Jul
28
2016
0

Spell Seed: God Mode.

Spell: God Mode

Well, it’s not always a spell. Depending on the universe, it’s a spell, a miracle, an alchemical centering ritual, a psionic mnemonic exercise, a reasonably benign bit of hyper-geometry… whatever fits the local supernatural paradigm, really. To activate it, the spellcaster has to jump up twice, crouch twice, shuffle to the left, shuffle to the right, shuffle to the left again, shuffle to the right again, and – this is the important part – be able to metaphysically perceive the two glowing spheres of light that have just manifested in front of the spellcaster.  If the caster touches the sphere on the left, and then the sphere on the right, congratulations: he is now immune to all forms of damage! For about one minute, at the end of which the caster is knocked absolutely unconscious for the next day. (more…)

Jul
28
2016
1

Hey! Vampire: the Masquerade is now on Humble Bundle! Cheap, too.

Via Twitter comes this nice bit of news:

Direct link here. Nice to have those in electronic form, although I wouldn’t mind it if it had been the Mage: The Ascension stuff instead. Also: it’s nice that Humble Bundle is branching out into RPGs. Between them and Bundle of Holding they should keep my electronic gaming library nice and full…

Jul
28
2016
9

OK, let’s unpack the glaring problem with the Rocketeer sequel.

And it’s worrisome.

The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

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Jul
28
2016
10

Damn. RIP, Jerry Doyle.

Far too soon. Far too soon. Jerry Doyle was 60.  God, this year has absolutely sucked so far. Thanks to Patrick Thomas in comments for the head’s-up.

Jul
28
2016
1

Item Seed: the Bee Suit.

Blame this.

The Bee Suit

This item is at least one hundred years old: it’s made out of dried-out wax and twigs, essentially, and even moving it slightly causes an alarming amount of crackling and bits coming loose.  Any kind of rough treatment and the whole thing will come apart at several seams. Cautious investigators will inspect the Bee Suit strictly in situ.

In its current state the Bee Suit appears to be a rough approximation of a human being, made again out of wax and twigs.  There is no body hair, no genitalia, no eyes, no tongue: there are only front teeth and fingernails (both made from polished wax), and the torso is subtly misshapen.  A previous investigation team has cut back the ‘skin’ on the left side of the Suit to reveal the internal framework, which is alarmingly sophisticated – and, again, made of twigs and wax.  The Bee Suit could walk and pick up things; it would have been absolutely useless in combat, but put a suit, gloves, boots, a wig, a hat, and smoked glasses on it and it could credibly pass for human on a sight check.

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Jul
27
2016
0

Feeling a little better, but not great…

…I’m gonna go take my cold drug cocktail and go to sleep now.  Hopefully regular posting can resume tomorrow, or maybe this weekend. I’ll let you know.

Jul
27
2016
1

In the mail: By Crom!

The Kickstarter finally coughed it up.  I enjoyed it: aside from everything else, you can always tell when somebody’s really a fan, and Rachel Kahn is really a fan of Robert Howard’s Conan stories.  That gives her work a strength that I can relate to. Plus, Conan is actually giving her good advice!  …Because the character was not, in fact, stupid.  Which is something that I wish that Howard’s imitators understood better.

Jul
27
2016
1

Turns out the ice bucket thing worked out for ALS researchers.

This is nice:

The ALS Association says the money raised by the ‘ice bucket challenge’ craze has helped researchers identify a gene that contributes to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. That could provide a new route for providing therapy for the incurable disease.

Not a magic bullet, by any means. But I doubt that there was ever going to be a magic bullet. What there could be would be a promising new line of research that only needed some dedicated funding, and that’s what we apparently got out of the deal. …Cool.

Jul
27
2016
4

Uncle Moe Lane’s 1-minute Emergency Chicken Noodle soup.

Because when you’re sick you need something that’s dead easy.  So… take some chicken broth.  Take some precooked pasta. Dump a bunch of the broth into a microwaveable bowl.  Dump in onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Yes, the broth is already salted. Add more.

Nuke broth for 45 seconds or so.  Pour over the noodles.  Eat while it’s still hot. You get the salt, strong flavor, easy carbs,  and calories that your body is craving right now, but not so much the grease that your stomach may not like.

Jul
26
2016
0

Well, *I* was knocked back today by this cold.

Spent most of the day asleep.  Will probably do the same tomorrow. Hopefully will feel better by Friday.

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