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Yo peeps, how it is hanging?

So this is a three day weekend, though four for me since I took this day off from being on center *snicker*, which suits me just fine but isn't the point of this journal. The point of this journal is to talk about a game all geeks and nerds love playing growing up and still play from time to time: Dungeons and Dragons.

Fortunately for me I've found a group to play the game with on center and we play every monday, tuesday, and thursday depending on our schedules. While the group is fun and all, there is only problem that all of our sessions have collectively had that prematurely end them every single time.

They are as follows:
1. Terrible DMs. (game talk for dungeon master)
2. Too many people in the party.

The DM problem is the major concern for me. For those that don't know Dungeon Masters are responsible for the entire story of DnD. They make the campaign, choose the creatures the party faces, and generally control the story moving forward. So far? Every DM whose campaign I've been a part of can't tell a story to save their life. On top of that, the new guy is basically railroading us through his story because he feels that we waste time.

Well we wouldn't be wasting time if the story was interesting now would we? At least my character is the most interesting of the lot. is name is Wart, he is a goblin, and his main class is the heavy hitting AoE Grenadier class called a "Bombadier". He is chaotic neutral with ridiculous dexterity that makes his bomb throws almost guaranteed to hit. He is a fun character, and I may do a story with him outside of the campaign just for giggles because I am having so much fun with him.
What brings out your inner Super Villain/Dictator? (just for funnsies)
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As most of you may know, I play Magic the Gathering which is a card game loosely based on fantasy archtypes anywhere from goblins to angels. I've played the game on and off for the past couple of years but recently I've played it more steadily with :iconthebluekitsune: as well as my normal friends.

The most recent set is called Khans of Tarkir. To summarize, the Magic universe is based completely around interdimensional travel with Planeswalkers. They, after the Lowyn set, are considered to be the main characters of the card series. In this plane, dragons once ruled but were brought down by an Empire made up of 5 clans that eventually went to war with each other once the big dragon threat was taken care of.

The reason I am explaining this is because the deck/clan I am using is called the "Sultai Brood". It is a mixture of humans, Nagas, and zombies where the Nagas were the ruling class in the Old Empire and never really got over losing it. It tickles my imagination at the vast story potential for this clan as well as the cards used for it so that is why I am using it.

And boy, am I ever happy I did. They are so fun to play and so deliciously evil. One of the cards is called "Dead Drop" which artwork features two slaves or two monk types bound with hands behind their back, gagged, being tossed into a gator pit. I mean holy shit lol.
What sort of Steampunk themed adventure have you enjoyed lately?
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In 1840, Edward Oxford drew a succession of pistols and successfully assassinated the Queen of England at the time period, Queen Victoria.

That is where this series both begins and strangely enough ends.

The first book is titled "The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack" who is an English folklore centered around creatures capable of leaping over buildings and causing various bouts of mischief. However, this particular version of Spring Heeled Jack is in fact a time traveler from the 23rd century named Edward Oxford who went back in time to prevent his ancestor, also named Edward Oxford, from successfully assassinating the Queen thus forever staining his family name.

But, as any history buff would know (or someone with access to Wikipedia for 5 mins), Queen Victoria was never successfully assassinated by Edward Oxford. He historically missed both shots before being taken into custody. So you have to ask yourself, what could possibly have happened to change that? Well, it was a combination of both Edward Oxford in disguise and Edward Oxford in his Spring Heeled Jack themed time travelling suit as well as other events set in motion that caused that event to divert from its original path into totally unknown territory.

And boy, does it get weird.

In a history steampunk story for the ages, Britain goes down a different path filled with fascinating applications for science without the convenience of morality or even basic common sense. In the second installment of the book a leading political faction in Britain called the "Technologists" team up with the "Eugenicists" to create hybrid vehicles for public transport. Namely, enlarging insects to humongous proportions, emptying out their bodies of all their organs, then replacing them with steampunk style mechanics. By the third book they had:
-A centipede bus
-Daddy long leg spiders for transporting goods underneath their bodies which were later retrofitted with gatling guns to be used as tanks during World War 1
-In the future version of the war, they did the same thing to Hornets using them as a substitute for planes.

And that isn't even the half of it. For the German side of the conflict they got the Eugenicists on their side so the Brits renamed their faction the Genetists. Either way, this is what they brought to the table in the war:
-People with expanded mental powers that could control the weather
-Plant based weaponry as well as plant based vehicles such as a walking mesh of vines that have a bunch of thorns used to whip foes into a million pieces. They also were the first to create a sort of Atomic Bomb with their plant pollen that was so small that it got in through the pores of the human skin than ate em from the inside out.

It gets pretty crazy. And that is only the backstory/environments. The actual story itself follows along with notable historical figure Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Charles Swinburne.  Also, every person in this series is NOT a made up character and are in fact real people put into circumstances they weren't used to and had to adapt.

There is so much to this series that I can't talk about everything lest we get into heavy spoilers, but it is an interesting time travel/alternative history tale. I certainly did not see the ending coming at all.

So yea, if you want to check it out, the first book is mentioned above while the other two, "The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man" and "The Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon", are already available with a fourth book that is in no way related to the trilogy is also available which I will take a crack at as soon as I am able.

What brings out your inner Super Villain/Dictator? (just for funnsies) 

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Hello there my name is Erik. Im 22 years old and Im currently applying to a trade school to become an electrician. I also write on the side in the hopes of one day having various published novels, a published series of books, comic books, manga, and many other entertainment mediums.

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Yo peeps, how it is hanging?

So this is a three day weekend, though four for me since I took this day off from being on center *snicker*, which suits me just fine but isn't the point of this journal. The point of this journal is to talk about a game all geeks and nerds love playing growing up and still play from time to time: Dungeons and Dragons.

Fortunately for me I've found a group to play the game with on center and we play every monday, tuesday, and thursday depending on our schedules. While the group is fun and all, there is only problem that all of our sessions have collectively had that prematurely end them every single time.

They are as follows:
1. Terrible DMs. (game talk for dungeon master)
2. Too many people in the party.

The DM problem is the major concern for me. For those that don't know Dungeon Masters are responsible for the entire story of DnD. They make the campaign, choose the creatures the party faces, and generally control the story moving forward. So far? Every DM whose campaign I've been a part of can't tell a story to save their life. On top of that, the new guy is basically railroading us through his story because he feels that we waste time.

Well we wouldn't be wasting time if the story was interesting now would we? At least my character is the most interesting of the lot. is name is Wart, he is a goblin, and his main class is the heavy hitting AoE Grenadier class called a "Bombadier". He is chaotic neutral with ridiculous dexterity that makes his bomb throws almost guaranteed to hit. He is a fun character, and I may do a story with him outside of the campaign just for giggles because I am having so much fun with him.

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thx for fav <3
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No problem! : D

Such lovely cosplays! X3
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Thanks for the fav!!! :D
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Thanks for faving Saint Vs Sinner - Turnabout, hope you liked it :D
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