Monday, June 27, 2016

A Ghostly Going

I decided to set out on another Trollworld novel. I had an idea and then remembered the spell, 'A Ghostly Going', which rather fitted by theme (I'd been reading about evolution and about qunatum computers and had projected an unsinister future free from physical needs in which we are all uploaded to a computer - if we're not there already!). The ghost notion fitted this line of thought just as well.

(You could find "A Blank Canvas for the Quantum Artist" at DriveThru for $1 if you were so inclined.)

Anyhow, this fellow hasn't got very long left to live. I wonder what he thinks, knowing this as he does?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Caerthaeph't Shopping Opportunities

Here's another insight into the delights of this city of thieves:

·        Fagin’s Knickknacks (18) - Snaffle Street
·        Mustapha’s Bizarre Bazaar (19) - Shark Court
·        Arfa Daley’s Used Cart Lot (38) - Hostage Hill
·        Bunter’s Tuck Shop (39) - Purloin Passage
·        Sweeny Todd’s Pie Shop (58) - Cutthroat Place
·        Ike Godsey’s General Store (78) - Pickpocket Parade
·        Cutthroat Jake’s Prawn Shop (98) - Burglar Arcade
·        The Cave of Maleficius (118) - Kidnappers’ Close
·        The Sisters of Mercy Clinic for the Maimed, Insane and Intoxicated (138) - Gollum Square
·        Gems & Giants (158) - Hit and Run Avenue
·        Mr. Woo’s Laundry (178) - Heist Street
·        Pandora’s Box (198) - Ruffians Row
·        Fanny’s Knocking Shop (218) - The Robber Road
·        The Old Curiosity Shoppe (227) – Filch Street
·        Aladddin’s Cave (238) - Hijack Park
·        Al’s Toy Barn (258) - Larceny Lane
·        Affleck’s Palace (277) – Sneak Lane
·        Mrs. Goggins’ Pigeon Post (278) - Pursesnatch Alley
·        The Two Coppers Shop (297) – Robin Hood Street
·        Delver Operations Network (298) - Thieves Boulevard

Saturday, June 18, 2016

No Nonsense Frank

We're following the life of a City Watchman through the streets of Khaboom at the moment. Frank is 34 and has just got married. He's never been interested in a promotion but now with his thoughts on starting a family, he's horizons are expanding.

His sergeant at Dungbeetle Scrubs, a crusty dwarf named Rumplejaw, is very encouraging, as is friend, the homespun philosopher, Nietzche.

He's having a normal Friday night knees-up at the Sullied Trousers when a messenger for the rich chestnut estate owner, the wizard Warmnutz, comes looking for some likely lads to recover some stolen goods for him. It's urgent.

Two strange fellows with a box, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern, accept the job (50% of the 200 GPs fee up front) but will Frank be hooked by this dangling carrot?

His no nonsense approach to work and life on the city has kept him alive and made him popular but things can change in an instant in the magic-rich Trollworld...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Taverns of Caerthaeph't

Most streets in Caerthaeph't have a tavern. In the 'Control Freak - Spirited Resistance' solo I'm about to release you will get the chance to drink in them all (although the game is not meant to be a pub crawl that would be a reasonable alternative approach).

Here's the list of taverns:

·        The Eviscerated Nun (54) – Heist Street
·        The Liquor Hole (9) - Robin Hood Street
·        The Alibi Rooms (10) - Thieves Boulevard
·        The Bushwhackers Tavern (28) - Snaffle Street
·        Moe’s Tavern (29) - Shark Court
·        Halla’s Underground Den of Amusement (48) - Hostage Hill
·        The Feisty Goat Public House (49) - Purloin Passage
·        The Medusa’s Head (68) - Cutthroat Place
·        The Rover’s Return (88) - Pickpocket Parade
·        The Mermaid’s Tale (108) - Burglar Arcade
·        The Smuggler’s Armpit (128) - Kidnappers’ Close
·        The Emperor’s New Clothes (148) - Gollum Square
·        The Spit & Sawdust (168) - Hit and Run Avenue
·        The Broken Bottle (188) - Heist Street
·        The Habitual Offender (208) - Ruffians Row
·        The Deformed Dwarf (228) - The Robber Road
·        The Lucky Dip Tavern (237) – Filch Street
·        Widow Twanky’s Gin Palace (248) - Hijack Park
·        Raffles (268) - Larceny Lane
·        The Silk Purse (287) – Sneak Lane
      ·        The Winchester Club (288) - Pursesnatch Alley

Here's the standard door policy for troublemakers:


Friday, June 10, 2016

Whistling Ned

Here's a very short story Charlie wrote last year as part of a game:

Whistling Ned

Ned was a carpenter. His father had been a carpenter. His entire family as far back as he knew had been carpenters. He loved thinking up new ideas, ever attracted by life’s oddities. But now he could see that his business was about to end. No one seemed to be interested in his furniture anymore. Someone had come to the town with a new way of carpentry, making everything more intricately designed than Ned. This was drawing almost all attention away from his work. Ned knew at least part of the reason why people didn't come to him any more was because he was so forgetful. He would make a cabinet for Frank and give it to Barney. They never really minded him getting mixed up for very long even though they would get annoyed at the time because Ned had such a carefree nature.

He had to go out into the world to find a living. His mother had begged him not to go, but Ned had no choice. She eventually agreed to let him go and said she would stay in her rocking chair and pray for his safe return until he came back. His mother would always sit in her rocking chair and pray when she was worried about something. It was all she really ever did.

Ned had been walking for a couple of hours whistling in the way he did when he had been working on furniture. He was looking around taking in the trees and grass and hills of the country side. Suddenly he saw what looked like a trapdoor fixed into a nearby hill. Ned stopped looking at it feeling very confused. He knew that trapdoors were definitely not usually in hills.

His curiosity aroused, Ned walked over to the trapdoor and looked at it closely. He could see that it had been made very well with metal hinges and an exquisitely made lock. He had never been outside of his home town before and didn't know what to expect. In fact he had barely heard anything about what was beyond the town boundary.

The door felt cold to the touch. It looked like it had rarely been used if at all. Ned hesitantly tried to open it. He had to pull very hard but the trapdoor opened. There was a very wet ladder going down into darkness. After much thought he decided to climb down the ladder to see where it went.

Ned hadn't been going far when he felt his foot slip. He grabbed for the ladder with his free hand, but too late! Ned felt himself falling and he lost his grip on the ladder with his other hand. Oh why had he been so careless on a slippery ladder?! The last that was heard of Ned was a piercing whistle as he fell.

The mother of whistling Ned was praying in her rocking chair for the rest of her life. When Fred and Barney thought of Ned, as they did whenever they needed something different made, they wished Ned had been a little more like his mother and that she had picked up something from her son’s example. “Life just doesn’t deal even hands,” Barney observed to Fred as they raised a glass to Ned in fond memory.