Most of the info here relates to Mike's game, called "The Rass Game" after the family all the characters belong to, or "The Pavis Campaign" after the ancient, mostly ruined, perhaps resurgent desert city they live in. The game is a story now more than a decade old, following the Rass family from its dissolute past, fractured by one brother's scorn of the ancestors, to its dangerous, promising future as the leaders of the city. Along the way the newest members of the house have proven themselves by restoring their father to life, through great deeds in the Other Side and in battles both physical and magical.
In recognition of these victories, Will I Am, a strange proto-man who is at once all races and both sexes, has been recognized by the city priesthood as the Champion of Pavis.

And then sometimes we play pirates or the ignorant thanes of a backwoods clan mostly interested in stealing the neighbors' cattle.

And now a word from the other side

...where the game takes place on Friday night, runs until 3 AM, and, as the author says, No One Gives a Fuck.

Just to be clear, this is the antithesis of everything I love about gaming, and sure, exactly why I'm an elitist snob running a rarefied storytelling game I must pick through most of Virginia to find players for.

I wouldn't change a thing.

A Meditation on Pavis?

Shadow Cats

Name that View

drawing of elves in Shield Shake Hall

Great Zebra Exodus

The plains zebra, by far the most common and geographically widespread of the three, is featured in the film Great Zebra Exodus. Learn about zebra anatomy, diet, habitat, and social structure.

[From Video: Great Zebra Exodus | Watch Nature Online | PBS Video]

A Goal and a Warning

Just in case anyone is feeling complacent, or like I'm totally soft on the Heroes, I thought I would like to bring up this week's episode of Game of Thrones.

First, if you haven't been watching it, go back via netflix or bit torrent or whatever and watch the WHOLE THING from the START.

Second, know I plan to work hard to make each and every one of you players care deeply about some non-player character you have met in the game.

Third, and most ominous: I hope with all my heart that the climax of the Pavis campaign is as emotional as was the most recent episode.

Maori legend of man-eating bird is true

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With a wingspan of up to three metres and weighing 18kg, the female was twice as big as the largest living eagle, the Steller's sea eagle. And the bird's talons were as big as a tiger's claws. "It was certainly capable of swooping down and taking a child," said Paul Scofield, the curator of vertebrate zoology at the Canterbury Museum. "They had the ability to not only strike with their talons but to close the talons and put them through quite solid objects such as a pelvis. It was designed as a killing machine."

High in the Skyreach Mountains

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