Oct
19
2019
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ATTENTION, EDITORS: I am *not* a Californian, for the purposes of Assembly Bill 5.

Hiring me for freelance writing work (use the Contact Form; no inquiries about political pieces, please) will thus be much less of a hassle, frankly. And I’m good about deadlines, too! Feel free to get in touch with me — the non-Californian — today!

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Oct
19
2019
1

The BOX 616 short movie from DUST.

Opinion after the fold. It’s spoiler-y, so watch before you read. Via Geektyrant.

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Oct
18
2019
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Questions up on Patreon…

…for my patrons. Become a patron! It’s fun.

Patreon!

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Oct
18
2019
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Item Seed: Liber Squamis.

Liber Squamis

Description: hardbound (red cloth) book, printed in 1895 by Zann and Grieg publishers.  128 pages of musical notation, for a number of unnamed pieces apparently scored for a flute; despite the Latin title, what text exists is in French and German.  No author. There is a handwritten dedication to a ‘Herbert Vaughn,’ but the signature is illegible.

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Oct
18
2019
3

Trying out CONTROL.

Just finished what I guess was the tutorial. CONTROL looks very spooky, which is excellent, but it has two of the besetting video game flaws of this era: save points, and no easy mode. The first annoys me, because I don’t see the point in not designing a game where you can quicksave anywhere you damned well please; and the second makes me roll my eyes, because I’m mostly playing CONTROL for the story anyway. I’m sure that the combat’s gonna be awesome and everything, especially since you can fling stuff around and everything, but I’m almost fifty and I just don’t have those reflexes.

Still, should be fun.

Moe Lane

PS: It runs smoothly on my computer, by the way. This is a general observation that I’m apparently echoing: a lot of people were expecting the need for higher-performance PCs. Then again, this one I’m using IS new.

Oct
18
2019
1

The ‘Bless Their Hearts’ DICKINSON Apple TV+ trailer.

You know, it takes a lot to kind of horrify GeekTyrant. I don’t mean that as a criticism of the site: I actually like how they’re so positively enthusiastic about geek-stuff, even when I don’t think that the stuff they’re being enthusiastic is worth it. But the Dickinson trailer made them blink, relatively speaking:

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Oct
17
2019
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Marietta, Village of the Damned [The Day After Ragnarok]

I don’t often come up with scenarios where the players are going to hate all their options, but I seem to have done so here. Happy Halloween!

Marietta, Village of the Damned

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Marietta, Georgia

Population: 4,000

Controls: Marietta, GA

Government: Machine

Problem: Monsters

Heroic Opportunity: Bounty

City Aspect: Doomed, probably

Theoretically, Marietta should be in better shape than it is.  For a few years after the Serpentfall, it was: Atlanta lay just to its Southeast, and there’s a lot of loot in a major dead city, especially if it didn’t burn too badly.  The Konfederacy in particular was and is interested in Atlanta’s remaining industrial salvage, and has invested in the town accordingly. Marietta is not quite ruled by Birmingham, but the Klan openly operates there, and non-whites are routinely harassed on the streets, or worse.  Even the salvage camps have strict racial and religious restrictions.

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