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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Kotaku Goes After D&D Black Civilization for Being Too African, or Not Enough




Nothing is ever, ever enough for the Ctrl-Left.  And I wish gaming companies would really get that. Absolutely no actions will ever satisfy them.

Case in point, the latest D&D book, Tomb of Annihilation features an area of the Forgotten Realms which was once just barbarian jungle vaguely in the style of the heart of Africa.



But for Tomb, Wizards re-imagined it as featuring a significant and developed city-state obviously inspired by African history and cultures in the same vanilla-generic way that the "white" countries in the Realms are vaguely generically inspired by 'medieval Europe'.

For Kotaku, this was a vile act of racism.

The most ridiculous part is how this very white alleged 'game journalist' says WoTC should have made the Realms' black civilization a "black Atlantis" of (I assume perfect and flawless) "bleeding edge technologists that engineer magical machinery", when we all know that if Wizards had done that Kotaku's white propagandists of leftist Identity-culture would have just accused Wizards of something like "erasing any element of African culture from their world" or how "white kingdoms get to be based off Europe but black kingdoms don't get to celebrate Africa".

That's just how it is for them. The point is never to be satisfied. It's to keep damning the hobby.  My own Arrows of Indra game was accused of being racists by the Ctrl-Left, largely for being too accurate a depiction of certain aspects of Indian culture, like the caste system. If I had ignored the caste system, I would have been accused of ignoring it. There's never any way to win their stupid game, and the only way to avoid losing is to just tell them to go fuck themselves.

Quit lying, Kotaku. We know your whole agenda is to never, ever be satisfied with anything anyone does, because you keep making money off of false outrage and increasingly ludicrous demands that somehow will never be enough when they are met.


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Classic Rant: Sci-fi Dark Albion?

So, how about the War of the Roses in space?

Game of Thrones crossed with Star Wars?

(Lord Vader of House Skywalker; motto: "the Force is strong in us")

Sounds pretty good, right?  Well, over at the Swords & Stitchery blog, a post has been made suggesting that we could combine Dark Albion with Stars Without Number.
Now, mechanically there would be no more problem doing this than with any other OSR game, but the question is how to incorporate the setting?  The blog entry above takes inspiration from some weird Russian Sci-Fi and suggests that the PCs could be characters from some galactic empire who are forced to land on an primitive world (Albion's earth) and have only limited access to technology or permission to interfere.

But why not take it all the way?

Imagine if, like how Star Trek is basically a space-western, and Star Wars at least started out as a space-samurai-story, you were to combine Dark Albion and SWN to have a campaign that was the War of the Roses in space? Have the two great families struggling for the throne of a galactic kingdom, in a setting with a medieval aesthetic in the Fading Suns sense, maybe in a galaxy that was once far more advanced and now interstellar civilization is just barely holding on.



Magisters could be keepers of now only half-understood ultra-tech (nanites? quantum sorcery?) or psionics.  The Clerics may be Jedi-like servants of some kind of super-advanced cosmic entity they only partially understand.  The forces of chaos (frogmen, goblins, Elves, etc.) are hostile alien races in a galaxy where mankind has never found any friends.



Doesn't sound too bad, does it?

You wouldn't have to use SWN of course. You could use White Star, given how much James Spahn likes Albion; or pretty much any other sci-fi game (though a sci-fi OSR game would be best). Which system you use might alter slightly what you'd be blending into the setting, mind you, so it's still a consideration.

But yeah, stuff like this is to me part of the genius of 3rd Wave OSR thinking.


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(originally posted October 23, 2015)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The RPGPundit Presents #3: High Tech Weapons!

So, right on time, we now present you with the next in the Pundit Presents series: high tech weapons!


Yes, this week's supplement details rules for handling high-tech weaponry of various kinds, including things like burst fire, energy clips, and more. And it provides a variety of easily-adaptable type of high-tech weapons, from slug throwers to blasters to ion or plasma weapons; even grenades and rocket-launchers.  All intended for use in a Gonzo fantasy game.

Only $1.99, be sure to check it out on DTRPG or at the Precis Intermedia online store.




And in case you haven't seen them yet, don't forget the other titles in this series:

RPGPundit Presents #1: DungeonChef!

RPGPundit Presents #2: The Goetia


And stay tuned next week for our next entry in the series: Hipster Elves!


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Monday, 16 October 2017

The Goetia, Now in Spanish; Plus a Gnomemurdered Sale!

So, today we have for you the Spanish edition of my RPGPundit Presents #2: The Goetia.




En RPGPundit Presenta #2: La GoeciaTraza un círculo mágico de protección y una guarda triangular con el símbolo de un demonio para invocarlo. Reza porque cumpla tu voluntad, y no la suya propia. Este número proporciona 72 demonios y sus beneficios, junto con las reglas necesarias para invocarlos. Inspirado en grimorios medievales sobre magia con el objetivo de que tus partidas tengan un sabor más auténtico.





But today, that's not all! if you were looking for a light-hearted party-game RPG (mind you, in English), be sure to check out my old game Gnomemurdered. 


Right now, Precis Intermedia is engaging in a special Halloween sale, where you can get the book for just $3.42!  You can get Gnomemurdered at the Precis Store, or at DTRPG.


Stay tuned tomorrow for RPGPundit Presents #3!


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Sunday, 15 October 2017

In Case You Need Some More Gods for Lords of Olympus

Several of these are in fact detailed in the incredibly extensive section on the Greek Gods found in Lords of Olympus, but not all of them are. So here you go:




The ones that weren't in the book can serve as minor NPCs, or as ideas for divine themes for your PCs!


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

CSA-Lass Isn't Going To Convince Anyone, Assholes

So Vox Day has announced that he's making a foray into the world of comics. After helping Jeffro Johnson remake pulp into retarded and unbearable pseudo-intellectual navel-gazing fantasy-nostalgia for some kind of paleo-con dream world of "burroughs as high literature" that never was, he's moving on to fight back against the motherfucking SJWs at Marvel (who certainly deserve to be fought), with a huge kickstarter to create his own comics universe.  He's calling it "Alt-Hero".

And this is his centerpiece of the whole line:


Now, I wasn't going to write about this on my blog at all, but I did get caught up in a Tweet argument about it with the "Supreme Dark Lord" himself. And then Jeffro over on G+ decided to take a screenshot of a tiny tiny bit of it where I basically said nothing, and claim that I was some kind of 'cuck' who was saying we had to keep any "heroism, truth, nationalism, family, marriage, and Christianity" from comics to appease the left or some shit like that, which had NO resemblance to what I was saying.
In other words, Jeffro Johnson is a cowardly lying fuck who can't stand to actual debate and just makes up shit instead. So I'm going to post the bulk of my Tweet arguments below. But first I'm going to explain just why I'm so disappointed in this project.

Before that, I should note that everything else they've released in the previews is equally bad. Note, not bad as in "this is morally bad because it isn't politically correct" or something like that (before Jeffro decides to "creatively reinterpret" my argument again), but bad as in motherfucking retarded.

Stuff like the vigilante character who "cleans up the streets one (rapist) illegal at a time":


or the obviously flamingly gay villain that's part of the EU superteam:


Again, retarded.
Now in the twitter argument Day assured me that Alt-Hero was going to actually have deep storytelling and be all about the comics. But he wouldn't explain why there is NO sign of that in anything I've seen him release to the public so far. All we've seen tells us that this comic will be full of stuff meant to trigger SJWs, which is fun and good, but will essentially just be using comics as an ideological medium rather than caring about comics as a hobby itself.

So here are most of my relevant tweets that Jeffro was too much of a fucking pussy to show, and you will see the gist of my argument there:

"I don't want them up to the current level. What's the point of that? I want them to be BETTER, & not put ideological propaganda first."

"Every preview you have so far seems more interested in pissing off SJWs than winning over comic fans."
" Is the best way to win comic fans sick of comics being a political battlefield to show a chick in the Rebel flag?"

" Instead of doing stuff that will scare off the normies, make the SJWs go nuts over things the normies will see as no big deal.
Then we win."

"It's "Supergirl wears Confederate flag" vs "wonder woman wears hijab"? Or "batman beats up illegals" vs "Storm kicks out Harlem whites"."

"I'm saying, show us ANYTHING to prove this is actually about comics, not just irritating SJWs!"

"I'm concerned it's a missed opportunity. Culture > politics. Win people with better worlds. Then you win them ideologically."

"You don't win video games or #RPG culture wars by making a game that's more about ideology than game. You can't do that with comics either."

"When you betray the medium you automatically concede ground."

"The thing that beat back the wave of Ctrl-Left incursions in RPGs wasn't making some kind of alt-right-wankfest game. It was the #OSR"

"What turned it around in RPGs was when I made them condemn #DnD basic as racist, or Aleena the Cleric as "rape culture""

"When you stake the center ground, they define the center as evil, & suddenly everyone already at the center has joined the Deplorables."

"Instead of setting yourself up, make the same heroine wearing a US flag, then let the SJWs get outraged about that. You know they will."

"That's how you win."

"Not by making a stupid and meaningless gesture over the Confederate battle flag. That's you playing THEIR game."

"It makes your loyal fanboys cheer but accomplishes NOTHING."



And that's what bothers me about Alt-Hero. We certainly could use someone coming along and making a new comics universe that was ABOUT THE COMICS in the same way the OSR is about the games. One that didn't ignore politics completely, or shy from moral lessons, or push a leftist agenda, but that wasn't just a facade for right-wing propagandism either.

I would love to see a universe that had heroes that actually embodied heroism, that had moral values, that were patriotic, that believed in family, that stood up for classical Enlightenment values, who saluted the flag. And this would have the "Aleena Effect" of SJWs protesting against a hero in a US flag, and everyone who likes US flags abandoning the SJWs.

But above all, that it would focus on the comics. Instead, Alt-hero has every appearance of being something that will involve someone who is fundamentally not really all that into comics (at least, not enough to value the subculture) injecting ideological propaganda into the medium of the comic, with the comics' conventions being largely an afterthought to sledgehammering their political agenda.


That means Alt-Hero looks like it's going to be pretty much just like SJW Marvel.

What we need is someone who loves comics enough to actually make them great again. Not someone who is just using them to get their attacks across.

You aren't doing something like the best of comics history and the values you claimed to uphold with this job. You're not doing this:



Or this:





Instead what you're doing is stuff that is doomed to fail, because the fans will see it for the ploy it is. It's been done before. Alt-hero is going to be stuff, at best, like this:



Or this:



Or this.




Like I said. Retarded.


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Pictures From Uruguay!

Because fuck it, I'm busy working.

Here's some more pictures from the huge and amazing Tristan Narvaja street fair, which takes place every Sunday, about 9 blocks from my house.


Birds are just one of a huge variety of animals that are sold at the fair. These are pretty plain, but there's often also chickens and roosters, weird local birds, parrots, and more.


Antiques are another common feature in the market.

Here's a closer look at some of the curios:



Street food is another common feature, and delicious!



If you like that sort of thing, there's a huge selection of crystals (Uruguay being one of the biggest sources of Quartz and Amethyst):




This here? This is one of the side-streets.  It just goes on forever.




I think I'll stop there for now. And next time I do this I'll show you what you find on the very fringes of the side-streets of the fair.


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