making a new character for a new campaign. Its 4e which is not my preferred, but I can deal with it. And since 4th has way fewer choices, we did something interesting where we rolled randomly for EVERYTHING. Race, class, subclass, gender, alignment, economic class. As a group, we rolled to see the level we started. 21, so that will be interesting.
I ended up playing a True Neutral (our dm has house-ruled the old alignment system in) Tiefling male Cleric who’s also a duke (I rolled really high on my economic background roll and yet I’m still not the highest.) Since deities are mostly cosmetic in 4th, I get to go back into 3.5 stuff and find a cleric there.
Chris Sims discusses what he calls The Problem: basically, that DC Comics has tried to be like Marvel for the past 50 years, with various results.
Yo, straight up, Chris Sims wrote his best column on comic books ever.
Well since I brought it up.
Who here really plays Dungeons and Dragons (3rd edition). I’m interested and may want to start an online group.
does 3.5 count?
Thin men look like run-of-the-mill monsters. I don’t think they are.
Some introductory thoughts:
1) Even in the early-Renaissance-style economies of most fantasy RPGs, more than 95% of the population will be involved in agrarian pursuits. That means there are a lot of fields and pastures out there. If dark dungeons and trackless forests have their spirits, so should farms and plantations.
2) People die on farms all the time. When I was young, I was told to never, ever go near a grain silo (I could drown/suffocate in grain) or into the cornfields (but if I did, I should walk in a straight line until I hit a road, so I didn’t wear myself out going in circles). And that’s not even taking into account the potential for mayhem that’s possible when you add isolation plus farm implements (from sickles and scythes in the olden days to shotguns and combines today).
3) Just rows and rows of corn by themselves are creepy. See especially Corn comma Children of the.)
4) The same goes for sugar cane—maybe more so, given that the swampy/tropical environments cane grows in can hide all manner of beasts and…things.
5) Speaking of which, over the years I’ve had a number of mentors who at various points exposed me to Caribbean literature. In many cases, these stories were magical realist in nature—where the world of spirits was closer to ours, and the relationships to them very transactional: You do this to avoid this hex; you do that to honor this spirit. In these stories, it was not a matter of belief or religion or real vs. fantasy; it was a matter of being good neighbors. Thin men would fit right in such tales.
All of which brings us to the thin man from the Inner Sea Bestiary. (Note: I can’t tell from the Introduction who created it.) Thin men are creatures of cane, elusive predators that hide right in plain sight. And because thin men are fey, they do more than just exist—they represent. Other fey and undead stand for or express our fear of the wild, of travel, of crossroads, of caverns, and so forth. Thin men are the inexplicable calamities that strike on a summer afternoon, the monsters in your own back 40 that you never saw coming.
A superstitious redcap hates the piety of a nearby farmer, but he fears to take action because the farmer marks the borders of his land with consecrated carved tokens. The redcap sends his accomplices, a band of thin men, to tear down the holy symbols and pick off the farmer’s hands one by one.
Rock gnome and grippli myths have a number of names for the Adversary, a tunneling, mole-like demon. Thin men are said to be the Adversary’s servants, collapsing burrows, gnawing away the roots of crops and sacred trees, and appearing seemingly out of nowhere to attack goatherds and travelers.
Templeton Smithson inherits a plantation. Appalled to suddenly find himself a slaveholder, he and his friends—adventurers and explorers all—travel to the far-off island estate to settle affairs and emancipate the slaves. Doing so will not be an easy job, however. The slaves do not trust “the Young Master,” his neighbors are terrified his actions may spark rebellions on their lands, and a coven of witches seeks his wealth for their own, sending hexes and juju zombies his way. Worse yet, things live in the cane fields that seem to defy the laws of physics—terrible thin men and hounds from another dimension entirely.
—Inner Sea Bestiary 52
In the Golarion setting, thin men are endemic to Rahadoum, though why is still a mystery.
Also, yesterday was my 500th Tumbler post!
Oh, and if you were expecting a radio show yesterday, sadly there wasn’t one—despite Friday’s post I was still on vacation last weekend and not on the air.
I really love this because it goes against a lot of what monsters have become in D&D (or pathfinder). Chris Sims has wrote about it better than I could, but monsters in D&D aren’t scary and don’t mean anything. They’re challenges for you and your group to overcome, and most of the time, the challenge is purposefully in your grasp. Now this blog usually does pretty well in having these monsters be a part of a world instead of just a bag of experience points, but this post is A++.
Edit: To clarify, I meant Chris Sims the guy who writes for ComicsAlliance and not Chris Sims the game designer, who would probably resent the sentiment.
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU’RE DOING STOP AND READ THIS
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to domestic violence resources and also has a “Go Button” that when you press it, if you’re in a compromising situation, alerts local authorities as well as local shelters and starts recording everything that is going on.
Now, if you’re looking up resources on the app and your abuser is near, simply press the X button and it brings you to a random news page. Same goes for the actual foundation site.
ITS COMPLETELY FREE
SPREAD THIS, DONT JUST “LIKE IT”
I never put it together before today, but JFK was assassinated on my mom’s 5th birthday, and she remembers being really anxious about whether or not her party was going to be cancelled since her party was at 2, while the assassination was at 12:30. She did get her party, but it was the last time as a kid that she got a birthday party.
Let's get weird guys, go for it
2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17.
4) What do you think about most?
5) What does your latest text message from someone else say?
6) Do you sleep with or without clothes on?
7) What's your strangest talent?
8) Girls.... (finish the sentence); Boys.... (finish the sentence)
9) Ever had a poem or song written about you?
10) When is the last time you played the air guitar?
11) Do you have any strange phobias?
12) Ever stuck a foreign object up your nose?
13) What's your religion?
14) If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
15) Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
16) Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?
17) What was the last lie you told?
18) Do you believe in karma?
19) What does your URL mean?
20) What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
21) Who is your celebrity crush?
22) Have you ever gone skinny dipping?
23) How do you vent your anger?
24) Do you have a collection of anything?
25) Do you prefer talking on the phone or video chatting online?
26) Are you happy with the person you've become?
27) What's a sound you hate; sound you love?
28) What's your biggest "what if"?
29) Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
30) Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm.
31) Smell the air. What do you smell?
32) What's the worst place you have ever been to?
33) Choose East Coast or West Coast?
34) Most attractive singer of your opposite gender?
35) To you, what is the meaning of life?
36) Define Art.
37) Do you believe in luck?
38) What's the weather like right now?
39) What time is it?
40) Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?
41) What was the last book you read?
42) Do you like the smell of gasoline?
43) Do you have any nicknames?
44) What was the last movie you saw?
45) What's the worst injury you've ever had?
46) Have you ever caught a butterfly?
47) Do you have any obsessions right now?
48) What's your sexual orientation?
49) Ever had a rumor spread about you?
50) Do you believe in magic?
51) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?
52) What is your astrological sign?
53) Do you save money or spend it?
54) What's the last thing you purchased?
55) Love or lust?
56) In a relationship?
57) How many relationships have you had?
58) Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
59) Where were you yesterday?
60) Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
61) Are you wearing socks right now?
62) What's your favorite animal?
63) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you?
64) Where is your best friend?
65) Spit or swallow?(;
66) What is your heritage?
67) What were you doing last night at 12 AM?
68) What do you think is Satan's last name?
69) Be honest. Ever gotten yourself off?
70) Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend?
71) You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do?
72) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid?
73) You can only have one of these things; trust or love.
74) What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
75) What are the last four digits in your cell phone number?
76) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?
77) How can I win your heart?
78) Can insanity bring on more creativity?
79) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
80) What size shoes do you wear?
81) What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
82) What is your favorite word?
83) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word; heart.
84) What is a saying you say a lot?
85) What's the last song you listened to?
86) Basic question; what's your favorite color/colors?
87) What is your current desktop picture?
88) If you could press a button and make anyone in the world instantaneously explode, who would it be?
89) What would be a question you'd be afraid to tell the truth on?
90) One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren't really doing anything, they're just standing around your bed. What do you do?
91) You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?
92) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
93) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
94) You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?
95) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
96) Do you have any relatives in jail?
97) Have you ever thrown up in the car?
98) Ever been on a plane?
99) If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say?
I know the “What Would I Say” trend ended like a couple days ago, but all of the ones it suggests to me include the words “suck it.”