Aug
25
2016
0

Four days.

…Four days, and the kids are back at classes.  They have an open house tomorrow at school.  Knew exactly how to rope in parents, too: “Hey, if you want, you can bring along the FIFTY TONS of school supplies we told you to buy.”  Because I was personally kind of dreading having to listen to ALL the kids – not just mine – complain about lugging all that stuff on Day One. Now we can just toss it all in the car, go, and hit the supermarket on the way back.

…And that’s what I was doing today.  Well, that and planning out various game-related ‘things.’ Feel the excitement!

Aug
25
2016
1

The ‘A United Kingdom’ trailer.

This looked more and more interesting, the more I read about it.

You’ve probably never heard of Seretse Khama, which is… interesting.  As is the general status of Botswana, which you’ve probably not heard too much about, either. Go figure.

Aug
25
2016
0

Update on the BubbleGUMSHOE con game I’m online playtesting.

If you showed an interest, check your email. If you showed an interest and didn’t get an email, let me know.  If you didn’t show an interest then but are interested now, again, let me know.

And if you’re going to Washingcon, hey, my game isn’t ‘sold out’ (free to play, to con goers) yet. That will be on from 5 to 9 PM Saturday, so you’ll be able to go out and drink afterward.  Or eat. Or… wow, it’s been a while since I did a con, huh? I don’t have a clue what people do at these things anymore.

Aug
25
2016
0

GURPS Disadvantage: Quinzel’s Syndrome [GURPS 4e]

Quinzel’s Syndrome [-10]

Psychologists, of course, have long been intimately familiar with the tendency of a certain type of individual to willingly dress up in identical and vaguely silly uniforms, take on anonymizing nicknames, and commit crimes on the behest of a bizarrely-costumed and extravagantly-themed supervillain.  Research continues in what has been called Quinzel’s Syndrome since the 1990s, but it’s widely agreed that there is definitely an odd physiological, and possibly even genetic, predisposition towards minion-hood among an alarmingly wide segment of the population. Curing it is even more potentially fraught, particularly since there are those outside of criminal life who consider Quinzel’s Syndrome to be potentially useful, too.

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Aug
25
2016
4

Quote of the Day, This Is Both A Brutal And A Complimentary Take On David Spade edition.

The ONion AV Club:

Like fellow Saturday Night Live alum Jay Mohr, [David] Spade has a supremely limited range, but within those narrow restrictions, he can be unbelievably awesome.

This is… fair.  I liked him in PCU, thought he was well-cast in Coneheads, and of course David Spade is a major reason why The Emperor’s New Groove is almost everybody’s second-favorite Disney flick*.  It may not be what the man was looking for out of his career, but they’re going to be showing TENG for the rest of my life, so that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Moe Lane

*In some ways, that’s better than being a plurality’s favorite Disney flick.

Aug
25
2016
3

Huh. This Honest Trailer is really trying to sell me on The Jungle Book.

I skipped it because I never really watched the original movie – read all the Kipling books, of course – and I have a jaundiced view of this trend of the Mouse to live-action all of its animated stuff. But Screen Junkies really loved this flick. I mean, they made almost no fun of it at all:

I should maybe take The Jungle Book more seriously, then?

Aug
24
2016
9

The Vampyr video game gameplay trailer.

Looks to be rather brutally lacking in sentiment.  I’m not sure if I can play this game, actually.  I mean, if it’s eat people to death or die yourself then the ethical thing to do here is to lie down in an open field and wait for sunrise, right?

Aug
24
2016
2

Reminder: I have a Patreon!

I do not, however, still have a beard.  It was a relic of the Time Before, and has since been shorn. But the creative writing proceeds apace.  Check me out here.

I’m probably going to be revising the milestones a bit over the next few weeks or so. Not the ones that I’ve already achieved; the future ones.  So, hey, tell your friends and whatnot.

Aug
24
2016
0

Item Seed: The Nano-INjected Jump Apparatus (NINJA) Suit.

The Nano-INjected Jump Apparatus (NINJA) Suit.

Before you ask, NINJA suits are not given out as rewards: they’re given out as sentences. Once you have one put on you, the metaphorical stopwatch is typically ticking on your remaining lifespan. Or sometimes not so metaphorical: there’s usually an integral explosive somewhere on the suit.  Just to be on the safe side.

What the NINJA suit does is allow the user to operate at 15/10ths of human capacity, right up to the point where their bones break, their muscles shred off of the bone, and very possibly their heart explodes. It does this through the aforementioned nanomachines, which take an extremely brute-force approach to realizing human potential: to wit, shutting down the pain centers of the brain and pumping in aggression poisons and mood controllers by the quart.  The suit itself holds in the increasingly battered body until the body cannot function; once the sensors no longer detect a heartbeat or brain activity, the suit activates the equivalent of a full-body thermite burn.  This would make removing a NINJA suit difficult, except that it’s already largely considered to be virtually impossible. Nobody’s worn one for more than an hour and survived, and the one person who did had gotten a broken suit in the first place. (more…)

Aug
24
2016
6

A new Dirk Gently HoliWhat The Hell IS This? trailer.

Somebody help me out, here. I mean, I don’t understand. I cannot process this.

This is not Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.  It’s not even the Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency from a parallel world where, I dunno, Gerald Ford won the 1976 election or something.  It’s… Other.

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