No Happy Ending

Morgor, Bumrage and I played a session of ‘D&D Retro CloneLabyrinth Lord last night, and I checked my email today to find out he’d put up a group blog all about the process of the game, complete with a little invite to be an author on the blog as well. Without further ado, I decided to play to my strengths and put up a vague comic of the session, to counterpoint Morgor’s write-up.

Labyrinth Lord comic
Click to read at a more comfortable size, brave adventurer…

In Labyrinth Lord you go on an adventure in a perilous dungeon full of monsters. It’s so perilous that you die quite a lot. It’s not fair. Not fair at all. Any and all advantages available to you have to be pressed to simply stay alive, and you can’t mourn too much when another noble adventurer slumps to the dungeon floor in a pool of their own blood. A little bit of this cheery atmosphere I’ve put down here…

High Fantasy

Bill Eaton, the Gamesmaster (no not that kind silly), of our role-playing game group – referred to as ‘Geek Club‘ by all and sundry – has been slaving away over a hot Obsidian Portal ‘campaign wiki’ (will webby wonders never cease? I remember attempting to affect a similar thing a few years ago by trying to get the Wikipedia engine running on my web domain, to track all of the characters, locations and evidence in the Call of Cthulhu RPG ‘Masks of Nyarlathotep‘ campaign.) In the face of such community-spirited narrative-bolstering, I just had to do my thing and add a bit of art to the general flurry of activity.

Talak the male Tiefling Bard from Dungeons and Dragons

So this is me at Geek Club. I’m a member of a race called the Tieflings, and get your spare change out, because I’m a Bard. You’ve got to love a bard.

I came to paper-and-pencil, ‘table-top’ role-playing games as an adult. I’d spent much of my teenage years doing all kinds of reprehensible nerdy things, but never role-playing proper. Which is a shame, because it might have actually given me some much-needed social skills. But back to the present, Geek Club has played ‘WHFRP‘, Dark Heresy, Cyberpunk 2020, Savage Worlds: Pirates of the Spanish Main and (probably my favourite) Call of Cthulhu. It’s now that we’re finally truly living up to our name and having a go at most Geeks’ proto-game of choice, one ‘Dungeons and Dragons‘.
Now, ‘D&D’ is big thing. It introduced roleplaying games to the world, and it was what most people cut their teeth on at an impressionable age.

Not me though, I never had anything to do with it.

So the more I look into it, the more I’m stunned at how much of a… Lifestyle choice it seems to be. It’s a true multi-media global franchise. With games, board-games, card games, miniature games, novels, merchandise, video games, apps, and even a feature film. And as I put up this coloured sketch, I realise everybody else on the interweb knows the same badly-kept-secret nerd handshake and has been drawing their and their friends’ characters too. Which is an interesting kind of collective – and yet personal – fantasy, now I come to think of it…

So here’s a link to Bill’s wiki, any embarrassment I might suffer in people reading the earnest character fluff I put up on there is over-ridden by just how very good Bill’s adventure log of our half-arsed fantasy doings is.
If you’re after another good Obsidian Portal site, have a look at the lovely Kieron Gillen and Quins from Shut Up and Sit Down‘s wiki for their WHFRP campaign, the magnificently-titled ‘Brash Young Fools‘.

Yog Trotter

Yog Sothoth Image

Little image that started out as a Postcard for the the lovely folks at Yog-Sothoth.com, whose podcast series kept me sane during an extended period of working in Photoshop. Coloured up, it’s now used to promote the site.
The Call of Cthulhu RPG their site is dedicated to is based on work of writer H.P. Lovecraft and involves you pretending to be a citizen of 1920s Massachusetts and then being menaced by terrible beasties from beyond the cosmic veil. I’d recommend it to anybody!