We need more Terry Marandas!!


Location: Kuwait Music: Running Up That Hill covered by Placebo

 

It's been a while since I've updated, but I've been pretty busy. Since I last posted, I've taken on several PbP (play-by-post) games, started working on a project for Black Star Studios, and have continued working steadily on Rhune: Dawn of Twilight. I even started a newsletter (mostly for my gamers) called Twilight's Dawn (I know, I'm soooooo original) that details small bits about Rhune. I'm finding it's not just a great way to recap any given session, it's also a great way to introduce players to factions, Feats, traits, spells, and the like. Oh, and speaking of spells, check this zero level beauty!!

 

Æssinyr’s Blessing

School enchantment (compulsion) [mind-effecting]; Level cleric 0, oracle 0

Casting Time 1 standard action

Components DF, V

Range touch

Area or Target 1 ally

Duration instantaneous

Saving Throw none (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)

 

            When you cast this spell, you fill a single ally with divine inspiration, granting them a moral bonus equal to half of your Wisdom modifier (minimum 1) on the next skill check they roll.

 

In other, and just as exciting news, the artwork for Rhune: Dawn of Twilight, continues to come in ...and this last batch by artist Terry Maranda is, in a word, stunning. This man not only gets "Rhune" in both feel and concept, he does so with a level of honesty and commitment that the world sorely lacks. While I normally don't share private emails, I'm going to drop a small bit in, because in a few words, it truly illustrates the sort of character values he has... and I don't care how well you are with a pen, these values make all the difference!!

 

"Either way I really enjoyed working on it and I don't want to lie to you for just some extra cash, if you want the money back that's fine."

 

So, what happened? Well, in a word, I overpaid him. It was an oversight on my part, to the tune of 50% of the amount of the original commission. That's no small drop in the hat, either. In this case, he was quick to point this out and offered (as you can see above) the extra cast back immediately. I'm not rich (well, not yet at least), but I couldn't take the money back. But I couldn't just write it off, either. So, I did the only sensible thing I could. I offered to split the difference. Not only did he get half of my overpayment for his honesty, he got the other half as a down payment for his next illustration - and with work like his - he'll definitely be illustrating more of Rhune: Dawn of Twilight in the future.

 

In closing, the world needs more Terry Marandas! You, sir, rock!!

 



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