Rafe's 27 Month Birthday

29 March 2014 | sila | | Family Pics

Twenty-seven months old now!

Ooo-chak! Peekaboo!

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Robotech RPG: The Sinkhole Situation

28 March 2014 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games, RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays

Irfan began a playing a new game today: Palladium's Robotech RPG. Sila had a copy back in our teenage years. I played less than her friends and her did because I was away from home for most of the time. We were totally into Robotech. Sila taped every episode for me to watch when I'm back from boarding school. We bought and read as many of the Jack McKinney novelisations as we could.

And 25 years later Irfan is now playing it. I'm running it. I admit I was curious to see how the system feels like when I'm now 40 years old.

John Barnes charsheet

He rolled up an RDF Veritech pilot named John Barnes, named after Troy Barnes of Community, played by Donald Glover.

Actual play report follows:

January 7, 2009

RDF Nouakchott Base 

Flight officer Barnes was an F-22 fighter pilot, assigned to the Robotech Defense Force base outside Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. His usual missions were flying patrol sorties along the West African coast. He had been training in a VF-1 simulator for months, but he had never seen one before...

Until today.

A flight of three new fighters landed at the base early in the morning. They had livery of dark blue with light grey highlights. The Nouakchott base insignia was painted on both its tailfins. Although it resembled the obsolete F-14s, it had modules that fit onto the fuselage strangely. He knew what they were. It was time to see them at work.

Squadron Commander Shiryo Kikue ordered Barnes to fly the new VF-1J on a northwest heading at ten thousand feet and engage an F-35 in a mock aerial combat sent from RDF Gibraltar. The base had a dozen Destroids - ground-based mecha - assigned to it that was used to patrol the coastline and the wastelands surrounding the city, but this was the first time Veritechs were assigned to Nouakchott.

Barnes made himself comfortable in the VF-1J's cockpit and familiarised himself with the "thinking cap" helmet. Just after sunrise, the fighter was airborn.


68 Months

26 March 2014 | sila | | Family Pics

68 months now! Five and 2/3 years old! Whee!

Chuffed about something!

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Paper Minis: Floating Droids

24 March 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

You know I could almost see the remote.Here are three types of floating droids as paper miniatures for use with the Star Wars Roleplaying Game.

  • You've seen the Marksman-H training remote before in Star Wars, where Luke trained with one on the Millennium Falcom.
  • There's also the Mark IV sentry droid that helped the sandtroopers in Mos Eisley look for Luke and Ben.
  • Finally there's the "recon droid" from The Clone Wars. Still unnamed officially, This appears to be a smaller version of the larger Arakyd Viper probe droid seen in Empire Strikes Back.

Each of these can easily be low-level obstacles for players in your game session.

Even the training remote's sting beam can be refitted with something stronger to ensure players are sufficiently challenged... or killed... or both.


Paper Minis: Elite Battle Droids

23 March 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

We return to the droid army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, specifically the BX commando droids and the Droideka destroyer droids; six each. These should be fearsome enough mechanical obstacles for your players.

Droid bad guys? We need their kind.

Paper Minis: Specialised Stormtroopers

19 March 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
Cutting operations underway!

More Imperial paper miniatures for Star Wars RPG! 

  • Imperial Radiation Zone Assault Troopers a.k.a. "Radtroopers" are a specially trained and geared subgroup in the Stormtrooper Corps that fight in highly radioactive environments. Use them when the player characters are in "hot" zones. Crashed. Rescue operations. These troops can be the opposition.
  • Imperial Storm Commandos are an elite members of the Stormtrooper Corps that perform covert operations, sabotage and precision strikes behind enemy lines. You could use them whenever you want Imperial armoured ninjas to be a thorn on the player characters' sides.

Paper Minis: Rebel Fleet Aliens

18 March 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

In Return of the Jedi we see some aliens in the Alliance fleet. Mon Calamari, Sullustan and Dressellians.

Sorry no Bothans. No aliens by P.W. Botha here.

Paper Minis: Treaty of Vontor

17 March 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Once upon a time, during the war between the Hutts and Xim the Despot, the Treaty of Vontor was drawn between the Hutt families and three major species in the Si'Klaata Cluster, namely the Klatooinians, the Niktos and the Vodrans. After winning the battle, these species became permanently subservient to the Hutts.

These are aliens that only appeared in Return of the Jedi, so no Vodrans. Sorry, Vodrans.

Also known as the Day The Earth Stood Still-referenced aliens.

I want to live in the Si'Klaata Cluster too!

Paper Minis: Hutts' Hired Hands

16 March 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
Weequays and Gamorreans

Anybody up for five Weequays and five Gamorreans in paper miniature form for Star Wars RPG? If your player characters will be facing off a Hutt crime lord (or a Hutt business owner), you can have the Hutt protect by these employees. I should have made these up before I ran Return to Mos Shuuta.


Night's Black Agents: Let Slip The Ovcharkas of War

10 March 2014 | Hisham | | GOKL Actual Play, Nights Black Agents, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games

Last time on Night's Black Agents: Jacob NovazemblaNikolai Kaidanovsky, Sami Härkönen, Brendan, Shiina "Misha" Mikado and Zlatan Kljujic were finally reunited at the heavily fortified ranch of King Valentin the "Devil's Husband" after extracting his love, the Romani vampire Vienna "Vin" Cesarescu from the deadly R-Team, Inish Medical's special operations team. Leaving Faris Barrar and his men stranded in Bucharest, Romania, they fled across the Bulgarian border and the Danube river near Ruse and Shtraklevo. 

Between Ruse and Shtraklevo

Day 05 Monday: Very Early Morning

Brunch Planning

It was late after midnight after everyone had some hours of catching up, rest and planning. 

Since Vin needed the Inish serum to function in daytime without adverse effects from the sun and going on a bloodlust, Nikolai - a former Russian GRU operative who was also a medical doctor - went immediately to work at the ranch's lab trying to analyse the vial she entrusted them with. She kept the other one, rationing it for herself.

Misha, who had arrived earlier with Brendan, told them that Julia, the cousin of Georgeta Andrea Grigore, their anti-human trafficking activist contact in Bucharest, was being held there - reminding them that King Valentin was still a human trafficking scum. They cannot rely on Valentin's help and would need to leave as soon as possible. But to where? Options include Stockholm (their allies from the Eurovision mission) and Novosibirsk (Nikolai's GRU allies), and how would they get Juila out as well.

Sami and Zlatan planned to take the Niva to scout the surrounding towns the next morning while the others would protect Nikolai and reconnoiter the ranch, looking for assets and exploits.

Zlatan used a burner cellular phone to call his former colleague Rosa Martinez in Munich. She was an American field office manager for Case Protection Services, a private military contractor Zlatan used to work for in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda. She agreed to do a favour for him: to send a surveillance team over the border into Austria. If Farris Barrar and his team reached their safehouse in Vienna, Zlatan wanted to know. Zlatan told her, "Do not engage them whatever they do."

"What are you working on, Zlatan?"

"It's big. You'll know it soon. Thanks." The Bosnian wheel artist sent her contact instructions and hung up. Fatigue took its toll and he fell asleep.


Yaya's Super Frog

09 March 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Family Pics

Yaya drew a super hero of her own design for Sila's birthday earlier in the year.

I prettied it up some more for her. 

Or a toad!

Rafe's 26 Month Birthday

02 March 2014 | sila | | Family Pics

And now the boy is twenty-six months old!

Happily gnoming on goldfish crackers

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