Friday Five: 2011-04-22

Languages, Real and Imaginary

Like many role players, I love making up languages. Like many role players, I’m nowhere near as good as Tolkien at doing it. Then again, that man was a total genius with languages. I did go so far as to create custom names in each language for important items such as days of the week, month names and such like that. I admire the people that can do much more than that.

Erdea Manor – Overrun with Ogres (level 1, areas 1-12)
Return to Erdea Manor – Part 2

Maps. Wait…. Maps! There, that’s more like it. I love what was done by Dyson here. The maps are easy to read and the keys work quite well. I just wish there were grid lines on there, but without them, it leaves me free to make up any scale I want to make the maps any size I want. Great job on these maps. I can’t wait to find a place to use them….

Building Better Monsters Part 1: Meet Your Maker, Monster

I’ve rarely made up monsters of my own unless I’m playing Hero or GURPS. Go figger. I’m not quite sure why that is. Maybe I feel more freedom in the rules heavy systems to combine power/skills/traits/perks/flaws/whatever in the way I want and it allows my creative juices to flow. Then again with (A)D&D and similar systems, I’m given all the details I need in a plethora of monster books. This allows me to flip through pages of creatures until I find the one I want. However, this post (apparently the first of four) about building your own monsters is a great read for those folks that want to go out on a limb and make up their own stuff.

Map Monday

More maps. Wait…. More Maps! This is a good map of a city on the shore that is “blank,” so that you can fill in your own locations and special building. Why didn’t I call this map “great?” Well…. the rain effect is really pretty, but it hurts my eyes to look at. It just makes everything blurry enough that I think that my LASIK surgery from five years ago is wearing off. I do appreciate the artistic talent that it takes to create something like this, though.

City Government Power Bases – Magic and Psionics

Wow. How could magic and psionics change how a government is run? In more ways than I can think of. When I saw the title for this post, I kind of expected what was to come, but I never thought it would be to this extent. Great job Johnn, on delving deep into this topic and covering it from every angle (and then some!) that  I could think of.