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, August 2, 2012

A Couple Items of Interest

I meant to post this earlier, but the heat has made me apathetic and listless.  Anyway, if you haven't already heard, Reaper Miniatures has launched a Kickstarter to increase its line of Bones miniatures.  Because of the expense and time involved in sculpting and casting, miniatures lines tend to grow very slowly.  So they are trying out Kickstarter to well...kickstart bones into high gear.  The contributor perks are very nice, and you get an impressive number of miniatures at the $15 level; 36 goblins, kobolds, and rats - who doesn't need more of those?

I don't normally contribute to crowd-source campaigns, but I'm sorely tempted by this one.

 Also, you may have already heard that Paizo has put its Planet Stories line on hiatus due to poor sales.  This is truly unfortunate since the series has made many of the works of classic pulp authors available in print again.  However, the silver lining of this very dark cloud is that they are selling off their stock at bargain-basement prices.  Most of the books are going for $3.  I just ordered a dozen for a mere $36, which should keeping me in reading material for the rest of the summer and well into autumn.

You can check out the sale by clicking the link above, and stock up on great books.  I don't imagine supplies will last long at this price.


Tim Shorts said...

Sounds interesting Sean. I wish I had the room for miniatures. I used to have a bunch. Still, its this kind of kickstarter that makes me think about tossing out stuff so I can make room.

Sean Robson said...

Hi Tim; there's always room for miniatures! I'm reminded of Gideon Mantell, an early 19th century fossil hunter, whose collection grew so large he had to move his wife and children to a hotel to make room for it in the house. Now there's a hobbyist with his priorities straight. ;)

Trey said...

I need to seriously peruse that planet stories sale and see if there's something I'm missing.

Sean Robson said...

I should have been, but wasn't, a subscriber, so there were lots of them that I didn't have. I was able to finish off my collection of Leigh Brackett and Catherine Moore books, though.