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Hex Crawl 23 #241: The Small Hairy Men

Roles & Rules - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 07:45

Eleven hexes northwest of Alakran.


In tunnels and burrows honeycombing this ridge of hills lives from time immemorial a tribe of not-quite-human creatures called the Small Hairy Men. You may treat them as kobolds, except there is nothing reptilian or dracomic about them. They are spindly and hunched, covered in fine dark hair, with a coarse shock growing wild around the head and chin. 

The Small Hairy Men only come out at night, in groups of 4-24, and must live off the proceeds of their hunting in the hills to the west, or on whatever secrets their underground tunnels hide. They only attack at odds of 5:1, and even then will harry with wicked slingstones before closing in with flint knives.

Beyond this, little is known about them, and speculation abounds on what they have at the end of their burrows and whether there are any Small Hairy Women.  They are left alone in general; the best policy is to travel only by day in the region of their ridge. A legend does go about that if you can catch one of them alone, and corner them without escape, they will submit and become your willing servant for life.

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First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 07:18
  Covers by Peach Momoko, Sozomaika, Ben Oliver and Jeehyung Lee!     September 12, 2023 – Titan Comics is proud to announce that it will be publishing Jeehyung Lee’s…
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Chris Samnee and Laura Samnee’s JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS Wins Two Ringo Awards

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 07:14
The Acclaimed All-Ages Comic Series Joins Kate Beaton’s DUCKS as the Ringo Awards’ Most Celebrated Book of the Year PORTLAND, OR (September 11, 2023) – JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS by co-writer/artist Chris Samnee (Daredevil, Black…
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First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 07:12
Robyn and Ghosthawk travel to the American badlands to uncover the source of the Shaman Warrior’s power. Their search leads them to one of the most evil forces in Native…
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BroadSword Comics: Halloween Specials!

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 07:09
Hey All! We’re featuring our upcoming “Belle of the Halloween Ball” Plus hand picked Halloween featured issues from BroadSword Past! Stories that feature our characters during Samhain/Halloween, Spellarella or a…
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Death of a Major Judge Dredd Character in Prog 2349

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 07:01
Judge Hershey’s Story Concludes in 2000 AD Prog 2349 A major death hits the pages of 2000 AD in Prog 2349, as the final chapter of Hershey by Rob Williams, Simon Fraser…
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THE MADNESS #2 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 06:28
THE MADNESS #2 In Stores: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023 Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Penciler: ACO Inker: David Lorenzo Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo Letterer: Sal Cipriano Cover A: ACO Cover B: Valerio…
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First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 06:27
SINS OF THE SALTON SEA #4 In Stores: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023 Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: C.P. Smith Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou Cover A: Tim Bradstreet Cover B: Jacob Phillips Cover…
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Pre-Order Fiends of the Eastern Front Volume 1

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 06:19
Pre-Order Fiends of the Eastern Front Volume 1   Vampires vs Nazis! This December Gerry Finley-Day and Carlos Ezquerra’s Fiends of the Eastern Front is to be collected in a gorgeous new edition…
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First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 06:17
A brand-new world and story from prolific author Chad Corrie MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 12, 2023)— Author Chad Corrie returns to prose with a dystopian fantasy for teens, As the Sparrow Flies: Sojourners’ Saga. Known…
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RICH REVIEWS: House of Slaughter # 17

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2023 - 06:14
Title: House of Slaughter # 17 Publisher: BOOM! Studios Series Developed by: James Tynion IV Written by: Sam Johns Illustrated by: Letizia Cadonici Colored by: Francesco Segala Lettered by: Andworld…
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NEW short film starring ROB VAN DAM

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 23:24
A depressed food addict, played by (myself) TIM CHIZMAR gets more than he bargained for when a mysterious PIZZA DELIVERY guy knocks on his door. This was shot in 2020,…
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ABLAZE Licenses THE AWL – Acclaimed Korean Graphic Novel Series

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 18:57
THE AWL is critically acclaimed and the recipient of the Korean Cartoon of Today Prize and caused a stir by raising public awareness about acute labor problems when it was…
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First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 18:43
The Marvel training program for aspiring artists hosted in Disneyland Paris produces its first official Marvel Comics artist! See her work this October in MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #11.   New…
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Large Group Bible Study- September 14th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 18:42

Thursday, September 7th- Large Group Bible Study

Are you craving a deeper connection with community and with God? Join us as we launch our large group bible study!

Location: Youth Room Time: 7:30PM-9PM See you there.

And don’t forget to follow Engage Young Adults on Facebook and Instagram!


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“Rick and Morty” Seasons 1-6 Box Set Now Available

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 16:00
OOH WEE! Go on an intergalactic adventure across the multi verse with the epic release of the Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-6 boxed set on Blu-ray and DVD.…
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Moogly Crochet and Chat Live - September 12, 2023

Moogly - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 15:30

September is the start of spooky season - and the start of crochet season! From here it's only a hop, skip, and a jump to the holidays, so let's get stitching! Today, as always, we'll go over all the latest news, links, and where to see me next! And I'll have a sneak peek for...

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D&D’s Biggest Controversies Ranked—9. D&D Infringes on Tolkien by Including Hobbits, Ents, Nazgûl, and Balrogs

DM David - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 11:11

Battle of the Five Armies (TSR 1977)

When D&D co-creator Gary Gygax penned the original D&D books, he took fantastic creatures and magic from every source he knew and added them to the game. He never considered who owned the ideas. Surely a few references to hobbits in a game that originally reached a minuscule number of hobbyists would pass unnoticed. So the first D&D books and supplements included references to hobbits, ents, nazgûl, and balrogs.

In April 1977, TSR went too far by releasing an unlicensed game based on The Hobbit called Battle of the Five Armies. A note under the title said, “From ‘The Hobbit’” and revealed that TSR had applied to trademark “The Battle of the Five Armies.”

The board game reached hobby shops just as marketing started for a television adaption of The Hobbit. Perhaps, TSR figured that the game could benefit from the movie publicity, while escaping the notice of any lawyers. This calculation proved wrong. Worse for TSR, the board game drew legal attention to D&D.

Hobbit (TV Movie 1977)

The Hollywood production company behind The Hobbit owned the non-literary rights to Tolkien’s works, and that included games. The man running the production company, Saul Zaentz, would later gain fame by suing John Fogerty for plagiarizing his own songs. (Zaentz owned the songs Fogerty wrote for Creedence Clearwater Revival, so when one of the artist’s new songs sounded too much like “The Old Man Down The Road,” Zaentz took Fogarty to court. Fogarty would strike back by penning the song “Zanz Kant Danz.”) Zaentz‘s company sent TSR a cease-and-desist notice.

TSR killed the board game and cut words coined by Tolkien from D&D. They used synonyms while leaving the fundamental concepts unchanged. Hobbits became halflings, ents became treants, and nazgûl became wraiths. The Eldritch Wizardry supplement dropped the note that said Type VI demons were sometimes called balrogs. Eventually, the D&D version of the demon would become balors.

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Big Finish: Once and Future – The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50 Released Today.

Blogtor Who - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 08:30

Big Finish’s 60th anniversary blockbuster, Doctor Who: Once and Future, continues with today’s release of The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50.  The latest of this multi-era series continues with the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Missy(Michelle Gomez) leading an all-star cast that features the Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey).

Written by Jonathan Barnes, the scriptwriter was thrilled to combine some classic sci-fi element in his latest story. “I always try to include a personal element in my stories so I was pleased to be able to write a sort of love letter to the work of HG Wells as well as the required ingredients.  It’s a commentary on fandom, too in some ways. The Doctor lands on a planet which seems to have been remodelled as an exact replica of the fictional London in Wells’s War of the Worlds… but who could be responsible for such devilry? Well, check out the front cover!”

“Hopefully, there are a few surprises along the way too…”

Doctor Who – Once and Future: The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50 is available now to own as a single-disc collector’s edition CD (+ download for just £10.99), or digital download only (for just £8.99), exclusively from www.bigfinish.com.

The Once and Future series is released monthly, with the first seven parts materialising between May and October 2023, and a final coda in November 2024.

A special edition series bundle, which contains extended behind-the-scenes extras and music suites for each story, is also available to pre-order for just £62 (as a digital download only).  The Once and Future special edition CD bundle was limited to 3,000 pressings and sold out in record time, before a single story in the series was released.


  • Duration: 75 minutes.
    Released: 12 September 2023, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
    Director: Ken Bentley
    Writer: Jonathan Barnes
  • Script Editor: Matt Fitton
  • Producer: David Richardson
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

The First Doctor arrives in Victorian London amid a Martian invasion. But he discovers all is not what it seems when Missy appears…

Soon, the Doctor is propelled into a future incarnation – the Tenth – but he is not alone in battling Missy and her Martian invaders. The Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax – are also here to assist. But can they offer the Doctor any help in solving his own degeneration mystery?

Doctor Who: Once and Future – The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50

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