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Ben McFarland
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Wondering what a healing, divination, and conjuration spellbook might look like? #AdventureFuel
Forum Auctions, LOT:120 - Iatrosophico manuscript
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Fantastic magical item for your #ArsMagica game-- might work great as an object of Insight, Hermetic, or nonHermetic. #AdventureFuel
Astrological disk engraved with Quranic inscriptions and zodiac signs. . Museum Number 420-1876.
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That's a beautiful artifact! 
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A very interesting read.
Over the last 48 hours — since Buzzfeed published an intelligence dossier alleging the Russian government’s involvement with President…
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I heard a saying once, not too long ago in fact, "Where there's smoke, there's fire."
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This is absolutely awesome, a fantastic prop! (H/T to +Deborah Teramis Christian )

This would have my group at the table every week without fail. #AdventureFuel  
 
This post contains 33 photos of the game prop my group recently discovered. It is a lynchpin prop containing and clarifying a lot of threads for the group. When I set out to make the prop, I knew I wanted it to feel exquisite, yet slightly crude. Obviously a thick book like this could be daunting, so I also planned to keep the number of words per page very small and focus on illustrations.

Much of the book will not make sense to you, but you will notice it contains maps to many dungeons (allowing the players to choose which dungeons to tackle in any order they like). It also contains words in strange languages that can be deciphered, magic item commands, hidden secrets (behind the leather map) and some riddles and scraps. At the end of the book is a sealed portion that the group is utterly terrified to open (because they understand the lethality of the campaign): therefore the seal is still unbroken.

The narrator of the book is of course "Lazarus" but the sealed portion and the leather map were authored by "Rain".

I used an old car shammy for the leather map.

Most of the book is done with black ink, watercolor-colored-pencil and white ink.

I'd love to hear guesses on what the sealed portion of the book contains, but I won't confirm your guesses in case my players read this post.

The entire book took me roughly 3 months to make. When they found it, I immediately joked that they should throw it in a fire and destroy it.

Anyway, enjoy these pics of this utter beast of a game prop!
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That is one heck of a table prop, +Anthony Huso! Is it found in some part of the Night Wolf Inn? (The book is absolutely excellent - mine arrived from Lulu last week and I haven't been able to put it down. Fantastic concept!)
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This series was an interesting read I picked up on Twitter today.
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+Ben McFarland Weird.
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Just for +Jaye Sonia, because I know he's digging on that snow. ;)

(How often do you use weather for more than dramatic effect in your games?) #AdventureFuel
A stunning true-color satellite image taken yesterday shows the Great Lakes shrouded by lake-effect snow clouds. It’s a glorious example of this meteorological phenomenon in action.
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Fantastic magical item-- might work great as an object of Insight, Hermetic, or nonHermetic. Should definitely give a bonus to creating horoscopes or divination. #AdventureFuel
Astrological disk engraved with Quranic inscriptions and zodiac signs. . Museum Number 420-1876.
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Catch up on your Cypher-Numenera News!
 
Cypher Chronicles—our weekly round-up of the latest MCG news, interesting links, and gaming inspiration! https://www.montecookgames.com/cypher-chronicles-vol-2-2017/
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Very #InvisibleSun  ...I need to dig into this group more, I think.
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Seems like a helmet that Mind Flayers might make their slaves wear.
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This is a great short, and really helps get the vibe of Numenera!
 
Now you can watch the Numenera: Strand short film for free on YouTube and Vimeo! https://www.montecookgames.com/numenera-strand-online/
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When biological warfare goes off the rails... #DeltaGreen   #AdventureFuel  
In a case that doctors are describing as “crazy,” a 41-year-old Colombian man was found to host cancerous tapeworm tumors in his brain and other bodily organs.
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That is no brain on that ct-scan... -_-
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I love this series, and a pointer especially for +James Parks, I know who his favorite is.
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5'9" was the perfect height for a Roman Legionnaire.
Introduction
I am a Westerner caught in the meat grinder of the East Coast. I'm too nice, I talk too slow, and if your iPhone wakes me up again, I'll stab you in the face. I lived on a desert island for two years. I like to brew my own beer, make my own chinese food, and fence saber; although I do none of these as much as I would like anymore. Once upon a time, I was in the US Air Force. Premises guarded by man with shotgun three nights a week-- you guess the nights. 

If I don't know you and you add me to your circles, I'll presume it's for RPG related reasons, unless you tell me otherwise. :)

If you're looking for a list of what I've written, I tend to keep my profile on Paizo current. TL;DR? It's a lot of D&D, Pathfinder, and I've worked on 5 Ars Magica books.

Ordo Hermae vitae.
Bragging rights
I foolishly help edit the Sub Rosa fanzine for Ars Magica, 5th Edition (http://www.subrosamagazine.org but it needs updating)
Education
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
    Computer Science, 1993 - 1997
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Other names
"LT" but that's ancient... more recently, "enkeydu"
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Occupation
Computer things. Freelance RPG Writing. Dad. Out of practice swordsman.
Skills
Solaris core file analysis, Performance tuning, RPG Design, and the rest changes without notice.
Employment
  • Oracle Corporation
    Kernel Support Engineer, 2010 - present
  • Kobold Press
    Freelance Author for D&D/Pathfinder, 2007 - 2015
  • Atlas Games
    Freelance Author for Ars Magica, 2009 - 2015
  • Sun Microsystems
    Kernel Support Engineer, 2001 - 2010
  • USAF.
    Communications Officer, 1997 - 2001
  • Paizo Publishing
    Freelance Author for Pathfinder RPG, 2014 - 2015
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Upstate NY, the relatively friendly portion.
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Denver, Colorado. And no matter what Isolda says, it is not the Midwest. - Biloxi, MS - Johnston Atoll
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A nice area with a playground, restrooms, covered picnic area, and a lakeside beach. The facilities are older but functional. Great for an afternoon out.
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It's a Target. Clean, reasonably staffed and usually well stocked, they also have grocery options and a Starbucks.
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Wide selection and a knowledgeable staff. They were very chatty and talked books with me for quite a while. I'd be back there in a heartbeat.
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Old school small town diner food for your soul. Don't be fooled by the wrong menu associated with the place, Google won't let me flag it. The biscuits and gravy were fantastic. Do yourself a favor and go start your day here, just don't go too often or you'll need to end it at the gym.
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Decent selection in store, the website and owner were helpful, but the young staff working there was not terribly useful.
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Convenient location, good service, the at-table tablets are great for preoccupying the kids. This is pub food at its best. I am partial to the Cookie Magic shake and a Royal Red Robin burger. If you want, though, they'll serve your burger in a lettuce wrap.
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