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‘Eve the Illusionist’ — “Red Dragon Inn” (Slugfest Games)

You are among a par­ty of hard-work­ing and hard-play­ing adven­tur­ers. Your par­ty just got back from a hard adven­ture delv­ing into ruins, fight­ing filthy crea­tures and find­ing lots of gold. You all got back to civ­i­liza­tion, and, after get­ting your armor and weapons fixed, replen­ish­ing your sup­plies and pay­ing off any old debts, its now time to par­ty.

Well, at least that’s the intent, and that’s the theme of the game “Red Drag­on Inn” by Slugfest Games. In it, play­ers select one of the adven­tur­ers and attempt to drink the oth­er char­ac­ters under the table or man­age to ‘acquire’ their gold dur­ing their stay in the pub­lic room of the Red Drag­on Inn. Nat­u­ral­ly, the oth­er char­ac­ters are try­ing to do the same thing. The cliché char­ac­ter types include such char­ac­ters as Fiona the Volatile, Dier­dre the Priest­ess, Zot the Wiz­ard (with Pooky, his psy­chot­ic rab­bit famil­iar), Ger­ki the Sneak and Dim­li the Dwarf. But the one that caught my atten­tion was Eve the Illu­sion­ist and one of the cards that the play­er can use dur­ing play.

Eve defies descrip­tion, most­ly because no one knows exact­ly what she real­ly looks like with­out her illu­sions. Her pow­ers have saved her fel­low adven­tur­ers count­less times from extreme­ly gullible monsters.

The Good: Eve is a very skilled Illusionist.

The Bad: She’s been known to use her skills on her fel­low par­ty mem­bers when she gets bored.

Sounds like my kind of character.

And the par­tic­u­lar card? It is this:

Eve the Illu­sion­ist is one of the char­ac­ters in the first expan­sion set (which has been updat­ed, as the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter set was under­pow­ered) to the orig­i­nal game, which now also has a sec­ond expan­sion set. Its a fast and fun game that takes sev­er­al amus­ing lib­er­ties with the whole dun­geoneer­ing trope and for that rea­son alone I plan on get­ting copies of all three at some time.

Enchantress — Diablo III

The “Dia­blo III” game is one of the most antic­i­pat­ed com­put­er games of the recent past. Fif­teen years after the orig­i­nal game, and lat­er, its even­tu­al sequel, Dia­blo III is now in the hands of eager gamers across the world.

And one of the things they will find in this edi­tion of the game is the avail­abil­i­ty of fol­low­ers: hench­men, so to speak, and one of them is an enchantress named Eire­na. An enchantress that is ful­ly capa­ble of hyp­not­ic magic.

Eire­na’s bewitch­ing spells mean doom for your foes – she can force them into a dream­like trance or turn them against one anoth­er, ren­der­ing them eas­i­er to kill.

Eire­na offers ranged sup­port, large­ly spells … to dis­ori­ent her ene­mies and pro­tect her allies. Her illu­sion­ary mag­ic does­n’t deal a tremen­dous amount of dam­age; instead, it focus­es on twist­ing and warp­ing the minds of others.

More­over, her mag­i­cal equip­ment car­ries over the hyp­not­ic imagery

Eire­na’s unique equip­ment – enchant­ment focus­es asso­ci­at­ed with scry­ing and hyp­no­tism, like eyes and mir­rors – recalls the ancient mys­ti­cism of her order, pro­vid­ing her with potent increas­es to her abilities.

While I played Dia­blo and Dia­blo II, I am now firm­ly ensconced in play­ing Guild­Wars where I can actu­al­ly play a char­ac­ter pro­fes­sion that casts hyp­not­ic mag­ic (and also have one as a fol­low­er.) How­ev­er, I may give Dia­blo III a sec­ond look.

More infor­ma­tion on the Enchantress and the game of Dia­blo III in gen­er­al can be found here.

“Dungeons & Dragons” — The Hypnotic Side

When Dave Arne­son showed Gary Gygax the new game he and his friends were play­ing, it prob­a­bly did­n’t occurr to either that they were on the brink of cre­at­ing not only a new game but an entire­ly new type of game, result­ing in a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new gam­ing industry.

Dave Arne­son took the tra­di­tion­al minia­ture game, where minia­tures rep­re­sent­ed groups of indi­vid­u­als and start­ed using them to rep­re­sent indi­vid­u­als. He also added the ele­ments of char­ac­ter class­es and expe­ri­ence lev­els, allow­ing for char­ac­ter spe­cial­iza­tion and growith. This was a rev­o­lu­tion, in that play­ers could project them­selves into the char­ac­ter, devel­op­ing them over time and play. Since both he and Gary Gygax were avid mina­ture ship game play­ers, he shjowed Gary his game and togeth­er they cre­at­ed Dun­geons & Drag­ons.

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The “Lensman” Series by ‘Doc’ E E Smith

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Descrip­tion: The “Lens­man” series by ‘Doc’ E E Smith is one of the clas­sics of the pulp era of sci­ence fic­tion. A bat­tle between Impos­si­ble oppo­sites, with whole civ­i­liza­tions as pawns and coun­ters in the game. There are bat­tles in space between fleets so large they dwarf whole solar sys­tems, weapons so immense as to stag­ger the imag­i­na­tion, and crim­i­nal con­spir­a­cies that cov­ered galaxies.

Yet at the cen­ter of the series was the bat­tle between the sup­port­ive men­tal giants of the plan­et Arisia and the con­quer­ing Eddo­ri­ans from anoth­er uni­verse. The Arisians find the Eddo­ri­ans too tough to take on them­selves, but find their relent­less phi­los­o­phy of con­quest unpalat­i­ble, and resolve to oppose them. To that end, the Arisians began a slow, mil­lions of years long project to pro­duce the men­tal pow­er need­ed to final­ly elim­i­nate the Eddorians.That tale, told in var­i­ous stages, makes up the sto­ry line.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “The “Lens­man” Series by ‘Doc’ E E Smith”

“Warriors of Illusion”

His­to­ry: The name ‘Jack Kir­by’ is be one that every comics fan should imme­di­ate­ly rec­og­nize: the artist behind the cre­ation of some of the most rec­og­niz­able comics char­ac­ters ever, such as Cap­tain Amer­i­ca, the Fan­tas­tic Four, the Incred­i­ble Hulk, the Uncan­ny X‑Men., as well as draw­ing just about every major comics char­ac­ter in exis­tence for just about every comics com­pa­ny around. He was called Jack “The King” Kir­by and “The King of Comics“1 and deserved ever acco­lade giv­en him.

But there was a time when he was­n’t work­ing in the comics indus­try. Dis­af­fect­ed with both Mar­vel and DC, he went to Hol­ly­wood and worked for the Ruby-Spears ani­ma­tion com­pa­ny, where he helped cre­ate the visu­als for such ani­mat­ed series as “Thun­darr the Bar­bar­ian” 2 and “Mis­ter T” 3. But that was­n’t all he did: he cre­at­ed a large set of pre­lim­i­nary art­work for a num­ber of oth­er char­ac­ters and groups which have not seen the light of day until recently.

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