Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam!

Looks like Klingon on Duolingo is finally nearing release, planned for Sept 15th. On launch, Klingon joins Esperanto and, also recently released, High Valyrian in the elite conlang learning club for English speakers. (Duolingo also recently released both Japanese and Korean, and conversation bots for several languages, which are all pretty awesome as well.) To those who worked hard to make this course happen: Qapla’! (Now … how about Trigedasleng and Toki Pona?)

Klingon is the constructed language spoken by the fictional extraterrestrial Klingon species in the Star Trek universe. Created by Marc Okrand, the language itself is centered around spacecraft, warfare, and weaponry — but it also reflects the directness and sense of humor of the Klingon culture. For example, the closest word you can use to express “hello” is “nuqneH,” which actually means “What do you want?”. There are also plenty of insults, as it is considered an art form.

The mastery of Klingon is extremely uncommon on Earth. Join the galactic elite and start learning this fascinating language.

Originally posted on my personal blog at Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam!

Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory: Freedom from Information designed by Steve Jackson, from Steve Jackson Games, is a new game that will be launching a crowdfunding campaign today. There’s a note that the “cover and card images are not final” and I have to admit I’m a little sad, because it’s delightfully minimal in the images offered. But, on the other hand, I’m sure it will be great, whatever they’ve got planned for the design. And, either way, it’ll go great on the shelf next to your boxes of Illuminati and Illuminati Membership Kits.

It’s 2017 and everyone is talking about . . . conspiracies.

In this new game from Illuminati designer Steve Jackson, each player takes turns acting as the Judge to read a card outlining a conspiracy. Then the other players choose from their own cards, competing to create the wildest, silliest, or most believable theory. Every turn, each player tries to convince the table, and the Judge, that THEIR conspiracy is the truth. Fun for everyone who is old enough to read the news and wise enough to know that there’s more they’re not telling you . . . Now YOU get to decide what’s behind those stories.

My first death in Sunless Skies will happen in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Sunless Skies in development by Failbetter Games just entered early access! I backed it in crowdfunding, so I got a key sent as part of my backer reward. I’m going to check it out until I die, which, let’s be honest, is probably going to happen pretty quickly!

Sunless Skies by Failbetter Games

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I Can Explain

I’ll be honest. I picked up Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain, & al., because I saw the kerfuffle about the cover for the second volume, and grabbed both to support the series. It then languished in my to-read stack for a long time, but I got around to this and devoured it in one sitting.

This is freakin’ hilarious, and smart. The arc in this collection has a modern storyline with a cool narrative structure. It reminded me of Archer and Deadpool in various ways. The dialogue is witty and sharp, there’s tons of easter eggs in the panels to find, and fun cameos, not the least of which is Howard the Duck! And, it’s a female protagonist who’s the smartest person in the room, in charge, and unapologetic about any of that.

Great stuff I definitely recommend.

Originally posted on my personal blog at I Can Explain

A Nation Under Our Feet Vol 1

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, & al., is narratively deep and visually impressive. There’s social, political, and economic allegorical levels to the story, which are welcome complexity to the overall genre. The inter-, intra-, and extra-, relationships that T’Challa must navigate and learn from are well developed and interesting to see explored. The art style is a nifty syncretic of many influences, both pan-african and including the futurism of Jack Kirby’s technological schematic visual lexicon.

This first collection starts out a little slow as it tries to deal with a bunch of previous narrative threads, but quickly picks up and builds a good foundation on which the following volumes can continue to construct. On the other hand, the apparently slow start also did give me a quick primer on the Black Panther series, which I am not familiar with, as this is the first I’ve read of any of them. These previous events are also the collective source of the current state of unrest and turmoil that is core to the developing story for both individuals and the collective groups involved. In that sense, I’ve just completely talked myself out of this being a problem and into it being a strength.

The last part of this volume includes a reprint of the very first appearance of Black Panther, in the pages of Fantastic Four, which is a nice bonus, and provides interesting comparison and parallax to the current artwork and writing, as well as being a bit of history to include.

I’ve already picked up the next 2 collected volumes, and am looking forward to the rest of the story.

Originally posted on my personal blog at A Nation Under Our Feet Vol 1

Index Card RPG Quick Start Rules

Runehammer Games just released a new, free Index Card RPG Quick Start Rules download. I’ve done several in a series of solitaire let’s play videos and have been talking about this game system lately. Here’s a way you can check it out for free and get started! The 33-page QSR has all you need to get started (except dice and stuff, of course), including a new sample adventure, Tooth of the Agnar, excerpted from the longer Savages of Kath let’s play scenario. (So even if you’ve already got ICRPG Core, there’s something new in here for you too!)

Download your FREE QUICKSTART and get playing right away! Perfect for…

• Those considering an ICRPG CORE SET purchase
• Players jumping into an ICRPG game
• The mechanics-curious investigating ICRPG

Star Trek Lives!

Star Trek Lives! Personal notes and anecdotes by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak, and Joan Winston “Thanks to you, Star Trek fans …” “Aboard Star Trek’s flagship, the U.S.S. Enterprise, the starfaring adventurers are still dreaming the impossible—and making it come true.”

Time Turner takes me travelling to Unturned after a long coma

Returning to Unturned after a long coma … everything is new again!

Unturned by Nelson Sexton

Rigaroga is a technologist lost in the wilderness, having adventures in geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

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