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I made my first hex map using the free version of Hexographer (1) and kinda sorta based on the mapping rules from the Welsh Piper blog (2).

Probably too many straight runs and contiguous groupings of terrain types. I'm not sure if I care. I'm even less sure if any hypothetical players I may use this map with would care.

Per the Welsh Piper system these are 5 mile hexes. But that's close enough to 6 mile hexes that I may fudge it.

No roads, waterways, settlements, landmarks, or other points of interest yet. In part because the hex scale matters a bit for such things.


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Prayers of thanks for the dinner table… right.

What about if you play the music as it appears reflected in the strangely wavy surface of the serving tray in the same collection? 

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"What do you mean your bard duel wields short swords?!"

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Also Sir Patrick Stewart's birthday. And my son turns 13 today. I tell him apparently he's destined to helm a space ship some day. 
Happy birthday to Mr. Harrison Ford,
75 years completed today.

Harrison Ford is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood who came to prominence for his role in ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’. Such is his association with creating charismatic leading roles that the movie goer has to try very hard to distinguish him from Indiana Jones.

Harrison Ford was born to Dorothy, a homemaker and former radio actress, and Christopher Ford, an advertising executive and a former actor on July 13th, 1942. He is of Irish Catholic and Russian Jewish ancestry. In 1960, he graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and attended Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. To overcome his shyness, he took a drama class in the final quarter of his senior year.

One of his first roles was in George Lucas's 1973 film 'American Graffiti'. He worked for Francis Ford Coppola as both a carpenter and an actor with small roles in 'The Conversation' (1974) and 'Apocalypse Now' (1979). In 1977, Ford collaborated with Lucas again for his breakthrough role as Han Solo in 'Star Wars'. His portrayal of the brash but likable rogue in this science-fiction classic helped raise his profile in Hollywood. The film's two sequels, 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980) and 'Return of the Jedi' (1983), helped make him a star.

Around this time, Ford brought another of his legendary film characters to the big screen. He played resourceful, swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones in 1981's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', directed by Steven Spielberg. The action adventure tale, written in part by Lucas, proved to be a huge hit. It spawned several sequels, including 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984) and 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989).

Around the time of the first Indiana Jones installment, Ford also starred as the title character in 'Blade Runner' (1982), a shadowy science-fiction outing directed by Ridley Scott that would become a cult classic. Ford enhanced his reputation as a dramatic actor with several significant roles in the mid-1980s. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work in 1985's 'Witness', a crime drama co-starring Kelly McGillis and directed by Peter Weir.

As of 2016, the U.S. domestic box-office grosses of Ford's films total over US$4.7 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion, making Ford the highest-grossing U.S. domestic box-office star. Ford is married to actress Calista Flockhart. Although he started very late, he fashioned a career by taking every chance and challenging every role that came his way.

Popular stats show that he played four of the top six box-office hits of all time. From churning out monster hits after monster hits, his career witnessed a perplexing slump. But the grand old man of super hits has reinvented the smaller roles with his intense energy and reinvigorated his career playing a new set of characters and by carrying sequels on his shoulders.

The third part of the Indiana Jones series, 'The Last Crusade', is a wonderful Jones film. It has everything. It has excitement, humor, and lots of fun. Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones. This time, he must go on a search for his father, who was kidnapped looking for a passage way in a library in Venice.

For years, Jones's father (Sean Connery) has kept a grail diary, and has gone looking for the Holy Grail. Jones teams up with his friend Marcus (Denholm Elliot) and Elsa (Allison Doody) to find his father. But once he finds his father, other things start to happen. Marcus is kidnapped and people aren't who they seem.

Throughout his quest to find his father, and then the grail, Jones encounters unforgettable villains, evil Nazis, and lovable allies, and when you add in lots of adventure, great dialogue, and the bonding between Indie and his dad, you have one of the greatest adventure movies of all time.

#HarrisonFord #IndianaJones
#Actor #Happybirthday #TheLastCrusade
#80sMovies #Movies #80sMemories
#AdventureFilm #ActionAdventure

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Deep discount on geeky goodness in support of a commendable community
When I put this bundle together, the stated goal was to have a $10 bundle on RPGnow with a bunch of cool products from cool publishers in it to help fund ConTessa's 2017 Convention Schedule.

Then the stuff going into the bundle started showing up. And by the time I launched the bundle last night I was pretty sure that it was grossly under-valued at $10. But that was the price point I had originally pitched it at.

So it went live.

If you ignore Fire on the Velvet Horizon, this bundle prices in at over $100 of product for $10. That's some awesome stuff for an awesome price for a REALLY awesome cause.

And then we have Fire in the mix.

This is your only chance to get Fire on the Velvet Horizon in PDF right now.

100% of the revenue from each sale is going directly to ConTessa. The 2017 ConTessa Bundle of Awesome is only available for 14 days.

You should probably get it now.

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Lizard Force is a documentation of the reptilian totalitarianist regime. In it we see the final stage of their plot to use life on Earth as puppets for their cold, blue-blooded plans to create a one-world government and enslave humanity.

For years and years the lizards have remained disguised. Hidden as members of royal families and holding prominent positions in society, they are masters of the arts of control, subversion, and manipulation. No longer is it necessary for them to conceal their imperial, colonial ambitions. Liberated from the shadows, they walk freely amongst us. Armed for the apocalypse. 

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RPG makers, consider contributing your products to this cause.

RPG consumers, keep an eye out for this bundle. Get cool stuff and support a good cause. 
ConTessa 2017 Fundraising Bundle!

I've taken the initiative (with blessings) to launch a fundraising bundle for ConTessa's summer 2017 convention season. It is a bundle of PDF products on RPGNow that publishers supporting ConTessa can add their products to and where funds collected will go to ConTessa directly.

Once the bundle is complete it will go on sale for 14 days only and then will disappear forever.

If I've talked to you about the bundle up until now but haven't given you the final bundle information, drop me a line.

If I haven't approached you for cool stuff but you'd like to include your cool stuff in the bundle, please also drop me a line!

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This was perfect lunch break viewing for me today.

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