DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXV

BASIC DS. Life on the Frontier I have been trying to come up with a name for this type of dungeon synth. Over the past couple of months and year I have seen a style of DS that leans towards the raw, lo-fi unrefined, and potentially crude. This primitive style is usually adorned with very simplistic album covers even looking like poorly drawn monsters out of RPG bestiaries. In fact the aesthetic for many of these records are geared towards old D&D dungeon crawls where the theme of fantasy RPGs…

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Worlds Apart: 1d4 Con

1d4 Con

I believe the final numbers, in terms of attendance for 1d4 Con was 297. This tabletop convention held at a Holiday Inn in Martinsburg West Virginia broke their previous attendance by about 20 or so people and the organizers were ecstatic at the numbers. This sort of enthusiasm for growth is the type of thing I enjoy in conventions and even something I seek out when looking for local events that may not be so local. We drove around 2 hours to attend 1d4 Con and while the 3 day…

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XOTH – Invasion of the Tentacube

XOTH - Invasion of the Tentacube

This is melodic death, as serious as last time, but now with a nice line in playful over-expression. Xoth were never slouches lyrically, each track of Hostile Terraforming had something worth hearing in it’s grunting, gritt throated vocals, and invasion of the tentacube is no different. They seem to double down on that this time, and audio balancing means they hover forever at the edge of understanding. Usually close enough for understanding on your second or third listen, but at a first spin you’ll be too awed by the thrumming of the guitars, the relentless drumming and the hearty, ever energetic bass to pay the words much mind.

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Ready Player One (2018)

ready player one

Ready Player One is both the name of a 2011 science fiction novel by Ernest Cline as well as the 2018 film adaptation by Steven Spielberg. What is funny about the gap between the book and the film release is distance we as a culture have traveled in terms of interest and tolerance for referenced material. From the genuine excitement for films like Lord of the Rings and X-men to the almost pitiful pleas for films not based on books, we as a culture have endured the trials of adaptation….

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Pathfinder Log (5th Entry): Temple of Disease

Temple of Urgathoa

Godslayers Okay, so the temple isn’t called The Temple of Disease. It is actually the Temple of Urgathoa who is a Varsian goddess called the Pallid Princess and represents excess and rot mostly worshiped by necromancers and evil characters. It should be noted that the Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign does not have a showdown with the diety as Pathfinder does not have characters fighting gods. Despite being superhuman killing machines, there is little in the way of characters confronting deities as the gods which preside over the world…

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Big Metal Month (March)

Amorphis is a band who I totally know and respect for their early contributions to a subgenre and know almost nothing of their recent work. Queen of Time is the band’s 14th record since 1992 and marches closely to 30 years for the band being active. Queen of Time also sees a return and reformation of most of the original members for Amorphis which is funny considering how far this band has gone with membership. “The Bee” is an oddly named song but sees Amorphis where they feel most comfortable with a sound that is both harsh, melodic, progressive, and spotless in its production.

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Sword of Sorcery (1973)

Sword of Sorcery

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is the name of two characters created by Fritz Leiber as well as a sword and sorcery empire which spans decades. This may sound strange as it is not as popular as Conan or Tarzan and rests as the second tier of fantasy material one draws from right around the same time as discovering Kull, Allan Quatermain, or Solomon Kane. the publication history for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is also weird as the initial stories were released in the early 1940’s but had a…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXIV

Dungeon Synth Digest XXXIV

For weeks, you’ve been looking for adventure in this forsaken wilderness, with nothing much to show for it. It’s autumn now, with winter fast-approaching, and you’ll be in real trouble if you don’t earn some treasure soon. As you’re finishing breakfast at a cheap inn, a traveler walks into the common room. In a loud voice he says, “Peace be upon you all! I, Hakeem the merchant, seek Hargath Stonehand and his worthy friends! As I passed through Sylvanhome forest on the way here, I stopped at The Manor, a…

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Big Metal Month (February)

This is the third single from Judas Priest’s 18th album Firepower. The previous singles, “Firepower” and “Lightning Strike”, gave longtime fans and people who havent listened to metal since the 80’s something to look forward to to as both songs shook off the lethargy of previous records. “Never The Heroes” shifts down in terms of tempo but is still just as strong as previous singles even more so when not looking at the lame lyric animated video.

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Arion: Lord of Atlantis (1981)

arion lord of atlantis

I know what you are thinking. Yes, Arion is from Atlantis. Yes Aquaman is also from atlantis. Nom it isn’t as easy as them being in the same Atlantis. That makes things more interesting and more confusing is the magic weilding character of Arion is wrapped up more in the stories of Superman and Powergirl and was debuted in a Warlord comic. Yes, he is the lord of Atlantic and is a vital importance to the shaping of the Atlantean world. Yes, he was the child of two Atlantean mages…

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Weird Stories: The Life and Work of Hannes Bok

Stumbling on Hannes Bok was much like anyone other random run in with a fantasy artist. It began with searching through names of artists I did not recognize and then looking at their work and immediately falling in love with everything they did. Most fantasy artists I find fall into the contemporary era of 70’s to the present as the time period fits into the idea of what we think of fantasy. Finding fantastical art done pre 1950’s is rare and it usually belongs to the realm of illustration. One…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXIII

Dungeon Synth Digest XXXIII

You have arrived at the town of Stallanford, on the Duke’s Road. The town is bustling and busy, with many visitors and merchants’ wagons seeking hostels and stables for horses. This is no ordinary day, for tomorrow is the first day of the King’s Festival! Karameikos has no king, but this long-held festival honors a great hero of the distant past, King Halav. Long before Karameikos was a nation, King Halav of the Traldar folk fought with his warriors against evil Beast-Men. In a great battle, Halav and the king…

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