Archive for December, 2009

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January Plans

31 December, 2009

As MMIX draws to a close, we must prepare for January and the New Year.  Wikipedia provides this information:  January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year.

So, what about doorways, transport and travel for January?  Moving into the New Year and all.

As usual, if there is something on this theme you would like to see, let me know.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Wand of Light Entertainment

29 December, 2009

And now for something completely different:

Wand of Light Entertainment

These wands are usually very decorative, often made from glittering cut crystal or dark wood inlaid with polished silver.  They are light and easy to move around in tricky and showy ways (+2 equipment bonus to any Slight of Hand check made to manipulate the wand).

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New Spell – Gift of the Muse

28 December, 2009

After the Sin’s Gift cycle of items, I though that perhaps it was time for something a little more positive.

Gift of the Muse

School enchantment (compulsion) [mind-affecting]; Level Brd 3, Clr 4, Guild 3
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Review – Rhetorics of Fantasy

27 December, 2009

This review was originally published in my LiveJournal but it occured to me that it might be of use to the general RPG debate on fantasy campaigns and games.

Mendlesohn, Farah. Rhetorics of Fantasy. Middleton, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2008.

Best to start with the “Health Warning: This book is not intended to create rules. Its categories are not intended to fix anything in stone. This book is merely a portal into fantasy, a tour around the skeletons and exoskeletons of the genre.” (P. vii)

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Review – Avatar (movie)

24 December, 2009

Short, non-spoiler review: Go and watch it for the CGI world of Pandora and the Na’vi.  An amazing realization of an alien environment, the best so far.  Ignore as much as possible the ham-handed plot that lacks all subtly and shows that Cameron does not understand what science fiction is.

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Spoiler filled analysis after the cut.

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New Magic Item – Sloth’s Sigil

22 December, 2009

Sorry, but I just could not force myself to finish this one . . .  A small joke now that we have reacted the end of the Sin’s Gift cycle of items.  It seems appropriate that Sloth is the last one done.

Sloth’s Sigil

These items always seem a bit casually made, as if the person making them just could not be bothered to do it properly.  It is a token marked with rune, sometimes on a seal, other times on a ring or talisman or even hung off of a headband.

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New Magic Item – Jealousy’s Jewel

21 December, 2009

Only one more of Sin’s Gifts to go after this one.

The musician Tallan performance was not up to snuff that day, something was off and he did not play as well as we expected.  When the newly arrived minstrel Gordiic played, his skills seemed so much better by comparison though he has never played so well since.

Jealousy’s Jewel

These items consist of a beautiful pure green tear drop shaped gem (usually an emerald or jade) on a silver chain.  The chain must be nearly constantly polished to keep it from tarnishing.  It can be worn as a necklace or hung from the waist.

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