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Interesting glimpse here into one Indian martial arts tradition.
By Supriya Unni Nair Meenakshi Gurukkal crouched low, sword poised; her eyes unblinking as she faced her opponent in the mud-paved 'kalari' or arena. From the tree tops, a mynah's call resonated in the silence. In a flash she moved to attack, twirling her sword; metal clashing loudly as it made contact with a shield. At 74, she is possibly the oldest woman exponent of Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial arts from Kerala. She has been practising K...
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Don't usually care about Dragonlance. But this was an interesting tidbit.
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Reading Gygax's old threads - On Alignment Languages

"As D&D was being quantified and qualified bu the publication of the supplemental rules booklets. I decided that Thieves' cant should not be the only secret language. thus alignment languages come into play, the rational being they were akin to Hebrew for Jewish and Latin for Roman Catholic persons. 

I have since regretted the addition, as the non-cleric user would have only a limited vocabulary, and luttle cound be conveyed or understoon by the use of an alignment language between non-clerical users. [...] If the DMs would have restricted the use of alignment languages--done mainly because I insisted on that as I should have--then the concept is vaible. In my view the secret societies of alignment would be pantheonic, known to the clerics of that belief system and special orders of laity only. The ordinary faithful would know only a few words, more or less for recognition. [..] Happy to be of service in this regard, as alignment languages have been abused since day one--mainly because I was not explicit in describing them properly :?  "

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Was that interview one of the times he was on coke?
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Eleti commandos. But why the suits?
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Canonically they only need thruster packs and tool harnesses, otherwise can walk naked in the void.
Could be disguise though: helmets go opaque to not freak out the mortals.
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This poster would be a fine addition to any gaming den. Except... well, except for those times it might give you GM ideas!
I'm loving this poster from Anna-Maria Jung. Like it too? It's called Dungeon Crawlers and tells a story many of us will be familiar with.
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I'm reminded of the Into the Odd cover.
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CL Moore was one of the only women who ever wrote for famous pulp fiction magazines Weird Tales and Astounding Science Fiction during the 1930s. Now Andrew Liptak has a great article about her life over at Kirkus, including links to never-before-seen short stories by the woman who was both a fantasy and SF pioneer. I love this bit about where she composed her stories, and how she met her husband via mail (who of course assumed she was a man based...
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Not sure if this is may already be widely known. But iteresting insight.
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Reading Gygax's old threads - On Alignment Languages

"As D&D was being quantified and qualified bu the publication of the supplemental rules booklets. I decided that Thieves' cant should not be the only secret language. thus alignment languages come into play, the rational being they were akin to Hebrew for Jewish and Latin for Roman Catholic persons. 

I have since regretted the addition, as the non-cleric user would have only a limited vocabulary, and luttle cound be conveyed or understoon by the use of an alignment language between non-clerical users. [...] If the DMs would have restricted the use of alignment languages--done mainly because I insisted on that as I should have--then the concept is vaible. In my view the secret societies of alignment would be pantheonic, known to the clerics of that belief system and special orders of laity only. The ordinary faithful would know only a few words, more or less for recognition. [..] Happy to be of service in this regard, as alignment languages have been abused since day one--mainly because I was not explicit in describing them properly :?  "

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unseenphil: “ unseenphil: “ Mike Pondsmith, creator of the Cyberpunk RPG, Mekton, Teenagers from Outer Space, and Castle Falkenstein (The ‘Steampunk RPG’ that existed before Steampunk was even really...
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This is literally something that could take place in Dragonstar. There's even a PC race for it.

Also Bulldogs! RPG adventure Astro Zombies Must Die.
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Simply a great read.

I never knew.
Here's the truth behind one man who previously everyone has ignored.
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Pursuant to avoiding inconvenience to those with a particular interest in mind, I almost never do Public postings.  Instead most posts will be go to one of several Collections:

  • RPG Discussion - Posts of anything even marginally role-playing game related.  Probably gets the most of my attention. (See GM Merit Badges)
  • Passes  For Humor - Random stuff I found amusing.
  • Pictures By Me - Photos I took or art I did myself.
  • Art Stuff - Other folks art.
  • Music & Videos - Just ones I've enjoyed.
  • Beer Impressions - I keep a list to refresh my own poor memory about what new things I've tried and liked.  Shared here since some other folks seem to take an interest.
  • Family & Friends - Stuff probably of less interest to the general public. My kids are great, etc.
  • Policy, Activism, Strong Opinions, Etc. - Politics, religion and the like. If you want to lose the last shred of respect for me read on!**
  • General Interest - Other random stuff that doesn't fit the other categories.
If you are adding me to your circles and I can't remember you (I'm sometimes bad at this) and you haven't posted anything RPG related before, then I won't circle you back.


** - Note:  I typically attempt to practice Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition.  I also tend to feel that maybe people in general have a responsibility to look out for each other's well being in some ways that good governance might help facilitate.

My highest aspiration is love of God, neighbor and enemy as outlined in Matthew 22:36-40 and its corollary in Matthew 5:43-46, with the ongoing hope to suck a bit less at doing so than I've been doing heretofore.
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