Profile

Cover photo
Gareth Skarka
Works at Adamant Entertainment
27,826 followers|1,709,344 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos
People
Have him in circles
27,826 people
Chitraa Harris's profile photo
Thomas Conklin's profile photo
Louis Tanner's profile photo
Peyton Schwanbeck's profile photo
Elliott Dolan's profile photo
Lucio Zuniga's profile photo
Mindi Patterson's profile photo
kire lalaz's profile photo
John Lewis's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Writer, Game Designer, Publisher, Composer, Graphic Designer...
Employment
  • Adamant Entertainment
    Publisher, Writer, Game Designer, present
Links
Story
Tagline
Writer, Game Designer, Consultant: Insurgent Creative and New Media Polymath.
Introduction
Insurgent Creative:  one who makes a creative living direct to their audience without going through the traditional gatekeeper corporations.    Be small, think big, move fast.

That's been my life since 2003 or so.   It's working out so far.
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Gareth-Michael Skarka

Stream

Gareth Skarka

Publishers & Products  - 
 
Now available, for the first time in print -- the MARS ADVENTURE OMNIBUS!   Four sword-swinging adventures beneath the moons of Mars, previously only available in PDF!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/144707/MARS-Adventure-Omnibus-Savage-Worlds
6
1
Dain Lybarger's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
One of my childhood heroes.     Farewell, Mr. Nimoy.
 
Goodbye
You will certainly be missed #leonardnimoy

#spock #startrek #rip
In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
4 comments on original post
9
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
Wow. Fans can now design, produce & SELL their own custom cards for the Pathfinder card game. This is HUGE. 

Kudos to +Steve Wieck, the rest of the DriveThru crew and Paizo Publishing.  This is a Big Deal.

http://oneblogshelf.blogspot.ca/2015/02/community-created-content-for-tabletop.html
Over a year ago, I posted about the coming revolution in card games (and board games) based upon the ability to print any content on any single card. I laid out some possible ways that OneBookShelf through our DriveThruCards...
26
3
Bruce Mason's profile photoTodd Crapper's profile photoMichael McMullan's profile photoJonathan Thompson's profile photo
7 comments
 
Ah well. There's a lot of dead CCGs that live on in their own, usually rather tiny, fandom.
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
In today's Bomb-Nerd-Culture-From-Orbit moment, watching geeks bitch about the "fucking tribal tats" and "greasy dreads" on Momoa's Aquaman, and whining about how "that's not Aquaman" and "there's only so far you can change a character for a Politically Correct Agenda."    

Somewhere along the line, the smart outcast culture of my youth became a bunch of racist, sexist, change-fearing Archie Bunkers.
12
Chris Hussey's profile photoTrey Reilly's profile photoChad Stevens's profile photoMichael Hazen's profile photo
14 comments
 
I am a traditionalist. and I expect that when my analog heroes are put on the screen, its gonna suck in some way because I have my own vision. I also get cranky when a film leaves out stuff I think is important or mucks about with what I consider canon. I make no bones about it. 

BUT there is an exception. As there always is. And that is if the interpretation is more than mere convenience, marketing or some other thing like that. If the change is plausible or interesting, then hell yes, take it to the wall. And this change, from Anglo Saxon looking deep sea hero, to Polynesian Ocean God makes absolute sense. In theeater I have said that the audience will put up currency in the form of "shit they are willing to suspend their disbelief for" an artist knows just how to spend that currency to take the audience on a grand ride. Aquaman as Polynesian Ocean God? bah, thats pocket change in the disbelief department. 
Add a comment...
 
Today's #throwbackthrusday   track, in honor of Dave Wakeling's 59th birthday, one of my favorite tracks from the album "Special Beat Service", released in 1982.   A lot of folks probably know elements of this, as the extended instrumental version "March of the Swivelheads" was used for the chase at the end of FERRIS BUELER'S DAY OFF. #tbt  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B45hcRNpFZc
1
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
恭禧發財!!

Happy year of the goat!
 ·  Translate
3
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
27,826 people
Chitraa Harris's profile photo
Thomas Conklin's profile photo
Louis Tanner's profile photo
Peyton Schwanbeck's profile photo
Elliott Dolan's profile photo
Lucio Zuniga's profile photo
Mindi Patterson's profile photo
kire lalaz's profile photo
John Lewis's profile photo
 
 
Now available, for the first time in print -- the MARS ADVENTURE OMNIBUS!
Four sword-swinging Savage Worlds adventures beneath the moons of Mars, previously only available in PDF!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/144707/MARS-Adventure-Omnibus-Savage-Worlds
View original post
2
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
Today's Throwback Thursday tune:  Icicle Works' "Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)" from 1983:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVQCpI4GbKQ

#TBT
1
Bob Everson's profile photo
 
Great song. :) 
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
Kudos to +Zak Smith & Co.for sticking to principles, even with Real Money™ on the line. That is, sadly, rare.  

For the record -- this behavior is exactly what I'd expect of Zak,  & why I spoke in his defense during the smears of "ConsultantGate" bullshit.

Bluntly, if you're surprised by this, you haven't been paying attention, or you swallowed the lies spread by the Usual Suspects. (Who, by the way,  I'm sure will fall all over themselves, claiming they'd turn down the money, too. Not that they'd ever be in the position to do so, of course.)

http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2015/02/were-not-playing-d-with-escapist-ever.html
Hi everybody, As many of you know, we've been working on making new episodes of our D&D documentary series "I Hit It With My Axe" for the Escapist website. The first time around they gave us a shoestring budget and we figured we'd do it anyway for the fun of it, but this time they gave us a lot ...
19
2
Gareth Skarka's profile photoAlan Kellogg's profile photoChristopher Murray's profile photoRob Ross's profile photo
4 comments
 
I fully agree with and support his decision, and the decisions of the other players, not to play with Escapist ever again.
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
Fun with freelancers, Day 3.    I've pretty much decided that if the email I receive ignores the instructions and features attachments and no rate breakdown, I'm just deleting it, with no reply.   I haven't got the time to teach freelancers basic directions-following skills.
1
Alan Kellogg's profile photoStephen Miller's profile photo
2 comments
 
Wow. I have done a bit of freelance work in my time. It should not be hard to read the directions you are given, follow them, and double check them before sending it off.
Add a comment...

Gareth Skarka

Shared publicly  - 
 
Sometimes, I just have to step back and say, Wow, I know some really smart people, and that's very cool.

New blog entry:  SF Failing Science 101 (or, In Which Scott Lynch​ is Awesome) 

http://gmskarka.com/2015/02/19/sf-failing-science-101-or-in-which-scott-lynch-is-awesome/
3
Jason Brezinski's profile photo
 
Thank for bringing this to my attention. Recently, I read something by Kameron Hurley where she makes the same point. And since I'm currently outlining a way far future SF novel, this is very relevant to my interests. Thanks again.
Add a comment...
 
Challenging, and worth reading.   Greece's new finance minister pens a piece in the Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/18/yanis-varoufakis-how-i-became-an-erratic-marxist
The long read: Before he entered politics, Yanis Varoufakis, the iconoclastic Greek finance minister at the centre of the latest eurozone standoff wrote this searing account of European capitalism and how the left can learn from Marx’s mistakes
6
Jason Brezinski's profile photo
 
Lots of good info there, lots of stuff that I didn't know.
And I found very interesting his reasoning to do his best to avoid the Grexit. I hadn't thought of it in that way, increased opportunities for the right.
Add a comment...