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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 69-70

This entry is part 26 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 26 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it in public, I’ll never get it done in time! A number of interruptions today have left me with only two (rather longish) chapters complete. Since some future chapters have […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 66-68

This entry is part 25 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 25 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… I’m trying a slight change in layout this week, formatting the text more closely to that of a book than the […]

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Ghosts Of Blogs Past: An Air Of Mystery – Using an RPG to write mystery fiction

This irregular column resurrects (relevant) lost blog posts from Mike’s 2006 personal blog on Yahoo 360 and updates them with new relevance and perspective. Mysteries are hard to write. Ones for Roleplaying are even harder – or maybe that should be the other way around. There are a lot of unique challenges that have to […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 63-65

This entry is part 24 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 24 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… For those who read the player-redacted version of The Ages Of Existence (presented in Inventing & Reinventing Races in D&D: An […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 59-62

This entry is part 23 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 23 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… This is the material that in the original plan (as revised a couple of weeks ago), would have been posted last […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 55-58

This entry is part 22 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 22 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… It’s a peculiar thing when you’re writing. You are continually reshaping and tweaking the content to be included to make the […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 52-54

This entry is part 21 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 21 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve so much prep to get done for the Fumanor Campaign that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… With this post, the regular Orcs and Elves series resumes. This content didn’t exist in the original draft, but […]

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Inventing and Reinventing Races in DnD: An Orcish Mythology

This entry is part 20 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 20 in the series Orcs & Elves        While there is nothing graphic in the content below, it definitely warrants a PG-13 rating for    adult concepts. Children should obtain parental permission before reading.     We interrupt our regularly-scheduled programme for this late-breaking development: I spent so much time developing […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 47-51

This entry is part 19 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 19 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… Chapters 47 to 51 were in outline note form when I started. Oh, and for those wondering how I’m tracking with […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 44-46

This entry is part 18 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 18 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… ************************************************************************************************* Chapter 44 was already in first-draft form, but Chapters 45 and 46 were only a very rough outline and needed […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 41-43

This entry is part 17 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 17 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… ************************************************************************************************* I got asked the other day why I don’t take a break from this series to post something else. It’s […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 37-40

This entry is part 16 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 16 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… ************************************************************************************************* Ooops. While preparing this post I discovered that in my urgency to get content produced that a couple of editorial […]

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