A Colder War

K-ThuluWhile looking for some inspiration for a Call of Cthulhu adventure I stumbled upon Charles Stross’ short story “A Colder War“. The story is set into an alternative timeline that follows the events in Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. The novellete’s protagonist is the CIA analyst Roger Jourgensen who lives in a world that is on the brink of mutual assured destruction. And this time the world powers have more than mere nuclear weapons in their arsenals. But I don’t want to spoil the story here, so if you haven’t read “A Colder War” yet, please do so before continuing. You have been warned!

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D&D Character Builder is now in Open Beta

DDI Non-subscribers rejoice! Wizards of the Coast has decided to make the D&D Character Builder beta version available to non-subscribers too. You can get the downloader for the latest version from here. The installation process is a bit complicated though. After you run this “downloader”, it starts to download and installs the real install files (including the most recent version of the .NET Framework). Expect to have to restart your machine to complete the process.
According to what I’ve read the Character Builder open beta includes the same feature subscribers currently get. You can create all kinds of D&D 4th Edition characters up to level 3, which is pretty nice for a free beta product.
I haven’t had the time to test it properly, so a proper review has to wait. And I hope that the new classes and class options that were introduced in recent releases (like the Swordmage etc.) are already part of this software package. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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