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I wrote another game

April 17, 2017

These are really fun! To write that is. I have no idea if these are playable or even Role Playing Games. They’re certainly storytelling games and you play a part in them so I guess they are, but they’re a far cry from XP and d20s.

This game is called Flesh of the Gods, it’s a way to collectively create a pantheon and mythology. A way for Gods to get involved in the affairs of Man both vital and petty, and for them to end up with strange combinations of domains (Behold! It is I! The God of Sunlight, Poetry, and, er.. Plague).

A pantheon of Gods tell tales of their attributes and patronage.

Each player writes a:

– Divine domain (e.g. Storms, Agriculture, Cats)
– A treasured possession
– Body part

Players randomly select one domain, possession, and body part to create their God.

Players also write three prayers (i.e. requests of a God), these are shuffled into a deck. Prayers can be as grand, solemn, trifling, or selfish as you like.

The starting God is whoever last ate an apple. The player opposite is the Village Elder this round and draws a prayer. They beseech the God for aid, the God must use the powers of their domain to answer the prayer. The God to the Elder’s left jealously intrudes and adds a complication. The God to the beseeched God’s left uses their possession to help overcome the complication. The beseeched God now gains an additional domain based on the prayer and the next God is beseeched.

Second time around it is the Gods to the right of the Elder and beseeched God rather than the left.

On the final round no other Gods intervene, the beseeched God must sacrifice their body part in order to answer the prayer.

Myth Podcast

October 17, 2016

I’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts at work recently and feel compelled to recommend Myth Podcast.

This is a weekly podcast telling legendary stories as closely to the originals as possible. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.

These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.

Thanks to Myth Podcast I finally know the plot of the Nibelung. I have books of Arthur Rackham’s art, I know the influences on Tolkien, and I’ve seen What’s Opera, Doc? more times than I can count but I still didn’t really know how just how many characters have names that start with Sig and how they’re all related. It’s really good. I thought once Fafnir was slain (the one part I knew relatively well) that I might not be too fussed about how it went but it’s really good. And that’s just one episode arc.

It’s well researched and well told, Jason collects and tells stories and sagas from around the world so you get a nice mix of stories. Most episodes are 30-40 minutes, they have just the right amount of witty observation, and each finishes with a Monster of the Week. There are some 40+ episodes up already, plus if you want to get your hands on more content (and support Jason) for just $5 a month you can get bonus episodes and source texts.

Song of the Sea

March 30, 2016

The most beautiful, magical, delightful film I’ve seen in a good while.

In heaven

May 28, 2015

Thanks to @tcarmody for the reminder this tweet exists.

Interpretatio germanica

May 20, 2015

I’m surprised I’ve never thought about this before:

More on Odin/Mercury from Wikipedia:

Scholars have noted, most recently Anthony Birley, that Odin’s apparent identification with Mercury has little to do with Mercury’s classical role of being messenger of the gods, but appears to be due to Mercury’s role of psychopomp. Other contemporary evidence may also have led to the equation of Odin with Mercury; Odin, like Mercury, may have at this time already been pictured with a staff and hat, may have been considered a trader god, and the two may have been seen as parallel in their roles as wandering deities.

For the week in full:

  • Monday/Lundi = Máni (personification of the Moon)/Luna (the Moon)
  • Tuesday/Mardi = Tyr/Mars (both Gods of War)
  • Wednesday/Mercredi = Woden/Mercury (as above)
  • Thursday/Jeudi = Thor/Jupiter (thunderbolts and lightning…)
  • Friday/Vendredi = Frigg/Venus (love)
  • Saturday/Samedi = Saturn/Day of Sabbath
  • Sunday/Dimanche = Sunna (personification of the Sun)/Day of God

Infection

March 14, 2015

Model the spread of a zombie outbreak in the US with this handy tool. Settings available for bite/death ratio and zombie speed.

Spoiler alert: It would probably take longer than fiction would have us believe. Also, zombies aren’t real. But that hasn’t stopped me noting that my neighbour over the road has a katana/wakizashi pair in their front bedroom should I ever need to Michonne up.