Archive for June, 2011


Henotheism, Kathenothism and Polytheism

14 June, 2011

The gaming journals have suddenly been discussing polytheism, Evil Machinations talks about Fantasy Pantheons: Deities are more fun when there’s more than one, over at Harbinger of Doom there is Religion in Fantasy and Fantasy Gaming (which references Why D&D Polytheism is Flawed).


But, let me define my terms (all definition from wiktionary):

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Review – Complete Advanced Feats (for Pathfinder)

13 June, 2011

You cannot have too many feats, right?  If they are all of the quality of the ones in this collection, then, yes, you can always use more.  This collection is worthwhile for the feats alone, but the advice for playing the new base classes from the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide is quite useful too.

The Complete Advanced Feats is a 77-page PDF (74-pages if you remove the cover, ad and OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Sigfried Trent and published by Open Design.  This is a compilation of Open Design’s Advance Feats line for Pathfinder.

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Wandering the Web [10]

11 June, 2011

Today, we travel out on to web to share things that I found interesting and useful.

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M&M Campaign Report – LA Stars Vol 2, Issue 8

8 June, 2011

Cover: (by Jack Kirby) Two bat-winged Nazi soldiers with assault rifles firing flying over a werewolf holding a book of eldritch lore (surrounded by a crackling nimbus of Kirby dots) in the ruins of a library.  Silhouettes of our heroes around the edges.  The werewolf says, “You are too late heroes, the book is ours!”

Volume 2, Issue 8 (August 1967)
Black Sun Rising

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Tuesday Magic Item – Stone Axe of Blasphemy

7 June, 2011

The dark sails on the horizon told of the coming of the raiders.  Like armed locusts they ate their way through the land, leaving nothing of value behind them.  When they shattered the doors of the Church of the Golden Branch, the bishop called down a powerful curse just before the leader of the raiders struck him down, severing the bishop’s head from his body.

The leader of the raiders was not one to let a curse slow him.  He used the bishop’s crozier as a shaft and made a stone axe blade from the largest fragment of the shattered altar.  He was killed in a drunken brawl the next season and the axe passed to his lieutenant.  Since then it has passed from one bloody handed murdered to another.

Stone Axe of Blasphemy

This heavy axe has a misshapen haft wrapped in blood stained leather, the axe head is made of shaped black stone.  The whole thing looks like it should be uselessly unbalanced but it is surprisingly easy to wield as a weapon.

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Review – X-Men: First Class (movie)

6 June, 2011

Short Review: If you like superhero movies, go see this one.  The acting and special effect are generally first rate and even the plot works, mostly, and the pacing is superb.   James McAvoy does a brilliant young Xavier and Michael Fassbender is appropriately driven as Magneto.  Looking at the founding of the X-Men and the school that serves as their cover is a good choice and the execution is well done.  Note the best superhero movie ever but very good and it sets the bar higher than Thor for the rest of the summer’s superheroic movies.

Spoilerish comments and criticism follow:

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Dr. Monkey, MD, and the Gonzo Roadtrip

2 June, 2011

That would be a brilliant children;’s book title, but the adventure, for children it is not.

I have mentioned my crazy Wens Night RPG group before and even written up some of the adventures (when I have been GMing).  But, at the moment B (aka Bailywolf) is running for us, it all its insane glory: Teenage Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness plus what other Palladium books we can throw into the soup.

The results have been hilarious, as this RPGNet thread will attest.  Go, take a look in on our madness and travel with Dr. Monkey, MD.  (Cue theme song: Doctor Monkey.  He’s a monkey . . . and a Doctor . . . and a Ninja . . .)


Welcome June, Goodbye May

1 June, 2011

June is name from the Roman month Iunius, or Junius, is named in honor of the ancient Roman goddess Juno who is the wife of Jupiter and oversees marriage.   The first half of Iunius is a period of religious purification and was considered the most favorable time to marry by the Roman.  It will also be the second anniversary of this journal, so I may try and do something special for that.

Summer officially starts this month, so, any thoughts on a theme, reader?  Send me your suggestions and I will try to act on them.   I apologize for the minimal level of posting in May, which will likely continue, as I am involved in a variety of projects which will be revealed in due time.

May did still see the following posts on the design journal:

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