Halloween 2014 Spooktacular

31 October 2014 | sila | | Family Pics
 

So since dressing up in costumes is one of Yaya's favorite things to do, Halloween is something she has been looking forward to for a while. Despite the non-candy-eating child that she is, she loves to go trick or treating and we often play "trick-or-treat" games at home. So here are our Halloween photos!

Jack-o-lantern says Boo!

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EOTE: I Was Young When I Left Home

30 October 2014 | Hisham | | Edged By The Empire, RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Edged by the Empire

Episode 07 I Was Young When I Left Home

Previously on Edged by the Empire...

Irfan did not use any of his 15 XP to upgrade his character Hondo Pash. He rolled Destiny Points for the PC and the two main NPCs, who are basically auxiliary PCs anyway.

Blowin' In The Wind

Recently departed from the port of Silverlake in the Naboo system, the Lava Jaeger flew into Blue Nirvada's atmosphere, a frozen ocean world orbiting a blue dwarf star in the Tarabba Sector.

However, there was a vicious snowstorm along their flight path toward Obsidian Island, the hometown of Captain Hondo Pash and his 9-year-old sister Yuzy Pash where they grew up. The armoured mercenary gunslinger Giin Lawquane in the co-pilot seat with the BlasTech EE-3 blaster rifle slung on his back asked, "Do we wait it out?"

Hondo took a second to ruminate, then decided, "Let's go in." The YT-1300 light freighter plunged into the maelstrom of ice and snow. Buffetted by incredible bursts of wind, Giin was thrown off the co-pilot station. Astromech R2-8D8 rushed to help with the controls, but a tremendous downdraft slammed down hard onto the Lava Jaeger. Hondo was unable to control the ship which then crashed into the snow-swept ice fields beneath. The ship skidded on the plains.

Giin Lawquane is floored.

Artoo beeped a warning: They were skidding at high speed towards a large patch of rock that rose above the ice field. Hondo fired the ship thrusters to bring the ship to a stop before they crashed into it. Damaged, they decided to wait out the storm. Yuzy served everyone meiloorun-flavoured ice cream.

 

Rafe's 34 Month Birthday

29 October 2014 | sila | | Family Pics
 

Two more months until Adik turns 3! He is now at his 34th month! Whee!

Adik loves the Nutella jar!

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Paper Minis: Just Plain Photos

28 October 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Star Wars
 

It was a slow work day and I got bored. So I played with the Star Wars RPG paper miniatures I made.

No new paper minis. No game sessions. Just me playing with some cheap, homemade Star Wars toys. After a fashion.

That Dug needs to be elsewhere

Here are some Hutt goons storming into Chalmun's Cantina at Mos Eisley, leaving their protocol droid by the door. The Ortolan cook has enough of their crap.

Needs moar Ackmena

An Imperial officer leads a collection of troopers down into the cantina's basement, perhaps for some hooch for the battalion.

Map by Jennell Jaquays for Tatooine Manhunt module

Out in the streets of Mos Eisley, a phalanx of assassin droids attempt to corner some Imperial troops.

They're Chiss not Wroonians because their eyes are red

Three Chiss ladies and their coterie of astromech droids run this YT-1300 light freighter.

Map by Jake Murray for Edge of the Empire Beginner Game

Alliance troops and pilots investigates the YT-1300. A LOM-series protocol droid scurries to safety.

They're both in the G section of any alien species sourcebook

A Gran and a Gand are imprisoned while an officer leads a squad of Imperial Radiation Zone Troopers to guard the prison block for some reason.

Ayyyyyy! Blast them!

A group of simulated player characters faces off with Fonzie-posed TIE pilots and floating droids.

To download and assemble these paper miniatures for free, check out all of my paper miniature posts on the blog.

 

75 Months

22 October 2014 | sila | | Family Pics
 

75 months of the girl!

Yaya smiles in the shadows and light
 

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Cave of Dramatic Lighting

20 October 2014 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We visited Gua Kelam yesterday. Gua Kelam is officially translated as "Cave of Darkness" at the plaques we saw at the site. The cave is a tunnel that runs through a limestone hill for about 350 metres. Here are is photojournal of our visit.

It had been a wet weekend with rainfall every day, aptly putting the "rain" in rainforest. Water was dripping from the leaves and roots and vines of the foliage above the entrace to the cave.

In the 19th and early 20th century, Gua Kelam used to be a passage for tin miners to transport their ore from the mines to their staging area. According to the plaque, many miners perished during heavy rains when the river flooded the cave.

 

Paper Minis: More Astromech Droids

18 October 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 
If Artoo was the family dog Chopper is the family cat

Once upon a time, I posted a PDF of astromech droid paper miniatures. Specifically, the R2-, R4- and R5-series astromech droids manufactured by Industrial Automatons.

The R1 is rather Dalek-esque isn't it?

Today, I post more astromech droids that you can use in your Star Wars RPG campaign!  Specifically, the large outdated R1-series from Industrial Automatons, and C1-series astromech - newly-introduced in the all-new Star Wars animated TV series Star Wars Rebels! There might be one C-1 paper miniature that has 90% paint job of Rebels' C1-10P a.k.a. Chopper!

 

Paper Minis: Protocol Droids

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

So now we have protocol droid paper miniatures for your Star Wars RPG campaign! LOM-series for bipedal insectoid species and C-series for bipedal mammalian species.

Everyone needs protocol droids when dealing with government, large organisations, corporations, royalty, kindergarten administration and other assorted middle management-heavy institutions! Also, if you have protocol droid player characters.

 

14th Anniversary

15 October 2014 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

It's been 14 years since we got married. Since then, through shifting soil, moving goalposts, storms of ablative particulates and a deluge of fish entrails, Ain has been an excellent partner, wife and mother to our son. 14 is not a big number, but we thought we'd celebrate surviving this radioactive wasteland for another year. I love Ain so strongly that Hawking radiation is being emitted on the surface of the singularity of our sordid story.

We went to a restaurant that we had been to several times which served delicious food. However, the food did not live up to its delectable precursors. But that, I suppose, is no excuse not to enjoy the night.

Irfan and Ain
Irfan's chicken chop
Irfan takes a photo

Here's hoping for a much better year next year. I've heard myself say this every year for the last 20 years. 20 years of saying it but not being able to pay bills might have skewed my brain away from the norm; way, way past the border of healthy cynicism.

Bah. Anyway... here's hoping for a much better year next year.

 

Star Frontiers: Balneum Blue

14 October 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Misc Sci-Fi, Role Playing Games
 

Last year I illustrated some pictures for Balneum Blue, an article for Star Frontiers RPG. And after more than a year it's finally released in the pages (and the cover) of Star Frontiersman magazine issue 25!

Some sort of Incal panel, I'm told

Here's the cover I did, of some gigantic floating aquatic jellyfish creatures called the hydrozoan.

I wonder if there's a hotel here

The planet known as Balneum Blue has an intelligent native species called the Gnatha that live in biotech coral cities. 

I wonder if the public transportation system here is good

All the image above needs is a map of all the train stops.

 

Dwarves: Patreon Paperminis

12 October 2014 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 
I might use these for a BareBones Middle Earth campaign.

Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!

The second batch of paper miniatures for the Patreon campaign has been released for patrons. Six flavours of Dwarven characters for your fantasy role-playing game campaign! Also included is a bonus PDF of a squad of armed Orc warriors.

Don't forget to check out other posts for free downloads!

 

Aidiladha at KLCC

07 October 2014 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Monday was a carry over holiday for Raya Haji which fell on a clear sunny Sunday. A trip into town would be nice, we thought. It was too far for the car to reach the Bandar Utama region, so we drove somewhere closer: Kuala Lumpur City Centre which was not too far away by car, via the AKLEH elevated highway. It even has a dedicated exit into its underground car park. Despite it being situated relatively close, we do not visit the Suria KLCC mall all that often.

At the top of the centre concourse

Things appeared as they usually do in the mall.

Hardison would probably work faster

Irfan mapped out the door infrared sensor area at the department store. Who knows it might be useful some day.

There's a weird new structure across the lake

Our lunch were takeaway boxes from Cold Storage. Ain had the nasi goreng. Irfan and I had a slice of pizza each.

Some building

We ate in the shadow of the towers.

Um... can I play Eisenhorn?

Meanwhile, the new edition of Dark Heresy could be found in Kinokuniya. The price was too high for an impulse purchase though. In the grim darkness of the far future there is only RPGs.

 

Aidiladha at the Tenth Floor

06 October 2014 | Hisham | | Board and Card Games, Family Pics
 

Another year, another Aidiladha spent in Kuala Lumpur. There was no balik kampung because of insufficient resources. So yesterday we tried to make the best of it.

In the morning, we went for Solat Aidiladha at the Pandan Indah mosque. This morning, for some reason the khatib was not firing all engines. Perhaps he was exhausted.

Then it was time for salam hari raya between ourselves. First, Irfan salam and kissed Ain.

Followed by the same with me, after which, Ain started cooking some nasi lemak in anticipation of impending visitors.

In the afternoon, Irfan's school friend Fikree and his family, as well as his cousins Aiman and Zara, came a-visiting. Apart from savouring the nasi lemak, Irfan, Fikree and Aiman played some Tsuro while Star Wars Rebels was playing on television.

Even young Zara was intrigued by the game.

Since boardgaming was pretty fun, the crew moved on to Small World.

After many weeks of differing levels of smog over the city, it was refreshing to have clear skies (and breathing air) for the day.

Especially for this holiday.

 

Day of Dredd

05 October 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics, Misc Sci-Fi, Movie Review, Trawling The Net
 

Earlier this week there was a drive via online social networks for a sequel of 2012's film Dredd starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd. Known as Day of Dredd, there were many posts and tweets about it across the internet. Even Psi Judge Anderson actress Olivia Thirlby herself made a thank you video for fans who helped with this drive.

Dredd was an enjoyable, very tight, very focused story with just the right balance of grittiness and the absurdness of the future social dynamics of Mega City One. Its violence is very explicit, assaulting viewers with the atrocities of the film's villains. It sets the tone for the grimness of the situation of having Dredd and the rookie Anderson trapped in a vast but somehow claustrophobic Peach Tower residential block by Ma-Ma, the local drug lord played by Lena Headey.

Of course the dire circumstances only serves to  accentuate how cathartic the payback is to the criminals when Dredd regains the upper hand. It's no spoiler he would eventually get the upper hand. How he gets there is a roller coaster ride.

Would a Dredd 2 emerge from this effort? Let's hope so.

Here's my contribution to Day of Dredd on Twitter:

I should have also drawn the Lawgiver
 

Circus!

04 October 2014 | sila | | Family Pics
 

So we took the kids to the Ringing Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Nutter Center!

Tickets

As it turned out it was also Vin's first time at the circus. I remember when Hisham and I went when we were children - it was an Indian circus I think, and they would camp at that big field that is now a supermarket of some sort. Or perhaps houses. It was close enough that we could even walk there and avoid the hassle of finding parking, etc. from our house. I remember our Tok and Opah Pasir Panjang (paternal grandparents from Pasir Panjang) also went with us. It was the first time I rode an elephant, at the circus back then. Anyways, I absolutely enjoyed it as a child and was very glad to be able to take Yaya and Adik to the circus too!

One of the highlights for Hisham and me was that the elephants would poop while performing. It wasn't the fact that they pooped that necessarily made us giggle (although I do admit it kind of did), it was the sheer size of the excrement. It was HUGE! I imagine some guy would have to shovel that onto trucks or something. LOL. Seriously. Anyway, we did not see such a sight at this circus, with the kids.

 

Rafe's 33 Month Birthday

04 October 2014 | sila | | Family Pics
 

We are 3 months away from Adik's third birthday. 33 months old! 2.75 years old!

My beautiful baby boy

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Paper Minis: Outer Rim Ladies

01 October 2014 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Here are paper minatures of some ladies who live and work in the Outer Rim Territorries. They might be scouts, colonists, doctors, outlaw techs, diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Wait! Wrong sci-fi franchise, but still applicable for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game!

With tiles from d20radio!
 

As a bonus, there's also a Chiss version of the same ladies because Chiss stats for player characters are in the recent Enter the Unknown supplement for Star Wars Edge of the Empire. These could easily stand for Chiss scouts, traders and agents of the Chiss Expeditionary Defense Force from Csilla way out beyond the rim in Wild Space.