Jul
24
2016
9

Tweet of the Day, “Is There REALLY No Such Thing As Bad Publicity?” edition.

“I don’t know, Sparky! Let’s find out.

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Jul
21
2016
7

…Goodness gracious, but I have an opinion on the new Power Rangers outfits.

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!

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Jul
20
2016
5

Game writers to be eligible for SFWA membership.

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.

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Jul
20
2016
3

FUS RO MUG!!!!!

Just came in the mail.

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IMG_1702

ThinkGeek, of course. Twenty bucks, all in all. Just about worth it, given that I’ll be drinking my coffee from it for the next year or so.

Jul
19
2016
6

Adventure seed: Topeka Wireless Interplanetary Telegraphy Company.

Blame this.

Topeka Wireless Interplanetary Telegraphy Company

Established 1921

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…)

Jul
18
2016
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Group seed: Her Majesty’s Special Egyptian Antiquities Squadron

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…)

Jul
16
2016
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Adventure seed: SANDAL KEYWORD (anagram of #WorldSnakeDay)

Blame this.

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…)

Jul
15
2016
6

Tweet of the Day, Really Huge News Here edition.

I mean, look at the size of that skull.

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Jul
13
2016
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Item seed: The Copenhagen Archive.

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.

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Jul
10
2016
1

New Martial Arts Style: Korusetto. [GURPS 4e]

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Korusetto

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…)

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