Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Far, Far Better Character


The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game allows you to build your characters as decks of cards, representing your significant possessions, weapons, armor, spells, divine favour, and key allies.  The deck of cards, above, is for my Skull & Shackles Bard character.

Each player is limited to a certain number of cards (in the above instance, I and my fellow players currently have a deck limit of 16 cards).  This deck limit balances the characters, ensuring rough equivalence in powers and abilities between characters at the table, and is also used as a resource management tool. 

As you participate in PACG adventures, you attempt to complete certain objectives, while collecting additional cards representing better equipment, spells, divine favour and allies, from which you draw to replace inferior cards. 

During certain game events, players may choose or be required to discard cards from their decks: those cards represent both the character's available activities and the health of the character.  When a player runs out of cards, their character dies.

Monday, November 24, 2014

PACG Session, Nov 30, 2014


Join us on Sunday, November 30, 2014 for an introductory session of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Skull & Shackles Organized Play program.

All existing participants are new to the PACG system, so no experience is necessary and newcomers are welcome!

The game session begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm: games are no longer than two hours.

New players should purchase a class deck (available at Mission Fun & Games), colored sleeves and bring a set of color-matched polyhedral dice. Game Rules can be downloaded for free from the Paizo website, but PACG is a cooperative game so you can learn as you play.

Contact me or Mission for more details.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

PACG Session Post-Mortem

We ran two PACG Skull and Shackles tables on Sunday; Salvage Operations for the more advanced group, and an earlier adventure, The Lone Shark, to accommodate newcomers.  The Lone Shark is a good adventure to play with newcomers as the reward is a skill feat, bumping one of the character statistics, rather than simply being a card upgrade, which can be hit or miss.


For those playing in the two sessions, here is a chart with the current status of your characters.  Mark has already identified and corrected a mistake, so if something in your advancement chart is wrong please let me know.

Gaming Night


My spouse organized last night's gaming session with her extended family.  We have a lot of board and card games, and she has a large extended family, so she invited several of her cousins and their spouses and children to try out our many games.

We played six games in four hours, including No Thanks!, Sushi Go!, The Hare and the Tortoise, Incan Gold, Forbidden Island, and For Sale.  They are all games that are easy to learn but have deep strategy for the size of the game.

Between extended family gaming nights and Sunday Pathfinder Adventure Card Game sessions, we are finally returning to the amount of gaming we enjoyed before we moved from Calgary to St. Albert.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Belated San Francisco Sushi Post


This blogpost is only one year late ... since my spouse and I visited San Francisco a year ago!

I was cleaning up some photos from my Blackberry, and came across these shots of the exterior and menu of a restaurant we visited while in San Francisco.  It's hard to find good sushi in St. Albert and Edmonton, so having a chance to patronize a decent sushi restaurant while travelling in California is impossible to pass up.  Sushi Boat has actual sushi boats, that float past you, allowing you to grab the plates of sushi as they go by.


Here are a couple of shots of the menu.  The sushi was in the California style, which I cannot complain about, since  it introduces some delectable fusions of flavours and textures.


I apologize for the glare from the overhead lights.  We were seated in a booth that has some low-hanging bulbs that made it hard to get a good shot of the menu.


The food was great, and we have yet to find a local sushi restaurant that has anywhere near the variety and complexity of sushi dishes we enjoyed at Sushi Boat.  My only complaint (and it seems to be one several other patrons have alluded to on the restaurant review sites) was the below-average service.

Still, the food was excellent and I hope to get a chance to visit San Francisco and Sushi Boat again!

Monday, November 17, 2014

PACG Session, November 23, 2014


Engaging in some Salvage Operations...

You've defeated the dreaded Brine Dragon. Now its time to search for treasure, by picking through the flotsam of ships destroyed by the Dragon.

Join us on Sunday, November 23, 2014 for an introductory session of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Skull & Shackles Organized Play program.

All existing participants are new to the PACG system, so no experience is necessary and newcomers are welcome!

The game session begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm: games are no longer than two hours.

New players should purchase a class deck (available at Mission Fun & Games), colored sleeves and bring a set of color-matched polyhedral dice.

Game Rules can be downloaded for free from the Paizo website, but PACG is a cooperative game so you can learn as you play.

Contact me (the game organizer) or Mission for more details.

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Event #53278
When afternoon
afternoon
WhereMission: Fun & Games (Store)
560 St. Albert Trail
(HIGHWAY 2 SOUTHBOUND)
St. Albert, AB T8N 5Z1
Canada
ContactAaron E. Steele
apaladinincitadel@gmail.com
http://apaladinincitadel.blogspot.ca/
ScenariosPathfinder Adventure Card Guild Scenario 0-1D: Salvage Operations

Sunday, November 16, 2014

PACG Skull And Shackles Sessions

Although I have few complaints about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game itself, the tracking system Paizo has devised is less than adequate.  So while I continue to dutifully record the game sessions online, I have decided to keep a separate log of our sessions on this blog.  The tracking tool I have devised is not perfect, but at least I have a greater measure of control over its presentation. 

Click to embiggen.  If you are one of the participants, and notice something amiss, please make a note for yourself and we can correct this table next Sunday.


If there are any others who are interested in participating in our PACG sessions, there is still plenty of room available.  The sessions are every Sunday, from 1 pm to 3 pm, at Mission Games in St. Albert. 

In addition to our regular contingent, we have had five others who have dropped in to try out PACG.  New players are welcome, whether as a one-shot experience or if you are interested in playing PACG more frequently!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game


Time to hunt the Brine Dragon!

Join us on Sunday, November 16, 2014 for an introductory session of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Skull & Shackles Organized Play program.

All existing participants are new to the PACG system, so no experience is necessary and newcomers are welcome.

The game session begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm: games are no longer than two hours.

New players should purchase a class deck (available at Mission Fun & Games), colored sleeves and bring a set of color-matched polyhedral dice. Game Rules can be downloaded for free from the Paizo website, but PACG is a cooperative game so you can also learn as you play.

Contact me or Mission Fun & Games for more details.



Event #53038
When
WhereMission: Fun & Games (Store)
560 St. Albert Trail
(HIGHWAY 2 SOUTHBOUND)
St. Albert, AB T8N 5Z1
Canada
ContactAaron E. Steele
apaladinincitadel@gmail.com
ScenariosPathfinder Adventure Card Guild Scenario 0-1C: Brine Dragon Hunt


Friday, November 7, 2014

The Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies



Stoked about the appearance of the Ringwraiths and the Necromancer in this film.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sunday, Nov 9 2014 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Session


The Lone Shark has developed an interest in you...

Join us on Sunday, November 9, 2014 for another session of the Pathfinder Adventure Card ("PACG") Game, Skull & Shackles Organized Play program.

All existing participants are new to the PACG system, so no experience is necessary and newcomers are welcome.  We have already added several new players, and additional tables to accommodate even more.

The game session begins at 1 pm and ends promptly at 3 pm: games are no longer than two hours.

New players should purchase a class deck (available at Mission Fun & Games), colored sleeves and bring a set of color-matched polyhedral dice. Game Rules can be downloaded for free from the Paizo website.  PACG is a cooperative game so you can also learn as you play.

Contact the game organizer or Mission for more details.