Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Retrospective

This year has been, gaming-wise, a great year.

Firstly, I started blogging this year.

We began our GURPS 4e campaign in March, and ended in July.

We did some one-shot Pathfinder games in August-November, and officially started our campaign this month.

I bought or was given:

Various gaming apps,

The Pathfinder Inner Sea World Guide,

The Pathfinder Bestiary,

The DC Universe Role-playing Game

Many, many free games,

The Pathfinder Core Rulebook,

The Chessex Pound O' Dice,

 and two Chessex Dice Sets.

I'll review some of those items soon.

Not to be sappy, but this year also initiated my entrance into this great community of fellow bloggers, gamers, and general ruffians.

Overall, an awesome year.

Happy New Year's!

Friday, December 30, 2011

PhotoShop Friday 12-30-12

This week's PhotoShop is, as usual, a picture edited. From Tron Legacy (a fine film, soundtrack's even better), it's Rinzler. I focused on glow points like the identity disc and Rinzler's helmet and brought those out, while filtering the image for contrast, color separation and blending.  I don't like the weird brown triangle on Rinzler's waist (not sure how it got there), but overall I think it turned out pretty well.

Poll Response 10

This latest poll was about A Song of Ice And Fire, George R.R. Martin's fantasy epic. 37% of readers liked the books, 12% loved them, and 50% haven't read them. Key learning: Pick more widely known poll topics.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Obsidian Portal-The Home of the Campaign

To the right (on the sidebar, see) is a new button! Click, and be transported through the dark mists of the time-space continuum  to...Obsidian Portal, another  home of our campaign. Here we've got character descriptions, magic item descriptions, and, uh, some campaign updates will go up soon. Pretty bare-bones right now, but it'll grow as time goes on.

The Game Table-Playing Outside

70 degrees in December. Gotta love the Southwest.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We Played Warhammer

Space Marine Biker
Well, sorta. we played DIY Warhammer, which meant making up rules and printing out paper minis from not only Warhammer, but Warhammer 40,000 and Lord of the Rings.

The objective was to retrieve a sword on top of a hill and bring it back to our base. Our armies were directly across from each other. So I sent a Space Marine Biker to do a strafing run on the enemy frontlines and distract them enough to allow my Wargs to move toward the target.

Unfortunately, the Biker took two bolters and a burst of machine gun fire, taking him out quickly. So the Wargs sprinted across the battlefield, followed by Lord Ragnar Blackmane of 
the Space Wolves. Alas, even that did not work, as three Wargs were 
dead before they were even close to the hill. Meanwhile my opponent had
a small squad moving toward the objective. I focused fire on them, and Ragnar
got in a lucky shot. Combined with some crossbow fire from 
Empire troops, we took out an Ork.

My Imperial Guard Sentinel marched toward the opposing army, although not without being hit by a powerful ballista shot . My Centigor follows the remaining two Wargs. I wished to intercept the opposing team heading for the hill. I moved my heavy cannons and warmachines toward the enemy, prepared to ravage their forces. Yet the enemy had focused on ranged combat, and my army was pelted with bullets, bolts, arrows, and flame. 
So we lost. But it was fun, and therefore it was a 
Imperial Guard Sentinel
good experience.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

100 Posts!

This is Off to Jupiter's 100th post! Thank you, readers, commenters, and contributors. It means a lot to me and I enjoy our daily arguments, rants, and observances. *grin* I'd like to show some statistics and notes on the blog's history.

Off to Jupiter has been up since May 2011.

The month with the most posts has been July, with 39 posts. That equates to an average of 1.25 posts per day.

The month with the least was this past November, with a vapid four posts. This equates to an average of 0.13 posts a day.

Readership is highest in the US, followed by the UK, Canada, and Mexico.

The month with the most hits was August 2011, with 1, 553 views.

The month with the least was November 2011, with 676. This suggests a direct correlation with posts!

The tags with the most related posts are RPG, Role-Playing Game, and GURPS.

There has been 9 polls in Off to Jupiter's 8 months.

Off to Jupiter's very first post was about a new wave of DC Universe Classic action figures.

The first post with a comment was about a new GURPS supplement. Thanks, Tim!

On July 26, 2011 I won the Newbie Blogger Award. Once again, thanks, Tim!

On October 14, 2011 I started to do PhotoShop Fridays.

Thanks, everyone. Merry Christmas, and Happy Hannukah and what have you.

Friday, December 16, 2011

PhotoShop Friday 12-16-11

I haven't done a PhotoShop Friday in what, a month? I need to step up my game. Anyways, today's is Thor themed. I took a movie picture and threw some filters on there in order to give it a distressed look. Then I tinted the picture blue, and intensified the light sources. So, I think it looks pretty good, although I would like to avoid the "scribbly" quality of the pic.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Moments in Gaming

-When a player role-played so well he got three mercenaries to work for him and provide him shelter, food, and equipment.

-When the Star Wars bounty hunter forced us to cut the adventure short because his quarry was dead after two well-placed blaster shots.

-When we tied the warrior to a ballista bolt and fired him at an enemy fortress.

-The battle between a band of mercs (above) and the Assassin's Guild after one player secretly tried to kill the other player. But the target had a team of warriors, and the attacker had around seven assassins.

-When the players assaulted an underground gnoll base and discovered that lit oil, does, in fact, burn things. However, when you light 6x6 underground passages on fire, it's hard to get out.

Just feeling a bit nostalgic today. Thinking about past adventures and looking forward to new ones.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I Love The Library

Hey, look what I found for two dollars at a library book sale.