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30
Apr

Nero LARP Event – Day 3

   Posted by: Jon    in Gaming, LARP

I awoke to the sounds of the busy tavern nearby, full of people eating breakfast. I got into garb and joined them. My phone had died from blogging the night before, so I had no ideal what time it actually was, but it felt around 7:30am. After doing a quick charge on my phone, I walked over to the tavern to find Cheese Burgers were on the menu for breakfast. It was good too, was getting a bit tired of hot dogs at that point. Before I was even done eating more than half the tavern left to continue fighting in the sewers where we had left off the day before. I took my time and finished up my burger and then caught up with the rest of the party who were now in combat with the dreaded Brood. Nasty insect like creatures who spit acid and attacked for acid damage. It was said that if they made a good hit on someone they could inject you with a vile substance causing a swam hive to feed upon you from the inside out. Eventually, the baby broods inside would pop out of the host killing them, spawning new brood in the process. It was during this time I took a quick out-of-game break to snap off a few photos for the event and one short video, capturing a round of combat.

 After what seemed like forever, eventually we got to the Brood Queen and slew her and her black guard. Doing so ended that quest, never quite sure what happened to “Meb” but he was there with us I believe in our final battle with the Brood. Still looking for a fight myself and the Templar I had met the day earlier decided to set off together in search of encounters and treasure. We came across a few encounters, hill trolls that still wanted us off their land, a band of goblins, which we slew, and finally an interesting mix of green creatures (goblins, an orc, and maybe a troll?) who were playing some form of football with the body of a dead animal. The Templar and I stood there bewilder at what we were seeing. It appeared they had not even noticed us and continued to play their game. Eventually, they got bored and looked up to see us standing there in the forest clearing, not sure what to do next. The group of monsters came over to us to parley and introduced themselves as the “Animal Cruelty Society”. They asked if we knew where any big animals where. We stood there wandering if we should fight or answer them. Eventually, I attempted to throw them off by pointing to a nearby hill and telling them I just saw a huge bear go over it, however, they either did not fall for it or were just confused because they couldn’t see the bear with their own eyes. The crazy Templar then suggested he knew of a nobleman in town who owned a poodle dog. This excited the greens and they just walked right pass us to go and attack the town in search of the dog. We quietly left the chaos of the town behind us and went in search of more treasure. We eventually happened upon a spell component and a slightly valuable ring treasure, later identified as being worth 1 gold coin.

After town combat was over we ventured back into town to collect our share of the sewer adventure coin and to sell the component we had found to a shop keeper. I also bought an extra shield, just in case my own ever breaks from a rat headed shop keeper who spoke only with nods and his hands. Next, while at the Plot camp, I was asked to NPC for an encounter. This was actually the first time I had even NPC’ed a monster so I agreed. I laid down my own shield and weapons and found a big great sword in the cache of weapons. I put on a white tabard and got instructions that I was an undead warrior left off from the previous night that the townsfolk and adventurers had not found. I made my way over to the starting point with the sword head over my head to mean I was not actually walking around in-game. Once there we called ourselves into action and began attacking the two players the encounter was setup for. I walked slowly towards them not making a sound and hold the sword out in front of me. All the NPCs were hit with packets of some sort which allowed the players to do more damage to us. I was the last undead to fall, was checked for loot and had none to give. Slain, I once again held the sword over head and made my way back to Plot game to retrieve my own weapon and shield.

With the noon deadline for tent breakdown soon approaching, I decided to end my gaming there and to pick it back up at another later event. I got changed into my mundane clothes, packed up everything and broke my tent down. With everything packed inside my truck and ready to go, I went to the Plot camp to do what is called “Checking Out” of the game. I discovered I had leveled my character up to 4th level and said my goodbyes to most the people I had met. As I left the event, fighting and adventure were still going on around me. The tavern was still there, a few tents where still up, and players were defeating monsters and collecting gold. Had it not be so hot and I was not expected home, I would have liked to stay longer and continue my gaming in NERO, but for this event the time had finally come to leave that for the next adventure.

All in all, I had a really great time and only wished I known the rules better. After going to the event and then checking in the rulebook the next day when I got home, things made a lot more sense to me. As a recommendation to a first time, I’d say just go to an event and ask others to help you, indicating you know nothing but are interested in the game. You can even play for free as an NPC at this chapter in Phoenix and that will give you all the items you need for the game as well as experience of what to expect. If you prefer to start like I did as a player character, then you’ll at least want to read the rules on creating a character and have your character sheet in hand at the event and ready. Registering your character before hand at the (nerodb.com) NERO database is also a good idea to help streamline things. The only thing that could of made this better was for there to be more people, so if you’re in the Phoenix or Vegas area and reading this, and you’re not already a member, you should come out to an event and join us. The more people the better the events get!

Below are a few helpful links to get you started on your path to gaming in NERO:

Official NERO website – http://nerolarp.com

NERO LARP Rule Book 9th Edition (free downloadable) – http://nerolarp.com/download.php

NERO Phoenix Chapter on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/119777521371573/

NERO Phoenix Chapter website – http://nerophoenix.com/index.htm

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30
Apr

Nero LARP Event – Day 2

   Posted by: Jon    in Gaming, LARP

I awoke about 5:30am the next day to find no one else had yet joined us. No matter, it made the earlier night’s experience more like camping and easier to get into things as I had not been camping like that in over 10 years. Needing more ice and before anyone else had woken up around 6:30am I went to get ice a few miles away at Fry’s grocery store. In my mundane clothing I grab a protein drink, a few fresh pastries, and a bag of ice for the cooler. Once back to camp, I filled my two coolers with ice and enjoyed breakfast at a nearby picnic table next to my tent. Others began to stir and the camp once again came to life.

Eventually, a large white van showed up and Michael Hatch (the chap who runs the NERO Phoenix chapter) showed up with his family and crew to get things started. After they unpacked and greeted everyone it was time for sign-in. Character sheet, which I had brought from a previous game 6 years earlier, were reviewed and needed updates were made. Plot camp, the place where the people running the game sit away from others and NPC hang out was established and setup. This was also when I was given any starter coin and tags for the physical items I had brought to the game. No in-game item exists without a written tag.

I wasn’t aware the game had yet started, but others soon got into character and garb and I meet a crazy mad man who was a Templar. I being a fighter who likes to play music broke out my drum and Irish flute in the tavern and began to practice and play. Eventually, the Templar came over next to me in the tavern and took over drumming as I played my flute. It lighten the mood a bit and made it feel a bit more medieval. After some time of playing 2 more vehicles showed up and it was announced that the Vegas NERO Chapter had arrived. Soon the numbers of the event more than doubled and it started to feel like more like an event. More tents were erected around the tavern and the Templar and I continued to hone out skills at forming a small two man band. As we played NPC (monsters) started coming out and into the town (basically where the tavern was established). I took a break from playing to help slay a few monsters, then when all was finished, I went back to playing. After awhile more monsters attacked the town as we sat playing music in the tavern, a Knight yelled out to us to play music for the battle as so we pick up the pace a bit and played a battle tune. Quickly, the monsters where defeated, the knight walked over to tip the Templar and I a gold coin that had been placed in front of us for such purposes. Our first in-game coin from playing had been made! Huzzah!

We played a few more tunes and then I noticed other out on the outskirts of the town searching for items. When they returned to town I inquired what it was they were doing, “Seeking Treasure and Adventure”, I was told. To help show me how it was down I went out with a cat faced Healer, in-game these cat like humanoids are called Sarrs. She was nice and showed me what to look for. Small plastic single colored plastic eggs had been hidden throughout the gaming area. Inside were small slivers of paper that indicated what you had found. Sometimes it would be an encounter, later to be acted out my real NPCs and the people who found it. Other times it could be a component used for making potions and spells or best of all treasure. On this outing we found a few items I of course found an encounter in my first egg. The healer instructed that we should go to the Plot tent and turn in what we had found. She had found treasure and components, while I the encounter. We were asked to return to the location we had found the encounter and wait. Eventually, two NPCs showed up with weapons over their heads, to indicate they were not yet in place (out of game). As they passed us they described what we saw. Two large green skinned Hill Trolls. When they came into game, they began stomping on the hill and yell for us to leave and to get off their hill. Not really looking for a fight and as they seemed to be able to out match us, we said OK and left. That was it for the encounter. I learned not every encounter was a combat situation where you had to fight. Alone, I continued to look elsewhere for treasure, but found none. On my way back, up from the ground came a giant scorpion and it attacked me with both claws and a stinger. I was able to outrun it and went to my campsite to put down some items I had found. The scorpion charged into town after me. I began attacking with my longsword and shield for defense. Eventually, others in the tavern heard the sound of combat and came to join in the fight. With help we quickly destroyed the giant scorpion and all was safe again, at least for awhile.

After adventuring and fighting, I went to the tavern to get a bowl of Shrimp Soup. As I sat enjoying my soup in the tavern, another healer or magic guy came into the tavern to heal the Templar I had played with other of his craziness and to remove some strange markings upon his face. The wisecracking healer began a long drawn out ceremony to first find the cause of the Templar’s madness. Once that was done, the Templar asked me to hold all his possession, and I being of honorable intentions, did so without trying to steal all his stuff. A spell was then casts that removed all magic from his being both internally and externally. The markings upon his face remained and it was eventually determined that he just had paint upon his paint and was just an idiot after all.

Goblins came to town looking for trouble. A local merchant named “Meb” instead got them to barter all their goods for cheap. The merchant gave them 6 gold for all their cure mortal wounds plus other stuff. After the goblins had left town the merchant informed some newly arrived adventurers walking into town that if they wanted to make a quick 6 gold coins, there were some goblins that had just left town and pointed in the direction they left. I sat there in the tavern watching events unfold before me. Eventually, the trickster merchant “Meb” hired the entire tavern to go and slay some hell hound like dogs and to collect their hearts. Everyone agreed and a large band of roaming adventurers left town, I along with them. The trail lead to an underground sewer complex. We quickly found the hounds were had come for, slayed them and got the components we had come for. However, instead of turning back, the merchant convinced everyone to continue on. He stayed with us for a bit, but soon disappear in between encounters. The party chose to continue to look for him. Deeper into the sewers we went. The party of about 10 adventurers next encountered a hive of Fire Ants. It took awhile and we fought a large onslaught of ants, but finally managed to find the queen any and destroy her. Still looking for “Meb”, we came across next a giant silver and stone golem and some huge unknown undead being that no one had seen before. Cautiously, we fought a hard battle with a few of our party going down, but not for long as he had a few healers on hand. After a long fought battle and quite a lot of magic use, we defeated all 3 monsters. Having survived that battle we chose to continue onward deeper in the sewers, but prepared for bigger and harder monsters ahead. Eventually, the sewers ended in a Goblin Den of unending goblin spawns. The party killed at least 50 if not more goblins before the stopped coming. With most of our resources expended and no sign of “Meb”, we returned back to the surface to the tavern in town. Above ground nightfall had descended upon the land and a campfire could be seen from town, beckoning those with coin to the fire. This night hot dogs were on the menu in the tavern and all enjoyed a quick meal. One problem with the sun setting is that the undead began to rise up out of the ground.

While most of the others left town to vanquish the undead I took a rest from the game. By wearing a headband that indicated I was out-of-game and just enjoyed sitting and talking to others around the campfire. As the battles raged on into the night lit only by the moonlight, I went to my tent to sleep. This night I would make sure to get more rest as I had quite the full day of my 2nd NERO event.

 

 

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28
Apr

Nero LARP Event – Day 1

   Posted by: Jon    in Gaming, LARP

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I arrived alone tonight for my first actual LARP weekend event. I had done a single day Nero Larp a few years ago, but never anything like this. Upon arrival I meet a nice lad who called himself Jon, same as me. His family was here and his wife introduced herself next.

As the sun was quickly setting, I immediately began to pitch my tent for the first time. I had tried an unsuccessful attempt before in the backyard without using stakes. This 3 room tent requires stakes. With a little help from Jon, I was able to get it up in no time. Next was to load up all my gear into the tent and get my air mattress inflated. It was nightfall by the time I was able to get the tent top on. Next, I searched for some wood in order to carve myself a pitch stick for roasting hot dogs. I found a suitable pair of sticks and used some twine I had brought to bind them together. While doing this in my camp, one of the others invited me over to the campfire that had been built. I thanked her and grabbed hot dogs, mustard, and buns. A bit thirsty, I also grabbed a water bottle.

Under the night sky as I chatted with this new family at the NERO event I roasted my food over a campfire pit. Something I haven’t done in many years. I chatted with the family as their kids ran around, enjoying the company and finding out more about the Larp.

As it turns out for the first night of the Larp, tonight was mostly for setting up tent in preparation for tomorrow’s event. Nothing much happens this night. With no one else showing up, I retired to my huge tent and made sure to have my medieval garb out and hung ready for tomorrow, when I shall become another person. A fighter in the game Nero who goes by the name “Ox Gildenhide”.

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14
Jan

digiLARP – It Begins!

   Posted by: Jon    in Dungeons & Dragons, Gaming

http://www.digiLARP.com

This may not seem like much now, but bookmark this site. Watch and wait for something amazing to happen in the coming months/years.

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The Adventure Continues. The group of adventurers after many days below the earth in a dark dank dungeon, enjoy the setting sun on their way back to town.

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Random Dungeon Room #3. One in a series of random dungeon rooms. Places you’d expect to see in any respectable Dungeons & Dragons dungeon game.

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30 years later and I finally got to play this game, Hazzah! Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know this game existed. It was a portable handheld electronic game released by Mattel in 1981. I checked everywhere and this was one of the few ones currently being sold. The box was is bad condition, however, the game inside was in near mint condition and had never been played. Something I intended to correct. After pulling the plastic tab out from behind on the battery case, as I suspected it did not start up. So I searched for a screw driver small enough to open up the dual battery compartment on the back. Inside I found two original L44 watch batteries from Japan, one has leaked a little, but with a little rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip, it cleaned up nicely and no damage was done to the game thankfully.

Wanting to play this game, I quested to Walgreen’s down the road. Problem there is they don’t sell A76 or L44 type batteries anymore. Lucky for me, I finally found a package of watch batteries, which listed the L44 and A76 on the back and got 3 of them in a package. With this in hand I made the short trip back home and plugged two batteries in. After replacing the cover and screw, I flipped it over to my happiness of seeing the game still worked! I quickly reviewed the rules in the instruction booklet that came with it and got the game play down.

As my little guy searched throughout the dungeon for the magical arrow, which is used to pierce the heart of the dragon, I continued to fall into pits. The game is setup on a grid. The photo above of my game shows the starting screen of the game in dungeon room A0. It goes A0 ~ A9 to J0 ~ J9, the map also loops back to the other side of the back if so it is seamless. I was playing on level 1 and after about 8 deaths, learned that I started out with 1 grapple hook for climbing out of pits. Once you fall into a pit you looks the grapple hook, but it is randomly placed elsewhere in the dungeon, as are all items when used.  I eventually learned to find where the dragon was, as you are given a warning with a blinking icon when there is a pit, bat, grapple hook, or magic arrow in one of the 4 adjacent rooms from the one you are currently in. I was really surprised how captured I become by this old school game from the 80s, as I plotted my way through the dungeon, trying to find the arrow and dragon, without falling into a pit. At one point the damn bat picked me up as he does if you enter a room with him in it and dropped me to my death in a pit.

After many more tries, I eventually played a game where I managed to avoid the pits, get the grapple hook back that I used after falling into a pit, found the dragon first and then the magical arrow. After that it was just a simple matter of back tracking where I had come to slay the dragon. Although a bit blurry, the pic below is what it looks like after you beat the game and slay the dragon.

It took me 30 years, but I discovered and slayed the dragon!

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23
Oct

Minecraft & Writing

   Posted by: Jon    in Gaming, Novels, PC Gaming, Writing

From high upon the stone tower, I stand to view from a safe vantage point, the monsters down below. Minecraft, although a blocky game that resembles playing with Legos, is actually a very addicting and fun indie game. I only very recently found out about this game from a co-worker. Currently, while playing the Alpha version in single player mode, I’ve managed to dig some deep caves and block up some monster dungeons. My latest feat was to build a tall stone tower with the only entry point being from the cave below the hill that it sat upon. From the start, I found the closest hill and started digging a cave to protect myself from the monsters that come out at night. Thankfully, this plan worked great and I was able to explore the game below the surface at a slower pace than running around trying to survive the night. Interesting enough, what I thought would be a time waster for NaNoWriMo has actually turned out to be an awesome discovery. Because of the digging nature of the game, it has opened up a whole new world of dungeon design in 3D for me. It also provides a platform as to why a dungeon would be designed in a certain way. Although I will need to limit my time on Minecraft to just a few hours in November, I can already see this game as being a huge asset, just so long as it doesn’t take over from the writing. I’ve been quarrying up cobblestone in the game lately to build myself a castle overlooking the nearby oceans. But before I can do that I need to expand the land from which it will sit and build a temporary fort for protection from the creature of the night.

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