The Last Gladiator Winners & Publishing Day!

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Hi all! Congrats to the winner of my Last Gladiator and Roma Aeronautica giveaway! Today is the day you can get The Last Gladiator live on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords!

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Running a D&D NPC as a party member

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Hello everyone! I wanted to talk briefly about how I’ve been running an NPC as a member of our party for our current 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign. I know that the how and when parts have been extensively covered elsewhere, but I figured I’d give my own spin on it.

New Map! I’Mirski’s Tomb

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I’ve uploaded a new map – I’Mirkski’s Tomb! Perfect for a hidden den of criminality that happens to connect to a profitable mine, or a safehouse for a group of rebels, or even an uncovered ancient ruin, I’Mirski’s Tomb has a trap, a hidden wall, a teleportation grid (optional!), and even a monster pen. (Used in my Brokenbank campaign to house a Bone Minotaur and released by the myriad on our hapless adventurers!) Enjoy!

Creating an “antique” looking prop for Dungeons and Dragons

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Author’s Note: While I had been working on this for my large hybrid in person/virtual party, the group essentially broke up several months later due to commitments and, well, life. But this is a great resource so I wanted to make sure I finished it. At the time, the party had reached a monastery and was in need of some research on a particular topic. So I decided to make them a book!

The unbound final project

New D&D Resource – Maps of Brokenbank in Wildemount

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Hello again! Welcome back. I’ve been absent quite awhile from the blog, but I’m hoping to change that in the new year. In the last few months I’ve started (and pretty much ended) my first campaign, and now have started a second one. You’ll see Tallavanor’s Tales picking back up again as I finally get to play as a character again, and you’ll see some of the maps and other resources here for my current party.

Happy Holidays and Good Riddance to 2020

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Greetings all! While I’ve been pretty silent on the blogging front, I wanted to share my holiday message with you all.

May 2021 be a better year than 2020. Here are my New Year’s Wishes and Hopes.

  • May we rediscover the wonders of being together, safely, with loved ones near and far.
  • May we remember how to be patient.
  • May we return to respecting our institutions, leaders, and organizations.
  • May we make changes to help all people, and ensure that we have methods in place to prevent future pandemics.
  • May we find the joy in not using the latest technology, but rather in enjoying the latest gathering of friends and family.
  • May you find peace and happiness in this new year.

From my family to yours, please take care of yourselves and others. Lots of Love,

Daniel

Year of Accountability – June 28th-July 5th, 2020 – Camp NaNoWriMo Progress on the Novella!

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Greetings all!

This is a combination post for both my Year of Accountability Project and my Camp NaNoWriMo Progress! I’ve been working on the novella pretty heavily over the last few days, and reached the first major milestone! 10,000 words! I’m excited to share a brief except from the short story in the novella below, but first I wanted to also share the goal for next week.

Goal for this week: Reach 10,000 words in the ‘Colonia’ book – Goal Achieved!

Goal for next week: Reach 20,000 words!

Remember that my novels are on sale for 25% off for  Smashword’s Summer Sale, going on now! Stay at home and read my books! Subscribe to the blog for more news and updates!

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Happy 4th of July! Smashword’s Summer Sale Ongoing!

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a safe, socially distanced, and mask-wearing day.

Missed getting your copy of my novels during Smashword’s Give Back Sale? Their annual Summer/Winter Sale is on now! Get my novels on Smashwords for 25% off! Stay at home and read my books!

NaNoWriMo – 7200 words!

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Here’s another Camp NaNoWriMo Update! I missed yesterday’s, but that’s fine. I’ve already been getting some good feedback from my beta readers as they look at the (very imperfect) writing that is underway. Today’s writing looks at some of the first Roman explorers to reach Nix Insulam – Otherwise called Iceland – and their encounters with the Nortlanders who were already there.

  1. Total amount of words: 7,197
  2. Progress today: 1,607 words
  3. Goal: 50,000 Words

If you like what you see, remember that you can get my latest novella – The Last Gladiator, on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords! Onto some of today’s writing. Remember, this is the roughest of rough drafts, but any critiques are always welcome! Click beyond to see today’s snippet!

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Happy Camp NaNoWriMo! Today’s progress!

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Hi all,

Here’s today’s first writing progress from Camp NaNoWriMo. The goal is to post a snippet of each day’s work. That way, you can see progress!

  1. Total amount of words: 5590
  2. Progress today: 1,424 words
  3. Goal: 50,000 Words

If you like what you see, remember that you can get my latest novella – The Last Gladiator, on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords! Onto some of today’s writing. Remember, this is the roughest of rough drafts, but any critiques are always welcome!


Foreword

Greetings reader, I hope you enjoy my trifling effort to summarize some of the most critical events in the history of the colonization of New Caesaria. I was commissioned by the Byzantium College of Warfare to compose this volume of primary resources on the development of New Caesaria. Exploring the time period from discovery to initial exploration and colonization efforts to the present day, it is my foremost desire that this volume sheds some light on the westernmost reaches of our Empire’s power. As always, all dates in this passage are in ‘After the Emperor’ – A.E. (although some sources use A.D. – Ad Dominum, especially those from Christian sources, and others use P.I. – Post Imperator, as in traditional Latin, rather than the more evolved version used today. But I digress…)

I make no promise of extensivity; rather I have pulled from the most original and noteworthy resources. Some may question my inclusion of so-called “barbarian” accounts of colonization. To them I say that Rome has always worked hard to integrate the people, including those ‘less civilized’, around our empire. We like to think of Rome as the most enlightened in the world, but as a nation we have much to learn from our neighbors.

Certainly, their ways, methods, and language are foreign to us. In some cases, such as the Aztlan Dominion, their methods are abhorrent and bloodthirsty. Others, such as the republican traditions of the Hausonadee Confederacy, leave much to be admired. I would be unable to tell the true story of our colonization efforts without their truth.

Year of Accountability – Weeks of June 14th & 21st

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Good morning! Welcome back to another Year of Accountability post. Hopefully, with school done, I’ll be back on the right swing of things for this!

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