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Updated List of Very Fantasy Words

A weekly (?) update to the Revised, Partial List of Very Fantasy Words!
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Updated List of Very Fantasy Words

A weekly (?) update to the Revised, Partial List of Very Fantasy Words!
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A (Revised, Partial) List of Very Fantasy Words

These are “real,” not newly-minted words, which I almost never encounter outside a fantasy RPG or novel. Note that I intentionally don’t give definitions. If a word looks cool, go look it up! I love projects that expand people’s vocabulary.

Some of these are tied to a concept that just doesn’t come up much outside of fantasy. Others are just terms that sound cool and get bolted on to fantasy to give it a more mysterious feel, or that got used in pulps and similar stories enough that they have a cachet with fantasy fans.

Newest entries are bolded.

Adamant
Analect
Anelace
Archon
Argute
Armiger
Armlet
Aspergillum
Axinomancy
Baleful
Baldric
Banneret

Barrow
Bestiary
Bulwark
Caer
Cantillate
Ceraunomancy
Cerulean
Chiliad
Chronicle
Codex
Coistril
Cozen
Croft
Cthonic
Cudgel
Deliquesce
Demesne
Dexter
Dimunition
Dirk
Disenthral
Deosil or deasil
Dolabra
Dour
Draff
Draught
Eerie
Effable (though ineffable is much more common)
Eldritch
Ensorcel
Ethereal
Evocation
Famulus
Fane
Fel
Flagon
Folio
Froward
Furuncle
Gainpain
Galivant
Gallant
Geas
Gird/Girt
Gride

Glyph
Grimoire
Harbinger
Harrow/harrowers
Haruspex
Haversack
Heraldry
Hind
Imbue
Incant
Incantation
Incunabulum
Inunct
Jazaraint/Jazarant
Justiciar
Karst
Kava
Keck
Kedge
Kef
Kith
Kurgan
Kyrie
Lanthorn
Legerdemain
Lexicon
Liripipe
Lucubration
Mesne
Miscibility
Mudlark
Nacarat
Nacre
Naos
Naphtha
Narthex
Naze
Necrologue
Nephilim
Oculus
Offal
Orrery
Ossuary
Oubliette
Palimpsest
Pauldron
Pavonine
Periapt
Phial
Phylactery
Potable
Prestidigitate
Previse
Puissant
Querulous
Quaff
Raconteur
Realm
Reliquary
Rill
Sage
Samite
Scofflaw
Scry
Seer
Sigil
Signet
Skullduggery
Smallsword
Spadassin
Solander
Souk (or souq)
Stramazoun
Sup
Sward
Tabor
Taciturn
Talisman
Telos
Thalassic
Thew
Tincture
Tome
Trenchant
Troth
Tumulus
Tunic
Umber
Umbrage
Unbated
Undercroft
Uroboros
Valiant
Vavasour (though I prefer the spelling vavasor)
Venerable
Wain
Weir
Welkin
Widdershins
Yale
Yeoman/Yeowoman
Ylem

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The Biggest Payday Ever

Through Rogue Genius Games‘s bundle with John Reyst at the Open Gaming Store, I have now received the biggest payday the game industry has ever provided for me.
Which breaks the record for my biggest payday ever from the previous month, which was ALSO from John Reyst and the Open Gaming Store.
This amount is potentially life-changing. I’ll be bale to pay off debt my wife and I have carried (and paid interest on) since at least 2011, and maybe longer. It doesn’t get us OUT of debt, but it changes the cost of paying for these loans so significantly as to completely alter our budget concerns, and will likely improve our debt-to-credit ratio so much that even what we can’t pay off will become cheaper as we get better interest rates and/or new options to refinance the remaining debts.
So, why am I going on at such length about this?
First, a huge THANK YOU to John Reyst is in order. John, the business you built and the community you have created are amazing. I have always been a fan of d20pfsrd.com as a publisher and a gamer, and I am amazed and thrilled your Open Gaming Store has done so well. You should be very proud of both of those things. And, you have worked with me on everything I have ever tried to do with both those places.
I had no idea that THIS would be the idea that would catch fire, blow up, and amaze me, but you deserve full credit for doing such amazing groundwork, and helping me set this up and run it.
Second, a similarly huge Thank You to everyone who bought the bundle. The bundle itself got a lot of positive reviews, and I can’t say how much I appreciate that, on top of the people (including friends, colleagues, and even other publishers) who spread the word about this deal over the course of weeks. A lot of people said if we’d extend the bundle by a week or two they would budget their next paycheck to get it… and the numbers say they did exactly that. I am humbled by the trust that slapping down $30 for words about a game represents.
Third, to my fellow creatives… make at least a few things you own! Or if you can’t manage that (and not everyone can) make some things you get royalties on forever!Even if I had been paid some *awesome* per-word rates for the things I wrote for Super Genius Games and Rogue Genius Games, and it would not have been as much money as I earned from bundling them. By owning some of my material, I created not only a modest ongoing income stream that’s continued for years now, but I built up a backlog that gave me the opportunity to create this bundle at the time and with the marketing I thought best. I first started this with a bundle at DriveThruRPG to cover some unexpected bills. And make no mistake, that did VERY well for us too. And, more importantly, it came at a time when we really needed it. But both of these bundle sales were only possible, and beneficial to me, because I owned the words I’d written.
As a final note, right now Fat Goblin Games is running their own bundle at the Open Gaming Store and on their website. Now, I have nothing to do with this bundle (other than inspiring it, but the point is I have no stake in it and get nothing from its sales). But it is an AMAZING deal — 293  books with over 3,000 pages of content for just $30.
So… maybe go check out THEIR mega bundle.

Groundhog’s Day, 1990.

I was 19 when I first began to wonder if I should marry Lj. We were living together, we did nearly everything together… but I knew I was young. Neither of us had a job. We had no way to even pay for a wedding. And I took the idea of a sacred vow to put someone else before and above myself, forever, very seriously.
I thought about it for months. Lj knew I was thinking about it. We’d looked at rings. I knew what she liked. She waited. I wrestled with what I saw as the most important decision of my life.
It was.
In the end, this one thing decided me. When I fantasized about a perfect future for myself, when I let myself dream about the best world I could think of…
Lj was always in it. Always.
I was just a few days into being 20 when I proposed…. on Halloween.
We got married on Groundhog’s Day.
One-quarter century ago.
Smartest decision I ever made.
I love you, Lj. Happy Anniversary.

More Than Two Decades

Twenty-four years ago today, I married Lj Hamilton, who opted to stick my last name onto the end of hers and become Lj Stephens.

Lj was already my best friend. She was also already a bad-ass gamer chick, an artist, a writer in her own right, she had a lot more going on than I did. I knew it was a big step and it scared me, but since we’d been living together for more than a year, and dating on-and-off for a while before that, I thought I knew what being married to her would be like. In many ways I was right. In the crucial ones, I was wrong. Being married is different than living together, in the same way camping is different than sleeping in a tent in your backyard.

I’ve been married to my wife for more than half my life. We have had ups and down, both together and in regards to one another, but I have never regretted getting down on one knee and asking her to be a permanent part of my life. But make no mistake, marriage is work. Having someone be part of your life means they are there for your good and bad, and for their own, and you promised to never leave, which can make you feel stuck. We did the work a marriage takes, and we love each other enough to keep doing the work. The results are worth it.

Everything good I have done in 24 years she suggested, helped with, or encouraged me to do. Every bad habit I have gotten rid of she helped me fight. Every sorrow has been comforted by her, and every victory celebrated. I have no doubt she has helped me be a better man, and that’s just a small part of why I love her.

Twenty-four years ago today, I made the best decision I have ever made. Later this week (Wednesday, at 6pm) she and I invite you all to come join us in celebrating this accomplishment (along with her birthday). The moment deserves commemorating, and our circle of friends and acquaintances is part of the environment that has made our marriage so great for more than two decades.

Then the next day, we’ll wake up to an alarm again, groan and moan as we get up and get to work again, and smile when we hold hands in the car again. That’s what marriage is. A joining, but a joining that has to move forward with real life.

I plan for many more milestones with my wife, and many more celebrations of that one really good decision.

Twenty Three Years and Counting

Twenty three years ago Lj Hamilton did me the honor of marrying me and taking my last name. It was a decision I had taken more than a year to make, because I took it very seriously. It was also, bar none, the best decision I ever made.

Lj and I are a partnership, so we both get at least partial credit for anything either of us have ever accomplished. My writing career is a spectacular example of this, as without Lj’s encouragement, support, and help (especially in the first few years, when she took the time to edit my every magazine submission before it went in to the staff). It was her idea to submit  articles to Dragon and Pyramid, go to the TSR RPG Writer’s Work in Seattle, and apply for the job I got at WotC in 2000.

Together we’ve faced the deaths of family and friends, moved across the country and back, put in hundreds of hours of road trips (generally playing solo rpgs for half the time as we ground through the miles), screamed a few times, laughed a lot, cried an few times, and learned that while we cannot always guarantee our partner’s success, we can create an environment where it’s safe to try and fail.

Once we’d been married about a decade, we started being asked from time to time, what our secret for success was. Lj encapsulated it once, and it’s a great bit of wisdom I will never forget.

“If you love someone, act like it.”

Love you, sweetie. Happy anniversary.

Anniversary of a Great Decision

Twenty-two years ago today, I married Lj Hamilton, who opted to stick my last name onto the end of hers and become Lj Stephens.

Lj was already my best friend. She was also already a bad-ass gamer chick, an artist, a writer in her own right, she had a lot more going on than I did. I knew it was a big step and it scared me, but since we’d been living together for more than a year, and dating on-and-off for a while before that, I thought I knew what being married to her would be like. In many ways I was right. In the crucial ones, I was wrong. Being married is different than living together, in the same way camping is different than sleeping in a tent in your backyard.

I’ve now been married to my wife for more than half my life. We have had ups and down, both together and in regards to one another, but I have never regretted getting down on one knee and asking her to be a permanent part of my life. But make no mistake, marriage is work. Having someone be part of your life means they are there for your good and bad, and for their own, and you promised to never elave, which can make you feel stuck. We did the work a marriage takes, and we love each other enough to keep doing the work. The results are worth it.

Everything good I have done in 22 years she suggested, helped with, or encouraged me to do. Every bad habit I have gotten rid of she helped me fight. Every sorrow has been comforted by her, and every victory celebrated. I have no doubt she has helped me be a better man, and that’s just a small part of why I love her.

Twenty-two years ago today, I made the best decision I have ever made. Once Lj gets done with work, she and I are going to spend the day together, celebrating this milestone. Tomorrow, we’ll wake up to an alarm again, groan and moan as we get up and get to work again, and smile when we hold hands in the car again. That’s what marriage is. A joining, but a joining that has to move forward with real life.

I plan for many more milestones with my wife, and many more celebrations of that one really good decision.