Category Archives: Heroic Fantasy

Classic pieces of heroic fantasy.

Women in Armor (again)

Found some great photos at Here’s one:

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I’ve been working on my combat system again, and my current task is finalizing the damage, range, and STR requirements for the various bows. I thought I knew plenty about this. I did archery in college, and had read quite … Continue reading

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The Coolest City I’ve Never Seen

There seems to be a very cool game (and fantasy city) in French, although I haven’t read it yet. Wastburg, as described on Le Cyberespace de Jérôme Darmont. Originally a novel of roguish fantasy (a la Fritz Lieber’s Lankhmar, apparently) … Continue reading

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Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

A friend steered me to Hero Forge, a Kickstarted miniatures company that allows you to design your own character and then order a 3d printed version in ultra detailed hard plastic. They are available in 30 mm ($25), 3″ tall … Continue reading

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Evangeline Walton’s Mabinogion Tetralogy

I have put off reading these books for years. I just was never interested enough. I’m interested now though. The books have much of the feel of Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter (1924), but they are meatier than … Continue reading

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Glorion from Journeyquest

Since I’m talking about paladins and alignment, I should mention Glorion. Fantastic character! My favorite bit is Roderick the Gargoyle though (starts at 8:27).

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The Amazons from Rejected Princesses as Characters in a RPG

You may already know about the site Rejected Princesses which celebrates “women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.” It is “illustrated in a contemporary animation style with accompanying writeup” and updated on Wednesday. It’s also now on Facebook … Continue reading

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Swords in Role-Playing Games

I’m in the middle of rewriting my rpg from top to bottom, so I went a bit nuts and did a lot of research on swords. I discovered, after many years of role-playing, that rpgs indiscriminately mix weapons from different … Continue reading

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Maleficent : Awful, Awful, Awful

I just watched Maleficent at my daughter’s behest, and the entire family agreed it was a complete waste. Rotten Tomatoes is overly generous with its rating, crediting Jolie with a fine performance (yes, it should be — she gets to … Continue reading

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Mavin Manyshaped, Shapechanger

The Transformation (changing into another creature) rules for the Journeyman system were greatly inspired by the talents of Mavin Manyshaped, one of my favorite heroines. Mastering Transformation allows you to advance to either Shapeshifting (changing oneself into a rock, imitating … Continue reading

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