A Costly Grace, An Artful Ward, and A Level Playing Field…

Martyr's Shift The others were drunk or laughing or both, a high fire popping and hissing wood while they celebrated.  The road had been long, the journey fraught with peril, and today they won through. It was dead. And the long miles and weeks of hunting it back to its manse, dispatching it's minions--even with... Continue Reading →

Tools are for Fools…

You can find the ever-growing list of “Better Than Nothing” items  over on the right. Read ‘em, like ‘em, share ‘em, and comment. Rushboots Now that the brush was cleared away (thanks to Meilla's controlled inferno), what they saw was arresting and ominous. A long hallway cut right into the side of the hill, tiled with... Continue Reading →

Secret & Safe: A Look At Codes and Spies For Fantasy Games

The history of espionage, even in the Classical or Medieval or Renaissance periods that so frequently inspire elements of fantasy settings, is enormous and deep. It's also probably filled with holes in information, because so many resources were probably destroyed or lost due to their covert nature. So, if you plan to use spies and coded messages in your game, how can you turn those story elements into challenges or hooks for player characters? Below are a few brief thoughts on the form that spies might take, along with notes on how they might be treated, and a few example methods for passing secret information that could be slipped into any game.

A Mad Book of Truth, the Lonely Song of Savages, and Whoopin’ Fisk

You can find the ever-growing list of “Better Than Nothing” items  over on the right. Read ‘em, like ‘em, share ‘em, and comment. Darkle Fas Wendell let them walk right into the path of the swinging log. Served them right, afterall---always on about him. Always judging. them with their noses high and their ways. If he'd... Continue Reading →

Play the Madness, Been Re-Reading Fables, A Cheap Trick, Tiny Lair, and Blessed Nonsense.

You can find the ever-growing list of “Better Than Nothing” items  over on the right. Read ‘em, like ‘em, share ‘em, and comment. Kortholt of the Brigh Delac "The Congregation wiles and pomps, For ever day and shine again, When Revelrie and Revelire, Set to dance the feet of men, The king! The king! In tally... Continue Reading →

Morveer Wishes He Had That, Brutal Advantages, and Messin’ With Casters…

You can find the ever-growing list of “Better Than Nothing” items  over on the right. Read ‘em, like ‘em, share ‘em, and comment. Slipquick Silks Kelvin moved like ink poured over a polished, smooth statue---every turn was almost oily slick and his shape in the half-light was dark and fluid. The Houngang lunged this way and... Continue Reading →

Food of the Gods, Useful Things Aren’t Always Pretty, and All or Nothing…

You can find the ever-growing list of “Better Than Nothing” items  over on the right. Read ‘em, like ‘em, share ‘em, and comment. Ambrosia It was a quiet, serious, and frequent communion. Every morning, when the dawn broke over the trees or peaks or horizon or walls, Favian Crossley could be found kneeling already---head bowed, a... Continue Reading →

More Than One Way To Die, Lich-ish, and Don’t Look Down…

You can find the ever-growing list of "Better Than Nothing" items  over on the right. Read 'em, like 'em, share 'em, and comment. Shudderwein How do you kill a god? Teller didn't know. She'd killed giants and monsters and horrors, she'd killed the Great Black Bear and the Creeping Death of the Irewood. But, standing before... Continue Reading →

Undisturbed, Seeing What You Want, and Clothes That Make the Man…

You can find the ever-growing list of "Better Than Nothing" items  over on the right. Read 'em, like 'em, share 'em, and comment. Sandals of Path Sun Ko walked through the marketplace, ignoring the hustle and din of the hundreds of people, animals, and excitement as he made his way towards the old Shaw building at... Continue Reading →

Atlas Shrugging, A Place to Work, and Fine Stock…

You can find the ever-growing list of "Better Than Nothing" items  over on the right. Read 'em, like 'em, share 'em, and comment. Kel-Orien Surcoat The Flyers had gotten away with a good score in the fading light over Flamekeep. As the sun dropped its face behind the horizon and the chill of an evening breeze... Continue Reading →

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