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Recent content by Mallus

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    Good fantasy reads?

    I see your Imajica and raise you Barker's Weaveworld and The Great and Secret Show.
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    Worlds of Design: Escaping Tolkien

    "The Elves are a lithe, pointy-eared people who excel at poverty." Sten, Dragon Age: Origins.
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    5E Two Subclasses from Tasha for Barbarian and Warlock

    The Mister Wizard class. They use science!
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    General How Much Dungeon Crawling Do You Do?

    Since our current campaign is Labyrinth Lord, we do a lot of dungeon crawling. Though in our last session we barely made it to the magic door of the dungeon because of random encounters which very nearly killed us (okay one was planned, I think...).
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    OSR OSR Inclusive? What's in a name?

    I like Chromatic Dungeons (or Dragons) a lot. All I could come up with is "Post-Colonial Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".
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    Brainstorming a “Kitchen Sink“ Sci-Fi campaign

    How about an organization devoted to exposing aliens who use advanced technology to pose as deities in order to exploit less-advanced cultures? You could call them... hmmm... Mythbusters. Admittedly, I rank TNG's "Devil's Due" higher than most Star Trek fans.
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    Brainstorming a “Kitchen Sink“ Sci-Fi campaign

    Devices like the Heechee ships from Pohl's Gateway novels or the Ring Gates from the Expanse seem like good things to borrow for an RPG campaign. PCs using barely- or not-understood alien technology to hurl themselves into the great unknown. Gateway + The Amazing Race. Or Gateway + The Great...
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    Dune Official Trailer

    Herbert's writing is weird. By some definitions of good writing, it shouldn't work at all. So of course Dune was an international best-seller and is now on it's second big-budget film adaptation!
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    Star Trek TNG Re-watch

    Re: TNG S02... I can't be too critical of a season that has 2 of the series best episodes -- "A Matter of Honor" and "The Measure of the Man", introduces the Borg -- when they where at their most intimidating -- and has fun episodes like "Elementary, Dear Data", "Contagion", and the one with the...
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    Dune Official Trailer

    I watched the trailer five times yesterday and then watched Lynch's Dune for good measure after my wife went to sleep. Needless to say, I am excited for the new Dune. The cast looks great. If I had to sum up the trailer in one word, it would be: stately. I'm fine with that aesthetic. Going for...
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    Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

    Ethan Peck describing how he read a whole bunch of philosophy classics to prepare for playing Spock is the most Star Trek thing imaginable - outside of fighting a guy in a terrible lizard suit at the Vasquez Rocks with the fight music blaring.. I am so, so ready for Strange New Worlds.
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    5E The Dead Milkmen's D&D Adventure: Lost Tomb of the Bitchin' Chimera

    My group has already selected who will DM it. Spoiler: it's my friend Steve! God put him on Earth to do just this thing.
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    General How Was Your Last Session?

    Thieves attacked us while we took a bath, we met a journalist in a library, drank elf wine and ate herring while trawling a bartender for rumors, and hired a small army of hirelings to foolishly assault a wizard-bandit's keep. All in a night's work when you're Geased by Loki to steal the Sampo...
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    General How Did You Learn to Play?

    A high school friend whose Dad -- who also taught us US History and various maths at our school -- introduced us to D&D (AD&D, specifically). Later his dad ran a few campaign for us, even inviting us to play in the Big Leagues, ie with his adult group of mostly 30-something STEM professionals.