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August 31, 2008

If it's wrong to love the vlog brothers, I don't want to be right!

I want to have John and Hank Green's babies.  What's that you say?  I'm a heterosexual male who is already happily married with kids?  Well, yes.  But John and Hank read books, and talk about politics while making Ze Frank peanut butter faces.  Seriously, why have I not had their babies yet?


August 28, 2008

This man has the same beliefs I do.

Personal responsibility, community support.  Reduce taxes by trimming the budget and reducing bureaucracy.  Restore our standing in the world.  Barack Obama.

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August 17, 2008

It's time. I'm getting the Planescape tattoo.

For a long time, I've been impressed with the tattoos on Platter's Planescape site.  After years of wondering if I really want that tattoo, I've decided that waiting almost a decade to decide is probably long enough.  I do want it.  I've found a beautiful version of the artwork, here:

The nature of a man by ~isilien on deviantART


August 4, 2008

Dungeons & Dragons 3.t, revised bonus spells

This is my third homebrew rule revision to Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, which I'm calling the 3.t edition. Today's rule revision has little to do with speeding up gameplay, but has a lot to do with lengthening the game day.  In particular, we're addressing Vancian magic.  That's the form of magic that 3.x and earlier versions use -- basically, spellcasters can use a limited array of spells per day, and then they're wiped out and need to rest.  That's a very different model from Diablo, for example, where your character can shoot fireballs all day, so long as he has mana.

The problem with the Vancian system is that it engenders the "15 minute work day" -- that is to say that clerics, wizards, and the like seem to blow through their spells after just a few combats, causing the group to go rest after less than a hour in the game world.  Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition has a solution for this, which is pretty close to just abandoning the Vancian magic system.  I personally wanted to do something much simpler with the 3.5 rules.  I was thinking, could I address the issue by changing just one single table in the Player's Handbook?

Let me show you the revised table, and then I'll explain why it's awesome.


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