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National Nothing Day (belated)

So it turns out that yesterday was National Nothing Day. I would have posted about it yesterday, but you know... National Nothing Day. The only thing better than this would be if National Donut Day happened to be on the same date. Doing nothing and eating donuts? Now that's something -- I mean nothing? --... Continue Reading →

Rounding up the mavericks

So I missed my usual post last Thursday. Looking at the blog stats, it's easy to tell; people don't visit when there's nothing to visit. As for why I missed it, that's a tale as old as time. And probably less interesting than watching paint dry. Boiling it down to the essence, a multitude of... Continue Reading →

Tolkien’s birthday (belated)

My favorite author -- the father of the 20th century fantasy genre, whose creation of Middle-Earth is still unequaled and unlikely to ever be surpassed -- was born January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. From Morgan at Castalia House: Tolkien’s fantasy world-building has yet to be equaled. Publishers are still trying to catch that... Continue Reading →

Smokey D. Bugbear

This made me laugh. A lot. If you've ever played a fantasy RPG, you'll probably laugh, too. Smokey D. Bugbear, from claudiopozas.com via Lake Geneva Games and Claudio Pozas.

Short Story Thursday…it begins

Somehow Tuesday blew right past me. I totally forgot to put anything on the blog, didn't even realize it until coming home from work on Thursday. But I have not been idle. No, far from it. I've been carving more wands for the Etsy shop (and sold two), put a digital product up for sale,... Continue Reading →

Please allow me to adjust my pants…

Holy hell, how did I go all these years in ignorance of the awesomeness that is the sound of Clutch? I don't know, but I'm dancing the good-time dance now, and that's what really matters. https://youtu.be/zPjkQKfmVI8 Yes, okay, this is kind of a filler post. In all the excitement of figuring out a plausible excuse... Continue Reading →

What lies or threats had led him there?

Was wondering what to write today, but I found out via a post on Amatopia that some weenie has been trying to smear Tolkien as a closet racist or something from the high pulpit of social justice resentment, and this shall not go unanswered. (Even if only three people read it, damn it, I'm going... Continue Reading →

Maps in roleplaying games: Unexplored opportunities

Tabletop roleplaying is a game that revolves around maps. If you're not placing figurines on a map surface, you're navigating a mental map that has been provided to you by the gamemaster's description. There's a sizable cottage industry in map illustration in the Tabletop RPG hobby. But often, beyond providing the locations of things that... Continue Reading →

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