When The Going Gets Weird. The Weird Get Going.

The sidhe mystic trembled as she came out of her meditative trance, “Fedoras,” she gasped her eyes wide with otherworldly terror. The two men standing in front of her both took instinctively took a step back as the room shook slightly.

“What? A vision?” Drake Decker, paranormal investigator asked. “Tell me, what did you see?”

“Fedoras… many fedoras! All being tipped together,” the mystic pronounced. “Something is coming!”

Drake went to ask a followup question but before he could the sidhe tore off her clothes and run off screaming into the night. “Hmm,” he pondered. “Probably not a good sign.”

“Most definitely not a good sign,” Dave the fabulously gay wizard added. “Anything that can scare Kylie like that is going to be err… troublesome.”

“So much for my vacation,” Drake lamented. “We need to at least hold the fort down until back up arrives.”

“What about Kylie?” The wizard asked motioning to the open door. “We don’t need her scaring the normies.”

“She’ll be fine,” Drake replied. “Nigh invulnerable fairie thot superstar.”

“You’re not worried about a naked elf chick running down the street screaming about negative vibrations in the cosmic resonance?”

“It’s Vancouver, no one will notice anything out of the ordinary.” Drake shrugged. It was one of the few advantages to working out of Canada’s Left Coast.

“So what now?” Dave asked.

There was a tense silent moment while Drake reviewed his options. “If it’s not an Elder God we can handle it, just have to call in a few favors that’s all.”

“You mean more favors,” The wizard added. Just getting a sidhe, any sidhe involved was going to cost the Order something down the line.

“We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.” Drake muttered. “First things first, we need to stake out that anime fan convention you were talking about earlier.”

“Right big concentration of virgins,” Dave nodded. “Barely any security. At most a wand-mage or two packing heat.”

“Just what a fledgling goddess cult needs.” Drake said. “But that’s a little too obvious. Anything else going this weekend that might fit the bill?”

The wizard eyes briefly went white as he refreshed his memory. “The Association For the Appreciation of Monstergirls is holding a meeting.”

“Even bigger dorks, older too so their blood would be exceptionally potent.” Drake said swiftly.

“One catch I don’t think any of those guys are virgins,” Dave countered.

“Really?” Drake retorted.

“Because there’s only really one way to properly appreciate a monstergirl,” Dave answered with a smirk.

Drake didn’t want to think about it. “Okay we’ll stick to the anime convention. It’s a place to start.”

Advertisements
When The Going Gets Weird. The Weird Get Going.

NerdLife Seven: Get To The Wookie

Well my social media holiday turned out to be a complete disaster but it’s nothing any of you would care about so let’s just get straight down to business.

tothefinallevel.jpg

Brian Niemeier discusses the difference between the Superversive and the Pulp Revolution literary movements.

http://www.brianniemeier.com/2017/07/superversive-pulprev.html

superversivepulprev.png

I do think it is important to remember that these two movements overlap and are not in direct conflict; even if certain people do seem to get strangely butthurt about it.

I initially supported the Superversive SF movement and I stand by the goal of countering the nihilism and hopelessness that is all pervasive in modern literature and “entertainment.” As for the Pulprev? I have the much better reason that all my cool friends are doing it and putting entertainment back into things that are supposed to be entertaining just seems like a good idea.

internetpeople.jpg

Huge folding knife; which turns out to be a surprisingly good weapon.

 

sword4sale.jpg

Jon Del Arroz on writing character. Lot of good tips here.

http://delarroz.com/?p=1210

The final thing I’ll note is the protagonist especially needs something for someone to root for.”

Remember if the audience begins to cheer for the bad guys, you either haven’t fleshed out your heroes properly or you may be writing some kind of horrible message fic.

 

An in-depth article about viking shields; from both a historical and a gamer (GURPS) point of view.

https://gamingballistic.com/2017/07/12/vikings-shields-and-game-rules/

Interesting thing about this – a properly made shield, when struck at with a sharp sword, will catch and trap the blade of that sword. Nearly every time. The thinner, the easier this happens, but even with the thicker wood with no rawhide edging, a good shield bind was obtained.”

 

Sabaton and Girls und Panzer

Sabaton makes everything better.

 

Injustice Gamer brings up a niche product that might just fill your gaming needs.

http://injusticegamer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/adventure-boardgames-to-fill-gap.html

Mice and Mystics is the most family friendly entry here. You’re playing as the king’s heroes after they’ve been turned into mice by an evil wizard. Try to avoid the cats and bats, get the cheese, and save the king.”

toomuchpenguin.jpg

Your kids will live on Mars. Mixed feeling about this piece. On one hand it’s important to be optimistic on the other hand the name Elon Musk triggered a red flag. Still worth a quick read.

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/07/03/kids-live-mars/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

map-europeredhair.jpg

The only map that matters.

 

Fully Explaining Lunar Calendars. [10min]

Here’s a video for the truly obsessive fantasy writer.

 

circusofsadness.jpg

Why Female Action Heroes suck.

Steven Crowder makes the case that female action heroes aren’t really that believable and do so in a fairly hilarious manner.

NerdLife Seven: Get To The Wookie

NerdLife: Rest and Retardation

NerdLife Four: Relax and Enjoy the Madness

I need a break from politics and I guess this will count. This was supposed to be my one day to relax this week and I spent most of it on social media yelling about throwing reporters out of helicopters. Therapeutic perhaps but hardly productive.

I try to cover a good spread of topics in these… things so that there is something for everybody. Still end of the day it’s whatever shiny internet thing catches my eye, and I’m not exactly the most organized individual.

Writing out the two Breyland Notes pieces seemed to have helped but yeah… the flesh is willing but the mind is sperging.

So here we go.

Black Marketing: This a ten minute long 1944 US propaganda film that is oddly well acted and compelling. I’m a big fan of these archive channels.

Very well done little film breaks down that how a typical black market scheme is run. Might be of interest to both history buffs and the Pulp Revolution crowd. A lot of fun if you like old style gangster movies.

 

Indie author and cosmic madman Jon Mollison breaks down the possibilities of donut shaped planets.

http://seagullrising.blogspot.ca/2017/06/donut-shaped-planets.html

I’ve gone ahead and subbed to the Youtube channel in question and it looks like there’ll be plenty of materiel for future posts.

bewarecommies.jpg

Yes once Captain America was an American.

 

Injustice Gamer discusses the nature of complexity in boardgames. Not much I can add but his next article is going to be about Kickstarter and how it’s effected the market. That should be a fun read. Might as well start hyping now.

http://injusticegamer.blogspot.ca/2017/06/boardgame-trends-complexity-at-multiple.html

 

Volcano of Doom (Music)

With a title like that I had to click on it.

Hmm… geothermal powered underground lair… alien jungle planet… brave adventurers on a desperate mission…

 

sonicgetsserious

And where the hell is this videogame?

 

Awesome Viking discovery. Once again we see the ageless theme of a man and his dog.

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/archaeologists-n-iceland-discover-viking-age-chief-buried-ship-his-sword-and-dog

FFnutshell

The Bechtloff Presents: The Legend of Indiana Mario. A fascinating tale of a videogame urban legend. Also shitting on MovieBob is never offtopic.

Those happy meal toys rocked!

 

nowitmakessense

People tend to forget that Burt Reynolds was a legit action star at one point.

 

Gitabushi on the hard/soft science fiction debate. About a month old but I didn’t see it at the time.

https://pcbushi.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/hard-sf-v-soft-sf/

and another great thought provoking article about the different views on peasants.

https://pcbushi.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/are-your-peasants-men-or-mice/

NerdLife: Rest and Retardation