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Enchantment and Illusionism

Enchantment: Fire in the Mind” and “Illusionism: Smoke and Mirrors” by Mongoose Publishing. Two “Encyclopedia: Arcane” supplements for the 3rd Edition of Dungeon & Dragons for their respective schools of wizardry.

These books were written to augment D&D with additional spells, magic items, feats and prestige classes. This was possible because of the Open Gaming and D20 Licenses for 3rd edition D&D by Wizards of the Coast in the early 2000’s.

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The Third Circle” by Amanda Quick

Leona Hewitt has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum to retrieve a relic stolen from her family. But someone else is in the dimly lit gallery on the same errand: a tall, black cloaked man whose very voice is enough to cause her to fall into a trance.

Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with psychic gifts, is accustomed to fearful reactions from others—women, in particular. After all, a man who can control the minds of others could rob a lady of her virtue—completely unbeknownst to her. But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A gifted crystal worker, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. And she is determined to keep the coveted crystal they manage to recover by giving him the slip at a run-down London inn.

Thaddeus, on assignment for the Arcane Society, knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal. A source of remarkable energy, it holds the potential for great destruction. Lord Delbridge has already killed to acquire the crystal, his key to membership in the élite, shadowy group known as the Third Circle. And, with the help of a ruthless hunter of preternatural skill — dubbed the Midnight Monster by the press — Delbridge intends to find Leona. With the stolen crystal in their possession, the danger is only beginning.

Two very driven individuals, both with agendas that set them against each other, both with passions that draw them together.

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New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 10

A very disappointing week: I watched two of the teams I work for lose two games each this weekend, three of them by letting the other team catch up and take the lead in the last minutes. Then there was the problems I’ve been having recording material for a client, which I will have to record again this week, making it the third time for these same tracks.

Plus doing all this left little time for anything else. Thus no real updates this week.

New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 09

I normally do most of the work for the blog on the weekends.

This last weekend was not a normal weekend.

Three events, two dinners, two meetings and a birthday party, plus working on editing a series of recordings for a client. Not much room for anything else. I was able to put together the weekly blog post on Friday because it was a book I just re-read. About the only other thing I was able to do was renew “Incognito” at the library because I wasn’t finished reading it. So annoying but that’s life.

Changes: I have a number of websites and pages open in my browser for eventual posting in the blog. I have decided to change that and mention them in my Twitter feed with the hashtag “#HypKnow” from now on. That saves me having to write something witty about the page while still drawing people’s attention to it.

New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 08

Reading: I am finding “Incognito: the Secret Lives of the Brain” difficult to read for any length of time, based on my activity. Its a book that I really ought to spend a couple of hours just reading and cogitating about.

Research: In the category of “better late than never” comes “Doctor Volutpua” an NSFW webcomic about the comedy involved with an endowed psychologist dealing in sexual difficulties. Alas, as soon as word about it hit the major reporting sites, the creator of the series announced that he was putting it on hiatus.

Which is rather a shame considering the humor involved.

Next week is likely to be pretty busy: I recorded five different sessions on Saturday that will have to be edited down and combined with other elements for a series of CDs. That and three other events this week are all leading up to busy week.

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