I was reading the responses to a question by Zak, the author of “playing D&D with porn stars.” He asked for straight females and gay or bi males to respond with answers to the question, “From your viewpoint, what constitutes a sexually attractive male?” (I’ve probably mangled the question, but that is the gist of it).
J. Smith of the ‘Underdark Gazette’ posted a list earlier of all sorts of new stuff (some for sale, some for free download) that may be of interest to those on the OSR scene:
Of particular interest to me is the “Realms of Crawling Chaos” book by Daniel Proctor and Michael Curtis from Goblinoid Games. It has cool cover art by Sean Aaberg!
My ‘Hate List’ posting has proven to be the most responded to posting ever on my blog, which has done wonders for my fragile self esteem. Rest assured, oh gentle reader, the pessimist in me believes that tommorow my posts will receive the usual average of 0-1 responses so I may as well ride the wave while it is here.
However, I was told that because I had presented a ‘hate’ list, I had to present a ‘love’ list. In the spirit of love, I give you a rainbow and unicorn (at right) instead of the drawing of G. G. Allin. Please enjoy responsibly.
LOVE LIST (in no particular order):
- People who are interested in the world, fired up with creative energy and engaged with their lives as opposed to the cynical narcissists who seem to dominate in so many environments.
- Interesting and unconventional thinkers who aren’t reactionaries.
- History (both the good and the bad)
- Good books
- Making shit up
- Good things to eat and drink
- Being alone at least 1/2 of the time
- The way animals travel… fuck it, animals and plants make me happy.
- People who ‘speak’ Marketing and refer to ordinary transactions as an ‘experience.’ On the radio this morning I heard some wonk calling the process of someone downloading a coupon an ‘experience.’ Listen, you assholes: You should only call something an experience if it radically changes your life. Sorry, but saving 25 cents on Jimmy Dean sausages probably does not qualify. Having a heart attack from eating too many Jimmy Dean’s sausages? Qualifies.
- Politicians who are about to vote down the Obama health care law ‘because it’s unfair to ask the taxpayer to pay for other people’s health care‘ or ‘because it’s socialism!‘ ought to have the courage of their own convictions to voluntarily drop out of their cushy government health care and start paying for it or doing without.
- Anyone who listens to Limbaugh and claims to have an IQ over 80 should be retested.
- If you consider yourself ‘pro-life’ but currently support slashing social programs and dismantling the US Department of Education, you are an incredible asshole.
Bochi, over on Dragonsfoot, posed a pretty simple (but thought provoking) question about whether or not players should be allowed to peruse books like the DMG and the Monster Manual. This opens up the whole, “player knowledge” versus “character knowledge” debate.
That said, I find it fun (and refreshing) to play with people who don’t know the Monster Manual inside and out. I think as a fellow player, the “gee whiz I wonder what will happen next” idealism of new players just introduces more fun and a less jaded energy to the group.
If I were to DM, I would not mind that player characters acted on player knowledge… to expect a seasoned player to sit there and let a rust monster eat his character’s +5 sword just because the character never encountered a rust monster before (but the player HAS) seems the height of folly to me. It’s a game, not a pure simulation. Just like someone playing their 10,000th game of chess is going to have an advantage over a new player who is still asking, “How does the horse one move again?,” so, too, the player who has been playing D&D for years can be expected to have a few advantageous nuggets of wisdom that may help his character in a pinch… then again, players that assume that everything is going to be the same in my campaign as in the one run by their chum in highschool might be dissapointed (I think it’s fair game to introduce variant monsters like a variety of green slime that is vulnerable to cold instead of fire or traps that strike the area that most seasoned players might expect to be safe). If you need a justification, just allow that the new character sat on his grandpappy’s knee every night while that retired adventurer told him about rot grubs, green slime, harpies and gelatinous cubes.
Below you can see some images I drew over the years for the Goodman Games line of Dungeon Crawl Classics (both 1e and 3e). I’ve got about 100+ of these, published by Goodman and others, that I might like to sell to interested collectors. In the coming months I will try to set up some kind of online marketplace for them.
Note: These will be sold as original art to hang on your wall — not for reproduction.