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Centurion (2)

I completely missed the fact that yesterday’s post was in fact the 200th of this blog. Perhaps my doodling wasn’t the best way to mark that particular occasion. Here are some pictures to rectify the situation.

Wish I'd been as cool as this kid when I was small. Picture taken from - "geek girls FTW" - check it out, I just discovered the site today.

Variation on an old classic.

Forget Adrianne Palicki, how about Sasha Grey as Wonder Woman?

And my personal favourite... Burger King in Yellow by Amazonne (brazenly stolen from DA). This is just plain awesome.


The Thing

This past couple of weeks have been fuelled by images of the strange (predominantly the usual Lovecraftian madness) and welded to the processes of improvisational construction and modification. Later on tonight, I’m hoping to continue work on my thing in a jar over at Inner Sanctum collectibles (as well as some more miniatures for IABSM) but last night I watched The Thing, the classic 1982 sci-fi/horror (Lovecraftian cosmic horror, anyone?). I mean, John Carpenter directing, a score by Ennio Morricone and the magnificent Kurt Russell in the lead – who could ask for more?

Burn it. Burn it with fire!

As it happens, it doesn’t matter who, as we got more anyway. If you haven’t seen The Thing, then suffice to say it was absolutely groundbreaking in terms of its special effects – the majority of which were created by Rob Bottin (only 22 years old at the time i.e. the same age as me). Some of these effects have now become fairly legendary in shocking horror movie moments legend – such as the use of a double amputee for the scene in which a man’s arms are ripped off by a giant alien maw. Oh, spoiler alert.

In fact all the gribbliness of the film has not only helped spur on my own model-making project, but also given me some more campaign ideas for Call of Cthulhu. Actually, part of the reason that I decided to watch the film properly was on the recommendation of another keeper, a certain Mr. John Wick who wrote a monograph for Chaosium entitled Digging For A Dead God. The scenario focuses on a group of Nazi soldiers in 1939 who stumble across an unfathomable evil – as per CoC standards.

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Getting the party back together

D&D A-Go-Go!

A Minotaur, obv

That’s right – the original ¡Lados oñ touros! are back together once more! We didn’t get much done on the first night (seeing as how we were short a member, nonamesmentionedJenni) but here’s the plan…

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A post about… Naming

It’s just something of interest.

After finally breaking the 6,000 word mark on the other (other) writing project I’m working on at the moment City House which I realise I have not said anything about on this blog (nor the other³ book The Tower) I thought I might just talk a bit about naming characters. Now the lead character in City House is called Samuel, because I could not think of anything better and it’s quite similar to Sumulael (name of the lead character in The Tower, of my Yog-Sothoth-worpshipping cultist char, and title of this blog) which I only got because it’s faintly Babylonian/Sumerian and that’s the setting for that one. So I stole from myself and then anglicised. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the name Samuel, and indeed I’ve grown to refer to the character as such and have even considered some links between the two characters across the fictional centuries, but it doesn’t actually mean anything. I didn’t specifically choose Samuel out of all of the potential names in the universe because it was the one true name or anything like that, it just works in a fairly standard sort of way. I guess I was just bummed that Luke Skywalker and Hiro Protagonist had already been taken… which reminds me that the character is also one of those guys with only one name, which is maybe a little weak…

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Getting There.

A blog post of general goodness.

I did my first M11 draft IRL last night, at the fantastic Inner Sanctum Collectibles in Cambridge, and I owned it. Pretty solid red/green beatstick kind of deck with Obstinate Baloth, Fireball, Protean Hydra, and just solid cards. Beat blue/white skies twice and mono-black discard (lived the dream with Baloth, too) and ended up first, walking away with Fauna Shaman, a Rootbound Crag and a Leyline of the Void. Did some trading and finally got my fourth Force of Will as well as some Chalice of the Void. It’s getting close to the legacy tournament for which I have been preparing now, need more testing!

In other gaming news, I will be taking over as DM for whatever form our D&D group takes after Barrett runs his final one-shot adventure (which may be this weekend, or may be never). I’ve got some exceedingly spicy ideas haha.

This was originally something on Facebook to which I was ‘tagged.’ Quite interesting, leave them in the comments if you like. The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes (some other stuff about tagging more people cut from here…)

1. Aphex Twin -Drukqs
2. Anaal Nathrakh – Eschaton
3. Sunn O))) – Black One
4. Radiohead – Kid A
5. Jeff Buckley – Grace
6. Converge – Jane Doe
7. Thrice – The Illusion of Safety
8. GlassJaw – Worship and Tribute
9. Pelican – Pelican
10. Khanate – Things Viral
11. Jesu – Jesu
12. Merzbow – Minazo
13. Earth – Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method
14. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
15. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – PCP Torpedo

And I still left out Napalm Death, Discharge, old stuff that still sticks with me like Ride the Lightning by Metallica. Man, this was really hard, I genuinely am interested to see the choices of other people. Hello Nasty by the Beastie Boys! Damn.

Bjorkus the Barbarian(!)

Pretty good name, huh?

That is the name of my new D&D char for the one-shot campaign we intend to have next weekend before the group is forced to disband for university. Yes, it’s a little cheesy but it was a suggested name and that is his class. I wanted to choose something that would be fun and have a strong background to play upon, and so I plumped for a Minotaur Barbarian whose name, as mentioned, is Bjorkus. But before I get into the fluff behind Bjorkus, I wanted to talk a little bit about Sumulael, my warlock who has now reached level 3 and served me more than aptly in our few weeks of gaming. Much more after the break.

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Who is Hroath?

Four posts today, I’m on a roll. I have been working on the ‘Curse of the Illithid’ campaign all day today and it’s starting to come together very nicely into something approaching an organised structure, rather than just a collection of ideas. Lots of fun stuff going on in there, some of which I really want to spoil. Instead, I’m restricting myself to this picture:

Your clue's giving me a clue...

Better than noggle tech?

What is less fun is the fact that the poll is not going in the direction it should: Knuckles fans of the world make your voices heard!

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