Boom! Head Shot!

A few months ago I posted about a different model for hit points and healing, then followed up a few weeks ago with a post considering some of the implications of making those changes. One of the lingering thoughts I’ve had is that it comes close to modeling desired behavior …

Fantastic Locations: January 12, 2012 Roundup

Here is this week’s roundup for the RPG Blog Carnival: Fantastic Locations.

Erik at Wampus Country tells us of the Vulture-Men of Buzzard Gulch (because really, where else would you expect to find them?).  On the face of it this is a place made special by those who live here, but there is a deeper secret that is not spoken of.  He also tells us of the Sobbing-Stone of the Disappointed, a sad place inspired by a comment from his son on his parents exhibiting some romance.  The comment was funny (I have kids too and have heard similar), and while the place Erik describes here isn’t funny, it is fantastic.

Berin Kinsman has his first post for this carnival, describing how to use abandoned and ruined places in world building.

Ravyn of Exchange of Realities comes in with yet another post, Impractical Applications (In the… Er, Corpus… of the Beast).  I thought I had a place of necromantic fun in the Ghost Hills, but I may have been outplayed for weird here.  I must admit that I love the description, “Some kind of demented Magic School Bus trip” (why yes, I do have kids, why do you ask?).

John at Sycarion Diversions tells a brief story about The World Beside, a fantastic location you visit without necessarily going elsewhere… but you can still get lost forever.

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Fantastic Location: TV Tropes

As I mentioned in this week’s Links of the Week post, Jason of The Action Point suggested using TV Tropes to describe the important thematic elements of your campaign, the nature of situations and events players can expect to encounter, and so on.

This seems a good idea, so I figured I’d take a quick look to see if anything jumped out at me…

Somehow, a ‘quick look’ for ‘a few minutes’ means outside my window things went from “o’dark thirty” to “lunch time”.  It appears I found a temporal anomaly, without even leaving my desk!

How cool is that?  Fairly uncommon in a site (but not unique), easily accessed (many people have, and returned), but physical and biological laws seem to be suspended.  Fantastic!

D&D 5e Announced

I haven’t yet checked RPGBA today, but even without watching the reaction at google+ I’m pretty sure there is a lot of reaction to Wizard’s announcement that they are developing D&D 5e (which I might have thought they’d have somewhere easy to find on their site, but, well, it is …