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Source: Daryl “Daz” Toh Liem ZahnTumblr: tohdaryldeivantArt:
Not too long ago I mentioned commissioning some artwork for my Earthdawn group.  We’ve got one more session before the campaign wraps up, so the players decided to put this together as a gift for our GM (the bartender you see in the background.)
It’s been great to work with Daz and he’s now working on another piece for the Star Wars campaign I run.  I highly recommend you check his stuff out.

Source: Daryl “Daz” Toh Liem Zahn
Tumblr: tohdaryl

Not too long ago I mentioned commissioning some artwork for my Earthdawn group.  We’ve got one more session before the campaign wraps up, so the players decided to put this together as a gift for our GM (the bartender you see in the background.)

It’s been great to work with Daz and he’s now working on another piece for the Star Wars campaign I run.  I highly recommend you check his stuff out.

Day 10 of the 30-Day RPG meme: Most evil-aligned character

My NPCs as a GM aside, we were discussing D&D-style alignments of our Earthdawn campaign, trying to figure out who would be what.  I was determined that my Obsidiman Warrior/Horror Stalker would best be described as “Chaotic Stubborn.”  I only attacked a player character once, and that was after he had already attacked me.  I was a Questor (something like a cleric, only a Prestige class in Earthdawn), and I served Thystonius, who was basically the patron saint of fistfights.  I got extra points for starting fights with people, but I tried to make sure it never actually got in the way of our mission or quest.

Day 6 of the 30-Day RPG meme: Have you ever died?

In my first-ever Earthdawn campaign, I was more or less tortured to death.  I was a Lightbearer (a particular kind of prestige class) and they have an ability to case their memories and a portion of their abilities onto a party members.  So we roleplay it out, and the GM made me choose the party member I would cast the essence of my being into and I picked the other character that I thought was the most “noble.”  Then I recount my life story, or at least the primary motivating bits, to that character, explaining the magical corruption that had infected my family and that I was looking for a way to destroy the aberrations they had become.

It was painful for my character, and really upsetting for me to go through the whole backstory and perceptions of the group and our mission/campaign thus far, knowing that I wouldn’t ever get to fulfill those goals.  I had to try and impress on the other character that he should do those things, and send a part of my power into him as I died.  The GM told me I was dead, and that was more or less the end of the session.  I was pretty bummed out, because we were REALLY close to the end of the campaign.

I talked to the GM a few days later about what I needed to do about making a new character or if I would be able to finish out the campaign.  He looked really confused and then said, “Oh wait, didn’t I tell you?  It was a particular kind of illusionary magic.  Basically, you were bluffed into thinking you were dead.  You’re not actually dead, just show up with your regular sheet next time.  But because you really did think you were dead, <the other character> and you are now bonded mystically.”

I might have broke down crying.

So capitanoscaramuccio asked me my fancasts for my current d&d characters, which I thought was a pretty original idea.  So I’m in 3 different roleplaying campaigns right now.  Here are my fancasts for each:

1. Winter Remo - Human Scoundrel in Star Wars RCR

Remo was my main bad guy in the first story arc of my campaign.  He has 0 combat ability, with all of his points dedicated to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Sense Motive.  He was a chief spy in the Rebel Alliance, secretly working for the Empire to subvert it.  He was extremely charming, willing to work around the rules to help the players out, and was their primary friend and ally for most of the campaign.  Then they found out he was a bad guy.  The main reason they took the bait was because they knew my fancast for him was


2. Petros - Obsidiman Warrior & Horror Stalker in Earthdawn

Petros is the stereotypical meat shield, except he isn’t made of meat.  Obsidiman are somewhat similar to rock golems, but around 7-8 feet tall and with tough, harded skin similar to stone.  He has a bit of a one-track mind, focusing on ridding the land of the Horrors that are infecting it from the astral plane.  He has no problem starting a fight, or finishing a fight, or participating in it for just a little while in the middle.  He is more or less incapable of double-speak and doesn’t see the point in arguing over a point when you could just punch somebody instead.  Fancast for him is Ron Perlman.


3.  Victor - Pacifist Minister in Nova Praxis

Victor is an amnesiac with no memory of who he was before he woke up in a hospital bed about 4 months ago.  For those of you unfamiliar with Nova Praxis, it is a hard science fiction / transhumanist setting where humanity has abandoned the planet Earth and has settled in various colonies in our solar system and beyond.  It’s somewhat dystopic and reminds me somewhat of Shadowrun, only in space and without the magic.  After waking up in the hospital with no memory of who he is, he found refuge in a Salvation Army mission and attempts to minister to the poor, weak, or downtrodden.  He was kidnapped at the beginning of the campaign and is now trying to figure out why as well as piece together his past.  At the same time he is trying to minister to those he meets along the way, looking for ways to try and make their lives better.  My fancast for him is


No.  Not Jeff Bridges.

The Dude.

Hitting Circle 10 in Earthdawn

Me when I see how many Legend Points we got for our previous session: 

Me when I see how much LP stuff costs now:

Day 5 of the 30-Day RPG meme: Highest Level Character

Day 5: Who is your highest level character?

Petros, the Obsidiman Warrior

Right now in the Earthdawn campaign I’m playing I have a Circle 9 Warrior / Horror Stalker.  Of course, circles in Earthdawn are significantly more powerful than a standard level in a d20 campaign, so I’d say it’s more like being level 18//18 in a d20 campaign.  It’s super-sweet to deal 50-60 points of damage on a single attack.


this saturday i play in the LAST tabletop session of our Earthdawn campaign.

we started in early 2008 (i think?). we have played weekly, with very few missed sessions, for over six years.

i have literally been in this single campaign longer than i have even KNOWN my wife.

all kinds of feelz going on over here.

a)  Earthdawn is awesome.

b)  Yeah, ending those long-term campaigns can be really emotionally draining.  Out of curiousity, what circle are you?  We’re about 2 sessions away from the end of our Earthdawn campaign, although it hasn’t been going on nearly as long as yours.  We’re around Circle 9/10.

Trying Out Earthdawn


While at SpringGiving at Total Escape Games this last Saturday, I had a chance to try out the Earthdawn system for the first time.

Now I’ve heard of Earthdawn before this. I actually own a copy of the core rules (not sure what version though - definitely not the most current) and I knew a little…

I love Earthdawn so very much.  It’s one of the reasons I’ve never been able to fully invest in D&D.  The world and the mechanics fit together with each other so well, and you don’t have to know tons of history to understand how the world works.  Your character gets to discover/explore it at the same time as the player.

Also, the Step system is super awesome for damage-happy combat lovers.  It will definitely spoil you for any other game’s version of archers.


I think I have said this before in some capacity but I am so tired of druids and rangers and other nature hero types having fierce and traditionally charismatic predatory animal companions. I have had enough of wolves, hawks, bears, cats, foxes, dogs, etc.

Give me a nature hero with a deer. a battle deer.

Give me an agrarian druid with a cow, chicken, pig, or mule.

Give me someone with a snake. Not a big snake. Just a small snake. This is a very friendly, little snake. This person is not a villain. 

Give me a ranger with a turkey or pheasant, or a goose.

I was a Windling Beastmaster once (Earthdawn’s version of fairies) that road around on a Boar.  His name was Pumba.  It was great.