Back in High School there came a point when the small collection of role-players that I was part of decided to take a little break from our usual fare of Marvel Super Heroes, Torg, and Star Frontiers. Which is how we were introduced to a little game called Shadowrun by FASA.
Our group embraced the mash up of cyberpunk and corporate intrigue and in my case it allowed me to not be the Game Master for a change. I took on the role of The Judge, an enigmatic Shadowrunner, a hermetic mage that as you might have guessed from his title was once a champion of the law. I found an illustration online that will let you know how The Judge appeared in our games…minus the glowing yellow eyes seen in this illustration and instead of the bandages he wore a red scarf to cover the bottom of his face.
We had a really good group at that time…and 15 years later we would end up getting the chance to join back up and finish the ‘campaign’ we had started in High School.
I can assure you though that we never had the chance to see this 1991 Shadowrun promo entitled ‘A Night’s Work’. Flenceburg Exile who uploaded this video states: “Since FASA is – sadly – no more, and since this was rarely seen outside GenCon 1990 and the game’s press kit, I thought I’d do my part in archiving a bit of gaming history before the tapes die of bitrot.”
It might be just a little on the goofy side of things but overall they did a good job of touching on the ‘feel’ of the Shadowrun universe in my opinion. Job well done, chummers, job well done.
Our celebration of the art of this wonderful book continues. Last week we looked at the American Mythos and the Arthurian Heroes, today I would like to show you the art from the section of Babylonian Mythos.
I always fixated on this section mostly because of the swell image of Marduk battling Tiamat. That dragon has all sorts of charisma.
We did not do much roleplaying in a Babylon-themed world sadly, but I could definitely see enjoying playing a Cavalier who worshiped Marduk.
Marduk vs. Tiamat
Nergal and his Shield
Gilgamesh takes no bull
Worst Combat Stance
For most people who have played Dungeons & Dragons, Baba Yaga’s Hut was a powerful object of fascination. Now you might not be able to get your hands on the real version of the Hut (my Halfling thief claimed it in the late 1980s), but you can order yourself a Limited Edition Baba Yaga Hut from Midgard Miniatures.
Baba Yaga Hut stands 9 inches made of Resin and Lead free metal.It is LIMITED ED. to 250 casts. It comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the sculptor, and EFS ceo. A brass plaque indicating the number is to be attached also coordinating the number to the certificate. Once the number have been reached then the molds will be destroyed.
It ain’t cheap at $150, but this might be your only opportunity to pick up and wow all your gaming friends. So act quickly before they break those molds.
[via] Easternfront Studios
Our celebration of the art of this wonderful book continues. The other day we looked at the American Mythos, today I would like to show you the art from the section of Arthurian Heroes.
These entries were very popular in the group in which I played. We ever had a short campaign where we attempted to run an Excalibur style campaign, but it degenerated very quickly into name calling and backroom dealing. We were not cut out to be knights of any shaped table.
Maybe this art will inspire a few of you to play an Arthurian themed session or two. I am sure you will have a lot more luck than we had.
It looks like their horses are going to butt heads.
We all wanted that sword.
The best “extra image” of this section. I love how the troll is running away all stiff armed.
Always prepared to face whatever perils might face him.
I was always surprised that Merlin was more Druid than Magic User.
After seeing “Excalibur”, this is who everyone wanted to play.
I would have thought her to be higher level.
This is my second favorite “extra images” from this section.
A solid knight.
We always referred to this image of the Questing Beast as the Weird Giraffe.
One of the original Dungeons & Dragons books I received was the 1st Edition of Deities and Demigods. I tried to keep it in good shape, but over the years, it has been the book that has given me the most problems. Last month, while browsing through it, the spine cracked hard and pages started falling out of it at a rapid rate. A replacement was quickly ordered, but what to do with the loose pages?
Well I plan on holding on to them, but I also thought it would be fun to share a gallery of each of the mythos in the book, along with the art in this section. So this will be the first part of what I am hoping will be a multi-part series. Today I take a look at the American Mythos.
We did not have many playing sessions featuring a Native American setting, but as a player, I one time made a halfling thief who venerated the Raven. The back story was convoluted, so I was glad the DM and my fellow players never asked any questions.
Click on an image to view a larger version, along with a thought or two about the piece where applicable.
The Raven was the revered deity of exactly one halfling.
The art on coyote is great. I have seen a few tattoos that look a lot like the art in this section of this book.
Always carry your sacred bundle.
This is the section about Hastseltsi the god of racing
Fire gods are always so evocative in this book.
Fare thee well, O Minnehaha!
I love this image! So much action and drama. As with all conflicts involving a bear, I am rooting for the bear. Furry Friends!
Another tattoo I am sure I have seen.
Yanauluha was the “first priest”. His ability is to summon any god or spirit he wants and they will be friendly to him. That is a great power.
Are you a gamer? Want a conversation starter for that shelf or end table? How about a large handsome set of dice crafted from stained glass? Each set contains a d4, d6, d8, d10, d10%, d12 and d20. As you can see from the photo, they are much larger than standard dice. So they will definitely stand out at your next gaming session (although I do not think rolling them is a good idea). You can buy individual dice, but you save $25 when buying the entire set. You can pick the glass, but all items come with silver numbers standard, but other number colors are available for an additional $15.
They would make a great Christmas gift (for me).
[via] Dicey Decor
I had only a passing interest in roleplaying in the old west until a friend of mine took it upon himself to try to get a Boot Hill campaign going after he bought a set at a garage sale. The session was sadly short-lived, the town we went into was a death trap and all of us died in the first hour. It was a case of inexperienced players and a very inexperienced GM, that sadly pushed Boot Hill off our gaming table for a while.
Years later I would get to play with the Skycastle Games’ Desperado RPG system and really enjoyed the setting. I even took a turn running a game for a couple of sessions. This would inspire me to pick up a worn copy of Boot Hill, which while I never ran a game of, still sits on my shelf for my reading enjoyment.
Boot Hill was the third Boot Hill role-playing game from TSR and appeared not long after Dungeons and Dragons (still own) and Empire of the Petal Throne (recently sold). It was developed by the Gary Gygax, Don Kaye and Brian Blume.