Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Origin of Bard College Names?

With a bit of research I recently stumbled upon this information from an article in The Dublin University Magazine (Vol 67) called “Laws of the Ancient Irish” from way back in 1866. (Link goes to a google book, the text below is on page 5 left column.)

The Ollamh's memory was enriched with his seven times fifty stories; the Anruth's with thrice fifty and half fifty; the Cli remembered eighty, the Cana sixty, the Dos fiftv. the Mac Fuirmidh forty, the Fochiuc thirty, and the Drisac twenty. The poor Taman could only tell ten, and the Ollaire of still worse memory soon wearied his hearers; he had only seven.

This also hints that perhaps there are three possible new instruments of the bards awaiting discovery for the Drisac, Taman, the the Ollaire. I’d make them wind or percussion instruments were I to create them – ie. more primitive than the stringed instruments.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Working and Music

Today's another editing day with a bit of creative writing on Advanced Adventures thrown in so I've got the music box a'playing soundtracks. The Beastmaster may only be a B movie, but its soundtrack is A++. If you don't have it, and if you like soundtracks, pick it up!



Thursday, January 11, 2018

More Arden Vul Convention Schedule Dates

I've two more convention game to add. These are for Escape from Arden Vul.

At Gary Con
Escape from Arden Vul Thur - 10:00 AM (6 hours)
Escape from Arden Vul Fri - 10:00 AM (6 hours)

Escape from Arden Vul
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 4-7
Duration: 6 hours

Brief Description: Teleported into in the legendary dungeon Arden Vul, you must find a way out.

Long Description: Dammit, Lightfingers! You had one job! Of course the rings of the friendly defenders would be trapped and now you find yourself in a cramped cave somewhere deep underground. The magic mouth that taunted you as you left said “Arden Vul will be your grave!” Well, you’ll have to see about that, won’t you?


Monday, January 8, 2018

Arden Vul Convention Games Schedule - The Tomb of the Twins

Here's the schedule for the 2018 Arden Vul convention games GM'd by Jon Hershberger.

Gary Con
Event # 354 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Thursday 7:00 PM - Loramoor room
Event # 355 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Friday 8:00 PM - Evergreen 3 room
Event # 356 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Saturday 8:00 PM - Loramoor room

North Texas RPG Con
Event # 68 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Thursday 8:00 PM - Oak Ballroom Table 1
Event # 69 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Saturday 8:00 PM - Oak Ballroom Table 1

Gen Con
RPG Event # 18125956 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Thursday 7:00 PM - (not assigned a location yet)
RPG Event # 18125957 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Saturday 8:00 PM - (not assigned a location yet)

The Tomb of the Twins
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 6-8
Duration: 4 hours
Brief Description: Can you locate the tomb of the Twins and plunder the Gemini blades ahead of a planned imperial expedition?
Long Description: Big news! The tomb of the legendary hero-twins, Tekla and Taticus, has been confirmed as lying along the Drowned Canyon, deep within the deadly Halls of Arden Vul. Your shadowy patron has hired you to locate the tomb and 'liberate' the famous Gemini blades from it. The catch? The imperial authorities are planning to do the same. You have three days to locate and loot the tomb before the official expedition descends like a hammer.

1. Basina, Female Archontean (F7)
2. Hearthminder, Female Imperial Goblin (C6/I6)
3. Rosco Barleystalk, Male Halfling (T8)
4. Paullor, Male Archontean (C8)
5. Aethelred, Male Thorcinga (M8)
6. Nagellor Belladorson, Male Elf (F6/MU6)
7. Ebbe, Female Thorcinga (B5)
8. Thorvald, Male Wiskinga (C8)
9. Callista, Female Archontean (I8)
10. Olaf, Male Wiskinga (F7)


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Arden Vul Convention Games 2018 - Gary Con, NTRPGcon, Gen Con

I've spent the last few days making pre-gens for the two Arden Vul scenarios that will play out at Gary Con, NTRPGcon, and Gen Con this year. For those who will be attending, below is the information on the modules. If you're going to those conventions, you'll have an opportunity to experience the awesomeness that is AV before it comes out. I, of course, recommend such. (Note: Archontean, Wiskinga, and Thorcinga are types of humans).

Escape from Arden Vul
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 4-7
Duration: 6 hours
Brief Description: Teleported into in the legendary dungeon Arden Vul, you must find a way out.
Long Description: Dammit, Lightfingers! You had one job! Of course the rings of friendly defense would be trapped and now you find yourself in a cramped cave somewhere deep underground. The magic mouth that taunted you as you left said “Arden Vul will be your grave!” Well, you’ll have to see about that, won’t you?

1. Heraclion, Male Archontean (C6)
2. Wicktrimmer, Male Imperial Goblin (F5/T6)
3. Njal, Male Wiskinga (F6)
4. Cyneburga, Female Thorcinga (MU5)
5. Zhorak, Male Dwarf (F5)
6. Godric, Male Wiskinga (T7)
7. Valerian, Male Archontean (I7)
8. Hallgerd, Female Wiskinga (C7)
9. Livinia Greenthumb, Female Halfling (F4/T6)
10. Theodora, Female Archontean (F6)

The Tomb of the Twins
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 6-8
Duration: 4 hours
Brief Description: Can you locate the tomb of the Twins and plunder the Gemini blades ahead of a planned imperial expedition?
Long Description: Big news! The tomb of the legendary hero-twins, Tekla and Taticus, has been confirmed as lying along the Drowned Canyon, deep within the deadly Halls of Arden Vul. Your shadowy patron has hired you to locate the tomb and 'liberate' the famous Gemini blades from it. The catch? The imperial authorities are planning to do the same. You have three days to locate and loot the tomb before the official expedition descends like a hammer.

1. Basina, Female Archontean (F7)
2. Hearthminder, Female Imperial Goblin (C6/I6)
3. Rosco Barleystalk, Male Halfling (T8)
4. Paullor, Male Archontean (C8)
5. Aethelred, Male Thorcinga (M8)
6. Nagellor Belladorson, Male Elf (F6/MU6)
7. Ebbe, Female Thorcinga (B5)
8. Thorvald, Male Wiskinga (C8)
9. Callista, Female Archontean (I8)
10. Olaf, Male Wiskinga (F7)





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