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Award-winning TTRPG designer/idiot Currently working on HIS MAJESTY THE WORM, a tarot-based dungeon crawler -
Oct 20, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
It's a real shame that the flaming sword has been reduced to a vanilla, boring, stock magic item. In a random Pathfinder game, I might actually be disappointed if the GM gave me one.

A flaming sword has the potential to be *so cool.*

Here's how I'd put the magic back in:
🧵 First, I mean, just think about how it'd *feel* to wield one.

"The fire roils off of the blade. As you test the blade, the flames trail along the arc of your swing. It's so bright it almost hurts to look at. Your companions have become detail-less shadows in its brightness."
Sep 17, 2021 9 tweets 1 min read
It's lame when you can choose X additional starting languages and the choices don't matter. "I can speak Elven and Goblin," doesn't mean anything if you never see elves and goblins.

I'm a big fan of languages that have broad uses. Here's some I've come up with. Looking for more Common can be understood by everyone. Literally everyone. It's a magical language that forces its meaning into your brain. If you don't speak Common, this is very uncomfortable.
Aug 27, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
People seemed to like the Tolkien art thread yesterday, so here's a another one.

The international editions of the Hobbit are funny things. Fantasy conventions haven't yet been established. Each illustrator filters the translated terms through their national fairy tale lens. Image The result is bizarre but charming.

What did fantasy look like before Tolkien? How did people picture elves, dwarves, dragons, goblins?

Tove Jansson, who made my beloved Moomin, pictured Gollum as some sort of huge lily-pad wearing giant Image
Aug 26, 2021 16 tweets 7 min read
Y'all know this account is like 50% RPGs/50% yelling about Tolkien. Time for some Tolkien hollering today.

This week I found two new-to-me Tolkien illustrators: Anato Finnstark and Denis Gordeev.

A thread of me yelling about why I like their art. First, Anato Finnstark
All pics from their Artstation:

Has a real focus on servants of the Shadow, contrasting with the bright vivid colors of Middle-earth. He pulls on threads of details (like the crown of the Witch King) and evokes them in other scenes