Butt-Kicking, For Goodness! Part IV
By Dwip November 23, 2007 at 1:11 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Continuing the series begun here, and continued here and here. In which I finally, after many years, bring my time with Nargol the Bard to an end: Nargol: (CN Half-Elf Male Bard) BG1 stop date 09/24/00 (Level 6); Coran, Kivan, Branwen, Xan, Yeslick BG1 end date 08/16/06 (Level 10); Coran, Kivan, Branwen, Xan, Yeslick BG2 end date 06/17/07 (Level 25); Haer’Dalis, Mazzy, Jan, Xan, Aerie ToB end date 11/23/07 (Level 37); Haer’Dalis, Mazzy, Jan, Xan, Aerie It took me slightly more than 7 years to finish Nargol’s run through the game, which I suppose tells you a lot about how fun bards are to play in BG2. It’s not so much that they’re bad, because they aren’t, really, it’s that, […]


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Hall of Heroes
By Dwip November 20, 2007 at 8:05 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

With a nod to FR7. Firstly, a couple of blog changes, namely: 1. The front page now displays the last three entries as opposed to the last two, to make easier times like this when I spam my blog. 2. Comments now open in a new window, although they do not do this properly, and I cannot for the life of me figure out WHY. But this at least half works. Anyway. This post has a pretty lengthy and circuitous route to existance, being rooted in an almost post about great gaming moments. Then I got to thinking about the character of Jon Irenicus, and said “You know, I bet people would find a post about great characters more interesting.” […]


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Worldbuilding
By Dwip November 18, 2007 at 9:21 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

In that general theme of Very Tired of School, I’m going to pretty much ramble about the D&D world I’m working on, which is so far unnamed. This is going to be pretty disjointed, but I need to scribble, it might be interesting to the gamers, and parts of it I think are way cool. If you see a bit you especially like, let me know. – Unsure on cosmology. Leaning towards very living gods/immortal god-kings type of deal. This might change depending on my whims, but I kind of like the idea that if you were very very powerful, you could become a god, or kill one. Change of pace. Then again, I might change. – Four of these […]


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Life In the Fast Lane
By Dwip November 18, 2007 at 5:17 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

My weekend: – I am officially burnt out on ILS papers and projects. I need a vacation. Fortunately, that is soon. If you’re in OR and I didn’t tell you the dates, ask me about it. – On Thursday, apparently some punk decided to smash in my driver’s side window on my car. Didn’t take anything, didn’t wreck anything else. Just smashed the window. Rather fortunately, my insurance paid for it all, and they sent a guy out to repair it at my place. However, shattered auto glass, while cool-looking, is enormously annoying to pick up. – OTOH, I got taken to hear the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and then I got fed steak. This steak was on order of […]


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Conceptual
By Dwip November 15, 2007 at 12:40 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

As Whir can attest, tonight was a pretty active night for my mind. Discuss, as you like, the following: 1. Plaid fire; 2. Space cheetahs; 3. Drow sleep poison as a hallucinogin; 4. Plaid treants; 5. Illithids with barbed tentacle arms; 6. The utility of halucinated-reality flutes as weapons. Keen readers will of course point out that plaid fire is hardly new, and they would be correct by about ten years. I am fairly certain that space cheetahs have not previously been concieved by mankind, however.


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In That Epic Struggle, Part Two
By Dwip November 11, 2007 at 6:01 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Post one in this series is here. Let us return, then, to those D&D yore and the Forgotten Realms, and the continuation of that epic struggle against the forces of STD ogre mages and perhaps also evil. The year is 2000. It is the dawn of 3rd edition D&D, and the people were, well, excited. I wonder, sometimes how I didn’t wreck the car getting home from taking everyone to pick up the PHB, considering that we all wanted to see it at the same time. Including the driver. Following the disappearance of our previous heroes into the Calimport Muzad, our roster has changed just a bit: Magnus, Half-Orc Barbarian/Cleric (Cole). An exile from an orcish tribe, and continuing Cole’s […]


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In That Epic Struggle, Part Three
By Dwip November 11, 2007 at 3:29 pm Comments Off on In That Epic Struggle, Part Three RSS Feed for this post

Part one is here, and part two is here. In previous episodes, we learned how, in two months in 1370 DR, the merchant kingdom of Amn was saved largely through the efforts of two groups of adventurers, one of whom saved the city of Murann from almost certain plunder, then went on to slay the feared pirate, the Black Alaric; the second of whom raided the city of Esmeltaran, disrupting its monstrous occupants, then fighting a climactic battle in the ruins of ancient Shoonach which killed the leaders of the Sythillisian Empire. The year is 2006. The edition is D&D 3.5. The time is Mirtul, 1371 DR. Spring has come to Amn. Its fortunes are on the rise, though its […]


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Wikithreading, Revisited
By Dwip November 4, 2007 at 9:33 am Comments Off on Wikithreading, Revisited RSS Feed for this post

Because Wikipedia search histories are fun. This one starts with me watching Gladiator, a movie which, unlike Braveheart, has perhaps not aged as well as it should have, but which serves to start us off with me looking up Commodus. Commodus Augustus Marcus Licinius Crassus Battle of Carrhae Sino-Roman Relations Daqin Seres Roman Trade With India Buddhism and the Roman World Thence to Augustus, a few other places, and on to the possibility of Roman soldiers captured in the Parthian wars being sent east and coming into contact with China. Not to mention embassies being sent between Rome and China, a flourishing trade with India, and a discussion of Buddhism in the West, wherein the assertion is made that Buddhists […]


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