Posted by: Mark | November 29, 2021

Ye Olde Tavern & Pawn Shop

I know I said that the underground temple would be the end of these but I thought it would be good to have the players buy supplies at the end of their session.

This is a pretty basic tavern but it has a pawn shop/store. At first I wondered why this would be out in the middle of nowhere but then, in Dungeons and Dragons, so many adventurers would be lugging loot out of the underdark that it makes economic sense.

I have until Friday to work out any snags.

Posted by: Mark | November 29, 2021

Clark Ashton Smith Review: The Testament of Athammaus

Years ago, I wrote a story about a highway man who was decapitated by a reluctant sheriff. The outlaw continued his life existence of crime. It wasn’t very good and I never even tried to sell it. Everyone knows Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman but Smith also created a criminal who had his head chopped off.
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Posted by: Mark | November 29, 2021

Last Monday

I have two more final classes on Thursday but this was my last Monday class and not surprisingly the last class of November.

It’s about this time when I start to realize everything I’ve done wrong over the semester. Now I’ll think of new things to do next semester so I can reflect how they didn’t work next May.

Posted by: Mark | November 28, 2021

Clark Ashton Smith Review: A Good Embalmer

In Smith’s collection, The Door to Saturn, the three shortest stories are four pages long apiece. One, “The Willow Landscape,” was strong and effective. The next, “The Justice of the Elephant,” was decent enough. The third, “The Good Embalmer,” makes me thankful that there were only three.
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Posted by: Mark | November 27, 2021

Clark Ashton Smith Review: The City of the Singing Flame

Although he varied his plot lines overall, Smith did have a formula for a type of story:
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Posted by: Mark | November 26, 2021

Underground Temple

If the players escape the hermit and the pirates, they’ll come to a temple of Clephe, staffed by a single blind naga. She will beg the characters to descend to the abandoned, underground temple for items she left there years ago.

If they accept, they’ll have a short adventure and most likely free an ancient evil that has been imprisoned there for centuries.

I hope this sets up future sessions and will let the players decide which villain to face next.

Posted by: Mark | November 26, 2021

Resolution Update 47

Just over a month left in 2021 and I’m far behind on many resolutions. This could end up as my worst year since 2016.

Unlike last year, I don’t have to work on Black Friday. I’d be thankful if it wasn’t because the store is cutting my hours to get me to quit. No great loss.
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Posted by: Mark | November 26, 2021

Resolution 14

After adding a 13th resolution on November 9, I’m compounding the silliness by adding a 14th today.

I didn’t do the math, but, a few posts ago, I broke my 11th resolution (another late add-on) of reading another 75 Lovecraftian stories. That makes 150 for the year, earning me a free Cthulhu tote bag from Yog-Soggoth Industries.

To pad my stats, keep things interesting, my fourteenth resolution is to read another 35 Lovecraftian stories. If I wasn’t doing so badly with other resolutions, I would make it 50 so all three resolutions would add up to 200, but I don’t have a chance with 50 in 35 days.

If only I were doing so well with resolutions involving physical activity.

Posted by: Mark | November 25, 2021

Clark Ashton Smith Review: The Return of the Sorcerer

Smith wrote “The Return of the Sorcerer” after telling Lovecraft that “I seem to have had quite an influx of ghastly and gruesome ideas lately.”
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Posted by: Mark | November 24, 2021

Clark Ashton Smith Review: The Justice of the Elephant

This is another of Smith’s stories that is not fantasy or science fiction. It could be classified as horror but I think is better described as Arabian night adventure. As I mentioned in “The Kiss of Zoraida” and “The Ghoul,” this genre used to be popular before politics killed the market.
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