Demise of Dragon and Dungeon

S pointed out to me today the announcement that Paizo will cease publication of both Dragon and Dungeon magazines in September. We are both very sad about it. Dragon has been around as long as I’ve known about D&D. I’m not the only one who felt kicked in the stomach over it. I always kinda hoped someday I’d come up with an article for it. S had two articles published there, one of which was anthologized in the Dragon Compendium. When I last checked the EN World boards, the discussion was 5 pages long. Wow, now it’s up to 14. Makes me sad. I always thought of it as the professional standard for gaming.

In other news, T slept most of the day. Hard to believe his surgery was a week ago today. It’s been a quick week. We walked to the mailbox and back again today. He kept complaining of being hot and then cold, and when we took his temp, it was 100.4. Within a couple of hours it was 101.5. According to the info we were given at the hospital, if he had a temp of 101, we should call the doctor. He got Lambeth, who was on call, on the phone; he said to take Tylenol and that it’s perfectly normal. Got me upset, though.

Spent a lot of time today working on the S’garde bridge adventure, which I think I’m entitling The Green Woman of Vaathwood. I write so terribly slow; I only got the first encounter done. In fairness, I am emulating the Slaughtergarde format, so I have to re-order the stat blocks that I’m using from the RPG cards of the D&D minis.

The difference a week makes

Last week at this time I was just getting to the hospital. Thomas went in for a stress test and failed it miserably. The doctor ordered a dye test and promptly bunged him into the hospital. The verdict: some percentage of blockage in all his arteries around the heart. Fifty percent in the main one. S & J really saved me; I really wasn’t thinking clearly and they were so helpful. Part of the problem was that we didn’t get to eat lunch, and I was having blood sugar issues.

We spent Wednesday afternoon in ICU waiting room, which I have to say is like being at WalMart. While we were there, there was a tornado warning for Shelby County. Fun! Actually the tornado wasn’t in our immediate area.

On Thursday morning he had quadruple bypass surgery. The staff at Shelby Baptist Hospital were fantastic. We spent that day in the Cardiovascular ICU waiting room, a little room with a comfy loveseat/recliner and two padded armchairs. J caught up on her knitting and piecing; S beat me three times at Fluxx. Everyone told us that Dr. Ronson was fast and efficient. They weren’t kidding. The surgery lasted only three hours. T’s sister got there late that night after driving 12 hours or more from Missouri.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are rather a blur of going from T’s bedside to the lobby where S and J kept vigil for me. S is a stalwart guardian. I couldn’t have my cell phone on in the lobby, so I had to dash down periodically to check messages. At one point I was keeping up with T’s phone as well.

Monday morning we got word that he could go home that day! I was surprised, as he’d had some fever and such along the way. When I got there, though, he had at last had his chest drainage tubes removed. Man, he has some amazing holes in him. >shudder< I dashed home to get the house ready for him (mainly changing and washing sheets–wouldn’t you know none were clean) while S stayed with him in case something came up. He wasn’t released until 5 p.m. The nurse was very apologetic, but they’d been quite busy that day.

I’m having a hard time being at home. T keeps having to tell me to slow down. He’s doing really well, I think. This afternoon we’re going to attempt to walk to the end of the driveway and back. That’ll be a big milestone.

J had said I needed to blog about T’s experience, so here it is.

Oh, this is such a funny site: RPG Motivational Posters.

With a name like Slaughtergarde…

The party made it through six encounters on Saturday. This time it was not a walk in the park. We had our longest combat (in a campaign I’ve run), 8 rounds, against three stupid troglodytes. I hate troglodytes now. They were so fiddly. Part of the problem was that Dornath was hemmed in and couldn’t do skirmish damage. The scariest critter was the half-fiend ogre. He could dish out huge amounts of damage with his falchion in one blow.

I actually discussed character deaths with S and J at lunch. As we know, there’s no way I can possibly kill of Grayl. He’s far too vital to my plot. I don’t want to kill anyone, but we’ll see. I just wanted them to be aware of the possibility.

I drove up to Huntsville yesterday for far too short a trip, but I got to visit with Mom and Gram, so it was nice. Really wore me out though. I didn’t realize how tired I was until after dinner.

I have begun plotting the “bridge” section between Slaughtergarde and Expedition to the Demonweb Pits. Full of dragon-y goodness. I dug out Dragon Magic and already found just skimming it some cool things to use.

No Mutants & Masterminds this weekend

I posted in my other blog at that this weekend we would get to play Mutants and Masterminds for real. Last week we did sample combat and I really liked the build of Rascal, so I was anxious to try him out in RP. But when the GM isn’t up to it, you just don’t press your luck. So I’m running Shattered Gates of Slaughtergarde again. Which is good, I’m enjoying it a lot. I’ve just been in a superhero mood. I’ve been working on the first appearance issue of Rascal and Kamishina (J’s character), using Comic Book Creator. I’m on page 3 out of 6. It’s slow going, but fun. I posted pix in my other blog, but here’s an image of Kamishina on a rooftop.Kamishina on a rooftop

I’m looking forward to Expedition to the Demonweb Pits coming out. That will be my eventual sequel to Slaughtergarde. I’ve also considered throwing in some bits of Planescape: Fires of Dis. My players are up to 6th level now, a level we’ve never reached in a game I’m running. Demonweb Pits starts at 9th level, but I have some wickedness planned for them if/when they emerge from S’garde.

This section of Slaughtergarde is rumored to be a killer. It seems dangerous, but the PCs seem to have breezed through so far, so they deserve a challenge.