Got a heads up from Harmon Cooper‘s email list that there’s a giant giveaway of signed physical LitRPG books, including several from his own Feedback Loop series. Check out The most Legendary LitRPG Giveaway of all time. Seriously.
I saw a Rifftrax tweet about how A Star Wars Story: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, with Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, &al., was on Netflix (for which they have a riff available). I’d been waiting for The Defenders in August to renew my subscription, but decided to do that early, for less than the cost of buying the movie on disc or download, and watched Rogue One belatedly but finally.
Aaaaaand … Holy crap, y’all. I loved it. This movie is a love letter by a soldier on the front sent home from the final battle but lost in the mail to only arrive decades later to fill for a brief moment a still heartbroken empty absence.
I admit it: I cried. A lot. This and the previous A Force Awakens really do it for me on a deep, probably psychologically significant, Hephaestus-archetype level. I felt this movie coursing in my blood like a jolt of caffeine and rattling my bones like the crack of a compound fracture.
I sometimes forget how much I am a child who was weaned on Star Wars. Without doubt I saw A New Hope in the cinema more times than any other movie (I lost count decades ago of times seeing the first movie in a cinema after around 27), and overall have seen the Star Wars saga together more than any others in total.
The movie is obviously a love letter to the Star Wars saga, especially A New Hope. There’s a tender and joyful use of momentary and interwoven callbacks without going overboard. Rogue One is also a stirring homage to Pacific theatre war movies and Chinese wuxia, in the way that the saga were also homages, the trilogy to Saturday morning serials and Akira Kurosawa, the sequels to teen dramas, like A Rebel Without A Cause.
The movie is also a visual love letter to the use of light and shadow, and especially the transition from shadow to light, a constant and stunning use of light as a visual metaphor for hope. There were many times I found myself wowed by this central visual cue throughout.
The story is convincing and solid, but moreover, not only a worthy installment in the Star Wars saga, I dare say that Rogue One transcends the inspiration. This film is full of new and novel takes on the source saga, builds on and expands the mythos in significant and welcome ways, and steadily climbs to crescendo with a searingly fantastic finale.
As an aside, I desperately needed a unicorn chaser to soothe my heartache after the end of this movie and watched a couple episodes of The Worst Witch (2017), and was reminded that Rogue One star Felicity Jones played Ethel Hallow in series one of the earlier rendition of The Worst Witch (1998) and the sequel Weirdsister College.
Originally posted on my personal blog at Rogue One
THE ULTIMATE ROLE-PLAYING SIMULATION GOES TO SPACE!
Galaxy of Pen & Paper is a turn-based, space meta RPG about a group of players rolling dice in the year 1999! Create your own game master and dream RPG party, explore distant planets, fight weird aliens and save the galaxy in the era of dial-up internet and floppy disks!
TURN-BASED COMBAT SYSTEM
Assemble the party of your choice, picking your players, races and classes! Unlock new content with the blood, sweat, and luck of your party’s ingenuity and dice rolls!
Will your party include a Slayer Simian Savage or a Thinker Green Medtech? Customize everything from your battle encounters to your Game Master’s table!
EXPLORE THE GALAXY OF QUESTS AND LOOT
Gather your adventurers and travel trough a galaxy of pen and paper, and discover the newest threat as they leave Earth. All the fun of a pen and paper RPG with none of the lost dice!
COMPLETELY NEW GAME
Prepare to be amazed with so much new things! Spaceship battles, stories with multiple decisions, sci-fi classes and races, side-way battles, planet navigation and exploration, and of course, traveling through space and time!
TO BE RELEASED IN 2017 FOR PC, MAC and LINUX.
Legionnaire, book 1 of the Galaxy’s Edge series, by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole is Generation Kill in space. In spite of the science fiction setting, the particulars are thinly veiled allegory for recent military misadventures, with all the usual suspects and situations. The danger didn’t quite reach the Hidden Fortress level of impossible-situation plot-twists, but it was an entertainingly constant chaos of complications.
For me there was cringingly uncomfortable racist overtones to the description and conception of the main alien species, with the double whammy of being both Innsmouth-look-ish (which for me added a whole other genre can-of-worms by reference) and clearly Middle Eastern inspiration, on the planet where the action takes place, but if you can get over that, or accept it as littérature vérité, the rest is a pretty strong and stirring story about the common (hu)man trying to survive a vertically-integrated perpetual-motion military-diplomatic clusterfuck.
The epilogue felt wildly out of place to me because that little story-within-a-story went completely wibbly-wobbly Flash Gordon science fantasy pastiche. I’m not sure how that bodes for the rest of the series. I hope that was just an anomaly. Otherwise this was a solid first installment in a series with promise for worthy visceral commentary on recent global political-military history through a very thinly-drawn distancing lens of uncomfortably-close-to-real fiction.
I made 7 highlights, but 3 of those were notes about errors.
Originally posted on my personal blog at Legionnaire
Modiphius, who recently have launched Star Trek Adventures, sent out an email with details about their upcoming crowdfunding effort for a John Carter tabletop gaming line. This will include an RPG, miniatures, and a board game. They’ve been working with the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate and they seem to be serious about trying to do it right.
In the email, which you should go read now, they shared some pictures of suggested page layouts and miniatures, and there’s some gorgeous stuff happening, so I’d say sign up and stay in the loop for when the crowdfunding campaign starts up, they say in just a month or two!
The roleplaying game will be a gorgeous deluxe edition landscape book with stunning long artworks taking you across Barsoom whilst the miniatures will bring your favourite characters, villains and brave crews of their ships to life. Beyond that a board game will let you explore the adventures of John Carter and friends in new ways!
We’re making a final push now before aiming to get the project live at the end of August but our goal is to be able to ship the book and miniatures soon after the project so this date will shift to ensure we’re fully ready. Please bear with us, it’s going to be worth your wait.
I wonder if there’s going to be the equivalent of the Borg Cube Collector’s Edition for STA, which is awesomely out of my price range? Maybe a Martian airship? Also, this will use the same 2d20 system, so I’ll hope to hear about some riotous crossovers.
Today I am announcing the call for submissions for the second Odd Order anthology album, a new anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by technology and geek culture. These benefit anthology albums help Rigaroga and Odd Order promote artists to the audience of the not only the Odd Order, but also the Hermetic Library and beyond. And, they are a mass of awesome fun.
Theme for 2017 is GIT COMMIT GLITCH
The deadline for submissions to the 2017 anthology album is September 30th, 2017. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the soon to be added pages for the Odd Order anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.
Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2017. Release is planned for a subsequent date to be determined before the end of 2017.
Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album, included below (which includes specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact Rigaroga.
Please consider joining the Odd Order in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the Odd Order to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.
Check out the first anthology album, help spread the word about the Odd Order anthology project, and let those you think may be interested know about this new opportunity to participate.
Terms & Conditions for Artist Submissions
Anthology albums will be made available as a “pay-what-you-want” download via Bandcamp, but no single-track downloads, with a reasonable but low minimum. Anthologies may also be made available other digital distributors, such as iTunes, Amazon and others, for a fixed price TBD, usually by the venue. I may eventually also make available a professionally-produced, physical CD for those who want to have a physical copy. All proceeds will go toward supporting the work of Rigaroga and the Odd Order. Contributors to an anthology will be given a code for a free download of their anthology issue.
Artists agree to release their track non-exclusively on the anthology album, selected from tracks submitted to the library. All submitted tracks for this project should be in high quality, lossless format. Contact the John “Rigaroga” Bell for information and arrangements about how to upload submissions, but there are a number of ways to transfer large files. Specifically, acceptable audio files will be as follows, with a preference for 24-bit stereo WAV format:
• lossless WAV, AIFF and FLAC format
• 16 and 24-bit samples
• 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz sample rates
• stereo and mono
Information about each artist will be featured in posts to the Hermetic Library blog and in a dedicated section of the Odd Order website for the Anthology project. When submitting tracks for this anthology, each artist can provide biographical information, profile image, liner notes for the track (including information on whether this track was created exclusively for this anthology), and links (such as to their primary website, label site, and social media accounts). Artists in turn agree to promote this benefit album through their existing network of newsletters, websites, social networks, and other means available.
Artists will retain all rights to their work other than as part of an anthology issue, which will be made available with “all rights reserved.” Artists grant a limited license to sell their work on an anthology with all proceeds going to Rigaroga and the Odd Order. Artists retain all writer credits. Submitting a track will constitute a release licensing 100% of the master recording, publishing, name & likeness and other related rights to the track for the purpose of an anthology benefit album, with indemnification for the project and assigning all revenue generated by the sale of the album to the library. Artist agrees to enter into a release on the above terms and conditions upon request. Artist is responsible for registering their work for performance royalties (if applicable).
Cover Artwork and Design
If you would like to make a proposal for the artwork and design of this anthology, please get in touch! Take a gander at all the other covers and consider joining the illustrious artists who have participated with their work on those anthologies.
Bonus Download Submissions
If you are creating something else, and would like to be included in the anthology download as a bonus, let me know. I’m open to bonus artwork, game demos, download codes, essay, articles and … well, anything that can be included in a digital download!
Hermetic Library anthology
Please also consider the Hermetic Library anthology, Magick, Music and Ritual 13, which is also being announced today with the same deadline. Hermetic Library Albums are annual compilations of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. Inspirations include Hermeticism in a broad sense, the Western Esoteric Tradition, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema.
Although for the last year I’ve been even more lost in the wilderness than usual, stuck miles from anywhere and with only satellite for Internet, unable to be active streaming as Rigaroga, I’ve been online, mostly on Twitter, trying to stay connected. I have hoped to create a little community of like minded folk. With my patronage campaign, I hope to create more ways I can connect with and develop community, a circle of fans with whom I can share a love of weird and wonderful technology and geekery. One thing I’d love to be able to share is my excitement and joy around music.
The best way to get add anthology releases to your personal music collection is through Rigaroga’s Patron campaign at Patreon. Patrons will each receive a gratis download code for the any release while they are active in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive, and that ends up being the most cost effective way to get these albums. Consider becoming a Patron today!
OLD WVLF is M∴M∴
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In the Dark
In the Dark is a track from Kim Free’s second solo record, Nevermind the Blue Skies (LA’s Fine, 2014). Written and performed by Kim Free, produced by Brad Breeck.
A Los Angeles native, Kim Free is a violinist singer/songwriter who has released two solo albums, Angel Shadow (2012) and Nevermind the Blue Skies (2014). Before recording under her own name, Kim Free recorded as Black Church. The complete Black Church discography was re-issued by Reverb Worship in 2015.
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Snotty Molly from Spare Parts and Carbuncles
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)
A previously unreleased track.
Snotty Molly came from a small workshop teaching young people who wanted to make music with their computers but didn’t know where to start. Using the their own laptops and tablets we gathered together enough samples and free software to begin the laying down basic tracks for them to rap and sing over. They were all into happy hardcore or hip-hop. As a guide I had to make my own track along with them, I’d like to think they taught me as much as I did them, especially about the genres they were into. Snotty Molly was a rescue cat my friends had who had an continuous mucus problem.
Discontent is unavailable …
One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.
Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections so far are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work suitable for film, TV or radio.
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