Sep
23
2018
3

Group Seed: Klacz Nocy Energy Distributors.

Klacz Nocy Energy Distributors – Google Docs

Klacz Nocy Energy Distributors

 

Despite the name, it’s an energy brokerage company operating out of Bangkok.  Klacz Nocy specializes in brokering deals between the smaller Thai natural gas drilling companies and the ravenous maw of Chinese industry; the company arranges between one and three LNG shipments via cargo boat per year, and has a quietly excellent reputation for providing shipments on time, of good quality, and without much in the way of expensive complications.  Recent troubles in the Thai natural gas market seem to have no effect on Klacz Nocy, either. If anything, the company has increased shipments slightly to match the demand.

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Sep
23
2018
1

Patreon microfiction: I Work For a Living.

I Work For A Living” implies something that I’ve long believed: if time travel is possible, then time travelers would avoid this era like the plague. I mean, we have the concept — which means the risk that one of us primitive savages would put two and two together and get “this arrogant jackwagon is from AD 2500” is just far too high. And they’d be arrogant, insufferable, condescending jackwagons, too. Imagine how we’d react to visiting Elizabethan London. We’d all need special training just to avoid vomiting at the smell.

Patreon!

Sep
23
2018
4

Tweet of the Day, Oh You Stupid Mother[Expletive Deleted]ers edition.

Full caveat in place, of course.

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Sep
23
2018
0

The Machina Arcana ~ From Beyond Kickstarter.

I’m not getting it, because I don’t play board games.

But the Machina Arcana ~ From Beyond steampunk horror game looks gorgeous.  Three scenarios, four players, sort of a cross between an RPG and a video game and a board game, and the aesthetics are top-notch.  I’d play this, if I knew anybody who had it.  I just don’t have the room in the house for a board game that I won’t be able to play.

Four days left on the Kickstarter, so check it out now.

Sep
22
2018
0

Crystallized Seasons [GURPS 4e]

Crystallized Seasons – Google Docs

Crystallized Seasons

 

Cost: $25 to $250, depending on the supply

 

The seasons of the year have occult significance in mana-rich worlds, of course: and in some places (typically, high-mana areas) the change from one season to the next can cause the old season to more or less crystallize out of the air.  This turns them into limited-college Manastones (GURPS Magic, pg 70), with the caveat that mages cannot actually create Crystallized Seasons: they’re the equivalent of a renewable resource, like bat guano.  And, like bat guano, if somebody wants to collect the stuff regularly they’re going to have to be careful about it. Over-mining the areas where Crystallized Seasons occur can wreck it for further exploitation.

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Sep
22
2018
11

Book of the Week… I’d like a suggestion, actually.

It’s getting towards October, and the weather’s cooling down, which makes me like to read things like Something Wicked This Way Comes and Our Lady of Darkness.  And I will, obviously, but I’d like some suggestions for spooky books.  Not horror, per se — certainly not cosmic horror, although of course I do read that.  For this, I want books that are evocative of the cool October breeze twirling leaves in the moonlight, or the smell of the furnace as it gets turned on for the first time this fall.  Mysteries dark and perhaps even dangerous, but ones that can be faced and foiled by folk of good heart.  Books that have a good, if not always superficially reassuring, heart.

So, suggest away.

Sep
22
2018
3

In Nomine Revisited: Beliar, Calabite of Dark Humor.

Beliar – Google Docs

 

Beliar
Calabite of Dark Humor

Corporeal Forces: 5 Strength: 10 Agility: 10
Ethereal Forces: 3 Intelligence: 6 Precision: 6
Celestial Forces: 4 Will: 8 Perception: 8

Vessel: Annoyed looking male/5

Skills: Dodge/4, Fighting/6, Large Weapon/6 (Chainsaw), Ranged Weapon/6 (shotgun)

Songs: Fire (All/3), Entropy (Corporeal/3, Ethereal/3), Might (Corporeal/2), Numinous Corpus (Acid/3, Claws/3), Shields (All/2)

Attunements: Calabite of Dark Humor, Prank, Farce of Mistaken Identity, We’ve Secretly Replaced

Discord: Angry/3

Beliar is like a clown, really: he only smiles on the outside. Inside, he cries. Admittedly, said crying is usually along the lines of “Will those God-damned talking monkeys please stop BOTHERING me?!”, but it still sort of counts. (more…)

Sep
22
2018
2

*Finally* finished Season One of The Tick.

It was good!  The second half of The Tick was a little smoother than the first half, and I liked the first half just fine.  I also liked everybody’s character development and how the show never devolved into self-parody.  The message was, I think, “You never know when somebody will turn out to be awesome.”  I even ended up liking the guy who was kind of a jerk*, because the thing was he knew that he was kind of a jerk, and he was actually doing a better job than I credited him for in trying not to be. (more…)

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