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Now that my Wordpress blog at parsantium.com has been going strong for a year, I'm going to stop crossposting Parsantium content here, and go back to using this Livejournal primarily for session logs from my D&D games.

If you want to keep up to date on Parsantium: City at the Crossroads, please visit parsantium.com.

You can buy Parsantium in PDF and print online at drivethrurpg.com, paizo.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com and d20pfsrd.com.

If you want to support your FLGS, print copies are in stock in London's Leisure Games and Orc's Nest.

Goblin Valley Revisited

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Much better picture of Goblin Valley from our recent US trip below, taken with kb98's Nikon SLR camera.



Very cool place! That's what I love about Southwest USA - so many cool places to visit in addition to the big national parks. This was in the Rough Guide but it was the recommendation of the person who looked after us at our B&B in Moab which got us to go there.

Valley of the Goblins

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How could we resist the lure of Goblin Valley State Park while driving from Moab to Capitol Reef? The answer was we couldn't. The park is filled with weird goblin and mushroom-shaped rock formations that look like they've been crafted out of mud.

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Goblin Markets

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Given current events in Wrath of the River King, maybe I should buy this.....?



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Stop the Oppression!

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At least someone is doing something to raise awareness of the plight of goblins everywhere and (hopefully) bring about real positive change for these unfortunate and misunderstood humanoids.

Visit Goblin Defense Fund, sign the petition and, if you can afford it, donate some money to bribe the 4e designers too!

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Pathfinder #1 Burnt Offerings

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I finally managed to get my copy of the first issue of Pathfinder last Saturday and am about half way through reading it. It's not really a magazine: it's more like a full-colour glossy module with background articles that both support the main adventure and the setting of Sandpoint. The adventure ("Burnt Offerings") is the first part of the Rise of the Runelords adventure path which starts at 1st level and goes up to 15th, and features those nasty little goblins as depicted by Wayne Reynolds on the front cover and talked about here

Overall, I'm impressed with what I've read so far. The adventure looks good and I like what I've seen of the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, although I think I'd pick Savage Tide over this one if I had to choose one to run. One thing I really liked was the use of Open Game Content from Green Ronin's excellent Book of Fiends and from Necromancer's Tome of Horrors. What I didn't like so much was the anime/manga style art which I gather was because a first choice artist dropped out.

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Finished reading the whole book this morning. The adventure is good but the interesting monsters (including the creepy little attic whisperer), and particularly the articles on the fallen kingdom of Thassilon and the Pathfinder Society and its exotic travels were the things I enjoyed the most. Looking forward to issue #2!

Cool Goblins

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Wizards of the Coast have announced that they are not renewing Paizo's licence to produce Dragon and Dungeon magazines and that they will no longer exist as printed magazines which is very disappointing. Go to http://paizo.com/dragon/news/pressReleases/v5748eaic9kh0> for more information.

However, Paizo have announced a new venture called Pathfinder which seems pretty cool, judging by this picture of some new-look goblins by Wayne Reynolds and the stuff below from their site at http://paizo.com/pathfinder/blog



Ten Fun Facts About Goblins

1: Horse Hate: Goblins excel at riding animals, but they don't quite get horses. In fact, their hatred of all things horse is matched only by their fear of horses, who tend to step on goblins who get too close.

2: Dog Hate: Although goblins raise horrible rat-faced doglike creatures to use as mounts (and ride wolves or worgs if they can get them—goblins are quick to explain that wolves are NOT dogs), their hatred of ordinary dogs nearly matches their hatred of horses. The feeling is mutual, so if your dog's barking at the woodpile for no reason, chances are good he smells a frightened goblin hiding in there somewhere.

3: Goblins Raid Junkyards: Garbage pits, gutters, sewers, anywhere there's garbage, you can bet goblins are nearby. They're weirdly adept at crafting weapons and armor from refuse, and are fond of killing people with what they throw away.

4: Goblins Love to Sing: Unfortunately, as catchy as their lyrics can be, goblin songs tend to be a bit too creepy and disturbing to catch on in mainstream society.

5: They're Sneaky: An excited or angry goblin is a noisy, chattering, toothy menace, but even then, they can drop into an unsettling silence in a heartbeat. This, matched with their diminutive size, makes them unnervingly adept at hiding in places you'd never expect stacks of firewood, rain barrels, under logs, under chicken coops, in ovens, etc.

6: They're A Little Crazy: The fact that goblins think of things like ovens as good hiding places reveals much about their inability to think plans through to the most likely outcome. That, and they tend to be easily distracted, particularly by shiny things and animals smaller than them that might make good eating.

7: They're Voracious: Given enough supplies, a goblin generally takes nearly a dozen meals a day. Most goblin tribes don't have enough supplies to accommodate such ravenous appetites, which is why the little menaces are so prone to going on raids.

8: They Like Fire: Burning things is one of the great goblin pastimes, although they're generally pretty careful about lighting fires in their own lairs, especially since goblins tend to live in large tangled thistle patches and sleep in beds of dried leaves and grass. But give a goblin a torch and someone else's home and you've got trouble.

9: They Get Stuck Easily: Goblins have wiry frames but wide heads, and live in cramped warrens. Sometimes too cramped.

10: Goblins Believe Paintings and Writing Steal Your Soul: The walls of goblin lairs and ruins of towns goblins have raided are littered with pictures of their enemies. They never draw pictures of goblins, though—that's mean. Writing steals words out of your head. You can't get them back.

The Goblin Song

Goblins chew and goblins bite,
Goblins cut and goblins fight,
Stab the dog and cut the horse,
Goblins eat and take by force!

Goblins race and goblins jump,
Goblins slash and goblins bump,
Burn the skin and mash the head,
Goblins here and you be dead!

Chase the baby, catch the pup,
Bonk the head to shut it up!
Bones be cracked, flesh be stewed,
We the goblins—you the food!

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