Character Portraits

Back in the 80’s, we had a DM that was exceptionally creative and artistically gifted. Sadly, he was also deviously malevolent. But that is a story for another post. One of the marvelous things he did for us was to create character portraits.

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Blake’s 7

Blake’s 7

Blake’s 7 is a British sci-fi show that aired from 1978-1981. I saw a few episodes on PBS in the mid-to-late 80’s and immediately fell in love with it. Sadly, PBS only aired those few episodes and I never had the opportunity to see more of the show… until today.

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Tim Kask Video Series

This is a video created by Dorks of Yore, where Tim Kask talks about his time at Dragon Magazine. It is listed as being the first in a series, so I will append this post with each new video as it is released.

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Real Life Ooze

D&D has a number of oozes, slimes, molds, and fungi with which to torture our unfortunate adventurers. I’ve always been fond of them for their ingenuity, but hesitant to use them much. They can be devastating to a group of new players, or a simple chore to those that know how to deal with them. Today, I was fascinated to see a real life ooze swarm over its prey.

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The Word Hobbit Predates JRR Tolkien

In 1974, when the LBBs were first printed, they included the word “Hobbit” and “Ent”. Subsequently, TSR received a Cease and Desist order from the Tolkien estate, claiming that those words were protected under copyright law and belonged to them. TSR removed those words in future printings.

But now, some of that may be changing.

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Simple Encumbrance

No one likes dealing with encumbrance (weight allowance). Looking up, and adding together, the weight of all the little bits you are carrying is annoying, and not particularly important. On the other hand, there should be a limit to what you can carry. Imagine that your group found a stash of ten million copper pieces (100k gp worth of treasure weighing 100 tons). Suddenly, everyone wants to know how much they can carry. So I came up with a simplified method of dealing with encumbrance.

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I Have To See A Man About A Horse

That phrase was my grandfather’s favorite euphemism for having to go to the bathroom. It’s funny what you remember. But this time I really do want to talk about horses.

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Brave Adventurers

Today, I saw a post about someone finding a wonderful new gaming table. He talked about how it would be perfect and that it was just a bit bigger than what he had been using, but my first impression was that it was really little. Maybe I’m just spoiled with the monster 4′ x 8′ table that I’ve grown accustomed to. But then his small table reminded me of a particular game, many years ago, that we played on an even smaller table.

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Dwarven Forge Castle Builder Kickstarter

Dwarven Forge is currently running its fourth kickstarter: “Castle Builder” (running through March 30th, 2016 at 6:00pm PST). As expected, it blasted past the initial goal within hours and unlocked a number of stretch goals before the day was out. Let’s take a look at what makes Dwarven Forge kickstarters so incredibly amazing.

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Pointless Math Stuff

I haven’t done one of these for a while, and I was bored, so I let my math nerd out to play. During the past few weeks, I’ve run across various conversations about math-related topics and I guess they’ve been percolating in the back of my head since then. Here’s the result.

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