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Episode 5 – The Magician Upright

June 28, 2015 By: John Taber Category: Dark Waters Rising News, Games

Subject 86[ Author’s Note: This is the log for the 5th session. Instead of posting your standard log of everything that happened during the session I will post “Then” and “Now” sections that summarize the story. The players will need to recall the details as to how it unfolded. This means that the players will be responsible for remembering any loose ends that may come back to haunt them in a later Episode. ]

Then

New Orleans, USA – April 16th, 2015 – After I asked Father about going to school he explained that it would not be possible. I know I am tall and might scare some people but if they just get to know me then I’m sure they would like me! I am excited about going to the library tomorrow on my own. Father says I can just break in an borrow some books as long as I close up afterwards. He told me to find a book called Frankenstein but I think I might try Uglies instead.

New Orleans, USA – April 17th, 2015 – Coming back from the library I was surprised to see strange cars in the driveway. As I approached I heard gunfire then a crash! The lab! As I sat stunned deciding what I should do I heard a car horn. Behind me was Jordon and Garret in their black car. (Garret is handsome but such an ass. I’m not into “bad boys”. Jordan is nice but too old for me.) They pulled up and quickly told me to get into the car. I told them no then Garret explained that a group of hunters were in the house and that it was not safe. I tried to ask why they would be “hunting” in our house but Garret seemed nervous so I got into he car. I hope father is ok…

Now

New Orleans, USA – June 19th, 2015 – The trio of Moon Caretakers are introspective as they slowly pole their way back to camp with an empty boat. The calm swamp water belies the events will soon arise. Subject 86, or just “86” to her friends, wonders how the vampires will react with only 2 thralls ready this cycle. She puts it out of her mind when Mark yells out, “Look!” A plume of black smoke is coming from the commune! The trio quicken their pace as the wonder what they will find at their home.

As the boat reaches the makeshift dock 86 jumps out followed closely by Mark then Peter. They stop dead in their tracks when they run face first into an armed gunman. The young tattooed man with a rifle yells out, “Hold it right there! Hands up!” 86 slowly raises her hands as she watches the tarp that comprises their main sleeping area collapse is a blaze of orange flame. It is everything she can do to keep from crying. Peter stares at the tent he helped erect hoping that this is some type of nightmare that he will awake from.

After the tattooed man and 2 of his friend tie up Mark and Peter they move to the side of the camp where they can talk in private. 86 weighs her options realizing that action would likely hurt many of her friends. When her 3 captors come back from their discussion the tattooed man with the rifle leads the way. His rifle is on his back and one hand is behind his back. He circles behind 86 and stabs her in the neck. As blood fills her throat her friends look on in horror! She tries to ask the man why he is not happy with her but only a gurgle emerges. When her eyes close 86 regrets the fact that her Father will never know that she was able to carry on his life’s work…to bring life to the unliving…but at least her friends will be happy with her work…at least she would die with friends who love her…what more could a girl ask for…

The 2014 Lair Awards

May 21, 2015 By: John Taber Category: Anime Reviews, Fun Reads, Games, Media Interests, Product Reviews

Summary

[ This year the awards are a “bit” late. :) I got busy with my new campaign and blog posts have lapsed. I am hoping to get some reviews in soon. They are stockpiling! 😀 ]

Welcome to the fourth annual Lair Awards! It is again time to pick through the fumbles to uncover some critical hits. This year I will be adding a new category.

Here is how the 2014 Lair Awards will work. There will be five categories: Best Anime, Best Read, Best RPG, Best Board Game, and Best Session. To be eligible for an award the product must have been reviewed in the calendar year by me on the blog. There were a TON of great products released in 2014 but if I did not review them they don’t count. Also note that I often review products that are quite old. A product is eligible for an award if I reviewed it in 2014…period…it does not matter when the product was actually released. 😉

The envelopes please! 😀

Best Anime – No Winner!

This is sad. I did no anime reviews in 2014 at all. I watched several animated features but did not get a chance to review them on the blog. Of the animated series that I watched my favorite was Clone Wars. I watched all seasons and the Lost Missions (i.e. Season 6) with my boys. Great series.

Best Read – Batwoman Volume 1: Hydrology

Batwoman Volume 1I reviewed four exceptional graphic novels in 2014. Two earned 8 paws and two earned 9 paws. The two 9 paw products included Paraiah Missouri and Batwoman Volume 1: Hydrology. I would give the story nod to Pariah but the art nod to Batwoman. I chose Batwoman for the off the charts artwork. The broken panels, the coloring, and the stunning panorama views by J.H. Williams III are just breath taking. Go buy it. :)

Best Board Game – Memoir 44

Even though I only did one board game review in 2014 it was a great one. My 9 paw review of Memoir 44 on March 20, 2014 is the most thought out review I have ever done. After playing hundreds of session I had a lot to say but I wanted to say it in a condensed and considerate manner. I consider it one of my best reviews. If you don’t have Memoir 44 you should go buy it.

Best RPG – Hero Kids

Hero Kids CoverI read a lot of RPGs in 2014 but only reviewed around five products. Out of these products two stood out. I really thought the Trail Of Cthulhu Resource Book & Keeper’s Screen and Hero Kids were the standouts. I gave the nod to Hero Kids because of the enjoyment it has brought to me and my kids. Even now the boys beg to continue their Hero Kids adventures. Right now they are going through a kid friendly version of the Temple Of Elemental Evil and having a blast. I will have to write up some of the details from the run and post it to the blog. 😀 (Note that the Hero Kids article about our first session has also brought traffic and comments to my site which I appreciate. 😉 )

Best Session – Session #11 – Daring Tale #6 – The Palladium Peril

I played Daring Tales Of Adventure with my main RPG group in 2014. There were a TON of great sessions to pick but I went with Session #11. Session #11 had our illustrious heroes confronting a fencing master, performing a rescue on a train, and a cliffhanger at the Coliseum in Rome!

Please reply if you have any comments. :)

GAME ON! 😀

Episode 4 – The Sun Reversed

April 20, 2015 By: John Taber Category: Dark Waters Rising News, Games

Druj Nasu[ Author’s Note: This is the log for the 4th session. Instead of posting your standard log of everything that happened during the session I will post “Then” and “Now” sections that summarize the story. The players will need to remember the details as to how it unfolded. This means that the players will be responsible for remembering any loose ends that may come back to haunt them in a later Episode.

Starting with the 4th log I will be calling the sessions logs Episodes NOT Chapters. I realized that this campaign is really going for the TV show feel so I thought Episode sounded better than Chapter. ]

Then

Galliano, USA – November 1854 – Dem’ locals will pay for their crimes! The dark deal that I made with my voodoo mojo will ensure that I come back from the dead to regain the power that I so likely deserve. I will return! This darkness…it is lifting…my hands…what is wrong with my hands…my feet…no…the water…my reflection…my head! What terrible fate has befallen me!?! The swamp…the isolation…it will be my comfort…yes…the festering swamp…teeming with life…it will be my savior…my savior…

Now

Galliano, USA – April 17, 2015 – Isiah unfolded his chair just out of the morning sun and nodded towards his companion Otis, “Hey Otis. Whaddya think about those strange men that visited?” Otis sits down on the curb between the two pumps like he always does and hikes up his overalls. The thin black man replies in a careful tone that would appear thought out to folks who don’t understand the slow man, “They seemed right serious to me Isiah. Seemed like they was lookin’ for sumpin’…I would betcha they found it.” Tipping back his Shell baseball hat Isiah chuckles then replies, “I betcha they have too. Hopefully they don’t run into more than they can handle. Sometimes findin’ is a bit harder that lookin’.” Otis wipes his forehead and replies with a confused tone, “I’d think it depends on what you was tryin’ to find and if it wants to be found.” “Well spoken Otis,” chuckles Isiah.

Chapter 3 – Seven Of Cups Reversed

March 22, 2015 By: John Taber Category: Dark Waters Rising News, Games

Neferure[ Author’s Note: This is the log for the 3rd session. Instead of posting your standard log of everything that happened during the session I will post “Then” and “Now” sections that summarize the story. The players will need to remember the details as to how it unfolded. This means that the players will be responsible for remembering any loose ends that may come back to haunt them in a later Chapter. [Evil GM snicker.] ]

Then

Just South Of El Kur, Egypt – 1450 BC – Hefting her heavy pack the young woman tightens her shawl against the raging sandstorm. Slowly she walks through the barren windswept countryside inching ever closer to her destination. She thinks about her role as handmaiden and how it has come to such an terrible finale. The royal family respected her position and she must honor theirs with her actions. Tomb robbers will not destroy the two most powerful woman that she is likely ever to come to know and love. If Neferure’s prophecy is correct the queen and princess will rise again to reclaim their throne. She stumbles to her knees. Before standing she reaches for her skin of water only to find that it is dry. She must continue! Taking out a small statuette of a woman with a cat’s head she prays one last time to Bastet. Give her the strength to continue! Staring up into the sun tears fill her eyes. As she sinks into the sand a shadowy presence covers her body filling it with strength. If she can just make it to the burial chamber…

Now

New Orleans, USA – March 21, 2015 – Doctor Sophia Omari shakes her head in disgust as she surveys the damage to her precious artifacts. Whatever was not damaged by fire is destroyed by water from the automatic sprinklers that did their job a little too well. Even though Susan Taylor, the NOMA Director, keeps telling her that they have insurance she realizes that there is no way these items can be replaced. Of all the things that could happen a freak electrical accident was not something she expected. As despair fills her heart she remembers that at least the amulet is safe in the hotel vault. With a sigh she sits down on one of the nearby benches. She is startled when Gunter, the young man who was working at the souvenir stand the previous night, takes her hand and pulls her to her feet. Excitement fills his steps as he pulls her into the main museum chamber, “Doctor Omari look! Can you believe it!?! Your fancy queen mummy did not get destroyed!!! In fact it looks like it is pretty great shape. Wow…that is amazing!”

Chapter 2 – The Hanged Man Upright

February 23, 2015 By: John Taber Category: Dark Waters Rising News, Games

Doctor Krantz[ Author’s Note: This is the log for the 2nd session. Instead of posting your standard log of everything that happened during the session I will post “Then” and “Now” sections that summarize the story. The players will need to remember the details as to how it unfolded. This means that the players will be responsible for remembering any loose ends that may come back to haunt them in a later Chapter. [Evil GM snicker.] ]

Then

[ From the journal of Doctor Martin Blumenau (aka Doctor Heiko Krantz). Translated from German. ]

November 12, 1971 – Heidelberg Medical Academy, Germany – Professor Max Born was a genius but his experiments were not applied to a cause with lasting impact. If he would only have listened to me we all could be living without pain in an endless cycle of rebirth. Max suffered much in his last year. My mentor was wracked with acute arthritis and I could only watch him writhe in agonizing pain. Avoiding the suffering that many feel before passing…by cheating death itself…that is a noble goal worthy of Herr Born. By using principals Professor Born laid out in Atomic Physics plus the insights of John Dee in his analysis of the Voynich manuscript I have hit on the key. A serum that will grant eternal rebirth of dying tissue. The only thing that remains is experimentation and trials.

November 15, 1971 – Heidelberg Medical Academy, Germany – I’m on the verge of a breakthrough! Tonight I will become the master of dead flesh! I will be able to make it sit up and dance with me as the conductor! If only these dolts at the university would let me work in peace. Now is not the time to discuss ethics…it is a time of action!

Now

September 16, 2014 – New Orleans, USA –It has taken many years of work and much money but the trials are doing well. Subject 86 seems to be taking well to the changes I made in Lot 66. Like the others his brain is weakened so that he is susceptible to my commands but unlike the other subjects his own thoughts are clear and without confusion. He treats me like a father which although humbling will not be reciprocated. Having an able body to speak with does help break my doldrums.

The Mictlantecuhtli cup recently discovered in Mexico City could help with my research. If the legends are true it could extend the effectiveness of the serum. It is a longshot but worth the investment. I need to find some unsuspecting shill to perform the robbery under my guidance. Afterwards he can extinguished if he becomes a liability.

January 10, 2015 – New Orleans, USA – Working with the vampires has become a valuable, albeit dangerous, association. They get living subjects that are of no use to me and so far they are disposing of them without notice.