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Artistic Inspirations » Mark Schultz » 11/14/2019 2:21 pm

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Don’t want to turn the heat up in the tub that much. 

Artistic Inspirations » Mark Schultz » 11/12/2019 8:12 am

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Yup! Figure that dinosaurs fit a lost island, but Hyperborea itself is too cold for them.

Literary Inspirations » Call outs » 11/09/2019 1:33 pm

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Loved the stuff from Planet of Adventure and Them! Any other call outs? I’d like to know, but it’s also fun discovering them.

General Discussion » Bookmarks » 11/09/2019 11:06 am

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What bookmarks have been done? I’ve got them scattered through my books and would like to know when I can stop looking. 

Artistic Inspirations » Mark Schultz » 11/08/2019 9:50 am

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Beautiful stuff! This is why I wished for more dinosaurs in the ASSH rules. 

Adventures » Megadungeons? » 11/08/2019 9:43 am

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Which ones are you partial to?

I think the layout and organization of Blue Medusa is awe inspiring, but Alice in Wonderland stuff just leaves me cold. Stonehell is evocative and interesting, but I got tired of the one page dungeon format after a while. Dwimmermount was soured by all of the travails getting the thing published. The Castle of the Mad Archmage is huge and evokes the spirit of Greyhawk, but it ended up leaving me cold. 

Barrowmaze remains my favorite. I love having dungeons filled with the undead. I am also partial to the various follow up Megadungeons that Mr. Gillespie has published.

What megadungeons have you all used?

General Discussion (Off-Topic) » Breath of the Wild » 11/08/2019 9:36 am

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It doesn’t have the flavor of ASSH, but the feel of exploring a hostile world is extraordinary. I’ve recommended this game to other engineers for its facility in developing problem solving skills. The puzzles in Link’s Awakening pale in comparison. Normally I feel the ability to use different options to solve a single problem is more wired into face to face role playing. However, the emphasis on story telling seems to be wiring outcomes and railroads straight into the adventure. In this game I know the story that the game wants to play, but because of the sandbox nature of the game I don’t exactly have to play it. That freedom is appealing. 

The Tavern » Siloam Springs, AR » 11/08/2019 9:30 am

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Maybe not as much activity now, but should be free for ASSH gaming around Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Hyperborea » Proposed locations for Gillespie Megadungeons? » 11/08/2019 9:27 am

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Anyone have creative suggestions for locations of Barrowmaze, Forbidden Caverns of Archaia and Highfell? I find myself partial to these megadungeons.

Sorcery » Level Limit to Spells » 11/08/2019 9:20 am

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Has there been any discussion as to the advantages of limiting spells to 6th level? 
It seems to me that some higher level play involves nerfing whatever spells and abilities characters have. By limiting the spell levels it seems that there is less incentive to nerf players and more of a chance for players to be creative. YMMV.

Bestiary » Fiend Folio » 11/08/2019 9:17 am

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I find myself gravitating toward this classic, but I keep going back to straight ASSH. It’s as evocative as I need it to be. Anyone else using the Fiend Folio?

General Discussion » T-shirts? » 11/08/2019 9:13 am

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What t-shirts have been made for ASSH?
If there was a ghost ship one I am so going to kick myself for not getting it.
Thanks,
VR/Scott

Adventures » Partial to frost giants and plumed mountains » 11/08/2019 9:00 am

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I’ve always liked the manic nature of White Plume Mountain, and the wonderful illustrations by Erol Otus. The remmorhaz in The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl is also evocative. Both of these adventures are short in page count, but are filled with ideas. Anyone else used them?
Thanks,
VR/Scott

Literary Inspirations » Various Reprints » 11/08/2019 8:47 am

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I am partial to the Clark Ashton Smith reprints from Necronomicon Press. They are hard to come by, but worth tracking down. The Book of Hyperborea and Tales of Zothique have stories that are all reprinted in the Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith series, but I do like being able to carry these stories in bite sized chunks. 

Chaosium has reprinted three volumes of different stories from Clark Ashton Smith, The Book of Eibon, The Tsathoggua Cycle and The Klarkash-Ton Cycle. The first two are all right, but there are a lot of other stories written by people playing around in Clark Ashton Smith’s sandbox. However, the Klarkash-Ton book is all Clark Ashton all of the time. It is very nicely done. 

I’ve also enjoyed the Averoigne Archives ebook.

It is wonderful to have so many books available of his work after it being so hard to find for so long. I would also say that it is wonderful having a game that points back to its source material so well.

Thanks,
VR/Scott

Comic Books and Graphic Novels » Alcatena » 11/08/2019 8:35 am

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Got two of his books fairly cheaply from Amazon. Subterra and The Moving Fortress have that Hyperborean vibe. Jaxon’s The Secret of San Saba is fictionalized old Texas, but it has a nice Lovecraftian feel. The Conan omnibuses from Dark Horse and Marvel are also instructive. I am partial to The Conan Reader from Dark Horse which reprints The Book of Thoth miniseries. 
Just some options for people to pursue.
Thanks,
VR/Scott

General Discussion » What’s Next? » 11/08/2019 8:27 am

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After the fulfillment of the latest Kickstarter, what do we have to look forward to?
Thanks,
VR/Scott

Announcements » Second Edition AS&SH Hardbacks Have Arrived! » 11/02/2017 11:35 am

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Came in and shoved everything else off of the table. I thought it was going to be a digest sized hardback. I have no idea why I thought that, except for my own ignorance. Got them in the mail, and was very impressed by the size. Extraordinarily impressed with the graphic design! Wow!

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