- It's my birthday!
- I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Ed Greenwood Presents: Elminster's Forgotten Realms... but there's been some error at Amazon and it hasn't shown up. Crap. My comics & gaming shop got it two weeks early, but I'd rather save the money. I plan on doing a very thorough review once it does arrive.
- I've also been anxiously awaiting the possible recovery of my family copies of Time-Life Books' The Old West series -- in particular The Spanish West. I wonder why?
- The winner of the poll -- by a margin of all three votes cast -- is "Bandits of El Camino Real." I'm pleased with this choice. Robin favored "highwaymen" and I favored "Old California," so this is a good compromise. (As a side note, Johnston McCulley used "highwayman" throughout The Curse of Capistrano, but I always see Dennis Moore whenever I see that word.)
- I'm still having fun with D&D Next. (I don't know what's wrong with the rest of the blogosphere.) We've moved the game to Waterdeep to open up role-playing opportunities and give me a chance to finally use my The Ruins of Undermountain set I bought back in 1991. Seriously, this is the first time in 21 years I've really used it -- and the first time I've actually run a megadungeon, for that matter.
- Seriously, Disney, why haven't you released an album of the "Zorro" music? iTunes has the score for the weird-ass Alain Delon film and the '90s Family Channel series! Why can't we get the good soundtrack?!
- There are four hosts of angels in the Regency/Gothic universe: the host of heaven, the host of Hell (demons and devils), the Watchers (who became the pagan gods), and the fairies. There hasn't been much development of fairies in Savage Worlds, so I need to work them up.
- I'm still dissatisfied with how powerful Persuasion is in a setting revolving around social interaction. I'm thinking of combining in Dramatic Tasks. How many successes do you need to persuade a hostile target to do something against his best interest?