Saturday, October 27, 2012

Darker Paths: Necromancer and Witch

Just in time for Halloween, I'd like to remind you, my loyal readers, of a pair of NPC *cough* character classes suitable for use with AD&D, Adventures Dark and Deep, OSRIC, etc.

The Necromancer is a master of death and the undead, and possesses scores of new and unique spells designed to control and mimic the undead, and enter their haunted crypts and graves. He has more than 75 new spells including Funeral Shroud, Living Death, and Kiss of the Vampire. The pdf is 20 pages.

The Witch is an outcast from society, weaving malevolent magic in order to take her revenge on those who have wronged her. She has more than 50 new spells, including Hand of Glory, Blight Field, and Candle Magic. The pdf is 26 pages.

Each can be introduced into your campaign either as a villainous NPC or, if you choose, as a new character class for your players. Each costs $5 individually, or you can buy both together for $8.

Happy Halloween!

13 Days of Halloween: Day Nine

Today, I'd like to bring your attention to some lighter fair; a pair of spooky-yet-lighthearted films that were staples of my youth. Both, not coincidentally, are currently available on Netflix for instant viewing, both featuring Boris Karloff, too.

The first is Mad Monster Party? (the question mark really is part of the title). Remember those stop-motion animated specials that Rankin-Bass did for Christmas and Easter? Rudolph, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, etc.? Well, many people don't know that they also did a horror-themed one called Mad Monster Party? Basically, take all of the old classic horror monsters; Frankenstein's Monster (as well as his bride-- played by Phyllis Diller!), the Mummy, the Wolfman, Dracula, etc. and throw 'em in together with a schlub pharmacy assistant who doesn't really realize what's going on around him and have a ball.

The second is The Comedy of Terrors, a quirky but very funny comedy/horror film starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone. Price plays a murderous mortician who drums up his own business when times are slow, and the whole thing turns into wonderful farce when one of his victims turns out not to be as dead as Price might want him to be. Mix in a neglected wife with a singing voice that can (literally) shatter glass and there's a lot of good fun here. It's wonderful to see the range that these classic actors have, stretching from horror to slapstick comedy and back again. Well worth watching right after Tales of Terror, which featured much of the same cast just the year before.