Wednesday, 25 April 2012

X-Y-Z and something funny

The Blogging A-to-Z 2012 Challenge is wrapping up this week. ACD is ready with X, Y, and Z drafted or written and queued for GMT (and you were wondering why my daily posts seemed to drop a day ahead!).

Thanks again to Ben Scerri of versamus; we roll for helping out! He not only posted in my absence, but he suggested quite a few of the topics as we wind the challenge down. Visit his blog and encourage his muse. He's got some great gaming ideas for WFRP.

One thing that I love doing is looking at the query referrals from Google in my analytics. I always see a traffic spike in April in anticipation of the A-to-Z challenge. The traffic is nothing to trumpet, WFRP is a niche demographic after all, but the fiction can be compelling. Let's look at the top ten queries for April to date shall we:

  1. (not set)
  2. rpg whorehouse names
  3. brothel name generator
  4. pathfinder characters
  5. another caffinated day
  6. fantasy empire name generator
  7. free animal sex stories
  8. pathfinder ranger
  9. wfrp blog
  10. inns of the empire

So ACD is famous for brothels, whorehouses, and bestiality fanfic. Huh? #10 actual tells the larger story about all the brothels and whorehouses, it's my JavaScript WFRP coaching inn, tavern, hostel name generator (linked in the list for your ready use). I've highlighted other items that I find important to the success of ACD.

But the bestiality fanfic...odd. Is there a demand? Can I get paid instead of giving it away? I mean, if there's a demand...


It seems sometime in 2008 I had trackbacks unmoderated. A quick search of Google found the offending post. Over 40 bestiality links in the form of trackback spam! Corrected. Now to get Google to recrawl the entry. Wish I could have got a cut of what ever referrals those folks were getting!
Posted by caffeinated at 2:20 PM in d10

V is for Van Hal

More than a millennia has passed since the Great Plague swept across the Empire in 1111. Millions perished and were buried across the land in great pits. Geheimnisnacht, the night of mysteries, would reveal however that the dead did not rest. Following a great meteor storm that grave night the dead begin to walk in the County of Sylvania. Clawing out of the loose ground and over each other to soullessly return to the streets, temples, and homes across the land; many naked, all rotting, and each murderously determined.

It was this night that Count Frederik van Hal (some spell it Hel), a secretive necromancer, saw opportunity and seized it. Binding the listless dead to his command he started a campaign that sought to purge Sylvania of Skaven that had invaded in the wake of the plague. The campaign a success evolved into one of terror. Refugees poured across the borders of neighboring duchies and diplomatic efforts to send Empire troops to deal with the undead and Vanhal, as the necromancer came to be known, fell on deaf ears. Sylvania was ceded to Van Hal's reign.

Vanhal, following his "civil war," used his undead army to build Vanhaldenschlosse, or Castle of Vanhal. He ruled from Vanhalenschlosse and built large rooms and studies dedicated to necromancy. Van Hal was assassinated by his greatest apprentice, Lothar van Diehl. Van Diehl controlled the armies of undead for a short time, but Vanhal's spirit haunted the land and soon led a band of Sylvanian Knight's to Vanhaldenschlosse driving Van Diehl to exile. The armies of undead, leaderless--Vanhal's spirit was too weak to bind them--dispersed across the land in witless bands. The people found them easy targets and soon retook the land from the undead, if for a short time.

Scholars, some courting the heresy of not accepting official historical accounts, speculate that Vanhal was a pawn of a mysterious and manipulative Prince Vladimir. These heretical scholars say that Vlad von Carstein, first Count of Sylvania, is the same Prince. Vanhal lived over 700 years before Count Vlad is first mentioned in historical tomes in 1797. It is not a stretch to see the heresy, at the very least a libel. These same scholars suggest the truth lies in tomes hidden in the ruins of Vanhaldenschlosse near the Grim Wood in the heart of Sylvania.

Posted by caffeinated at 12:01 AM in d10