Monday, September 7, 2009

It Pays to Increase Your Word Power

In last night's Planet Algol campaign session, inspired by my own musing on polysyllabic vocabulary and some of the mechanics of The Dying Earth RPG, the Bone Man Sorcerer Dickie Dee received 50 bonus experience points for use of the word "Imbroglio" in a conversation with the other characters.


  1. I have a file of every esoteric word that Clark Ashton Smith used in his various writings. Some of the words are, by now, not as mysterious to roleplayers, thanks to E. Gary Gygax and his writing style, some of those words are pretty far out there. It is an interesting file that I sent a copy of to a writer friend who was blown away. There is nothing wrong with an expanded vocabulary.

  2. That sounds amazing! I relish the moments when I come across an unknown word and look it up.