Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weird Laws of the Realms

My wife likes to read a local free paper that we usually find when we stop for lunch. One of the common articles in the paper, is weird laws still in the books that make little sense. I am sure that if we knew the back story to the law, it would not seem so absurd. I recalled a the first adventure in the Desert of Desolation series where the characters are forced into the desert or
Be it yet further decreed that if they prefer not this quest they may return to Hadjara and choose of death by hanging, death by beheading, death by fireball, death by polymorph, death by lightening…
This fueled my imagination as to what other weird laws may have been passed in a fantasy game. For your edification and without further ado, I present:

Weird Laws of the Realms

  • It is illegal for weaponsmiths to threaten patrons with commissioned weapons (weapons not made for anyone in particular is fine) - Throal

  • It is illegal to dress an ass in the likeness of a royal official. -Lobaria

  • Adventurers may not use rabbits to lure demons into binding circle. -Thay

  • It is illegal to wear a duck on your head while traveling in the realm. -Roesone

  • It is illegal to consume garlic in public, or leave your residence within four hours of eating garlic. -most Transylvanian baronies and many areas of Ravenloft

  • It is illegal to make a wizard's familiar smoke a pipe. -Halruua

  • It is illegal to worship a Titan or insinuate that a person is of a Titan's lineage (regardless of actual lineage). -Calastia

  • According to the Adventurer's Guild charter agreement, a rogue may choose refusal of approaching a door he feels is unsafe without fear persecution or loss of treasure share. -Heckle and Kooch's Adventurer's Guild and Emporium

  • The use of a Wand of Wonder is strictly prohibited. -Cormyr

  • One cannot use a Deck of Many things in a regular card game without informing the participants first. -Greyhawk

  • Subjects are forbidden from wielding or operating magical items while under the influence of a Horror. -Thera

Monday, April 18, 2011

Game of Thrones

Last night I watched the highly anticipated Game of Thrones premier on HBO. I am not a George R. R. Martin fan and only recently became aware of him from the 'A Song of Fire and Ice' Roleplaying Game (SIFRP) that was released a few years ago. For those with a deep love of fantasy and intrigue, this show looks promising indeed. I will not dissect the first episode, but I will say that it does not shun away from blood and gore.

Most of the story is character driven, with the various characters grasping for power before winter comes. The main issue with that? Winter can last a lifetime. Seasons are long and years go by before the seasons change. This changes the political aspect since not much can be done in the cold of winter. The first episode introduces the main players as well as some motives behind their actions. A quick list of what I liked about show; the white walkers, savages from the north who appear to be legend, probably cause they haven't been seen since the last winter; dire wolves, cause big wolves are cool; stones painted with eyes and placed on the dead; the wolf
armor of the north men; Ravens used as messenger birds.

Before the show, I journeyed to Half-price books to get out of the house and came across a copy of Peril at King's Landing, an adventure for the SIFRP. I have read through a third of it and it a nice adventure. It was nominated for the 2010 Ennie Awards for best adventure. Being of my own mind and opinion, I find the world of George R.R. Martin intriguing and refreshing, yet from a role-playing aspect, I only have one player that would invest the time into this type of setting. I look forward to more episodes of game of thrones, but fear I may never get to play the game.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Back on the Grid

Hello Chummers,

After a grueling three weeks of being jacked out, I have finally connected my cyberdeck back to the grid. In my haste to find a faster, cheaper solution, I discontinued my previous ISP before verifying the turn around time for my new ISP. Fortunately, I had plenty of other things to do. I enjoyed spending my free time roaming the wastes and killing slavers in Fall Out 3.

So where am I now? Well, I'm trying to focus on one of my submissions. Hopefully, I will get some work done in the next week. On the brighter side, my connection to the grid is faster, finally reaching up there to broadband speeds. I am actually more productive now when I am on the grid. I will have to test out my connection to my servers and perhaps update some web pages.

Remember chummers,

Shoot strait, conserve ammo, and never ever cut a deal with a dragon.