Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reviews from R'lyeh

I want to take the opportunity to plug Pookie's blog, Reviews from R'lyeh, which provides detailed and insightful reviews of many game products of interest, with special emphasis on those with a Lovecraftian theme.

I first encountered Pookie's reviews more than ten years ago, where his insanely prolific game reviews appeared weekly in Steve Jackson Games' Pyramid Magazine .  Given the varied and diverse tastes of gamers, finding a reviewer that you trust is as tricky and ultimately rewarding as finding comfortable shoes, and it is a testament to how similar his tastes and opinions are to mine that Pookie has never steered me wrong in any of the numerous reviews I've read.

Anyone who wants a rock-solid, detailed review - particularly if you're interested in Lovecraftian game products, you check this blog out.

1 comment:

P. S. Mangus said...

Pookie is now on my blog roll. Thanks for the heads up!