Aug
22
2019
0

‘Threshing Machine.’

Not the best version I’ve ever heard, but then it’s difficult to find songs about any sort of agricultural equipment. It’s very odd, really.

Threshing Machine, Chad Morgan

Moe Lane

PS: This IS the clean version. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more filthy, try this one. Just not at work

Aug
22
2019
0

In Nomine Revisited: Quinn, Mercurian Angel of Psychohistory.

Looking back at this one: dear goodness, but the headaches it’d cause for GMs.

Quinn

Mercurian Vassal of Lightning

Angel of Psychohistory

Corporeal Forces: 3 Strength: 6 Agility: 6

Ethereal Forces: 6 Intelligence: 12 Precision: 12

Celestial Forces: 5 Will: 9 Perception: 11

Suggested Word-Forces: 14

Vessel: human male/2

Skills: Computer Operation/3, Detect Lies/3, Dodge/3, Emote/1, Fighting/2, Knowledge (Psychohistory/6*, statistics/6, Research/1, Sociology/6), Move Silently/1, Ranged Weapons/2 (pistol), Savoir-Faire/1

*Psychohistory is defined, in this setting, as the prediction of future mass events and societal trends from existing data. It is not meant to predict the actions of specific individuals or events. Put another way, this skill will not tell you how many children you will have, or who will win the next Kentucky Derby, but it can tell you where the next war will be.

Songs: Empathy (Ethereal/1, Celestial/1), Fire (Ethereal/1), Friendship (Ethereal/1), Light (Celestial/3), Lightning (Ethereal/1), Machines (Ethereal/1), Memory (Celestial/1), Shadows (Corporeal/1), Shields (all/1), Submission (Corporeal/1, Celestial/1), Symphony (All/2), Tongues (Corporeal/3, Ethereal/5*), Truth (Ethereal/2)

*Free from Mercurian of Lightning Attunement

Role: “Isaac Flynn” (statistician/6, Status 5)

Attunements: Mercurian of Lightning, Seraphim of Lightning, Library Card, Vassal of Lightning, Angel of Psychohistory

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Aug
22
2019
0

Wayback Machine’s down? ‘Tis a sign!

I was going to grab a couple of my old In Nomine writeups off of there and at least do something productive today, but clearly I am instead meant to go kill Alduin one more time. That’s honestly fine. It’s been that kind of day: hideously unproductive.

Moe Lane

It’s only kind of down: whenever I try to pull a file it… hrm. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, UNIVERSE.

Aug
22
2019
1

The disappointing ANTLERS teaser trailer.

Disappointing because Guillermo del Toro is doing ANTLERS, and not AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, of course. I mean, if you’re into horror then this looks pretty bleak-gory. But I want me some Antarctic cosmic horror. So I am kind of peeved with this, even if it really isn’t the movies fault.

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Aug
22
2019
7

On the post-apocalyptic nature of old school D&D.

This is a very interesting essay on the implied post-apocalyptic status of most pre-5th edition D&D games. The author was noting that one of the bonuses to leveling up above a certain level was the creation of strongholds and recruiting of followers. It was the thing that you did when you got powerful enough, and that has certain implications:

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Aug
22
2019
5

Game of the Week: Hasbro Monopoly Socialism.

No, I am being completely serious. Monopoly Socialism sounds amazing.

But don’t take my word for it: check out this infuriated Twitter review by an annoyed socialist!

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Aug
21
2019
2

‘She’s So High.’

It’s like the World of Darkness, only everybody’s on Prozac. The girl’s the mage and the band’s all vampires. I’m not sure which ones are the werewolves, but they’re there. Probably lurking, too. They do that.

She’s So High, Tal Bachman

Aug
21
2019
2

Naglfari [The Day After Ragnarok]

Naglfari

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Description: a mixed-construction powered ship about the size and capacity of a largish tramp steamer: the superstructure is steel, but the hull is carved from a single scale of the World-Serpent (and glistens unpleasantly, of course). The metal parts of a Naglfari quickly and permanently acquire a covering of rust.  Oddly, there’s no smell of snake about a Naglfari. There’s definitely a certain odor of old blood, but no snake.  

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Aug
21
2019
4

Apple TV+ scheduled to debut, implode in November.

I wonder how many times the Ars Technica writer started writing these paragraphs, only to stop because he was giggling too much.

According to the Bloomberg report, which cites people familiar with Apple’s plans, Apple TV+ will launch with a “small selection of shows,” including The Morning ShowAmazing StoriesSeeTruth Be Told, and a documentary series about houses called Home. Apple is still mulling over prices, the report says, but is leaning toward $9.99.

The company is also still weighing its options about how to release the content. While Netflix usually releases entire seasons of shows on one day, and HBO releases episodes weekly, one of the options Apple is considering would involve releasing the first three episodes of a season all at once, then pushing episodes weekly after that. Another report this week, this time by Financial Times, claimed that Apple is spending $6 billion on original shows and movies this year.

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