This mixed bag of items from my old game notebooks includes Permanent Potions, Devouts of Earth, Spoof Names, the Spell Memory, and an Iron Lamp with silver lettering. 

Over the past 30-or-so years, I read have all of horror author H.P. Lovecraft's most famous works, and many of his most obscure ones, works at least once, and some of my favorite ones multiple times. I had, however, never read his stories in any particular order and my unorganized approach to his body of work did not help me in my desire to gain a sense for Lovecraft's development as a writer or the evolution of his mythos.

While rooting through some of our old game materials I found the following item written by my father, Michael H. Varhola, titled "Byzantine Knight vs. D&D Paladin" and written no later than 1986, on a "Garfield" memo pad. It tied in with an D&D campaign set in Germany during the Dark Ages that he was running at the time and in which by brother, I, and a few of our friends were playing.

For as long as I can remember, I have had an avid interest in military history, and for most of those years some of my favorite books on the subject have been ones in the Osprey Publishing “Men-at-Arms” series. Each of these books provided a detailed at particular types of soldiers over a certain period of time or during a specific conflict or related series of them and both encouraged and enhanced the interest in wargaming that led me to start Skirmisher Publishing LLC. What made them especially fun and notable amongst other books on the same subjects was that the photographs and other illustrations they contained were supplemented by a series of beautiful color plates, and it was these that I always turned to and perused before reading anything beyond the title.

When the wildly popular remake of Battlestar Galactic ended in 2009, its creators followed up with the prequel series Caprica. Never, perhaps, has such a decent show been so unjustly and stupidly reviled by the fans for which it was created. No, it was not as "good" as the series for which it was a spinoff, but there was hardly any way it could have been. And yes, there were things about it that I did not particularly like. But in tone and production quality it was comparable to the original series, and it had a sophisticated storyline and quality actors. But the fans whined and agitated and what do they have now for a Galactica franchise show? Nothing, that's what. 

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