Pith Helmet

“THIS Is A Knife!”
July 21, 2008, 10:33 am
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

h/t Uncle Bear

What self-respecting Adventure Team member would be caught did without his WASP Injector Knife? Just think of what this thing would do to a Pygmy Gorilla.

About The WASP:

As divers, we all know what the effects of compressed gas are underwater. Our training teaches us that our lungs would burst from over-inflation if we held our breath and rose to the surface. This principle is key to the effectiveness of the WASP Injection System.

This weapon injects a freezing cold ball of compressed gas, approximately the size of a basketball, at 800psi nearly instantly. The effects of this injection will drop many of the world’s largest land predators. The effects of the compressed gas not only cause over-inflation during ascent when used underwater, but also freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the point of injection on land or at sea. When used underwater, the injected gas carries the predator to the surface BEFORE blood is released into the water. Thus giving the diver added protection by diverting other potential predators to the surface.
The WASP Injector Knife is ideally used as a:
– Diving Knife
– Hunting Knife
– Tactical Knife

For more information, go to http://waspknife.com/about.php

Greyhawk Archive #2: Citadel by The Sea
July 19, 2008, 11:52 am
Filed under: Gaming | Tags: ,

This is a write-up I did of my cavalier’s adventures in Jawarl Avignon.

After departing the town of Nilbog, our party joined a brave samurai and a knightly prestidigitator. During our travels, we came to Awad. The once fair hamlet had fallen to the cruel sword of decay. The citizens had assembled themselves with a brutish mob with a single fiendish goal: the exile of Crommard, a scholar in the field of Orcish culture. Apparently, the sage and the priest Sethus Maximi had unleashed a diabolic force during their archaeological expedition at Jawarl Avignon. With the utmost gallantry, we came to the wise man’s aid. We decided to explore the Elven ruins. Before our journey began we were assaulted by villagers aided by a treacherous youth known as Tom. After the skirmish. we stayed in the old mayor’s home. Once we gregained full strength, we set out of Jawarl Avignon. When we arrived, we were met by a malicious host. The combined orc-ogrillon troop made an ill-fated attempt to repel our valiant assault. By the grace of heaven, we vanquished the piussant humanoids. OUr success was insured by the savage archery of Elton. OUr next melee was with an orcish shaman and his foul minions. Although it was I who struck the blow of death (and mercy), the downfall of L…. Ulmus was achieved with the gracious aid of my comrades. We also managed to defeat Serga Ulmus (a half-orc cleric/assassin who was disguised as Sethus Maximi) and the legendary Mongru IV who bore the ensorcelled spear, Alkarg. After losing three comrades, we travellled to the capital with Sir Merrick, Jes, and a captive orc. There were werwe treated with the utmost magnanimosity by Sir Daromond, the periolous ruler of the Pomarj. He proved to be a most generous and courteous host. My comrade Callifrey’s fiery death reminded me to place my faith first in the Cross, secondly in my skill, and lastly in the sorcery of the old religions.

The prize treasure of the adventure was Alkarg, an enchanted spear of Orcish design. It normally gives a +1 bonus “to hit” and damage. When in the presence of elves, Alkarg glows red hot as if it has just been pulled from the forge and is then +2 “to hit” and damage. Alkarg is +3 against half-elves and +4 against elves. It also gives its bearer +2 resistance to fire-based attacks. However, this nifty little prize went to Selenius.

We lost three party members on that outing: Athelmund, a magic-user to ended up skewered on Alkarg, Elton, who was taken out by an invisible skeleton orc, and Callifrey, a paladin was incinerated by a glyph of warding.

In addition to Crusader, my cavalier, survivors were the bandit Angrimbor, the cleric/ranger Taurwen, the Roman legionaire Selenius, and the samurai Danlow.

Next up, “The Sinister Secret of Salt Marsh.”

American Mullet
July 12, 2008, 11:11 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

One of the finest collections of mullets I’ve seen in quite some time can be found at http://gs251.photobucket.com/groups/gg293/20LU8456ES/.

And for your listening pleasure, the late, great Wesley Willis sings, “Cut That Mullet.”

Pistol-Grip Pulp
July 12, 2008, 11:03 am
Filed under: Firearms, Gaming, History | Tags: , , ,

The folks at IAR (International Antique Reproductions) Arms posted a review of the Chinese Shansi .45 version of the Mauser C-96 “Broomhandle” that originally appeared in the February 2001 issue of Gun World. File this under: “I want…”


First Rule of Guards Club
The folks at Guards Club share my love of pith-helmeted expeditionary forces, moustachioed White Russians, and purple-clad masked avengers and my fear of the Yellow Peril and the Red Menace. They can be found at http://members.tripod.com/kriegsmann/adventuretoo.html.

With A Name Like “Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!!!”, It’s Gotta Be Good.
July 1, 2008, 4:00 am
Filed under: Books | Tags: ,

With A Name Like “Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!!!”, It’s Gotta Be Good.

At Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!!!, Steve Gettis has assembled “a personal art collection of various artists interpreting their favourite literary figure/author/character that has been accumulated since 03.1998.” Among my favorites are Dale Berry’s Sir Harry Flashman, Tim Bradstreet’s Nosferatu, Mike Mignola’s Jacob Marley and Dracula, Leland Purvis’s Sir Richard F. Burton, Steve Skorce’s Doc Savage, and Walt Simonson’s J. R. R. Tolkien and Michael Moorcock.

Random Acts of Gamegeekery
June 28, 2008, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Gaming | Tags:

Quote of The Day
“Some of my more…’Bohemian’ friends have described government as ‘Non-consentual S&M with the 2nd ammendment as the only safe word.'”

The Fantasy Novelist’s Exam
In an effort to put the kibosh on the flood of derivative fantasy novels out there, David J. Parker, along with Samuel Stoddard, came up with The Fantasy Novelist’s Exam. The quiz is designed to ferret out the derivative elements of anyone’s novel and quash its being submitted for publication. The rules are simple: Answer “yes” to any one question, and you should abandon your writing project immediately.

My favorite set of questions: “Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings? How about ‘orken’ or ‘dwerrows’?”

For the full quiz, go to http://www.rinkworks.com/fnovel/

July is Worldwide Adventure Writing Month ’08.

Join us in expanding the number of free, downloadable adventures for tabletop roleplaying games!

The goal is to write a complete RPG adventure by July 31st, 2008.

Geek Muses
Jim of LotFP issued the following challenge to all of the blognards:

You know, when referees sit down to design their campaigns and adventures, I really don’t think they are wondering if they’re staying true to the influences of the game. Obviously someone well-versed in those influences is going to internalize them and they’ll show through to some degree no matter what, but I think a referee’s choices can make it perfectly clear what’s influencing them, what drives them to create and go through the bother to run a game for other people in the first place.

So… I challenge the role-playing blogosphere (and I know you are reading… :P) to name the primary influences in your personal game, so we get a flavor not of what set of rules you decide to use, but what kind of game people can expect to play with you! Minimum five. No maximum. Plus include what people might assume influences you that you actually reject. Bonus points for detail and explanation!

Continue reading

The Great Iraq ‘N Roll Swindle
June 26, 2008, 10:35 am
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

I was beginning to think that, in the real world, Fortune only smiled on ousted Nigerian statesmen. For too long, it has only been in movies like Three Kings and Kelly’s Heroes that American G.I.s had the chance to make millions. But this morning, as I checked my email, I received some “evidence” that some American soldiers have a chance to come home filthy rich, and, the best part is, they want to share their boon with little old me.

Well, it just goes to show you how low the dot-con artists have now stooped. Move over Auschwitz guards and child molesters, Hell’s lowest ring needs more room.

The letter I was sent: Continue reading