Sunday, September 6, 2020

Legends of Gath vol. 1

I have compiled the 51 installments of the Legends of Gath series into a handy dandy .pdf. It's a fun read, I think. I was going to mail them out as zines, but this is much faster and more concise. The link is > HERE <. I hope you enjoy it. There's a lot of material to wander through. 

     Many thanks to Matt Jackson for the keen cover. If you want to share the link, go for it. Free is good and I want people to have something fun to look at instead of the daily atrocity that is the "news."

     I understand if the religious content weirds people out. I have been studying the Old Testament and I could not but help draw comparisons to the brutality of modern times with the tumult of days when prophets walked the earth unleashing she bears on insolent Philistines. You can strip all those references out and the setting is still coherent I think. 

22 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks for collecting them all into a single PDF. I eagerly wait for volume two to be released!

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    1. Oh, God. We may have to wait a bit. Writing it was a challenge in many ways because I constantly had to reference the dumpster fire that was real life. The next series - whatever it is will be cool, though. Perhaps a collection of our various play tests. :)

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  2. Boom! That is a lot of goodness wrapped up in a single PDF. Thank you kind sir.

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    1. May the Great Imbiber continue to bless you and yours!!

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  3. Hot damn! I've been saving each image file to a folder, but having them all in handy PDF format rocks. Much love & appreciation your way, Christian! Fight on!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. Enjoy the apocalypse!

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  4. Awesome work! Thanks for collecting them in a PDF for us.

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  5. Oh, that's wonderful! Thank you, kind sir.

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  6. Mmm. I'm not sure "the religious content weirds people out" (though maybe the email you receive tells a different story...). It isn't even unusual to find scripture posted in post-apocalyptic fiction (see The Stand or A Canticle for Leiobowitz)...which is pretty much what I consider your Gath text, playable or not.

    Role-players run the gamut between religious fundamentalism to atheists to heathens. I have...mmm..."strong opinions" regarding folks who feel challenged by the inclusion of religious content in fiction or an RPG (mostly boiling down to: it would be wise to take a moment and contemplate WHY such a thing bugs you...there may be issues there).

    For me, I find your content to be thoughtful, entertaining (i.e. humorous), and creatively deep...especially when you present it in a compilation like this. As a work, it's pretty amazing...for me it has an almost painful sincerity to it. Slap an introduction on the front and some explanatory rules (maybe in an appendix) and you could certainly package it as a campaign setting; probably the first (and only) real pandemic-related piece of RPG material I've seen. Heck, print it as a spiral-bound (like a survivor's journal) and sell it for $5-10 a pop; I'd buy it, just to have a memento of these rough times.

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    1. I'd buy it as well JB. I have found the Gath posts to be quite enjoyable. I have also had the chance to game in Gath when Christian ran it for Labyrinth Lord pre-pandemic, it is a fun and interesting setting to game in.

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words, JB! We've been without power for 36 hours and yesterday it was 113. I'm crazed from the heat, so I will keep this short although the sirens I began hearing as soon as the power went out got me to thinking about more gath content. What wouldn't people do for AC?

      I really appreciate you following along with this series. For me it's been a bible study, an exploration of current events and a way for me to vent fear/frustration/anger.

      I have some more ideas to come. Heck, I just look at California and there are fires, power outages and in other states people being run down with cars and all kinds of things that make me ask the hardest question there is for me to ask, "What does all of this mean and perhaps there is no meaning at all."

      I dunno. Until I figure something out the skellie boys, drooling mutants, and iron-willed explorers will keep doing their thing.

      Peace.

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    3. Peace and prayers to you and yours, man. California is going through some hard times right now with the fires and heatwave...a real "hell on earth" if you'll pardon the flippancy. Whatever it takes to stay sane (and a decent person to your fellow humans): by all means, do it.

      I only wish there was more than "kind words" to give. Here's a sincere prayer that there are better times to come.

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  7. Thank you so much for compiling this PDF, Christian! I for one have really enjoyed your Biblical and current events references--they're fun Easter eggs and help differentiate it from literally anything else out there. An artist should never have to apologize for expressing their artistic vision and influences.

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    1. Thank you so much. I've thought about my disclaimer a bit and I think it really comes from me - not that I worry about what other people might think - but that's it not my usual thing to post about my beliefs. "I don't like to lay my trip on other people" is how I usually phrase it.

      I am so glad you have enjoyed the series. I have new entries piling up in my head that will get out eventually. :)

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