Tomb of Annihilation Session 40 Recap

We deal with the third and final pirate captain and explore the rest of Jahaka Anchorage.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

After last week’s harrowing 3-hour battle, the party still had one loose end to tie up in the form of the escaping Captain Laskilar, followed by enjoying the spoils of all three pirate captains in the lucrative, but guarded, warehouse.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 39 Recap

The bar brawl at Jahaka Anchorage turns into one of the deadliest fights of our adventuring careers.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

In all our years of playing Dungeons & Dragons, we’ve never come as close to a total party wipe as this week’s session. The bar fight within Boscoe’s Bilge, the tavern at the hidden pirate base of Jahaka Anchorage, proved a bloody, drawn-out struggle as the party threw everything they had at the third and final pirate crew.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 38 Recap

One pirate ship is used to get in close to another, then it’s onward to the pirates’ secret hideout, Jahaka Anchorage.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

With one pirate captain defeated and the ship captured, the party could interrogate the surviving crew (namely the first mate, Mad Kalita). They learned the specific location of the pirates’ secret hideout, Jahaka Anchorage, as well as the guard shift tactics the pirates used.

Armed with about half a plan, the party used the Dragonfang to draw in close to the Anchorage and deal with the second pirate ship, the Emerald Eye, before infiltrating the pirate base.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 37 Recap

Our heroes fight back when one of the pirates of Chult tries to shake them down.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

Note: Reese and Rachelle couldn’t make this week’s session. Gillian was played by Chris (Mannix) and Therin was played by Heather (Khaless).

When the party first arrived at Chult via ship, they were stopped by a marauding pirate crew. The ship was turned down, the crew robbed, and the party could do little more than hide and watch. Now, however, they are far stronger. When another pirate captain tries to do the same, they’re prepared to fight back.

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Gaming Backlog Final Thoughts – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

An amazingly fun open world pirate adventure that would better served without the Assassin’s Creed franchise trappings.

I have finished another backlogged game via Rogue’s Adventures. You can read my latest Final Thoughts below and also on my gaming blog on Game Informer.

AC 4 Black FlagDeveloper: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

Release Date: October 29, 2013

 

Assassin’s Creed is one of many major game franchises that I have never played, and never had much interest in (see also Metal Gear Solid, and any horror franchise). I didn’t have anything particularly against it (other than Ubisoft’s terrible treatment of the PC) but the historical settings didn’t really excite me, and the themes seemed a bit dour and serious for my taste.

Enter Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, my first Assassin’s Creed game. Black Flag takes place in the early 18th century, during the height of merchant trade, colonization, and pirates along the new world and the Caribbean. I adore the pirate theme – the ships that act as your mobile command center, the unique combination of swords and pistols, the dichotomy of lawlessness and imperialism. It translates so well to gaming it’s a shame we haven’t seen more pirate games. I still count Sid Meier’s Pirates! as one of the best, and the remake is over 10 years old.

Thus I finally decided to give an Assassin’s Creed game a chance, after a hefty Steam sale of course. Black Flag immediately immersed me into its fun world of pirate assassins, naval combat, and the open world of the Caribbean sea. In many ways it embodies the modern AAA video game – dumb story, cliché characters, incredible production values and tons of collectibles and modern gaming conveniences.  Continue reading “Gaming Backlog Final Thoughts – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag”