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hairylarry
Tonight on Inspired Unreality open game chat our opening topic will be "D&D grew out of fantasy literature and then a branch of fantasy literature grew out of D&D". As always Inspired Unreality begins at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkars Tavern on Discord. If you haven't been to Tenkars Tavern we have an inivite for you here.

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I have posted a new gallery of public domain fantasy art called, John Anster Fitzgerald takes us to Feyland. Fitzgerald was a Victorian illustrator who specialized in fairies and other fey creatures.

https://gamerplus.org/photo/useralbum/hairylarry/94

After looking at these pictures sound and I started discussing fairytales. Fairytales predate history and yet are still being written in the 21st century, often melded with other types of literature. Click the link to join the discussion.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3306

Please welcome our newest gamer, TabletopBellhop, creator of blogs, vlogs, and podcasts about tabletop gaming.

https://gamerplus.org/user/TabletopBellhop

I hope to chat with you tonight about fantasy literature and gaming. As always, bring your own topic. All gaming is on topic.


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Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com

hairylarry
Tonight! Inspired Unreality open game chat at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. Our opening topic will be Immersion - When You Become The Character. If you haven't been to Tenkar's Tavern we have an invitation for you here.

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TabletopBellhop posted their podcast, The best board games for fans of historical miniature wargaming, plus great non-miniature wargames.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3256

Follow Me And Die also posted a podcast. Episode #194 - What's Going On? "I answer the question of what is going on? What is going on with me and with my AD&D campaign on Roll20?"

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3247

Not gaming related but still somehow pertinent ZDL posted a music video from  自得琴社 Zi De Guqin Studio. She says, "This group does recreations of ancient works, new works done in ancient styles, modern-style orchestration with ancient instruments, and off-the-wall stuff like one of their orchestral pieces where a didgeridoo is a prominent instrument." Click on over for an interesting listen.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3251

Finally, I posted the XKCD webcomic, Egg Strategies, in which the true nature of alignment is revealed.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3257

Do you have any friends? Do they like gaming? Do me a favor and forward this message to them.

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Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc on Friendica
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com

hairylarry
Inspired Unreality Tonight! Our opening topic is inspired by Follow Me And Die, how gaming has helped us get through the pandemic.

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 we have an invite for you here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

Follow Me And Die posted his year in review blog post. He starts with the stats and the business but then segues into a moving and personal piece of writing. This is your recommended read for the day.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3206

Relatedtogeeks posted a link to the new Save Or Die podcast, Start! Thief!, wherein their guest, Darrold Wagner, discusses the origins of the thief class.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3207

I wrote up the latest session notes for our Archive Of The White Master campaign. We are putting the Archive in our past (kind of like 2020) and pressing on with the issue of animals being trapped in the forest. Led by Leaf the elf we discover the problem is more than hungry goblins and we rescue Boffin the halfling.

https://gamerplus.org/blogs/post/494

Head on over to Gamer+ for more and to update us on your latest adventures.

Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc (on my Friendica)
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com


hairylarry
Session notes for December 19, 2020

After we finished at the Archive Of The White Mage the blacksmith and his sons take the road back to town, their cart heavy laden with the metal they had salvaged from the animated statue of Moloch. We take off through the forest worried about goblins trapping animals. We were all well horsed and the raccoon and bear dog ran alongside.

Although we see no new tracks we do find the old tracks fairly well preserved and endeavor to follow them. We see a large pit some ways ahead and the tracks seem to lead right to it. We approach cautiously and smell a terrible scent.

We see some unhealthy trees around the pit in fact the whole area looks nothing like the vibrant forest we just left. One of the trees, about 20 feet from the pit, looks like it has a door in it. Caper says, "Let's check out that tree with a door." Leaf and Caper approach the tree.




The tree has a lot of knotholes and what appears to be an inset door, fit tight with no handle. Caper tries opening the door by twisting and pushing on the knots. No luck. The door remains stuck fast. Leaf reaches up and tries the knots above the door. Still no luck.

Caper looks at the ground and sees several roots. Pulling on the third root opens the door which slides sideways into the tree. We see steep steps going down towards the pit.

Leaf decides to check things out before we head down the stairs. He silently crosses the 20 feet to the edge of the pit and peeks over the edge. The pit is about 90 feet deep. 30 feet down Leaf can see a bridge made of wood and ropes that goes from our side of the pit all the way across to the other side. At the bottom of the pit is a blue shining portal constantly moving and shining as if lit from behind.




Caper calls the rest of the party over and we proceed down the stairs. About 20 feet down we see a large empty chamber. Listening carefully Ari and Leaf can hear music from below. In the corner of the room is a hole going down. Caper listens and looks down at the hole.

Caper recognizes the song called "The Redcaps Caper". Redcaps are evil faeries, not as powerful as some faeries. Their caps are dyed red with human blood and if a Redcap's cap dries out he dies.

We descend the second set of stairs following the music.

At the bottom of the stairs we see a big room with a row of pillars. At the end of the pillars is an open mouth in a monstrous face. The music is coming out through the mouth.



Ari looks through the mouth into the next chamber. Two goblinoid creatures are dancing and tormenting a halfling who is playing the music on his flute.

Nobody can stand for this so we attack the goblins with arrows and thrown daggers. Both arrows hit and one dagger hits. One of the goblins drops. Soon the other joins him, both dead.

We rescue Boffin the halfling who insists we leave immediately. Prudence dictates and we agree to accompany Boffin back to town. On the way back Boffin tells us that the goblinoids had been dropping dead animals into the portal at the bottom of the pit. He has no idea why and he was afraid they were going to drop him off the bridge too so he kept playing his flute while they danced. Fortunately we came along to rescue him before he was too tired to play.

hairylarry
Inspired Unreality open game chat, tonight at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chatrooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. Our opening topic will be "And What Was Old Shall Now Be New", a nod to OSR and the end of 2020.

If you have never been to Tenkar's Tavern we have an invite for you here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

Follow Me And Die says, "I made a Worldbuilding cheatsheet on Cheatography. I didn't realize that a draft was visible until I started getting emails that it was seen 50, 100, and now 200 times." ZDL and hairylarry have responded with comments about world building RPGs. Have you played any world building RPGs or been involved in world building for gaming or fiction? Follow the link to join the discussion.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3148

Follow Me And Die also says, "I have a third PDF that is now a Silver Best Seller on DriveThruRPG! Random Dungeon, City, & Travel Generation"

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3149

Tenkar posts about Knock! a new OSR Zine on Kickstarter. At 212 pages with great artwork and a bold layout this looks interesting.

https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2020/12/kickstarter-knock-osr-zine.html

I added another artist to our collection of public domain fantasy artwork featuring the work of W. Robinson. This fantastic line art could be used in a game, a quest book, or a coloring book.

https://gamerplus.org/photo/useralbum/hairylarry/91

Like the rest of you I am celebrating the demise of 2020. And What Was Old Shall Now Be New. There will be a post pandemic world.

Vivian and I are planning on celebrating the new year in our traditional style. We're staying home and going to bed early.

Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc on the fediverse
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com

hairylarry Dec 28 '20 · Comments: 2 · Tags: fantasy art, news, osr, world building, osr zines, new years eve
hairylarry
Inspired Unreality tonight! Open game chat. Our starting topic will be the importance of tradition in life, literature, and games.

Join us 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 there is an invite for you here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

At our last Related To Geeks Podcast we were all present. Megan, Carl, Kier, Sarah, Vivian, and Larry discussing DIY Gaming.

https://anchor.fm/relatedtogeeks/episodes/Related-To-Geeks---Season-2-Episode-13---DIY-Gaming-ens695

The music for the podcast is from the song "Treehouse" recorded by NJHB and can be heard on Hairy Larry Rocks Funkwhale.

https://funkwhale.hairylarry.rocks/library/albums/35/

Enjoy! And Merry Christmas, peace on earth, goodwill to all.

Thanks
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc (on Friendica)
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com



hairylarry Dec 20 '20 · Comments: 1 · Tags: tradition, related to geeks, inspired unreality, games, gaming
hairylarry
Tonight! At 9:00! Central! Inspired Unreality Open Game Chat.

After having a weekend of family gaming online we are going to discuss playing online as a way of staying in touch with your family. Kind of on the Family Game theme we were going to discuss last week but instead we discussed other stuff.

And that's fine. Bring your own topic. All gaming is on topic.

Inspired Unreality is held every Monday 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.

https://gamerplus.org/index


We played Virtual Dirty Santa! Here's a post with all of our virtual gifts.


https://gamerplus.org/blogs/post/440


Related To Geeks - Season 2 Episode 12 - D&D as portrayed in other media

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3081https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3060

Sound and I have been going on a bit about Birkenstock. Must be somewhere near Milyagon because we get all the same Player Characters showing up both places.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3060

I like this Hiroshi Yoshida artwork. All Public Domain. Not specifically fantasy but they could be used in oriental fantasy settings.

https://gamerplus.org/photo/useralbum/hairylarry/90


And I dug out my Two Geeks Video. It's a hoot. And less than a minute long. I like the way the play button makes me look like a spaceman.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3085

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Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc (on Friendica)
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com


hairylarry

We played Virtual Dirty Santa on Discord yesterday. We all passed the wrapped gifts around on a gameboard and then we opened them in order.


Here are the gifts given by those who are Related To Geeks (my family).









Half Halfling

by Larry Heyl CC-BY


My Mother, the midget

Fell for a halfling bard

Who sang her sweet love songs

beneath the pine trees in his yard.

They married in April

Which makes me a Winter's child

Quite mild for a human

As halfling, quite wild.


So yes I'm half halfling

From bald head to hairy toes

I hunt through the forest

Where wild mushrooms grow.

Will I seek adventure

Or farm in the shire?

Sing for my lady love

While I pluck the lyre.


Megan Heyl produced by Megan Heyl



Carl Heyl drawn by Kier Heyl

















Gretchen posts Megan dancing behind Megan

hairylarry
Inspired Unreality open game chat tonight at 9:00 Central. Our starting topic will be Family Game. Have you played with members of your family? Is this a special thing that your family does? As always bring your own topic. All gaming is on topic.

We will be 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.

https://gamerplus.org/index

Follow Me And Die posted a link to Project Northmoor. They want to save Tolkien's home and make it a literary center. I certainly wish them all success. I'm in the middle of my first middle earth reread right now so I've got Tolkien on my mind.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3045

Follow Me And Die also posted about "Simple rules for spell research in AD&D."

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3053

I can't stand the denouement but there are I's to be crossed and T's to be dotted in our tale of the Archive Of The White Mage. Here's a link to the session summary where we go back to the Archive with help from some blacksmiths to do some major deconstruction.

https://gamerplus.org/blogs/post/428

I made one little joke and then ... ZDL and I discuss "Rule 1 - don't whistle on Discord."

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3014

Join us tonight at 9:00 for Inspired Unreality. Stay in touch.

Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@curators.mixremix.cc (follow me on the fediverse)
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com
hairylarry
Session notes for December 1, 2020

We go back to town to see Burt the blacksmith. He's a big strong man with a large moustache and a bald head.



Leaf talks to Burt about his armor. He says he will reinforce his armor and design a leaf on it for 20 GP.

I talk to Burt about dismantling the statues. He and his sons, Bart and Barry, are willing to help. They ain't got no truck with evil. We will leave in the morning.

We go to see Longo Shotins the halfling fletcher and bowyer. Leaf purchases a bow and arrows for 45 GP.

The next morning we set off for The Archive taking the long road around the forest. The blacksmiths are in a horse drawn cart with their tools.

When we get there we enter through the front door and check things out. Nothing has changed. Marusan has not returned. The skeletons have not reformed. The glass golem skylight is still in place.

Burt tries to break the stone statues with his big hammer. This doesn't mark them. Leaf detects magic and both stone statues, the large metal statue, and the skylight are all infused with magic. Since Burt can't break the stone statues he takes his sons to dismantle the metal statue.

Leaf uses the Rod Of Pan-Severi on the stone statues. A whirlwind springs from the rod but it doesn't hurt the statues.

Leaf tries the rod again. This time the rod makes Leaf smaller. He is only 2 feet tall, shorter than Caper.

Leaf tries the rod again and nothing happens. The rod is smaller too since Leaf was holding it. Wondering if he wore it out he tries again and 17 gems fly out of the end of the rod and bounce off the statue not hurting it in any way. Since the rest of the party has left the room, wary of the rod, Leaf pockets the 17 gems.

Leaf tries again. Now he's about 2 inches tall. A tiny little Leaf.

Caper comes to check on Leaf and finds him 2 inches tall. Leaf tries the rod again and a poison green gas fills the room. Caper saves with a nat 20.

Caper picks up tiny Leaf to see if he can crawl in the statue's earhole. Nope, the statue is all solid rock.

Tiny Leaf tries the rod again. No luck. Nothing happens.

Ari pours holy water on the neck of the statue and then Burt takes a mighty swing with his big hammer and busts his head off.

Caper thinks there might be a trap door or something hidden by the statues. He ties his rope around the head of the other statue and the blacksmiths pull it over revealing only floor.

Ari pours holy water on the neck of the prone statue and Burt busts it's head off.

The party goes up on the roof and the blacksmiths bust out the skylight with their hammers. A chromatic being forms in the air in front of us. Then the color slowly bleeds out of him into the sky and he disappears.

Ari detects magic and there is no magic left in the archive. The blacksmiths can now bust up the stone statues and we carry the gravel to the creek. The blacksmiths load the metal into the cart to take to Father Abraham to see if this metal is now safe to use.

It's late in the day so we make camp. We eat and sleep setting watches. Nothing happens in the night. In the morning Leaf is back to his normal size. Checking the Archive the skylight is not back and there is still no sign of Marusan.

We take stones from the creek and stuff them in the hole in the wall leading to the jail cell. We break camp and get ready to go back to Birkenstock.

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