Bahamutmas and the Night of a Thousand Ravens for starters

A thread about D&D pantheon’s holidays.

Bahamutmas: The date of Bahamut’s birth, or perhaps the day of the birth of his first children with Tiamat. The chronicles are unclear and the dragons aren’t clarifying.

The Night of a Thousand Ravens: This is the night in which the Raven Queen herself sees to each of the dead personally, as her servants are given the night to their own pursuits. Ravens flock the streets, imitating people and stealing shiny bits. Angels with black wings are said to seek romances forbidden on any other night, leaving half-angel children who can talk to the dead in their wake.

I do love these toys.

Links on my mind…

He never leaped home?!


Rob Donoghue talks about interesting gaming stuff.

Jared wraps up his contest.

Bret is posting awesome pictures about his day. They consistently make me giggle, starting with this one:

Why am I oddly intrigued by a horror novel set in the Star Wars universe? Maybe because it makes me want to write a noir novel about a bounty hunter on Coruscant during the Imperial Years:

The dame told me that the Mandalorian was after her sister but she’d pay me in Imperial credits if I could find her first. Not having a jet pack, never stopped me before. I told the droids to get the ship set to rights, we were going to the capital of the galaxy right now.

Chasing after a liar’s little sister who is being hunted by the Fett might not seem like a good idea to you but it was fine with me; Kessel’s ugly this time of year anyway.

Back to Reading, Writing, Wearing and Planning meme & Witches

Reading: I’m stuck between reads. I’m reading Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus for some old school comic book action in a nice hard cover format. I’m reading Generation Kill, about an embedded reporter in with the Marine’s First Recon outfit and Homocide, to get my David Simon fix with waiting for the Wire’s next season.

Oh, and made a sprint reading of Houses of the Blooded in order to get ready for tonight’s game.

Writing: School stuff lately.

Wearing: Debatable jeans and a button down shirt that is comfy and warm.

Planning: A trip to my lady-friend’s place on Saturday night and a game tonight.

Also, check out this from Boing Boing:

A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials

In 1689, English rulers William and Mary started a war with France in the American colonies. Known as King William’s War to colonists, it ravaged regions of upstate New York, Nova Scotia and Quebec, sending refugees into the county of Essex and, specifically, Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Salem Village is present-day Danvers, Massachusetts; colonial Salem Town became what’s now Salem.)

The displaced people created a strain on Salem’s resources. This aggravated the existing rivalry between families with ties to the wealth of the port of Salem and those who still depended on agriculture. Controversy also brewed over Reverend Samuel Parris, who became Salem Village’s first ordained minister in 1698, and was disliked because of his rigid ways and greedy nature. The Puritan villagers believed all the quarreling was the work of the Devil.

How about you?


The casting for the voice-actors is unreal.

Thanks, Chad, for the link.

And 3 more of the 12.

Meet Dynamic Man: This guy’s the dullest of the lot so far.

Meet Blue Blade: Man, I really hope he isn’t some kind of idiotic stereotypical depiction of a homosexual man.

Meet Captain Wonder: Nice legs, chief. Also, check out the racist depictions on the bottom of the old time KIDS COMICS. Wow.

2 of 12

Who are the Twelve?

“For the next twelve days, will be running down the members of the enigmatic group ‘The Twelve’, part of the new Marvel series announced at Comic-Con International by J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston. Each of these characters come from earlier days – pre-Marvel even – when the company was known as Atlas, and before that Timely. The new maxi-series finds these characters brought into the modern age, and artist Chris Weston was tasked with interpreting them to our times.”

Meet the Witness

Meet the Black Widow

That looks like fun, kind of a pulpy foundation for Marvel. I wonder if they’ll have drinks and discuss Cap’s death.

Thread Explosion

I had internet access at home but didn’t want to be entirely rude and sit there and check all of my shit constantly. So, this thread just turned into an 800 pound gorilla before my eyes. I wasn’t willing or able to sit down and cultivate the thread or respond to any one post in any meaningful manner.

I posted a response to the overall vibe.

But man, from getting called a weak and lazy GM to getting outright dismissed as attempting to be some kind of rebel. Jeez. Wild.

Myth of the GM as a Ruling Caste

Started a thread on with the above title.

Check it out, if you have some time.

NOTE: It appears that when I edit something it comes up again in my RSS feed.  I went looking for this because the latest Brilliant Gameologist episode sounded awfully familiar to me.  We also recorded a more solid form of this idea on Sons of Kryos, episode 25.  Hopefully, I can get those episodes up sooner rather than later.