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Devin Parker
I'm just this guy, you know?
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This is a pretty great article about using monotheistic faiths - specifically, Catholic Christianity - in traditional (A)D&D campaigns.

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Hey, folks - I don't have the spare cash for it right now, but if you'd like to get a physical copy of the Gangbusters rulebook, +Tony Tucker is selling his copy for $25!
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Again, not "historical," strictly speaking, but...

Here is some more musical inspiration for your game, if you need something that sounds right but wouldn't mind something a bit more familiar... I went through Postmodern Jukebox's collection on YouTube and found some of their 1920s-style covers of modern songs. This is pretty much the only way I can stomach listening to a Justin Bieber song (which, actually, is one of my favorites on this list).

Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey
Fancy - Iggy Azalea
Never Forget You - Zara Larsson
Wiggle - Jason Derulo/Snoop Dogg
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T’s
Thrift Shop - Macklemore
Don’t You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
Gentleman - Psy
and, of course, Gangsta’s Paradise - Coolio

…and this isn’t PMJ, but it’s also really good:
When I Get Low, I Get High - The Speakeasy Three

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I don't know if this counts as "historical setting material," as you can guess from this page, but I just discovered a webcomic called Pepperpot Piper, by Joseph Kelly, which is set in the 1920s. As you can see here, the artwork is AMAZING, and the story (as far as I've read) features plenty of period slang.

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I didn't see it in your archives, so I'm surprised you guys haven't yet done Ryuutama. It's been described as "Hayao Miyazaki's Oregon Trail," all about Travelers taking Journeys while being observed and subtly aided by a GM dragon character called a Ryuujin. Given that I'm about to start running a game for a friend, I would love to hear your take on it!

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So my friend read an article about Ryuutama and when I told him I've had a copy for quite a while, he started clamoring to play. This will be my first time playing it, too, and I'm pretty excited, especially since the feel is so different from things I've run before.

I think I'm going to take the rulebook's advice and run with a Midori-Ryuu for my first tale. I started out by making a sketch of her, since I wasn't entirely sure what she would be like when I began. As I drew, I thought about what elements should be present in her design, and what kind of personality she might have. And so Sirocco came to life!

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Leaf Falling by Michael Slusser is currently in 7th Place on Geek & Sundry's Inkshares Fantasy Novel Contest leaderboards, and slowly but steadily climbing toward the top. However, we're halfway through the contest and Leaf Falling still has to breach the top three places in order to see publication and be eligible to be picked by the judges as the winner. That's currently a difference of 18 pre-orders, so I'm asking you, the fantasy-loving audience, to sample his work and see if Leaf Falling is a story you might welcome.

As he puts it, "Leaf Falling is a novel of a woman on a journey. Gifted with talents of stealth and cunning, Leaf has lived on the edges of society for many years, surviving through thievery and guile. Taken by a powerful lord due to her unnerving abilities, she is charged to journey with a mercenary and a tale-teller in pursuit of a terrible goal—one that no one will reveal to her. Hemmed in on every side, she is forced to walk a dangerous path in an attempt to win her freedom. But before that can happen, she will have to do what no other person has ever done and defy the gods themselves."

In order to be eligible to win the contest, my friend needs pre-orders. If you're looking for a brand new fantasy novel to read; enjoy the writing of Peter S. Beagle, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, and George R.R. Martin; or just want to shell out the price of a fast-food meal or two in order to support my best friend's lifelong ambition to become a professional fantasy novelist (and get a good read out of it), please go to the Inkshares page for Leaf Falling, read some of the sample chapters posted there, and choose one of the pre-order levels.

Again, in his words: "Do it for the children who deserve good fantasy fiction. Do it because the world needs as much art as we can stuff into it. Do it because you're an awesome person with impeccable taste."

Thanks for your indulgence! And check out the other contest entries, as well!

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A nasty little surprise a gangster may keep as a holdout, or perhaps a signature weapon for your case's prime suspect?
Knuckleduster/.22 pistol combo, ca 1900. 'Cause that's the Chicago way!

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Finally got around to working with Frog God's Tome of Adventure Design, and having a great time with it. Thus far I've generated a logical and multi-layered adventure concept, centered around a temple almoner (the guy whose responsibility it is to dole out alms to the poor) suspected by a temple archivist of embezzling funds. I've discovered the true story going on beneath that simple hook, and I'm finding my creativity being sparked with every die result on the book's many tables.

Though I only just now realized, as I typed up my accumulated notes, that Frog God's Tome of Adventure Design can be called ToAD for short.

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Hey, everyone! My best friend has submitted his first novel, Leaf Falling, to Geek & Sundry and Inkshares' Fantasy Novel Contest. His novel is currently at #9 on the leaderboards, but it needs to get to the top 3 in order to be eligible for selection by the contest judges on November 1st. So I'm asking all of you fine folks to take a look at his Inkshares page, read over the sample chapters he's posted there, and see if it isn't a novel you'd like to pre-order and read in full (and don't worry, he's already finished writing it - I've been reading the penultimate draft, and it's good stuff).

Lest you think I'm merely fulfilling a fraternal obligation or making this plea out of pity for his delusions of adequacy, let me assure you that his writing skills are top-notch, with Writing and Old English degrees under his belt. No mere recitation of his favorite D&D campaign this, but a well-crafted, cunningly-told tale of conflicting ambitions and glimmers of hope amidst the melancholy. And even though I have no doubt that my friend will become a professional novelist regardless of the outcome of this contest, were he to be catapulted into the #1 slot by a number of generous readers submitting pre-orders at his Inkshares page, it would bolster his spirits and demonstrate to him what I already know: that his work deserves to be on bookshelves.

Likewise, while my friend's novel takes place in a secondary world and thus is not explicitly Christian, he himself is and I agree with C.S. Lewis when he said “The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” And I think that his values shine through the book, even though it's not a sunny optimistic journey. If you enjoy Peter S. Beagle, Glen Cook, and/or J.R.R. Tolkien, I think you may well enjoy Leaf Falling.

(And I'm currently working on illustrating the book's cover, so I admit I have a tiny bit of skin in the game, too...)

Thanks for your indulgence!
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