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Because it is St. Patrick's Day.


Sailing to Byzantium
W. B. Yeats

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
—Those dying generations—at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.

O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.
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+Michael Meyers This is the series on art I was telling you about. By the artist/author of A Red & Pleasant Land, which you should be getting in the mail in a couple of days.
 
+Zak Smith's art history series - "Art History For D&D People" - is amazing, top to bottom. The final entry is getting a little bit of publicity just now but the whole series is worth your time and attention.

On his blog they appear in reverse order, so here's to save you paging back to the start:
Art History For D&D People, Course Overview: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/art-history-for-d-people-course-overview.html
Ancient Art Is Basically Monsters: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/ancient-art-is-basically-monsters.html
Medieval Art: 1000 Years Of Bad Ideas: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/medieval-art-1000-years-of-bad-ideas.html
The Other Renaissance, or There Is No Ninja Turtle Named Claus Sluter: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-other-renaissance-or-there-is-no.html
Secrets of an Eminently D&Dable Subcontinent: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/secrets-of-eminently-d-subcontinent.html
The World That Fit In Scheherezade's Head: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-world-that-fit-in-scheherezades-head.html
The Art of Europe in the Piratey Era: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-art-of-europe-in-piratey-era.html
Eight Persimmons Beneath a Severed Arm: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/eight-persimmons-beneath-severed-arm.html
The Known Unknowns: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-known-unknowns.html
D30 Ways To Be the Worst Critic in the History of the World: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2014/09/d30-ways-to-be-worst-critic-in-history.html

You know Zak! I enjoyed reading these a whole lot, provocation and all, but if reading them will just stress you out, for goodness sake don't read them. Also, NSFW.
I don't really do that many sweeping survey posts about art even though art's my job because whenever I say something like "Oh yeah, Franz Hals fuck him" someone in the comments always leaves some long thoughtful comment about their relationship to Franz Hals and it makes me forget that like ...
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I like this cover as a location for D&D or Numenera. As a comic I'm still on the fence.
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The new Warren Ellis comic. 
Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It's a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of...
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I have four new copies of the Vornheim hardcover (well 5 copies, but I'm keeping one). I was originally going to sell them, but thought it might be more fun to offer them for trade.

So, if you have an interesting rpg product that you'd be willing to trade for a copy of Vornheim let me know.

If this isn't an appropriate place to post this I will delete it.
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All 4 copies are gone. Thanks.
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Thundersteel- Can be drawn only by (s)he who rides the Horse of Steel. +3 longsword, deals 1d6 sonic damage with every hit. Once a day a lightning bolt (as Call Lightning) can be called down from the Electric Sun. 
Hand of Doom - Any humanoid slain by the sword rises as a ghoul. The wielder commands the last victim to rise as henchghoul. I think that turned out pretty good. I'd probably have never written a magic sword tied to social situations like betrayal or lies without this song-based prompt.
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Nice things said about RPL.
 
What a list full of beautiful games. So honored that The Strange is among them!
It is a golden age for fans of the tabletop gaming hobby. The past couple of years have seen an...
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These would be great for Gamma World type games.
A geography professor turns places like Cleveland and Pittsburgh into magical worlds of castles and dragons.
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Cover of #10. Thought you might enjoy.
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