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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Day Three of OSR Christmas - "You MUST Delve In!" (Print Copies of Dyson's Delves I & II)



Is it really Day Three of OSR Christmas? Yep, it is! heh

Before we get to today's main event, there is a prize I must award here at The Tavern:

 +Forrest Aguirre  email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing and I'll get that $10 RPGNow GC to you.

So, what is today's OSR Christmas Offering?

+Dyson Logos is gifting his stellar Dyson's Delves. Amazing maps, excellent adventures, all for you. How do you get your chance at such goodness?

Here's Dyson in his own words:
I'm giving away print copies of Dyson's Delves I & II as part of +Erik Tenkar's 12 Days of OSR Christmas
But I'm also using this as a chance to collect new uses for old maps - to produce an additional resource for people who are using the blog and who want an idea or seed to go with the maps.  
So to enter, you need to find a map on the blog and propose another use for it. A quick adventure seed or idea of how it could be used. At the end of the day (or tomorrow morning depending on how sleepy we are) one entry (possibly 2) will be chosen randomly to receive print copies of Dyson's Delves I & II
This contest is open to entries from anywhere in the world, so get on it!
Oh, and if comment on this very post here at The Tavern and answer the following question - What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? (the answer matters less than your creativity, but thw gift receiver will still be chosen randomly ;) you'll have a chance to snag another $10 RPGNow GC. Entries close for the GC when the next OSR Christmas Post goes live - probably on Wednesday, as I'm working a double Monday into Tuesday.

Don't forget to click on the OSR Christmas pic in the upper right corner to bring you to all of the OSR Christmas posts. There are other offerings from earlier that are still collecting entries, so you may have a Very Merry OSR Christmas!

54 comments:

  1. What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

    I'm pretty certain that food is fired down the esophagus at something like Mach 1 so an unladen swallow might top out at Mach 2.

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  2. 11m/s

    http://style.org/unladenswallow/

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  3. What do you mean? A Greyhawk sparrow or a Realms sparrow?

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  4. What do you mean? A Greyhawk sparrow or a Realms sparrow?

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  5. I'm a post swallow learner. We all have our own methods which produce better out comes. For example, I'm very interested in his new learning which amazes me, sheep's bladders can do pretty much anything, they may even be employed to prevent earthquakes.

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  7. Incontheivable, never mess with an swallow when prithes are on the line!

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  8. I'm pretty sure there's table for that in Wilderness Survival Guide--hold on. Let's see--OK, d30, then 2d4+2, then, oh wait--how humid is it out?

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  9. If I had my Monster Manual handy I'd totally look it up right now.

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  11. The comment requirement is ridiculous, and I refuse to answer.

    *gallops off banging coconuts together*

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  12. 11 meters per second, or 24 miles an hour
    http://style.org/unladenswallow/
    all the calculations you need right there.

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  13. Is it flying or falling? If falling, it's 1d6 per 10' fallen. Cumulative.

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  14. Maps. A boon for lazy DMs anywhere.

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  15. I'm a little bit disappointed that the question does not concern the LADEN swallow. We seem to overlook the proud history of using swallows as beasts of burden. For instance, the Lithuanian pack swallow, when fitted with a harness and pack bags, is capable of carrying twice its weight in flight*. Needless to say, this configuration slows it down considerably, but proves tremendously useful over rough terrain that not even a horse or mule could traverse. And what about the Norwegian carrier swallow? It cannot support the same sort of weight that the pack swallow might, but it can still support a rolled scroll case 150% its length** in flight, and can be trained with a keen sense of direction, making it tremendously useful in transporting messages. Again, not quite as swift as an unladen swallow, but so much more practical. And of course, the Moroccan war swallow, which in the middle ages was fitted with plate armor*** and blades. Crusaders returned to tell stories of the fearsome birds that left grievous wounds**** across the battlefield.

    * 1.5 ounces in tiny tiny little packs
    ** about 9 inches, so write small
    *** aluminum plate. You probably didn't even know they had aluminum back then, but that's because Europe lost the technology for aluminum cans during the Dark Ages.
    **** about the size of paper cuts really, but ouch

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  16. ..What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?...

    Oh sure, bring back the whole fight between Barbarian and Monk builds for Swallow PC's. It's less about the airspeed and more about what you do with it...

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  17. That swallow turned me into a newt.

    I got better.

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  18. It depends on the type of plane you drop it from.

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  19. Then there's the matter of the Dire Swallow. (The monster, not the movie.)

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  20. What is all this about swallow's?

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  21. What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

    Depends on if there's a headwind or a tail wind

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  22. An unladen swallow can make the Kessel run in under 13 parsecs.

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  23. An unladen swallow can make the Kessel run in under 13 parsecs.

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  24. The question is clearly moot, as sparrows are notoriously, necessarily laden with guilt and concern, due to their reckless and impulsive history.

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  25. The question is clearly moot, as sparrows are notoriously, necessarily laden with guilt and concern, due to their reckless and impulsive history.

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  26. The velocity is strictly a function of how many points you allocated to Flight in your Multipower. Don't try to lean on real-world stuff, buddy: in this game, you get the effects you paid for - period.

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  27. It's not so much the origination continent as it is which continent is being traveled over. Or more specifically, where upon said continent one is. Every school child knows that the strength of gravity is dependent upon the distance an object is from the poles.

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  28. Well, thanks to Heisenberg's Secondary Uncertainty Principle (As Relates to Birds), I can only tell you how fast it is going if I don't know where it is.

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  29. Is it falling in an atmosphere or in a vacuum?

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  30. In Spelljammer, the mutant Giant Swallow Hamster can fly at a standard move of 60' per turn.

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  31. The answer is...... Nachos! No, wait I meant 4.

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  32. Prior to being cooked? Under its own power or taped to a missle?

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  33. Prior to being cooked? Under its own power or taped to a missle?

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  34. I don't know. But when I am astride a swallow, they tend to not have *any* air-speed velocity. So, laden, zero, unladen, greater than zero.

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  35. The swallow had the weekend off, so it was unladen. Tomorrow, the airspeed will depend on traffic. Does it get to work to pick up it's cargo before rush hour?

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  36. The air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow would vary greatly dependent on the weather conditions at the time. What did the DM roll on the table? Was it behind the screen or out in the open? How do you know the dice aren't loaded, or that it's all made up as you go along? Can the swallow familiar still lend aid to its wizard, and yet escape unscathed? What is the duration of it turn? All more important questions than a mere measure of "speed" ;) [And thank you for the wonderful contribution to, and celebration of, this great corner of the gaming community]

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  37. It is a trick question as this swallow has ceased to be, he has shuffled off this mortal coil...

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  38. Depends on who is throwing the unladen swallow....

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  39. It's impossible to answer without knowing whether we're discussing an African or a European swallow

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  40. Clever Dyson. Off to do that now.

    Thanks.

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  41. This is a trick question as the swallow is naturally laden.

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  42. It's not the speed we should concern ourselves with, rather the direction.

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  43. The laden swallows have been put out of work by a squadron of drones.

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  44. What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? It's whatever I say it is, cus I'm an OSR GM, and that's how we roll. So: 42.

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