Aug
02
2018
3

Keep watching the skies! Soon the stars will be right! Soon!

SOON.

Moe Lane

PS: I am being superstitious and cautious and I know that this all sound mysterious and other things ending in -ious.  Sorry.  It will all be clear, very very SOON.

Unless everything falls through, in which case you’re never going to hear me comment on it again.

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Jul
31
2018
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In the Mail: Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown.

Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown is an elaborate Dragon Age II joke.  One of the NPC companions — one of the cool ones — is a Dwarf named Varric who writes lurid novels, when he’s not shooting the greatest shotgun in the universe a crossbow.  One of these novels was called Hard in Hightown, and you would get references to it in-game, because Varric put everybody he knew in the book, including all your other NPC companions and, oh yeah, your own character.  So somebody decided to actually publish the book; and Mary Kirby got tapped to, ah, ‘co-write’ it.

The entertaining part?  I read part of it before I handed it off to my wife (she’s much more of a Dragon Age fan than I was).  It was not half bad, what I read.  Got a decent pulpy mouth-feel to it, really. I respect that.

Jul
31
2018
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Short-short fiction: ‘Walk-In Debriefing.’

I submitted it for The Unspeakable Oath, but the latest one just came out and it’s not in there, so I guess they rejected it?  Shame they didn’t let me know, though. I would have put ‘Walk-In Debriefing’ up already if they had. I rather like how it came out.

This is Cthulhu Mythos, mind you, so don’t expect it to be cheerful. (more…)

Jul
28
2018
2

Book of the Week: The Moon Maze Game (A Dream Park Novel).

Dunno what’s more depressing: that I only this week discovered that Larry Niven’s and Steven Barnes’ The Moon Maze Game: A Dream Park Novel came out in 2011, or that I saw ‘2011’ and thought ‘five years ago.’  Probably the latter.  After all, at least I got to read the book — but I feel that I lost those two years of lifespan, somehow, and I wouldn’t mind getting them back.

Still, hey: Dream Park novel.

Jul
25
2018
6

Would I watch Dream Park-style professional LARPing?

I… OK, yes, I would.  But here’s the thing, and Penny Arcade is kind of alluding to it, here: what you’d get is Dream Park*-style professional LARPing.  That means athletes who can also act.  Even the people doing magical character classes would have to be in shape.  Which means that they’re all going to be fairly young, too.  Or else really in shape.

So I guess I’m saying that I’m not anticipating this to be a retirement career in my golden years.  Even if they set up a league tomorrow.  Which they are not; Hasbro was mostly thinking of Magic: The Gathering anyway.

Moe Lane

*Wait, they wrote another book in the series?  Why the hell wasn’t I notified of this?

Jul
21
2018
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Book of the Week: Deep Roots (The Innsmouth Legacy).

I suspect that Ruthanna Emrys would find my interest in her Innsmouth Legacy series (latest book: Deep Roots) perhaps a bit disconcerting*.  But I’m liking this current book for the same reason why I liked Winter Tide: it’s a thoughtful look at how HP Lovecraft’s creations can be re-imagined into a less horrific form, while still keeping all of the mythology and history and whatnot.  This latest one involves the Mi-Go; and so far they’re less incomprehensible whisperers from the darkness, and more smug jackwagons.  I find this to be remarkably entertaining, in its way.

*Although it’s equally likely that she just yelled “DID THE CREDIT CARD CHARGE GO THROUGH?” and not worry about it.  Pay to the order of, baby.  That’s the most beautiful poetical phrase in the English language, as Bob Heinlein once noted.

Jul
20
2018
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The “Widdershins: Curtain Call” Kickstarter is live.

And the keyrings are already gone.

Harrumph. Anyway: Widdershins is an awesome webcomic, Curtain Call was a fun little brawl featuring Our Heroes vs. The Seven Deadly Sins, and the Kickstarter will get you the latest book and PDFs for the rest. I heartily recommend it, whether or not I got a free keyring*.

Moe Lane

*[UPDATE]: …Arrangements were made on the keyring thing.

Jul
15
2018
1

The ‘Miss Melee Volume 1’ Kickstarter.

This Kickstarter will collect the first six issues of the superhero webcomic Miss Melee into Volume 1 .

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Jul
14
2018
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Book of the Week: “Spinning Silver.”

Just remembered that Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is finally out, so I went and downloaded it.  So far, so good: I gather that it’s a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin legend, and so far it’s coming along nicely. Can’t wait to finish it.

Jul
07
2018
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Book of the Week: The Black Chamber.

It is difficult to write anything about the background to SM Stirling’s The Black Chamber without casually breaking my own rules about not discussing certain topics.  Suffice it to say that, as an introductory book to an action series, it is quite good; plenty of fights and derring-do and super-tech (for 1916) gadgetry and whatnot.  It is also made reasonably clear that this alternate history (Teddy Roosevelt wins in 1912 after Howard Taft has a heart attack) is not quite the Progressive (note capitalization) Earthly Utopia that the heroine thinks that it is; quite a few rather ominous things and societal trends are lightly alluded to, in a way that allows the reader to raise an eyebrow at the implications. I look forward to some interest as to how the next few books in the series turn out, because there are some indications that it’s going to be set in an altogether pleasant world.

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