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Tomorrow morning at 11:00 Central. Open game chat on Inspired Unreality. Bring your own topic. Everyone is welcome. All gaming is on topic.

Inspired Ureality is held in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkars Tavern on Discord. Here's a link to more info and an invite.

Last week on Inspired Unreality. Actual play at Eclectic Geekery.

Acorn People and Mister MistMeister from hairylarry's blog

On their way back from Mr Muffin's Second Hand Store Ari, Caper, and Clairen met Edge Bravestone, a cautious fighter. Caper said "Well met" and invited him to his hobbit hole for elevenses. They had a floral mix that, when steeped, thickens the air with love and tea infusing aromas from across the Four Marches.

Caper mentioned that he had heard of an interesting tree across the river in Wilken Woods and when everyone said they were up for a hike anyway off they went.

They took a short cut along the riverbank and soon were crossing the bridge and entering Wilken Woods, a magic forest. Ari and Caper had been to the tree before so Caper led the way, a little over a mile on the road and then a slight veer to the north following a barely used woods trail.

Soon they came to a large oak tree with some owls perched in the upper branches and acorns covering the ground. Caper gathered a bunch of acorns in a pile and stirred them with his finger and up popped an acorn man who said, "We are acorns from the sentient oak. When met with intelligent interest we wake up and talk. The sentient oak can talk too but time runs slow for him. We acorns can understand him but other living creatures cannot."

Caper continued talking to the acorn man and Ari, Clairen, and Edge gathered acorns together. Soon they were all talking to acorn men.

After talking about the tree, the owls, and everything (including fairies) Caper's acorn man stepped to the fore. He said, "We need your help. There is nothing we would like more than to lay on the ground and wait to be an oak tree. But acorns lying in the shadow of a sentient oak cannot grow. The owls sometimes help by carrying acorns or acorn men to other parts of Wilken Woods but they never cross the river. We would like to expand our horizons and answer our constant conundrum, which came first, the magic forest or the sentient oak trees?"

Caper said, "I know just the spot.", turning to Ari, "Remember the hill above the mist where we rescued those people from the past?"

Ari agreed that the hill would be more than suitable. Caper said, "We have some unfinished business there too and maybe we can make the misty valley safe with the help of Clairen, Edge, and our new friends, the acorn people.

So each of them carried an acorn man on their shoulder and trekked back to Tobbins Shire and then up the road leading to the misty valley.

When they got to the top of the hill they could see the mist in the valley below and the two ancient houses on either side of the road. The acorn men loved the spot and they jumped onto the ground and ran in different directions looking for a nice place to lie down and wait to be an oak tree.

Caper filled everyone in on the danger of the mist while he started boiling water for tea.

"Ari and I drank this tea before and then we braved the mist and pulled about 20 humans out and guided them to the top of the hill. They wandered into the mist 400 years ago and when we brought them out it was still the same day to them. It wasn't until the next morning that they began to believe they were 400 years in the future."

Everyone wanted to solve the mystery of the mist and dispell the danger.

Ari pulled out a bag of tea and four cups. Caper made the tea and poured it. Ari stirred each cup with the silver wand King Groad had given her in feyland.

"So drink this down." said Caper, "It's not safe in the mist and we don't want to be waking up 400 years in the future, if someone comes to rescue us."

Ari said, "The tea protects against fey magic and when enhanced by the fey magic in the silver wand it is very powerful protection, indeed."

When the party entered the mist it was Edge Bravestone that started a conversation, calling out to the mist believing there was a persona involved.

The mist was soon showing multiple faces and waving hands. Although his conversation was disjoint and punctuated with oooos and ahhhs here's the essence of his story.

"I was a water elemental and one night I took to gaseous form to explore the dry land near the river. I got in a fight with a mage and his magic crossed my fey magic wrong and I got stuck in gaseous form. That's how I became Mister MistMeister."

"Time doesn't mean much to me so I don't know how long ago this happened. Later a party of humans wandered into the mist. They were lost and distressed. I liked them and I didn't want to hurt them so I froze time for them."

"Later on two of you came into the mist and took them off. I don't know why you weren't lost and distressed. I tried to freeze you in time anyway but it didn't work."

"And now here you are back again with two others. I like you and I'd like to keep you but my magic isn't working on you again."

Caper kept an eye on Mister MistMeister while Ari, Clairen, and Edge tried to come up with some ideas to fix things. Disperse the mist? Turn it back into water? What kind of spell could do something to a water elemental?

Ari said, "Ah, but you forget, I am Arimeth, and I am not new to this game." She picked up a D20 brandishing it in front of us and then she made it disappear. It reappeared on the floor and it was a 5.

Checking the Entirely True Tales From Beyond The High Hedge dice table we read.

The Dwarf-King’s royal artisan has a secret technique for brewing molten metal into heavenly spiced mead.

Clairen the friendly bouncy dwarf is still a dwarf and she could read between the lines. Maybe we need to get Mister MistMeister drunk. That seems to solve most problems for dwarves.

That got Caper's attention. He tipped his hat to one of Mister MistMeister's many faces and said, "I believe we're going to help you out in a bit."

Then he led the party out of the mist, to the top of the hill, past the resting acorns, and on towards Tobbins Shire to get a keg of ale.

Dice tables from Hearth & Hillside Home

And I posted some photos of Wilken Woods. (Taken in our yard.)

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Join Ari and Caper adventuring around Tobbins Shire. Will the humans they saved from Mr. Mistmeister start building brand new antique furniture? Will Ari and Caper meet Mr. Mistmeister and somehow abate the danger? I mean being transported 400 years into the future isn't nice. And if Ari and Caper hadn't found them and rescued them how long would they have been trapped in the mist?

Inspired Unreality open game chat is held every Saturday morning at 11:00 Central in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. This week it's actual play in and around Tobbins Shire, home of river halflings and even some humans!

As we do on the first Saturday of every month we discussed fantasy and science fiction last week. We are also good with bring your own topic. As long as its games.

If you are interested in hosting a game on Inspired Unreality let me know. I'd love to play in one of your games.

As Spring weather arrives we are at a wane in the ebb and tide of covid so we are looking forward to playing music in the park, playing games at Eclectic Geekery, and spending time with our family.

What are your plans? Let us know.

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Tonight! Inspired Unreality open game chat. Bring your own topic. All gaming is on topic.

Inspired Unreality is held in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. For more info and an invite link click here.

Last week DM Sarah ran a DCC one off with a party of 3. It was great fun and we did get the magic sword from the hermit's tower. Thanks to Peaktime for joining us.

December 6 we'll discuss Fantasy and Science Fiction. On December 13 we have another one off scheduled hosted by VB Wyrde creator of Elthos.

Tonight and next week will be open game chat. Our favorite.

Tabletop Games for Thanksgiving Gatherings.

Please post your game suggestions for Thanksgiving in the comments.

I have an announcement to make. <trumpets> On December 18 I will be graduating ... again. I took my Computer Science degree 35 years ago. I was a math and music double major. Now I am taking my Bachelors of Music in Composition. <trumpets> Yayyy!

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Tonight! On Inspired Unreality. Actual Play!

GM Sarah is running a DCC one off. It will be fun. I've played in her games before. She is a convention GM for DCC hosting games at major gatherings.

Sarah is also one of the volunteers leading the NEA Gamers Guild and their convention, NEA Game Fest. They had a successful convention in Jonesboro, Arkansas, just last month.

Inspired Unreality open game chat is held every Monday night at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. You can find more information and an invitation to Tankar's Tavern here.

The game tonight starts at 9:00 but we will be there early for character generation and other pregame prep.

Next month, on December 13, we'll have actual play again with vbwyrde hosting.

So we have a schedule.

First Monday of the month we discuss fantasy and science fiction. Third Monday of the month we have a guest or a game. All other Mondays are for open game chat, bring your own topic, all gaming is on topic.

So, now, to go off topic for a minute, Vivian and I went out to the Craighead Forest Bandshell yesterday for live music. I played chill jazz piano for a small and rotating audience. Eleiser joing me on trumpet for the second set.

A good time was had by all. We saw some old friends for the first time in two years. And we stayed warm with coats and throws. It was 60 degrees so great temperature for playing music but a little chilly in the audience when the wind blew.

This is a safe way for Vivian and I to return to our old habit of gigging out regularly. We might get warm Sundays this winter (after all it is Arkansas) but unless there is yet another surge we really look forward to Spring.

I tried to livestream with a hot spot but that didn't work so I just settled for recording and I don't think that worked either. But the plan is to livestream and record from the bandshell just like I do from the twitch studio and the twitch porch.

If you're on twitch follow me here.

I also added our RSS feed to the right column on the Main Page at Gamer+. Here's that link again.

If you have a gaming blog, vlog, podcast, or channel with an RSS feed let me know and I'll add you to our feed.

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Tonight! Inspired Unreality open game chat. Last week we discussed fantasy and science fiction and had some readings. Next week we have a game. Tonight it's bring your own topic. Or suggest a topic for our RPG chat topics D20 table. (soon to be a D100 table)

Inspired Unreality is held every Monday night at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkars Tavern on Discord. You can find more info and an invitation here.

Next week on Monday November 15, GM Sarah will host a DCC one off. The game will start at 9:00 but we'll be their a half hour early doing game prep. We'll be done by 10:30 or 11:00. GM Sarah is a DCC convention gamemaster and she is one of the hosts at NEA Game Fest. They had a successful convention just last month.

So, actual play on Inspired Unreality next week. This is sure to be a blast.

D20 table for chat topics about RPGs
soon to be a D100

 1. What is railroading and why is it bad?
 2. Sandboxes
 3. What makes OSR better? What makes OSR worse?
 4. Free Kriegspiel
 5. Hex crawls
 6. Megadungeons
 7. Random Encounters
 8. Combat free roll playing
 9. Systems of handing out XP to players
10. Group XP vs Individual XP
11. How online play has changed RPGs
12. Fudging rolls?
13. The Quantum Ogre
14. Premade maps vs maps drawn at the table
15. Is there really only one tavern? How to make your tavern memorable.
16. Don't generic barkeeps or waitresses deserve at least a sentence.
17. NPCs are color and more
18. Writing your own game
19. How good is DriveThruRPG anyway
20. Do I want to have a Kick Starter?

This is usable but we have not begun to scratch the infinite universe of possible RPG chat topics. Join us tonight to add your favorite chat topics to an expanded D100 table.

Please welcome "GameCows - The #1 site for board game enthusiasts" to Gamer+.

I write about a cool concept. An illusionist who fights wearing an illusion and when killed it's really only the illusion that is broken. The PCs see a corpse that bears the actual appearance of the illusionist and mistakenly think they're dead. But, lo and behold, the next time their attack rolls around they are up and fighting again, although probably with fewer hitpoints and less dangerous attacks.

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Join us tonight on Inspired Unreality open game chat. Will Ari and Caper explore new tea blends? Will the witch learn more about the silver wand King Groads gave her? Or will we just chat about games and gaming? Nobody knows??? Because we're winging it!

Inspired Unreality is held at 9:00 PM Central every Monday night in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. If you haven't been to Tenkar's Tavern we have an invite for you here.

I posted another article about Setting Up A Twitch Studio where I discuss workflow. In any job workflow is important. In video production a streamlined workflow is essential. I know workflow sounds boring and wonky but it's not. This may be the most important article in the series.

Gamer+ Gamers Do Stuff

Peter_R posted Troika Cards! Woo Hoo! to his Solo Roleplaying & Game Mastery blog.

TheEvilDM posted another episode to his actual play podcast, The World of Arkonis Episode 51 – Evil Lair 3, is this the one?

If you're doing stuff let me know. I want to add your stuff to Gamer+ News.

Hairy Larry
Tonight, on Inspired Unreality we are keeping our options open. So bring your own topic to our open game chat or we might continue with actual play in Milyagon. We've been winging it and it's been fun!

Inspired Unreality open game chat is held every Monday night at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. If you are new to Tenkar's Tavern, a notorious drinking hole for OSR discussion, we have an invitation for you here.

Ari, Caper, and Tude survived Feyland after an exchange of gifts with King Groads. They are on Wilkin Way heading back toward Milyagon after their three fey friends helped them return. Tintee danced up a fairy circle that opened up into the rapids. Quin went through first and got all wet so when he came back Tintee danced up another fairy circle and this one went to the owl's eyrie just north of Wilkin Way. After feasting on the mushrooms Caper found (his gift was he would be lucky finding mushrooms in the woods) they said goodbye to Tintee, Quin, and Pantoo.

I have added another post to my twitch series, Setting Up A Twitch Studio - Equipment. Here's the link.

Have you played Keep On The Borderlands? Of course you have. At the Save Or Die podcast they discuss B2 or not B2?

"The Keep on the Borderlands! The name alone evokes images of battling monsters in caverns and wilderness in the earlier days of Dungeons & Dragons. But is the module really all it’s cracked up to be! The Sodcast discusses the good, bad, and chaotic of the most famous basic module."

Post you adventures on Gamer+. Everything takes equipment whether it's webcams or miniatures. Let us know about your recent equipment aquisitions.

And have you done any role playing on twitch? Just how does that work? I am very interested in this and would like to cover it on Inspired Unreality and in my twitch series.

Hairy Larry
Tonight, on Inspired Unreality, we continue our quest into feyland.

Ari and Caper were joined by Droggin the dwarf and Quinthalas the elf on their quest into feyland. The Milyagon witch has a message for King Groads, who is only a king on his own property. We meet our friends the fairies from our previous quest to Wilkin Woods and they don't have much use for the pretend king. But we still get along with them fine and they do show us the way. We are standing outside his gate hoping to complete our quest and hurry back home. Feyland is nice ... but dangerous.

Join us every Monday night at 9:00 Central for Inspired Unreality open game chat held in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. If you haven't been to Tenkar's Tavern we have an invitation for you here.

ZDL has big news. "The greatest epic fantasy movie put to video has finally been released!" Baelin (Rowan Bettjeman), a simple background NPC in the video game, Skycraft, has been walking the same route for as long as he can remember.

I wrote a blog post about Setting Up A Twitch Studio - The Big Idea. "It's all Megan's fault. When she set up Vivian and I started watching. Before that I knew it was a popular site for live gaming but twitch flew under my radar. Once I saw what Megan was doing and I started to understand how twitch worked, and how it can be used for videos that are not about gaming, I became interested."

Are you on twitch? Have you watched a good video or read a book? Have you ever been to Feyland? Let us know on Gamer+.

Hairy Larry
Tonight on Inspired Unreality DM Hairy Larry is taking us to Feyland. The Milyagon witch has another job for Ari and Caper (and don't forget Ari's cat, Tude). The game will be run in Just Quest a rules light OSR system that only uses D6 and D20.

This actual play adventure is open for everyone. We will be playing in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. The game starts at 9:00 Central. Everyone is welcome.

If you haven't been to Tenkar's Tavern we have an invite for you here.

I'm reading the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and so far I'm impressed. My thoughts are here.

Sound muses on the end of the school year and what it means to grandparents.

Besides my weekly Gamer+ News I also do a monthly Delta Boogie newsletter that's more music and less games but still usually some of both. This month it's about Megan and I on twitch.

Megan and I are both on twitch.

Megan plays indie games and I practice piano. I've been excerpting the best bits from my practice sessions and turning them into videos.

Here they are up on Hairy Larry Rocks Peertube.

I also have them up on youtube.


Are you on twitch? Send me your link.

I am planning on adding a twitch section to the Gamer+ RSS feeds found in the footer of every page on Gamer+. If you do streaming let me know so I can add you too. Have you had any experience playing D&D on twitch? If so we would like to discuss it sometime on Inspired Unreality.

Hairy Larry

After a couple of fun chat sessions we are returning to Ember tonight for some more actual play. The Chronicles Of Ember is set in a unique role playing world. The game's author, Alan, will be our game master tonight.

Inspired Unreality open game chat is held every Monday night at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. If you've never been to Tenkar's Tavern we have an invite for you here.

Ryan at Aqualith Media has posted a blog about his new website and his desire to collaborate with game creators.

Follow Me And Die has posted about his adventures in computer building. He is hoping that upgrading his system will help with editing his Youtube videos.

Into dice? Into dichroic prisms? ZDL says " These are dice cut from dichroic prisms." And she posted a picture of some very pretty dice.

Have you been noticing my fediverse address below? Have you heard of Mastodon, Friendica, or Pleroma? How about Funkwhale or Peertube? The fediverse is a decentralized social network made up of many people running many programs on their computers all cooperating so you can send and receive posts cross platform. Like email. Except social.

Visit my Friendica, social networking on the fediverse.

Hairy Larry
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