Archive for December, 2009


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.


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.




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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New Magic Item – Wrath’s Weapon

20 December, 2009

Sorry for this being so late.  It turns out working retail during the holiday season takes a lot of effort.  But I intend to have the Sin’s Gift series of items done by Christmas.  Only two more to go!

He revelled in combat, his sword flashing with a sinister gleem as he dispatched his foes.  But I always keep my distance for he seemed to enjoying giving himself over to his hatred far too much.

Wrath’s Weapon

This weapon is contained in a case of black leather and the opener of the case will find their preferred melee weapon inside.  The weapon will be a well-made but otherwise unexceptional except for the motto engraved upon it “Suffer no insult, forgive no foe.”

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Review – Genius Guide to: Loot 4 Less – Pretty, Pretty, Rings

17 December, 2009

The Genius Guide to: Loot 4 Less – Pretty, Pretty, Rings is a 11-page PDF (ten pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen C. K. Stephens and published by Super Genius Games.  This is the fifth of Super Genius Games’ Genius Guide line (and second of the Loot 4 Less series).

The layout is a screen-friendly landscape design, with cover art and 1-column on the first page and three columns on the rest.  The two charts are easy to read and discussion about the new rules and design is placed in grey text boxes.  There is quite a bit of art in black and white pieces (apart from the full color cover) showing a variety of rings attached to a variety of body parts.

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New Magic Item – Lust’s Lure

15 December, 2009

To compliment yesterday’s conversion of The Desire, a magic item she would not mind adding to the collection of tools at her disposal, the latest Sin’s Gift:

Lust’s Lure

These items consist of a small charm of precious metal including a small dangling gem, the gem -while small- is always eye catching and dazzling.  It is always pleasantly warm to the touch, even in the coldest weather.

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