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& Magazine / Bards!
« on: April 28, 2017, 02:06:39 PM »
Hey &MAG!  I was recently looking at a load of sources, including both the Monstrous Manual Online, issues of &MAG, and many blogs.  I found about a month or two ago many bloggers were talking bards;talking a lot of smack too.  One thing that I found none really focused on was that bards are the minute-takers, the ones who map, write down contacts, research things.  They also write down what the group learns from encounters!  I mean, sure, knowledge skill aside, they know stuff; but knowing the weaknesses of the H'Calos (immunity to gas, fire) that the party fought way back when might come in handy some day!  Or that strange silver cup with elven AND Dwarven runes in its hoard might be valuable information to someone.  I think a player, playing a bard, needs to be working on a wiki (or binder with tabs, or some sort of data notebook!  Sure, its not as glorious as the mage / fighter in combat, but the GM will be glad of the help, knowing that her players have the opportunity to know beforehand (or quickly the bard can recite!) how to identify and fight a lurker in darkness or some big ugly worm thing...Their magic can be in the song-storage of these facts, or whatever!  I don't know, but it seems like something that &MAG would remind us of with a bunch of great ideas!

& Magazine / Re: & Magazine Issue 13 is released into the wild!
« on: February 11, 2017, 11:08:36 AM »
The Persistent Paladin Problem by Duane VanderPol has really got me thinking about alignments and character classes.  It's funny, in a way I could really relate to the misconceptions facing the paladin class, not as a PC, but as a Catholic!  So many folks are under false impressions about who and what a Catholic churchgoer is; and there was a lot in this article that I found myself saying, "Yeah!".
I would love to see more of this kind of dissection of character classes that suffer from serious PR issues.  It really does open up the class for alternative realizations around the table.  You know, instead of Marvel's Vision being the paladin, really most if not all of the Avengers could be paladins, easily.  That's a huge difference, and one that can really open up the class.

& Magazine / Re: & Magazine Issue 13 is released into the wild!
« on: February 05, 2017, 08:43:25 AM »
Just recently discovered &Mag and I'm loving it!  Read issues 13, then 12, now into 1st.  Brown Elves from 13 got me creating a whole new regional sandbox, complete with the Inn from issue 12, with a few tweaks, o.c.
The Hex Crawls are such great idea sparkers!  Honestly, I haven't felt so in tune with a read since, well, the endless days and nights spent with my rules Cyclopaedia' ;-). Truly good stuff.  I would love to have these in print, haven't found anything on the site yet about getting these, but been too busy reading to look! 
Is there some way I can 'patreon' or donate monthly a small bit for this great stuff...I still buy CDs; so I feel bad getting free art, you know?!
Anyway, eagerly awaiting more, and diving back into the Game, probably the best part of finding &Mag...Over the last year or so I haven't gamed much at all, as inspiration goes, but now, look out!  Getting a hold of my group and ready to DM.
I really honestly want to thank everyone who works on &, for getting me back in!

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