This is interesting in its own right: it’s a side-by-side look at what the Weird Al ‘Perform This Way’ video looked like before and after they put all the CGI in. Turns out they muck about with a lot of stuff, these days. Not just the faces.
I spent a large part of the day at Carmax, watching a ninety minute job turn into a three and a half hour one. Which I should have expected, but I didn’t. Thank God I ate lunch before that, though. Other than that… I was going to snark on Conan Exiles some more, but it was essentially the same snark as before. I figure that it’ll look more like the Hyborian Age after the next couple of patches, or something.
So let me load up the music tape and call it a night.
Found here: one buck a month will get you early access to stuff, and I’m seriously considering putting up Patron-only material in the near future. Tell your friends! :dryly: No, really. We just got the bill here for the replacement washer/dryer. Good Lord, you’d think that these things were made of platinum or something.
PS: We are neither starving nor in danger of doing so. But I went from five figures last year to the Patreon being the only thing keeping me from dropping down to three. I say this not to preen, but as an explanation for why I’m rattling the jar more. So… tell your friends!
Needed to practice my Savage Worlds crunchy bit writeup skills a bit.
Forjas Taurus “Arpão” Deck-Mounted Mechanical-Action Ballista
The Brazilian firearms company Forjas Taurus has been working on these monster-killers since just after 1945, thanks to a series of what turned out be prescient dreams suffered by the board of directors. The Arpão is a fairly ingenious weapon: it’s basically a ship-mounted ballista that uses a small diesel motor to cock the swing arm that fires its forearm-thick bolts. Interestingly, the Arpão is also designed to be cocked by hand – well, by using a hydraulic jack. It’s obviously much slower to reload that way, but an experienced crew can still put out a decent rate of fire.
The Mysterious Package Company crafts… well, it’s right there on the label. Multimedia High Weirdness By Mail, to quote the Church of the Sub-Genius; eldritch and hand-crafted and apparently just a little sumptuous. I’d be getting The King in Yellow one right now if I had somebody to send it to. Or if I could afford it; this is not a ‘casual weirdness’ link. This is a ‘what you get that impossible to buy-for person for his/her birthday/Christmas’ link.
…and I cannot say that I mind it one bit. Beautiful weather for the next week; gonna hit 70 again in the second half, which means that it will not be cold. I am not a fan of cold. I like shirtsleeves weather year-round, thanks.
So enjoy it while it lasts, of course.
Creator Mike Pondsmith is actively working with CD Projekt Red on the Cyberpunk 2077 game:
“My wife told me that these guys in Poland wrote to us and said they wanted to do a Cyberpunk game,” says Pondsmith. “They told me that the game was really important to them back in the Iron Curtain days – back then, they had Cyberpunk and communism. What impressed us was not just their capabilities and their well-organized toolsets, but that they knew and loved the material. I said, let’s do this thing.”
“I go over there pretty regularly,” says Pondsmith. “I’ll probably go back in the next couple of months. I’m in a room with a hundred people, all firing ideas back and forth. We jump up and down on the systems and see how well they work. I really got lucky.”
Also: mayyyyybe more tabletop Cyberpunk. That could be a thing.
Yes, it’s mildly awful. Or at least the implications are. Gotta give the PCs a suitably awful Ultimate Big Bad to aim for, right?
The Great Drone Wars of 800 AD
Well, it’s like this. Time travel is possible, you can change the past, but it doesn’t effect anything that happens back in your home time period. The nations of the world — at least, the ones whose governments survived any number of revelations by people raiding the recent past for evidence of awkward or illegal shenanigans — have banded together to create an international organization dedicated to making sure that all the awful consequences of time travel stay strictly Downtime, and never impacts Uptime (currently 2057 AD) at all. OK? OK.