2020, Blog Notes

February, 2020

When I first started writing Dyvers years ago I set a daily posting goal for myself that I maintained for nearly five years before things went sideways. Posting daily pushed me to find new ways to be creative and to keep challenging myself to do something new. Creatively there have been few periods in my… Continue reading February, 2020

Dungeons & Dragons

The Light Worm of Dragon 61

In DRAGON magazine #61 there appeared a curious creature called the "Light Worm" that has occupied my imagination over the last few days. It was described as follows: The light worm looks very much like a giant snake, but there are several distinguishing features. The worm's coloring is black on the underside and alternating bands… Continue reading The Light Worm of Dragon 61

Greyhawk, Greyhawk Wars, Greyhawk Wars Research, Let's Read, The City of Greyhawk Boxed Set

Let’s Read: City of Greyhawk, Part 1: Demographics

The most interesting thing about the first few pages of the City of Greyhawk comes from its demographics: The city contains all sorts of people, and a few other sorts of individuals. About 80% of the city's population are native Greyhawkers, with another 14% humans from about the Nyr Dyv, Rhennee, barbarians from the north… Continue reading Let’s Read: City of Greyhawk, Part 1: Demographics

Greyhawk, Greyhawk Wars Research, Let's Read, The City of Greyhawk Boxed Set

Let’s Read The City of Greyhawk Boxed Set: Introduction

This month I've been finding myself thinking more and more about the Greyhawk Wars, to the point where it has practically taken over the second series of Greyhawk Posters, and I've decided that any time I get this fixated on an idea that the only way to deal with it is to actually do it.… Continue reading Let’s Read The City of Greyhawk Boxed Set: Introduction

Dungeons & Dragons, Savage Worlds

Using Bennies in Dungeons and Dragons

One of my low key favorite systems is the incredible Savage Worlds. It's consistently my go to when I'm looking to be inspired and to shake up my every day perception of how gaming should be done. Among the many great ideas from this system is the "Bennie." Savage Worlds explains the rule as follows:… Continue reading Using Bennies in Dungeons and Dragons

Ideas

Fantastic Planet, the Strangest Movie I’ve seen in Years

Last night I was fortunate enough to catch 1973's Fantastic Planet. The film is in French, but you can watch it with English subtitles on the HBO app through their partnership with TCM. Below is the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgVHJXg6Fbo The premise of the film is that humans, here called "Om," are wild creatures often kept as… Continue reading Fantastic Planet, the Strangest Movie I’ve seen in Years

Greyhawk, Greyhawk Wars

An Incomplete Chronology of the Greyhawk Wars

One of the things about a complex cannon of events in a world like Greyhawk is that you quickly find yourself confused about what happened when, to whom, and how it all got there to begin with. The Greyhawk Wars, which I'm clearly preoccupied with of late, are just such an event. What complicates the… Continue reading An Incomplete Chronology of the Greyhawk Wars