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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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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