Faeruniladium (fā-rūnʹ-ĭ-lāʺ-dī-ŭm)

January 17, 2006

Faeruniladium (n): The name used to describe the combination of two very different fantasy campaign settings: Faerun of Forgotten Realms (Wizards of the Coast) and… uh, does the continent even have a name in Palladium Fantasy (Palladium Books)? While this term was not coined by myself for once, it serves as an accurate representation of what is being done. If you need to ask why it’s being done, you’d best stop reading now…

“Faeruniladium” fits for one because it’s hard to say, hard to read, and hard to spell; nothing else about this conversion has been easy, why should the name? Secondly, the name is completely Faerun with a hefty smidgeon of Palladium tacked onto the end, which is pretty much how the conversion has gone so far… It’s been a parlor trick of slipping completely non-Faerunian elements (somewhat) seamlessly into the Campaign Setting while preserving the Palladium-specific elements that we all really liked and making room for the characters we wanted to play. This is what we’ve got so far…

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The Gods Must Be Crazy…

January 13, 2006

Now by “Gods” I mean the Wizards of the Coast R&D team, in this instance. It seems that these good folks have opened a continuous submission deadline for freelance designers and developers via a standardized application process. The task: Design a 2,500- to 4,000-word D&D adventure, then design a specific game element (feat, spell, or magic item) to accompany it. To imply that this opportunity represents the first step towards a dream-come-true for me is understatement… I just hope that no one from the review team glances over this site in the coming months…!

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Psionic Cheese

January 11, 2006

So I was going through the Expanded Psionics Handbook recently, and in true nerdly fashion, found myself mentally rewriting several core aspects of the book. Classes, feats, skills; naught but the powers remained untouched. Well, I didn’t spend much time on them, at least. In talking with several other collaborators, who will remain nameless, we came to the determination that there were lobotomies required all around…

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Inaugural Post!

January 10, 2006

Howdy. This is the Mixed Nut Farm, where we grow the finest and best-mixed nuts and ship them directly to your web browser. If you’ve never encountered one of our fine mixed nuts, you’ll find them scattered about the country in alternative bookstores and coffee shops, yammering in a seemingly incomprehensible language about fantastical characters and situations well beyond the realm of reality.

Yes, we are gamers. Here be dragons, books, dice, and – occasionally – heaping piles of creativity. Anyone reading the posts in this blog should be prepared for a heavy dose of nerdiness. You have been warned.