Sabaton on Tour

Sabaton on Tour

Interestingly, Sabaton is posting live videos of ther concerts from the European wing of the tour. Not sure how long it will stay up as many of these, despite being official vids on the official channel, are mostly taken down shortly after the next one goes up. Audio and video quality are mobile phone grade at best, but it's an interesting look at the energy and crowd at a typical live show.…

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Impressions of Europe: Driving in Germany

Impressions of Europe: Driving in Germany

Driving in Germany was somewhat surreal. The good news for us American types was that we were on the correct side of the road. You know, the right one. The bad news was that at some point we must have been caught by a speedtrap camera going just a few kph over, and were mailed a ticket. Yes, Germany still has stretches of autobahn that are unlimited, at least some of the time, but the surface roads and most of the highways are regulated. Juvenile jokes about how the vehicle exits are all labeled "ausfahrt" aside, how they do it…

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Petty Misery

Petty Misery

No, this is not a reference to Pelosi tearing up her copy of the STFU speech Trump delivered, or the Dems behavior in general, though the Fist of course has his usual Not-Safe-For-Work take on it. No, this instead is about a set of posts that touch on interrelated themes. The first is a post referencing Brian Niemeier - author of the outstanding Souldancer and Nethereal, as well as a new mecha series - over at kairos, discussing the big lie shared by all of the variants of the death cult that this life is about you. Each of the…

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Popcorn

Popcorn

You're enjoying the political shenanigans, when it occurs to you that the perfect capstone to help savor the scene before you would be some pocorn. Do not reach for that bag of microwaveable crap. You can buy popcorn, even organic or other high-grade, far more cheaply in 1-pound or larger bags. You can also use a much better and healthier grade of oil than your standard canola or vegetable oils: I go with coconut. Finally, you don't get some horrible butter "flavoring", but instead can melt some actual, real butter. The first step is a covered pot to pop it…

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Odds and Ends, and a Bit of Beauty

Odds and Ends, and a Bit of Beauty

First, a couple good links from Pulprev author Ben Cheah's site. He had a short story in Riding the Red Horse, and also authored the excellent No Gods only Daimons, and Hammer of the Witches. I'd previously linked to him in a post on "realism." On his winding road to the pulp revolution. Fantasy without fantasy: Fantasy recalls those ancient days, when the miraculous co-existed with the mundane, when the Weird was within sight, when human civilisation consisted not of contiguous countries but isolated outposts of fragile life huddled against a chaotic darkness roiling with predators and strange beasts. In…

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Rorke's Drift

Rorke's Drift

I'm a bit late, but January 22nd is the anniversary of the battle of Rorke's drift. Of course someone took the song and set it to Zulu with Michael Caine. And in case you want the official lyric video...…

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They Hate Us and Want Us Dead, part ∞

They Hate Us and Want Us Dead, part ∞

They hate us, and they think we're idiots. It's not just SNL recently running a skit bashing any form of defense by Trump, and by Derschowitz as his lawyer, or pretending like the republicans are not wanting to call witnesses when the name of the game has been effectively only the Democrats callng witnesses, especially in the house, while not answering questions regarding who, what, and how. It's the news playing the usual games with those who don't have the option of "don't talk to the media" but should be wiser in the execution. It's also panels on CNN openly…

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Dungeon World

Dungeon World

I recently got to take a break from running my own ACKs game to try out a game soneone else was running. We'd previously worked with Blades and Black Magic, an a game inspired by TFT by Steve Jackson Games, but deecided, for an additional change of pace, to go with something more narrative that didn't end up taking hours just to resolve a combat or two. Thus, Dungeon World. The SRD is here, and prefab character sheets are here. it's a 2D6 based fantasy RPG with 3D6 stats, and a much fuzzier roll resolution system. Generally, anything under a…

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