On The Mend

Real life issues have had me pretty much incapacitated the past couple of weeks, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m going to try to get out a few things, that have been burning to get written down for a while now, but it’ll be a while before I get to the big projects I’ve been working on.

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Game Day

Today is the 1st Sunday in February and it’s the traditional time for Game Day. Although, that term doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone.

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Fantasy Gems

Years ago, I wrote an article about how I use gems in my game. Apparently, it was poorly written and people found it confusing. I’d like to take the opportunity to revisit that one, and see if I can do a better job of expressing myself.

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Casting Time

I was introduced to OD&D in the 70s by a high school friend and his brother. During one of these games, when it was my turn, I cast a fireball. I told the DM where I wanted it centered and rolled damage. He then explained to me just how big the area of effect was, how small the cavern we were in was, and how I had managed to not only kill all the monsters but half of my own party as well, including myself.

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Mapping Resources

If you are a fan of fantasy mapping (or really any type of mapping for that matter), you are probably familiar with Cecil Soloman’s Ultimate Art Collection (CSUAC). It is a collection of user created symbols that were originally posted on the Dundjinni forums. Cecil collected these symbols, packaged them, and made them available for download. Then he disappeared. Since then, the CSUAC has only been intermittently available, but as of late has fortunately found a permanent home.

Recently, I discovered that there is another treasure trove of symbols available out there!

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Alan Rickman

I usually don’t post when a celebrity dies or celebrates a birthday. It isn’t out of disrespect or even the fact that so many others are posting that I see anything I might add as being just a drop in an ocean of sentiment. Instead, it is because I see such things as being personal. Sharing intimate thoughts into the anonymity of the web, lessens those feelings in some way, reducing loss to cold information.

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Warlocks

As a follow-up to my recent post about witches, it seems natural to move on to warlocks. Warlocks are not nearly as prominent in folklore. In fact, when they are mentioned at all, they are typically referred to simply as male witches. In 3e, warlocks were introduced as a character class. In 5e, warlocks saw some changes. But they remained, essentially, a wizard with a different backstory. I see warlocks as a bit more than that.

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Website Cleanup

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to give the web site a make-over. During the past few days, I’ve taken the first step and done some basic clean-up and updated the software.

I’ve even started thinking about what kind of new look I want, but that’ll be a ways down the road yet.

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Rise of the Witches

Folklore has given us stories about witches from the beginning of recorded history. Storybook witches are a well-defined part of our childhood. It seems like they should be one of the fundamental icons of the D&D world. Yet, to my knowledge, no official D&D product has ever contained a monster entry for witches. It is time to change that!

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Happy New Year 2015!

Many people like to end the year with a recap of the year’s events. I’ve never been big on that, but seeing as how I haven’t posted since before Thanksgiving, I think this year I’ll give it a shot. Besides, this way I’ll get in a December post so that doo-hickey in the sidebar won’t show that I’ve entirely missed posting during yet another month.

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