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."

Saturday, December 1, 2012

D&D at the Royal Ontario Museum

I've long thought that roleplaying games would be an outstanding tool for museum programming and it turns out that some other visionary thought so, too, and actually made it happen.

The Royal Ontario Museum is hosting a Saturday morning D&D campaign for kids 11-14 years old, which utilizes material from the collections to teach kids about myths, monsters, and weapons of ancient cultures.  Talk about a great way to bring history alive!  I wish something like this had been around when I was a kid.

4 comments:

Tim Shorts said...

They never do anything cool around here like that. A few years ago I approached our local library about running a game in one of the side rooms they rarely use. They came up with several excuses, one of them being that they might need the room for something important. I go there fairly often and seen the rooms in use once over the past few years. The one librarian (a guy) said he was afraid it inspired to much controversy. I didn't feel like arguing. I just shrugged my shoulders and said its was too bad, that a library of all things, should shy away from something that might be controversial. People learning a game and having fun. We can't have such nonsense like that.

Trey said...

Wow. That is cool.

jbeltman said...

What's more is that someone is going to get paid for dungeon mastering! What a fun job.

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