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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
5:22 pm
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
11:53 am
Tracking games
This is really just here to keep track of things I'd like to run - these are all mid/long term as I need to finish PN before I can have enough time in an average evening to do more than cook, workout, and then fit in a martial arts class.

  1. Slice of Village life mid-fantasy. Thinking 'kids' in a fishing/trade stop village near a gigantic lake/river thing. This would be about how the 'common people' survive in the rural area. Think Cadfæl or Midsummer Murders for the general theme. Big things are going on in the world, and sometimes they storm thru but mostly they just cause problems for the locals.  Prolly run in NWoD GMC depending on how it finally came out.

  2. Political power politics. Playing in the big leagues. I've a yen to run this as 'so you're all on your "wastrel" phase where you 'find yourself' by blowing off steam and generally getting into harmless mischief before becoming 'real' adults in order to get a good Jane Austin mix of unlikely associates before kicking in the hardcore power politics. Again GMC especially given the new social rules.

  3. Rifts - or some other post-apocalyptic game with a theme of rebuilding and discovering the past. Maybe not quite as gonzo? TBZ might support it - I need to give that a look.

  4. Colonial game - space or possibly just fantasy. Kingdom building and resource management. REIN or 13th Age. Burning...maybe? Depends.

  5. Changeling: The Lost. I'd really like to run the plot I had in mind for the Cam game I ran - though Lost is likely to be greatly different without the constraints of the Cam. YCMV and all that but..y'know...mine really varies.

  6. Vampire - Specifically I like what I've seen so far of Sexmurder The Strix Chronicles. That's not getting here before June so..y'know.

That'll help me keep my mind working.
Monday, April 8th, 2013
12:49 pm
New Versions of Old Things
SO D&D 5e are on their way out, as is Mage 20th.

On both counts I'm highly disapointed with what I see so far.

5th Edition D&D (Next) is looking more and more like some incoherent mess that we'd call a 'heartbreaker' back in the day. "AD&D done right" is usually what the creator would say.
It's got all the flaws of 3.x (LFQW, Free Range multi-class that enables you to build Pun-Pun the lvl 3 character with infinite wishes or jim bob the most useless character ever. You are, organically, going to create jim bob because it's mostly a newb trap) plus all the 'fun' of AD&D's nonsensical design which no one remembers because they ignored 90% of the rules or had 300 page binders of houserules.

It's a nostalgia edition and it's so far crap. It's the reactionary backlash because 4E tried too many new things. But instead of backing up a little but keeping the advances it's giving it all back to go back to the 'good old days' of 1986 because Tradition while at the same time keeping all the gloriously broken things like 'sim-D&D' of 3.x because Tradition.

4E didn't look a thing like OD&D but it sure played like it. I will miss it being a supported product.

Mage 20th, otoh, is designed as a nostalgia edition. It's tailored as such. But which edition? 1st eds "Science is evil and you are bad for wanting medicine, tv and a job?"
2nd ed's "Space Ships and Laser Beams and Science is still Evil and so are you?"

Revised's "We're masters of reality. Whatever has been built we did it and we should own our mess?"

If you were thinking that it'd be a definitive comprimise with hooks for everyone well, you'd be thinking sensibly. Unfortunately Onyx Path had different ideas and brought back Phil B for another go at...well a great many things. Including "I haven't bothered to read a few of the best spatbooks WW ever wrote because...y'know...I've got my thing going on here."

Including introducing the Sabbat Problem into yet another WW game.

The Sabbat Problem is that in Vampire: The Masquerade the Sabbat are objectively correct. The Antideluvian's still do slumber and still do wish to feast upon the souls of their childer.

And all of this fits neatly into the Zietgiest. We've got regressive and reactionary pushback on all sorts of Real Life social and economic fronts from the GOP trying to bring Columbia into existence with a roll back to a Theocratic version of the Guilded age, a war on science and common sense and a bajillionty other fronts where good sense and human decency are loosing.

The war's being lost on just about every front at the same time.

Meteor 2016 is my vote.

Current Mood: Mrph
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
8:00 am
Scooby_Motivational by pharniel
Scooby_Motivational, a photo by pharniel on Flickr.

This amused me.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
12:38 pm
Harvest of Photos
As usual - photos. because blagh that's why.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
3:59 pm
More Images
I think I've managed to pass through misanthropy and apathy and just into sadness.


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Thursday, August 16th, 2012
2:53 pm
More Art
Pretty much this is a place where I can put Nifty things.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
9:28 pm
Art Nuvou Magic Cards
These are all from the RPG.net image thread but I find them neat.

Black Lotus


Random Japanese Card



Angel of Despair

Path to Exile

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
1:05 am
Home Coming
Got a nice storm as I was settling into sleep inducing TV.
Good to be home.
Friday, April 20th, 2012
9:19 am
Special Announcement
We take a moment to divert ourselves from Magical Girl moving gifs in order to tell you about this: Nyarko-San a/k/a The Lovecraft Universe where the Eldrich Horrors are all school kids.

It really shouldn't be that good. It shouldn't. But it WORKS.

Go watch. NOW!
At least watch the shorts for much merriment but the first episode of the actual series? THERE'S A CALL OF CTHULU CHARACTER SHEET! And D10s. As a metaphor.
And this is young adult fiction in Japan? I may have to reconsider learning Japanese.
Fair warning - the shorts are Spaceballs level self-aware and vulgar - just without the naughty language.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
10:12 am
Personal Sigil
So I surmise I've almost gotten this whole 'magical girl magical circle' thing that just about every anime is doing now figured out - at least on a conceptual level.

Making a few, even animated gifs, should be doable albeit non-trivial. I may need to pickup some Photoshop skillz. Either way I need to start looking for a few capstone symbols - these would be things that are 'key' points that nail down the design at important confluence points to generate visual diversity between 'sections'. Actually technically since it is a circle they are actual sectors but I digress.

So...any thoughts? Stylized letters are always good (Nanoha uses lowercase Greek characters: Pi, Rho, Sig, Nu) from any language as well as unique but simple seals or symbols.
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
11:56 pm
Merry Christmass
Things are pretty good and I don't really have a whole lot to talk about so I'll just send warm happy vibes everyone's way and post some traditional seasonal entertainments.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
9:32 am
Because I'm tired for typing this out everytime...
TL:DR - Want to know how the whole housing thing actually works? Read this
übernerd posts
Libertarian analysis of the market - Zero Hedge
Succinct summation of the big lie by an Investment Manger and member of the 1% and criminal attorney Barry Ritholtz and his cohort Invictus -
The Big Lie, The Big Lie Revisited, Dissecting the Big Lie, Updated Big Lie Information, The Smaller Lies - Read in order.

For technical details please read the übernerd posts by Doris "Tanta" Dungey - having a discussion without consuming this 100k word treatise on the underpinnings of the mortgage industry from application to post default servicing precludes discussing the situation in any rational manner. The übernerd posts were Tanta's swan song and masterwork written as she was dying of cancer. They are technical and precise and the only ideology they have is an expression that one should obey the law and follow procedures even when they are inconvenient.


For more on every direction please see the "Big Lie" - the only people who think the government caused the crisis are politicians of a right-wing persuasion, the John Birch Society, various wingnut welfare thinktank like Redstate, CATO and the latest Kochsuckers on K street and Stormfront (Their own IE headline "World's first white power website!") who continue to crow about how brown people broke the economy so that's why they need to be purged.

From the Middle

The Big Lie

Facts comparing the big lie

Further Big Lie coverage

Bloomberg's take

"The CRA thing is particularly funny since the Federal Reserve, of all bank-friendly places, found that “areas disproportionately served by lenders covered by the CRA experienced lower delinquency rates and less risky lending.”

Angry Bear's coverage

From the...Libertarian perspective - Zero Hedge's take

Sadly reality has a well known liberal bias and results conflict with ideology - most subprime loans were made by agencies which did not adhere to CRA. States with high regulation which could not be preempted by deregulation, such as Texas, suffered less. Countries who maintained rigorous standards suffered even less - Canada. Freedie and Fannie didn't want to touch Alt-A and subprime until the Republican congress got it into their heads that the party may be over so hey, make the GSEs purchase that crap so we can keep the money machine going faster.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
4:09 pm
Silly Joy
Sillyness to help with the Solstice Fusion Ball Shortfall Blues

And because I love you all so much...

If you're still around now some of the good stuff:

Monday, December 12th, 2011
8:49 am
Current State

Ran LARP on Saturday - went well. We need more players or this is going to be a 3 ST table top game.

Hopefully new year will get more warm bodies to show up.

Didn't make more oatmeal. Need to do that tonight.

Other than that - still alife.
Monday, December 5th, 2011
1:45 pm
LARP Information
@EMUVeilofDreams as well as Decadence LARP on Facebook.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
10:24 am
Next Game
Decadence LARP - December 10th @ EMU Student Center.
New Character's must be submitted by Friday the 2nd.

10:23 am
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
2:57 pm
London Burning.
This is why you pay for education, social justice programs, welfare, medicine and housing as well as police, fire, EMTs and all those other 'socholist' programs which "only help those people".
This is the result of a set of rational actors all deciding that the worst you can do to them - torture, imprisonment and death - are perfectly acceptable risks. That the police are eventually going to send you to prison through either legitimate crime or a frame up to make some numbers because in every interaction they treat you like a criminal. The risks compared to the rewards are just so great that only a fool wouldn't take the chance.
This is what happens when rational actors have decided that the current game is rigged, so they've decided to stop playing.
This is why you enforce the rule of law. This is why crony capitalism must be stopped and fraught at every turn. This is why 'income disparity' isn't just some number on a spreadsheet.
This is the world that the teahaddists dream up, so that when the oppressed masses finally rise up with the power that they have they can be 'put back into their place' in a satisfyingly visceral and violent way.

Penny Red: Panic on the streets of London

Also BBC broadcaster gets pwned. I just wish he had been slightly younger so he could tell her "I'm not making exuses. I'm telling you why it happened you priviliged cracker git."

Stay safe over there. Shit's bout to get worse before (if) it gets better.
Friday, August 5th, 2011
9:33 am
Public Service at GenCon
There's been a large flood of infos from Gencon - Werewolf 20 announce, the missing convention books for mage (which implies m20) but I think this is the most important public service:

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