Jul
08
2020
0

From the FERMI RESOLUTION RPG worldbook: Geography.

These are supposed to be snapshots, not full geographical writeups. I’m putting them in for flavor, you see. And to make obscure jokes, of course.

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Jul
07
2020
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07/07/2020 Report, FERMI RESOLUTION RPG Worldbook: 29,500/37,800.

I did some rewriting and mild expansion of the Technology section, and added a few more historical NPCs. Some of them will be recognizable, once the short stories are more readily available. I’m pleased that I’m down below 8,500 words to go: it should hopefully go fairly quickly from here on out. I may have the first draft ready to go fairly soon. Then it’s just revising, running it past some folks in the industry, playtesting, yadda yadda. I need to toss off some emails tonight.

Jul
02
2020
0

BEHOLD! FROZEN DREAMS has arrived!

Not seen: the other three, much larger, and much heavier boxes full of FROZEN DREAMS now living under the dining room table.

Those are scheduled to go out next week, for several different reasons, starting with the holiday and ending with that’s when the packing material all shows up anyway. I’m going to be closing up the pre-order store this weekend, too. That’ll probably get its own post.

Jul
01
2020
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The Steve Jackson Games’ GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge Kickstarter.

Kinda speculative, but not really. The Steve Jackson Games’ GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge Kickstarter will likely fully fund, although it is on a reduced time-frame. I guess they’re playing around with the platform, seeing what it can do.

Jun
25
2020
1

The “This Is Just Total Bull[expletive deleted]” GREENLAND trailer.

Just… no.

You don’t watch GREENLAND in theaters: you get it six months later and have a viewing party so that you can throw popcorn at the screen. Comets don’t work that way, comet fragments don’t work that way, social media doesn’t work that way, FEMA doesn’t work that way, cometary strikes don’t work that way, deep impacts don’t work that way, the military doesn’t work that way, planetary atmospheres REALLY don’t work that way, Greenland doesn’t work that way, and any international conspiracy capable of creating the Quest Object featured in the film absolutely, completely, and unquestionably doesn’t work that way.

Other than that? I guess it’s fine. Things blow up.

Jun
23
2020
1

The ‘A Goofy Movie’ Honest Trailer.

Apparently, A GOOFY MOVIE didn’t… suck?

Although my surprise may be due to the fact that the name reminds me of the the Gumby movie, which my much younger children discovered and forced me to watch forty-three times. Yes, I counted. It was the only way to survive.

Jun
22
2020
4

The “Saying Nothing and Smiling Faintly” HAMILTON Disney+ trailer.

My wife and I were talking about seeing this, if* it comes out on July 3rd. I probably will: most of my objections to HAMILTON were frankly based on a rare (for me) sense of class outrage. I’m from a blue-collar background, and while I don’t mind it that there are $800 theater tickets out there I do mind the suggestion that anybody who can’t afford one is some sort of cultural barbarian.

So we’ll probably watch it, if it comes out. I do hear that the songs are nice.

Moe Lane

*Well, at the time of the conversation the word we used was ‘when.’

Jun
20
2020
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The ‘Journal d’Indochine’ Kickstarter

This Vietnam Call of Cthulhu supplement was done by the same people who did The Sassoon Files a while back. If you don’t remember, that was the Kickstarter where the entire print run got confiscated and destroyed by the People’s Republic of China because the description of the Chinese Communists in that Call of Cthulhu supplement wasn’t sufficiently worshipful. As one of the writers of the Journal d’Indochine Kickstarter has assured me, they have learned from that particular display of barbaric insecurity*.

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Jun
19
2020
4

FROZEN DREAMS: eligible for the 2020 Dragon Awards!

With a month to spare, mind you. Anyway, FROZEN DREAMS certainly qualifies in terms of subject matter, and since I fully expect Dragon Con to be canceled anyway signing up for the Dragon Awards is is how I avoid being forsworn. If you’ve read the book, and if you think it deserves a Dragon Award, click the link and vote for me*.

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Jun
18
2020
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06/18/2020 Snippet, HOLDOUTS.

Worldbuilding!

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Pam looked up and said, “Sorry, but you must have already thought there might be a lair, right? This isn’t a surprise.”

One of the people we met last night — Bill Marshall, it was — shifted a little in his seat. For this meeting he was wearing field Guard gear; it was the new, supposedly standard uniform, too. Clearly either Director Ong had some pull, or Washington took this sector’s Reclamation very seriously. “Yeah, but we might have been wrong,” he said. “It’s happened before: some parent doesn’t report their kid, keeps it a secret. Hell, maybe that happened here?”

“Well,” replied Pam, “I guess a parent might be worried enough about their kid to keep her from being registered, but not worried enough to have her brush her teeth. But there’s this, too.” She took a wooden pointer and tapped the feral’s left armpit. There, under the grime, was a series of blue dots and triangles.

Pam shook her head. “That’s fang-woad,” she said. “No question. It looks like it’s derived from the patterns that the Court of the Sanguinary Chill used, but they might be from the League of Mithras instead. Badly copied, sure. But not something you can blame on a scared mommy and daddy.

“I’m sorry to say this, but you’ve got a lair hidden somewhere in the ruined part of town. Worse, it’s maybe a holdout lair.”

I spoke up. “On the bright side, you did do the right thing to call us in.”

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