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Poultrycanon’s Tiny Panic Room: The Mark of Exile

About the Mark of Exile: The venerable sages at the College of Obscure and Peculiar Texts (located right next to the Viinnco’s in Waterdeep’s scenic dockside marketplace, just upstairs from Mad Tshang’s All-You-Can-Stomach Crab Feed and Beer Hall) have been once again poking around in the Tiny Panic Room furiously attempting to decipher the scrawls, scrimshaws, decorative stains, and etchings of …

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Finding Inspiration: You’ve Iqued my Pinterest

So I have, like many people in this day of modern gosh-wow futurity, a Pinterest account. I stumbled upon it through the supreme Brownian motion of the webs and managed to misuse it for a few weeks until I realized I was doing it wrong and since then it has been a daily rest stop for me. Especially because of …

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The Book of Uncommonplace Things – Badge of Office

Badge of Office A magical token crafted as a tool and official symbol for a court official, sheriff, emissary, etc. Once per day the bearer may invoke the name of the person or office that the Badge of Office is sworn to and cast the Command spell in service of the office the badge represents. Anyone who is the target of …

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Poultrycanon’s Tiny Panic Room: A Safe Place to Hide

A word about Poultrycanon: The wizard that historians now know as Poultrycanon was born Hoban Temothey in the little town of Mudhugh-on-the-River (a mere twenty nautical miles from scenic Waterdeep) and spent his formative years first as a cheesmaker’s apprentice, then a glass blower’s apprentice and finally a potter’s apprentice. He enjoyed this idyllic if uninspiring life until the day …

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Manikins, A New Race For D&D 5th Edition Players

Manikins “Abel the Minstrel is generally considered to be the first artisan to have crafted a manikin. It is said that he was quite talented and had made a reputation for himself as a master puppeteer and an accomplished entertainer. His work was said to border on the simply fantastic. Unfortunately, such fame often attracts the attentions of people who …

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Podcast: TANIS

“Seeking Tanis. Runner available.” With these words you are led down a mysterious path chock full of: hidden cities, altered states of consciousness, shadowy corporations, supernatural phenomenon, cults, conspiracies, secret history, Baba Yaga, Jack Parsons, numbers stations, Dungeons & Dragons references, deep web spelunking, and serial killers. The TANIS podcast by Pacific Northwest Stories‘ own Nic Silver has a little …

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Very Tiny Amusements: Game of Thrones Character Arc Generator

For the inaugural edition of “Very Tiny Amusements” I will introduce incredibly small pieces of art-like analog gaming product. In today’s I present to you the Game of Thrones Character Arc Generator by John Atkinson of the Wrong Hands web comic. It is a fun little micro mini-game poking good natured fun at that hungry attention devouring beast we all love; …

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Strange Truths – Inuit Cartography

Maps have always been a passion of mine. They fascinate me and I love to make, adore and study them. The weirder the map though, the better. The Inuit people of Greenland have made some pretty weird maps. Carved of driftwood and made to fit inside a mitten, they are tactile maps which allow a traveler to navigate by running …

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Strange Truths – Radioactive Wild Boars of Japan

Wild radioactive boars are rampaging around northern Japan near Fukushima. This story falls solidly under the category of “if you can’t make something gameable out of this you aren’t even trying”. The beasts are savaging farms, breeding uncontrollably, eating radiation tainted crops, and hunters are piling the carcasses up faster than they can be safely disposed of. While reading it I …