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Literary Inspirations » John Carter of Mars » Today 11:44 am

Eirvit
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Spider of Leng wrote:

Well, I finally read some of the John Carter novels after getting the first 5 in an omnibus edition for Christmas.  Much like Jack Vance, I'm glad I read them, but I doubt I'll read any more or even re-read these ones.  Plenty of action, I guess, but not much character development and the stories tended to be pretty repetitive.  Actually they remind me of Vin Diesel movies.  Buddy action pieces pretty much designed to go from chase scene to capture to chase scene to fight, then repeat, with a smattering of romance that reads like it was written by a teenager.  But hey, at least I can say I read them.

It’s interesting how you likewise  bring up Vance in this breath. I read a half dozen tales in The Dying Earth before, really, having enough. I point to the general  amorality of all the characters as the cause for my ultimate dissatisfaction. The fantastic marvels in the worldbuilding just weren’t enough to keep me interested.

I initially thought I was going to give up on ERB, too, but, incomprehensibly, I keep reading him! Perhaps the awful plots and ridiculous coincidences are mitigated, for me, because the heroes *are* traditional heroes and the villains are villainous. I guess I’m old fashioned.

Similarly, I gave up on Zelazny’s highly regarded Amber novels because the characters were reprehensible and utterly politically motivated. But I’m going to try again. Recently I obtained I nice used copy of the omnibus Book of Amber.

Just so I don’t come across as an utter whiner, some writers I absolutely adore are REH, CAS, William Hope Hodgson, William Morris, Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe, and Steven Erikson.

I’m also a huge Inklings reader. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are my first loves, but I recognize that their outputs are secondary to the purposes of this community.

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » Today 11:25 am

Eirvit
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😆

Okay, Gundrabu rushes forward into uncertainty, willing to effect Kondor’s plan.

Literary Inspirations » John Carter of Mars » Today 11:12 am

tomas
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mabon5127 wrote:

Hopefully, once this current issue is past we can gather again with tomas for a one shot. 

I'm looking forward to continuing the adventure. 
 

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » Today 11:09 am

Iron Ranger
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With the barbarian at his side, Gundrabu holds the torch closer to the crude opened doorway  in order to illuminate the dark space beyond, when there is a horrid thump on the slab above their heads. Then another. And another!!

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » Today 9:42 am

Eirvit
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Gundrabu nods, but he still is not certain that anything resembling a “corridor” waits beyond the threshold. There had been light there, after all.

Again, torchlight flickering, Gundrabu attempts to determine what waits beyond.

Convention and Game Day » Virtual TotalCon 2021 » Yesterday 10:44 pm

If anyone is interested I submitted an event for virtual TotalCon this year . Anyone else free to submit some more Hyperborea sessions?? Only a couple right now, and definitely needs some more!

https://tabletop.events/conventions/totalcon-35/schedule/238

Sorcery » Unsafe casting, extra spells, and miscast ideas? » Yesterday 8:07 pm

mabon5127
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rhialto wrote:

mabon5127 wrote:

looking forward to seeing Through the Sunken Lands in print the PDF is great but I'm old and prefer books.

Me too, though it wasn't so bad on my iPad. I have the idea to use it for a Khromarium-based campaign now, using the playbooks as the background generator, then letting folks pick their AS&SH class.

I always thought this would be a good idea and it looks like they have done the work!

Sorcery » Unsafe casting, extra spells, and miscast ideas? » Yesterday 6:45 pm

rhialto
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mabon5127 wrote:

looking forward to seeing Through the Sunken Lands in print the PDF is great but I'm old and prefer books.

Me too, though it wasn't so bad on my iPad. I have the idea to use it for a Khromarium-based campaign now, using the playbooks as the background generator, then letting folks pick their AS&SH class.

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » Yesterday 5:24 pm

fireinthedust
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"We need to slim their numbers first. Draw them down this corridor, I'll take them one at a time, you support me." Kondor motions the cleric to move forward along the corridor. "And look to make sure they don't enter from there, too."

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » Yesterday 3:44 pm

Eirvit
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Gundrabu’s eyes grow wide.

“You think it merely *rolled*, barbarian? In *this* place? Dost thou remember what was said by Tetranna’s corse? She sought the crown! I expect it was pilfered while we slept.”

The footsteps sounding nearer above, Gundrabu lowers his voice and steps closer to his ally.

“There is a benison I have. I may speak it and direct our steps to thine lost crown. But should we do that now, with our enemies so near?”

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » Yesterday 3:17 pm

fireinthedust
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Kondor drops down again, this time from the slab, to join Gundrabu at the doorway. He draws his sword and backs toward the now-open doorway, motioning Gundrabu to get to the other side.

"We cannot leave the crown here," he whispers. "Misfortunate that it rolled away JUST before we needed its balls of fire!"

Sorcery » Unsafe casting, extra spells, and miscast ideas? » Yesterday 1:20 pm

mabon5127
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rhialto wrote:

gizmomathboy wrote:

Yeah, Vancian as the norm with the ability to do something desperate with a chance of spectacular failure/success seems about right.

Have some kind of roll that determines if it's a critical success or a critical failure. One could even use the woe and crit tables we already have as a guide.

If the spell does damage then that's an easy thing, if not, maybe the duration or whatever is modified accordingly.

I'm not sure I would use it, but it seems like a simple mod that is closer to what Hyperborea is than a jump to something DCC-like.

Yeah, I might be trying to create another class in another thread, but I'm doing what I can to work within the bounds of the system and the systems it drew from. :-)

Through Sunken Lands and Beyond the Wall are good models: Spells are Vancian (memorize, #/day, casting works unless caster is disrupted), but Cantrips (minor, non-damaging magic) and Rituals (lengthy casting times of 1hr./level of ritual) are rolled on a characteristic score or less = success basis, with failure meaning some Ref-generated side effect or loss of all magic the rest of the day (Cantrips) or success with unforeseen side effects (Rituals). Very easily added to AS&SH.

looking forward to seeing Through the Sunken Lands in print the PDF is great but I'm old and prefer books.
 

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