Alt-Magic Interlude: Silvermane’s Address to the People of Waterdeep

Lord Abraxas Silvermane takes his place before Blackstaff Tower. Behind him stand four brave heroes of the city. Above them all, perched on the Tower, is the Ancient Dragon Aurinex, keeping a close eye on the crowd below. Abraxas clears his throat and turns to the crowd. His voice rumbles, carried by magic to the…

Alt-Magic Recap — Episode 44: The Splintered Stair

Alt-Magic Campaign Episode XLIV The Splintered Stair Abraxas Silvermane (Connor), *Akkamas Mohaïva (Mike), **Braxton Chabbone (Steve), *Jone Constance (Aaron), *Kelwyn (Rodney), & *Tim (Shaun) Abraxas summons The Hellblazers to the Blue Heron House, recently acquired by the wizard to suit his own ends, and gifts his companions several unique items. To Tim was given a…

Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

Today marks the 113th anniversary of the nativity of my favorite author — Robert E. Howard. In, what is arguably his finest work, Beyond the Black River, he wrote, “Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.” In a letter to…

Alt-Magic Campaign: Gnome Stone Unturned

Alt-Magic Campaign Episode XX: Gnome Stone Unturned Abraxas Silvermane (Connor), *Akkamas Mohaïva (Mike), *Braxton Chabbone (Steve), Jone Constance (Aaron), Kelwyn (Rodney), Tim (Shaun), Toman (Mason), Velius (Paul), and Ziyal (Joy) The Hellblazers receive word from Rishaal the Page-Turner, the dragonborn proprietor of Book Wyrm’s Treasures, that a gnome had been seeking buyers of a supposed…

#RPGaDay2018: Day 6 — How can players make a world seem real?

And so we begin Week 2 of #RPGaDay2018, or “How” Week, if you will. Today’s question being “How can players make a world seem real?” Well, I feel the onus of a world seeming real falls largely on the shoulders of the Dungeon Master more so than with the players, but there are things a…