Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Correction, Fat Cotton Fantasy Artiste and a Memorial Tribute

Yesterday I wrote a post about a "Stupid" moment in my game. I should have used the term "Absurd," as in "Coen Brothers-esque Sublime Absurdity." I certainly don't want any of my players operating under the misapprehension that I consider them or our game stupid in any derogatory sense. Often I use the term Stupid to refer to RPG matters in the Jeff Rients-ien fashion:
Stupid games do not take themselves seriously. PCs can die horrible deaths and other grim stuff, but that horrible death might involve being eaten by a horde of zombie chickens. Big dice charts, such as wandering monsters or random mutations, are often associated with this style of game. Most comedy games fall into this category, as do all the good versions of Gamma World. The new editions of Paranoia and WFRP look pretty Stupid to me as well.
Some of my favorite rpg moments have to be when events devolve into beautiful absurdity, and I would never want to discourage players from attempting crazy plans. I heartily approve of improvised sound effects! (and now we know why a cape is worth being on the equipment buying lists!)

As well, I would be remiss to not mention that talented surreal Planet Algol-related illustrator Wesley Fat Cotton now has his own blog to display his artwork.. Although it is slim on the content, it is also new, and hopefully some of you folks in need of an artist for your creative madness will find his style suitable for your project, especially as I know that he is eager to work with some of you crazy internet rpg types!

Also...

CHGOWIZ/OLDGUYRPG BLOG
03/22/2010 - NEVAR FORGET!
The drama is over (Drama Explanation Here!), folks are actually communicating instead of flaming each other, but The Old Guy RPG Blog is Gone! I'm not going to speculate or comment on why Chgowiz withdrew from the community, but I really dug his blog (the solo games with his wife always gave me the warm fuzzies "What A Great Loving Couple!") and I'm sad to see it go. I am also sad that The Tomb of Hulkasarag/The Land of Two Rivers ancient Mesopotamia oldschool D&D project is apparently dead as a result...it would have been a perfect companion to Ancient Kingdoms: Mesopotamia. There would have been no "Black Ziggurat Madness" without Chgowiz either!

Good luck and best wishes to Chgowiz...you will be missed.

18 comments:

  1. I've been a bit out of it, but your explanation link doesn't really explain anything. Did Chgowiz shut down because of Zack's show?

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  2. It explains everything one needs to know about SEX ELF searches on google.

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  3. Out of respect for everyone involved I am going to abstain from any further commentary, aside from that it sucks that The Oldguyrpgblog was a casualty, and refer interested parties to JOESKY's analysis.

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  4. I'm sorry, but is that eagle weeping a d20?

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  5. that eagle is weeping what looks like a d10.

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  6. d10's are a non-platonic polyhedral.

    He at least deserves a d4, though a twenty sider would be best.

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  7. Ah crap. I was hoping it was just a technical difficulty with Chgowiz's blog. I cast Resurrection.

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  8. I assure you gentlemen that the eagle is indeed weeping a d20...a golden d20 at that!

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  10. Thank god some sanity is left in this mixup!

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  11. LOVE the D20 teardrop! I too pray for a Chgowiz resurrection after 1d10 days of meditation.

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  12. IF SOMEONE HAS A HI LEVEL SPELL THAN A RESERECTION IS A MUST...................BUT I POUR OUT A PBR TALLBOY FOR CHGOWIS(HOW IS THAT PRONOUNCE)?

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  13. It pronounced Pabst Blue Ribbon, Joesky. Can the eagle weep any die at all? 'Cause I'm thinking of getting one; it beats the hell out of crown royal bag.

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  14. Nice weeping bald eagle tribute, and... what?

    "I am also sad that The Tomb of Hulkasarag/The Land of Two Rivers ancient Mesopotamia oldschool D&D project is apparently dead as a result.."

    God damn, it just sunk in. :((((

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  15. Aos, the dice aren't guaranteed to come out of the Eagle's eye, so I would be careful rolling any dice that fall out of it.

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  16. I really enjoyed your breakdown Joesky. Keep on tipping the PBRs, although you'll probably have to put back 15 or 20 of them to get a good buzz (unless it's the wacky 5.8% ones we have here in Canada. Look out!)

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