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  1. Nellisir

    What Are You Reading? Lovely Feb 2018 Edition

    Whatcha reading in February? I've forgotten what I finished in January, so I'll have to update someday, but I just read Jandar of Callisto, by Lin Carter. Typical sword & planet, but...worse. As is typical of Carter, TBH. I picked up that and The Black Legion of Callisto for like $2, so...
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    Baby-Faced Jan 2018 Edition!!

    Reading A War in Crimson Embers, by Alex Marshall. Book 3 of the Crimson Empire trilogy. Really, really like this series. It's a fun read & I'm amusing myself by seeing it as a reskinned D&D campaign. Very much in the Joe Abercrombie vein. Up next will be the rest of the Christmas haul -...
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    The Expanse

    This has unquestionably hit "must-watch" status for me. It's SF done about as right as can be done. It's incredible.
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    I have a job

    This is kinda new and I'm still processing it, so I haven't talked about it too much. Not even my family really knows. But, I now work for these people. Limited work right now - they're still growing the company - but they keep ramping up the things they...
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    Pigs are flying...Ryan Reynolds & Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds will star in Deadpool. This is simultaneously the least likely and only outcome I could have predicted. I like Reynolds and Deadpool and think the two go together like peanut butter and bullets, but there's so much room to go wrong.... I'm terrified to be optimistic.
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    Doctor Strange role (hopefully) cast

    So apparently they've (almost?) cast the role of Doctor Strange for the Marvel movie. And the winner is.... Benedict Cumberbatch. The article also says that "negotiations are about to begin" though, so it sounds like it's only halfway there and could still fall apart. I can't say I'm...
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    5E Campaign plotting - looking for ideas.

    OK, I'm working this stuff out by writing it down. Running a new campaign, and have not had the time I'd like to have with it, so have been making stuff up for the last few sessions. Here's what I've left myself: Setting is Slavic/Norse with Celtic influences viewed through a stereotypical D&D...
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    Deadpool movie announced Feb 12 2016. I've read that Ryan Reynolds is starring, and that Ryan Reynolds is not confirmed as starring, but I'd bet on yes. Tim Miller directing; apparently his "feature film debut". I'm not much of a movie...
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    Secrets #2: Strange Races now available

    Secrets #2: Strange Races, a Swords & Wizardry supplement & fanzine from the Secrets of the Shadowend blog is now available to purchase. 25 new and variant races for OSR games, including racial class information and a random culture generator. 28 pages including the cover and Open Game License...
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    B&W character & monster art

    Goal: I'm looking for names, prices, and portfolios at the moment. Background: I just started a very small OSR fanzine. Mostly there's no room for art, because I hate white space and go for a pretty compact text layout, and I get most of the art from vintage illustrations. However. It's sold...
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    [April] What Are You Reading?

    Just finished The Forgery of Venus, by Michael Gruber. I read The Book of Air and Shadow a year or two ago, and remembered liking it enough to grab two more by him, but I _really_ liked this book. It was Good and fun. I've got Tropic of Night on the shelf, but my wife just finished...
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    Creating Monster-Related Adventure Seeds

    I'm working on an OSR bestiary of strange creatures mostly drawn from heraldry and other older sources, and I've set myself the task of writing adventure seeds to go along with each entry. Great in concept, harder to execute. Once i get the ball rolling the entries write themselves, but I've got...
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    Where are my subscribed threads?

    Stuff has changed. What do I click on to see if a thread I'm subscribed to has had posts? What do I click on to find all the threads I'm subscribed to?
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    Need suggestions for renaming the opinicus

    I'm statting up heraldic creatures for OSR games, and have run into the opinicus. The source I'm using describes it as "the hind quarters of a lion but a small tail, the front legs and wings of a dragon and the head of an eagle", so that's what I'm using. There are other sources that describe...
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    What adventures are NOT set in a published D&D setting?

    For years I've toyed with the idea of creating a campaign setting out of all the TSR/WotC published adventures that are NOT set in the Realms, Greyhawk, Mystara, Ravenloft, Birthright, Planescape, etc, etc. For the sake of my sanity, I'm not looking at Dungeon or Dragon magazine (adventures in...
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    The Basic Illusionist now available! (And free!)

    Everything you need to run an illusionist in an Original, Basic, or OSR game. Probably also useful for 1st Ed, and maybe more. Contains the illusionist class and one variant (the mountebank), plus 24+ pages of spells (154 spells, actually), suggestions for running illusions, and...
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    OSR Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day

    Yesterday was Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, a not-quite-last minute assembly of blogs around the internet posting anything at all related to the S&W game. Personally, I thought ten or fifteen blogs would participate. Maybe thirty. Wrong. The last number I heard was one hundred and...
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    Resume advice/suggestions

    I'm applying for a retail position at a hardware store. The store itself is new, but the owner runs another hardware store on the other side of town. What I know about the position(s) comes through word-of-mouth (a good friend of the owner's works with my wife...etc etc), and I haven't been...
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    Secrets of the Shadowend: Variant Classes for Swords & Wizardry

    I'll be posting classes, races, and other material here. Technically these are for the S&W system, but they are easily adaptable to other game systems. This material will eventually be compiled into a single document for downloading. I don't use experience charts. My goal is for these to be...
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    Wrapped or Unwrapped?

    My wife's family has a tradition of Santa bringing books - a small stack of books that are left unwrapped under the tree by Santa. The problem is, I take huge amounts of joy in wrapping the books. They just look naked to me, and what can be better than unwrapping books?? I don't mind if mine...