Tuesday, March 31, 2015

D&D: Conceptions of the Drow (Part 1: History)

I gave my gaming group some choices for this week's D&D article. They liked "The Theology of Demeter", "Court Rangers", and this article, which is about the drow of Wanderhaven. Designing the drow's backstory turned out to be a little more challenging than I'd anticipated, however, so given my current time constraints, I've had to break the article into two parts.  I hope you don't mind.
This week: the history and mythology of the drow.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tri Training Log: 3/23 to 3/29 (Week 2)

Kind of a frustrating week, even though I managed to get what I needed accomplished.  This month has been about trying to get back into the groove of training, and in that respect, I suppose I can't complain.  But I can't say it's been easy, either.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trolling Twitter: News & Notes on a Saturday

There's a new Bond film coming, and it looks a lot like the original films' ethos, updated with modern production values.  That's not a bad thing, but while I expect we'll continue to see a grittier Bond, the series itself changed a lot when Daniel Craig took over.  Now it seems to be returning to form.


Friday, March 27, 2015

5 Things on a Friday: Cruz Makes It Official!

Spoiler Alert.  This week’s 5 Things has a lot of politics and specifically a lot on the 2016 election.  If you don’t care about that, it’s fine, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve decided to cover the week’s election events in a bit of detail.
I will say this: my aim here is not to convert you to my point of view. I definitely have a point of view, however, and although I’d very much like to cover this election objectively, I doubt that’s possible.  This week in particular, I got close to asking around to see if I could find a guest writer or two to come in and espouse competing points of view in the interest of balanced coverage, but I ultimately decided not to go looking because I neither want to pay a guest writer nor ask someone else to write for free.  You are therefore stuck with me.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TV: Agents of SHIELD (Episode 2.2.4)

I liked this week’s show.  I don’t know that I have quite as much to say about it as I’ve had the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that I liked it any less.  I’m just not sure how much there is to add to the conversation.

*spoilers below*

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sketch in My Notebook: The Order of the Blackened Glaive (Part 8)

Our story so far...

Drakar has been forced from the Sentralian Military Academy because of his half-demon heritage.  However, angels of the goddess Nyx visited him in a dream, commanding him to seek out Fortress Abbadabas and the fabled Order of the Blackened Glaive.  Drakar traveled south to the city of Jakara, where he met a girl--a young wizard named Elaina Emboo.  Having saved Elain from certain death, Drakar is now headed to confront Safras, the man who tried to have Elaina killed.  

Drakar feels compelled to visit justice on the wicked for reasons he does not fully comprehend.

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Safras’s lair turns out to be a hole in the desert floor, marked out by a lip of carved sandstone blocks.  Steps lead down into a darkness that is broken by weak torchlight shining some thirty feet below the city’s surface.  Drakar assumes this place was once some kind of crypt or tomb, that it has long since been defiled by grave robbers, and that this Safras is merely the latest in a long line of thieves and villains who’ve made the place their home or hideout.  Covering the entrance with a tent is a simple but ingenious idea, however Drakar doubts that it would accomplish its purpose without the willing ignorance of the local constabulary.  Given that Safras has also been shown to be in possession of the constabulary’s anti-magic handcuffs, this is in no way surprising.  The tomb’s entrance looks ancient; Drakar is sure that Jakara’s rulers have a record of its existence somewhere.  Besides, the tent is an at best minimal disguise.