Aug
24
2016
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Item Seed: The Nano-INjected Jump Apparatus (NINJA) Suit.

The Nano-INjected Jump Apparatus (NINJA) Suit.

Before you ask, NINJA suits are not given out as rewards: they’re given out as sentences. Once you have one put on you, the metaphorical stopwatch is typically ticking on your remaining lifespan. Or sometimes not so metaphorical: there’s usually an integral explosive somewhere on the suit.  Just to be on the safe side.

What the NINJA suit does is allow the user to operate at 15/10ths of human capacity, right up to the point where their bones break, their muscles shred off of the bone, and very possibly their heart explodes. It does this through the aforementioned nanomachines, which take an extremely brute-force approach to realizing human potential: to wit, shutting down the pain centers of the brain and pumping in aggression poisons and mood controllers by the quart.  The suit itself holds in the increasingly battered body until the body cannot function; once the sensors no longer detect a heartbeat or brain activity, the suit activates the equivalent of a full-body thermite burn.  This would make removing a NINJA suit difficult, except that it’s already largely considered to be virtually impossible. Nobody’s worn one for more than an hour and survived, and the one person who did had gotten a broken suit in the first place. (more…)

Aug
19
2016
3

Oof: MAJOR child porn arrests in New Jersey today.

Forty people, thirty-seven towns, every county in New Jersey. Thank God but I didn’t know any of them; I can imagine that seeing a name you know on one of these lists would be alarming. As is usual in these cases, the defendants allegedly didn’t understand that anonymity on the Internet is a myth: (more…)

Aug
17
2016
2

Shaunae Miller (Jamaica) wanted that gold.

How badly? Badly enough to pull what my wife called a ‘Lightning McQueen.’ To whit: Shaunae Miller dived across the finish line in the woman’s 400m to get the gold.

I’m not gonna lie: I respect that. It’s a total player-character move. Also, personally risky, so there’s that, too.

Aug
16
2016
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Aug
09
2016
4

Adventure Seed: Flight of the Dino-Master!

Flight of the Dino-Master!

I’m sure that the plan we’re about to talk about kind of worked on paper: after all super-villains are always creating all sorts of things or creatures that they’d then use to get revenge, take over the world, or become rich.  So when Dino-Master (real name: Herbert Grant, verified Mad Scientist who managed to slip through the high school guidance counseling process) figured out how to create a Devolvo-Ray that would turn reptiles and birds into dinosaurs, he thought that he had something hot, here. Convert a zoo, have a rampage, everything would be great.

And it worked!  He even managed to solve the mass problem (turning a chicken into a full-sized T-Rex is gonna require some special Mad Science, right there) with a handy protein slurry gun.  So, all of a sudden, the countryside’s full of dinosaurs, ready to rampage! …Only, they’re not.

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Aug
08
2016
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The ‘Eschaton’ apocalyptic cult game Kickstarter.

It’s a bit rich for my blood – sixty bucks for a board/card game about rival dark cults at the end of the world is a bit much, especially since I know that I won’t play it – but danged if it doesn’t look entertaining. They had a few copies at GenCon that promptly sold out, but the Kickstarter has already started:

The aesthetic is all very medieval metal, if that makes any sort of sense.  The kind of artwork where you don’t bother with opening up any color tubes besides black and brown. But again, it looks fun.

 

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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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.

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