Sunday, April 23, 2017

Some new denizens for the dungeon!

Well, some new baddies showed up in the dungeon today!  First up, above, is my first giant... who is appropriately named, as you can tell...

Next up, a few stands of goblin archers.

Then a few stands of orcs... a stand of berzerkers, and some more orc archers.

And finally, some trolls!  I like the way these guys turned out, honestly...

Anyway... more on the way!:)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Some current money shots of Dungeoncrawler...

Hey all!

Well, I've gotten some more stuff put together for my new dungeon crawl game, Dungeoncrawler (the name is an homage to a video game a buddy and I worked on!)  I got a few new bits put together (some mushrooms, doors, a bridge-and-crevice piece, some clerics, another statue) so I figured I'd get it all out there and take a few glamour photos!

Here, a human cleric and dwarf berserker take on some goblins.

A thief and a wizard prepare to defend against a horde of orcs crossing a narrow bridge over a bottomless crevice, a group of orc berserkers in the lead...

A heavily armored dwarven warrior an a human warrior are supported by a cleric as they do battle with a pair of massive ogres.

An elven mage, hobbit thief, dwarven cleric, and human warrior fight off the attack of some bellowing orcs, all commanded by a shaman.

 The orc warlord musters his troops at the foot of an ancient statue.

A bunch of Dungeoncrawler heroes painted up

Hey all!

Well, the first group of PCs are all painted up and ready to go!

Here are the warriors... a dwarven berserker, a rough looking northern human warrior, a barbarian, and a heavily armored dwarf warrior.

A couple of thieves... a middle eastern looking fellow, and a hobbit burger.

A pair of wizards... a gray wizard, and an elven looking lady.

Finally, a trio of clerics... a human, a dwarf, and some sort of middle eastern cleric with half his body tattoed.

Anyway... I think they look sharp, for 15s... in person they look fab:)

The next group of bad guys are on the table being worked on, as well as some doors!

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Dungeoncrawler playtest!

Hey all!

As promised, here is a bit more from the first playtest of the new Dungeoncrawler playtest!

So, as I said, we took two heroes... I took a human mage, and my buddy took a human warrior.

The first room in the dungeon was a small room, with a few orcs and a few goblins in it.  (Ignore the treasure piles above, they were acting as door placeholders.)

We fought bravely... the warrior tanked the fights as best he could, although a few orcs and goblins made it to the wizard, whose fireball spells did some damage.

Soon the enemies were cut down, and we checked out our loot... a few crappy helmets, but the Ring of Combat was an amazing early-game find!

We continued through the hallways of the dungeon for a bit, with no enemies in sight...

... until we came to another small room a few armored orcs in it!  This was a BEAST of a fight; the mage's fireball spell was KEY in killing the orcs, but they did a bunch of damage.  Their 2d6 worth of armor, combined with the warrior being only armed with a short sword, make this fight tough.

We moved on through the dungeon after we defeated the creatures, turning left into a large room with a big statue in the middle... and smack dab into a HUGE horde of orcs and goblins, with an ogre in support!

Again we let the warrior tank the fight, as the wizard was already hurt from the last fights.  The wizard blasted away with a new magic scroll he had found, a Lighting scroll, which allowed him to hit several opponents at once... focusing on the ogre really beat the massive creature up, and eventually the party was able to bring down their foes.

Our intrepid heroes pick through the loot!

We proceeded on, going through a door on the opposite wall (which isn't in the photos above for some reason?) and bam... another horrible encounter.  This time we had orcs and goblins coming from behind, and more from the front!

Here we panicked a bit... we fled backwards, as the wizard fired off a few shots with his newly-acquired bow... the idea was to get away from the open space and into a more confined space, where the warrior could do most of the heavy lifting.  And the bad guys swamped us, knocking down both heroes health, the ogre in particular hitting hard.

Again the wizard proved hugely helpful, using his lighting spell to blast life off of several guys, and the warrior finished them off!

Soon the ogres and most of the orcs were dead, and there were just the goblins to deal with... and somehow our heroes made it through!

We then went north a bit, finding another empty small room, and then down a corridor... where two more ogres were waiting, and the scurry of feet in the darkness behind us turned out to be some orcs!

The heroes retreated, trying to find a good place to fight from...

... and the ogres leapt on the warrior, beating on him with their clubs.  The wizards lighting scroll did a bunch of damage before burning out, and the warrior was able to survive and finish off the two ogres.

That left the orcs to deal with, who the heroes managed to dispatch as well!

We called the game at that point, having made some significant modifications to the rules and some big changes to several aspects of it.  Taken overall, however, the game REALLY really worked; it was fun and exciting and incredibly well balanced, while being SERIOUSLY intuitive!

Here are our characters at the end... the warrior had a leather helm, a shield, and some plate mail, along with a short sword and a pair of scrolls (fireball and healing) he was holding on to... the wizard had his bow, a newly-found scroll of lighting (the equipment deck was poorly shuffled and still all in one deck, resulting in a LOT of good gear being found when it shouldn't have... but whatever, we were just testing:) ), his ring of combat, and some leather armor and a leather helmet.

So that's it!  I'll have more as we work on the game!

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Played the first play test of Dungeoncrawler...

Hey all!

Well, a buddy came by tonight, and we took the new Dungeoncrawler game for a spin... and frankly it was a ROUSING success!

Even in it's very early version, with a LOT of work left, it was fun!  My buddy took a warrior, and I took a wizard (although the idea now is that you will ALWAYS take the same party; a warrior, a thief, a wizard, and a cleric.  You get to choose the RACES of each, though.)  We did pretty well, surviving even a few waves of ogres!  But a lot of stuff isn't painted up yet, and the items are still all in one deck instead of four, so we were just testing it all out:)

BTW, here is the current rough mock-up that another friend put together for our cards for the game.  Looks awesome, right?

This was the first room in the dungeon!  It went pretty well:)  Later rooms got trickier, though...

We did a lot of play testing and brainstorming and development.  One thing we are adding is something called Narrative Cards, which you will take with each room (but not the hallways.)  These will be a sort of over-arching story card that will help lend a little... well, story, to the game:)  More info on the rules obviously later.

Anyway, this is just a taste... we took photos of the whole adventure, so I'll put together a post soon!

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A whole collection of Vikings and friends!

Hey all!

Well, I stopped by a buddy's house to check out his growing vikings and co. collection.  He was hit by the bug a few months ago, and voila... his wargaming motto is "Go big or go home," I suspect!

So I snapped a few photos.  Unfortunately they are with my iPhone, so I am sorry if the quality is only so so!

At the top you see probably my favorite figures... Ragnar Lothbrok and Co., painted by the esteemed Dave Taylor as a commission!  They look absolutely fantastic... Ragnar in particular looks amazing.

Here is the whole group... Vikings in front and back, then Franks and Saxons in the middle.

Some Viking shield maidens.

The Viking heroes.

Some Viking spearmen, supported by axe men.

Some armored Saxons.

Some more Vikings.

I believe these guys are Saxons.

Some Franks.

More from the Vikings crew!  Jarl Borg, Athelstan, Bjorn, and the seerer.  My buddy wanted to go with some earlier versions of a few people; hence the first season version of Athelstan.

And the whole collection once again!  A few small units of cavalry and basing a few more units and he should have all he will ever need!

Anyway, thanks for coming by and checking them out!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A TON of finished minis for Dungeoncrawler!

Hey all!

Well, I finished up a BUNCH of guys for Dungeoncrawler!

First up, the first group of heroes!  A dwarf berzerker, a thief, a hobbit thief, a wizard, a female wizard, a pair of warriors, and a dwarf warrior.

Here they are from the back.  These will be the players' figures.

The orcs I've finished so far... an assortment of armored orcs, regular orcs, a stand of berzerkers, and some archers.

The goblins I've finished so far, with their commander (who is supported by his wolf.)

Two orc heroes... a warlord and a shaman.

And finally an assortment of dungeon decorations!

Anyway... I'll get more done soon... lots of good ideas, and I'll even start in on the game itself shortly!