Archive for May, 2022

Emory – A Warlock Born

Posted in Blog Series, Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Story, Writing with tags on May 25, 2022 by darkjade68

A New Tale

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

Emory – A Warlock Born

Art by Katmedic

Emory – A Warlock Born

by Doragon

Part 1

Emory was a small child, in a dangerous place…

A half Demon, pitch black of skin, eyes of glowing blue, he’d sit cross legged on the floor of his father’s library, studying his Runes

His father never really spoke to Emory, they’d sit across from one another at dinner…

…his Father all the way at the end of a long, fancy table…

…whilst Emory sat at the opposite, always with his Runes, with an occasional glance at his Father’s end of the table

But they never met eyes

Emory never met his mother…

…truth be known, he’s not even sure what Race she was… Human… Elf… He couldn’t be sure, and his Father surely never spoke of her

It was a Demon life… in a Demon place… his home was almost the size…

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The Best Breakfast Tacos I’ve Ever Made/Had (Vegan)

Posted in Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes with tags , , , on May 23, 2022 by darkjade68

I was really surprised by these

I literally threw some Breakfast Leftovers from the day before (Just Egg Scramble & Beyond Breakfast Links) in Warmed Corn Tortillas…

I also added some Tater Tots & topped it with Pico De Gallo

Man, they were awesome

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Want To Give Dungeons & Dragons A Try? Check Out, ‘Darkness To The North’

Posted in D & D, Dungeons And Dragons, Professional Dungeon Master on May 23, 2022 by darkjade68
Haunting mist amongst gnarly trees in a forest early in the morning.

In January of this year, I decided to give Professional Dungeon Mastering a try (Currently running a Monday & Friday Game)

I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons on and off for 35 years, published my first Adventure Module for it in 2019, and have been working on the 2nd Book since

And I’m a Writer/Filmmaker

The reality is, I’m a Storyteller & I love it, what an amazing place/way to immerse in a world & a character

On that note, I’m beginning two 1 to 3 session games/adventures… The first will be on Thursdays 12-3pm, PST… And the 2nd on Saturdays, also at 12-3pm PST

By running these shorter Campaigns (Like I say, 1 to 3 sessions), it can give people an opportunity to check out Dungeons & Dragons, without committing to a long term weekly game

Though they may want to after playing, cuz D & D is great, lol

Anyway, if you’d like to give it a shot, you can sign up here;

Thursday ‘DARKNESS TO THE NORTH’

Or Saturday ‘DARKNESS TO THE NORTH’

Free Session Zeroes will take place once you sign up sometime before the actual first session, where we can build your Character

Nuff said,

DarkJade-

The Legend Of Vox Machina, A True Review (3+ months after Premiere)

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Television Review with tags , on May 12, 2022 by darkjade68

My History With Critical Role

I started watching Critical Role on and off in 2017

I didn’t super click with the characters, but I loved Grog & Travis Willingham, and Matt was a tremendous Dungeon Master (Which is my thing)

I will say, the group’s friendships were what were most awesome to me, so rare to have a group of friends that are that close, at least that has been true for me

I was super excited for Season 2, caught it from the beginning, and pretty much watched the whole thing

Loved Jester (Laura Baily), Fjord (A Paladin/Warlock Half-Orc with 2 accents, come on), and the tragedy turned legend of Mollymauk (Taliesin has great concepts for characters)

The Kickstarter Project & Future Animated Series

I was not surprised at all about Critical Role’s Kickstarter success, I believe they’d done one for a D & D Mini which shot over a million, surely one for an Animated Special would blow that away, and it did

The Legend Of Vox Machina

I admit, though I didn’t really click with the original Critical Role Season 1 Characters (Save Grog, who I loved), I was still very excited to see the animated series

Like I say, the friendships of the group, coupled with Matt’s world, coupled with all of their immense Voice Acting talent, coupled with Titmouse (Who seemed awesome and inspired), seemed like they’d churn out at least a decent show…

…but it’s much more than that

The Story

(SPOILERS)

For me, the Briarwoods were my absolute favorite part of either of their first two D & D Campaigns, and I also love Vampires, so I loved them

Starting with the Dragon Mystery (I also love Dragons) also worked

The Main Characters

Scanlan, Scanlan, Scanlan… His character was absolutely hilarious, and Sam Riegal’s songs were just awesome, executed with a subtleness, never going over the top, hilarious and enjoyable

Pike such heart… Ashley Johnson just created such a compassionate, hearty, deep character, and I love her in this

Grog I admit I loved him so much in the Critical Role Season 1 actual play, it would be difficult to match Travis’s body of work portraying him, but in the series he is absolutely hilarious, not just dumb, he’s intuitive and has a giant heart

Keyleth was/is just great… I really didn’t connect with her in the in person Campaign, though I know many did, but in the series she’s not just powerful, she is bright eyed, and full of light… Marisha does a really subtle/strong job with her

Vax I actually really struggled with Vax in the live Campaign, but in the series, Liam just voices him with such subtlety (That word again)

He’s probably my favorite character in the series

Vex was tough in the live play, because I grew up with a really not nice sister, so I just don’t have a lot of tolerance for not niceness, lol. But in the series, on first watch, she didn’t really stand out to me… But after watching it many more times, she has some really great moments/comments/one liners, and left me wanting to know/hear more from her in the future

Percy Once again, an amazing concept, Taliesin does not disappoint… And I admit, the first hand full of episodes, I really dug Percy’s ‘Batman-esq-ness’… But by the end, he felt a bit much for me at least… I’m sure I’ll get a lot of slack for feeling this way, as I know by watching a lot of React Videos on YouTube, he’s most people’s favorite character… That said, Taliesin’s voice work in The Legend Of Vox Machina is exceptional

Final Verdict

Great Villains, amusing and full of heart Heroes, awesome Animation, great Music by Neal Acree (And songs by Sam etc.), great heavily Matt influenced Story, cool/interesting animation, The Legend Of Vox Machina is a blast, can’t wait for next Season!

Nuff said,

Thanks for listening/reading

DarkJade-

Nevermind

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on May 11, 2022 by darkjade68

Nevermind

Vastness…

The open sea of thought

It’s a miracle we’ve made it here alive…

Sometimes I wonder

Wonder and get lost…

In all the things that are possible

But often seem their not…

‘Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain

I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end‘ – James Taylor

How I long for the morning sounds

As frost and leaves lay upon the ground

It seems impossible this bliss and confusion will ever end…

Savor every moment until the when

PICTURE CREDIT – Dark Waters

DarkJade-

Polenta, Cucumber, Tomato & Hummus

Posted in Cooking, Food, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes on May 6, 2022 by darkjade68

Polenta, Tomato, Cucumber, Hummus (Pepper, Olive Oil Drizzled Over Tomato & Cucumber)

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