“THAC0” appears in the 5e PHB!

Came across this (admittedly extremely old-school gamer nerdy) Easter egg the other day while scouring the index in the back of the D&D 5th edition Player’s Handbook for something else entirely:

THAC0

I was already aware of the “couch gag”-style blurbs that appear at the front of each book because I’m just the type of person who looks at that part of the book; but I hadn’t heard about THAC0 being included as entry in the index. Sure, it just redirects you to the entry for “attack roll,” but the fact that it actually appears in printed form at all serves both as an inside joke for old-school gamers that’s sure to confound anyone who started playing D&D with 3rd Edition and later, and further indication of Wizard’s dedication to reaching out and reuniting D&D players under one banner.

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The Margravate of Greifshold

I wanted to share this beautiful map created by fellow blogger DaggerAndBrush. He’s creating a rich background as well, detailing many of the locations depicted on the map, along with the history of the region, making it a great setting for an RPG. You can learn more about his work over at his Patreon Page.

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“Area Map of the Margravate of Greifshold” by DaggerAndBrush © 2017

LVO 2017 Cephalyx Table

I came across this incredible table from this year’s LVO today, made by Tyson Koch of FigurePainters.com:

If you are at all into miniatures, you should seriously check out the tutorial just to get a better look at that thing in the large tank in the back.

In addition to the pics, he’s also created a detailed step-by-step of how he made it! From custom molds, to water effects, to LEDs, to dry ice, this thing is a masterclass showcase of just about every terrain-making technique and material known to man. Awesome work, Tyson!

Some Levity As We Exit 2016

Apparently, you can drive from the Shire to Mordor in less than two and a half hours. Of course, Frodo and company were on foot, had to dodge Nazgul for significant parts of the journey, and took the long route over the mountains, before doubling back and going under them instead, so it’s understandable that it took them a few months.

The Real-World Inspiration for GW’s Hive Cities?

I learn the most interesting things from the random stuff that shows up in my Facebook feed. Tonight I came across the Kowloon Walled City, a real place that existed in Hong Kong until it was demolished in 1993. No need to say much about it here since a simple search will yield enough info to keep you busy for hours, except that I strongly suspect that this was at least part of the inspiration for the hive cities in Warhammer 40k. Just look at the pictures to see what I mean.

 

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Real-life version

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Grimdark version

Of course, this being GW, they cranked things up to 11, with their version being populated by upwards of billions of inhabitants; the real-world version boasted a much more modest 33,000 at its peak. And there are probably lots and lots of skulls littering that thing too, you just can’t see them from this distance.