Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet renowned artist Simon Bull and to spend a couple of days chatting with and getting to know him at a May 12-15 Park West Gallery event at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas.

Was recently speaking with my old friend Jim Askey and he mentioned that he still had the sheet for the character he played in my AD&D campaign from 1982-84! He was kind enough to scan and send it to me and it appears here. Based on his character sketch alone, my sense is he would have played Mr. Fibula as a Tiefling if the option had been available in that era.

Odysseus Trismegistus stood on a rocky headland and gazed out over a shipwrecked-choked sea and, on the dozen-or-so islands he could see from his vantage point, the ruins of sacked and abandoned cities and the scattered remnants of shattered armies. He could see his commander, Essyx, standing nearby and knew that they were experiencing the final moments of a dying world.

A New Year is always an exciting time for me and gives me an opportunity to assess the things I have done over the previous 12 months and to set goals for the coming 12. I am always, admittedly, a bit overambitious in my projections, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, and if I manage to do half of what I hope to then that is usually still more than good enough. 

Ethiopia is one of the oldest, strangest, and most fascinating places in the world and its history, peoples, legends, and folklore can serve as rich sources of inspiration for encounters, whole adventures, or even entire campaigns.

As I write this it is nearing the end of my 11th day in Ethiopia and, exhausted from my travels and associated exertions, I am fighting the urge to lay down and rest before completing a synopsis of what I have thus far accomplished.