Tag Archives: Jack Vance

The Dying Earth Random Quote Generator

In the early 2000s, DyingEarth.com featured a Jack Vance Random Quote Generator. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to figure out how to incorporate a random generator into WordPress without adding new plugins – so, in lieu of that, here’s a random table of 68 Jack Vance quotes for you to play with at your leisure. […]

See Page XX: Self-Control Freaks

This post originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. A column on roleplaying by Robin D. Laws Those of you familiar with the Dying Earth roleplaying game know its Persuade/Rebuff mechanic. To emulate the twists, turns and connivances of Jack Vance’s sublime source material, the game treats persuasion attempts as having the same structure […]

Pelgrane News 1998-2000

The following news items and diary entries originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in 2000. You can find the entries for 2001-2002 here. You can find the entries for 2006-2009 here. ☀ Editor’s note: A few of these news items were not categorized by month or year – I have done my best to approximate their chronology, and have […]

Sample from the Compendium of Universal Knowledge

The following sample article from the Dying Earth RPG‘s Compendium of Universal Knowledge originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. The Asm Canon The asm is a demon-insect cross. They are primarily black in color, humanoid with compound eyes, and with other insectoid features such as their grinding mandibles and bristling antennae. In many specimens several large […]

The Source of Sorcery

The following article on the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. The Primer of Practical Magic by Jeanry Chandler Not long ago, in an interview in the Excellent Prismatic Spray magazine, Gary Gygax described the profound influence that the work of Jack Vance had upon the original design and overall feel […]

“Fields of Silver” (Shades of Grey?)

This article on the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. Turjan-Level Gaming and the Lands of the Near East by Lynne Hardy Abandon now your witty banter and your lightning repartee for they will only serve to mar your progress through a world no longer colourful but deadly dark for the unwary. […]

Original Dying Earth Press Release

The following press release for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com around 2004. Stories of the Earth’s demise are premature. Press Release Pelgrane Press LONDON, ENGLAND – Dying Earth RPG released. After two years of development, design and playtesting, Pelgrane Press has released its role playing game based on novelist Jack Vance´s seminal Dying […]

A Taste of Something Different

This article about the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com. The Dying Earth RPG as an alternative roleplaying game system by Lynne Hardy If you don’t know what a roleplaying game is, read this article about the Dying Earth RPG instead. Fantasy was the inspiration for the first roleplaying games, and amongst the inspirations for the […]

Remembering Jack Vance

Jack Vance, master-story teller, is dead. He died aged 96, with a huge body of work and a wide but subtle influence as part of his legacy. In his eponymous story, Mazirian the Magician encompasses spells, forcing them with great effort into his cerebellum then releasing them at moments of narrative convenience. They are gone […]

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