Archive for March, 2010

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Review – Genius Guide to: Feats of Battle

24 March, 2010

The Genius Guide to: Feats of Battle is a 10-page PDF (9 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen C. K. Stephens and published by Super Genius Game.  This is part of Super Genius Games’ Genius Guide line.

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Ada Lovelace Day is Today!

24 March, 2010

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievement of women in the fields of science and technology.

As I see the origin of the field of science (and thus technology) in philosophy, here are some interesting philosophers from the Ancient world:

Aesara of Lucania, a Pythagorean philosopher, of whom only a page of her work survives (referenced by a Roman writer). In that she wrote: Human nature seems to me to provide a standard of law and justice both for the home and for the city. Which seems a very good starting point for me as well.

Hipparchia of Maroneia, a Cynic philosopher, who fully embraced the lifestyle of the Cynic school, denying the need for material comforts and living in the streets to elevate the life of the mind.

And go take a look at 2D Goggles for fun with a steampunk adventuress version of Ada Lovelace.

Hat tip to the Fame & Fortune blog for letting me know.

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New Magic Items – Baton and Whip-Sword

23 March, 2010

Today we have a couple of support items for the Imperial Kommissar:

Disciplinarian’s Baton

These items are as much symbols of authority as weapons, they range in design from a simple vinewood canes to a tanned elephant’s pizzle to an ornately decorated rod of steel as is appropriate to the culture that created it.

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Imperial Kommissar Prestige Class

22 March, 2010

Atop the low hill, now stained red with blood, the Irrin Militia still held at noon.  When the Kothic Horde had first started advancing shortly after dawn, they had tried to run, but Imperial Kommissar Valtic had stopped that rout by killing the first man who tried to move by him.  He still stood behind the militia, his grim visage inspiring them to face possible death at the hands of the horde rather than certain death from him.

Imperial Kommissar
Discipline maintains order, we maintain discipline.”

The Imperial Forces rely upon a small number of highly trained soldiers to maintain order across the Empire.  In times of a large scale disturbance or major war, allies are mobilized and placed under Imperial authority.  Those allied units that are considered unreliable, rebellious or simply poorly led are placed under the watchful eyes of the Imperial Kommissars.

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Interesting Thoughts from Other Gamers (6)

20 March, 2010

Every so often I like to post links to interesting things going on in other game journals and other gamer related things that my readers might find interesting.  This is the latest installment:

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Veradonian Slinger Prestige Class

19 March, 2010

To go with the new sling and slinging rules, a sling based prestige class.  Obviously inspired by the historical Baleric Slingers who served in the Roman armies.

Veradonian Slinger
“Take that!”

Those people raised on the rocky islands of Veradonia make their living primarily through herding, and a herder’s best friend, after a faithful dog, is a sling. The sling can bring down small game for a meal or drive off predators that would eat the flock.  Noting the natural talent of the Veradonians with their slings, foreigners often hire them as mercenaries. As a young Veradonian does not have many other prospects, many take the chance to make their way and some coins in foreign lands.

Veradonian Slingers can be found in service near and far, serving in armies and as mercenary guards.  In the end, most return to the islands of Veradonia, some rich but most with just a few coins, a few scars and many tales to tell.

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Courier Prestige Class

17 March, 2010

This prestige class was designed to go with the Through the Lens of History article on mail and messengers but I broke it out to keep that post from being too long.  This prestige class is designed as a framework to be customized to each setting/campaign, hope that you find it useful:

Courier
Yes, I can get it there for you.”

There is always someone needed to deliver messages, whether it is the king, a merchants’ guild or someone in love.  The courier is an expert in such tasks, taking messages and goods to places near and far.  Her livelihood is based on her ability to get the messages through in a timely manner and her knowledge of the tricks of the trade are extensive.

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