Apr
23
2017
6

So, they got David Hasselhoff to sing for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

It lacked only this.

Every time I think that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has hit the They Went There Ceiling, they up their game. At this point, there’s not much lef… no.  Wait. There’s somewhere they could go for GotG 3.  There’s somebody they could cast.

Quite obvious, really.

Apr
23
2017
0

Vorpal Nerf Gun [Esoterrorists].

Vorpal Nerf Gun (VNG) – Google Docs

Vorpal Nerf Gun (VNG)

 

Appearance: a heavily-etched and carved plastic toy resembling a six-round revolver, and shooting foam darts.  The VNG operates perfectly well as a foam dart shooter, but something about the configuration of the gun and the carvings makes it peculiarly suitable for disrupting Outer Dark Entities (ODEs).  In game terms, the VNG acts as a two point pool dedicated to situations involving Special Means of Dispatch for a particular ODE.  Unfortunately, any use of the VNG itself damages the membrane.  Thus, determining the cost/benefit of use versus nonuse is sufficiently tricky that trying to do so in the field is strictly forbidden.

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Apr
23
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, I Will Shop At Places That Do This edition.

I’m not going to pound the table and say Implement this. Now.  I will merely say that I have had days where I wanted to carry the red basket, and I have had days where I wanted to carry the black one. Being able to signal which kind of day I’m having would be awesome.

Apr
23
2017
0

My Patreon microfiction: ‘Peacework.’

Peacework” could have maybe benefited by a few more words. The pun in the title and the examples used can only be stretched so far to hint at the larger point. Ach, well, this is how I learn.

Apr
23
2017
3

The Wintergatan marble music machine.

It’s from last year, and it’s obviously more of a musical project than a musical instrument. It’s very very much programmed mechanically to produce a specific song, with limited room for variation and pretty much none for improvisation.  But as a curiosity and an entertainment The Wintergatan Marble Machine is a wonder to behold. You should enjoy it for at least the four and a half minutes involved.

Apr
23
2017
0

Robin D. Laws doing an AMA on Reddit, for you Redditers.

I got tipped off about this via email: legendary (that should disconcert him) game designer Robin D. Laws is doing one of Reddit’s Ask Me Anything threads.  This is one of the ones that apparently goes on for an entire week, so if you wanted to, ah, ask Robin anything about the seemingly-endless stream of groundbreaking games that he keeps insisting on making, now would be the time.  He’ll be popping in and out of that thread on a regular basis.

Moe Lane

PS: My suspicions that there will be a The Yellow King RPG announcement soon have not been quieted by this event.

Apr
22
2017
2

‘Keep Me In Your Heart.’

I foresee a Warren Zevon binge in my very near future.

Keep Me In Your Heart, Warren Zevon

Apr
22
2017
0

Book of the Week: Brain Wave.

Poul Anderson’s Brain Wave, in the hands of somebody less skilled than Poul Anderson, would have been incredibly stupid.  Which is ironic, because the central theme of the book is “What would happen if every living creature on Earth suddenly had its intelligence tripled?”  Fortunately, it was Poul Anderson who wrote it, so we got an excellent book out of the deal.

And so, adieu to The Stars My Destination.

Apr
22
2017
1

Got Your Number on the Wall [Unknown Armies]

Got Your Number on the Wall – Google Docs

Got Your Number on the Wall

[Unknown Armies]
Yes, the song was a spell. In Unknown Armies terms, it was gutter magic that managed to get elevated to some weird cross between it and a no-fooling ritual (and getting to that point was thought to be flat-out impossible).  It largely went out of style when pay phones disappeared from the American landscape, but the few pay phones that do remain tend to be very well protected.

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Apr
22
2017
0

Three (Four) Patreon accounts you should subscribe to.

I don’t subscribe to all that many, myself. But I do subscribe to some; and I’d thought that I’d give three (four) Patreons that I’d suggest that you try, and why you should sign up for them.  Even if it’s at the buck level.

  • Freefall (Science Fiction Webcomic, Mark Stanley).  Freefall is one of the best SF comics out there, only you’ll take a bit to realize it because the heroes are a genetically uplifted anthropomorphic wolf, an alien squid monster stuffed into a spacesuit, and a roly-poly robot.  But it’s consistently good, and currently grappling with the highly complex ethical problem of how to deal with artificially-created intelligence. Worth a buck.
  • Meg Syv & Yoko Weaver (Fantasy Webcomic) These two do Daughter of the Lilies, which is a lovely webcomic that half of you already read, and the rest should start. And it’s also absolutely worth a buck a month.
  • Eric A Burns (Geek Author, Artist). Eric is an old friend of mine, and a peer of mine, artistically speaking.  I don’t offer that compliment lightly; as you may have noticed, I do not exactly lack a healthy sense of self-esteem.  I also find it absurd that he’s getting less out of Patreon than I am, so check his stuff out. A buck per collection of stuff (probably mostly superhero related); I’m personally looking forward to the next one.

Moe Lane

PS: What?  Geez.  The fourth Patreon would be ME, of course.  Surely that was obvious?

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Apr
22
2017
3

Huh. I think that my landline died.

First the cordless was giving out the ‘Line in use’ message and no dial tone, and now the cordless is telling me that there’s no power to the base even though it’s plugged in and taking a charge. Wait, now it’s saying ‘Line in use’ again.  I need to go find a spare phone to plug in…

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, by all means: helpful suggestions helpful. I’ve already tried unplugging the base and plugging it back in again.  I’m also looking to see whether the problem is that the phone needs to be charged up a bit. This is annoying, not a crisis.

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