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World of Chaldea Casting Call

Gamer Goggles - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:40

PETER ADKISON AND WORLD OF CHALDEA CALL ON GAMERS AND FANTASY FANS EVERYWHERE TO GET IN THE PICTURE

Casting Call Opens for Hundreds of Extras to Be Drawn into the World of Chaldea

Join Director Peter Adkison on Facebook Live at 12:00pm Pacific Today
SEATTLE, WA (July 10, 2017): World of Chaldea, the new web series by Peter Adkison, founder of Wizards of the Coast, co-owner of Gen Con and filmmaker (Chaldea: War Room and The Devil Walks in Salem), opens today a casting call for gamers and fantasy fans everywhere with World of Chaldea’s Part of the Picture. Hundreds of extras from fantasy and history will be immortalized in Chaldea’s graphic novel scenes – from local folk to Legionnaires, necromancers to knights, druids to drunks and many more.

The Part of the Picture call is open to anyone ages 13 and up and requires no previous acting experience. To become #PartofThePicture, fans will pick a character from the extras list, take a couple of photos in costume inspired by the character and post them to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #PartofThePicture and #WorldofChaldea, along with the name of the character they are portraying. For complete details, including the extras list and guidelines, visit:
www.worldofchaldea.com/become-a-part-of-the-picture
“Initially, we started to create characters from scratch until we realized that it would be a lot of fun to make these characters look like people we know. Then we realized, if we think this is fun, maybe others will too, so we’re opening it up for everyone!”, says Adkison, World of Chaldea director.

Adkison will be live on Facebook.com/PeterAdkison at 12:00pm Pacific Time today, Monday July 10, for a behind-the-scenes look at the World of Chaldea and to answer questions about the casting call.

The World of Chaldea series is currently in production, featuring a cast that includes Jen Page, Conner Marx, Sarah Moore, Brandon Marino, Jesse Cheever, Stefan Hajek, Yasmine Aker and Eric Ray Anderson. Created by Adkison along with long-time collaborator Steve Conard, and developed directly from scenarios gamed by players in Adkison’s RPG campaigns dating back to 1981, World of Chaldea brings those games to life in a trans-media web series, using graphic novel art, music, sound, and live action film sequences. Chaldea has adult themes, traditional fantasy roots mixed with real-world places and times in history, and real-world pantheons of deities, all of which are brought together in an epic tale in an innovative blend of film, comics, and fiction.

Those cast by Adkison through #PartofthePicture will be drawn into the graphic novel pages that will become a part of the series. They will also receive a custom digital portrait of themselves as their character and an “extras” name credit.

Photos will be accepted through 12:00pm Pacific Time, September 15, 2017.

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Chris Holmes on Tell Me About Your Character

Zenopus Archives - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:31


Listen to Chris Holmes on the 3rd season of the short podcast Tell Me About Your Character, talking about his third favorite D&D character after Boinger and Zereth

http://www.tellmeaboutyourcharacter.com/episode/3/8
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Outlander Panel Set to Return to San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Cryptozoic - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:00

The Outlander fan community is buzzing with excitement as the hit Starz drama series has officially announced its return to San Diego Comic-Con next weekend! The star-studded panel is planned for Friday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Ballroom 20. 

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#ConManKen - Mad Ox Games & Comics is Closing Its Doors July 30th - Time for Another Gig for Ken

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:55


Mad Ox Games & Comics is closing its doors for good July 30th. #ConManKen's record of success (or lack there of) is maintained. The universe can now let out its held breath. All is right in the world of Ken.

Why would anyone want to buy a stocked Games & Comics store for $20k that is abruptly closing? I'd want to know why the abrupt closing before putting my money down.


I'm guessing the above has something to do with the store closing. Both postings were from last night.

Damn, Ken is always the victim. Now Marcus is closing the store he's been faithfully managing right out from under him.

Poo Poo Face - AKA Erik Tenkar reporting from the interwebs...
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1d7 Random Lovecraftian Outer Void Asteroid Adventure Locations Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:22
When the 'Word' was spoken & the ninth & tenth planets were shattered into the asteroid field in the solar system there were places that survived. Ancient treasure vaults that should never be found. As mankind and the near  humans races expand into the nearby some of these places will be uncovered & nothing will ever be the same again. The beings of a dying elder world, wise with the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Welcome to Stone Dragon Mountain

Torchbearer RPG - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:34

Hello friends!

Looking for more harrowing places to take your adventurers? Look no further! Welcome to Stone Dragon Mountain (now on Kickstarter)

Stone Dragon Mountain is Sean Nittner’s epic adventure and campaign setting, inspired by the Himalayas.

Deep inside the frozen Stone Dragon Mountain, an unearthly fire burns. It is stoked by generations of hatred for the local mountain dwellers, who try to forget their shameful history appeasing wrathful gods. but before the mountain erupts into violence and fire, a few ambitious explorers will have the opportunity to climb its frozen peaks, learn its secrets, and plunder its hoards.

Will that be you brave adventurer? Or will the mountain consume you as it has so many others before?

Check it out!

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Cryptozoic and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Will Release Series 2 of DC Bombshells and Lil Bombshells at San Diego Comic-Con

Cryptozoic - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:00

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, today announced that they are launching Series 2 of both DC Bombshells and DC Lil Bombshells vinyl figures at San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center. Fans can come to Cryptozoic’s booth (#115) for the first opportunity to buy the 7-inch and 2.75-inch Series 2 figures, which are inspired by 1940s pin-up art and focus on DC’s powerful female characters. 

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Wednesday Comics: Nocturnals: Sinister Path

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:00

I backed the Kickstarter for Dan Brereton's latest Nocturnals graphic novel, Sinster Path. The Kindle/Comixology versions are available now, and the hardcover should soon be available to the nonbacker public.

If you're not familiar with horror/pulp/superhero mashup The Nocturnals, you might want to read this post first.  If you are, then you know Brereton presents his tough guy underworld where super-science and magic exist in a matter of fact way, without a lot of explanation. Sinister Path continues this tradition, so no one evidences any surprise when Doc Horror and his crew head into the mansion of a deceased judge to get the files of dirt he kept on various underworld and government figures and encounter supernatural menaces. All in a days work for a werewolf/mob enforcer/scientist from a parallel dimension!

If that makes the Nocturnals sound like camp, it is not. The tone is serious for the most part, and Brereton makes his unusual concept work. His moody and lurid art probably helps.


Sinster Path could be read as a standalone, but it's probably, but best to start a little earlier so you know the relationships. It's fairly open-ended, promising more to come.

Film Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

19th Level - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:21

Peter Parker is a high school sophomore in Queens. He's also Spider-Man and has just returned from a trip to Germany, recruited by Tony Stark/Iron Man to help in a superhero conflict against Captain America and his Avengers faction, as seen in Captain America: Civil War. [Note I'll try to steer clear of spoilers in this review but I'll of course have to say something about the plot to do a review...]

This dichotomy, between the big and the little, is at the heart of Homecoming. Peter wants to be an Avenger. However, Tony Stark keeps him at arm's length. One gets the sense that Tony is perhaps rethinking the wisdom of having brought a kid into the super-powered big leagues.

While waiting in vain for "the call" Spider-Man is keeping his friendly neighborhood safe. He stops bicycle thieves and carjackers. But he soon discovers some ATM thieves packing some superscience hardware.

In parallel to Spider-Man's street level tale we have that of Adrian Toomes/the Vulture. In the opening scenes of the film we have a flashback of Toomes running a cleanup crew in aftermath of the Battle of New York in the first Avengers film. But his crew gets the boot after Stark's Damage Control subsidiary takes over the cleanup. Toomes however secretly keeps the superscience gadgets he's recovered and gets into the business of acquiring more. In this, the Vulture has a double-meaning - he has a flying suit, but he is also a vulture, scavenging alien technologies. Michael Keaton, no stranger to comic book movies, is superb as Toomes and the Vulture. He's not an evil world conqueror. He can be ruthless but he is also loyal to his men and his family. He is like Peter in a number of ways - he hides his double-life from his family, he feels he has been left behind by Tony Stark.

Peter really is a teenager. Yes, he is played by Tom Holland, in his early twenties, but Holland plays a believable 15-year old. He has a high voice. He is earnest. He is excited. He sometimes screws up but he wants to do what is right. Neither Homecoming nor Civil War rehash the origin story (bit by a radioactive spider, didn't stop a crook when he could, said crook kills Uncle Ben, great power, great responsibility). It's clearly part of his background - both in his conversation with Tony Stark from Civil War and in Homecoming when Peter never hesitates about doing what is right, even when stepping aside would be safer. And Peter gets overwhelmed - both in navigating his life at school and his life as a superhero. He gets terrified when he is nearly killed in a battle. He gets awkward when talking to Liz Allan, a girl two years ahead of him who he has a crush on.

Peter has a great supporting cast. His high school setting, a techie-oriented magnet school, is quite believable. Flash Thompson is still there, still a bully, but more the intellectual kind. I'd already mentioned Liz, who is captain of his school's academic decathlon team. His best friend is Ned Leeds, though Ned seems strongly inspired by Ganke Lee, best friend of the Miles Morales of the Ultimate Spider-Man universe. Early on Ned becomes Peter's secret keeper (hopefully I'm not giving anything away - this was straight out of the trailer) and he geeks out about Peter being Spider-Man as much, if not more so, than Peter. Zendaya plays another classmate, Michelle. who is incredibly snarky, brilliant, observant, and a delight to watch. The supporting cast is very diverse, though I have to admit I'm hoping someday to see the Miles Morales Spider-Man make his way to the big screen. This is to take away nothing from Tom Holland who totally owned the role - he could be cocky, brilliant, vulnerable, foolish, selfish, and caring - all within a one-minute window. As a parent of a 12-year old and a 15-year old, I can totally believe that.

His adult supporting cast fits in wonderfully as well. Marisa Tomei plays Aunt May - quite a bit younger than most Aunt May's - but she is a believable early-50's woman, which seems to be a realistic age to be Peter's Aunt. She takes a lot from the Ultimate version of Aunt May, a bit of an aging hippie. There's great chemistry between Peter and May - she's aware there's something going on in his life but she doesn't quite know what it is. She's fairly recently widowed but is moving on with her life (and catches the eye of many men, from the staff at a Thai restaurant to Tony Stark).

Robert Downey, Jr. has been playing Tony Stark for nearly a decade and was born to play the role. But here he has an unusual role - that of mentor. He acknowledges he might not be so good at it, what with him having his own distant father. He feels responsible for Peter and, as I mentioned, while it is never said outright, I sense he regrets taking Peter to Germany. Not out of any lack of respect for Peter, but because he remembers that Peter is still just a kid and learning.

Homecoming fully brought Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to Marvel and Sony coming to a new agreement on the rights to the character after Amazing Spider-Man 2 misfired. His placement in a larger universe was used well - the legacy of the invasion in The Avengers was able to drive many plot points without the need to create new MacGuffins and both Spider-Man and the Vulture feel left behind by Tony Stark. Yet the film is not buried under continuity - the greater universe serves to enhance a story told at a smaller and more intimate scale.

Family note - daughter Jasmine, aged 12, mainly a DC girl, enjoyed the movie a lot, though she still prefers Wonder Woman. Her and I both noticed that Zendaya's Michelle really captured Jasmine's personality...


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Chris Yoder (Clangador on the Dragonsfoot Forums) has Passed - Family needs Money for Burial

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 23:07


Stuart Marshall asked for my help and that of The Tavern's Community - and the OSR at large:Hi all It'll be no surprise to most regulars when I say that Chris Yoder, known on these forums as Clangador, has passed away. No surprise, but perhaps, still a bit of a shock. His widow and teenage sons are trying to raise money to pay for his funeral. I'll say that again. Those boys and their mum are trying to figure out how they can afford to bury their dad. Now, I realise that there's a recession on. For a lot of us, money is tight. Some Dragonsfooters aren't working. Others might have jobs, but still be struggling to make the rent each week. If you're in that position, then your well-wishes will of course be quite sufficient. But I know that some of us are fortunate enough to be able to donate a couple of quid, a few dollars, maybe a shekel or two. For those people, I'd like to respectfully draw your attention to this link:- Chris Yoder burial costs Thanks for reading, and all the best, StuartIts been a rough couple of weeks here in the OSR. If you can give, literally even if its just a buck, please do. If you can't, and that I'm sure is many in this community, please share either this post or the GoFundMe link. Just by adding to the bandwidth, you are doing a great service for the Yoder family. No one should have to worry about burial expenses in the midst of such a tragedy.

Thank you,
Tenkar
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Torchlight Will be Taking Submissions Starting August 1st - Plan is for a Gamehole Con Release (Swords & Wizardry)

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 16:23

Damn, I need a shave. I should be lucky Rach lets me in bed each night ;)

Yes, that's a Torchlight hat. I ordered from Vistaprint and one other. Wouldn't mind having a few on hand to give away. There MIGHT be something in the works for Swords & Wizardry Light hats, but all I'll say for now is "its being looked at."

Alright, so we are reopening Torchlight for submissions come August 1st. Submissions will be open for the first issue through September 15th. I'll be putting together some guidelines. Basic rule is, articles must be either system neutral or for Swords & Wizardry. The preference is for SWC and SWL / SWCL as they are the editions in print with Frog God Games, but we'll be open to all.

Of course, I don't know when SWCL will be releasing, but one can hope - soon ;)

Hat without my head:




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1d4 Random Ancient Pacts With Demons of the Outer Void Table

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:53
Between the cracks of reality & the unreality of the fluid places where demons dwell there is are those bargainers who work each & every mortal mark they can with their dark powers of guile. Destruction of the immortal soul is their ultimate aim. But they do it with a flourish and a style for those wizards who think of themselves superior to each and every demonic essence in the blackness Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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#ConManKen - Complete With 2nd Grade Putdowns - The Return of Poo Poo Head

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:49
#ConManKen

Lets talk some FACTS about you, shall we?

1 - You told me you were going to have your lawyers sue my ass for slander. A lie.

2 - You told me you had filed federal and state level criminal charges against me. Another lie.

3 - You claimed pencil dice had shipped. Another lie. And NUMEROUS lies regarding KotDT LAS. Too many to count. You lie as easily as you breath.

4 - A listing of your unshipped / unfulfilled Kickstarters:
     - Deck Dice
     - RPG Pencil Dice
     - Pencil Dice
     - Castles & Crusades: Beyond the River
     - Spinward Traveller
     - Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series 

5 - Your revised completion date for all the above - August 1st, 2017

6 - You used money from the Pencil Dice KS to pay for your exploits in film. Your statement.

Now, with the facts above, a lack of updates on any of the above listed projects, your statements about your undiagnosable but self diagnosed illness and less then three weeks before your new but already later than all of the original project due dates coming up, it doesn't take a trained investigator to conclude that the likely outcome in three weeks is more excuses, not fulfilled projects.

I know you worry that I might have a mole in your circle of friends, both in real life and online. Just know I never ran a case using informants where I had less than three at my disposal. Friends, associates, family, business partners, deli owners, the guy at the pizza shop. You need at least three to validate any one of the three sources. Not saying I have any moles, Kenny. Just saying if I did, it would be more than you think.
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More Retro Commentary & Actual Play On Judge's Guild's Tegel Manor By Bob Bledsaw Sr. For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 05:48
After last week's game the PC's made it into the road of Tengel Village. But then this week they had an encounter with the underbelly of the village itself. The PC's were hot on the trail of Sir.Tristan & co but didn't even make it into the village when they saw a party of Tsathoggua cultists & attacked.  They've had dealings before with these bastards & it hasn't been pretty. The Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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More Swords & Wizardry Sales from The "Bill-less" Frogs! - Tome of Horrors Complete and more - Oh My!

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 03:37

I should have put this up LAST night, but I went to bed early (I had Uncle duties early this morning)

Yes, the Frogs are having another Swords & Wizardry Sale.

So, what do they have for you this week?

Sword of Air, Tome of Horrors Complete and ToH4 are 10 bucks each in PDF using the following coupon:

BILL-CAN-TAKE-IT

If you don't have Sword of Air - GET IT! Tome of Horrors? No matter the OSR system you use, grab the bugger. Same goes for ToH4

Wait, you want more?

Okay, but for this one you need to get the coupon code from the Swords & Wizardry Legion Facebook Group

What do you get?

The Legion Bundle is horrible...as in Tome of Horrors, Hall of Bones and Hex Crawl Classics 1 in PDF More Hex Crawls get added as bundles get sold.

I make no monies off of the sales of Frog God products. I share this as a service to The Tavern's readers and because the products are damn good. Yes, I now swim in the Frog God Pond. I always thought the Frog's products were damn good ;)


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Lovecraft in Greyhawk

Greyhawk Grognard - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 02:25
The very early history of Gary Gygax's World of Greyhawk Fantasy Setting had more than a few mentions of H.P. Lovecraft's "Cthulhu Mythos." Michael Falconer put the problem neatly on the (now-defunct) Pied Piper Publishing message boards:
Surely some influences [of fantasy literature] are greater than others. Barsoom, for example, is not integrated into Greyhawk; one must actually leave Greyhawk and travel to Barsoom for a Barsoom-like experience. A 'Cthulhu', on the other hand, can (and does) easily exist in Greyhawk, quite comfortably using as his pawns Giants straight out of Pratt's The Roaring Trumpet, who use as their lackeys some of Tolkien's Orcs. And so on. An understanding of Greyhawk therefore depends on a familiarity with the most famous fantasy works of at least Poul Anderson, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Michael Moorcock, Fletcher Pratt, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Jack Vance. Then, of course, there's Greek, Norse, Finnish, and Celtic mythology; The Bible and extra-biblical Christian legendry; and fairy tales... (emphasis added)Robert J. Kuntz, who was to be Gygax's co-DM in the original Greyhawk campaign, confirms this and adds (again from the late lamented PPP message boards):
Greyhawk had specialty priests. The Elder Priests (for the Cthulhu gods) I designed; EGG worked on those for the pantheons, and we had Pholtus early on, with extra blinding light spells and their particular trappings. Again, as many, many facets of the game were advancing all at once, each component received "boosts" when we thought of these, but there was little time at that point to get too specialized with parts, as this was a broad approach and very time consuming. RJK even mentioned a specific locale associated with such things, although apparently it was only barely explored by the players in the original campaign:
The castle was but a few miles NE of the City as we pictured it, though we never then drew an environs map for it, but we knew where it was, as we knew where the Temple to the Latter Day Old Ones was, about half way to the Castle along the same path from the city, and beneath ground, also accessible by the sewers, which I later drew. ... Jim Ward's and my bro's PCs both entered the secret Temple, but by the stump, not the sewers. Eric Shook's PC entered the sewers but never made it to the Temple. Of course the first edition of the 1st Edition AD&D book Deities and Demigods famously included both the Cthulhu and Melnibonean mythoi, but they were preemptively withdrawn in subsequent printings because of fears that Chaosium (which at the time had acquired the rights to both, and turned them into RPGs) might raise a legal fuss.

But there were, of course, more Lovecraftian Things scuttling about in the wilds of Greyhawk.

First, there is the obscure god Dalt, "The forgotten lesser god of portals and enclosures" who gave the archmage Mordenkainen the Silver Key of Portals, as Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure tells us. However, RJK gives us a bit of additional flavor that puts the lost god in a Lovecraftian perspective (from Dragonsfoot):
On Fomahault, an OD&D style Greyhawk addie I wrote back in 1975 for the campaign--and this is where the Lovecraftian Mythos stuff was mainly infiltrating from into the campaign-- the Priest of Leng held "The Silver Key". Dalt is a real god, but renamed and in disguise, and it is these two threads which I brought together to supply Mordenkainen with the Key. So, no, he never found it in the campaign, as it was already written into parts we were DMing, but it did exist, as did Dalt.Once the Lovecraftian connection is made with the "god of portals", one thing immediately jumps to my mind; Nyarlathotep, the messenger of the Outer Gods with a thousand forms. Acting as a sort of herald for the Outer Gods really seems to fit with what little we know about Dalt (excepting his later retconning as being Vatun's brother or something, which seems really to be plucked out of thin air to make connections for connections' sake).

Yog-Sothoth might work as an inspiration for Dalt, too. It is known as "the opener of the way" after all...

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't point out the Lovecraftian nature of the Elder Elemental God, who has taken up a fair share of posts here on the blog over the years. Again, setting aside the retconning that tries to make the EEG just a part of Tharizdun, the fact that the Elder Elemental God was described by Gygax as "being imprisoned on a distant star" lays its Lovecraftian origin clear from the outset. The association with madness and tentacles (tentacle rods held by the priests, tentacle curtains in the temples, etc.) I think makes the Lovecraftian nature of the EEG plain.

Tharizdun himself does have some Lovecraftian elements, to be sure (big evil god sleeping/imprisoned) but it's fair to say that's a fairly common trope within Greyhawk, and we see it in several different places (Tharizdun, Zuggtmoy, Elder Elemental God, the pit fiend in the Drachensgrab mountains, etc.).
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Looking for #ConManKen? He's Managing a Games and Comics Store in Somerset Ky

Tenkar's Tavern - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 23:45

Yeah, I've been slow on #ConManKen news. Sometimes the rest of the world is simply more interesting than Ken

So, Ken is now managing Mad Ox Games & Comics in Somerset Ky. I hope its in walking distance for Ken, as I've heard rumors he no longer has a valid driver's license. Not confirmed, just a rumor mind you. Besides, with self declared Alzheimer's he shouldn't be driving anyway.

In any case, if someone were looking to have Ken served, you now have a location where he should be at 40 plus hours a week. I'm glad to see that even those with self diagnosed Alzheimer's can find themselves gainfully employed. I'm sure he'll find the time to complete all of his outstanding Kickstarters by August 1st. Gee Ken - three more weeks! You're on perfect pace to be the failure we all know and - well, hate is too strong a word. I'll settle on "strong dislike."

Oh, you want an address?

LIGHT #24
4440 South Hwy 27
Somerset, KY 42501

While you visit, ask for this comic:


Could someone tell me how a fictitious character can sign a comic? Not the author. Not the writer. Not the editor. Not the letterer. The main character.

Someone better be counting that till on a daily basis, as Mr self declared Alzheimer's seems to be a little confused (or working a "con")




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Should ENWorld be Endorsing Ennie Nominations?

Tenkar's Tavern - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:13
Tip of the hat to Venger Santanis for pointing me in the direction.

Sean Fannon's Picks of the Week for July 8th. Its a regular column that is also posted on Sean's own blog, but of course, ENWorld is what drives the traffic.

and so on for categories such as:

Best Electronic Book
Best Writing
Best Setting
Best Rules

I'm sure I'm going to surprise many when I say I don't fault Sean for his picks nor posting them at his own blog. Heck, I made picks of my own.

The issue here is that by posting this on ENWorld, the company / site that is the force behind the ENnies (as well as lending its name to them) this sure as hell comes of as picking ENWorld favorites for certain categories. This NEVER should have gotten past Morrus or anyone else that might do the editing (if there is such) at ENWorld.

As the organization running the ENnies, ENWorld should be above reproach. Ethically, they should not give the appearance of endorsing any nominations and they sure as hell look like they are doing so.

This is ground ball shit. Simply another reason to hope that there is some transparency to the ENnies process in the near future.
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The Brittany Star - Fortunes Won & Lost AAR Part 2

Two Hour Wargames - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 19:52

So Arizona Bob and the group are on the Brittany Star heading for Mission St. Mary. Normally the games would start when they disembark, but I figure, what the heck, I’ll run an Encounter on the ship. The rules for Encounters that could be used are in Mission St. Mary. The sweet thing is even though most are made for exploring in the countryside, you can adapt them for use on the ship with a little imagination. All I would need to do is substitute appropriate Non-Player Characters for the location. They are:·        Confrontation – Used when two groups square off and fight. This can take place on the ship, in an alley, or on the tabletop while exploring the countryside.·        Conquer – Used to stake claim to territory and drive all opponents off. I could use it in a bar or tavern setting where an obnoxious group wants to take it over for the night.·        Contact – Although used for discovering a primitive race or lost place, on the Brittany Star I could use it to try and find a specific NPC.·        Explore – Used to explore unexplored areas of Lemuria. This could also be used when exploring different parts of a town or in this case a ship.·        Gathering – Used to trek around the country gathering food to survive. ·        Hunt – Used to hunt a specific animal or creature. On board the Brittany Star? Arizona Bob could be hunting for a drink!·        Job Offer – Someone offers you a job.·        Raid – Used to raid an opposing location or defending yours.·        Rescue – In this Encounter you try and rescue someone. Maybe Sarah Jane’s been kidnapped and being held onboard the ship or in a seamy part of Mission St. Mary.·        Scavenger Hunt – This is the follow up to a Hunt in the countryside where you have attracted unwanted visitors.·        Travel – The Travel Encounter is used when you are moving from area to area. This could be inside a town like Mission St. Mary, onboard a ship, or even moving about the countryside. 

In Fortunes Won and Lost, we have the additional military based Missions for use in the countryside, which could be used in town and again, onboard a ship. They are:·        Patrol – You are to explore the table and spend time scouting on the opposite edge, resolving all PEFs – Possible Enemy Force markers. You can adapt this for patrolling a town or ship, making the rounds, as part of the local police or security.·        Raid – Used to raid the enemy.·        Defend – Used to protect a location or someone from enemy raiders.

All together about a dozen adventures to choose from. I could roll randomly or choose which one to play. I choose …
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Adapting Wonder Stories Quarterly v02n04 (1931 Summer) & Clark Ashton Smith's "Amazing Planet" To The 'Old Solar System' Campaign Setting"

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 17:05
Time for another amazing adventure with that “that thin,austere mariner of the interstellar gulfs, who had dreamt of circumnavigatingspace and thus becoming the Magellan of the constellations."  with Captain Volmar & his intrepid interstellar crew of space explorers! Time for another the Captain Volmar story & this time its from Wonder Stories Quarterly v02n04 (1931 Summer).  I love everythingNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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