Monday Pointers, August 1st Edition

D4: G+ Game Tips and FAQ for those going to Constantcon 2011
How big is Constantcon 2011? Big enough that my “I play RPGs as a social activity which means other people in a room not chatting on the Internet” self is going.

I may even try to run a game.

D6: My newly found blogging love
Very interesting ideas and very prolific.

D8: Orientalist Adventures
A very old (April 2008) post but one I read for the first time last week.  It really got me thinking and had me looking to buy a copy of AD&D OA, which I’ve never owned.  His challenge to use the old rules but just gut the meta-data (classes, spells, etc) has come to fruition at least once with Matt’s Pars Fortuna.  It would be interesting to do an Indian Adventures (IA) that was a mismash of everything from the Mahabharata forward.  Instead of cavaliers we’d have bow specialists who ride in chariots while the general fighter would remain the same.  Assassins (or thieves if just doing B/X versions) would be replaced by the thugee. I’m not knowledgeable enough to suggest variations of clerics (lots of options, but how to make them “Indian” in some generic western stereotype sense) or magic-users.

D10: Fantasy India D&D Resources

Someone gathered what they could find in physical books at Amazon though. He does mention the pdf only Sahasra which is for 3.5.  There are several books which are on my wish list.

D12: Need A New TV Series?
One last link on the India theme is this series from the late 80s of the Mahabharata.  I’ve watched the first episode and enjoyed it although I suspect I’m missing most of it.  Sadly, it is not on Netflix although Michael Woods’s The Story of India is (also in book form).  His  In Search of the Dark Ages and In Search of the Trojan War have been useful in the past (the former has no TV series, the later’s series is also on Netflix) and I suspect all of his books are a good source for GMs.

Artistic Inspiration: Warwick Globe

She took up the jewel in her hand, left the palace, and successfully reached the upper world

Warwick Globe was a children’s book illustrator of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. His specialties were exotic scenes of the Far East and fairy tales. Often appearing in Pearson’s Magazine he illustrated a number of early science fiction stories including many by Frederick Merrick White and a little tale called The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.

The above image is from a 1912 volume entitled Folk Tales of Bengal by Rev. Lal Behari Day.