The Outer Arm - Turn 3

The Outer Arm - Turn 3

Ibrahim-Al-Bork , the apparent ysmam of the Order of Light  appeared in Larelstia to give a series of speeches impugning the stellar powers for their lack of faith and wanton ways, and lack of care for the poor. The poor flocked to him, with many cripples and destitute among those seeking his favor and charity from the crowds. Pee Wee Banzai and the Worst Hussars head to Sashine for a scheduled concert. Tickets are expected to be sold out. Crowds line up at ticket booths. Rockmart announces…

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Outer Arm - Turn 2

No major and obvious changes. The polities are at their usual state of petty bickering at this time. Rumors abound that the Han are getting into more shipping and transfer concerns - with a specialty in transferring tech to the Han, aka industrial espionage. Peroshkiy Foods has announced their new ad campaign. "We feed you, comrade!". Salesmen imply that buying from anyone else might have tragic consequences.…

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The Outer Arm

The Outer Arm

Jon over at his blog beat me to the punch a bit [http://jonmollison.com/2022/05/01/introducing-yoyodyne-omnisystems/] in announcing this, but we've started a two-tier Traveller campaign in a custom sector I've called the "Outer Arm". Rulesset is cepheus as a good and slightly more cohesive update to the CT rules - anyone who's played CT can drop in very easily - for the players running characters, which they will have several as part of, at minimum, several faction troubleshooting teams. The f…

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The Wells of Ur

The Wells of Ur

Cities come, cities go, yet the city remains. Pilum is now working on getting it's fourth book published, Shagduk by JB Jackson, over at Kickstarter [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deredordica/shagduk-de-re-dordica-book-one-a-novel-by-jb-jackson] . This, fresh off of successfully republishing Sky Hernstrom's Thune's Vision with the addition of a new Mortu and Kyrus story. I've mentioned their first collection, The Penultimate Men, in passing, but today I'd like to cover their second b…

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Not Serious People, Not Serious About War

Not Serious People, Not Serious About War

Perusing the headlines, I saw Joe Biden had announced a green initiative for military vehicles. > US President Joe Biden has announced a “process” is underway to make every vehicle in the country’s massive military “climate friendly,” adding that “we’re spending billions of dollars to do it” during an Earth Day celebration on Friday. This is one of those failures that demonstrates, no matter how far down the path of senility dementia Joe has traveled, that the people in the white house, almost…

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Thieves and Liars....

Thieves and Liars....

Yeah, I had Ministry in mind when I titled this. I had written earlier of how in how the US and western nations were handling it, this situation in Ukraine was a war. Sure, NATO troops weren't doing the shooting - instead, we're fighting to the last brave Ukranian while providing weapons and encouragement. We're cutting off any other source of skepticism or contrary statements to the extent of cutting out the Russian Defence Ministry from Google Search results. The real issue isn't even the…

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What if They Meant What They Said?

What if They Meant What They Said?

One thing that is apparent is that no-one on the "Russia Man Bad" side of things has even begun to credit that Putin and the Russians may, more rather than less, mean precisely what they said as to their goals. Colbert apparently was mocking the Russian re-organization over the weekend, eminently predictable if you took them at their word as to their goals, as "Oh, we just declare we won and go home," and western media analysts were worried that some form of victory in Mariupol would give the…

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A Little Self-Determination

A Little Self-Determination

Generally speaking, I wouldn't have taken sides in the conflict in Eastern Europe any more than I would in a drunken brawl somewhere across the bar, or a similar argument between a man and his girlfriend. The problem is, the woman, and everyone around are "yeah, it's all the guy's fault" while ignoring that your buddies have been whispering in her ear all the time about what an abusive guy he is. Even if they were right, they were still stepping in and taking actions, rightly or wrongly, to…

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