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Tuesday Magic Item – Ring of Coins

14 September, 2021

Ring in process“That is a useful way to carry one’s money,”said Gollaon watching the coins appear below the buyer’s ring and fall into the merchant’s waiting hands.

“Yes and harder to steal than a pouch,”noted Voddick. “And even if you could, the coins can only be returned by their owner.”

“Wise precaution,” mused Gollaon.

Ring of Coins

These rings are made of woven bands of copper, silver and gold, its size waxes and wanes as it power is used, ranging from wide wires to a heavy ring that covers the finger from the knuckle to first joint.

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Where to Find Me at GenCon 2021

13 September, 2021

Should you wish to, first review my advice to those going, then look below:

I will be working  in the exhibitor’s hall for Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) as usual, and we should have banners up, but you can find us at Booth 903.  Right now my schedule looks something like this:

Thursday, working in the booth 11am-5pm.

Friday, working in the booth 11am-5pm.  And from 6:30pm – latish, you will find me in the JW Mariott helping with AEG’s Big Game Night (BGN).  I will be busy but if you want to come and learn one of the recent AEG games, drop by after 9pm and you can join in and play (though not get any swag unless you already have a ticket).  As it winds down, I will have more free time, though you may have to talk with me as I check and pack away demo games.  In any case, feel free to drop by.

Saturday, working in the booth 11am-5pm.

Sunday, last day, working in the booth 11am-2pm. 3:30pm on.

GCmaskSpotting me in a crowd!  On duty I will be wearing an AEG t-shirt and mask.  My hair (pulled back in a pony tail) and beard are mostly white, and I am an average height slightly overweight white man, so, yeah, I will not be that easy to spot.  However, I intend to be wearing these lovely masks made for me by my wife when not of duty during the Con. Photo attached for reference.

Beyond that, who knows?  But I arrive late Tuesday to help with setup on Wens.  So drop me a note if you want to try and meet up, I am sure we can work something out.

In any case, to all those going and not going: Have fun and play more games.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Mind Robbing Blade

7 September, 2021

A stab to the . . . mind?Voddick adjusted his grip on the throwing axe.  “What is this person seeking, randomly stabbing people and then fleeing.”

“It is not random,” said Gollaon while running their fingertips along the hilts of the throwing daggers hanging from their belt.

“How do you mean?”

“They are following a chain from what to what, I am not sure,” said Gollaon.  “But each of the victims knows each other, sometimes in a tangential fashion.  But the knife-person is seeking something . . . or someone.”

“Perhaps we can ask them . . .”

Mind Robbing Blade

This dagger is made of fine steel, the blacked hilt is decorated with twisting faces that change from time to time.  Even just holding the dagger, one hears distant whispers, but nothing that can be clearly distinguished. Read the rest of this entry »

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 9 – Rat Trap

5 September, 2021

NeonA few weeks after Issue 8, it is spring in New York, not too hot, yet.

Cover16-Tons holding up Roboto like a toy.  “Is that all you’ve got?” A collapsing building behind him.  A yellow circle down in the right corner has a picture of a rat-themed person.  “Introducing Rat-Race!”

Opening page:  Two silhouetted figures at night overlooking a club with a flashing neon sign reading “I Like It Like That”. 

“Is everyone ready?” asks one.

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Sean’s GenCon Advice 2021

2 September, 2021

GenCon!

GenCon is about two weeks away!  Yikes!  So, I thought I would (again) share my hard-earned experience and try and help out people who are going as I do every year.

Preparation:

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August ends, September begins

31 August, 2021

It is magical!As we move into September, the seventh month of the Roman calendar, and get closer to fall (in the northern hemisphere at least) and longer nights.  September does not seem to have any particular ties to myth or tradition among the Romans, however, as Seven is usually viewed as a magical number, magic and spells will be the theme for this month.   Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see.

I will be back at GenCon this year, working for AEG as usual, so if you are there drop by the AEG Booth and say hello!

August, 2021, saw the following posts here:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Vasizek’s Painting Kit

31 August, 2021

What are you paining?Voddick tilted his head and studied the painting.  “Not my usual style but it conveys itself well.”

Gollaon nodded.  “It is unusual, more . .  capturing the idea of the thing than the actual thing itself.  Very intriguing.”

“Its it nicely essential is it not,” agreed Voddick.  “If we had a fixed abode, I would be tempted to purchase it.”

“But, alas, we are but wanderers with out a home, venturing upon . . .”

“No need to wax poetic, I know all too well what our lifestyle entails.”

Vasizek’s Painting Kit

This well made wooden painting kit contains brushes, pots, a palette, small knifes, several pestles, and various other items for mixing paints and then using them.  The magic of the case keeps the materials from spoiling, drying or otherwise becoming unusable, it also cleans the brushes when the user is done with them, and for those reason alone will be prized by any painter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday Magic Item – Ashinole’s Diplomatic Cape

24 August, 2021

Cloak“Now that is a dashing outfit,” said Gollaon with a touch of jealousy.

“They are an ambassador and can afford it,” said Voddick.

“We could become ambassadors!”

“Who would let us represent their nation?”

“Fair point.”

Ashinole’s Diplomatic Cape

This cape is made from the highest quality of materials and so many of them, leather and silk, waxed cotton and lined, sometime even fur trim as it is able to adapt to changing fashions and cuts as needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 Quick Questions: Rules from Necropraxis

21 August, 2021

OldBooksI have been listening to Judd Karlman’s Daydreaming about Dragons podcast, which I highly recommend, and he mentioned this set of rules-based questions from Necropraxis that I thought would be fun to answer for the Sea of Stars.

Quote: “Here are 20 rules clarifications that are likely to be needed anyways at some point.”

1 Ability scores generation method?

Whichever you want to use. I am a fan of roll 4d6, drop lowest, arrange to suit but I am flexible, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday Magic Item – Aztra Windrose’s Matchmaking Goblets

17 August, 2021

Drink and learn“Ah, young love,” said Gollaon watching the two young nobles chatting away.

“The matchmaker has a keen eye and ear for couples,” agreed Voddick.

“She is very good,” agreed Gollaon sipping at his fine.  “It is nice to see an expert at work.”

“Truth.  I am going to suggest that she could find good work back in my homeland.”

“This is a good thought.  Maybe we can convince her to hire us as escorts and guides?”

Aztra Windrose’s Matchmaking Goblets

These goblets are usually simple and elegant with a place to engrave coats of arms or other family symbols they are usually made in matched pairs (or whatever number is usually needed for dynastic marriages in the culture).  The coats of arms or other symbols with manifest when they are used. Read the rest of this entry »

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