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Anime-ish?

Apparently I’ve been watching too much Anime lately and it’s influencing the style of my Kendra character… Rough draft of part of page 49 below.

D&D and Wizards Second Rule

For those of you who haven’t seen Legend of The Seeker or read any of the Sword of Truth novels, they feature a list of tenants that all good wizards must seek to understand and abide by called simply Wizard’s Rules. They are a fascinating list, and the Wizard’s Second Rule has always struck a chord with me.

“The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.”

Most of the time in Dungeons and Dragon games, the heroes can never do wrong. Anything and everything they achieve is for the betterment of everyone. I think this line of reasoning is more in touch with the 80’s where the movies featured action heroes who were unstoppable and contained not one iota of selfish intentions. It has been a challenge of mine to bring my game beyond those tendencies to let heroes be good and just, and instead have them live in a real world, even it that world contains creatures of fantasy.

In my current game that I’m running, the Epic level group is trying to strive off the World Born Dead. They know it’s only a matter of time before it fully arrives and their entire planet is doomed. They are currently seeking a way to rebuild a weapon Hallister built to fight the World Born Dead, and are traveling deep in the caverns of the earth looking for the ritual book to power the device.

What they are going to find is the horrible true of the Second Rule. They are going to find the results of this undead war, which in some ways they triggered by destroying the first version of Hallister’s device. They are going to be faced with moral decisions about choosing between the life of a few over the lives of the many. Worst of all they may find themselves allied with evil creatures that before they would have attacked and killed with out a thought to it. Their intentions may be good, but if they defeat the World Born Dead, they may have to leave behind them a legacy that will do more damage than they ever realize.

I don’t want to spoil anything for the players, but I will keep the blog updated as the story unfolds, and their decisions come to light.

The Crazies

With Darwin’s little foray with the statue and the leaves over with, Kevin now rolls out his plans for the group but is his devious plan to put space between Kendra and Allison a little too late? They didn’t seem to care much about him at that point, and more interested in fighting it out. Unfortunately Darwin wasn’t on this page, he’d probably not be able to keep a straight face as Kevin’s tries to unsuccessfully talk to the two crazy women. Although once Kevin’s announces the teams, even with forewarning on who he’s going to be teemed up with, he’ll still probably won’t help but have a shiver of doom over the prospect of Kendra as a partner.

Did anybody notice what was written on the robot? I bet you can guess who ‘K’ refers to…

Puppies of Evil

There faces may be all cute and cuddly, but who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of puppies? Licking seems all nice and cute, until you realize they are just taste testing you, waiting until you’ve fully matured in flavor before unleashing their primal might.

Now that you are aware of the potential dangers, perhaps page 44 of Altsad may not seem so funny. If Darwin *is* afraid of puppies, he has good reason to be, although, really, he has much worse things to be afraid of. His theoretical Slug Shark is just one such menace, lurking in the dim pile of leaves and sewer drains, it only appears at random to snatch helpless victims up in it’s jaws and drag them away to dark places where it can feast upon them. Is that what bumped into his leaves then? Maybe, or maybe it was a puppy, either way Darwin doesn’t really want to find out. What really vexes him is how his friends can be so calm about the evil hiding around them, while he is the only one smart enough to stay up and away from it.

If only more people listened to Darwin…

-Dave

WoW Comic Entry

I submitted this back in March to the World of Warcraft Comic contest. I didn’t win, and the contest ended in the end of May, so I’m posting it here. You’re probably only gonna get it if you play the game. Let me know if you like it in the comments section, maybe I’ll make some more of them.

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