Monday, November 26, 2012

What's in your haversack?

Hey guys,
Its been a while since I made a What's in your haversack post, so I thought it was time for a new one. It is always good to remember that your character, whether in game or in writing is not always prepared for everything. You can't just run around every day with a huge pack on your back full to bursting, its just not feasible or practical. There WILL be time when they aren't prepared, or better said, there SHOULD always be a time when the character is not prepared.

So, that being said, let us take a look at Lenz Gelstalter and his haversack.

Lenz Gelstalter is a middle aged dwarf who has spent his life hidden in the underground of Wuldrorth. picked up some alchemy and arcane knowledge during his life on the streets by taking odd jobs for the Lenz various wizards and other magical types around Wulrorth.  He doesn't have the extensive schooling of wizards but he has a natural feel for magic and mechanics, able to create small, intricate machines and potent magical potions.

One day he is approached by a small urchin boy, who delivers a summons from an upper class merchant. The merchants wants a private showing of Lenz's work. On his way to the summons Lenz is ambushed by a rival and forced to flee into the tunnels, leading to the surface.

In Lenz's haversack we find the following:

  • Mechanical pieces, including a mechanical bird, spider, and hand. 
  • Small, spare parts, including cogs, gears, nuts and bolts. 
  • Flask of spirits (hidden in boot, actually)
  • Identification papers
  • Summons from Merchant Lord Trask
  • 10 gold, 7 silver, 9 copper
  • Home keys
  • Pipe and Tobacco  
  • 1 half finished and chewed cigar
  • flint and steel bars

Friday, November 16, 2012


Hey Folks,

I know I have not been posting at all recently, but life has really got in my way. I hope to remedy that but I can make no promises.

I would like however to share a new project I am working on. I have recently been experimenting with Shadow Puppets.  One day recently I came across an article ( I cannot for the life of me find it again), about old school Cambodian shadow puppet theater and was immediately captivated. Being the proud father of a very active and observant 17 month old little girl, I immediately thought of how I could use something like that to entertain her. I also started thinking about the shadow puppets we all used to make on the wall by tipping the lamp on its side and sticking up bunny ears with our fingers ("Don't you break my lamp, young man!" moms invariably call out in warning).

While I could have easily just done this and my daughter would have no doubt been entertained, this just doesn't tickle my artistic fancy the way pulling out some cardstock paper, pencils and an exacto knife do. So I came up with some homemade puppets and put on a little show for her. She was enthralled and squealed with joy numerous times. I was so happy and so inspired that I made a (not so) short list of puppets I wanted to make for her. This list turned into a menagerie of puppets and shadow scenery.

Even though I was now at a loss of where I could store this growing zoo of beasties and peoples I couldn't stop. I was one a role. Am on a roll still. I can't stop coming up with ideas for puppets and making more.

My wife comes out one day and tells me that she has seen similar stuff on Etsy and I could probably sell some on the side if I wanted.  I thought this was a great idea, and have been busy over the last few days make new puppets, taking pictures and setting up my new Etsy account. Well, that is completed and thought that since this is my Blog, I would share it here, regardless of it not being gaming related. Though if anyone has some gaming related puppets they would like to see, please feel free to let me know, I would love to hear them.

So, with out any further to do check out UMBRATA, Shadow Theater and other art.