I wasn’t around for this, but I think that D&D had as much street cred as it will ever have during the satanic panic of the 80s.
This is perhaps the most amazing thing I’ve read concerning stereotypical D&D wizards.
Older wizards look more and more insane as they age. Their robes are fancier but more heavily stained. They have countless odd spell components hanging off their belts and wrists, braided into hair and beard, and worn as earrings. Don’t even try to have a coherent conversation with someone who has one or more ioun stones orbiting his head. It will make you dizzy just looking at him.
The more powerful they become, the more spells they try to prepare and keep ready in their heads, all buzzing and snarling with barely contained energy trying to escape and release their power. Some say you can see that magic energy pulsing under their skin or leaking out as light from their eyes or wisps of smoke from their ears.
I think that explains the hats. Who knows what they’re trying to keep hidden under there.
(Illustration by Flint Henry from the Cloudland module for AD&D, Grenadier Models Inc, 1984.)
… and I’ve been camped like I’ve never been camped before.
Any how, let me know if you are interested in “partying it up” on Xbox Live. Just ask me for my gamertag.
It’s like normal D&D…but cooler.
A.K.A Xuthal at Dusk
In this story Conan and a female companion stumble upon a sleeping city stalked by a demon from the very ancient past. (According to Wikipedia, this thing comes from Kull of Atlantis’ time.) This is another prime example of how Robert E. Howard can flawlessly portray an atmosphere of strangeness and weirdness in his stories.
I think this story should be a must read for every referee that wants to run a “dungeon crawl” for his group. That is if the aforementioned referee is interested in imprinting a potent memory in his player’s psyche.
I’ve been delving into Ubuntu (version 11.10) for the past month or so. I installed the OS in an old laptop with a damaged battery that was laying around the room. I’ve wanted to learn Linux for a couple of years now, but I’ve never gotten around to it. So now that I have a little bit of extra time (thank you under-employment) and an extra laptop, I decided to give good old Linux a real try.
This being my first attempt at using a Linux, I choose Ubuntu because of its reputation as a beginner friendly OS and its gorgeous GUI. I’m also pleasantly surprised at how much better my older, clunkier laptop is running with Ubuntu. It’s like my old computer was given a new lease on life.
As you guys can probably tell, I’m really liking Ubuntu. But my main priority is to learn as much of the Linux as I possibly can. I’m interested in learning enough to be able to operate Linux using only the command line.
Up to this point I’ve taught myself the basics of the command line: copy, pasting, make dir, edit txts, delete, and how to navigate directories. I’ve also gotten into users (creating them and deleting them), groups, and permissions.
I know I have a long, long way to go before I can call myself a Linux “power user,” but I’d like to think I’m doing well.
What do you guys recommend I try out next?
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than Robert E. Howard’s weird tale “Xuthal at Dusk,” I was blown away by “Worms of the Earth.” The story is abundant with horrors from the Stygian depths, revenge, and mayhem; what else can one ask of a Swords & Sorcery yarn? Or any yarn for that matter.
… thieves aren’t allowed as a character class. Why, you ask? Because characters spend their time looting tombs. Everybody is a thief already.