Saturday, May 24, 2014

Game Report - The Lost Temple Complex, Session One

Our intrepid explorers explore the Lost Temple Complex.

The girls from the Temple of Dilinala try a little fireball;
it backfired.

 The Temple of Karakan discovers something unusual.

We did the first session of the Lost Temple Complex 'micro-campaign' today, and a good time was had by all. Our Heroes, parties of explorers from the Temples of Dilinala and Karakan, spent an interesting afternoon poking around the ruins and discovering Mysterious Shafts that led downward. Casualties were light. The two groups finally worked out a partnership, and have retired to get supplies, reinforcements, and ropes. Lanterns are on the shopping last, too.

This is the first session of a 'micro-campaign' where the players will have the chance to fully explore both the surface and the lower levels of the Complex. I've ben asked to run a number of small, 'mini' campaigns were there is a connected 'story arc' that plays out across several game sessions, but is not the kind of long-term, open-ended game campaign that we played out at the Professor's for years.

More photos are going up on the Photobucket page, this evening, for your delight; have a look, if you please!


  1. Nice Set up! :-) Are you just using proxies for the Dilinalan's, or is there another reason for using Basti?

  2. Thank you! I enjoy doing games like this, and my players seem to enjoy the way the tables look.

    Yes, the Crocodile Games Basti skirmishers are filling in for the Temple of Dilinala; I got these nice figures about a decade ago, when the local FLGS closed out the "Wargods of Aegyptus" line due to restocking issues. I got all of the line, in large quantities, and I've been using them ever since as clan guards, temple people, and anything else that I didn't have the right figures for in the Tekumel lines proper. (And thank you for fixing that, too!)

    I like Chris Fitzpatrick's sculpting, and these Asar and Basti look very good; I had always wanted to have 'demonic servitors' for the Stability sorcerors to summon - the Change side of the house has always been well-provided for in this regard, but having similar residents of the other Planes of Reality has always been a problem.

    Similarly, the Asar "Horus Hawks" do very nicely as temple guards and magic-users for the Temple of Karakan, as you can see in the photos I took of the action.

    From a larger perspective, the Crocodile Games figures have that certain 'Hollywood Aegyptian' look that Phil loved, and so fit right in with his Tekumel. I'm looking forward to the next session of this little 'micro-campaign', where Our Heroes come back with reinforcements and explore the Underworld. That upcoming game session is shaping up to be one of the most visually spectacular I have ever done!

    I should also note that I am back to my regular 'build cycle', where the events in the game sessions drive what I build or paint over the next two to three week interval between game sessions; we meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month - I keep what amounts to 'retail hours', where the game room is open at noon with the game nominally starting at one, and players sit down to whatever is on the table. (Sort of like a 'miniatures buffet', I guess.) The net result is that I get a lot more done, and I do better work because of the inspiration I get from the fun the players are having.

    And you can expect to see a lot more of your excellent figures showing up on the table, too; your Qol, for example... :)

    - chirine

  3. Yay! :-) Have you seen the amazons Chris has coming down the pipes as part of his KS campaign. Very nice. :-) Also, I think I said I liked your table. What I meant was "I really, really like it!" The extra effort you put into it is amazing. I just took a board of plywood and screwed legs onto it.

    Best Regards, Howard

    1. I love your Qol, you know; I get the giggles when I paint them, as they all look so businesslike. The lanterns in the personality set are wonderful - I own some just like them, and you can see one of mine in some of the photos. Rob was making a joke about the Temple of Ksarul and their blue lanterns - a Gary Rudolph idea this, from 1976 - and so I got one out and lit it for him.

      I've seen the photos of the Crocodile Games Kickstarter, and I'm very sorry to have to say that I will most likely never have any of these figures. What with The Missus being disabled, we live on a fixed income, and I have to budget very carefully for my gaming expenses. We were able to buy into the Mike Burns campaign through the generosity of my game group and some careful savings, but these days you and The Tekumel Project are getting my miniatures budget - I have to see something really special to be able to justify the investment, these days.

      Having said that, if these new Croc figures ever show up, I'll see what I can do; I fear, though, that I'll have to persuade someone who can go to Gen Con to stop in at their booth for me in order to add some to the collection. I can't really travel due to the effects of my brain surgery - I get very tired, very quickly - and so it's not on the cards for me to do myself.

      I am really happy to hear that you like the table. It's really just a bunch of scrap lumber I had left over from building various sets of shelves around the house, and all I did was trim up the planks to size and screw the whole thing together. I did invest $10 in the dark walnut stain, and about $6 for the 1" screws, but that's about all I have in it. The tray edges were all trimmed up out of the scrap from the rest of the project - I have a table saw, and I know how to use it... :)

      I didn't think that there was a lot of extra detail in the thing; I just did a table that worked for the kind of gaming we're doing, and made sure that I added the useful features like the casters on the legs - I'm lazy! - and the edges of the trays so I don't have to chase the dice across the floor. It was a quick, fast project - about three hours, all told, excluding waiting for the stain and clear-coat to dry - and was a lot of fun.

      I'll do more photos, of course; please feel free to use any of my photos, too!

      - chirine

  4. I avoid anything with whirling blades! I don't know how I survived "Shop Class"!

    1. I hear you on that! I try very hard to plan my projects to minimize the number of cuts I have to make on the table saw; I do most of my cutting with either the circular saw or the jig saw. This is why most of my projects, like the shelves in the game rooms, are all 'stock sizes'. I also have one of those Sears' "Shopmate" stands, and the ability to clamp down the work piece in that while doing cuts has raised the safety factor dramatically. I also make sure to unplug any power tool when I am not actually using it; this may add a little bit of time to any project, but I can say that I still have all my fingers and thumbs!

      - chirine