Driving Towards Kelantan

23 June 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Two days before Eid, we drove to Pasir Mas. We had planned on departing at 2 a.m. but we all overslept. So, we left and headed east after Subuh prayers.

A notable feature of this journey is that Ain drove for more than 80% of the way. She took the wheel from Changlun.

Wheel artist

She drove from Changlun along the North-South Expressway, got out at the Gurun exit, drove past Jeniang, Kuala Ketil, Baling, Gerik and went up the East-West Highway over the mountains.

Titiwangsa rest stop

She became sleepy near the Titiwangsa rest stop, so we parked the car for a while.

Picit picit

Irfan massaged his mother's back, which was knotted up no doubt caused by the extra long driving. Then I took the wheel while Ain slept in the back.

Masjid Beijing

The only place where a traffic jam occurred was near Bukit Bunga in Jeli, caused by Friday prayers traffic. I drove on towards the next town Nibong to stop for prayers. Then Ain retook the wheel and drove on. We stopped at Masjid Beijing at Rantau Panjang for Ain's Zohor prayers. Click on the photo above for a larger view.

Cousins together again

Ain drove all the way to Pondok Lubuk Tapah. Aiman, Zara and family arrived shortly after. The cousins were soon reunited for an extended mirthful playtime.

 

Final Iftar Outdoors

22 June 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Ramadhan will end in a couple of days and soon we will head to Pasir Mas for Aidilfitri.  A new outdoor eatery popped up nearby, across the main road from our residential area.

Nothing extraordinary to report except that this would be our last breaking of fast before Eid.

Also, some great lighting in the photos below.

an Irfan

Irfan had the nasi goreng cendawan.

the onions!

Ain had the nasi daging merah.

sunset

I took photos.

looking at TV

Also, Irfan had a lightsaber light up behind him.

 

Cannibal Halfling Logo Commission

20 June 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Two years ago ago, I did a unit logo patch for Seamus Conneely's Star Wars RPG campaign. Seamus recently contacted me again to commission a logo for his website Cannibal Halfling Gaming. The site features reviews, essays and adventure logs of many tabletop roleplaying games.

Click on the halfling below to view the full image.

Cannibal Halfling Gaming
 

FrontierSpace Chapter Pages Redux

13 June 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Meanwhile all through this month and the last, I have been slowly working my way through DwD Studios' artwork for their upcoming FrontierSpace RPG. As per the last update, here is a selection of scenes created for the chapter headers.

Gewgaws

Chapter 6: Technology

Bots

Chapter 8: Robots

Vroom vroom

Chapter 9: Vehicles

 

Mac and Cheese

07 June 2017 | Hisham | | Food
 

During our excursion back to Sitiawan the previous week, Opah gave us her oven for us to use as she has not used it for years. This was a godsent for us as Ain had always wanted an over and we could not afford one.

MacPherson and Cheese

So this was one of the first experiments Ain performed: baked mac and cheese.

MacInnes and Cheese

It was tasty and glorious and Irfan & I have been asking for more. Will we get more? Stay tuned to find out.

 

Early Ramadhan in Perak

02 June 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Family Pics
 
Balik kampung

I drew the artwork above while in Sitiawan.

It was the start of the second week of Ramadhan when we all drove to Perak for a long weekend to buka puasa with Irfan's grandparents. Also, there was some business to be had in Ipoh with Wan Cu and family facilitating said business.

It has been a while since we drove to their house in Ipoh from Sitiawan. I nearly got lost because the phone could not acquire the GPS signal long enough to tell us which direction we should take. But because of the ordeal we underwent, I think I will be able to remember it from now on.

The Ipoh Excursion

We left for home from Ipoh, heading north and parting ways with Atok and Opan at Wan Cu's place.

 

Force and Destiny: Jungle in the Sky

17 May 2017 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

I was finally able to run another role-playing game session for my students for an English Language speaking exercise, the first for this semester. Probably no other games will be run because it is already quite late in the semester for other sessions. Students will be concentrating on their finals.

Although it was technically a Force and Destiny game, we had character types from Edge of the Empire too, thanks to the Legends of the Galaxy pregenerated character sheets.

Blue and red title card?

Force and Destiny:

Jungle in the Sky

The GALACTIC CIVIL WAR rages
across the Empire! Thousands of
suspected rebel agents have been
rounded up and imprisoned by
the IMPERIAL SECURITY BUREAU in
secret prisons across the galaxy.

        Many innocent citizens have disappeared
because of the Empire's evil wrath,
including SENATOR GAR LODOS
from the DURO system.

With little time to spare,
the REBEL ALLIANCE has sent
an extraction team to the
south pole of the planet CANTO BIGHT
to rescue the senator...

 

Bobo Inbound

A Lambda-class T4 shuttle dropped out of hyperspace and an asteroid the size of a mountain stood in its path. The pilot Malea - a Jedi Warrior/Starfighter Ace - was able to swiftly dodge out of its way (thanks to Enhance power that boosted Piloting - Space skill with a Force die). Her passengers, Byt the Twi'lek Technician/Outlaw Tech, Koogik the Rodian Explorer/Big Game Hunter, Merick the Zabrak Jedi Guardian/Armorer, Salporan the Wookiee Technician/Outlaw Tech and Vonnick the Gand Bounty Hunter/Survivalist were nonplussed by the event and went back to whatever they were doing.

Meanwhile the planet Canto Bight shone like a beacon beneath them.

The projector is busted though. Everything is yellow.

There was a Star Wars crawl, but no music because of technical difficulties.

Traffic control contacted them and Salporan answered them in his native Shryiwook language, telling them that the shuttle Bobo requested permission to land at the southern region of the planet. (For some reason, even with the Setback dice the Deception worked.)

Arrival at Ketri Hill

The Bobo flew toward a small with a landing field called Ketri Hill. The shuttle landed and the team disembarked into the frigid morning air, their breaths billowing visibly and blown away by a light wind.

A stormtrooper approached them as they were about to leave the landing field. He said, "Halt! Civillians are not usually allowed to land here. What is your business here?"

Merick stepped forward and told him that they were expected and invited by the Governor here. (Another successful Deceit check with Setback die!) The armoured trooper stepped aside and told them, "Welcome to Ketri Hill. Enjoy your stay."

After they were alone, they considered their first move, which Vonnick immediately insisted to be looking for food. He quickly took the lead and led the team on a merry chase throughout Ketri Hill streets. He came to a stop at a Gand street vendor and started digging in. (Success in Streetwise with...) However the food was inedible for non-Gands, toxic even (...some Threats).

Amani as Byt, Faeezah as Koogik, Nailah as Malea, Adha as Merick, Saiful as Vonnick, Ridzuan as Salporin

The students with their character sheets wonder what in the world is their teacher up to.

"Sorry, guys," said Vonnick as he slurped his soup through a hole in his mask.

 

FrontierSpace Chapter Pages

14 May 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Besides robots, I have also submitted some chapter pages to DwD Studios for FrontierSpace.

Chapter 2 Basics

Chapter 2: The Basics

Chapter 3 Character Creation

Chapter 3: Character Creation

Chapter 4 Species

Chapter 4: Species

I feel bad for the slow output though. The semester is almost over, so things might go faster after. The role-playing game is currently being playtested. Watch this space for the release of FrontierSpace from DwD Studios !

 

FrontierSpace Robots

10 May 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

FrontierSpace RPG artwork is currently underway, slowly thanks to gout and day job duties that had been increased greatly.

Here are some robotic preview artwork I have submitted to DwD Studios for FrontierSpace.

Maintenance Bot

Maintenance Bot

Service Bot

Service Bot

Scout Bot

Scout Bot

Lonely Soldier Bot

Soldier Bot

 

One Foot In The Shoe - Not The Other

07 May 2017 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

The human body is an amazing self-repairing machine. It consumes resources around it like oxygen, water and nutrients (usually shoved into pie hole) and allows me to ride this meatsack like John Cusack on John Malkovich.

However, entropy has begun overtaking this unlikely biological Rube Goldberg device I wear. The years have started to reveal cracks in the system. For example, gout is pretty fricking painful. I have known from an academic standpoint that gout can be painful but to endure a whole night of one's toe being smashed in by a sledgehammer at least three times a second is something I never thought I would experience.

I don't belieeeve it.

It took a needle with gout meds to reduce the pain to manageable levels yesterday.

I am just glad to have medical coverage now and very grateful that I did not gravely and acutely require it when we were freefalling without any back in the city.

 

Patreon: City Detectives

30 April 2017 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 

We return to the modern age with a new batch of tabletop RPG paper miniatures: law enforcement agents!

Usable with any investigative or espionage settings, like Delta Green or The Laundry to Dark Conspiracy or Unknown Armies. Maybe even Kult.

There are no tiers for this release of paperminis. Neither Pioneer-class nor the Mariner-class. The zip file contains the best level of artwork for the papermini PDF and a six-page full colour character artwork PDF! Which is basically a Voyager-class release!

Download the free PDF files at the Patreon page here.

They need an intro theme

As usual there are six artwork per batch with each artwork having two colour schemes. Some of the artwork might be recognisable as pastiches of famous TV investigators.

I forgot to include a Sledge Hammer! pastiche.

The ghoul is out there

Let's see how the minis interact with past papermini designs. Here a pair of FBI agents working from the basement of the FBI head office faces off with some form of man-eating ghoul... or a chupacabra.

Where's the rest of the team?

A detective from Central City faces off with a pair of cultists.

kowmang gotta die sometime

An investigator who roam the corridors of Ceres in the asteroid belt discovers a saboteur.

Thanks to the patrons on my Patreon who supported me to be able to create these paperminis. Download the free PDF files at the Patreon page here.

 

Comes A Nia Nia

25 April 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Rania and family came back to visit us from Kuala Lumpur during the long weekend.

Hello Nia

We picked up Ayah Cik Farid and Cikma from the airport and had dinner with them at Kepala Batas. Nia Nia was asleep when she arrived, but woke up just in time for a meal.

Before the meow

Nia Nia was still groggy from her sleep, but soon got her head back in the game upon spotting a cat and toddling excitedly after it.

This only works in three dimensions

At home, Irfan began teaching her to operate his Rubik's cube. Then suddenly there was a power outage! Thankfully Nia Nia did not give a crap.

Before the nasi goreng

The next day, we went for a dinner at Kuala Perlis.

What's that huge body of water over there?

We hung out at a restaurant across the road from the beach. Ayah Cik Farid showed Nia Nia the incoming tide, and she was impressed (and quite vocal about it too) with the rising tide and the many colours of clouds above Langkawi Island across the bay.

 

SWD6: The Aborted Play Mission

16 April 2017 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Episode Potato

It was not easy to acquire enough free time to run an RPG session these days. So I was very elated to schedule the continuation of Time is the Hunter.

I cleared the coffee table in the living room. I set the map and grid mats. I had the dry erase marker ready for scribbling on the mat. I arranged the paper miniatures as per our cliffhanger ending the last time we played.

It would even be the first time we would use Ain's player character paper miniature on the table!

Then suddenly...

Everybody! Positions!

... I was unable to find the character sheet. Looked in vain for some time, high and low and between unspeakable strata of doom.

So the game session was cancelled and delayed for another time.

Sigh.

 

Tabletop Games Expo at UniMAP

15 April 2017 | Hisham | | Board and Card Games, Recent News, Role Playing Games
 

After almost two years in Perlis, there arose an opportunity to host a tabletop game exhibition here at the university. Gray and Ben both gamers I knew and interacted with online back in Kuala Lumpur were planning a KakiTabletop Northern Tour which would take them from KL to Taiping to Prai to Penang to Perlis and back down to Ipoh before returning to the Klang Valley.

We thought it would be great to hold a tabletop gaming exhibition to introduce tabletop games - boardgames, card games and role-playing games - to the students of this university and the local community. If you remember I even once ran Mini Six for one of my classes last semester as a speaking exercise.

Welcome to the PFI1 college

We were assigned Seminar Room 1 of Tunku Abdul Rahman Residential College.

After proposing the event to the Centre for International Languages, we had the green light to go ahead. With the help of colleagues, we scheduled the Tabletop Games Expo at UniMAP to be held last Friday.

First on the scene

Ain, Irfan and Faezan helped to organise the seminar room before the KakiTabletop crew arrived.

LibreOffice Impress

Meanwhile, I prepped the laptop, projector and the presentation slides.

Darren's ships

We also arrayed the exhibits on the table, like these Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game pieces.

High fantasy and espionage

Here are my complementary copies of BareBones Fantasy and Covert Ops, both RPGs published in a digest-format by DWD Studios.

Most of what I brung?

A range of RPG books and boardgames I brought. Not much, but regular blog readers might recognise a number of them.

 

Paperminis: Characters from my SWRPG Campaigns

28 March 2017 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Here are paper miniatures of characters created for my own various Star Wars RPG campaigns for your own use. There is space at their feet on one side of the paperminis to write their names on.

Time is the Hunter characters

L-R: Jax Hunt - human bounty hunter, Iris Helena - human amnesiac

Note: Iris Helena is based on Helena on Orphan Black.

Edged by the Empire characters

L-R: Giin Lawquane - human mercenary, Hondo Pash - human smuggler, Yuzy Pash - human kid, Numa - Twi'lek soldier

Note: Numa is the same Numa that appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and later (after her appearance in this campaign) popped up in Star Wars Rebels.

Modesty Blazing characters

L-R: John Tray'Essek - Trandoshan hired gun/marauder, Qillian Ryn - Trianii bounty hunter/assassin, VAX-11/750 - technician/slicer, Vendrik - Duros spy/infiltrator, Nora Romanova - human smuggler/scoundrel, Darter Kel - Zeltron explorer/scout

Note: VAX-11 body design is based on robots seen in the movie Elysium. Nora's clothes are based on costume from The Dirty Pair anime. All of Darter's weapons and gear are on him even if they are not visible.

Click here to download, print and assemble all of these character paperminis for free from Google Drive!

Please head on over to my Patreon site for more paper miniature downloads covering many genres. Lots of free PDFs for you to download, print and assemble!

 

Paperminis: KX-series Security Droids

26 March 2017 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Alan Tudyk made the role of K-2SO the reprogrammed Imperial security droid from Rogue One a memorable one. If you require paper miniatures of him or other KX-series droids for your Star Wars RPG campaign, download and assemble the one I made here.

They are all leaves upon the wind

Click here to download the free KX-series Imperial security droid PDF from Google Drive here.

Please check out my Patreon site for other non-Star Wars paper miniature downloads. Some free PDF sets are readily available too.

 

Paperminis: BB-series Astromech Droids

25 March 2017 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

BB-8 the spherical rolling astromech unit belonging to Poe Dameron is quite the popular droid. Finally I had gotten around to making paper miniatures of its type of droid for your Star Wars RPG campaign.

Ben Schwartz/Bill Hader voicework non included

Obviously the scale is wrong because a 20-30mm scale football sized figure would not be worth printing out and making into a papermini.

Click here to download the free PDF from Google Drive.

Please check out my Patreon site for more paper miniature downloads. Some free PDF sets are readily available too.

 

All Night's Black Agents Artwork on the Blog

28 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Nights Black Agents, Role Playing Games
 

The other RPG campaign I played in more-or-less regularly with the Gamers of Kuala Lumpur crew is Night's Black Agents where we played an group of international freelance agents with contacts with various countries' espionage network who were embroiled in a plot to take over the world. With dogs. Who might be sentient vampires. Also, an infectious hemovirus pathogen.

Here are all the drawings I made for various actual play reports I wrote for the campaign on this blog.

Abraham Von Helsing and Abraham Lincoln the ovcharkas

These were our pets and early warning system, the two Abrahams.

Half Kingdom is the band name

The team was knee deep in it at Eurovision 2013.

The pharmaceutical industry has gone to the dogs!

The logo for the pharmaceutical multinational up to no good.

Sami Härkönen hard at work

Sami Härkönen plays Street Fighter in a biker bar.

It should read "Concealed Sidearm".

Sami and Zlatan on undercover surveillance at Titan Park, Bucharest.

Inish Medical's R-Team Operatives

The Inish R-Team opposition team, with hemovirus-enhanced operatives.

Needs more onions and capsicum

Nikolai safely escorts Vin Cesarescu to where Sami and Zlatan are having some shish kebab for lunch.

He spent the whole battle dressed like this, by the way.

The Devil's Husband has an actual vampire for a wife.

Snicker snicker snicker!

The artist in question might not have been in his or her right mind, but in context this was true.

 

All Eclipse Phase Artwork on the Blog

25 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Eclipse Phase, Role Playing Games
 

Over the years I drew pictures for the actual play reports of Eclipse Phase that I played with the GOKL crew, I have never collected all the artwork in a single post... until now.

With the automatic rail rifle and diamond axe.

Hokusai Tarnungshaut my neo-octopus player character

Three employees of Fastball Express Inc.

Hokusai, Bishop-Six and Billy Cable Jr in spacesuits

The crew of the Fastball Special

The original Fastball Express crew during their pre-Venus days

From Garfield and Friends

The covert, tiny Sheldon morph

Venereal disease investigations!

Welcome to Parvati Aerostat on Venus

Clockwise from left - Hokusai, Mr. Snuggles, Gretchen Ambelina, Danai/Ina and Hokusai's Pulser

Montage as the team form Gamera Security on Venus

Borders book store is on your left, Guardian pharmacy is on your right

Main Street, Cloud Nine

Sneaky bastards

DANAI/Ina and Hokusai posing for a selfie while sneaking into Yamaha-Pacifica

He'll never get a leg up on things

The Janet morph

I heard you was dead

Hokusai in the Slitheroid morph

God forgive me for what I am about to do

Christoph de Beers of the Jovian Republic

Gamera of KL.

The Gamera Security (GamSec) logo

This neotenic does not see dead people. Causes death in people maybe...

Billy Cable piloting an ultralight

It's Willem Dafoe

Karamojo Bell even has a pith helmet vacsuit

Sit Ubu sit. Good dog. Woof.

The six-in-one Flexbot that shredded Karamojo Bell into a bloody smear, but it's okay. His cortical stack survived intact

A geisha banker

The Maiko Clarimonda in the Jorōgumo morph

BOOM! Headshot!

Bye, Maiko Clarimonda, but it's okay. She'll be reinstated from a backup with no memory of having her head blown off

Wandering Ina, Cable, Hokusai and Danai

The GamSec team descends to the Lucifer aerostat. Check out Danai in the little Sheldon morph beside Hokusai

Polar bear meatsuit!

The team finally meet Mr. Snuggles the ursomorph of the Teddy Bear Roadside Picnic Company

High pressure professionals

Hokusai and Danai are resleeved in q-morphs

Someone's gonna get lucky.

How is Thomas Bangalter alive on the surface of Venus without any pressure suit and speaking to the team in their mind?

A banner year

The campaign banner

So many other occurences that I did not during various earlier gmaing sessions before I started writing the play reports, such as...

  • Cable tumbling down Olympus Mons for two sessions -- at least
  • the team breaking Hokusai out of a sushi bar
  • driving with neo-chimpanzee trucker BJ the Bear
  • that time Bishop was sleeved in the neo-corvid morph (a.k.a the "chicken suit") for a reconnaissance mission at the 2309 Mr. Spock asteroid habitat in the Belt which turned into a one-man battle scenario while the others watched remotely from their ship
  • and that one time the team travelled to a protected section at the centre of Mars, discovered a Pandora Gate there and accidentally activated an alien device that gave the red planet a brand new magnetosphere.

Sadly, these happened before I began writing actual play reports in earnest here, so many a detail has been lost into dim memory, like tears in the acid rain. Good times, good times.

 

Luminous Shades of Blue

19 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
It's all blue

I haven't had the opportunity to draw and paint anything for myself in the last several months. Maybe longer.

It ends today with this speedpainting I cooked up between various work-to-be-done-before-Monday.