Time Travel

The most convincing argument that time travel will never be possible is that certain events have transpired that time-travelers obviously would have wanted to prevent, if it were within their power. Since these events have not been prevented, it can be assumed that no one came back to prevent them because time travel isn’t possible. That can be a pretty convincing line of thought. But I have a different theory.

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Friends and Enemies

If you leave things to your players, their characters will live in a bubble. They’ll return to town with their loot, say they are buying this and that, and head back out to the dungeon. But that’s not how real life imaginary life works. Characters will interact with an awful lot of people, making friends with some and, invariably, making enemies of others.

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Legend of Grimrock

With the popularity of MMO RPGs, it is increasingly difficult to find a good single-player game. But a number of years ago, I discovered this amazing exception. Produced by Almost Human Games, released in December 2012, LoG is a 3D grid-based dungeon crawler reminiscent of Dungeon Master and similar games from the 80s, but with exceptional, state of the art, graphics and sound.

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Deviant Spells

Higgs Bozon particle, Enstein-Rozen bridge, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Halley’s comet… when a significant discovery is made, it is often named after the person or persons who made the discovery. Wouldn’t the development of a new spell be accompanied by the same honor?

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Player Spellbooks

The Player’s Handbook, from every edition of d&d, has contained a list of spells, both for wizards and clerics, as well as a complete listing of each of those spells. Naturally, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. For many years, I have used something a bit different.

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Time To Start Thinking About Monsters

The holidays are over. Relatives have gone home. Decorations are put away. Life has more or less returned to normal. Now it’s time to start thinking about monsters once again!

I have been away for some time, partly due to illness, partly due to real life obligations. But I am feeling better now and ready to return.

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Living Up To My Nickname

Once again, I’ve been away for a very long time. I may not quite be back yet, but I am on my way. Thank you to all those who have inquired as to my whereabouts, sent their kind words, as well as their donations, and those that have sent me messages and emails during my absence. I’m sorry that I have not responded, or posted, these past few months, but I appreciate your thoughtfulness. You have all lifted my spirits greatly during my convalescence.

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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 series of videos created by Dorks of Yore, where Tim Kask talks about his time at Dragon Magazine. I will continue to append this post with each new video as it is released. Be sure to visit the Dorks of Yore site as well. They have an entire library of entertaining videos.

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