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…)

Jun
27
2016
7

…So they’re really gonna make a D&D film, then?

They’re casting for it, at least.  I may be getting old; the article assumes that I of course know who Ansel Engort is – and I don’t, particularly.  Or, more accurately, I kind of know; I just don’t really care, much.

Let me be honest with you: I don’t know whether you can put together a meaningful, decent, while still generic Dungeons & Dragons movie.  I could believe that you could sustain a good flick by drawing from Greyhawk, or Forgotten Realms, or – listen for the people going ‘ooh’ – Ravenloft. But generic D&D is, well, generic fantasy at this point. Why buy the license if you’re just going to reference the rules-set?

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Jun
24
2016
1

Tweet of the Day, This Is Quite Clever edition.

I like it.

Jun
23
2016
10
Jun
17
2016
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Bizarre concept: Catspace.

Don’t ask.  Really, no, don’t ask.  I know that it’s strange, but it was also a distraction.

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Jun
15
2016
1

The ‘Sword Interval’ Kickstarter.

I’m going to pause in my archive-dive into Sword Interval long enough to point out its Kickstarter:

As you can see, Sword Interval is all about the professional monster hunting. What draws my pleased attention to it is the world-building, which reminds me in some way of Pacific Rim‘s (that’s a compliment, mind you).  I’m struck by the way the artist shows humanity quietly taking into account the way that monsters are part of their world now; it’s very satisfying on a visual level.  Check it out.

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