Dec
06
2016
12

So Schlock Mercenary is now grappling with a spiritual question.

Although I suppose that some people would call it an ethical one, despite the fact that the ethics are largely straightforward. For background, Schlock Mercenary is a far-future webcomic where one of the lead characters (Captain Tagon) recently got himself killed doing something heroic in order to save his crew.  The thing is, it’s a far-future world, and the technology for braintaping people just got introduced.  Tagon had a backup made, forty minutes before he hand-delivered an armed ship’s missile to a boarding party invading his ship.  This is important because there was no body to retrieve: the new Tagon is only genetically identical to the old one, with 99.9999% all of his memories and presumably his entire personality. (more…)

Dec
06
2016
0

In Nomine revisited: The Right Worshipful Brothers of the Venerable and Arcane Order of St. Bickerstaff.

In case you’re wondering, one of the reasons why I’m pulling some of these things out of storage and cleaning them up a bit is because next year I’ll be starting up the process of creating my own gaming supplements. Which means I need to teach myself at least the basics of self-publishing and layout, because I can’t afford to pay for it and I don’t want to depend on volunteer work (assuming I got volunteers).  Anyway, I figure that if I have to learn by doing, I might as well make some free supplements in the process; goodness knows I have a lot of creative work out there that I absolutely cannot sell.  It seems more efficient this way, as long as I follow, say, SJG’s Online Policy. So I’m pulling files. Mostly In Nomine ones, because I wouldn’t mind sparking a little interest in the game line.

Anyway, back to blasting the pasting:

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Dec
06
2016
8

The somewhat brutally exasperated ‘Suicide Squad’ Honest Trailer.

I understand why, too.  I liked Suicide Squad, but DC still hasn’t gotten its stuff together yet when it comes to movies.  Which is, like Honest Trailers, I am also somewhat worried about the Wonder Woman movie.  I would very much like them to not throw away the multiple advantages that they have, going in, with that property.

Dec
06
2016
2

@EvilHatOfficial has put a bunch of Spirit of the Century books…

…on ridiculous Christmas sale.  Spirit of the Century, for those unfamiliar, is an RPG for playing 1930s-style action/super-science/adventure pulp; the books on sale are pretty much Young Adults, and feature such things as dinosaur worlds, sentient apes on Mars, two-fisted adventurers, and at least one plucky Midwest gadgeteer and her racing tractor.  I figure I’ll give ’em to my kids OH DAMMIT IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE KIDS’ CHRISTMAS GIFTS THEN I COULD HAVE SPENT HOUSE MONEY ON THIS.

…Well.  Spirit of the season, and all that. Besides, they’re going for only two bucks a throw.

Dec
05
2016
2

The Hanukkah Song.

This is, of course, traditional here.

Dec
05
2016
0

Yeah, slow night. I was trying to track down an In Nomine-themed Christmas item…

…I did a while back; but it maybe never made it to my old website (which is still dead). It was about a certain drum that happened to be at a certain place during a certain birth… and yes, it was a mighty In Nomine relic indeed. Unfortunately, the details seem to be lost. Alas.

Dec
05
2016
7

Soooo… the Transformers movies have gotten real weird, I take it?

Because Transformers: The Last Knight looks pretty weird. Nazis, dragons, apparently Cybertron has come to visit?  I admit, I stopped watching this series after the second one, but… huh?

Huh?

Dec
05
2016
2

So, what does horseback riding look like at Tech Level 8?

Here you go:

If these things work as advertised then they’re probably going to end up replacing iron horseshoes. As that article above notes, the big question is whether mud is going to pop those suckers right off. But if they don’t… well, I’m sure the horses wouldn’t mind not having the business with the nails and the hammer and all that.

Dec
05
2016
0

Oh, good: the Pokemon Zoography 2017 Calendar Kickstarter funded.

I don’t really have any personal use for it – I don’t play Pokemon Go – but the person drawing the Pokemon Zoography 2017 Calendar is also the artist for the TimeWatch RPG, so, you know, part of the tribe and all that. Besides: the more creative work that gets supported, the more that gets created. As a creator myself I recognize this.

Dec
05
2016
3

And so @alyankovic wins in the end.

I was showing this video to my kid, because he’s old enough to start getting a proper education, and I realized: Weird Al turned out to be right, after all.  Mark Hamill will have at least two new Star Wars acting credits (decades after the originals), by the time this is all over. And he is an older gentlemen, at this point.  WHO’S LAUGHING NOW, INTERNET?

Dec
05
2016
2

Adventure seed: Dude, Where’s My Tree?

Blame this.

dude-wheres-my-tree_-google-docs

Dude, Where’s my Tree?

So, the party gets a knock on the door of their office one evening – what, they don’t have an office?  If you’re running a modern supernatural/occult fixer game the party has to have an office. It’s practically de rigeur.  Otherwise, how is anybody supposed to find them in order to hire them, threaten them, or collapse in a dying heap on the floor while croaking out one last cryptic warning? (more…)

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