Wil Alambre

Advice to make PCs and NPCs feel more competent

As a DM, do you hate it your monster whiffs its attacks, and now it feels less of a "big threat" and more just "amusingly inept"? Here's some advice to make all characters (dungeon master NPCs and player PCs) feel more competent with only a minor change to how you describe combat roll outcomes. Continue reading…

How I Went About Making The Map For An Upcoming Dungeons And Dragons Campaign

I like props. And I love a good map. So, as I've done in previous campaigns, I downloaded scanned copies of their hand-drawn maps. I read their setting write-ups. And I opened up Photoshop. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #69

Taming Power Of The Small, part 2

Playing tour guide's certainly been more agreeable than playing babysitter. As far as pointless distractions go. If nothing else, its been interesting visiting old haunts, if only to see what's left of them. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #68

Taming Power Of The Small, part 1

In the calm eye of it, I can just make out Melisende's massive shape, pacing and stomping and _screaming_ at them, her voice amplified overtop the cacophony. "Are you happy now? That'z it! It'z over!" Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #67

Demolio, part 7 of 6

"Born of cozmic power, with a mind the sZzize of the universZze... and you thought death would stop her? What szort of sZzimple idea did you take her for, that she'd die szo quietly?" Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Using Inspiration Tokens In 5e DnD

My friends and I resumed our "Curse Of Strahd" Dungeons And Dragons campaign this past month. In our hiatus, I've been watching a number of roleplaying-related and game-master-related YouTube videos, all in an attempt to run a better, more engaging game. One of the videos I really liked was a short one from Seth Skorkowsky. Continue reading…

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My New Gaming PC

I'd been thinking of building a Windows-based computer for home to use primarily for videogaming. Something that would allow me to play some non-macOS games in my Steam library, and something with enough oomph to run some of the bigger upcoming games. Continue reading…

Rictavio's Map 

As DM, I didn't want to give them a copy of the map straight from the book, with all the location markers on it. And though I did find versions of official map with the markers removed, there were still details on it that Rictavio would either not know or would not want the players to know about. So I created an alternate version... Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #66

Demolio, part 6 

Reality stretches like canvas pulled taut. Time stutters and scratches and skips, between moments and months. The Wizard takes refuge within the umbra of the system's innermost planet, little more than a corner to be backed into. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #65

Demolio, part 5 

“Iz thiZs what you’re reduced to? A cockroach, sZcurrying and hiding underneath the firmament? If make Uz chasZze after you, We will bring the heavenZz down upon you.” Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

2017 Summer Movies I'd Love To See On The Big Screen

My last post on movie releases helped me to coordinate some movie theatre goings with friends. So it makes sense that I do another for the 2017 summer season. Continue reading…

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 was... okay, I guess?

It took me a couple days to nail down what was bothering me about the film, specifically what the original "Guardians Of The Galaxy" had that this one was missing. And when I finally put my finger on it, I realized my least favourite Marvel movie sequels are absent that same ingredient, while the ones I think are great have it in spades. Continue reading…

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The Super Wizard From Space #64

Demolio, part 4 

"We've _sztudied_ you for thiz entire Tournament! Without your cosZzmic weapon, you're no threat! You're little more than a ztubborn _nail_ for me to hammer down." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Most Important Donkey In All Of Ravenloft

So, a couple months ago, six friends and I decided to play through "Curse Of Strahd". During the standard character creation process, one of the players spent some of his gold coins on a donkey and a cart. He named the donkey Steve. He did not name the cart. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #63

Demolio, part 3 

"Here I am, having a heck of a time trying to put my own head together, I never figured on finding szomeone else'sz in here, too." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Movies I Want To See In Theatres

Here is a list of upcoming movies I would like to see in theatres. This doesn't mean I'm jumping to see them opening weekend. It just means I think they would be amazing fun to watch for me and some like-minded friends to enjoy on the big screen. Continue reading…

Don't Call Them Resolutions

A resolution is a firm decision. Its a little rubbish to be expecting a life-altering change of habits based on an arbitrary calendar event. On the other hand, a challenge is an invitation, and though you may fail it, it also invites you to try again. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #62

Demolio, part 2 

"And after everything, after all our concern, it was so easy. We crushed him. Like an insect." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #61

Demolio, part 1 

"The Schrivener has the Crown. The cosmic tournament is between him and Queen Buzz. Walk away from all this devestation. Put an _end_ to this madness." "That's exactly what I intend to do." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #60

A Moment, Before We Get To The Last Story Of My Only Daughter...

He'll head toward Genovefa. Maybe not immediately, but inevitably. She can't hide from him any more than he can avoid her. The Cosmic Crowns draw them together. Its a drive. Its a feverish heat. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #59

Kilo Yuga, part 5

Andy Dharma bent over the Stringer's prone body, wrapped both arms around his head, and with a single fast wrench, broke the super-wizard's neck. KRACK! Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #57

Kilo Yuga, part 3

"They observe our encounter. All we do and everything we speak. They're allowing me this opportunity to resolve this peacefully." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Some Rambling Thoughts About "Captain America: Civil War"

Just a quick warning beforehand. The rest of the blog contain spoilers for the movie. I wouldn't recommend reading past the embedded trailer until after you've seen the film. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #56

Kilo Yuga, part 2

"With all the power you can draw upon, it would never be a fair fight. So we had to even the odds. We cheated. We poisoned the sun." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #55

Kilo Yuga, part 1

"The philosophies of your unconventional brother go against your own... he would do _anything_ to ensure your safety. With his assistance, we will prevail." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #54

The House Of Manifest Destiny

Hardly believed it when told how imperious they'd gotten. Maybe it _is_ past due for Hoag to face its failures. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #53

The Surrogate Sovereignty, part 3

"You finiszh up however much wallowing you think the universze owes you... 'causze your time isz nearly run out." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #52

The Surrogate Sovereignty, part 2

"This is a nightmare." A single expression of disappointed disgust, from hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of faces. "Please, I want to go home." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #51

The Surrogate Sovereignty, part 1

Somewhere on Planet M, a forlorn survivor is losing her grip on her unusual authority. "I'm... what? A surrogate? A stopgate? Why keep me and then lie to me? Why save me and then despise me so much?" Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Let's Try This Again

The goal wasn't to write something good, it was to just be writing. As I went through, I realized my lack of plotting was catching up to me. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #50

Memento Mori 

His ancient race long ago unravelled the laws of physics, and they then learned how to redefine them. They harvest fusion fire to sustain themselves, and they hollow out suns to build their private strongholds. They are guardians of the spaces they know and explorers of the spaces they don't. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Of Heaven And Sketchbook

While on my vacation in British Columbia, me and my sketchbook took in the "Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums" exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Continue reading…

My 2015 Visit To Vancouver

In August of 2015, I flew to BC to spend a weekend with some friends. Between their busy schedule and my sedentary habits, it had been a long time since I visited them. But thanks to some airline sales and a general need for me to just get away for a bit, we were able to make arrangements :) Continue reading…

Feedback To Myself On Game-Mastering A Dungeons And Dragons Game

Ever since I got the new Dungeons And Dragons Players Handbook, I've wanted to run a fifth edition game. I came up with an idea for a short campaign and I rounded up some friends to play. Last night, we wrapped up our third session, and though everyone at the table had fun, I noted a couple things that I, as the game-master, could have done better. Continue reading…

Avengers: Age Of Ultron, trailer

On March 4th, Marvel Studios released the third trailer for their upcoming "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" feature film. You can watch it in all its glory in the embedded video player. Continue reading…

A Little Visual Personality

I updated my blog editors and gave myself some extra fields. I can now inject custom CSS on an article-per-article basis. This takes the website's stand-alone blog article idea even farther, giving me the opportunity to give each individual article a little visual personality. Continue reading…

Left Shark Turns To Buddhism

Left shark strikes me as a pretty chilly dude, the sort that might turn to buddhism to cope with his sudden-but-inevitable popularity... Continue reading…

Hourly Comic Day 2015, with Paper By FiftyThree

For this year, I thought I'd use Paper By FiftyThree on my iPad. Its a brilliant app that I don't use as often as I'd like... and to be honest, I didn't use it as much as I wanted this time either. The trouble is I'm either am doing something interesting that's worth drawing, or I'm not but I actually have the spare time to draw. Continue reading…

Nobody Tells This To Beginners

Identical to a video I posted before and is based on the same Ira Glass interview, but its still fantastic advice and worth reaffirming at the beginning of a new year. Continue reading…

Mad Max: Fury Road, Trailer

It only recently came to my attention that some of you have not yet seen the latest Mad Max: Fury Road trailer. Continue reading…

Four Quick And Easy Tabletop Games That I Like

With the holidays right around the corner, you might be looking form a game to play with the family. Something easy to teach, quick to play, supports half-a-dozen people or so. Something casual, that allows you to socialize while participating. Continue reading…

"Mighty Medley" Short Stories

This year, I was asked to contribute to "Mighty Medley", an online anthology series headed by Tom Russell. A requirement of the series was all stories contributed could not be longer than a single page, approximately six hundred words. Continue reading…

Star Wars VII Teaser Trailer

Its only a teaser trailer, but its a teaser trailer that hits all the right spots! Episode one through three was like fan-fiction in the Star Wars universe. So far, this looks much more like 2015 sequel to the original 1977 Star Wars. Continue reading…

The Honesty Of The Sketchbook

Salvador Dali called drawing the "honesty of the art", saying that there was "no possibility of cheating, it is either good or bad." It was a hell of a sentiment to keep in mind when I took my sketchbook to the Winnipeg Art Gallery this fall. Continue reading…

From Le Chat Noir To My Sketchbook

While in Edmonton this past fall, I had the opportunity to visit the Art Gallery Of Alberta. I was really looking forward to this chance because, at the time, they had an exhibition on titled "Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910". This exhibit featured some pieces by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Théophile Steinlen, and Alphonse Mucha, amoungst others. Continue reading…

An Awesome Adventure With Terrible Lizards

Last week, I visited a friend in Alberta. Though we spent the majority of the trip in Edmonton, we were able to rent a car and make a day trip to the Canadian Badlands. As you might expect, I took plenty of pictures. Continue reading…

My First Impressions Of Dungeon And Dragons Fifth Edition

I recently bought and read through the new Dungeons And Dragons Players Handbook. It's the first book published by Wizards Of The Coast in the classic roleplaying game's fifth edition (sometimes called the "next" edition). Though I haven't had a chance to play it, I wanted to write down some initial impressions. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #49

The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 6

Do you have any idea how this looks? We aren't at war anymore. The tournament is supposed to *prevent* this exact sort of conflict from flaring up again. You can't just go around dropping armies on the *home planets* of the universe's seven super-races." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #48

The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 5

"What I'm doing, it has to be done. Because someone has to do it. Because no one else is doing it. They're scared of what might happen. Scared of what they could lose. Scared of things they can't change. We can't live like that." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #47

The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 4

Long spear-length stingers, glints of wet toxin at the tips. Wide crystal wings banging against torsos, making thrumming thunder. It's a *blanket* of angry buzzing. Getting thicker as they crawl over each other. At me. Looking to smother me. Kill me. If I'm lucky. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Sympathetic Doesn't Have To Mean Likable

Jennine Lanouette puts together a great video refuting the idea that a character has to be likable to be sympathetic. This is a concept I've tried to do in my own writing with only scattershot success. Its amazingly helpful to have someone explain why it was and was not working in such detail. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #46

The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 3

"A swarm! A monster swarm! Oh! Oh gods, they were everywhere. They killed everyone. They stabbed them and killed them. And the dead changed into more and went to do the same. Stabbing and changing and stabbing. Everyone's gone!" Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #45

The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 2

Vaso sneers at the world below. "I don't trust Sixth Columnists, General. They're an unstable bunch, every lot of them. And they splintering apart. Hard to be sure what bent their worship takes." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #44

The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 1

"Hello Dragutin. I wouldn't be here if things weren't desperate. But things are desperate, and seeing as you're partially to blame, I think it appropriate to give you the chance to resolve it." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Spring Cleaning Giveaway 

A major part of this spring cleaning involves reducing the amount of stuff I have. I do so because I believe its healthy to do so, to live with less impedimenta. As such, here are lists of DVDs and comicbook graphic novels available for anyone who wants them. Continue reading…

First Time Running A Torchbearer Game

I've been bugging my friends about the game, but at the time we were all committed to other roleplaying campaigns. In the past few weeks though, I suddenly found myself agreeing to running two separate adventures on fairly short notice... and I hadn't even fully gotten a solid handle on the rules yet! Continue reading…

Sixty Four Sessions And Some Three Years Later

I had very little experience running a tabletop game, so it took some cajoling to convince my friends to give me a one-time try. That trial-run session turned into a bi-weekly get-together that lasted over sixty-four games, a campaign that wrapped up last week when the main characters died in a heroic struggle to save a besieged city. We had a lot of fun in our small scale game, with many fantastic in-story and out-of-character scenes. Going chronologically(-ish), here are some of those memorable moments... Continue reading…

Hexagon Marks The Spot

So, when we last left our hero, I had a basic game mechanic involving hexagon tiles. I thought had potential. Upon revisiting it this past week, I felt the main problem with the idea was the overall theme. Collaborating book authors, competitive subplots, word counts... it was just too high-level a concept. Instead, I changed the theme to something a little more literal, something a little easier for me to explain and others to get interested in Continue reading…

Sang Nordique Website Relaunch

I had a hand in building and maintaining the previous versions of the site, and though I haven't played in the game itself in years, I still like participating by way of some donated web development time. Not only does it give me the opportunity to add to the game's flavour and mood, but the project lets me scratch at some creative itches. Continue reading…

A Hundred Masters and One Amateur

A friend and I went to the Winnipeg Art Gallery to take in the 100 Masters exhibit. I had already seen it a couple months ago with the office but I enjoyed it enough that I wanted to see it again... and this time, I took my sketchbook. Continue reading…

More Comicbook Recommendations 

Here are four more comicbooks that you should give a chance. They're all available digitally. If you're looking for a good comicbook, if you're looking for a good read, you won't go wrong with one of these... Continue reading…

What Makes A Hero?

I ran across this TEDEducation video recently. It's by Matthew Winkler and it beautifully illustrates 'the hero's journey', a common and powerful myth that crops up in many classic and modern stories. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #43

The Secret History Of The Seven Cosmic Crowns, part 2

Now, I was halfway through a tale about countless doomed lives... and yes, my friend, I do know the difference between 'countless' and 'seven'. Those tragic academics were only the first direct victims of these newly formed cosmic crowns. What happened next was intended to prevent more loss of life, but it actually placed the entire universe in peril. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Burning Wheel Dice 

I play in a bi-weekly Burning Wheel game with a pair of friends. One of them has a set of dice he's cobbled together with little glued-on pieces of paper. Having played over fifty sessions in this ongoing campaign, they were starting to show some wear. Though he could've repaired them easily enough, I thought it'd be more interesting to get a proper set of custom dice made up instead. It'd be a unique momento for us and our long-running roleplaying adventures! Continue reading…

Applying A More Focused Approach

If you went to my RACC fiction subsite, you would have seen that it had a haphazard, half-finished appearance. Though I poked and prodded it several times over its existence, it never really benefited from the attention it wanted. This had a lot to do with the site's lack of focus; it started out as one thing, but as ambition overcame commitment, it became a much bigger job than the work I put into it. Continue reading at Raccowrimo's Blog…

The Super Wizard From Space #42

The Secret History Of The Seven Cosmic Crowns, part 1

If you'll indulge me, I'll tell you a story about how some people ( who were much too smart for their own good, I'm afraid ) tried to find an easy, quick solution; by doing so, they doomed countless lives to AGES of suffering. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #41

Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 5

"The Szuper Wizard From Szpace is sztill alive. And He sztill has Hisz coszmic crown." We say it aloud. Not to anyone. To ourselves, as swirling shaking thoughts become cold and real. This is real. This is happening. "Why? Why have you done thisz?" Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #40

Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 4

Emperor gestures back to the great monolith and declares, "At-the-behest-of-our-electronic-ennead, I've-entombed-the-Super-Wizard-From-Space-within-the-Pyramids-Of-Ka! His-power-will-feed-our-preservation-batteries-for-countless-cycles." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Making Some New Wall Art Out Of Some Old Comicbooks

I've been jazzing up my apartment's bae walls with artwork the last couple years. Though I like what I've collected, I wanted to add a couple small pieces that felt more like comicbooks: bold colors, panels and gutters, word balloons, story flow, etc. I had a blank space right beside my standing desk that I would be perfect for it, and would make a good "inspirational wall" sort of thing, something to encourage creativity when I'm working. Continue reading…

Pints, Pencils, and Participation

A short while ago, a couple friends and I spent an evening at a pub. I was able to convince them to bring along their pencils and erasers, and together, we tried out that collaborative comic strip idea I've been wanting to do. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #39

Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 3

In the clarity of the desert night, a single point of light smolders against the blue-black curtain. And it slowly grows the closer it gets, falling toward Us through immense distances. The Super Wizard From Space is coming to Planet M. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Hexagon Cards and Gameplay Mechanics

Over the last week or two, I've expanded on my initial card game idea. With the ability to scribble out ideas on a whiteboard and bounce ideas off so open-minded associates, I was able to work through some initial problems. This will hopefully provide a solid enough foundation to expand on. Continue reading…

Post-it Note Pictures 

When at work, I find myself doodling on post-it notes rather than the proper sketchbook that I have within arm's reach. Continue reading…

Trying My Hand At Designing A Card Game

I have had an itch to make a board or card game for a couple months now. It is not something I have any experience in... but I certainly enjoy playing several different games such as Settlers Of Catan, Pandemic, Tsuro, etc, and trying my hand at designing my own seemed like a nice side project. Continue reading…

Ikea Coffee Table Becomes A Home Standing Desk

I often had an issue working at home, a place I associated with rest and relaxation. Attempting to accomplish any task at my desk at home became more problematic after I got used to a standing desk at work because I started to equate sitting with "taking a break". So I decided to "build" a standing desk at home, too. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #38

Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 2

"I-hereby-challenge-the-Super- Wizard-From-Space-to-combat," spits out Emperor M, the bile broadcasted from his loudspeaker face, "and-you'll-bear-witness-to-it , you- insufferable-bitch." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #37

Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 1

Across the vastness of galaxies, a nameless forager bee achieves a stable geosynchronous orbit with distant Planet M. The ladened insect has been in contact with appropriate representatives, has deposited it cargo. It now maintains a microwave relay with the surface, and only awaits permission from the Hive to open communications. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #36

The House Of Eternal Ice

The Super Wizard From Space towed his wounded prisoner to a dying system in a lonely constellation. It was a place that had been full and vibrant when the universe was young, a very long time ago. Now, it's small, dense white star bled away its diminishing heat and weak light into empty space. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Sketchbook Scribbling 

A bunch of these are from small web-comic ideas that I'm toying with. I may get aorund to doing them, though, like Sock And Bag, they'll probably just be throw-away runs to get used to pencilling and inking. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #35

Cephalo Paul's Revenge, Part 2

"My name is senior lieutenant Yuri Gigan Topithecus, last survivor of the once-mighty space-sasquatch race. I was a hero of my people and a triumph of my government, becoming the first of my planet to journey into outer space... and as I completed my first orbit in my prototype capsule, I helplessly watched the Super Wizard From Space destroy my world." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #34

Cephalo Paul's Revenge, Part 1

In the seedy bowels of a seedy mining camp, Cephalo Paul roused from blurriness to found himself at the mercy of an unkindness of anthropomorphic ravens. The lot of them stood on four clawed talons, spoke through horrifying beaks lined with serrated edges, and had too many ruby-coloured eyes. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho 

Jon suggested Ross's character provide inspiration and morale by singing a "dwarven digging song". It seemed like a bit of a stretch to find a couple more helping dice for the skill check, but came to a compromise... Continue reading…

Sock And Bag #3

Third in the series, and I'm getting a little more comfortable with the inking. Continue reading…

Sock And Bag #1

This is a little comic strip idea I had in my head that I wanted to get down onto paper... Continue reading…

Some Comicbook Recommendations 

DC Comics did a complete restart of its entire line a little over a year ago, and Marvel Comics is just about to refresh a lot of its line after the Avengers Vs Xmen crossover. This means there's a lot of people talking about a lot about mainstream superheroes right now, and admittedly, many of those series are good reads. But there's a couple other comicbooks that might not be on your radar that I think you should give a chance. They're solid, they're smart, they're fun, and I'd like you to give them a chance... Continue reading…

Feodor's Character/Flavour Cheat Sheet

A couple people have expressed interest in the "cheat sheet" document I had with me when playing Feodor, the original character. Rather than putting together an in-depth character origin story, I opted for an outline of notes I could refer to when I needed to provide flavour, context, background, etc. All info I cribbed off Wikipedia, with some creative liberties to fit our game's plot and world. Continue reading…

Why I Like The Burning Wheel Roleplaying System

Two friends and I started a dwarf-centric table-top roleplaying game a year and a half ago. We are nearing our 40th bi-weekly session and all three of us are still excited about the game, so I guess we're doing something right. But this success is also because we are flexible enough to do something different when it was called for. Continue reading…

2012 Fringe Shows I Wanna Watch

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival is on again, celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary! As I've done before, I've purchased tickets to some shows that I absolutely did not want to miss, and using this blog post to keep a list of other shows I'll catch if I can manage. If anyone is looking for some company to these or other fringe performances, just let me know and we'll coordinate :) Continue reading…

More Alexeyevich Documents Uncovered

Several weeks later, I am still playing in and enjoying the WW2-based roleplaying game. Our characters are deep in occupied France, ahead of Patton and Montgomery's lines, clandestinely chasing down our targets through Paris and, inevitably, Germany and Berlin. Its a gritty game, the odds are stacked against us, we're outnumbered, we're outgunned, and our small field team has already taken serious casualties. Continue reading…

More Doodles From My Sketchbook At Work

Not as many doodles from my sketchbook at work because we've been busy slamming out a couple great projects. However, I did manage to squeeze out one or two... Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #33

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 9

The Devil, The Secret Living Language, and the Super Wizard From Space stood upon a massive square of black stone half buried in blistering desert sands. "This is it, end of the line," the Devil announced. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #32

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 8

Looking about, he could see endless desert interrupted by black stone squares, similar to the one they were taking refuge on. A long wind was blowing, picking up loose dunes, shifting them up and over and around in an ever-moving landscape. It gave everything a burnt look, a rising sea of sand that just faded without an horizon. The only thing cutting through the leather-colored sky was the sun, massive and oversized, ten times larger than it should be. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Trying Out The D&D Next Playtest

This weekend, me and two friends decided to try out the D&D Next playtest that was released a couple weeks ago. Our campaign had reached a point that allowed for us to play some interstitial scenes in the story; since we'd be running a couple different side-characters, it made for the perfect opportunity to run a different set of rules. Continue reading…

I Bought Humble Indie Bundle 5 And So Should You

The fifth Humble Indie Bundle is out, and it looks like the best one so far! Experience the fear and paranoia of Amnesia: The Dark Descent; the intensity and impact of LIMBO; the zany characters of Psychonauts; the future-retro, audiovisual concoction of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP; and, for those of us who pay more than the average price, the action-RPG, Bastion. Continue reading…

Ghost Of Russia 

Its 1944, deep into World War II. The Allies are pushing back against the Axis powers. But in our historical fiction, we have weaved in the mystic and occult. A limited number of artificers are working for various national powers, industrial progress steamrolling forward due to the push of war. Witches are becoming a worrisome wildcard as Germany delves into the occult, forcing the Allies to turn to the same. Dwarves and elves exist in small minorities, but are as affected by world wide war as anyone else. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #31

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 7

Black glass and brittle shale and oddly shaped boulders all bashed against each other in the tornado ferocity of the space between conceptual realities. Every small piece was both nonexistant and an immense solidity to itself, dragging and throwing and colliding with its surroundings as the entire mess fell through infinite layers of fractal Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Ahead Of Yesterday 

I've seen several people do those pictures-a-day projects and was interested in doing something similar... so I started a new Tumblr blog called "Ahead Of Yesterday". Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #30

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 6

Somewhere in the dank musky darkness swamp, a single snapping growl was followed up by a chorus of hungry grumbles and hollers and howls. Jagged trunks of twisted trees creaked and cracked as something massive pushed through. Huge lungs filled up and expelled, making for a thunderous breathy bass echo. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #29

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 5

The ashen remains of the gorgon sunk into the circling river of molten rock and disappeared down the sinkhole in reality, pulled toward the punishments of Triple-Hell. A bleating car horn sounded. The Devil tugged at the wizard's shoulder. "Come along, guv. Our ride awaits." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #28

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 4

A slow, thick consciousness leaked in as the Super Wizard From Space opened his eyes. His thoughts were dulled, like he'd slept for far too long. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Sketchbookery 

More sketchbookery, scanned in and uploaded to my Flickr account for the internet's entertainment... Continue reading…

Making Banknote Props For D&D

I recently began a D&D game where the setting had a Victorian-esque feel to it. In discussions with friends, we had the idea of creating paper currency, specifically the oversized banknotes that were used in those times and in colonial america. They worked like the bills of today but were much larger and chunkier. I felt such a paper prop would fit well in this new game's setting and set about to making some. Continue reading…

The Super Wizard From Space #27

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 3

"Once upon a time, five dark lords of multiple underverses made the mistake of signing a series of magical contracts in an attempt to insure some level of trust between them. Inevitably, all five of them went back on their words and now the tangled wording of those contracts have trapped them in the stone sepulchres of Quinto-Hell." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

The Super Wizard From Space #26

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 2

"I will not tolerate your presence here. Nor your trickery. I will burn away every molecule. I will crack every atom. I will unravel your infernal form down to the minimalist components and grind the remains under my boot." Continue reading at Raccowrimo…

Some LNH20 RACC Covers

Just when I thought I was on top of all these RACC covers, the newsgroup launches the brand new LNH20 imprint, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Legion Of Net.Heroes... d'oh :) Continue reading at Raccowrimo's Blog…

The Super Wizard From Space #25

To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 1

Sharp super-lightening split across a sick dry sky as a lone yellow cab pulled up in front of a long abandoned university. The pale driver scratched at his unkept beard. Hunched over the steering wheel, he got a better look through the windshield at the derelict campus. "You sure this is where you wanna to be?" he gruffly asked the passenger in the back seat. Continue reading at Raccowrimo…