"Go to the sign of Harvel's Axe, a dubious inn on the edge of the Thieves Quarter, in the City of Greyhawk, and look to your own wrist. If you perceive a bracelet and dangling dice, watch for the next throw in the war between Law and Chaos and be prepared to follow the compelling geas." -Signal

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CN1 - Conan the Buccaneer, Summon Warriors & Conan Movie

Conan the Buccaneer is the first in the CN (Conan) series released for  the Conan Role Playing game by TSR. The module was released in  1985 and is 32 pages long. It is set during the period of time  when Conan was a pirate on the Hyborian seas.

I really wish I could provide more that that for this module but  I can't. I have a copy of the Conan game and have never ever  played it. I am not sure I have ever completely read the rules  all the way through. I love the Conan stories by REH and and some  of the additional materials published by others. I even liked  both of the first Conan movies though the first was by far the  better of the two.

I was able to find the following online. This is the module  description from the back of the product.

Many Argosseans have been forced out to sea by burdensome taxes  and penalties imposed by the king and his court. Most flee to  Messantia where a person can lose himself in the streets. Some  sign on to merchant vessels. And some become freebooters and  buccaneers who sail the western seas. Of those who feed off  other's labors, one group is of importance. Although backed by  foreigners, the captain and crew are Argossean. Their expedition  will take them far past the Isle of the Black Ones, past the  domain of the pirates of the Baracha Islands, in search of a lost  island kingdom and the untold wealth it contains. Their fame,  however, lies not only in what they accomplish, but in one of  their crew - a young barbarian. His name is Conan.


Spell:

Summon Warriors


Level: Fifth
Range: 6"
Duration: Special
Ares of Effect: 1" Radius/Level
Components: V,S,M
Casting Time: 3 Segments
Saving Throw: None

When this spell is cast the magic user summons a horde of low  level mystical warriors to fight for them. These warriors will  appear to be normal beings of any sort that the caster desires  but are actually physical manifestations of mystic energy called  forth from some unknown plane.

The number of warriors summoned will be one per level of the  caster. These will appear at the point the caster specifies and  begin attacking anyone or anything not connected to the caster.  The caster can maintain concentration and have a new set of  warriors appear for each round they maintain concentration and  perform no other action.

These warriors will attack as first level fighters and will  damage as per the weapon type the caster had them appear with  though the weapons must be hand held. The warriors will disappear  if they are successfully struck. Area of effect spells that do any  damage will also cause the warriors to disappear.

The material component for this spell is a single gold piece for  each warrior that is summoned. The gold will disappear from the  caster possession when the warriors appear. If the caster should  run out of gold the stream of warriors will cease.

Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the  write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the  80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other  than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be  slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of  spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :)  Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on  me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please  let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.

Conan 2011 Movie 

This is not intended to be a full review but just a simple blurb of commentary. I was finally able to go and see the movie yesterday evening. I had put it off and had planned on not even going after all the bad press and reviews I had heard. Then thanks to some of the posts and comments in the OSR blogosphere I started getting some positive feedback and decided to go.

I want to thank all that posted something positive about the movie. I will go on record as saying that this was no Citizen Kane not was it up to the quality of LotR but it was not meant to be either of those. If you look at it as a Swords & Sorcery summer movie it was good. It was better than most summer movies are in my opinion though that bar is not set real high.

The movie had all of the elements I expected to see in the movie. It had Jason Momoa who we already knew could play someone like Conan from his Game of Thrones role. The villain was one that was dark enough and up to being someone who could keep pace with Conan without being over the top. The villain henchmen were good and the daughter played by Rose McGowan was exceptionally creepy (I have to think she drew upon her ex beau for part of that). Sorry to be a little raw but there was some nudity which never hurts and some some comedic sidekicks in parts. Overall the movie hit on all the cylinders it needs to at least for me.

In the end I think the bad performance is an effect and testament to the power of the media. It got started off with bad reviews for whatever reason. The bulk of the media then ran with what was now expected to be heard rather than actually looking at it objectively. Again thank you to anyone that decided it was better than the mainstream media decided it was.

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