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Orctober 2017 – Days 7 to 12

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Welcome back to my second post for October 2017. Like on my previous post,  This is a collection of my posts on social media celebrating all things orc in the month of October. I’m taking my cues form  a piece of art by the talented Mr. Claudio Pozas on Facebook. These correspond to weekend entries and the four so far, this week. I’m writing these on my phone, at night, without power, to stay distracted from all the chaos of the post-Hurricane María reconstruction. Apologies in advance if these have a few more typos than usual. I hope some of you find this interesting. I’d welcome your comments and critique. See you all soon!

#Orctober days 7, 8 and 9: Orc Bard, Orc Archer and Shadowrun Orc

Back from the weekend! I had intended to post over the last few days, but no power and iffy Internet connection post Hurricane María means you get a triple post today. And what a combination it is! I’m going for a narrative here, and today’s entry kind of throws me off for a loop. But Like I did for the Warcraft Orc, I have something in mind.

Don’t forget to visit the very talented Claudio Pozas’ FB page because he’s killing it with his daily orc drawings. He’s the reason I’m doing this. And now, on with the orc.

“Here drink this. Yes, we are in a wagon. How about that? You get hired as a porter and end up traveling in style. I know it hurts. Drink it all. It will take care of the cough. Let me continue my tale. Where were we? Oh yes!”

The gathered tribes lusted for battle. The orc army, unlike any the south had seen since the time of Kurgen Bloodbathed, marched upon the fields of Rose Garden. Across the fields waited the army of renowned military commander Hortense Gevalliene, the Duchess of Roses. Her cavalry had crushed her brother’s forces, her footmen taken the last garrison of her nephew in Sunfrost Bay, and the mercenary forces her vast treasure troves afforded her had made sure her father’s vassals knew their place. She was confident, sure of her victory over the largest orc army in human history.

But human memory is fickle, and the Duchess for all her education and knowledge, did not remember the Orc Wars of the past. Before the crowning of the King in Gersania, even before the construction of the grand cathedral to the Great Founders in Serissen, or the election of the Grand Master at the Library of Tesalon, humans fought side by side with the dwarves in the Orc Wars. Continue reading Orctober 2017 – Days 7 to 12

Orctober 2017 – Week 1 (Almost!)

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Just what is Orctober? I asked myself that very same question! The Urban dictionary defines it as a celebration of all things orc in October. I honestly have no idea of its origins beyond that. I follow the talented artist Claudio Pozas on Facebook and he posted a piece of art about #Orctober. It invited people to draw, sing or write about orcs. I found it an interesting challenge! Orc have never been my favorite fantasy species, so this was an interesting exercise for me. Also, I needed something to distract me from the post Hurricane María woes.

Once I had decided to participate then there was another problem. I can’t really draw that well (look at the following image and you’ll know!), so drawing for the challenge was out of the question. My singing is even worse. What else could I do? Write!

My version of an orc!

For the past six days (at the time I write this post), I’ve been sharing my #Orctober 2017 in social media. I’ve collected my first six contributions to #October on this post. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll collect the following days in a similar post. I welcome your feedback and invite you to join in in this month long orcish celebration. Continue reading Orctober 2017 – Week 1 (Almost!)

#RPGaDay2017 Day 30: Gaming Mixology

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Welcome dear reader to Day 30 of #RPGaDay2017. Tomorrow is the end for 2017. The month has just flown by! The topic for today’s discussion is:

August 30: What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

When you think about it, many mashups that come to mind are either already out there, in one form or another, and would be easy enough to adapt to an RPG. Space cowboys? From Firefly to Bravestar! Angel Miranda, from ARMR Studios mentioned a western-fantasy combination in his video for today, that’s a mix I’d certainly like to see, specially a fantasy world with western elements, not a fantastic version of the west. There are books and comics that meet the criteria of a western-fantasy mash up. There is an interesting a list here. Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 30: Gaming Mixology