Sunday, August 22, 2010

Medieval Adventures

I ran a Savage Worlds game set in Medieval England several months ago, and created a whole bunch of fine-looking stuff for it. Rather than let it languish in a drawer, I'll put it here. There are also a whole slew of monster cards, treasure cards, and other stuff that I'll get up to adding eventually. For now, it's the booklet I made for the game and the entire "C" series of adventures, including the never-before-seen "More Cirencester Adventures" document. Enjoy!

Arnegax Character Sheet

Look what I found! There's a high resolution file stored on the Star Chamber space, just in case we ever need this again!

Look Out, it's "Shit List!"

There is a new, nasty little song up on the Johnny Pharaoh Band page. I think it sounds like an EF song. What do you think?

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Place for My Songs

I'm getting rid of the old "Johnny Pharaoh Band" myspace page, so if you look off to the left, you'll see a page for some songs I have recorded. I will keep putting more up over time. I hope you enjoy them.

Hans Holbein the Younger

I am currently reading Alison Weir's excellent Henry VIII, a biography of the notorious (and, apparently, somewhat misunderstood) king of England. In it, Weir talks about Hans Holbein the Younger, an artist that Henry liked. Holbein painted many portraits of the Tudor elite and other noteworthy folk of Henry's court, like this portrait of Thomas More.

This was at a time when the Renaissance was just beginning in England, and up until this time portraiture was not particularly realistic. What I like about Holbein's portraits is that they seem to lifelike and realistic, compared to other portraits from this time. Part of Renaissance thinking was to emulate arts and letters of the "antique" (that is, Classical) world of ancient Greece and Rome. Holbein's work reminds me a lot of the realistic sculptures of the late Roman Republic, in that they aim for a mirror of reality and don't necessarily attempt to flatter.

In reading Henry VIII, I have really enjoyed looking up Holbein's portraits of the people discussed in the book, such as Henry's beautiful sister Mary, his friend Charles Brandon, Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, the Duke of Norfolk, and others. It has helped make them come alive for me, and think of them as people who really lived and breathed, rather than just dusty characters from history books. You can almost sense the pensiveness and angst in this portrait of More, who Henry greatly admired but later beheaded when More opposed the annulment of Henry's marriage to Katherine of Aragon to wed Anne Boleyn.

And from what I've read, the only good thing about Anne Boleyn is that she was Queen Elizabeth I's mom. That's about it. She seems like a pretty horrible person with a lot of sex appeal. This appeal is not evident in any of the pictures I have seen of her, but who am I to judge? I'm sure she had her moments.

To see some other cool portraits by Holbein, go here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Johnny Pharaoh's Rules of Play

I am in the process of adding some of the RPG-related stuff I've done over the years. To begin with, there's a link to the right to a page for Johnny Pharaoh's Rules of Play, a "house" system I "designed" (that is, stole from different sources and smashed together) that aims to combine elements I like from other games (particularly Classic Traveller and Savage Worlds). It may or may not ever see much use, but it's here for when and if anyone ever needs or wants it. Enjoy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Joke

There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those who understand binary, and those who don't.