Archive for December, 2012

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The New Years Dawns! And a look back over 2012

31 December, 2012

Fast approaching the New Year here and with it the month of January.   Best wishes to all for MMXIII!

January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the Roman god of the doorway, pictured as looking both forward and back.   We will revisit the themes of doorways, transport and travel for January.  What with stepping into the New Year.  As usual, if there is something on this theme you would like to see, let me know.

Looking back over Novermber and December, we see two months of light posting:

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Review – Genius Guide to the Magister

30 December, 2012

The Genius Guide to: the Magister is an update and expansion of Genius Games’ earlier product then called the Magus, the name was changed to avoid confusion with the Pathfinder base class of the same name.  The Magister is an interesting class, but not one for casual play.  It will take study of the available options, spells especially, and a careful build to use the class effectively.  The Magister does provide a unique path as a dual-natured caster base class which is quite intriguing and should appeal to players looking for an interesting challenge.

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New Magic Item – Snowman Seed

27 December, 2012

“Fear not, your majesty, your courtyard shall be full of wonders in the morning!” promised the mountebank sorcerer.

Sneaking out at midnight, he seeded the snows of the courtyard with whispered instructions and seeds of ice.

The next morning, the courtyard was populated with an entire caricature court in snow.  The tired-looking sorcerer presented them all to the king with obvious delight; less delighted were several members of the court . . .

Snowman Seed

These items are made of ice, shaped like a seed, they will not melt unless shattered or exposed to temperatures above the boiling point of water.

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Review – Caliphate (Novel)

23 December, 2012

Caliphate by Tom Kratman is a fable disguised as speculative fiction.

Set in the early 22nd Century where Europe has fallen to the tide of Islam (from their greater birthrates and immigration), America is an expansionist near-fascist state after terrorist nuclear weapons destroyed several US cities, the rest of the world is rather ill-defined except that the whites are back in power in South Africa and China is a kingdom again. Primarily it serves as a warning of what the author thinks will happen to Europe if they do not wake up and take the Islamic demographic threat seriously (this is made explicit in the afterward).

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New Magic Item – Winter Solstice Sickle

21 December, 2012

“Tonight we claim the Dark for ourselves and forever!” called out the High Priest.

Around him his followers silently raised their sickles to the winter stars, only the edges reflected the starlight.

“Darkness now, darkness forever!” the High Priest called, leading them to final battle.

Winter Solstice Sickle

These sickles’ blades are forged from a black metal, dull and unreflective, yet the edge is as bright as the crescent moon.  The grip is usually dark wood or bone wrapped in dark leather.  The metal of the blade is always cold to the touch and if left out in cold weather, will often be found with a rime of frost.

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Items of Power and Ambition now for sale!

21 December, 2012
Items of magic, power and ambition.

Buy Me!

Items of Power and Ambition!

This is a collection of magic items for Pathfinder with wonderful illustrations from Tamás Baranya and written by me!  Go and buy someone a Solstice present of wonderful magic items!

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Pattern Seekers – Episode 10: New Faces and an Old Friend Reforged

19 December, 2012

It has been quite some time since our last episode and we see a shake up of our core cast with this episode, losing Defender and DeLorean Martin and gaining Mirror, Rollin and Serrin (see the revised characters page).

The characters (the new one plus Bradley and Thea) are called before the Shaper who let them know that Defender has vanished from the Complex with a variety of valuable items that have been gathered.  They have located which portal he treveled through and wish the item returned and an explanation if possible.  Each of our heroes is given a set of three bottles marked with honeycombs and they are lead to the gateway.

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