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Castle Whiterock—Chapter 12: Return to the Ruins

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Emmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad.
The party sets out for Castle Whiterock along with their previous hirelings, Lissa the halfling groom and Gryffidd the mercenary leader. When they arrive at the gatehouse, they find the heavy ironwood gates closed, when they remember leaving them open last they were here. Emmeline casts reduce person on Imra, and the elf sneaks inside.

Checking the stables, Imra finds signs that someone had searched the building. Further into the courtyard, she sees that the tents left behind by the vanquished slavers had been disturbed: two had been taken down purposefully, but two more had been knocked down violently. With the reduce spell nearly at an end, Imra returns to the group. The party retreats out of the r…

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 11: Icy Interlude

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. I'm On a Boat The party signs on as guards with a river boat captained by a salty silver-haird elf named Framblin. With one final day in Galaron, Imra goes to the royal treasury and registers the group in the tax rolls, making sure their adventuring profits are fully legal. There is some discussion of what the party's official name should be, but no decision is reached yet.

Meanwhile, Melanie visits the Solethite monastery to say goodbye to her new friend Ella. The monk presents her with a red ribbon choker to remember her training by.

Framblin's boat is loaded with dry goods and a few dozen oarsmen. Other than the captain, who carries an impressive sword, the party are the only ones aboa…

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 10: Summer in the City

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. It's Just Business Over the next week, Imra asks around about the three merchants she needs to remove from the gem trade with Far Cirque. She discovers that one has recently died after a long and distinguished life. She  visits his home to pay her respects and learns that his children are likely to sell his trade charter. She passes this information on to the family to follow up on.
With help from Emmeline and Frevia, Imra puts together a business proposal for the other merchants. The second merchant is impressed by the presentation and offers to cut the Shadowmantle family in on the business if they can help him smuggle gems out of Morraine under the crown's nose. Imra is pretty sure she can…

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 9: The Road to Galaron

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. Setting Out The party decides to travel to Galaron by escorting a Shadowmantle family caravan. Luckily, a shipment of dwarven textiles is scheduled to leave the next morning. Before setting out, Melanie buys a pair of very fine fountain pens. She gives one to her father as an early birthday present, and the other she gives to Emmeline.
Lord Shadowmantle calls Imra into his office. He tells her that the family has begun negotiations with the gnomes of Far Cirque for their gems, but the town has existing contracts with three merchants in Galaron. He gives Imra a list of names and hints that it would be good for the family if someone convinced these people to break their ties with the gnomes. Imra isn&#…

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 8: The Pits

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. with Gryffydd, human mercenary (hireling) Trapmaker, Trapmaker, Make Me a Trap The party explores the ruins of Shadowmantle Manor to get a better look at their possible new home. Frevia and Roberta begin a circuit of the perimeter to make sure nothing attacks the group from the woods.
Crossing the stream from the main guard tower to open area in the northeast, Melanie narrowly avoids falling into a concealed pit trap. That open area may have once been stables, but until recently, it was home to the goblin druid's wolf companion, who lived in a hollow in the stone filled with bones and rotting meat. Emmeline used a prestidigitation cantrip to clean the hovel out.
As they pass through a hole in the …

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 7: Journey to Shadowmantle Manor

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. with Gryffydd, human mercenary (hireling) The Taxman Cometh The party returned to Cillamar late on August 2nd. When she got home, Melanie learned that her father wished to speak with her. In his office, Elric Shadowmantle told her that her party's adventures (and the accompanying wealth they've brought back from the ruins) has attracted the crown's attention, and a tax collector is coming to make a preliminary assessment for the tax rolls. 
Elric does not want an agent of the crown poking around the family's business dealings in Cillamar, so he suggests that Melanie and her companions travel south to the old Shadowmantle Manor, which was abandoned 200 years ago after a great fire. They…

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 6: Assault Under the Tower

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. Ambush! Halfway through her watch patrol, Melanie heard the sound of several humanoids sneaking up on the tents in which her party slept. Calling out a loud greeting, she approached and saw a pair of orcs with crossbows loaded. The orcs fired on the fighter and then closed into melee with her. Meanwhile, two more orcs appeared from behind a tent and fired on her as well.

Frevia and Imra awoke to the sounds of battle, but Emmeline remained asleep for a bit longer. Together, Melanie, Imra, and Frevia dispatched three orcs. The fourth, gravely wounded, tried to run. At that moment, though, a bleary-eyed Emmeline stumbled out of her tent and cast daze on him. Melanie then calmly walked up and cut him dow…

My Own Two Hands: Part 23

I rescue a resident of Sanctuary Hills from the Federal Ration Stockpile. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 23, 2018 at 08:00PM

Core Mechanics #21 - Lady Blackbird

I cover basically the entire system of John Harper's Lady Blackbird. You can check the game out for yourself at http://ift.tt/1mAeQLz. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 22, 2018 at 08:00PM

Say Goodnight, Gracie | SR 7

I wrap up my Slime Rancher run by getting my slimes settled in their new habitats. ;If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko
February 20, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 22

Confidence Man, or How Travis Got His Groove Back. (Spoiler: he had to shoot a bunch of dudes in the face.) If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 19, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 21

I clear raiders out of Hardware Town, bring back some civic pride to Diamond City, and make baseball history. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 16, 2018 at 08:00PM

Expansion & Explosions | Slime Rancher: Part 6

I expand my ranch and put my pink and tabby slimes out to pasture. I head out to the Moss Blanket to harvest more dangerous stock. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 15, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 20

I encounter Ada, the sole robotic survivor of a party of scavengers, and she teaches me to make robots of my own. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 14, 2018 at 08:00PM

What About BOb? | Slime Rancher: Part 5

I meet a very mysterious rancher on the Exchange. Guy just wants chickens. What could be the harm? If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 13, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 19

I clear out the Weston Water Treatment Plant and earn the loyalty of the robots of Graygarden. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 12, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 18

I clear out the National Guard base and deal with a surprise infestation of radscorpions at Sanctuary Hills. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 9, 2018 at 08:00PM

Enter Mochi Miles | Slime Rancher: Part 4

I make a deal with billionaire heiress and total douchecanoe Mochi Miles. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 8, 2018 at 08:00PM

Core Mechanics #20 - Vortex System

I go over the core mechanics of the Vortex System, which powers several games including the Doctor Who RPG from Cubicle 7. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 8, 2018 at 06:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 17

I clean up the neighborhood, fighting off bugs, Gunners, raiders, and super mutants from around my settlements. I also explore the rarely visited corner of the map behind Vault 111. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 7, 2018 at 08:00PM

Anything To Make a Deal | Slime Rancher: Part 3

It's a race against time as I try to get the last pogofruit I need to close a deal on the exchange... If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 6, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 16

I set out for County Crossing and discover some of the Commonwealth's secrets—and perils—along the way. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 5, 2018 at 08:00PM

Castle Whiterock—Chapter 5: Welcome to the Dungeon

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard, with Jonathan, cat familiar.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion.Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter, with Angelina, recovered toad. Hiring on Hands Frevia returned from her communion to find her friends were still on the road. They arrived back in Cillamar the next day with tales of their journey to Far Cirque and their encounter with Sir Karill. The servants informed Melanie and Imra that a number of individuals had left calling cards offering various services, as word had gotten around that the party was exploring Castle Whiterock and returning with treasure.

Over the next few days, the party conducted business including:
Emmeline spent 24 hours conducting a ritual to summon a familiar, a cat she believes to be her brother Jonathan.Melanie borrowed Jonathan and took him to the armorer refitting her new suit of plate. After some …

My Own Two Hands: Part 15

I perform some settlement maintenance, make an ill-advised, aborted raid on the Weston water treatment plant, and convince Mama Murphy to get clean. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 2, 2018 at 08:00PM

Good Fences Make Good Ranches | Slime Rancher: Part 2

I discover the importance of high walls on slime corrals. My chicken population takes a dive from the twin threats of escaped pink slimes and corralled tabby slimes. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
February 1, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 14

I rescue Nick Valentine from Skinny Malone's gang and learn that I really need to stock up on food. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
January 31, 2018 at 08:00PM

A New Start on a New World | Slime Rancher: Part 1

A new day dawns on the Far, Far Range as I set out to become a Slime Rancher extraordinaire. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
January 30, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 13

I fight a surprising number of dogs and clear out the Boston Public Library on my way to rescue Nick Valentine. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
January 29, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 12

I set Solomon up with the good stuff and then build my very second gun. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
January 26, 2018 at 08:00PM

Core Mechanics #19: Eclipse Phase

I explain the core mechanics of Eclipse Phase, published by Posthuman Studios. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
January 25, 2018 at 08:00PM

My Own Two Hands: Part 11

I do a bunch of clean-up and take care of a pest problem at the drive-in. If you like this or any of my videos, you can help support them by becoming a patron on Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg. If you just want to throw me a one-time donation, you can hit me up at http://ift.tt/2FQmjT4 or paypal.me/PaulStefko.
January 24, 2018 at 08:00PM

Critical Role Reaction: Investigation (Campaign 2, Episode 2)

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My Own Two Hands: Part 10

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The (Very Early) Breakfast Club (Campaign 2, Episode 2)

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Liwei, the Southern Wind (Dungeon Fantasy Barbarian)

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250 points ST 17 [70]; DX 13 [60]; IQ 10 [0]; HT 13 [30].
Damage 2d-1/3d+1; BL 58 lbs.; HP 22 [10]; Will 10 [0]; Per 12 [10]; FP 13 [0].
Basic Speed 6.00 [‑10]; Basic Move 6 [0]. Dodge 10; Parry 13 (great axe).
Advantages Combat Reflexes [15]; Fit [5]; High Pain Threshold [10]; Outdoorsman 2 [20]; Signature Gear (great axe) [1]; Striking ST 2 [10]; Tough Skin 3 [9]; Weapon Bond [1].
Disadvantages Berserk (12) [‑10]; Easy to Read [‑10]; Overconfidence (12) [‑5]; Sense of Duty (Adventuring Companions) [‑5]; Social Stigma (Minority Group) [‑10].
Quirks: Oddly soft, high voice. [-1]
Skills Brawling-13 [1]; Camouflage‑12† [1]; Carousing-13 [1]; Climbing-12 [1]; Disguise (Animals)‑12† [2]; Fishing-14† [1]; Hiking-12 [1]; Intimidation-10 [2]; Lifting-12 [1]; Mimicry (Animal Sounds)-10† [1]; Naturalist‑10† [1]; Navigation‑12† [2]; Observation-11 [1]; Running-12 [1]; Stealth-13 [2]; Survival (Desert)‑13† [1]; Swimming-13 [1]; Throwing-14 [4]; Tracking-13† [1]; Two-Handed Axe/Mace-18 [20]; Weather…

My Own Two Hands: Part 8

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The Brute (a super-villain for Fate Core)

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Real Name: Edwin Brutus Dane

Edwin Brutus Dane was serving 20 years for armed robbery when his metahuman abilities manifested. He tore out of the prison, killing three people in the process, and he's been working as hired muscle for one criminal outfit or another ever since.

Since his manifestation, he's been stuck in the form of an 8-foot-tall purple monster, so there's really no chance for him to lead a normal life. The anger and poor impulse control that sent him to prison in the first place is seemingly magnified by his present condition. The money helps, but only for a little while.
AspectsHigh Concept: Villain For Hire
Trouble: Sticks Out Like a Purple Thumb
Other: Smarter Than He Looks
SkillsSuperb (+5): Physique
Great (+4): Fight, Will
Good (+3): Athletics, Provoke, Shoot
PowersSuper-Dense Physiology: Dane's muscles and other tissue are incredibly dense, granting tremendous strength and durability. The Brute gains +2 to Physique in all situations that require pure st…

My Own Two Hands: Part 7

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Critical Role Recap: New Campaign, New Characters

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What Am I Playing/Running? 2018 Edition

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Last year at this time, I wrote a post listing the games I was playing and running at the time. I thought it would be neat to do another and see how (or if) my gaming has changed.
D&D 5e This game still makes up the bulk of my regular schedule, and in fact, the same campaigns from last year are all still ongoing. As a reminder:
Weekly, I'm running a group through Storm King's Thunder at my friendly gaming lounge. In the last year, they've completed the bulk of the adventure's middle, and I'm hoping to get them through to the climax in the next couple months. I'm also planning to take the same characters into Tomb of Annihilation to keep the campaign going and close out somewhere in the high levels.On alternate Mondays, my Forgotten Realms game continues. The party now has a stronghold outside Shadowdale and are currently visiting Waterdeep on their search for the artifacts of Shar.I'm still playing a half-orc barbarian in my friend's Monday game set …

My Own Two Hands: Part 4

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Castle Whiterock—Chapter 4: Trek to Far Town

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CharactersEmmeline Forthwrought, eccentric human wizard.Frevia Arden, self-sufficient human druid, with Roberta, snake animal companion. (Absent)Imra Shadowmantle, disciplined elven rogue.Melanie Shadowmantle, aristocratic human fighter. A Friendly Request  The morning after Melanie's vigil to awaken Treeheart, she met Frevia leaving the estate with Roberta. The druid informed her that she needed a few days alone to perform observances, as she hadn't had time to commune with nature she the group had started adventuring. She said she'd be back in no more than a week, and Melanie wished her luck.

As Emmeline and Imra were returning with their morning coffee, servants announced guests waiting for them. The three went to the sitting room and found Findle and Kat Glimer, the gnome siblings they'd rescued from the slavers in Castle Whiterock. The two gnomes wanted to go home to the mining town of Far Cirque, but no caravans go that way and the road is dangerous. Melanie qu…

My Own Two Hands: Part 3

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My Own Two Hands: Part 1

I begin a run of Fallout 4 with a particular set of restrictions: I can only use items I craft myself, and I can't take companions unless the game makes me. If you like this or any of my other videos, consider supporting me at Patreon: http://ift.tt/2vLk4hg


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