Friday, May 26, 2017

Dungeons & Dragons Session 5: In Which We confront Tiamat worshippers

When we last saw our heroes, they had just finished a mystical skeleton battle, in which they had to pray to Bahamat to stop the minion onslaught. The drawers under the  statue had popped out, revealing some loot.  It including 2 gems and a nice statue, the group took some bids and bought them from the pot, then split the pot.

The door opened and a dank mist flowed into the room. The group cautiously approaches the door and opens it. The new room has a slightly raised platform in the middle of the room with a sarcophagus and a paladin statue was on top. Skeletons in gear scattered around the room, one was draped over the sarcophagus.

As the group approaches the platform, the skeleton on the sarcophagus popped up and demanded their reason for being there. After Karath explained his mission and that he has been touched by Bahamat (Yes, he showed us on the doll where he was touched...)

The knight told the group that the paladin had been betrayed and murdered by Tiamat worshippers. They also caused the priory to sink into lake. It is revealed that the knight has a shiny red set of armor for Karath and dun-dun-dun the scale of Bahamat. Dally wants to lick it, but something in Karath's demeanor says nope. She and Legolass made eye contact, silent understanding that they would find it later and see what happens when licked. (They have a theory that licking an actual godly item will do something neat)

The team takes a short rest and makes their way back to the napping Malki. There are a couple booby traps that were not there on the way in. They are not sure if someone has been through or if they were designed to show up after the vault was opened.  That is never revealed. They find Malki and head back to the room they found him in originally. Dally finds a bunch of (now) unimportant books. They take a long rest and start to follow the unfollowed paths on their maps.

They find an armory with a crude torture chamber, a kitchen, and wine cellar. almost all of the wine was disgusting ... And Dally tried very hard. She found one very nice 300gp bottle and stored it away in her bag for later. Cthumoo found a secret pathway, the group sneaked around  and found a big ole orc that they killed. They found some loot and moved on, finding a room full of goblins they slaughter.Dally finds a full set of playing cards and is really excited for some reason.

They move back through the dungeon with no resistance or signs of life. They finally find a giant courtyard that is exposed. There are spooky ghosts in there, fighting. When cthumoo touched one it turned and looked at him, irritated. They saw a dragonborn in the same red armor that Karath was wearing. The ghost Bahamat fighters defeated the ghost Tiamut worshipers and then one of his men turned and kill him.

"KARAAAAAATH!!!" a man screams, Or rather a dragonborn.  he looks just like Karath and turns out to be Karal? maybe?  It turns out to be his clutchmate, who has the same training as Karath, but has turned to Tiamat. Karal is standing with another fighter and a priest, who tells the group that they already got what they are looking for and the town has nothing to worry about from this group anymore. He made it sound like maybe something big was going down in the next 3 days (maybe world ending events.)

The brother and priest walked away, sending the other fighter to deal with the group. The group quickly dispatched the fighter and his friends. They sat around discussing what to do next before pushing on, to hopefully find the brother and priest and recover whatever has been stolen from the Bahamat Priory.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Building a computer... And you can too!

The Mess on my Desk We've had some down time in our other gaming endeavors and Terraria just released a huge patch Lately when I run anything on my old alienware (2009) it sounds like it might die, and is pretty laggy.

I decided i needed a new computer and both BF and Brother told me I need to build it. I was on the edge of annoyed and flattered.. and maybe apprehensive. I just want it, I want it quickly, and I don't want to worry about the fact that I built it so it might be shitty.

Best Delivery Box Some Components, Piled on my Table

Computer in all its parts and boxes.Unfortunately the best advice was just "you can build a computer for half the price" and they know I love saving money. I don't really know a lot about parts. What parts do I want/need, which will be best for my computer usage? Reddit has an amazing community, a series of subreddits devoted to building your own computer and joining the PC MasterRace (vs mac, or gaming systems)

I personally perused the /BuildaPC for a while and then /BuildaPCForMe. This second community is convenient and the main basis for my computer build.

They have a template to fill out where you document what programs you use a lot, what games you play, any weird things like "I like having USB plugins on the front panel" or "I have a dvd drive I am going to add" or "I need convenient support for two monitors" (all things I listed) and you add a budget. Mine was $600 (I didn't *think* I needed the OS, I was going to use my copy of Windows 7, but I'll get to that) I also knew I had a little leeway in case I decided to upgrade here and there.

My original answer came in from /u/HAThating101

$188.88 @ OutletPC
$78.88 @ OutletPC
$55.99 @ Newegg
$42.99 @ Amazon
Video Card
$168.99 @ SuperBiiz
$26.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply
$20.98 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter
$12.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan
$2.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates)
Mail-in rebates

Processor installed in the Motherboard
I made a couple changes - I bought my case from Amazon, it was $10 more expensive, but I saved $15 in shipping. Super Biz didn't have my video card, so I added it for an extra couple dollars from Newegg. (however, again I probably saved the shipping amount) I actually decided to go with an rx580 instead of the 570. it was $30 more and a higher processing power.

Anyway long story short, i bought those pieces and put them  together in the right order.

Short story long: wtf.

Getting ready to cut it all openHeads up, AMD Processors don't support installing Windows 7.  It shuts down USB support when trying to install the OS. Drop $100 on Win 10, USB For days.

The best option was to get an adapter  Nope, wait.  Your keyboard will only work with the ps2 adapter if your keyboard originally was wired to connect by ps2. So unless your keyboard is already USB but came with a ps2 converter the adapter won't work!

Video CardThe OTHER option was to get an old school ps2 keyboard for one use. Cool cool cool cool.  What do you mean amazon only has them for $75+?

So I ran my ass down to BestBuy and bought Windows 10.

I also ran into some issues with using the wrong screws, so my motherboard had too much give (like i guess it should have enough give so it doesn't snap, but not enough to ever wiggle or touch anything it shouldn't be touching)

So every time I did anything, like plug things in, my video card would turn off. I don't want to use the word short out, because that still scares me.

Motherboard Back panel
I took everything out and balanced out the screws. spent like a day installing drivers and thinking i got the most updated one.

I am pretty sure i'm all set.

The only thing messed up now is Terraria has a glitch in which my character freezes but the world around me keeps gong, and i can see everything going. ALL MY DRIVERS are updated.  Why!?!

We spent all the free time for a week or two playing Terraria. whenever the snow storm event (world storm event) if I am in the snow biome, my character just sits there. No one can hit me, I can't move.. for 15-20 minutes.

but it will unfreeze eventually. When I was hosting the server it sucked, because i couldn't just log out and come back, or else we lost any progress, and sometimes the loot, if we had recently put anything in inventory. So I would have to wait it out. When Brother started hosting, I could just alt-f4 and gtfo.

We finished all the bosses in Terraria and now I'm using the computer to update my character sheets and maybe start some campaign notes on my wannabe campaign.