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Stephen Wendell
Explorer, adventurer, campaigner, peregrine
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Someone tell me if there’s a role-playing game earlier than 1975 that has rules for divine intervention.

After Aithfo’s foolish attempt to cast a spell while wearing armor in +James Maliszewski‘s Tékumel game, clanmate Kelano (+Doyle Tavener) called upon Sarku for his aid. The pile of magic items offered to him, including Aithfo’s +2 Sword, didn’t get the god’s attention.

Playing D&D in the ‘80s, divine intervention was DM’s fiat. In an AD&D game, I was playing the cleric — because no one else would, and the fight against a growing horde of undead was going worse and worse. Players and DM alike, we all saw the total party kill looming.

“I want to call on my deity for divine intervention.”

“Okay, roll percentile,” said the DM. “If you get a zero-one, I’ll give it to you.”

In one of those incredible moments of gaming, the zero-one came to me. In a blinding flash of heavenly illumination, the party was saved.

So again, my question is: Did we get that from Tékumel?
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Another exotic Tékumel creature animated the second of five corpses against us. Our magic weapons had no effect on it.

Doyle said, That transmutation spell might be useful.
I said, Yeah but I’ve got steel sword in hand, wearing matching armor.
Barry said, Aithfo ought to just take it on the chin.
I said, I can cast a spell wearing metal?
James said, Oh you can but you shouldn’t!

In Aithfo’s mind, “can” trumps “shouldn’t.” Pointing the sword at the amorphous creature, he intoned the spell. His world burst into a bright blue arc between weapon and armor, reducing his mortal husk to smoldering ash.

I ate the last mango in Paris
I took the last plane out of Saigon
I cast a spell wearing metal in Tékumel
And there’s still so much to be done
— Jimmy Buffet, Last Mango in Paris, paraphrased

+Doyle Tavener +Barry Blatt +James Maliszewski +Dyson Logos +Kevin Brennan +Todd McGowan +Ron Edwards
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C. PLACE THE DUNGEON AND THE BASE TOWN.
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C. PLACE THE DUNGEON AND THE BASE TOWN.
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Aithfo’s portrait cropped from the cover of The Excellent Travelling Volume, No. 6, (illustration by Zhu Bajie) and dropped into the “Cash & Prizes” personalized edition of Dyson’s Laudable Character Template

I’m preparing for the 106th session in almost 3 years of play in James Maliszewski’s House of Worms Tékumel campaign with a fresh character sheet, because the XP space in the old sheet is worn through.

+Dyson Logos +James Maliszewski
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Hey +James Maliszewski, do you know of any no-game Fridays during January and February?

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This article aptly describes Aithfo's inner struggle. Like early D&D player/characters, he has serious responsibilities above ground, but what he really wants to do is keep searching for cash and prizes.

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This article aptly describes Aithfo's inner struggle. Like early D&D player/characters, he has serious responsibilities above ground, but what he really wants to do is keep searching for cash and prizes.
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At the end of a long quest for a cover illustration… treasure!
My thanks to the artist David Jones.

Follow the link to see the image in high resolution accompanied by the bio of the talented young illustrator.
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Excellent start to the negotiation, Nebussa.
Kélano, that slave could turn out to be a valuable asset.
Tuasha, what the fuck...?

I don't know much about Tékumel, but
THIS... IS... CLASSIC
House of Worms
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