In defiance of the prevailing financial gloom wrought upon my beloved country by Jonah McDoom and his caterpillar-balancing sock puppet I have recently been stimulating the toys, games and trinkets part of the international economy. As a result of point-&-click witchcraft (although the chain of cause and effect is tenuous at best) more stuff has manifested from the boundless tat bazaars of the electroweb:
- Labyrinth Lord, Goblinoid Games pretty purple edition
(capsule review: "Mmmmmmmmm")
- Northwest of Earth by C. L. Moore, Paizo Planet Stories edition
(capsule review: the woman had issues with women)
- The Right Hand of Doom and other stories of Soloman Kane by R. E. Howard, Wordsworth Editions
(capsule review: grim, dark, dark, spooky, grim. Also, grim)
- Also received - and faster than I would have thought possible given that the author has to swedge to the Post Office through neck-high snowdrifts and swarms of ravening blood-crazed Moomins - Green Devil Face #1 + #2 by James E. Raggi 4th and others
(capsule review: These are delicious, and fill my cold black DM's heart with an infernal glee)
In other news: The first quadrant of Level 1 of the Vaults is just about complete, as is an accompanying sub-level I've dubbed Zeno's Dollhouse. The former has been something of a slog, with re-writes, re-mappings, tantrums and tears before bedtime, the whole shebang. In fact there's probably a whole blog post worth of drama in there... The latter (annoyingly) popped into place fully formed and sat there looking smug at me.
Both chunks of murderous tunnelised doom use the already famous One Page Dungeon template (no, I shaln't be entering the competition: I have quite enough trouble with my own dungeon thanks), said template being liberally sprinkled with unoriginal ideas nabbed from here, there and everywhere. All I have to do is work out how to make a decent-looking map ("I am teh suk"), and onto orbitfiles they'll go for perusal and mockery.