I mean, I know that it’s calling itself that:
They’re not nearly dorky-looking enough. This is supposed to be a low-budget kid’s show, right? Iron Man, what sins have been committed in thy name!
— nerdbastards (@nerdbastards) July 21, 2016
I don’t currently qualify: I have a couple of professional sales and some writing credits, but nothing really all that current. Still, excellent news out of the SFWA:
Writers who help create narratives for video games, table-top roleplaying games and card games will be eligible to be admitted to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) following a membership-wide vote. SFWA will start accepting applications for this Active-level type of membership on August 1st, 2016.
“I’m proud to be leading an organization acknowledging the wide range of forms genre writing can take,” said SFWA President Cat Rambo. “I’m also looking forward to the expertise and experience such writers can bring to the organization. “
Time to kick it up a notch.
Topeka Wireless Interplanetary Telegraphy Company
This company does not exist in electronic record, so don’t bother looking it up. The thing is, though: it should: the state of Kansas has older companies in its online database. However, for some reason, the only files are all in paper form and stuck in an archive somewhere. Very likely misfiled, too. (more…)
There’s a character in The Secret World that would fit in with this crowd fairly well. Although he absolutely would not move. Why should he, when the occult world comes to him?
Her Majesty’s Special Egyptian Antiquities Squadron
Because back then apparently the British Empire thought that it was funny to call its in-house cadre of Ancient Egyptian mummy-sorcerers ‘Antiquities,’ that’s why. World War II was a time of great eccentricities. Or at least it was a time when the British didn’t worry much about anything that wasn’t directly impacting their ability to survive as a nation and as an organized political entity. (more…)
Adventure seed: Operation SANDAL KEYWORD
This still-too-classified-to-legally-exist NSA case file dates back to the 1970s, which is a nostalgic time for some Shadow Government operatives and a source of nightmare fuel to others. It all depended on how close you got to getting strapped to the sacrificial altar before the nominal cavalry arrived – and no, that wasn’t any sort of euphemism. The ascension of the never-elected Gerald Ford to the Presidency caused some extremely weird ripples in the cultural Deep Unconscious, occultly speaking. To the point where even the masses were reacting, and that’s typically not great news. For everybody, including the masses. (more…)
The Copenhagen Archive
This semi-legendary tome is a rumor among the occult community; it purports to be an accurate recounting of the Secret History of civilization since the end of World War I. Most dabblers in the supernatural know ‘a friend of a friend’ who has perused it, but people who have actually gone through it are thin on the ground. Which makes sense, because it’s actually a subtle and powerful trap.
One of the more specialized schools of the High Steam Age, this style is quite popular among suffragettes, bluestockings, and the more genteel sort of demimonde. It’s one of the few styles out there that attempts to work with upper-class Victorian female fashions; for that matter, it’s one of the few martial arts in a Steampunk milieu that actually uses body armor. Korusetto uses kicks for attacks, and defends by evasion, or by redirecting hand attacks to the torso, where hopefully the blows will be repelled by the (typically-reinforced) corset worn underneath. Failing that, weapons can be caught and trapped in the martial artist’s voluminous cloak, sleeves, or skirts. ‘Traditional’ weapons of this style are the umbrella and fan, both of which are used to apply leverage and disarming techniques. (more…)