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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

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Celebrating The New Year With An Hourglass Of Lore
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In their first update of 2007 Planewalker Games offers a look at the new year celebration traditions of the Tolmiran Empire, a nation which features prominently in the company's upcoming RPG, The Broken Hourglass. TBH will feature a 2D isometric viewpoint, a deep storyline, and a rich character development system.

- "Freeing the Old Year." In order to purge the old year and welcome in the new, Tolmirans often leave all of their doors and windows open all night, and employ pots, pans, and crude fireworks in order to shoo the demons and spirits of the old year on their way. Lighting streets and homes as brightly as possible is a newer tradition accompanying many New Year celebrations. Overnight illumination was originally reserved for a minor state holiday and had nothing to do with the change of the calendar, but as burglars began taking greater advantage of the "open-door" policy, larger cities subtly shifted the bright night to New Year's.

- "Prosperous New Year." Many look to the New Year to improve their fortunes, so throwing anything away on New Year's Day is widely considered to be bad luck. As the superstition goes, making oneself poorer on New Year's Day invites further destitution the rest of the year. Taken to extremes, in many areas trash and even dead bodies are not collected or hauled away, and kitchen and privy wastes have even been known to accumulate in the most orthodox homes. Many Tolmirans arrive to have something delivered to their home during the day as a spur to New Year's prosperity, ranging from a card or letter to a morsel of food to a floral arrangement.
You can learn more about the Tolmiran New Year at the link below.

Ringing In the New Year, Tolmiran-Style
The Broken Hourglass

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