I got the chance to interview James Mendez Hodes about his game currently on Kickstarter, Ironclaw: The Book of Horn & Ivory . We talk research and appropriation, and learn a little about the game mechanics. Enjoy, and don't forget to check out Ironclaw's K...
*I meant the book rather than the spider tourist traps, but … you know what, giant spider tourist traps are probably also fun for the whole family. Maybe they're the cute jumping spider kind.
We want to keep the momentum going from "Dragon King's Gambit," last weekend's KristaCon event at Dreamation. We had lots of fun and our players made a rough and hastily-assembled playtest really sing. Right now we're looking for your feedback on the moves, characters, and structure of DKG, as well as questions and general excitement about the game. I'll also post the game documents and my bibliography here, as well as the new tag system I've been writing.
You command the Japanese invaders, Korean defenders, or Chinese reinforcements during the samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi's conquest of Korea. Just when Japan's victory seems assured, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea strikes with his armada of monsters. Will you join forces with your mortal enemies to face down the supernatural threat, or damn civilization and seize this opportunity to crush your enemies once and for all?
, , and I are GMing. , , , and are playing. What are you waiting for? Get involved in a land war in Asia! Also a sea war!
I have translated Book 1, lines 245 to 316—that's 72 new lines—of Tha Illiad of MC Homer. For those of you just joining us, this is an ancient Greek-to-English translation of Homer's Iliad using the work's original Greek medium of hip hop. You can read it here: http://lula.transneptune.net/illiad/
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This cut has been one of my favorites to translate. I finished translating and rapping it faster than I've ever worked before. It features Achilles dropping a mic, Nestor babbling about how cool he and his friends used to be, and Agamemnon repeating "Achilles wants to rule everyone" four times in a row—although in my translation, he just says it once and the DJ scratches it for a bar and a half.
robin: "so after the DM killed my last 4 characters, no one's putting one over on THIS one!"
superboy: "you're new to role-playing games, so we'll give you the strongest character. you'll probably be fine."
kid flash: "it's what my character would do!!!11!!!!11one!!!"
miss martian: "you know, I could just … solve the entire problem. with my powers. right now. maybe I could just—" "NO YOU GUYS NEED TO HAVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT"
aqualad: "don't worry, the DMPC is just there to help you guys in case you get really confused or in trouble. don't worry about the fact that he has objectively better powers than anyone. you've ever met. or thought about."
speedy: "I'm taking orgo this term"
Ironclaw is a tabletop role-playing game about a fantasy version of Renaissance-era Europe and China populated by anthropomorphic animals à la Disney’s Robin Hood or Zootopia. This project, Ironclaw: the Book of Horn & Ivory, introduces a new continent inspired by Africa and the Middle East, and especially by Turkish expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can look forward to janissaries, galley warfare, Islamic science and medicine, and Barbary pirates; and boss characters inspired by Sayyida al-Hurra and Dracula. I am proud to add to the depressingly short list of fantasy depictions of these regions.
Also, when I started writing this book, I had this conversation with the editor.
Me: So a lot of this book is gonna focus on the Barbary pirates allied with the Turkish caliph.
Editor: That sounds pretty cool. They could be the Otter Lords of the Sea or something.
Me: Otter Lords, or … Otter Mans?
Editor: … you are not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Here is a map of the distribution of the Eurasian otter. Right in the middle of it is Turkey.
Editor: I talked to the publisher. He also says you’re not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Fine. But the caliph will just happen to be an otter. Also all the Turkish nobility. They will be literal otter mans.
Editor: That’s fine. You just can’t say it.
The year is 1592. Bent on conquering all East Asia, the Japanese warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi has invaded Korea. With Chinese reinforcements arriving too late to stop the battle-hardened samurai overwhelming the last of Joseon’s disorganized defenses, a new threat emerges: the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea and his monstrous armada. Suddenly, Japanese intruders must join forces with their Korean and Chinese enemies against a living tide of death and devastation. Can humanity put aside its differences long enough to avert certain doom? And even if they survive, what will these erstwhile allies do afterward? You’ll play as soldiers, admirals, magicians, and monsters in a three-session mini-campaign for the fate of civilization, powered by (and perhaps ending in) the Apocalypse.
- Private Preptutor, 2014 - presentI teach teenagers to SAT and ACT real good.
- Early American Women Poetswebsite administrator, 2013 - present
- The Brooklyn Strategistgames master, 2013 - present
- Champion Learning Centertutor, 2012 - 2012
- The Container Storesales, 2011 - 2012
- Kekst & Companyintern, 2005 - 2005
- Fulvio & Associates, LLPaccountant, 2009 - 2010
- The Buckley School NYCathletics instructor, 2008 - 2009
- St John's Graduate InstituteEastern classics, 2012 - 2013
- The Buckley School1991 - 2001
- Phillips Academy2001 - 2004
- Swarthmore CollegeReligion major, Dance and English Literature minors, 2004 - 2008
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