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.



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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghosts Of The Deep


Haunted by Ghosts of the Deep!

Join us at 1 pm on Sunday, November 2, 2014 for a nightmarish 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 for more details.
  
Event #51829
When afternoon
afternoon
afternoon
afternoon
afternoon
WhereMission: Fun & Games
560 St. Albert Trail
St. Albert, AB T8N 6A7
Canada

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pathfinder Pre-Painted Miniatures: Lost Coast Gems


The next set of Paizo pre-painted Pathfinder miniatures, designated The Lost Coast, are being released in November 2014. 

I don't expect I will purchase an entire case, as I have done in the past, as the number of unique figures in each case recently dropped from 55 to 45, but there are several figures in this set that are sufficiently useful and well designed that I intend to buy them individually. 

Alahazra, above, is one of my favorite iconic characters, and despite another, perhaps superior Alahazra sculpt being released in early 2015, is on my list of Lost Coast Gems.


Damiel is the other iconic character that makes an appearance in The Lost Coast pre-painted miniatures set.  I think I would have preferred Jirelle over Damiel, but this character is still worth having a miniature for.

Several archers are included in this miniatures set, like the City Watch Sniper, the Forest Shadow, and the Elf Archer (all three displayed below).  These are decent sculpts and can stand in for player characters.




Several worthy Giant sculpts make an appearance in this miniatures set, included a Stone Giant (Conna the Wise), the Fire Giant King, and an Ogre (Malugus Kreeg).  The renditions of giants in Pathfinder have started to grow on me, although I still loathe the Pathfinder versions of trolls.




The last three miniatures to be featured in this post are Pazuzu, Lamashtu and the Mother Of Monsters, three creatures presumably unique to the Pathfinder universe, but interesting enough that I will be including them in my individual Pathfinder pre-painted miniatures purchase.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Paizo's Pathfinder Pawns Need Patching!

Even though I'm heavily invested in the Pathfinder miniatures, having purchased every complete set except the most recent, I still found it worthwhile to pick up the Pathfinder Pawns NPC Codex Box.  The cost per cardboard pawn is roughly 10 cents, which compares quite favourably to the $3-4 per miniature.

Truth be told, there are several cardboard pawns in the NPC Codex Box with artwork matching the characters in the new Pathfinder ACG Character Decks, and I wanted to have pawns available to represent those characters, rather than using the included playing-card tokens that otherwise are placed at PACG adventure locations to indicate which location a character is visiting.

Most of the artwork on the pawns in the NPC Codex Box is acceptable or better, but there are several pawns that include artwork that is smaller than it should be.  Rather than complain about the undersized art to Paizo on their website [an arguably futile endeavour], I printed slightly larger character artwork and produced my own replacement pawns.  Here are several of those original pawns, with their replacements.


The Areelu Vorlesh pawn [from Wrath Of The Righteous] was an especially egregious example of undersized art [please excuse the blurriness of the photos, the art on the original pawns and the replacements is actually crisper than the photo suggests].  My replacement pawns for Areelu cut off the mini-dragon and wing-tips respectively, but I don't think you need the entire image on the pawns.


Arueshalae [another pawn from Wrath of the Righteous] was also slightly undersized, so I increased the artwork by a couple of millimeters and produced a new pawn for her.  I suppose I could have adjusted the artwork so she was "higher" on the pawn, but I am, nonetheless, relatively happy with the way this replacement pawn turned out.

While I was printing out replacement pawns for those pawns that Paizo undersized, I created several pawns for the characters included in the Skull and Shackles Base Set and Character Add-On Deck.  It would have been nice if Paizo had better coordinated the release of PACG adventures and the related, prepainted miniature and cardboard pawn.  For example, they produced a prepainted miniature for Lirianne the Gunslinger,

but not one for Jirelle the Swashbuckler [the custom-made cardboard pawn in the center, below].

 
Until a miniature for Jirelle is made available, I can use my custom-made pawn, above, in lieu of the playing-card token included in the PACG Skull and Shackles Base Set.
 
 
Since there is no pre-painted miniature for Alahazra, she received the custom-made pawn treatment as well.  I understand her pre-painted miniature is included in the upcoming Lost Coast miniatures set, but I'm still annoyed about the reduction in the size of the Pathfinder miniatures sets, from 55 to 45 unique miniatures, so I haven't yet made up my mind on investing in more pathfinder miniatures.


Pathfinder ACG: First Session


We played our first session of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game on Sunday, October 19, 2014, using the "official" location mat (seen above).  Joanna, Trevor, Travis, Brad, Mark and I ran through the introductory adventure "On The Horizon", in which you must defeat several enemy ships, investigate other sunken ships, and finally negotiate with the Pirate Council.

We ultimately failed our mission, but it was on account of running out of time, our strategies were otherwise relatively sound.

We'll give the adventure another try on Sunday, October 26.  Additional participants are welcome (a second base set is available, so we have room for plenty more players).