Last night I saw Howl’s Moving Castle and it was enchanting. I look forward to seeing the subtitled version as soon as possible. Miyazaki seems to bring something fascinating and familiar over from his previous movies and adds something new with each film. I would say that if you liked Laputa: Castle in the Sky and/or Spirited Away you will enjoy Howl’s Moving Castle.
I met up with Kirsten and Geoff at Tinseltown to see the movie and I got my first birthday present of 2005: a taro milkshake bubble tea. The perfect drink/desert. After the movie we just sort of wandered around downtown, and it reminded me of how infrequently I’m down there (and to a lesser extent, why).
Today was released a D&D e-book that I did artwork for, called Hungry Little Monsters. For $7 US, the D&D nerds can get a book full of well-designed 3.5 edition monsters written and at the same time, contribute to charity
Hungry Little Monsters
A Charity Book Benefitting FoodForAll.org
by representatives of the d20 industry
Hungry Little Monsters is a compilation project initiated by Sean K Reynolds to be a charity fundraiser for FoodForAll.org, a program to help feed the hungry.
Hungry Little Monsters features 43 new monsters (each approximately one page long) for the d20 system. The theme for this book is “monsters for which you can use existing miniatures or tokens.” Rather than a collection of bizarre-anatomy creatures that you can’t represent with anything on your miniatures shelf or in a store, this book is full of creatures which you can represent in play with commonly-available miniatures or tokens. This is set up by a serious of monster archetypes — corpses (skeletal or zombielike undead), fiends (your typical bat-winged demonic or devilish creature), humanoids, oozes, spirits (bodiless undead), and so on.
This book is authored by volunteer members of the RPG industry, including Sean K Reynolds, Dave Mattingly, Matt Forbeck, Scott Bennie, and Ed Greenwood, as well as a dozen other established game designers. Likewise, the editing, art, and typesetting is donated as well. Hungry Little Monsters is created entirely on volunteer time. The game material in the book is entirely open game content as defined by the Open Gaming License.
All proceeds from this book are donated to Food For All.org
A special thanks to typesetter Jeffrey Visgaitis who spent more time working on Hungry Little Monsters than any other contributor. Jeffrey, you went the distance for this project, and if it weren’t for you it never would have been finished.
About the Cover Artist: Brooklyn-based illustrator Gerald Lee went through college thinking his soon-to-be mentor Tony DiTerlizzi was in fact a girl. Fortunately, Tony was amused by this mistake and agreed to take Gerald as an apprentice. Gerald has a certain knack for meeting great artists throughout the industry and applying what he learns from them (through trial and error and a lot of imagination) to his own art. Expect to see a lot more from his drawing board.
63-page PDF (plus 22-page illustration book and 4-page token book), product number SKR003
Price: $7, available from
* DriveThruRPG — watermarked PDF (unlimited print/copy/paste)