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  1. Ralif Redhammer

    Appendix N: The Eldritch Roots Of Dungeons & Dragons from Strange Attractor Press

    Just came across the announcement for this new volume. It's lavishly-illustrated collection of short stories and excerpts from classic Appendix N literature: https://boingboing.net/2020/11/10/read-the-authors-that-inspired-gary-gygax-and-the-origins-of-dd-in-appendix-n.html "Drawing upon Gary...
  2. Ralif Redhammer

    General What D&D Art Would You Put on the Side of Your Van?

    Spinning off from the "Art That Exemplifies D&D To You" thread, what D&D art would you want on your van? Your sweet 70s, shag rug interior custom van a la: For my part, I think I'd choose this. Can't go wrong with a wizard.
  3. Ralif Redhammer

    General Poll: Have You Lost a Character to Ghouls.

    Inspired by @Whizbang Dustyboots ruminating on the danger of ghouls, how many of you have lost a character to ghouls/ghasts and their paralysis? RIP J'rrik Greysword, eaten by a pair of ghouls in 3e.
  4. Ralif Redhammer

    General Schrödinger's Rogue

    After last night's Tomb of Annihilation session, I've observed the following phenomenon that I'm going to call Schrödinger's Rogue. Some time after the party enters a room, a PC (often, but not always, a rogue) will declare that they did not in fact enter the room. However, after nothing...
  5. Ralif Redhammer

    5E New Stat Generation Method (From a Dream I Had)

    So I had a dream that I was creating a new character using the following stat generation method: You get a 20 in a single stat. All other stats are set to 8. You have six additional points to spend. Now, I can't account for the logic of my dreams, but one thing I found interesting is that...
  6. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Debonnaire December 2019 edition

    Finished up Feist's Magician: Master. It was okay. Decent, even. Not sure if I waited too long between reading the first and second volume, but it felt a bit muddled for me. Next up is Okorafor's Binti: Home.
  7. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Noctilucent November 2019 edition

    Halloween is over, and a bit of magic has gone out of the air. But books, books always have their own. I finished reading the second half of the Elric Saga yesterday. Man, does that ending still pack a punch. “Farewell, friend. I was a thousand times more evil than thou!” Next up is...
  8. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Ocher October 2019 edition

    It's the Halloween season! Even if the temperatures here are in the upper 80s here... Just finished up Kothar and the Demon Queen. Like the rest, it wasn't great, but it was a heck of a lot of fun. Next up is a re-read of Lord Dunsany's Queen of Elfland's Daughter. I haven't read that in ages...
  9. Ralif Redhammer

    What Gaming Stuff Are You Reading (3rd/4th Quarter 2019)

    So, spinning off from the What Are You Reading threads, let’s give this a try. I’ve been idly reading some Dragon magazine issues from the 80s and early 90s lately. And working my way through The Spire RPG. Loving this book – the rules are simple and interesting, and the setting is massively...
  10. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? August August 2019 edition

    Perhaps it should be Advanced August, since it's still July. But I'm off to Gen Con and figured I might as well start the next thread now. I finished up St. Clair's Sign of the Labrys. It was good, and an interesting choice for Appendix N. It's closest to Hiero's Journey, mixing sci-fi and...
  11. Ralif Redhammer

    3E/3.5 Countdown to Fourth Edition

    I was puttering around the old 3e D&D archives when I came across this: http://archive.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/dx20010401a It’s an April Fools joke from 2001. What I find amusing is that it overshot 4e’s arrival time by about three years. What I find interesting is that they joke...
  12. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Jumentous July 2019 edition

    July is here, and reading is a perfectly fine summer activity. I am still working my way through Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life. Digging it so far.
  13. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Jejune June 2019 edition

    New month, new thread! I just finished Sumner-Smith's Radiant. The worldbuilding got a little muddled now and then, but the story and conclusion were great. Next up is a re-read of Tolkien's Unfinished Tales, which I haven't read in ages.
  14. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Mentatiferous May 2019 edition

    Finished up The Grey Bastards. I quite liked the brawling, bawdy tale. Now I’m just about done with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Like the first book, there’s a depressive, cynical bent to it that I was too young to catch onto the first time I read the series.
  15. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Agleam April 2019 edition

    April Fools Day doesn't count as a proper day, so here is the new April reading thread, right on time ;). As I said in the last one, I'm currently reading N.K. Jemisin's Fifth Season.
  16. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Magnanimous March 2019 edition

    Well, that was a fast February. Finished reading King’s The Running Man. It was decent, filled with an overwhelming sense of rage and disgust. Some of the language is a bit rough, and I’m not sure if the racism and homophobia is supposed to part of the story, or just unfortunate casual usage for...
  17. Ralif Redhammer

    Fan-Casting a Lord of the Rings Live-Action Movie Made in the 80s

    So, I’ve been idly thinking about what Lord of the Rings might have looked like, had it been made in the 80s. This all got started with David Carradine in the Sword & Sorcery cheese The Warrior and The Sorceress. Back then, I think he would’ve made a great Aragorn. Weathered, but noble, and he...
  18. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Froody February 2019 edition

    Though perhaps that should be Frozen February... Finished reading Abraham Merritt’s The Moon Pool. It’s a weird tale, almost two separate ones. It opens with some bone-chilling cosmic horror, but then moves to an underground fantasy that assuredly was an influence on the Underdark, with its...
  19. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you Reading? Jaunty January 2019 edition

    New year, new month, new thread! I finished Artemis Fowl a while back, and honestly came close to hating it. It wasn’t badly written, but the protagonist was pretty much the villain of the story, and I was rooting against him the whole time. Now I’m onto some Appendix N reading, with...
  20. Ralif Redhammer

    What are you reading? Declaratory December 2018 edition

    New month, new thread, and the last one for 2018. Still reading GRRM's Fire & Blood. Really enjoying it, even if it no Winds of Winter. And at this point, maybe that's a good thing. Freed from the multiple POVs and plot threads, this book flows and moves with much more vitality than the last...