'Barbarism is the natural state of mankind,' the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. 'Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.'

-Robert E. Howard
Beyond The Black River

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tool Trunk Thursday: Portable Anvil

Welcome Dog Brothers and Sword Sisters to the next installment of Tool Trunk Thursday! The feature where I present a piece of equipment for Conan 2d20 and its effects in a friendly card-shaped format.

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Portable Anvil


Forming metal requires hammers and a surface to work on. Whether it is silver, gold or steel this is unchanged. The smiths of the Hyborian Age know this and from time to time require a smaller version of the anvils you might find in their shops. These pieces of steel are instrumental to field repairs to armor and weapons. Do not let their name fool you though, they may be portable, but they are not light.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tool Trunk Thursday: Hatchet and Sickle

WOW! It seems that last Thursday came and went without me noticing! Do not worry though, because today I am putting out TWO pieces of equiupment for your CONAN 2d20 Game! The Hatchet and the Sickle!

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Sickle


These small hand held tools serve one purpose in the Hyborian Age. They allow the user to more efficiently harvest plants. From grain to herbs many cultures utilize these or similar to enhance their production of wild and domestic plants. Across the globe these can be found crafted in everything from steel to bone.

Hatchet


Much like the sickle this small hand tool is common place in the Hyborian Age. It's larger cousin, the axe, is used to fell huge trees and enemies, but the hatchet is often picked up when small trees need to be cut down to make camp, or wood needs to be broken down into firewood to keep it's owner warm on those cold nights. LIke the sickle above they are formed from everything from stone to steel, depending on the cultures creating them. If you liked this article then don't forget to subscribe to get the next exciting installment on pulp gaming both Sci-Fi and Fantasy!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

January 22. Happy Birthday Mr. Howard.


One hundred and fourteen years ago a man was born who would have a profound effect on the world.

On January 22, 1906, Robert E. Howard was born, and although his life ended tragically and at a young age he gave a plethora of stories and characters to the world. As a writer he was influential in fantasy literature and is credited as being the grandfather of Sword & Sorcery. His works are among those that influenced and inspired the creation of D&D, being included in that famous Appendix N.

We was more than a writer of fantasy though and ran the entire gambit of adventure tales: western, boxing, ghost, desert adventures and maybe even a spicy story or two.

He was regularly published during the 1930s in pulp magazines including Weird Tales.

More than a 100 years later his characters thrill, entertain and influence.

If you are interested in learning more about Robert E. Howard, I would encourage you to check out the REH Foundation as well as the CromCast. I would also recommend checking out the novel by Novalyne Price Ellis, "One Who Walked Alone", it is about her friendship with Howard near the end of his life. Finally don't forget to grab copies of the collected letters between Howard and Lovecraft.

"He was a man," said Conan. "I drink to his shade, and to the shade of the dog, who knew no fear." He quaffed part of the wine, then emptied the rest upon the floor, with a curious heathen gesture, and smashed the goblet. "The heads of ten Picts shall pay for his, and seven heads for the dog, who was a better warrior than many a man."

Beyond the Black River.
-Robert E Howard.

Raise your glass tonight and toast one of the greats.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Tool Trunk Thursday: Fishing Net

Welcome Dog Brothers and Sword Sisters to the next installment of Tool Trunk Thursday! The feature where I present a piece of equipment for Conan 2d20 and its effects in a friendly card-shaped format.

The new year is upon us and as some of us think about heading back to work, and getting back into more normal routines I wanted to wish everyone a great new year!

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Fishing Net


The oceans of the world then, just as now, provide a source of food and survival for those that live along its shores. Many methods are used to gather the bounty of the sea. One of the most common tools used by the men of the Hyborian Age is the fishing net. Common in the countries of Zingara, Argos, Shem, Stygia, Turan and even some of the people of the Black Kingdoms; really any nation that shares a border with the sea.

A strong mesh of heavy rope that can be thrown by several men out into the ocean or another body of water and brought back in, hopefully, full of fish, but who knows what else it might dredge up from the depths?

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Tool Trunk Thursday: Sharpening Stone

Welcome Dog Brothers and Sword Sisters to the next installment of Tool Trunk Thursday! The feature where I present a piece of equipment for Conan 2d20 and its effects in a friendly card-shaped format.

The new year is upon us and as some of us think about heading back to work, and getting back into more normal routines I wanted to wish everyone a great new year!

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Sharpening Stone


Since man has been using weapons he has used other tools to keep them in working order. Weapons of steel are no different, and in time their edges dull and they require maintenance. These hard, fine grit stones from the mountains of Aquilonia and Nemedia, are prized for their ability to bring back the sharpness that a warrior trusts his blades to have.

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