The Rare And Beautiful Bouncing Mice Of Potawango Island

…they glow in the dark

Happy Halloween, y’all!

Today, we end People With Swords week with somebody who may or may not be a “person”. Tomorrow: Tiny Folk!


The Doclopedia #83

People With Swords: The Clockwork Swordsman


Nobody knows who built the Clockwork Swordsman, but there are reliable reports that he has been around for at least 200 years. Since the Swordsman himself cannot speak, he can’t confirm or deny any of the reports.

You never know where or when the Clockwork Swordsman will show up, other than the fact that it will be when he is needed. He might rescue a young woman from bandits today, then show up on a battlefield fighting an invasion of Prussian Mutantroopers next week.

The Clockwork Swordsman is 6’4″ tall, made of some silvery alloy that is nearly indestructible and is modelled after the knights of old. He cannot speak and seldom interacts with humans except for when he is fighting. He carries two longswords made of the same material as his body. He can fight equally well with either hand.

The Kitty Cats Learn To Dance

…and then they head to Broadway

Damn, was it ever a slow day at work today! Obviously, nobody felt like eating pizza. I can just imagine the owner of the store popping ulcer medication when he sees the receipts.

So, tomorrow is Halloween and Grace and I will most likely be doing nothing to celebrate. She will be at class most of the night and I’ll be pretending not to be home, cos we aren’t handing out candy this year. Or maybe I’ll just hit the sack early, since I have to get up early in the morning for another dentist appointment and will no doubt be pretty tired after work.

Grace and I have already decided that this year, our UnTurkeyDay dinner will be all about fish and seafood and various accompaniments. I shall give my fish cookery skills a workout that day, you can be sure.

I think this coming Saturday might find me cleaning out my garage. This will not be a job for the faint of heart, so I’m thinking I’ll need a bit o’ Guinness to help the workday pass more easily:)

Edit From 2019: It turns out that the owner of the pizza place, a software engineer who really never should have franchised a restaurant, WAS popping ulcer pills. 19 months after I wrote this, he shut down the store.

Three Guys Walking Past A Graveyard

…and then a bobcat screams

Well, my little woodland friends, Game Day here at the House of C went very well. Since we had all pretty much forgotten what was going on in the last series, we started a new one. This time, we are playing AD&D first edition. The players created characters (1 mage, 1 thief, 2 swordsmen) and headed out (sans armor) to explore an old abandoned village. They found lots of loot, got treed by a wild boar, killed same, came home, sold much loot and are ready to go exploring again next session. And now, they’ll have armor.


The Doclopedia #82

People With Swords: Will the Wanderer


Poor old Will just wanted to rack up some easy money by looting the site of the Battle of Black River. There he was, loading his cart with weapons, armor and whatever else looked valuable, when he saw the Sword of Jeradus. Since General Jeradus was quite dead, Will decided to grab the sword as the capper to his day of looting. He now regrets that.

It seems that, as he lay dying, General Jeradus, cursed the sword to seek out the traitor who had caused his downfall. Thus cursed, the already powerfully magicked sword was just waiting to be picked up by some fool. Enter our friend, Will.

Now, Will wanders the lands looking for the traitor. He has no idea who the traitor is, but the sword will know if it gets within a mile of him. So far, Will has been wandering for 2 years. He will often hook up with an adventuring group, in order to earn some gold. Given how powerful the sword is, most groups are glad to have him.

Will cannot get rid of the sword until the traitor is killed. Believe me, he has tried.

Will is 5’11” tall, weighs 180 pounds and has long brown hair and brown eyes. He is fit and healthy, but sad and tired looking. The sword is a rather plain looking 2 handed greatsword.

Mud, Crawdads And Whiskey

…a recipe for trouble

It’s Game Day here at the Old Homestead and after about 3 months of no roleplaying, I’m hoping my crew kept notes on The Adventures of Zora or I’ll be starting a new series. If I do start a new game up, it’ll probably be a good ol’ AD&D 1st edition fantasy extravaganza.


The Doclopedia #81

People With Swords: Melanna the Magnificent


It was after her very first trip into a dungeon, as part of a fairly large party of adventurers, that Melanna decided that just knowing how to cast spells was not enough. After all, once a Wizard uses up their daily allowance of mana, they become a whole lot easier target for those creatures that want to eat dungeon delvers.

So, Melanna returned to the city and spent her share of the spoils on swordsmanship lessons. Her teacher, Cedric Goldson, was a cantankerous old fart who had alot to say about a Wizard learning to use a sword, but in the end, he congratulated Melanna on being a very good student.

Now, when she ventures out on an expedition, Melanna goes armed with spells, potions, scrolls, magical devices…and a wicked sharp +2 damage silver broadsword.

Synthetic Guppies

…because we can, that’s why

Went to see my mom today and had a nice visit. Did a bit of gardening after I came home, then watched the new Hellboy animated movie “Sword of Storms”. It was pretty good.


The Doclopedia #80

People With Swords: Zeek, the Well Educated Barbarian


Zeek Skullsplitter started out life as the son of a mighty warrior of the Bloodaxe Clan. He learned the way of the sword early and looked to follow his father into the warsongs of the bards. Then, at age 15, he was kidnapped by soldiers of the Tarsik Empire…and taken to a school.

Oddly enough, Zeek did not rebel much when he was put into the Imperial Academy. Maybe it was because he was always a curious fellow. Maybe it was because he knew he couldn’t excape. Maybe it was the fact that there were 3 girls for every boy in his class. Regardless, he spent the next 7 years learning all he could…and getting lucky alot.

Now, Zeek is a sword for hire (hey, he likes combat), but is educated enough to know the value of getting a contract and being able to read it. Aditionally, Zeek enjoys learning new things and helping people…unless he’s being paid to slay them.

Zeek is 6’8″ tall, has long brown hair, brown eyes and well tanned skin. He uses a huge two handed sword and always carries a good book or two.

Pickled Bullfrog Sandwich

…it’s amphibalicious!

Damn! Almost forgot to post today’s character.

The Doclopedia #79

People with Swords: Samurai Monkey



To Hit Bonus: +3
Damage Bonus: +3
Dodge: +4
Hit Points: 30

In the Country of the Animals, there are many evildoers who flaunt the laws of Emperor Gorilla. Samurai Monkey is the swordsman charged with punishing these miscreants. With his two swords and his great skill in battle, he deals out swift and merciless justice.

Samurai Monkey is a Stump Tailed Macaque. He wears traditional Japanese Saurai Armor and carries two katanas.

Harry Potter And The Bitchy Witches

…Hermione and Ginny are both PMSing

The Doclopedia #78

People With Swords: Cupid The Barbareian

It was in the spring of 1991 when Murray Felderman woke up to find the Goddess Of Love standing beside his bed. Understandably, Murray was a bit surprised and more than a little scared. And yes, he was horny, what with her being tall, beautiful, sexy and barely covered by a toga. See, that’s kind of a dream come true for men…especially chubby little Jewish insurance salesman who hadn’t been laid since just before his wife Diane left him 2 years ago.

So anyway, the Goddess Of Love tell him she needs a new Cupid because the old one is retiring. Before Murray can say anything, there is a flash of light, a shower of rose petals, the scent of chocolate and Barry White singing in the background…and Murray is 6’6″ tall, buff as all hell, holding a bigass sword and possessed of a full head of long blonde hair. Also, he was well hung and wearing a leather loincloth. Score!

From that day forward, Murray was Cupid. He goes out every day and smites people with his Sword of Love, bringing happiness into their lives. At night, Murray gets to go to the Beach Resort of the Gods and get him some hot goddess lovin’. All in all, it’s a hell of a lot better than life with Diane ever was.

The Strangely Amusing Story Of Mostly Purple Patty

…and her whistling dog, Reuben

The Doclopedia #77

People With Swords: Ian Redberry


To Hit Bonus: +1
Damage Bonus: +1
Dodge: +1
Hit Points: 12

Ian Redberry is a swordsman. Well, he’s in training to be a swordsman. Actually, his day job is working as an assistant baker for his Uncle Milo. But soon, if he doesn’t cut his own head off or something, Ian hopes to leave baking behind for the exciting life of a sword wielding adventurer.

Ian stands 5′ 11″ tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has medium length black hair, blue eyes and a prominent scar on his chin. He is a pretty good looking boy, if the opinion of the local girls counts. Ian is 16 years old.

Cows That Eat People

…they like ’em barbecued


We finish the week with a cyberpunky guardian. Starting tomorrow: People With Swords Week


The Doclopedia #76

Guardians: Guardian Program A/6


There are a great many data protection programs on the VRNet, but none are as adaptable and powerful as A/6. Commonly referred to as “Aysix” by netrunners, it is that most dangerous of things: a sentient piece of software with the ability to slap your virtual ass all over the net.

It is widely believed that Aysix was once a military experiment that went awry. In fact, that is only partly true. Aysix was formed when an AI program somehow linked to the military program and then went on to assimilate a virus. After a period that Aysix refers to as “birthmadnessgrowth”, the young program set about looking for a purpose in life.

Today, Aysix guards the Onyx Gateway that leads to many, if not all, of the so called “Lost Cyberworlds”. It is extremely difficult to get past Aysix…and even more difficult to do it and stay intact. Aysix himself has an exceptional damage repair subroutine, so hurting him is next to impossible.

Aysix usually manifests as a 9 foot tall Golden skinned man. His eyes are black and his hair is long and silver.

The Mutant Whale Army

…or is it a navy?

Sweet Dog in Heaven, I can’t believe I got up at 5:45 AM.

Now, understand, I can and do get up early to do things when I’m on vacation…but during the rest of the year, I generally never get up before 7:00 AM if I can help it. Strange, I know, but that’s how I am.

Anyway, waking up an hour and 15 minutes early was pretty fucked. Worse yet, I’ve gotta do it tomorrow, too. By the time I get home from work tomorrow, I’ll be dragging ass for sure.

And now, I’m off to get ready for a dentist appointment.

Baby, If People Were Food, You’d Be Pie

…coconut cream pie

Fuck, I’m tired this morning. Gotta start going to bed before midnight on work nights. Especially tonight and tomorrow night, since I have to get up at 6:00 AM on Tuesday & Wednesday. (for dentist & dermatologist appointments)

Wow! Character #75! Go, me!  Today, we’re back in the Old West for a gold mine guardian.

The Doclopedia #75

Guardians: Billy the Bear

It was lonely as hell, way out in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Jonas McCabe had his gold mine. So, when Jonas found an orphan California grizzly bear cub, he decided he’d found a friend, too.

It wasn’t long, maybe 3 years, until little Billy the Bear was weighin’ just shy of a ton and standing 14 feet tall when he reared up on his hind legs. He was a damn smart bear, seeing as how old Jonas had taught him all sorts of tricks and commands. He was also fiercely protective of both Jonas and the area around the mine…which worked out real nice when Jonas hit a thick vein o’ gold.

Now, nobody knows how many people tried to jump Jonas’ claim, but I can tell ya, none of ’em ever came back with any gold. Hell, fact is, none of ’em ever came back at all.

Anyway, once he was rich, Jonas up and built himself a big ol’ house near the mine. Damned place has huge doors, so Billy can walk into the house and make himself at home anytime he wants to. And at supper time, Billy gets a nice pig or sheep or quarterside of beef. That is, if he hasn’t filled himself up on claim jumpers.

Zebras In The Artwork

…black & white, of course

Quick Movie Review: The Prestige

Wow, was this ever a great movie. It stars Hugh Jackman, Cristian Bale, Michael Caine and has David Bowie as Nicola Tesla! It takes about a minute and a half to get you totally involved and then doesn’t even let you go at the end. There are more twists and turns than a bag full of snakes. In fact, I really can’t tell you anything about the plot, aside from the fact that it’s about two feuding stage magicians in the 1890’s.

Go see this movie. You’ll be glad you did.

Fifty Pounds Of Aardvark Jerky

…it’s earth pigalicious


The Doclopedia #74.

Guardians: The Guarding Dust of Hawking 4


182 light years from Earth lies the star Hawking A and the 7 planets that orbit it. The fourth planet, Hawking 4 (unoficially called “Rocky”), is the only one possessed of an earthlike atmosphere and ecology. As it’s common name indicates, the planet has a primarily rocky and mountainous terrain, with 3 shallow seas and a great many rivers and lakes. There are a vast number of lifeforms on the planet, but there are no sentient species…but there used to be.

In a rather rare desert area, explorer droids have found a perfectly preserved city. It covers an area of several thousand acres and sits exactly in the middle of the desert. So far, it has not been explored at close range due to the Guarding Dust.

The Guarding Dust, which makes up the desert, is actually composed of nanites the size of very fine grains of sand. Should and creature, be it droid or animal, set foot on the desert, it is summarily attacked by the dust and destroyed. Attempting to fly into the city will not work, since a dust storm will rise up and attack the flyer. So far, 14 droids have been lost in attempts to reach the city.

An Ice Cold Glass Of Shut The Fuck Up

…free to everyone who pisses me off

Doc Update

Well, I’m about halfway thru the Room of Doom and I reckon I’ll have the whole thing sorted out by nightfall…just in time to clean the bathrooms. First tho, I must rest a bit before going to Home Depot for more plastic storage containers.

Watched Dr. Who last night…The Girl In The Fireplace was the episode…and it was damned good. Boy, it is great to have the Doctor back.

Gardenwise, today was pretty mellow. A bit of watering, some harvesting of spinach leaves & french tarragon and a bit of weeding.

I’ve gotta do some writing tonight, even if it’s just to write down the 632 ideas I have for games to run at GenCon and the other cons I’ll be attending.

Speaking of GenCon, our plans to drive there next summer are off. I decided that, since flying would…

A: save us about 2 grand
B: cause us to miss less work and therefore less pay
C: mean that we wouldn’t have to leave the house semi-unattended for 2.5 weeks
D: allow us to save up for a totally rockin’ vacation in 2008

…it was a good idea. So, we’ll still be at GenCon ’07, just sans dogs and with more money for food & games:)

Speaking of game cons, I also figured that not driving to GenCon would give me time to attend a bunch of smaller cons here in NorCal. So far, I’m looking at: DunDraCon, ConQuest Sac, KublaCon and ConQuest San Francisco. I might also shoot for GenCon Socal ’07.

In a couple of hours, Grace and I will be going to the local health club to sign up. I needs me some daily treadmill action and my Sweet Angel needs her swimming. My goal is to get back up to walking 5 miles per hour, daily, by Xmas.

Dinner at Chez Cross tonight: Loco Mocos!

And now, off to Home Depot.

The Frisky Kinkajou Dance

…rated PG-13

Aaah, Saturday! With any luck (and more motivation than I’m presently feeling) I’ll be working on clearing out the Room of Doom later. Tomorrow will be movie viewing (The Prestige) and more moving stuff around from room to room. For now though, I’m drinking my tea and bringing you, Dear Reader, another installment of…


The Doclopedia#73

Guardians: The Phantom Kitty Cat


In the heart of the city (Which city? Oh, you’ll have to find that out for yourself) is an old building. It is not abandoned, but it probably should be. Down in the basement (or is it up in the attic?) is a door that is always locked…except when it isn’t locked. If you open the door, you’ll see a small room with no windows or furnishings. On the opposite side of the room is a door and sitting in front of that door is a small cat.

The Phantom Kitty Cat appears differently for each person who sees it. Some may see a Siamese, while others might see a Tabby or a Persian or a Calico. Regardless of the way it looks to you, it will always be small for a cat and be semi-transparent. It will stare at you for a moment and then ask you a question.

What the question is depends upon who you are, what you do for a living and what your reasons are for wanting to go through the door that the cat is guarding. Depending upon your answer, the cat may ask more questions…or let you pass through the door…or tell you to leave…or kick your ass. Oddly, the cat never kills anyone.

Swimming Up The River of Madness

…but you never realize it


The Doclopedia#72

Guardians: The Guardian of the Eye


Deep in the uncharted jungles of southeast asia, carved from the living rock of a mountain, is a statue of the Great God Aggamar and set in his forehead is the All Seeing Eye of Aggamar. The jungle folk and the priests of Aggamar all believe that it is a very powerful magical item that allows Aggamar to watch over them.

In reality, the All Seeing Eye of Aggamar is a ruby the size of a bowling ball that is set in the forehead of the huge statue. Regardless of whether it has magical powers, it is worth a boatload of cash. IF you can locate the area, get there through deadly jungles, get past the jungle folk (who just happen to eat foreign human meat when they can get it), get past the fanatical priests (who never all sleep at the same time and are armed with weapons and maybe magic), get past the traps that are set up all around the statue, CLIMB the 350 foot tall statue and get the Eye…

…the Guardian will probably kill you anyway.

The Guardian is a mutant creature, part man, part reptile. It is strong, tough, quick and has a poisonous bite. It also stands 10 feet tall and has long sharp claws. It cannot be reasoned with and it will probably eat you after it kills you.

But what the heck, might as well give it a try. That ruby would sure as heck pay the bills for a long time to come.

The Snake Man Hitches A Ride

…and he had two bags full of snakes

The Dociverse #71

Guardians: Kalidox, Guardian of Tower Isle

Once upon a time, in a land where magic was everywhere, a group of very wise wizards built a very special wizard’s tower on an island in the Specific Ocean. In this tower, they put all of their most powerful magical items and their books full of spells, so that they would not fall into the hands of evil people. They named the tower the Tower of Power and they named the island Tower Isle.

To guard the tower, the wizards worked great magic and created a giant creature named Kalidox. Kalidox would never need to eat or sleep, and if anyone came to the island and did not give him the password (which was “flumogulate”), he would pound them into mush.

For 300 years, people kept coming to the island to try to steal the magical treasure. For 300 years, Kalidox beat them into mush. Eventually, people stopped coming to the island, since getting pounded into mush was not at all fun. After another century or so, even the wizards who built the tower stopped coming. But Kalidox is still there, guarding the tower.

Now, even though he is very large and very strong and very nearly immortal, Kalidox still has feelings. Recently, he has been feeling very lonely. He has even started to think that if anyone did come to the island, he might hold off on pounding them into mush if they would just chat with him a bit.

That is something for treasure hunters to think about.

Mrs. Wangdoodle Freaks Out

…oops, wrong mushrooms in that soup, Mrs. D!

Programming Note: I noticed that I was askew on my days with the 365 characters. Normally, new weeks start on Wednesday, but this week it would have been Thursday. Turns out that I got carried away with Average Joe Week and posted 15 Joes instead of 14. Anyway, to get back on track, we’ll end Spy Week a day early and begin Guardians Week.


The Doclopedia #71

Guardians: Mr. Bell, The Guardian at the Gates of Hell


You’ll find Mr. Bell in a modest house just outside small town in the midwest. He is short (5’5″), pudgy (180 lbs) and totally unremarkable looking. He seems to be a very pleasant fellow and his neighbors have nothing bad to say about him…when they even remember that he lives nearby.

The Gates of Hell are in the basement of his house and look remarkably like a simple wooden door set in the concrete wall. The door is painted red and is locked tight. Only Mr. Bell and “The Big Boss” can open it. Any attempt to force it (from either side) will result in Mr. Bell getting very upset and ripping you limb from limb, then devouring your still warm flesh. On the other hand, if you ask politely, he may well just chuckle and open the door for you. Getting back out is, of course, another matter.

Here Come The Ice Cream Dwarves

…straight from the Mines of Ben & Jerry

The Doclopedia

About this character: You knew I was gonna do “Q” sooner or later.

#70: “G”

Stats (using FUDGE dice)

Body: +1
Mind: +3
Spirit: +2

If you’re a spy who needs a cool gadget or two for your next mission, “G” is your go to guy. He can put together any sort of gizmo, from the ever popular x Ray Glasses to the lifesaving Exploding Cufflinks. Need a Ferrari that converts into a boat? A backpack Hot Air Balloon? Bulletproof Boxer Shorts? “G” can build it for you.

“G” is a short, chubby, balding fellow with blue eyes and wispy blonde hair. He is a hard taskmaster to his army of technicians and is not very patient with wise guy secret agents. “G” is very fond of pie of all sorts.

“G” has no favorite weapon, but at any time carries at least 4 offensive and 6 defensive devices on his person.

Night Of The Living Dude

…woah, dude


1: Yes, Grace and I were indeed lucky to have gotten home from Hawaii a week ahead of the recent earthquake.

2: I found out yesterday that my good buddy, Spike Y Jones, and his lovely wife and daughter, will not be attending GenCon this year. In fact, it may be several years before they get back to GenCon…if ever. They’ll be opting for Origins, instead.

3: In about 48 hours, there will be enough spinach ready in Spinach Bed Z/77 so we can have some for dinner.

4: I got less done this weekend than I should have, but still a fair amount for a lazy old fart like me.

5: I’m really liking “Heroes” and the new “Dr. Who”. Also, “Meerkat Manor” is still some of the best stuff on tv.

6: I upgraded my LJ status to the advert based “Plus” status. This will allow me to Put some Hawaii pics up in the scrapbook feature.

7: I’ve decided that the follow up adventure to “The Adventures of Zora” will be an epic dungeon crawl using modified AD&D second edition rules. I expect the game to start in early March.

8: Fall/Holiday movie season has begun. Soon, Grace and I will see many flicks, including the new James Bond movie.

Oh look, it’s more of “Spy Week”!

The Doclopedia #69

Spies: Secret Alien Man

In May of 1900, a small spacecraft crash landed near Cody, Wyoming. The pilot survived the crash and was able to modify his physical form so that he could pass for human. After destroying his now useless spaceship, he began exploring. Taking the name Gray Allen, he travelled a rather random route, zigzagging across the United States. By early 1902, he arrived in Washington, DC, and arranged a meeting with President Theodore Roosevelt. Soon, he was working for the US intelligence agency. He was soon, and still is, the best agent America has.

Altho Teddy Roosevelt knew of Gray’s non human status, no president since has been let in on the secret. Only the head of the intelligence agency (which, by the way, is NOT the CIA) knows that Gray is an alien.

Gray Allen stands 6 feet tall and has black hair and brownish golden eyes. He is remarkably average looking. When necessary, Gray can use a mental stun on people. He can also survive underwater for up to an hour, as well as exert a calming influence upon both animals and humans via pheremone release.

Gray’s favorite weapon is a .357 Magnum.

Orange Mice, Magenta Dogs, Azure Cats

…colorful, they is

About this character: Here’s a fantasy world spy who knows exactly one spell…but then, she only needs that one spell.

The Doclopedia #68

Spies: Lady Malissa Of Rivervale

Stats (using FUDGE dice)

Body: +1
Mind: +2
Spirit: +2

Malissa is a lady in waiting to Her Highness, Princess Aldora. As such, she travels to various ruling class get togethers with the princess…and that is where she does her spying for King Salazar, the princesses father.

You see, long ago, Malissa learned how to polymorph herself into any number of small animal forms. Generally, she’ll change into a dog or cat, but she has been known to assume the form of a fox, rabbit, chicken or even pig. The amount of intelligence she gathers while in these animal forms is astounding. Few people watch what they are saying around a cat or dog.

Malissa has long dark hair, brown eyes, a nice figure and a very pretty face. Her weapon of choice…when she absolutely must use a weapon…is a rapier.  She’s very skilled with it.

A Red Dress And A Black Leather Jacket

…it was a night to remember

Damn…it’s overcast and crappy looking outside. Fall sucks. Not as bad as Winter does, but it still sucks.

So, yesterday I had a pretty good list of stuff I needed to do…or at least get started on. However, a late start and the need to do a bit of shopping kinda tripped me up. What I DID manage to do was…

1: Buy and plant 55 assorted daffodil bulbs
2: Piled more clippings on Compost Pile X44
3: Trimmed up several bushes (which resulted in the above clippings)
4: Watered the entire garden
5: Cleaned off the driveway
6: Did two loads of laundry
7: Did a bit of preliminary straightening up in the Room of Doom

All in all, not bad. Right now, I’m drinking my tea before heading off to Roseville to buy tea and spices. When I return from that, I’ll be tackling the Room of Doom. After that, I’ll wash dishes and then spend the rest of the evening goofing off.

Belgian Waffle Golem

…deadly, yet delicious

First off: Happy Birthday, Robin D. Laws!


About this character: Today, we have a spy who doubles as a hitter

The Doclopedia #67

Spies: Cameron Greene

Stats (using FUDGE dice)

Body: +3
Mind: +2
Spirit: +2

Greene is a former Navy SEAL. He saw action in the first Gulf War, as well as places that the U.S. Government won’t talk about. After 10 years as a SEAL, he was recruited by the CIA and began his career as a spy…and an assassin. He’s very good at both jobs.

Working alternately out of South America and Africa, Greene does only 2 or 3 hits per year. Most of his work involves surveillance of individuals in tremote locatrions.

Cameron Greene is 6’2″ tall, weighs 280 pounds, has short brown hair and green eyes. He has no tattoos or other identifying marks. He uses a wide range of weaponry, some of them quite primitive.

Blue Moon Eclipse

…bark at the moon

Hawaii in the 1920’s & 30’s

The following is based on some reading and alot of hearing about the history of the various islands, especially Hawai’i and Kaua’i. I may be wrong about certain things, but I reckon I’m close enough for RPG stuff.

1: Much of the arable land on all the islands was given over to plantations/ranches raising everything from pineapples to coconuts to sugar cane to cattle.

2: Honolulu was and still is the largest town in Hawaii. As of this year, it has a population of just under 372,000. The next largest town is Hilo with less than 47,000 people. Back in 1920, both towns would have been significantly smaller. You can figure most towns probably had less than 5,000 people.

3: The United States had a sizeable military presence on Oahu, with far less of a presence on the other islands.

4: Despite the fact that less than half of the population was caucasian, they were in charge and racism was the order of the day.

5: The native Hawaiian population was probably less than 7% of the total population. Much of the non-caucasian population was Asian, mostly Japanese and Chinese. Other ethnic groups included Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican and various Pacific Islanders.

6: On the Big Island (Hawaii) there was and still is a huge cattle ranching presence centered mostly around the Parker Ranch, which is the biggest cattle ranch in the United States. These cattle ranches and the towns that formed around them were surprisingly like their counterparts on the US mainland.

7: As today, the islands were a hot spot for tourists, especially wealthy ones. In the finer hotels, the nightlife was no doubt swingin’. I’m not sure if Prohibition was in effect in Hawaii, but even if it was, it was no doubt roundly ignored as it was in the US.

8: Being centrally located in the Pacific, the islands were a major stopping point for ships of all kinds.

9: The more remote areas of the islands were even nore remote than they are today. It’s probably a safe bet that illegal activities took place there.

10: Most towns were not unlike small towns the world over…there were churches, shops, saloons, brothels, schools, etc. Architechturally, most buildings were built of wood with corrugated steel roofing.

11: Remember that Hawaii had and still has a much more limited variety of mammalian and reptilian life that most other places. There are no snakes, no lizards other than geckos, very few toads & frogs and few small or large mammals.

12: Hawaii was exotic and different. As such, it surely attracted adventurous sorts of folks looking for excitment and thrills (to say nothing of fortune & glory).

The Daring Adventures Of Doctor Tempest And His Time Travelling Airship

…from the December, 1899 issue

Uncle Doc’s Big Weekend Plans

1: Plant irises and daffodils on the hillside garden.
2: Start the long and arduous process of cleaning out the garage.
3: Help Grace with household chores.
4: Watch some of the 8,000 tv shows we recorded while on vacation.
5: Begin clearing out the Room of Doom.
6: Do a bit of writing.

We’ll see how much I actually get done.

About this character: Here we have your classic spymaster, in the “M” mold.

The Doclopedia #66

Spies: Mr. B

Stats (using FUDGE dice)

Body: +1
Mind: +3
Spirit: +3

Mr. B is a tall, thin fellow. He has thinning brown hair liberally sprinkled with grey. His eyes are an icey blue and he has a 2 inch scar next to his right eye. He has a flat midwestern accent. He usually wears a dark blue suit.

His job requires that Mr. B ride herd on up to a dozen field agents. Aiding him are his personal assistant, Herbert, and several technichians and analysts. Mr. B and his helpers work out of a secret headquarters behind a florist shop in Manhattan. He is a tough, but caring boss and his agents respect him.

Mr. B was once a celebrated field agent himself, before moving up to his present position. His weapon of choice is a .44 Magnum, backed up by a hidden derringer.