What have you splurged on recently? (The Return)

I backed the original DG KS. Best $300 on games I’ve spent… every six months or so a lovely book lands.
 
We will be off on holiday to Cornwall next week, and since you can never quite trust the British weather some game accompaniment seems prudent…

A few weeks ago I was introduced to Hive and really enjoyed it, so that will be making the trip in case my wife is up for a game on a rainy day. If you’ve never played it, I would describe it like a cross between chess and go. It has varied pieces similar to chess, but is about surrounding your opponent’s queen rather than taking pieces which feels reminiscent of go to me.

For some solo amusement, I picked up Mini Rogue that will also be coming along. It’s a light weight rogue-like dungeon crawler. Haven’t played it yet as I’m saving that for the trip but I researched games in the space and it looks cool for the level of portability it has and very reasonably priced too.
 
In addition to the usual haul of edible dice and funky tea from Honeybadger Games, I also picked up a couple of maps from Expo.

First up is this lovely tea towel/battle map from Jodie's Dice Farm, which I bought because it's a tea towel and a battle map, duh.
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Then I also grabbed the most gorgeous city map from the Vynestra bunch. This is a Roman-infused fantasy setting for 5e and PF2, I think. I don't know anything else about it except that the city map is gorgeous and apparently took the artist 2 years to complete, because it's entirely done by hand. The version I have is A1 on vinyl, and it's great. They also threw in an A4 paper copy that has an annotated criminals map of the sewers on the back, which was nice of them.
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The important question is how is the cat at GMing?

I just picked up this Pathfinder bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/software/pathfinders-finest-2e-fantasy-grounds-experience-software
It's for Fantasy Grounds Unity, which I've not used recently, and having now installed it again I don't think I'll ever run a game on it, given how long it took just to figure out how to put a map on the screen and add some character tokens. However, once I linked my Paizo account to Fantasy Grounds, I was able to add everything to my Paizo account and download the PDFs instead. A bit convoluted but I got what I wanted.
 
In addition to the usual haul of edible dice and funky tea from Honeybadger Games, I also picked up a couple of maps from Expo.

First up is this lovely tea towel/battle map from Jodie's Dice Farm, which I bought because it's a tea towel and a battle map, duh.
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Then I also grabbed the most gorgeous city map from the Vynestra bunch. This is a Roman-infused fantasy setting for 5e and PF2, I think. I don't know anything else about it except that the city map is gorgeous and apparently took the artist 2 years to complete, because it's entirely done by hand. The version I have is A1 on vinyl, and it's great. They also threw in an A4 paper copy that has an annotated criminals map of the sewers on the back, which was nice of them.
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I have hovered around the Vynestra created setting inspired with a Roman Republic theme. It is infused heavily with 5e, which I don't have, but it is certainly a work of great skill, dedication and love.

 
I have hovered around the Vynestra created setting inspired with a Roman Republic theme. It is infused heavily with 5e, which I don't have, but it is certainly a work of great skill, dedication and love.

I couldn't face the collection of huge books, let alone the price tag attached to them, but I did download the pre-Kickstarter intro "Deveros in a nutshell" so that when I get around to it I can get the original context of the map.
 
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