Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gen Con 2008: AGOT-01 - 8/15/08

My plans to run the game both Wed and Fri kinda got ruined when we arrived to Indy close to 9PM. One of the guys who showed up for my Friday night game had a ticket for the Wed night game - I apologized profusely, and fortunately, another player had an extra ticket which was given to him. I was able to accomodate an additional player as well - making the party 7 characters. The player adapted Elick to be another bastard born child of the Umber family. Always pays off to have multiple copies of the character sheets.

The game went well and I could not have asked for a better group on the maiden voyage. I will not go into too many details of the adventure - I will post that elsewhere so as not to post any spoilers, but the recomendations from the players regarding the game have been heard and applied.

1. "Yori is too powerful, the entire party could have held back and let him handle all the combat" - yup, I see that and have made some alterations to the character.

2. "Jaery needs some bonuses to her damage" - yup, she has also been updated and she is now set-up to eventually get the 'specialization' feat which will make her an even more effective fighter. I took away some of her defense feats as she is the most armored character in the party and with the armor compatability special ability, she should be able to depend on it.

3. "Baelin needs to have a ranged attack" - yup again, Baelin was pretty much forced to the side when combat occured. Instead of helping him with feats to improve his defense, it can be assumed that he will not be able to stand up to any 'fighter' regardless. I transfered his feats to allow him to use a light crossbow and be more of a support character in combat, beyond his healing.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Campaign Background

The campaign starts from Last Hearth. Located south of the wall and just east of the King's road, it is the northernmost and last major city of the North. The Umber family rules Last Hearth and are stong supporters and bannermen of House Stark. Winterfell is the seat of House Stark, located well to the south and west of Last Hearth along the King's road.

The Wall is a giant wall constructed of ice and magic that denotes the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms. It is seven hundred feet high and wide enough for a dozen armored men to ride abreast and is manned by the Night's Watch. The Watch had built nineteen castles along the Wall thousands of years ago, but now only three are occupied with less than 1,000 men in their ranks that once numbered over 10,000.

Once you say the words and join the Night Watch, a man is bound for life. Once considered an honorable post, most brothers are now former convicted lawbreakers who have been sent to the wall instead of being imprisoned or killed. Others are orphans, fostered children of wildlings, or members of noble families with little chance of inheriting any lands or title. Men who abandon their posts are considered to be dead men - oathbreakers are normally punished by death.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Character - Dorian Shaw


Dorian Shaw is the son of the Ser Alain Shaw, the Master at Arms of Last Hearth. The Shaw family is a minor house in service to the Umbers. Alain Shaw fought with the armies of the North under Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon on the Trident during Robert's Rebellion. He was knighted on the field.

Dorian has grown up on the training grounds, practicing his martial skills under his father's tutelage with Lothar Umber and Elick Snow. When he is not training with his father, Dorian is usually with Yori, learning the ways of the wilderness from the mountain clansman - hunting and tracking.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Character - Jaery Mormont


Jaery Mormont - Niece to Dacey Mormont (Eldest daughter of Maege Mormont and heir to Bear Island); daughter of Lyra Mormont (3rd daughter of Maege Mormont); fostered to Jon Umber of Last Hearth

Jaery was sent to foster with the Umbers at the age of 10. Born to the family well known for the fighting prowess of its females, Jaery is no different. She began her martial training at an early age and was very eager to foster with the Umbers - a chance to train with a family known to be one of the toughest of noble families of the North.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Character - Lothar Umber


Lothar Umber - Nephew of the Jon Umber (The Greatjon), Lord of Last Hearth; Cousin to Jon Umber (The Smalljon), Heir to Last Hearth; son of Rygor Umber (deceased), younger brother  of the Greatjon.

Ser Rygor died when Lothar was only 5 years old - he had led a party north, allied with members of the Liddle mountain clan (one of the clans on good terms with the Umbers and Starks) to deal with wildlings that got beyond the wall, raiding villages. Rygor fell in battle, but had saved the life of a young clansman named Yori (Liddle). He accompanied the Umber group back to Last Hearth and swore an oath to be young Lothar's protector with his father's absense. The two are close and have formed a very strong bond.

Welcome

Welcome to whoever you are (or is it whomever?). This site is devoted to my upcoming RPG (role playing game) campaign using the 'A Game of Thrones' d20 system. In the coming weeks I am hoping to post some information regarding my game which will make its debut at Gen Con 2008. I am hoping to post information about characters and other bits and pieces as they come along. We shall see how it all works out.

~jerrytel