Get to Know the Death Knight

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a good slasher film or show. The slasher genre is one of my favorites, as it deals with a single threat (usually), a well-defined location (ideally), and the mythos is surface-level enough to give you the deets without getting bogged down (until the sequels). It also lends itself to genre deconstruction in a way that can nail the deconstruction while staying firmly within the genre, something not exactly easy to do (Scream is a goddamn masterpiece in this regard, and the TV series of the same name is actually pretty phenomenal. Yeah, both seasons).

The Delightful Oddity of Al-Qadim

Not so long ago, I wrote about one of my favorite 2nd editions settings, Planescape. Besides the wacky hijinks of the planes, it was the song of the sands that captured my interests. Not Dark Sun, that fantastical post-apocalyptic adventure wasteland, but Al-Qadim, the Land of Fate. Technically a sub-setting of Forgotten Realms, Al-Qadim has precious little in common with the core setting. In fact, most of the link is through the primordials, which are central to the setting’s past, but less so to the present day setting. While it is easy to dismiss the setting as a riff on One Thousand and One Nights and voyages of Sinbad, it proves to be so much richer than a simple reskinned setting dump.

Deities & Demigods – Part 3

I’ve been working on a lot of Wuxia campaign over the past… year? Wow, a whole year, but today I decided to do something a little different. Actually something completely different, and put together data one of my favorite anti-heroes: Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné.

Deities & Demigods – Part 2

Last week, I put together the stats for the demigod Hachiman from the Japanese Mythos found in the 1980 Deities & Demigods. A lot of people asked me to continue, and so I am putting together a trinity of Shinto gods; Amaterasu-ōmikami, Susanowo-no-Mikoto, & Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto from the Japanese Mythos. These three are all siblings and children of Izanagi-no-Okami. So here is the first of the Trinity, Amaterasu. She happens to be one of the most powerful Gods in the Mythos:

Deities & Demigods – Part 1

I have been reading through my library of old D&D books for some campaign ideas. I stumbled across Deities & Demigods, and pulled it out and sat back and began to flip through it. I really like the original AD&D book because of the history, the artwork, and detail about the characters behind each of the Mythos (Plus I have a lot of memories from reading this 35 year old book.)