carelessness. We all help push the coach out and set the tables back up. The barkeep brings a blanket and uses it to cover the large hole in the wall and confronts the paladin about paying for the damage. Sir Raffolk reassures him that he will pay him back as soon as he comes into some more coin, as he has barely enough left to cover food and lodging for a few days.

This leaves an opening to talk to Sir Raffolk about joining me an a little expedition. I buy him a drink and we sit down to talk, “Sir Raffolk, I have a proposal for you”, I begin.

(Does he accept to accompany for 15 silver and a cut of the loot? No, he does not want to, he believes he must pay the barkeep first before leaving. What about for 20 silver? Yes)

We haggle over the price and eventually I agree to pay him 20 silver upfront, which is enough to cover the expenses to the tavern, and a cut of any treasure we find.

(I draw a card from Inkwell Ideas Encounter Decks 1 to find where we are going.)

I have heard that there was an alchemist’s laboratory situated deep in the swamp outside of town. I believe it could have some rare ingredients there and, more importantly, books of knowledge on the art of alchemy. Sir Raffolk does not look pleased about going out into the swamp, but money has already exchanged hands (and went straight to the tavern owner) so he is committed to accompanying me. He decides to go get some supplies and rest before leaving in the morning.

I look around and realize that most of the other patrons have left and that the bard is finishing up and putting away her violin, getting ready to leave. I decide I might be able to use one more companion and see if she might have any skills suited to the task and any desire to go. I introduce myself and find her name to be Malvia Tunnell.

(Is she interested in joining me? 23, yes she is.)

Malvia is very interested in adventure. She tells me that she has some skill with the bow and some magic through her music. Thinking I that I might be able to use someone with her skills, I agree to pay her 10 silver up front, then a share of the spoils as we journey together. I tell her that the paladin who crashed into the place will join us as well. She leaves to get her supplies and also agrees to meet back before daybreak.

Feeling good, but quite a bit poorer, I decide that I might need to change my sleeping arrangements. I ask the barkeep if he would let me sleep in the stable.

(will he? No, of course not)

Not to happy about losing the money he might have gotten from me for the room, he does not agree to let me sleep in the barn. I sigh and walk out, looking for other accommodations.

(Do I find any? No)

Resigned to a bad night of sleep, I find a somewhat nice spot under some bushes at the the outskirts of town and roll myself up in my blanket, sleeping outside for the night.

(Does it rain? No, thank goodness)

We all meet up before daybreak in front of The Shepherd and Mug inn. Sir Raffolk is in a surprisingly pleasant mood with a pack over his shoulder and ready to go. Malvia looks a bit different as well. Her red curly hair is tied back up in a tight bun on top of her head. Her colourful dress exchanged for some dark trousers and a green cloak. She has a bow and quiver slung over her shoulder next to a lute and backpack.


And that is where I had to end it for the night. I look forward to continuing this adventure soon!

Until then, happy gaming and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Playing BEAN! RPG with the kids.

Playing BEAN! RPG with the kids.

Today is day 3 of Teach Your Kids to Game Week and we are playing BEAN! RPG. We were going to be playing Little Wizards, but my daughter decided to stay the night with her grandma, so with just the boys and me, I changed it we played BEAN! instead. My friend Matt has brought up BEAN! on more than one occasion, but we never took the time to play it. After buying it on DriveThruRPG I have it a quick read and really liked what I found.

The Rules: BEAN uses a D2 system, which they recommend to beans to determine. I found this novel and pulled out some pinto beans and drew a one on a side of them to use in the game tonight. Characters have 3 stats, Body, Mind, and Spirit. You also have hit points that relate to your Body stat. Then you can have defense if you wear armor and additional attack bonuses if you use specific weapons. Then you also have skills that add bonuses to your rolls. When you toss the beans, you count all the ones and those are your successes. Fighting against others means that you would compare successes versus your opponents. There are three character archetypes, Warrior, Wizard, and Rogue, but you can easily make more.

After explaining the rules briefly and handing out beans, we quickly made the boys characters. Logan choose a wizard this time and named him Wizard of the Potion. Levi choose a rogue and named him Snowman. For this game I used the starter adventure out of the book.

The game started with the boys in an inn eating beans (Levi’s suggestion) when they were approached by a mysterious figure. He offered them gold if they would fetch a wizard’s cauldron from his friends place out in the countryside. They agreed and headed to the woods after dinner.

the ruined tower

the ruined tower

When they get to the place they were told, the found that the tower had burnt and most of the it was just rubble. They step inside and Levi searches to find that a burned piece of rug covers a trap door. Opening it  they find s stairway leading down below the tower. They go down to explore the depths below.

Heading below the tower.

Heading below the tower.

They find a system of tunnels there with some rooms. Heading down one of the tunnels they find a cave in. Searching through the rubble, they discover a large purple worm hiding there that attacks them! The boys decide to fight.

Fighting the purple worm!

Fighting the purple worm!

Logan decides to throw a potion at the spider. He describes the potion as spreading spiderwebs and spiders all over the enemy. He succeeds and deals 2 damage to the purple worm! Levi then uses his daggers and attacks the worm, dealing 1 damage. Next the worm attacks and tries to bite Levi but misses. Logan then decides to try casting fireball and succeeds. He summons the ball of fire into his hand then throws it at the worm, finishing it off.

(At this point, Levi decides he is done and leaves the table. So mom runs Snowman for him. He really wanted to play Minecraft…sigh)

They then investigate the doors and find a room full of crafts and barrels. Logan starts jumping around on the crates and barrels looking for things, and finds a body of a long dead adventurer. They search him and find a magical Fire Sling with some bullets. They take it then head down the stairs.

Down here they find more tunnels and then see a small creature that looks like an eyeball with legs scamper through a wall! Logan wants to follow it and runs through the wall, finding a secret room.  In here, they find 10 gold coins.

Next the head to the door and find a creepy old lab. It is full of bottles and that hold different body parts and other instruments. Logan gets sick seeing all of this and loses his bean dinner. Searching through the lab they hear a strange sound and a big slime ball jumps onto the table. Logan decides he would rather run than fight, so he runs out of the room and slams the door behind him.

Finding the cauldron.

Finding the cauldron.

They go down another passage and find the passage ends at the edge of a large underground lake. On the edge of the lake, they find the cauldron as well as a single shoe. Not wanting to see what other horrors the basement holds, they grab the cauldron and head back to the inn to get their reward.

Logan gave it 6 stars!

I also enjoyed the game quite a bit and look forward to playing it with them again in the future! I will give it 4.5 stars out of 5. 🙂

I probably will not get to play on day 4, but we shall see. Until the next, happy gaming!

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Guess what?! It is teach your kids to game week this week and I have taken the opportunity to buy some of the titles that are discounted at DriveThruRPG (and some that are not) in order to play more with my kids. Anyone that knows me is already aware that I game with my kids. I’ve made up a simple game that uses fate dice and talents to play with my kids many times before that they lovingly call “The Adventure Game.” They have even had friends over to play this with them before and great times have been had by all. Someday, I might have to write the rules down and see if anyone else is interested.

Back to the topic at hand, here is the list of games that I bought yesterday:

  • BEAN!
  • Hero Kids (and several expansions)
  • Faery’s Tale (it was not on sale, but I hear it is worth it)
  • FirstFable
  • Little Wizards

There are a few more that I might have to buy, like Camp Myth (also not on sale) and rpgKids, but I’m not sure if I should right now.

Why did I buy all these games? My goal is to play a game each night with my kids using a different game system and see which ones they like. Hopefully, they will like all of them, but maybe one or two stand out as their favorites. I just want to take advantage of the week and teach them as many games as I can. I’m also slightly interested to see how my own adventure game stands up to these games.

I am a blessed dad. I have five wonderful children. The last two are twin boys that are only a month and a half old, so they will not be joining us for this week of gaming. My other children are Lauren who is 7, Logan who is 5, and Levi who is 3.  Most of the games I bough have a lower age of either 5 or 7, so it will be interesting to see  if I can keep the younger two engaged.

The first game I started with last night was Hero Kids. I had heard many good things about it and was anxious to give it a try.

Actual Play – Hero Kids

Playing Hero Kids with my three older kids!

Playing Hero Kids with my three older kids!

The kids joined me excited around the table. My printer had stopped working with regular paper, so I had to make the character cards that came with the game fit onto 4×6 photo paper. So after fixing dinner and then manipulating the pictures using Paint.net, I finally had character sheets printed out for them and ready to go. Because of all this, the kids knew they were going to get to stay up past bedtime to get to play, needless to say, they were doubly excited.

I used the basic characters that came with the base game and had them all printed out. I let them choose their hero, Lauren chose the healer and named her Flutter, Logan chose the warrior and named him T-Rex, and Levi chose the knight and named him Olaf. I set out two dice towers and handed out several mini d6’s that the game uses for resolution. I told the kids about their characters and how they are kids who have trained to be heroes from birth. I explained that they can uses the abilities that they have on their sheets with dice next to them, and that they roll the number of dice next to them when they use that skill and use the highest number that they get out of all the dice. Lauren and Logan understood this but Levi was just wanting to roll dice.

I then explained that they each have a special action, ability, skills, and an inventory listed on their sheets and took a minute to go over them as well as the three hit boxes that they have listed. After this short amount of explanation, we started with the adventure. Here we used the provided adventure Basement O Rats.

Their characters were all siblings and eating with their family in the local inn when the owner came up out of the basement screaming about giant rats taking over the basement and taking her son! The parents looked at Flutter, T-Rex, and Olaf and asked them if they were ready to start on their first adventure, they gathered their gear and said yes!

Heading into the basement!

Heading into the basement!

I set down the basement and set up the bad guys (using zombie figures instead of rats but they knew they were rats) and but their characters at the top of the stairs. I explained that they could move 4 spaces each turn and take one action, be it attacking or healing or something else. I also explained that the healer could attack 4 spaces away while the warrior and knight needed to get up close the action.  We rolled initiative and we were off!

Flutter moved in first and attacked one of the giant rats with magic! (I let her describe her spell and she used a different one each time. She loved it but I’m not sure that is how it works, but that is what I went with.) She had vines grow up out of the cracks in the basement and squeeze the life out of the first rat, rolling better than the rat! (Attacks are resolved with the attacker rolling the number of dice by the ability they are using, in this case magic. Defenders roll their armor and they each take their highest die. Whoever is highest wins that round, if it is a tie, the win goes to the attacker. Attackers almost always deal just one damage when they win, if the defender wins, no damage is dealt. In this case, each of the rats only had one hit point.)

Olaf and T-Rex both jump into basement and slice up two more rats. Then the rats attack, teaming up on T-Rex and Olaf to deal one damage two each of them! (They looked pretty concerned, but I explained that sister could heal them instead of attacking if she wanted.) Of course, Flutter chose to attack instead, this time opening a portal to bat world and summoning some bats to attack then fly back through the portal. With another rat down, there were only 3 left. T-Rex misses when he attacks with the rat jumping out away from his sword, but Olaf bashes one over the head with his shield, crushing the beast.

The rats attack but their teeth and claws bounce harmlessly off of the boys’ armor. Flutter tosses a ball of plants at one of the rats that cause him to scratch himself to death, while T-Rex dispatches the other one with the blunt side of his blade. (The kids are describing how they do all of this by the way, sometimes I prompt them with questions, but they are good at it.) Having dispatched all the rats, Flutter quickly heals her brothers and they hear shouts coming from a hole in the basement and they decide to descend into the rat lair.

Dropping into the hole they see it goes into two directions. I ask them which direction they think they should go and I hint that one of them has an ability that might help. Lauren runs around the table and whispers into Logan’s ear. He looks at his character sheet and shouts that the wants to track the rats! Using his ability, he knows which direction they went and they head off!

Tracking the rat!

Tracking the rat!

The find several more rats ahead and dispatch them quickly! Here is the battle in short:

  • Olaf shield bashes one of the rats
  • Flutter throws a “cannon bomb” that explodes into three spooks that cuts one into pieces
  • T-Rex slices a rat with his sword
  • A rat takes a bite of T-Rex
  • Olaf takes out another rat with a shield bash (he loves that move)
  • Flutter summons three swords that bop another rat on the head

After taking these rats out, Flutter heals T-Rex’s bite and they head on through the tunnels. They find a wall that they have to climb up, but none of them have any rope. Lauren asks if she can use her magic to get them up the wall. I say that is fine and ask her how she wants to do it and that she must roll for it. She says she wants to summon a magic ladder that attaches to the wall with super glue that will let them climb up. She rolls and gets a success so a magic ladders made of stone grows out the ground and they climb up it. At the top, they find 3 gems, one for each of them that they save for later, and passageway leading to another room.

In this final room (I cut the adventure short here because it was way past bedtime) the see the rat king and hear the boy. Here is the battle in short:

  • Flutter summons a small dino named “Zack” and it bites off a rats leg, dispatching it
  • Olaf takes out a rat with this sword
  • Flutter summons a flower that cause a rat to scratch himself to death again
  • T-Rex attacks the Rat King but misses
  • Olaf slices up another rat with his sword
  • Flutter summons a biting dandelion that poisons the Rat King, but he is not yet dead (he has 2 hit points)
  • T-Rex and Olaf team up to the slice the rat king with two powerful blows

They were successful! They rescued the boy and returned him to the inn. They were rewarded with free ice cream for a week! Their faces lit up about that. 🙂

I asked each one of them what they thought about the game. All three had fun and liked their characters. I then asked them on if 1 star is not good and 5 stars is really fantastic, how many stars would they give the game Hero Kids:

  • Lauren: “5 stars!”
  • Logan: “5 stars, no 6 stars!”
  • Levi: “Lots of stars!”

And with that, I sent them to go brush their teeth and get ready for bed as I cleaned up.  We had a great time and I did like the system. I would also give the game Hero Kids 5 stars. It was a great night of playing and we will definitely play this game again.

Tonight we play Faery’s Tale! Cya then!

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