7 Superpowers that Parents Gave to Santa

Santa

Santa Claus is a pretty powerful guy. Not only is he the ultimate moral arbiter for billions of people across the globe, but he’s developed an ever-increasing array of magical powers. He started as a Turkish monk who had a penchant for charity, and is now an immortal being with a flying sled.

No matter what social obstacles come up over the years, it seems that Santa has a way of overcoming them. Chimneys go out of style? He finds another magical way of entering people’s homes. Surveillance too tough on a planet with billions of people? Now he has legions of shelf-dwelling elves to aid him.

Santa’s amazing powers are a testament to parents’ creativity. Every time kids discover a seeming impossibility, we whip up something new to keep the game going. It’s only a matter of time before the guy gets a magical flying workshop to counteract the problem of an ever-shrinking North Pole.

Since I’m a big fan of tabletop role-playing games, I can explain Santa’s power inflation as a simple result of him leveling up. He now has centuries of experience, a lot of different allies, and some magical items that he’s accumulated over a long career.

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Book Review and Giveaway: OH! The Things You Can See In The Dark!

OH! The Things You Can See In The Dark!

Darkness can mean many different things to kids. It can be something scary or something wonderful, depending on the perspective. OH! The Things You Can See in the Dark! by Cathleen Francisco definitely skews toward the latter, presenting the many wonders of the night.

Advertised as appropriate for ages three and up, this book has value to older kids and adults, too. Each page features something that you see at night, be it animals, natural phenomenon, or the lights of a Ferris wheel. A short poem accompanies these images, and more in-depth facts show up on the facing page.

The art is a big draw for this book. The pages are black, which makes the colors really pop. The pictures seem slightly surreal, but never get too unrealistic. Each picture holds many details, and my kids had great fun searching through the images to see what they could find.

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Out Now: Despicable Deeds

Despicable Deeds

Wayward Rogues’ Whispers of the Dark Mother mini-adventure path continues with my entry into the series, Despicable Deeds! On the trail of the cult of Shub-Niggurath, the PCs must enter a haunted house whose residents have been corrupted by the Dark Mother. What secrets lie within Bhestos Manor? More importantly, as one particularly dangerous monster hunts the PCs through the haunted corridors, will they survive long enough to learn those secrets?

Dark Deeds is an adventure for 3rd-level Pathfinder characters. It is intended to serve as part of the ongoing Whispers of the Dark Mother mini-adventure path, but it also can be modified to stand alone as a haunted house adventure.

The adventure is available in PDF format through the following links:

16 Reasons to be Thankful for 2016

2016

People seem to agree that 2016 has not been a great year. We’ve had a whirlwind of nightmares on the political scene, both nationally and internationally. We’ve seen numerous mass shootings, the deaths of many beloved celebrities, and the unfortunate death of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. But it’s not all bad, is it?

My own 2016 has been a mixed bag, with the death of my mother overshadowing everything else. But buried underneath all that sadness, I moved on to a new job that I like, I’ve had a banner year in terms of publications, and my family continues to bring me joy.

I’d be willing to bet that most people probably have similar experiences. When you look at this year from a personal level, it might be bittersweet, but it’s probably not completely awful. Taken as a whole, no single year is all good or all bad.

Part of the problem is that fear and dismay sell better than happiness and hope. The last 20 years have turned us into a society that’s constantly bombarded by news, most of which is bad because the media cares more about ratings than facts. But that doesn’t mean everything is as bleak as it seems.

To prove that 2016 hasn’t been a universally bad year, here are 16 good stories that have come our way since January. While this stuff doesn’t outweigh the general misery that so many people seem to be feeling this year, it’s at least a reminder than there are good stories out there if you look.

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Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part two

Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen is an actress, director, author, and the winner of Miss America in 1982. Many know her best for her role as Amanda Darieux, the femme fatale antihero from Highlander: The Series and Highlander: The Raven. Most recently, she has created independent films as the founder of Flapper Films and published her first novel, Shalilly, with Flapper Press.

Ms. Gracen was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about her part in Highlander and her transition from acting to other projects. Part one of the interview can be found here. The second part, which delves into her post-acting career, is below.

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Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part one

Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen is an actress, director, author, and the winner of Miss America in 1982. Many know her best for her role as Amanda Darieux, the femme fatale antihero from Highlander: The Series and Highlander: The Raven. Most recently, she has created independent films as the founder of Flapper Films and published her first novel, Shalilly, with Flapper Press.

Ms. Gracen was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about her part in Highlander and her transition from acting to other projects. The first part of the interview is below.

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