Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What Would Aragorn Do?

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I Am A: Neutral Good Human Ranger (6th Level)

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Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

This is pretty accurate, I played a ranger in my last RPG and while a lazy, shiftless miser, I ended up being the only person concerned with morals. We had no allies because we backstabbed everyone, and eventually were destroyed because of it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sully, remember when I said it was my last post?

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This is a shirt for the U.S. grind metal band "Crom," introduced to me by the excellent CROM! Conan-related blog. I can imagine a fat LARPer wearing this shirt.

Monday, October 5, 2009

all good things must end

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I'm not sure if there's a compelling reason to keep this side blog open. I am content to let my freak flag fly. Please follow Pluck You, Too! if you don't already. The content normally going here will be there instead.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Queen of Denmark and the Hobbit

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Queen Margerthe II of Denmark illustrates and paints under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer, and her woodcut style art was used to illustrate some editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
I think they are excellent depictions that inspire the imagination instead of replacing it.
And they place the story in a realm of myth and Dark Age lost history that makes it seem even more alive. They were used in the 1977 and 2007 editions, and I'm looking for a copy.
Pretty cool. America's leader might read Conan comics, but Denmark's illustrated Tolkien. They have out-nerded us! We must not have a nerd gap!! Thanks to my pal Sonny for educating me on this and finding these illos.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

he rules with a mighty sword and a troubled brow

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Arnold admitted on Twitter that he keeps the sword from Conan the Barbarian in the Governor's office, which is the awesomest thing ever. This is how you cut spending!

I saw this from his Twitter feed, but over at Crom! the Ultimate Conan fan blog, they have more photos of his office.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tommy Salami on MAD TV

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thundarr the Barbarian

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Thundarr the Barbarian! In the year 1994 from out of space comes a runaway planet hurtling between the earth and the moon, unleashing cosmic destruction! Man's civilization is cast in ruin! 2000 years later, Earth is reborn. A strange new world rises from the old. A world of savagery, super-science, and sorcery! But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage and his fabulous sun sword against the forces of evil. He is Thundarr! The Barbarian!
Thundarr was a loincloth clad swordsman taken to bellowing outbursts like "Lords of Light! Demon dogs!" and cutting mechanized minions in half with his sun sword. Or the weapons of the bad guys. How I loved this show as a child. This was when you could watch R-rated movies like Conan the Barbarian and Escape from New York on HBO at all hours of the day, and Thundarr was a child-friendly amalgam of two of my favorite films. In the first episode, he fights a group of rat people called groundlings led by the evil sorcerer Gemini in the subway tunnels of "the Ruins of Manhatt," so how could you not be hooked? Sure Thundarr sounds more like a '60s era Indian brave than Snake Plissken or Arnold, but Ookla, his Brak meets Chewbacca sidekick, makes him sound quite eloquent.

He was a lovable character, speaking only in snarls, and about as patient as the Incredible Hulk. In the first episode, Thundarr wants him to fly a helicopter, but he tears the steering wheel out, and kicks the controls out, and crashes it with a rather hilarious growl of triumph. What I liked best was how the show made kid-friendly versions of things like Alien and The Road Warrior, other favorites of mine. In the episode "Stalker from the Stars," a vampiric alien haunts an abandoned themepark and wraps its victims in webs. It looked a lot like the Alien. And several episodes had tribal thugs on Mad Max-esque vehicles. And of course, Thundarr's "sun sword" was a lot like a lightsaber.
The character designs were worked on by legend Jack Kirby and Alex Toth, and they look like fine art compared to many other cartoons of the era. I was watching them on my laptop but it just died, so my long post full of screenshots is just not meant to be! But I'd recommend giving them a second look if you have any nostalgia for them. They kick Orko and He-Man's ass for the somewhat subversive commentary on our civilization, and how many references they manage to cram in.
It's apparently memorable enough that people dress as Ariel for cosplay, and action figures were made.