Oct
31
2017
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‘Kidnap the Sandy Claws.’

I’ve been saving this one.  Happy Halloween, folks.

Kidnap the Sandy Claws, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Moe Lane

PS: This is cool.

Oct
31
2017
1

A *quiet* Halloween, actually.

We didn’t even really get kids until about 7 PM, and there’s a 8 PM curfew around here.  Not many people put up decorations in the area this year, either.  It was a little weird.  Still, my kids enjoy giving out the candy and operating the fog machine, so there’s that.

Oh, right, I should probably bring that back in.

Oct
31
2017
3

So, went to the Newseum today.

What possessed my kid’s school to schedule a field trip on Halloween I’ll never know.  On the other hand, it had a piece of the Berlin Wall (and an East German guard tower), which I actually wanted to see.  And on the gripping hand, I took the opportunity to get a little counter-programming in on the Cold War.  Nothing too heavy-handed, of course.  But it’s never too early to let kids know the truth about Soviet Communism*.

Moe Lane

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Oct
31
2017
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In the e-mail: Delta Green: Handler’s Guide.

Delta Green: Handler’s Guide is the GM guide for the Delta Green RPG itself; and when you’ve been a fan of the game for as long as I have, the updating of the backstory alone is going to be worth it. A lot of stuff has gone down in the Delta Green universe since the 1990s.  And, as would be appropriate for a Cthulhu Mythos game, things have gotten worse.  I have some fun Halloween reading to look forward to.

Oct
31
2017
3

So. NaMoWrimo.

As my wife gently pointed out, if one wishes to be a novelist, one must actually have novels to hand. So we’ll give it a shot.  On my terms, though; I’m not planning to make a big deal out of it here, I’m not going to get all misty-eyed mystical on the subject, this is all about buckling down and working.

And I refuse to research a damned thing.  If real world people or organizations don’t in fact act in the way that I’ll be writing them, well, they should change that immediately.

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Oct
30
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Necronomicon, v2.3.

I’d apologize for all the puns in this one, except that I don’t like lying to you fine folks.  There may be a few people out there who still haven’t forgiven me for this, a decade later.

Necronomicon, v23

The Necronomicon, v2.3

It’s interesting (if not particularly surprising) that Jean, Archangel of Lightning, is absolutely personally prosaic about naming his creations. If it’s a gun, he calls it a gun. If it’s a particle accelerator, he calls it a particle accelerator. If it’s a computerized mechanical tool designed to resemble a corporeal life form, he calls it a computerized mechanical tool designed to resemble a corporeal life form. Jean prefers things to be clear. However, the Archangel does recognize that his non-Elohim servants tend to favor more ‘colorful’ names, so he lets them indulge themselves. It may not add anything to a particular device’s utility, but it doesn’t take anything away, either, and the boost to morale is slight but measurable.

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Oct
30
2017
3

One day to go until H-DAY.

I’m trying that out.  …Not working, huh?  Yeah, probably not working. Anyway, got the glow-in-the-dark skeleton in the mail and finally up (with any luck, it’s not actually radioactive or anything). All the candy has been gotten, and not a single bag opened ahead of time!  The eldest is going on a field trip tomorrow (which I’m chaperoning, for my sins), so I had to run to the supermarket, but I think that everything’s ready to go.

Although my kids are probably expecting me to take the car to school tomorrow. Which I would, except that then I can’t give the crossing guards their Halloween candy. Full-sized Hershey bars. It’s really hard to go wrong with that*. (more…)

Oct
30
2017
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Intriguing Swedish adaptation of Stoker’s Dracula novel makes its appearance.

So, background: there’s an Icelandic-language version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (called Powers of Darkness) that’s pretty gonzo (English translation here). We didn’t know about it for a long time, because it was in Icelandic, which meant that anybody who came across it probably just assumed that it was a straight translation. But it’s not: there’s apparently a good bit more sex, action, and Satanic Masonic Conspiracies in the Icelandic text, which made it ideal fodder for Ken Hite’s The Dracula Dossier (you simply must acquire a copy, if you have not yet done so) RPG supplement. (more…)

Oct
30
2017
2

Item Seed: Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas (1993).

Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas (1993) – Google Docs

Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas (1993)

Description: A standard movie DVD and case, apparently printed in 2003.  The full title is Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas: Tenth Year Anniversary Edition.  The cover shows an animated Santa Claus wearing a skeleton mask; beneath is the legend “Boo Boo Boo.”

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Oct
29
2017
2

‘Bad.’

I’ve just been listening to U2 all night.  Don’t ask me why.

Bad, U2

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Oct
29
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Bone Smiths.

Bone Smiths – Google Docs

The Bone Smiths

People are always surprised when they discover that Saminga, the Demon Prince of Death, has quite a few competent artificers working for him.  They probably shouldn’t be: the practice of necromancy is Death’s major operational priority, so it’s not unreasonable to expect his Servitors to be good at it.  That implies a certain institutional knowledge and acceptance of Enchantment among Samingans.  As necromancy is not the only thing that uses the Enchantment skill, it follows then that various Servitors of Death would have branched out into other fields of artifact creation.

In their own particular way. (more…)

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