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January 16th, 2009

Who Needs a Brain Anyway?

bearblue posted this, which subsequently made my brain explode: New Scientist: Our World May Be a Giant Hologram.

Not quite as huge, but still quite big in its own way, Earth, Observed. Also courtesy of bearblue.

-The Gneech
It's cold outside.

-The Gneech

In the spirit of “Postcards From Middle-earth,” I present screenshots and commentary from my lil’ hobbitey warden, Maedhroc. Some of these date back to shortly after the MoM release, but I’m sure we’ll get caught up fairly quickly.

December 11, 2008
I’ve started a new character, a Hobbit Warden by the name of Maedhroc. He doesn’t seem to know how to tuck in his shirt, but there are no others in the Shire who can rescue chickens from rampaging wolves the way he does.

Maedhroc, Bounder of the Shire, In Michel Delving

And this evening Maedhroc met someone even more peculiar … a right jolly old fellow who was giving out presents in the Michel Delving town square.

Maedhroc meets 'Sainte Nicholas'

The mysterious gift-giver presented Maedhroc with some blueberry muffins and a pair of quite nice shoes (rather wasted on a hobbit, of course) before he had to dash away, dash away. Maedhroc, having eaten his last milk and cookies himself earlier (hobbits, y’know), gave him some strawberries and golden Shire taters that he happened to be carrying by way of thanks.

December 15, 2008
LotRO is eating my brain. But in a good way. I’ve really been enjoying my lil’ hobbitey warden Maedhroc, seen here dancing to the the rhythms of the Hobbiton Philharmonic.

Maedhroc dances to the tunes of the Hobbiton Philharmonic

(Note the messages in the text window. Even undead sorcerer-kings can’t get a good hobbit down!)

Maedhroc has helped the Bounders (basically the Shire militia-cum-police-force) so much that he’s been appointed an Honorary Shirriff, an achievement he takes to heart. Unfortunately, he has been so helpful to them that there’s little left for him to do in Shire except run pies for the local grandmas. What’s more, the Wardens have summoned him to Bree to aid in confronting brigands who threaten the Greenway, meaning that very soon he will have to leave his beloved home and venture into the wider world, something he is not entirely keen to do.

He’ll miss the Shire!

Maedhroc admires a rainbow over Rushok Bog

Next time … off to Bree-land!

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.

My Next Campaign...

...I think will stick with 3.5E for the most part. I will probably do some house-ruling to streamline stuff, modify classes, and take the best of Saga Edition and will be rebuilding monsters and spellcasting to fit the setting better. But everything will be doable within the 3.5E framework (and, I expect, work within E-Tools, which is a bonus).

More details as I work them out.

jamesbarrett, sirfox, laurie_robey, and hantamouse, if you have any particular issues w/ 3.5E you'd like to see addressed, please let me know. Also, do you have a preference as to whether we adopt the Condition Track from Saga Edition?

-The Gneech

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