Attack of the Shrews

Don’t let the Post-Hallowe’en Blues get you down. Sunday, my pal Steven Shrewsbury, author of Born of Swords, will be stopping by to share his Top 10 Favorite Robert E. Howard Stories.

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Dungeons & Diesel

As a DM, I strive to have all my players walk away from the table with this much joy. This is what D&D should feel like for all of us. If not, well, you’re doing it wrong. Kudos to Matt Mercer and the Critical Role bunch for showing the Witch Hunter a good time and Gods bless you, Vin. You’re always welcome at our table.

The Last Kingdom

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While The Last Kingdom roared to life on BBC America, my compatriots and I were engaged in our own brand of ‘medieval warfare’ accentuated by our latest acquisitions courtesy of Dwarven Forge. A group effort in the purchasing, these resin tiles bring an excellent dimension to the gaming table and we look forward to utilizing them even more in the future.

The old gods and the new are both aware that Dwarven Forge is brilliant stuff. They’ve been on my radar for years, but this is my first time using them as a DM. Our test run Saturday night went smashingly well and I look forward to building something bigger and better in a couple weeks.

As for The Last Kingdom? Well, it was far better than the disastrous Bastard Executioner, I’ll give it that, and it has the potential to take a seat amongst the stalwart benchmarks for medieval fantasy on the small screen, Vikings and Game of Thrones.

To be honest, if not for the disregard for and disdain the creators seemingly have to depict accurate weapons and armour, I could see it eventually surpassing both.

The swords and shields in particular I found to be very distracting, but overall, The Last Kingdom shows a lot of promise. It’s well written, well acted, and the violence is palpable.

An adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s brilliant series, The Saxon Stories, The Last Kingdom follows the tale of Uhtred, a Saxon boy from ninth century Northumbria raised to manhood by conquering Danes. It is a story somewhat mirrored recently by History Channel’s Vikings but, ironically enough, hews somewhat closer to the bone, historically speaking.

I am on board for the duration which says something, no? I bailed on The Bastard Executioner after two bloody episodes.

Horror on the List

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bobtober15kimconnrenfaireOn Sunday, Kim, Conn, and I traveled an hour south to Fishers for the 11th Annual Fishers Renaissance Faire, our third year in a row attending. It’s one of my favorite events of the year, primarily because it gives me a chance to see the Knights of Valour Joust Troupe live and in action.

After taking in Molotov’s act, browsing the vendors, and Conn purchasing a couple of LARP swords, we finally approached the arena. We marveled at the armour on display, took a few moments to allow a cameraman to  capture several sound-bites regarding jousting in general and about Troupe-Founder Shane Adam’s former Discovery Channel Reality Competition show, Full Metal Jousting, and then spent some time watching the rescue horses be groomed.

For about an hour before the joust, we sat on bales of straw, eating lunch, talking, playing, and watching children ride the warhorses before the exhibition…

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A Dream Come True

Can you imagine having the opportunity to not only hang out in Robert E. Howard’s house, but to sit at his dining room table to play Modiphius’ 2d20 Conan RPG?

Featuring Mark Finn as Game Master, and players Jeffrey Shanks, Bill “Indy” Cavalier, Dr. Jonas Prida, Chris Gruber, and Todd Woods, here’s your chance to see some of the finest names in Howard Fandom come together to help bring Two Gun Bob’s Hyborian Age to life in the very house that it was conceived.

It really doesn’t get much cooler than that.