Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year of Gaming

Happy New Year!

Last night marked a new year of gaming, and what an auspicious way to start out. We started the new year under a blue moon. The moon was not actually blue; it is just a way to reference the second full moon of a given month. Needless to say, this hasn’t happened for a spell. While I’m not one to read omens or portents, I do believe this a good sign.

Using a blue moon would add an interesting mood for any gaming situation. I rarely see the moon utilized unless the game revolves around lycanthropes. With the reverence that the moon holds in many beliefs, it can be used effectively as motivation for cults and other religious zealots to work themselves into frenzy on a holy night such as this. The nexus of energies may cause the wellsprings of magic to overflow resulting in diabolical wizards making their grasp for power against the Goddess of magic herself. The reasons for using such a night are countless.

This morning there was a light fog out and while you could not see more than 20 feet with any distinction, the moon was able to cut through and illuminate the area nicely. Describing a horde undead shambling into the character’s encampment could unnerve the players. Archers suddenly become less effective and the party wizard cannot accurately utilize powerful spells for fear of engulfing their comrades.

Hopefully this will spur your new year into some exciting adventures. May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back and may the sun shine warm upon your face.

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