Not all campaigns have them, but many do, the biggest of Big Bads: Dark Gods, Lich Kings, Embodiments of Primal Chaos, and other such insanely powerful beings. You know the archetype. His dark shadow lies across the land, the armies of the light arm to fight him, the common people quake in fear and even heroes make signs of warding against his name . . . and the player characters want to fight him? How do you cope with players wanting to take down beings of such power?
Archive for June, 2009
Monday will see the last article (for now) on the Dragon Empress.
Wednesday will see some discussion on certain fantasy tropes.
Friday will see us into July, named after Julius Caesar (and replacing the earlier Roman month of Quintilis). It will be a time to look at governments and people of ambition in the Sea of Stars.
While the Empress has removed herself from the day to day running of her Empire, there is a certain minimal Imperium Government that exists to ensure that her will, enacted through the Imperial Edicts, are carried out.
The Imperial Government is organized under her Seven Stars, who are known only by their titles:
The Chancellor, The Herald, The Hunter, The Judge, The Marshal, The Minister and The Sage.
Together they oversee:
- The Imperial Army, mostly cadres around which other troops can be organized.
- The Imperial Auditors, who ensure the appropriate taxes flow into the Imperial coffers and maintain the purity of Imperial currency.
- The Imperial Courts, for the small number of cases tried under Imperial Law.
- Intelligencers, the eyes and spies of the Imperium, watching from the shadows for threats and dangers.
- Shel’lioc and the Imperial Holdings, the lands personally held by the Empress, which include the Capital and all its wonderful museums.
Imperial Agents are rarely seen, but when they are, they are treated with the utmost respect as they can mobilize the entire weight of the Imperium when needed.
But all told, there are less than 10,000 beings, dragons and others, in direct Imperial service, yet the Empress still maintains control over her Empire. Some would think that she is too trusting of those lower on the ladder of rule . . .
We all need to laugh at our hobby and ourselves on occasion. These are the gaming related webcomics that I visit:
WereGeek, a recent discovery but one I am glad I found. The first arc is a little slow and a little weak but after those initial startup problems, the strip really takes off. Highly recommended.
Girl Genius, while not technically a gaming comic, it will be enjoyed by gamers, and it is written by Phil and Kaja Folio who did the classic What’s New strips for Dragon Magazine back in the mists of time.
And one cannot mention gaming webcomics without mentioning Order of the Stick, you must know about it already.
Now, my gaming is primarily RPGs, with some CCGs and the occasional board game, I do not do computer based gaming at all (I know, weird), and my choice of webcomics reflect that.
What are your favourites from around the web? What is good out there that I have missed?
But if you do . . . you can rejoin at GenCon.
Wizards of the Coast is having a contest, the Never Split the Party Contest in fact: Describe your gaming group that has since broken up and you could win a trip for all the group (up to six) to GenCon.
What a wonderful idea. Good luck to all.