September 22nd, 2002


Not a Sword Slash Amongst Us!

jamesbarrett ran a roleplaying-heavy evening of D&D tonight; Theran finally got to pick up the armor made from the hide of the black dragon the party slew way back when, and it's way cool. :) The Armor Check Penalty hurts (-4, ouch! That's a 20% penalty!), but on the other hand it has some acid resistance and an arcane spell failure chance of only 8%! This is some super-nice armor; I doubt I'll be wanting any more for some time.

Anyway, now the party is off to Geoff, there to slay giants. Should be fun fun carnage carnage. Gooooood luck! Yoooouuu'll NEED it!

Now it's my turn to do D&D next, but not next weekend -- gotta move!

So what have those wacky drow been up to, I wonder...?

-The Gneech
Kero asleep

Encyclopedia Ethangea

I started trying to list the races[1] in Ethangea -- mostly compiling ideas that have been sitting around in six or seven different places. I was going to post it in my LJ, but I've been at it for an hour and a half and I've only covered the eastern third of the world. And that's just the humans!

This is just macro-level information, for the most part ... if this were Earth I was describing, for instance, it would list "western Europeans," "Nordic," "Slavic," etc., rather than going into a lot of detail about, say, "English vs. French" or even better, "Scots vs. Irish." ;) But it does help solidify the world in my mind, and makes the map "alive," so to speak, rather than just being a bunch of geographical features with nobody on it.

Right now, the most vibrant part of the map in my mind is Khaldun, although putting Arrendown back on the map (and letting go and just calling it by its proper name of Arrendown) helped a bit. Most of the other areas of the map are names with vague ideas attached to them ... but as I put more detail into who is there and how they got there, the places are gradually getting fleshed out.

Hopefully one of these exercises will germinate some cool story ideas. I'd like to find a nice, juicy epic waiting for me somewhere...

Meanwhile, it's late. G'nite folks!

-The Gneech

[1] By races, I mean it in the true sense of culture, rather than the more common fantasy terminology, where "human" is a race, and "elf" is a race. Strictly speaking, those are different species.