An interesting mix this time. Mostly tabletop gaming related as there has been quite a bit of action in those parts. Other topics of note include comics, a bit of history and couple of science related things that caught my attention. Strangely no World War II stuff. I’ll have to make up for that next time.
by the way most of the art here comes from the twitter accounts @70sscifiart or @humanoidhistory
The Alt-Right DM asks his readers a simple question.
and I’m going to break my usual rule and post this second article.
This one is almost a manifesto about driving out the SJWs and corporate hacks who have invaded all geek hobbies. Inspiring and pulling no punches he makes the case that tide is beginning to turn.
“Soylo isn’t just a box office bomb. It’s a nuclear warhead going off in the popular zeitgeist. It’s the low-T canary in the cultural coalmines. It’s the sign that the winds of change have shifted. You might not have noticed it…cue up Stoklasa…but your brain did.”
The Nope Chemical That is Chlorine Trifluorine [7 mins]
So basically this stuff can set fire on fire. Would also burn in a vacuum. Sadly this chemical cannot be used as a weapon as any reasonable spacefaring civilization would specifically ban it in an arms limitation treaty. We are after all trying to conquer the galaxy no set it on poisonfire.
Bradford C. Walker talks about space opera and the importance of planets as wondrous settings.
By the way Mr. Walker currently has an ongoing indiegogo campaign where he is pitching a novel which is basically Legends of the Galactic Heroes meets Macross, with a touch of DEUS VULT in SPACE mixed in for seasoning. You sure won’t get anything like from Tor publishing.
The Injustice Gamer gives a few thoughts on the decline in the comic industry.
“Marvel is being overshipped, and the stores have to pay for the books. DC had a few exciting and high selling things early in the year, but their more recent moves are really bad from a sales standpoint, and the stores would be more inclined to take those chances after the big early sales.”
PPC vs Large Laser [10 mins]
A tabletop Battletech discussion about the merits of the big energy weapons. Useful even for those of us plebs who only play the videogames. One key point stands in video. The PPC is feared by other players while the large laser is not. The psychological aspect of wargaming is too often completely ignored. Wars, even fictional wars involving tiny plastic toys your cat keeps trying to eat are ultimately fought by human beings. A small advantage? Yes but sometimes that can be the difference.
David Vining makes the case for the superiority of hand drawn animation in contrast to of current age of digital creations.
Frags and Beer covers a new indy comic that has a giant mecha fighting demons.
Kickstarter for Mayhem #2 Which just short of being fully funded at this time.
A Roman Soldier Makes Dinner [15 mins]
A short video that covers the logistics of supplying and feeding the Roman legions. Interesting to think that food was prepared at the eight man squad level. Or to think that soldiers would on occasion make their own cheese.
Astronaut food. A quick article summing up the evolution of food eaten in space.
Little offhand worldbuilding note: The Breyland Navy does have a Zero-G ration (or Zed ration) which comes in tubes and is designed to eaten under emergency condition when the ship’s artificial gravity isn’t functioning. However these rations are unpopular, ships rarely carry more than few days worth and Z-Rations tend to get pawned off the Ground Forces (who find them a novelty.)
Wice — Starfighter (Retrowave Music)
Big thank you to Bradford Walker for spotting this channel and bringing it to my attention.
Comic Legend Chuck Dixon remembers the old Hotrod related cartoons and comics.
An interesting window into a forgotten sub-culture of the 70’s and a genre that seems alien to modern readers. The idea of a motorgeek really does seem strange and counterintuitive to younger generations.
I do actually have an old CARtoons magazine i picked up a garage sale years ago, since it looked like a Cracked or a Mad (Remember Cracked used to be a an edgier and funnier version of Mad. There was also a shortlived Canadian version called Nuts which was even funnier.) I’ll have to see if I can dig that out of storage and give it a second look.
J. D Cowan discusses some the flaws in the Japanese Light Novel Industry.
His theory that the Japanese have the exact opposite or the problem the writing industry has in the West is definitely something that might need to be explored more.
Aerogel is pretty neat stuff.
Vietnam-era River Patrol Boats “Swift Boats” [22 mins]
A 1971 training video that covers an aspect of the war that tends to get overlooked. Just like in WWII coastal small boat fleets are always hastily built during a war and then rushed into action under emergency conditions. Then as soon as the war is over the small boats are scrapped and any hard won brown water experience completely forgotten.
Also flamethrower boat at 3:45
So why did they have those silly reaction rules in old school gaming? What happens when you turn the murder hobo switch and actually play with them?
“Today as a GM I got a valuable lesson in the craziness of reaction rolls and how it can cause some utterly unique moments in gaming. This is the kind of thing that happens when you run a “decision loop” as Bradford Walker has laid out, and the world is a simulation with the GM being the arbiter instead of the narrator of a “story” game.”
Jon Mollison reviews a D&D lifestyle product badly disguised as an adventure module. He is not impressed.
Not Jon Daker/The Mixed GM rallies against the idea that D&D is a ‘lifestyle.’
This ‘lifestyle brand’ trend that we’re seeing from Wizards of the Coast, Disney/Marvel and other places really is a cancerous soy-tumor on the ass of geek culture. Although I do look forward to the Arkhaven as a Lifestyle Brand Videos where a masked man in neon spandex and a cape teaches your kids how to properly clean and maintain their 3d printed AR-15 ‘ghost gun.’
and on that happy thought I bid ye farewell
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