Aug
31
2017
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Aug
31
2017
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In the (E-)Mail: The Things We Leave Behind.

Well, I’m getting the print copy, too; the PDF for The Things We Leave Behind comes free with the softcover.  This particular Call of Cthulhu supplement won gold at the ENnies for Best Electronic Supplement, so they knocked five bucks off of the purchase price as a thank-you.  Pretty good deal, so I grabbed a copy.

Leafing through it… well, it’s not exactly cheerful.  But you knew that from ‘Call of Cthulhu.’  The state of the tone for adventures in that RPG genre these days aspires to ‘grim.’  Which is fine by me, but you may want to keep that in mind when deciding whether to pick it up.

Aug
31
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Let’s Call Them ‘Steer Steerers’ edition.

There are days when you have to wonder whether it’s all just an elaborate joke at your expense. Or my expense.  Or somebody’s:

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Aug
31
2017
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Creature seed: Bellerophon Para-monkeys.

Bellerophon Para-monkeys – Google Docs

Bellerophon Para-monkeys

 

These primate-like, mammal-equivalents inhabit Bellerophon, the second planet orbiting 51 Pegasi.  They mildly resemble humans, in much the same way that a dolphin resembles a fish; major differences include pupiless green eyes, short brown to red hair covering most of their bodies, and a vestigial tail.  Also, Bellerophon Para-monkeys are about as intelligent as a cow.  On their home planet they are scavengers and molluscivores (snails on 51 Pegasi can grow to impressive sizes, at least for snails).  Most Terran colonists of 51 Pegasi consider them to be mildly annoying critters, but the monkeys tend to be innocuous enough not to be pests.

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Aug
31
2017
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The “The Limehouse Golem” trailer.

Not supernatural, as near as I can tell, but quite obviously a thriller:

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Aug
31
2017
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Book of the Week: Golden Age and Other Stories.

Golden Age and Other Stories is Naomi Novik’s collection of stories from her Temeraire series. It’s an interesting collection of alternate takes, short vignettes, and “Dragons and Decorum,” which is absolutely worth the six bucks to any of my readers who enjoy both Napeolonic Wars stories involving dragons AND the works of Jane Austen.  …Yes, that story is exactly what you think that it is, and my only problem with it is that it is far too short*.

And so, adieu to The Man in the High Castle. (more…)

Aug
31
2017
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Pumpkin Spice season is almost upon us.

I’m eating a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Life cereal even as I write this.  Well, OK, I’m eating, then typing, and so on.  Because if I try to eat and type at the same time then the milk gets into the keyboard, and that’s bad.

The point is: it’s that time again! I know most of you hate the entire pumpkin spice thing, which is fine. Although I think that most people wouldn’t find the cereal objectionable, on its own merits.  It’s mostly the ruthless imposition of the flavor in the fall months that annoys folks. Well, folks who aren’t me, because I’m one of the horrible people who encourages them to put pumpkin spice in All The Things.  I’d apologize for that, except that I try not to lie. So:

The Spice Must Flow.

Aug
30
2017
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‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.’

I caught myself singing Simon and Garfunkel songs, so it was clearly time to combat that with some Paul Simon ones.

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Paul Simon

Aug
30
2017
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There’s going to be some changes in the Patreon.

Starting September 1st, the upcoming tiers will be revamped and I’m going to really push the Patreon itself for September.  And couple it with a pledge drive goal over here. Nothing really sp… actually, no: it is all going to be spectacular, and this is an incredible deal that all of your friends should sign up for.  Besides, the more people that do, the more everybody else gets.

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Aug
30
2017
1

So my kids still play Disney Infinity…

…ironically enough, given that they don’t even care a little about Lego Dimensions* (which is still selling toys).  I’ve been thinking about this a little, and I think that the real mistake there was in not having backwards compatibility.  I understand coming out with new versions of the hardware.  But Disney Infinity 3.0 absolutely should have been able to give full functionality to Disney Infinity 1.0 and 2.0 figurines and game worlds.  There was no way I was going to buy earlier versions, then go through the trouble of hooking up cables and then unhooking them every time I wanted to play with the Incredibles instead of Star Wars. Too much valuable living room space would have been taken up by that, honestly. (more…)

Aug
30
2017
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Creature Seed: Oso, the God of Cocaine.

Oso, the God of Cocaine – Google Docs

Oso, the God of Cocaine

 

Unholy Symbol: a Grateful Dead-style dancing bear, with white paws, and white lines descending from its nose and mouth.

 

Why does he take the form of a black bear?  Because when you’re a dark theurgic engineer, you work with what you have.  If you have a bear that died from eating 40 kilos of cocaine, got stuffed, put in a museum, stolen, pawned off, bought by Waylon Jennings — hold on, it gets weirder — gifted to a friend of the guy who originally accidentally gave the bear the cocaine (not to mention posthumously, as the cocaine’s owner had ejected the cocaine just before he died in a tragic, yet somewhat satisfying, combination skydiving/drug-running incident), displayed in a Reno mansion for a decade, then sold to a Chinese-American apothecary who needed a display for his traditional medicine shop — look, you apotheosize the damned bear into the God of Cocaine, all right?  The mystical charge on this one was so strong that the woman who nominally owned the bear couldn’t stand it, and wasn’t able to throw it out.  It was almost irresponsible not to turn it into a god.

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Aug
30
2017
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Lemme lay down a marker: we’re gonna see those unfinished Terry Pratchett novels eventually.

What’s that I hear?  The drives containing those novels got run over by a steamroller, then thrown into a stone crusher?  Yup!  Yup, they were.  At Sir Terry Pratchett’s own request, no less.  I understand.

I also understand this. (more…)

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