I just wanted to give my thanks for all the love you’ve shown for my little comic Wolves, so here’s a drawing!
This is Sawl! He is a giant who wishes he was a knight. He is small for a giant but large for a man, so he makes his armor out of roof tiles, rope, and a cauldron for his head.
Another piece for German GQ. The article was about dreams and fantasies (sometimes in the midst of unpleasant situations). Personally, I enjoy my dragons with a hint of moustache.
Tolkien is the wen on the arse of fantasy literature. His oeuvre is massive and contagious - you can’t ignore it, so don’t even try. The best you can do is consciously try to lance the boil. And there’s a lot to dislike - his cod-Wagnerian pomposity, his boys-own-adventure glorying in war, his small-minded and reactionary love for hierarchical status-quos, his belief in absolute morality that blurs moral and political complexity. Tolkien’s clichés - elves ‘n’ dwarfs ‘n’ magic rings - have spread like viruses. He wrote that the function of fantasy was ‘consolation’, thereby making it an article of policy that a fantasy writer should mollycoddle the reader.
—China Mieville, found via Boing Boing
(Source: Boing Boing)
This requires a shift of perception for some people, but I’ve found it valuable, when crafting my own campaigns, to keep it in mind: Even though the PCs inhabit a world where there are many higher level characters, once they’ve gotten past 5th level or so, they are truly special individuals. They will be noticed. Their accomplishments will be (and should be) things which would enshrine them in the legends of our world. It’s OK for them to excel.
—Justin Alexander in his essay “D&D:Calibrating Your Expectations.” I think this analysis of DCs and character levels in 3rd Edition D&D hit me at just the right moment.
Christopher Cudby draws a Sussurus from the AD&D Fiend Folio