Thursday, August 25, 2011
CN1 - Conan the Buccaneer, Summon Warriors & Conan Movie
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.
Ares of Effect: 1" Radius/Level
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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