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Monday, November 12th, 2018
3:37 pm
And the legend is gone...

Stan "The Man" Lee is dead at 95.

If you'd asked me in the 1990s how influential Stan Lee was, I might have waffled. I mean, he was one of the creators and promoters of some of the greatest comic-book heroes, but comics were on the decline, and hey, movie attempts to do comic books had mostly fallen flat or worse than flat (1990 Captain America movie, dear god).

But today? Stan became the face of one of the most powerful media forces on the planet, and he and Marvel did something NEW -- create a full cinematic universe across multiple titles that were still interconnected. It had never been done, never been TRIED. And they succeeded, and their competition is still floundering, trying to figure out how to bottle the same lightning.

Stan and his Bullpen created some of the most iconic characters the world has yet seen, and some which directly spoke to me many times -- Thor, Spider-Man, and Captain America most often.

And he had a sense of timing and humor that showed through in the many cameos for the Marvel films -- themselves a fascinating and very amusing innovation in the film world. (not that cameos hadn't been done before, but the number of them across all those films, connecting them by that specific voice and face, that hadn't been; closest might have been Hitchcock's appearances in his own movies, but these weren't all Stan's movies; they were simply movies that had some of Stan in them.)

 

A salute and EXCELSIOR! to The Man.


Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
12:26 pm
So, I've been doing some gaming in between other things...
... and maybe people will be amused to hear it.

Both games I'm currently in are being run by my son Christopher. Yes, some of you remember he was a baby not all that long ag... holy crap he's like 22??? So yeah, he's the GM for several games, and I'm in two of them.

Both are set in his own unique world which is a postapocalyptic world with magic. One might describe it as "Fallout meets D&D" without being too far off. Although the apocalypse in this one was partly an alien invasion by bunny people from the Moon (well, Mars, and before then farther away) and partly the disastrous return of magical powers to the world. It's now a few centuries after, and the ruins of New York have become the center of a new metropolis called Robertsville, and San Deigo is a smaller but still fairly large settlement called Seijin Deigo. But these are islands of technology (and magic, and technomancy, and clerical powers...) in what is still a mostly wild and unsettled world. Magic is so widespread and unpredictable that not only has it caused large numbers of magical creatures to appear and even the land to be transformed, but also things can sometimes spontaneously gain life, and even intelligence -- up to and including simple objects like paperclips.

The longer-running campaign is set mostly around Seijin Deigo. My character is Kalama Lightfingers, once a street urchin in Robertsville, brought home and adopted by Lenneth, a magician who gave her adopted daughter a safe and happy childhood -- leading to Kalama deciding to be Just Like Mom and become a mage. Well, not QUITE like mom, because Kalama also became obsessed with ancient tales of heroes ("Ancient" meaning "stuff that was widespread enough to survive the apocalypse, so all the best media, like Marvel's movies...") and identifies with (and sometimes quotes) heroes like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man and Princess-Senator-General Organa and Conan and...

Kalama was therefore excited by her mother's history of "helping out" in some of the difficulties in the last 20 years, and was determined to become a hero-adventurer. Seeing she couldn't be dissuaded from that, her mother arranged for her to take a journey to Coyote's Well, a smaller town some distance from Seijin, where an acquaintance of her mother might be able to give her a taste of that life without, maybe, killing her.

Kalama found the adventurer's life both more terrifying and more exhilarating than she'd imagined, and gained two strong companions: Rockie, an intelligent tortoise who is essentially a ki-using monk (following the Way of the Dandelion, though we suspect she prefers ANOTHER kind of weed), and Ignatius, a warrior who is not as human as he appears. A couple other characters have also been part of the party at different points.

At this point, Kalama and her friends have found that a lot of the bad things that have been going on for the past fifteen or twenty years are all connected to the machinations of two demons, named Tenebreous and Infernum, and their allies, and they've finally gotten to the point that these two baddies have started to take the party very seriously (they've recently achieved 13th-14th level). During their adventures, Kalama's developed her own magical signatures, including anime-themed detonation spells and corgi-themed summons (she's summoned a Celestial Dire Corgi, a Corgi Archon, a Corgi Air Elemental, and an Ankylocorgi, and plans one day to summon Corgberus, Guardian of the Gates of HFIL).

 

The other game started on Martha's Vineyard and just recently moved to the mainland (around Yarmouth on the cape). My character? Conan. Yes, the actual one, from Cimmeria. He doesn't know how he got there, and his memories are kind of wonky; he sometimes remembers things that imply he had a career decades long, other times feels like he just left Cimmeria itself a year or so ago. Still, despite his skills appearing to be more consistent with the latter evaluation, he's a formidable force, and is now partnered with two strange companions: Rakor, a "mystic" who has a talent for illusions and some particularly powerful magics against the dead that walk, and "B4", a strange child -- perhaps 12 or so -- who recently escaped some kind of imprisonment. (she is actually one of the results of a program to develop living psionic/mystical weapons, and she has some formidable psionic abilities).

 

Conan is somewhat ill-at-ease in this world, as he's increasingly discovering it's very, VERY different from anything he knew or had heard of, but he is, at least, comforted to know that no matter how odd the world may be, there's still a place for a very large man with a large axe and the skill to use it...


Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
9:58 am
Well, there was a surprise...
I went through my "circle" and to my discomfiture there were quite a few people that I wasn't subscribed to or that had access, even though they'd subscribed -- and while some of these were "huh, I don't know who that is", a bunch of them were people I'd assumed had access all along. Sorry to all of you. 

 

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Thursday, November 8th, 2018
10:45 am
Well that's peachy...
Yesterday I brought in my car to have an exhaust problem (possibly a split manifold) fixed.

Once the mechanics got a good look at it, it turned out there was a host of problems including major structural rot. To fix the CURRENT problems would be between 6 and 7 thousand dollars. And the mechanics were of the opinion that it wouldn't be worth doing. 

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, November 2nd, 2018
7:03 am
Been a while since I posted on anything but chapters of books...
... I'm taking a hiatus from Facebook for now, because of a family crisis (my son's been hospitalized for behavioral issues again) and so maybe I should start using DW again. FB was too frenetic anyway. I was on there primarily because there were so many business contacts on it, but there's also so much stuff I just don't want to deal with right now.  

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
1:20 pm
Note that it's very important...
... that I get all the responses I can (pro and con and meh) on the Arenaverse RPG survey. I'm trying to get a good idea as to the PROPORTION of my readership that plays RPGs and thus might be interested in such a thing.

The overall SIZE of the response may also affect whether I do a Kickstarter for a new Arenaverse NOVEL.

Please share this survey anywhere you think there might be some of my readers. Here's the link for easy cut and paste:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZQDZVP8  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
8:12 am
Okay, here's a BETTER poll...
... since Patreon's "public" surveys apparently are still limited to people logged in on Patreon, I've made a new REALLY public survey on SurveyMonkey to ask the question "Are you interested in an Arenaverse Roleplaying Game?"  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
10:28 am
If you have any interest in the Arenaverse...

... please go take this important public poll on my Patreon!

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, October 15th, 2018
7:01 am
In the final snippet of _Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION_...
... Varan arrives for a fateful meeting on the R'Thann homeworld of Thann'Ta, in Chapter 21!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
6:47 am
Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION is now up and live!

Here's the link to the trade paperback, and here's the link to the ebook!
  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, October 12th, 2018
6:57 am
Sasham Varan...
 ... has a duel to win, in Chapter 20 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION! Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
7:00 am
The Eonwyl recognizes...
... a change in herself, and sees Varan's gambit begin, in Chapter 19 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, October 8th, 2018
9:55 am
Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION releases on the 15th!

Here is a preorder link if you want to get it fast!

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
7:36 am
Sasham Varan...
.... initiates a desperate gambit for freedom in Chapter 18 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, October 5th, 2018
6:38 am
Varan meets someone unexpected...
... and this gives him an idea, in Chapter 17 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
6:27 am
Being captured...
... is only the first of the shocks that Varan and his friends are in for, in Chapter 16 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, October 1st, 2018
6:35 am
What should be a routine trip...
... is impossibly interrupted, in Chapter 15 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, September 28th, 2018
6:47 am
Varan and company...

... are ready for the next leg of their journey, in Chapter 14 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
7:19 am
Taelin...
... gets a short break from isolation and then makes a frightening discovery in Chapter 13 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, September 24th, 2018
6:38 am
The Eonwyl...
... and Varan learn more about Thovia's secrets in Chapter 12 of Demons of the Past: REVOLUTION!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
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