Two Female SWAG Thieves

26 February 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

No, not art thieves on the Star Wars Artists' Guild. Just drawing two Star Wars thieves as requested by their players for the RPG!

My first SWAG requests for the year.

Denma Hawat

Denma Hawat

requested by "hiei252".

Lorin Dall


Lorin Dall

requested by IJ Thompson.


Wandrella - With Stats!

24 February 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

From the first ever Star Wars original novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster, is the giant worm known as wandrella. It was visually defined by Chris Sprouse in the Dark Horse Comic adaptation mini-series. There is a link to the D6 stats below, and comparable (more or less) FFG stats are displayed beneath it.

Why would you not want your player characters face a giant slimy albino worm that couldburst out of the ground or a dark, dank cave during their adventures?

Look for wormsign!

67 Months

22 February 2014 | sila | | Family Pics

Another month! 67 months old!

Yaya the butterfly (note the antennae)

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Night's Black Agents: A Sunny Day in Pripyat

16 February 2014 | Hisham | | GOKL Actual Play, Nights Black Agents, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games

Previously in Bucharest, Nikolai Kaidanovsky, Sami Härkönen, Shiina "Misha" Mikado and Zlatan Kljujic were joined by the cleaner only known as Brendan. Their recent recruit, the French thief Marcel Clouseau was lost to the bite of thousands of vampire puppies and a well-placed thermobaric warhead near Lake Titan.

Nikolai, who was about to extract their ally Vienna "Vin" Cesarescu, suddenly found things at the Sunrise Hotel to be chaotic. Face to face with the lethal R-Team, Inish Medical's operatives sent to East Europe for a job, Vin's quick thinking saved Nikolai telling the others that he was a member of Julian Dragani's police cadre on their pay. But he found himself in a car fleeing the hotel with the driver Gregor, Faris Barrar, Mr. Chow and other members of Inish Medical's R-Team operatives.

The agents' tacnet still active, they began planning.

Misha and Brendan were to go directly to their teammate Jacob Novazembla (because their players were absent) who was with the Romani criminal cartel lord King Valentin, awaiting the retrieval of his love, Vin.

Sami and the visibly shaken Zlatan (at 0 Stability Points) still wearing their puce jogging suits and helmets drove their Lada Niva pacing the R-Team's vehicle as they headed away from city centre.

Bucharest Google Map

Jegergryte's Cartol's Emporium is Live

15 February 2014 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Audun "Jegergryte" Lovlie has released his fan-made Star Wars RPG supplement to Edge of the Empire. You might have seen the cover he requested for it in an earlier blog post here.

Entitled CARTOL’S EMPORIUM OF USEFUL THINGS: THE CATALOGUE OF SHINIES the pdf details the mobile shadowport known as Cartol's Emporium, where a nest of fringe characters dwell, as well as stats for various weapons and ships that the characters might need or encounter in their adventures.

Even the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels is in here!

Click here to check out the blog post with links to the file on Dropbox and Google Drive.


Barri - With Stats!

10 February 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Like the space slug, the barri is another beast that lives in vacuum. A barri breaks down asteroids using its acid secretions with its mouth and absorb its nutrients. It can also propel itself by expelling gaseous waste underneath its quadridactyl base. (Yes. It farts though space between asteroids.) Being semi-sapient, it can form telepathic bonds with spacers allowing them permission to hitch intersystem rides on the hull of starships. It can also bestow instinctive astrogation figures to their mind-bonded spacers, giving them faster, better routes through hyperspace.

The creature first appeared in West End Games's Creature of the Galaxy in 1994. Its write-up and D6 stats can be found at pages 12-14. I have converted them (more or less) to Fantasy Flight Games' Edge of the Empire RPG system here.

Because the central theme of Edge of the Empire is spacers making a living in the galaxy, the barri would be a good creature to encounter in asteroid fields or in a cometary fragment when the navicomputer of a players' ship is busted. What if the barri has its own agenda? What if the barri decides to jump to an accretion disc of a black hole.

No relation to the Brubb homeworld

A Return to Bread

08 February 2014 | sila | | Food

So it has been a very long time since I baked bread. My old toy's motor died in 2007 or early 2008 (after 3 years of weekly bread baking). Despite looking around for a handyman or an appliance repairer, we were unable to find one who would work on my poor mixer. Apparently, people no longer repair small appliances, they just go out and buy a new one! And then we were distracted by the arrival of a certain cantankerous addition to our home, and then another. So there was never any time to actually bake bread.

But now that the baby is two years old, and his sister is a toastivore, we decided it was time to go back to baking our own bread. And, since we couldn't get the old mixer fixed (I am still sad about that), we got a replacement for it.

Unpacking the box together

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Teluk Senangin Picnic

05 February 2014 | Hisham | | Family Pics

During the trip back to Sitiawan, Atok and Opah thought it would be great for us to have a picnic at Teluk Senangin, a public beach accessible from the Sitiawan-Pantai Remis road. Because it was Chinese New Year, it would not be wise to have a picnic at Teluk Batik. In fact I don't believe we have ever been to Teluk Batik during major holiday periods.

There were many other visitors to the beach. But it was not packed. There was probably more visitors than usual because it was Chinese New Year and there was litter everywhere. The location did remind me of Teluk Batik before I left Sitiawan.  

Here are some photos from our excursion to the beach. 

Ain and Irfan

Atok and Opah
Irfan tries submerging
Opah views the cars coming in to the beach
Maybe someday we'll return with tents
Gonna go lie down for a bit brb afk lol

Rafe's 25 Month Birthday

02 February 2014 | sila | | Family Pics

The boy is twenty-five months old now!

Happy Adik!

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