Harry Dresden Playing D&D references


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Can someone tell me which book it was when Harry was playing D&D (Arcanos) with the Alphas and made reference to casting a Fire Ball in a dungeon; and made his comment about laws of physics & magic??


Pbbbbllllt.

I'm not entirely sure but I think it might've been near the beginning of Changes.


I think it was in Side Jobs.


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Scintillae wrote:
I think it was in Side Jobs.

Specifically in the short story "Day Off". (Which was first published in Blood Lite.)

Harry's a nerd! :P


A nerd with a Staff.


Jail House Rock wrote:

A nerd with a Staff.

How many people does he have working for him?

Shadow Lodge

Well, if you count the entirety of Za-Lord's Guard....


Orthos wrote:
Well, if you count the entirety of Za-Lord's Guard....

That's a pretty big staff.

Silver Crusade

There was also a scene with him playing at the end of either book 4 or book 5, but I can't remember which.

Shadow Lodge

Bigdaddyjug wrote:
There was also a scene with him playing at the end of either book 4 or book 5, but I can't remember which.

And him adding Butters to the group at the end of Turn Coat.


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Check out the staff on the cover of Ghost Story and Side Jobs. He's got Thassilonian runes on it.

Shadow Lodge

Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.


Orthos wrote:
Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.

No they are not. They are Cantonese and spell out fire.


Jail House Rock wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.

No they are not. They are Cantonese and spell out fire.

Source? Because it's supposedly an in-joke between the artist and his girlfriend, and I've seen no evidence that supports your claim.


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Orthos wrote:
Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.

I'm aware of the katakana (couldn't figure out what they said, though, cool), and they're definitely not what's on the staff in Side Jobs and Ghost Story.

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Gwaihir Scout wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.
I'm aware of the katakana (couldn't figure out what they said, though, cool), and they're definitely not what's on the staff in Side Jobs and Ghost Story.

Oh, did they change it for those two? I don't have the covers anymore, I tend to lose them.

Source for mine, at least for the books prior to that, since JHR felt it necessary to argue =)

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Bilingual Bonus: See that picture on the main page? The characters on Harry's staff are Japanese; specifically, the are the katakana for "matorikkusu", which is how the Japanese would write "matrix", but as you would see in a mirror.


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I'm having coffee with Jim Butcher right now.


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Jail House Rock wrote:
I'm having coffee with Jim Butcher right now.

Could you tell him he left his dice at my place? He's always doing that, silly guy.


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Jail House Rock wrote:
I'm having coffee with Jim Butcher right now.

That's cool and s@++, but Butcher doesn't control the art. Maybe you should ask him to give you the artist's number.

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Jail House Rock wrote:
I'm having coffee with Jim Butcher right now.

That's nothing! I gamed with J. R. R. Tolkien. Yeah, before the game even existed. Gygax? Yeah, guy ripped me off.

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Jail House Rock wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.

No they are not. They are Cantonese and spell out fire.

You don't spell fire. It is a basic pictograph like this:

Huo


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Taliesin Hoyle wrote:
Jail House Rock wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Actually those are the same runes on the cover of every book... they're the word "MATRIX", converted into Japanese characters, then mirrored.

No they are not. They are Cantonese and spell out fire.

You don't spell fire. It is a basic pictograph like this:

Huo

That's the exact symbol representing the light radiating from and heat associated with something like a camp fire, or maybe a small bond fire.

Harry's staff uses a sequence of symbols to represent azz-crackling, hyper-energy combat fire. I thought that was obvious.

Shadow Lodge

Since this thread has devolved into a oneupmanship contest, I think it's time to bow out. I've better things to do with my time than fight egos. Especially those so wrapped up in themselves as to favorite their own posts.

Silver Crusade

Since we're talking about The Dresden Files already, does anybody know when the most recent book is coming out in paperback form?

I only have 3 books left to read before I'm out of new material I'm very interested in, so it better be soon.


Bigdaddyjug wrote:

Since we're talking about The Dresden Files already, does anybody know when the most recent book is coming out in paperback form?

I only have 3 books left to read before I'm out of new material I'm very interested in, so it better be soon.

Amazon has it listed as September 3rd. Then two months later Skin Game comes out.

Do you have a library nearby? You could get the hardcover from it, maybe? Cheap as free!

Silver Crusade

If I run out of other things to read before then I might do that. I am currently working on the 5th book of Butcher's Codex Alera series and already have the 6th one downloaded on my iPad. I also downloaded Dan Brown's Inferno. When I'm done with those I'll have to see how long it is before the last book of Wheel of Time comes out in paperback and then of course Cold Days. I'd also like to read more of the Black Company series by Glen Cook and finish James Patterson's Women's Murder Club.

I go through 15-20 books a year, but I have also been known to re-read books I haven't read in a few years. If I ever get off my lazy ass and build the bookshelf I bought around Christmas, it would make it a lot easier for me to figure out what I have, what I still need to buy, and what I want to re-read.

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