[House Rules-New Monster]Drop Bear

They’d traveled for nearly a week in this green hell.  

They followed the map to Castle Fang that Orwen had uncovered in the Caves of Derok.  

Twenty experienced adventurers entered together into this alien landscape.  

Now only ten remained.  

“I don’t understand,” Aeric said, throwing down his pack as the group settled for a short rest.  “How can any place be so deadly?”

“Didn’t you know?” Twelith the elf asked.  “This land protects itself from all who would invade it.  The plants, the beasts, the ground itself seek to keep all out.  We have done ill coming to this place, and the land does not forgive.  We have yet to even see the worst this place has to offer.”

“And just what might that be?” Orwen asked from the ground where he leaned against a tree.

“Drop bears,” the elf said, in a hushed whisper.

Orwen burst into laughter.  When it stopped, he wiped the tears from his cheeks.  “Seriously elf?  That old story?  In a land where everything, and I mean everything is trying to kill us, you have to make up something else to scare the boy with?”

That was the last thing Orwen said.  A moment later a large, dark shape dropped from the tree above and tore him apart.  It happened so fast, the others could not even react before the creature hissed at them, and then scampered back up the tree, dragging the remains of Orwen in it’s teeth.

When the shock left them, the expedition immediately turned around and left for home.    

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Rain Forests and Gaming

If you read my blog, you know that recently I traveled the world and one of the places I saw was a rainforest.

I came away from the rain forest with a few gaming related thoughts.

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Daintree Rainforest

We had a chance to explore the Daintree Rainforest while in Port Douglas.  It is one of the places where the forest meets the reef, so we took the opportunity to go on a tour.

I’ve never been in a rainforest before.  I’ve never been in a jungle before.  Woods and swamps are about it in my experience.  So I was unprepared for what I encountered.

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The Great Barrier Reef

It’s difficult to talk about the Reef and the ocean around it without descending into cliché.  The phrases that spring to mind have been heard before.  I certainly know them, and you do to.  So I hope you’ll forgive me when I return to them.  There is a simplistic truth to them that no lily gilding on my part can supplant.

I’ve been to the ocean before.  Most of them, actually.  I’ve flown over them many times.  I’ve been to beaches to swim (or at least dip my toe).  But never have I seen an ocean as blue as I saw the day we headed to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Today we managed to make it out of our rooms for an extended time to explore the city.  This was not always a given, considering I had horrble jet lag that prevented sleeping much the night before.

Due to the Executive Room we booked (we wanted to start the trip in style), we had the hotel’s buffet breakfast.  It was nice, a culinary mix of a variety of sources ranging from US to British to Asian.  Shrimp dim sum for breakfast? Yes please!

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Kowloon-A Love Letter

From 40 floors away, I can still hear your labored heartbeat.  The bleat of car horns, the shrill cry of workman’s hammers, the screaming drills; this is your sound.  A powerful wind, strong enough to sway mighty foundation of steel and stone is not enough to quiet you.  You are living, breathing life.  There is no question of your power or your providence.

Hong Kong by day…

 

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Adventuring in Real Life

By the time this post goes live, I’ll have boarded a plane for Hong Kong.  This is leg one of a month long, around the world trip I am taking with my wife.  We’ve planned it for months now, saved and scrimped so we could afford it.  And after all of that, we’ve earned the journey.

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