December 17th, 2009

Conan Civilization Sucks

Hey, Fantasy Readers, a Question For You!

Just out of curiosity, if you exclude Tolkien specifically, and Dungeons and Dragons tie-in fiction, what fantasy works can you name that include creatures recognizable as "halflings"?

I ask this because I had a neat idea for a story involving halflings, and I'm interested in looking around at precedents, if there are any.

So far, again excluding the obvious Tolkien and D&D I've been able to think of three:

  • The Wizard of Oz -- I've not read the books, only seen the famous film, but the Munchkins in the movie seem pretty halflingish, if more than a little over-the-top.

  • Willow -- The "Nelwin" of Willow are pretty obvious !Hobbits.

  • In the '80s there was a series of fantasy novels, of which I've forgotten both the author and title, alas, but which were explicitly "MOAR Lord of the Rings except with the serial numbers shaved off" (as in, the author came out and said as much in a prologue), and which featured a halfling hero. I wish I could remember the name of this series.

Can anybody come up with others?

-The Gneech

EDIT: The Iron Tower trilogy, that's it!
Rastan Kill Monsters

Can I Get a W00T, Gamer Nerds!

I found a "compatibility mode" setting in Windows 7 that makes E-Tools work again!

I realize this may not be world-shaking news for you, but for me it's a big deal. Because it means that D&D 3.5 once again becomes a practical reality!

*geeks out about this for about 10 minutes*

I never thought I'd be so happy to be able to run D&D. :D Now, to see if I can find a way to incorporate the good parts of 4E (99.9% of which are in the DM's prep part of the game) into 3.5.

My players: any requests? I know we've had a lot of start-and-stop games, but that's largely been because I haven't been able to hit on a formula I liked between Saga, 4E, and so on. But with the re-availability of E-Tools, I intend to get something going again.

-The Gneech