Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Grand Plan or Something...

Work will be letting up soon (hopefully) and I can actually start spending some time in a more creative ways.

We have a Trollhalla member mini-convention coming up we are tentatively calling 'InConTroll' that will be at the Arsenal Game Store/Restaurant in Indianapolis. I will be premiering Part 5, 'Ever Vigilant' during that weekend.

I am hoping to rewrite Part 3, 'Home and Last Hearth' as well.

I have even more miniatures to paint...just have to start setting a quota I guess.

I missed Gen Con this year...I may just plan on running 2 games a day instead of working at the auction in 2012. That will be a hard decision to make though, I love the auction. We shall see.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Dance with Dragons - a final thought

I finished this thing a few weeks ago - the time it took for me to remember that I finished and then write something here should give you an indication of my thoughts.

As a co-worker told me when she finished the book a few weeks ahead of me - "that is time I will never get back". These are my thoughts exactly.

Now to clarify, there are chapters that are riveting and fun to read. You will get the glimpses of the characters you have been waiting 5 years to read about. You will get a set-up to multiple events and expect a stirring and acceptable resolution - either good or bad - but a freaking resolution nonetheless.

Unfortunately, what you get is even more stalling, even more characters, and even more paragraphs about what foul food the characters are eating. The story does not progress and I became less and less enchanted with the story and the characters I once loved to read about.

10 years to get a finished 4th book (since this was technically part 2 of Book 4) and what do we have to look forward to? An aging author who has lost his mojo and will more than likely never get to the next installment. Honestly, I don't really care anymore - I would just like to see an end. Maybe a 10 page epilogue just to say where the story would have eventually ended if he actually had the time and the drive to finish it.

The real truth I think we will find out in the end is that he has lost his way, written himself in a corner, and has no clue on how to get out.

Just my random thoughts though - what do you think?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dark Sword Miniatures

Well - at least Dark Sword continues to release fantastic miniatures for AGOT.

And - the one I have been waiting for has finally been sculpted - and it looks great!

The Greatjon

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Still not finished...

So...been busy with the house but I have been reading some other things (Fighting Fantasy books on the Kindle). I have had a Red Wedding moment with Book 5 that has really turned me off from the book.

The realization for me now is the GRR has no intention of moving this story is drowning in its tedium, dealing with characters I don't care about and taking away the characters that you do care about.

Oh well - the odds of this guy getting Book 6 done anytime soon is pretty far fetched. We will more than likely be left with an unfinished story regardless. He is not getting any younger and 5-10 years between books is not a good thing.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Dance with Dragons...75% ish

OK - so now I am getting to the point of - what the heck? Is this story going to move forward at all?

As a co-worker said to me after she listened to the audio book - that is time I will never get back. And, I am starting to agree with her.

Without providing spoilers, I cannot go into too many details...but this book now totally reinforces in my head the GRR Martin has lost this story and really does not know what to do or how to finish it.

With that being said - maybe the last 25% is filled with world changing and inspiring events - but I really do not think so.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Dance with Dragons - Halfway there...

So - I am halfway through the book and I have an Areo Hotah chapter - which pretty much syncs up with the end of 'A Feast for Crows', the 4th book.

That did not take long!!!

I believe Martin's claim all along was that this book ended up being too long so he wanted to divide it in half, but instead of cutting it at the halfway mark, he cut it in half based on the North and the South I am surprised that it was only halfway through Book 5 that we are already caught up and further backs the notion that Martin took the better part of 10 years to figure out what the heck to do with the story that had gotten away from him...just my opinion though.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Dance with Dragons....The North

So...about 26% throught the book...

There is mention of plenty of Northern characters, much to my delight. We hear about Mors and Hothor Umber (maybe a bit too much info about why Hothor is called the Whoresbane). We also hear about the Boltons and plenty of Freys, along with the mountain clans (Liddle).

We also get a good look at White Harbor and House Manderly, along with mentions regarding the Karstarks, Ryswells, and some others.

Pretty cool stuff - now even more depressed that I had to cancel my plans for Gen Con :(

On the house front - my ceiling will be repaired early next week...woohoo!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Dance with Dragons

Only about 20% through so far (thanks to my kindle for the specific status of my reading) and have to say it is so nice to read about Tyrion, Jon, Dany, and Bran again. It is taking some getting used to in regards to properly fiiting these chapters in context with Feast of Crows chapters, but it is not too distracting.

Will be interesting to see how my stuff in the North plays out...but I am liking what I am reading so far...plenty of stories to play off of for the RPG.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Real Life and Stuff

I am sorry to say that my house decided to crap on me once again (back on May 30 - my birthday), and my insurance has decided that it will not be covered (what a surprise).

I am currently half living out my house and also living with the in-laws. My house needs to get work done and I just cannot justify my trip to Indianapolis this year when my family is still not at home.

My apologies to any and all who signed up for my games. For those that have stuck with me in the past - even more apologies that I won't be there with my new adventure.

I am contacting Gen Con today to cancel my events...this was a hard decision, but I needed to make it.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Of Hornwoods, Freys, Boltons, and Whents...or Blackwoods (Spoilers)

Believe it or not, I have spent alot of time trying to pick families that the PCs and NPCs are directly or indirectly attached to. Some of my decisions were by pure luck, since I started this whole thing when I was just getting started reading the books.

Having completed all the books (as of June 27 - 4 books in Ice and Fire and the 3 short stories for Dunk and Egg), I am now listening to the books on CD. As is normally the case, you pick up much more details on the second (and third) time through.

The following will contain spoilers to the main storyline of Ice and Fire...

Cyrie Umber, of House Hornwood
So - this one was pure luck...I had no clue what would happen to the Hornwood family at the time I chose that family for Lothar's mother. House Hornwood's males have been wiped out in the battles at the end of Book 1, A Game of Thrones. In Book 2, Lady Hornwood comes to Winterfell and both the Umbers and the Manderly's are trying to broker a marriage to take over the Hornwood lands. As it turns out, the Bastard Bolton kidnaps Lady Donella, forces her to marry him, and then leaves her to die in a dungeon. Now the Boltons lay claim to the Hornwood lands. Will Lothar and the Umbers get involved?

With the events of Book 3, and the upcoming events of Book 5, it will be interesting to see what is actually happening in the North as a result of the Bolton involvement in the Red Wedding and its aftermath.

Maester Baelin, of House Frey
Once again - I had no clue of the events in Book 3 and the Red Wedding when I chose Maester Baelin's family. Being raised at the Citadel from a young age and assigned to House Umber, Baelin really holds no allegiance to his blood family. But, this family connection could prove interesting in the near future. Regarding the Red Wedding, I will not go into anymore can easily find that information if you would like to. But, if you have not read Book 3, try to hold off the temptation.

House Whent or House Blackwood
There will be a sub-plot regarding the sisters who married into the Vey and Draven families. I picked House Whent because I wanted a family that was pretty much out of the main storyline. Once I read that Lady Whent had no heirs at all...I figured it was best to change to a family that at least still existed and was not about to be extinct. Extinct would mean no claim to the former Whent lands...a child in House Vey or House Draven would provide that potential heir, and thus, the family would not be extinct.

House Blackwood is a riverlands family that still worships that Old Gods (like the Northerners). They have not bent the knee to the Iron Throne after the Red Wedding, and are the only family of the riverlords that are still fighting. Plus, they have a longstanding feud with another riverlands family (House Bracken) which could always be used as a plot point later.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Character - Brock

Brock was an orphan growing up on the streets of Kings Landing. He did what he had to do to survive, but helped and protected those that were weaker and frequently preyed upon by others. He was eventually caught thieving by the Gold Cloaks and sent to prison. He was offered a choice - lose a hand, or join the Night's Watch.

At Castle Black, Brock had proven to be a skilled with steel as well as his fists. He was assigned to be a ranger in the Night's Watch, said the words, and was stationed at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Something sinister was returning to the Haunted Forest, and the men of the Eastwatch began to talk. Rangers had gone missing from Castle Black, and wildling villages were disappearing completely. Some of his brothers decided to abandon their duty, and Brock hesitantly joined them. If the Others were coming, how could a few hundred men stop them at any rate.

On to a small Umber village he and his companions went. At Rohr, they rested for the night...

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Happy to have had the chance to playtest the adventure - even in its incomplete state. I have to confess - I am normally someone who has all these grand plans and I end up with a half finished idea by the time Gen Con roles around.

Troll Hoot IV was a fun gathering of friends - new and old. We played 4 different systems over a 2 day period. My 'Feast and Famine' adventure I think was fairly well received. Many opportunities for some King-making (or at least some Lord-making) in this one that were not really available in previous games - the political side of the background was something I was eager to get into.

I have my notes - I know what I want to do - I have my 3 new characters, as well as some new tweaks to the current characters.

And don't forget to celebrate Brock Day in Brockville, where the Brock Ale is being brewed for Lord Brock...maybe.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Still Waiting...

Quick Update...

Still waiting on Gen Con to place my late added second running of AGOT 04. It has been accepted for consideration, but still waiting for the location to be assigned.

If you have been paying attention to all my recent posts, I have alot planned for '04' - three new families and a few new characters.

I will be play testing the adventure at our upcoming gathering of friends at 'Troll Hoot IV' in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

House Wendover of Long Lake

Long Lake is the last keep along the King's Road north of Winterfell. Last Hearth, the home of the Umbers, is east and north of Long Lake. The Wendovers have been loyal bannermen to House Stark for as long as anyone can remember.

-HORACE WENDOVER, Lord of Long Lake
--FARRAH, house Glover, his wife
--their children
---KRISPIN, eldest son and heir to Long Lake
---KYLE, second son, 17 years
---KEENA, girl of 16 years
--his brothers
---MARTIN, Castellan of Long Lake
----MARTHA, house Manderly, his wife
----their children
-----KERROLD, squire to Lothar Umber, a boy of 11 years
---REYNALD, a brother of the Night's Watch
--his cousin
---JARED, Castellan of Long Lake
--his household
---GARETH STEELE, Captain of the Guard
----MARION, his daughter
----JAX, his son
---ROLLO, guardsman

As with all houses of the North, the Wendovers sent men to Winterfell when Robb Stark called the banners. Horace Wendover left Long Lake with both his sons, Krispin and Kyle, as well as his nephew Lenard.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Map of the North

Map of Westeros from this website.

I added the following:

Village of Rohr (AGOT-01)
Wendover at Long Lake (AGOT-04)
Stonewatch (AGOT-04)
Crag Hall (AGOT-04)
Lonely Spire (AGOT-04)
Riley (AGOT-04)

Friday, May 20, 2011

House Draven of Crag Hall

The Dravens have occupied Crag Hall and the Lonely Spire since the Blackfyre Rebellion. Ser Targeth Draven was a knight from the North who was granted the lands and title for his service during the rebellion for the loyalist side. They are bannerman of Lord Roose Bolton of The Dreadfort.

-ANSEL DRAVEN, Lord of Crag Hall
--[WILLA], house Blackwood, his wife
--their children
---DARVIN, eldest son and heir to Crag Hall
---QUENTON, second son
---TIA,a girl of 10 years
---JANUS, third son, a boy of 7 years
--his household

-PATREK DRAVEN, Lord of Lonely Spire, Ansel's younger brother
--CIARA, of Braavos, his wife
--their children
---ALLISTER, eldest son and heir to Lonely Spire
---CALE, second son
---SYNDEL, a girl of 8 years
--his bastard son
--his household
---DOMERI, sworn sword, a Braavosi
---ZANE, a Red Priest, a Braavosi

Ansel Draven is in ill health and the Draven host that joined with Roose Bolton is lead by his sons, Darvin and Quenton as well as Patrek and Allister from Lonely Spire. It is well known throughout the North that the Blackwood sisters, Willa and Shael, were intended to wed the brothers, Ansel and Patrek. Shael was later betrothed to Derrien Vey instead. Patrek was then matched with a wealthy merchant's daughter from Braavos.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Updated Character Sheets and Family Tree

I have reorganized most of the information (Characters, Campaign Logs, NPCs) into separate pages which I think makes things a bit easier in regards to navigation.

In addition to the new 'Timeline' page, I have also added a page to show the Umber Family Tree, which shows the various characters and NPCs in the game.

I am marking anything that has either information from the books or information resulting from my various adventures (01-03) with the 'Spoiler' warning - if you don't want to see information that may affect either my story or the books/TV Series, please do not click on those links.

Episodes 01-03 take place within the events of Book 1, A Game of Thrones.
Episode 04 will be taking place within the events near the beginning of Book 2, A Clash of Kings.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I am also working on a few more Player Characters for Episode 4...more information on those forthcoming.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

AGOT - Timeline (Spoilers included)

Thanks Steve for giving me the idea to post this...don't know why I had not before.

I created this as a separate page so someone coming in without having read the books will not have their day ruined.

AGOT Timeline

Friday, April 29, 2011

Miniature Pictures

I have started (Finally) posting pictures of the miniatures I have painted for this game. The first one I am posting are the three of the main characters. I will be posting more pictures here.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

House Vey of Stonewatch

The Skagosi, or stoneborn as they call themselves, are thought of as savages by the rest of Westeros and referred to derisively as Skaggs. They live in caves and mountain fastnesses and ride great shaggy unicorns to war. They are supposedly cannibals as well that eat the hearts and livers of those they slay in battle. They waged a rebellion a hundred years ago that took years to quell.

After this rebellion, the Vey family was granted the previously abandoned keep on the Bay of Seals called 'The Stonewatch'. In the years since, a village has reformed around the old keep. Modest farms have sprouted on the Vey lands while crab and fish are plentiful from the Bay of Seals. The Vey lands are bordered by the Karstarks to the East, the Boltons to the South, and their liege lords the Umbers to the West.

-DERRIEN VEY, Lord of Stonewatch
--his wife, SHAEL, of House Blackwood
--their children
---DONAL, eldest son and heir to Stonewatch
---DALTON, second son
---DARSA, maiden of 16 years
--his household
---CLEM OSTER, Master-at-Arms

The Veys responded to the banners called by Robb Stark and brought 30 Horse and 200 Men from its lands. Derrien brought with him both of his sons. His Master-at-Arms, Clem Oster, was been left behind as Castellan of Stonewatch.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gen Con 2011

Wednesday, 08/03/2011, 7 - 10:00pm
AGOT-02, Fire and Fury
Wildling raiders have a family sword, but you have to go beyond the Wall to get it. Are the stories of the mythical creatures living beyond the wall based on fact, or just stories to scare young children? Second in a series.

Friday, 08/05/2011, 2 - 5:30pm
AGOT-04, Feast and Famine
It is time for the Harvest Feast in Winterfell. While the Lords of the great houses are in the south fighting for the King of the North, the situation may be too tempting for others looking to take advantage. Fourth in a series.

Saturday, 08/06/2011, 12 - 3:30pm
AGOT-04, Feast and Famine
It is time for the Harvest Feast in Winterfell. While the Lords of the great houses are in the south fighting for the King of the North, the situation may be too tempting for others looking to take advantage. Fourth in a series.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Character - Yori (Liddle)

Yori, of the Liddle Clan - first son of Olvaar.

Ser Rygor fell in battle, but had saved the life of a young clansman named Yori (Liddle). Yori accompanied the Umber group back to Last Hearth and swore an oath to be young Lothar's protector in his father's absence. The two are close and have formed a very strong bond.

Yori has also proven to be an extremely valuable asset to the Umber household. He trains that rangers and huntsmen of the house and also helps Ser Alain with the training of the Umber garrison.