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My primary bit of advocacy for the Hugo Kerfluffle is nine words:

Read the works. Vote your conscience. In that order.

For a longer piece, and a very good explanation of the inner mythology driving Theodore Beale, read this:

http://www.philipsandifer.com/2015/04/guided-by-beauty-of-their-weapons.html?m=1

Then, read the works, vote your conscience, in that order.
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Ken, you have GOT to be kidding?  The man doesn't know what fascism is beyond it being a word for people he doesn't like.
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I'll leave it off Facebook then. You'll note the G+ shares. 
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New Kickstarter Update showing one of the backer rewards in action.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant/posts/1196724

We're at 24 hours left, and $700 away from a stretch goal that, three days ago, I thought was totally out of reach.  Thank you, thank you all!
Ken Burnside is raising funds for Ad Astra Games AVID Assistant on Kickstarter! A tablet-based assistant for Ad Astra's 3D space games.
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As I write this, the AVID Assistant Kickstarter has 48 hours to go, and still has two important stretch goals to meet:

Stretch Goal #5 is Mode 1 movement plotting for Squadron Strike at $11,500  We're 700 away from hitting this goal.
Stretch Goal #6 is Mode 2 movement plotting for Squadron Strike at $13,000  We're 2200 away from hitting this goal.

Both of these require extensive reworking of the codebase. They turn the AVID Assistant into a mostly automated play aid for Squadron Strike; I'd honestly not thought we'd be within striking distance of these goals when I woke up this morning, but with your help, I know we can meet them.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant
Ken Burnside is raising funds for Ad Astra Games AVID Assistant on Kickstarter! A tablet-based assistant for Ad Astra's 3D space games.
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Congrats on how well it's going Ken. I was hoping to back but with the discovery that I have to actually pay in extra taxes this year, that won't be happening.
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What's the Relationship Between Hot Equations and Attack Vector: Tactical?

The Hot Equations is a Hugo-finalist science popularization that I wrote about the thermodynamic and other real world constraints of space combat.  It is, in a lot of ways, the "layman's version" of concepts that Attack Vector: Tactical is built on.  If you bought or liked The Hot Equations, you will almost certainly like the rulebook for Attack Vector, just as reading material.  There's more of the crunchy hard science goodness in the game rules, and lots of "Science Behind The Rules" sidebars as well.

Fortunately, you can buy the rules as a PDF, or get them as a backer reward at the Kickstarter running through this Sunday, the 12th of April.  The Kickstarter is for a computerized play aid, and as of this writing, it's working its towards an iOS port.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant/
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Stretch Goal #2 has been hit!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant/description

Now working on stretch goal #3 - a stand-alone Android version!

Two new stretch goals have also been revealed!
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Coming soon: 

Squadron Strike: Traveller

https://youtu.be/KllOG9zYjFY
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Final Kickstarter Tally:

$15,942
350 Backers
318% funded.

Web based URL for the current version:

http://services.adastragames.com/avid/

(This might be a new record for fastest project delivery for Kickstarter.)
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What Browsers Does Version 1 Work In?

Chrome on Linux/Mac/Windows
Safari on iOS for iPad and iPad Mini
Chrome (native browser) for Android

We have known rendering problems with Internet Explorer, and Firefox and they're on our to-do list.

Within a week, we''ll have options in place for people post screen captures of rendering issues and will try to do a fairly rapid debug cycle while we work on new features.

Some features, such as the box mini renders, require working webGL. This means we're NOT going to worry too much about older browsers, especially older versions of Internet Explorer.  Some platforms are much lower priority than others - we will always be focusing first on tablets rather than phones or PCsWhat Browsers Does Version 1 Work In?

Chrome on Linux/Mac/Windows
Safari on iOS for iPad and iPad Mini
Chrome (native browser) for Android

We have known rendering problems with Internet Explorer, and Firefox and they're on our to-do list.

Within a week, we''ll have options in place for people post screen captures of rendering issues and will try to do a fairly rapid debug cycle while we work on new features.

Some features, such as the box mini renders, require working webGL. This means we're NOT going to worry too much about older browsers, especially older versions of Internet Explorer.  Some platforms are much lower priority than others - we will always be focusing first on tablets rather than phones or PCs
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As I write this, the AVID Assistant Kickstarter has 36 hours to go, and we just cleared the Mode 1 Plotting stretch goal (stretch goal #5).  Thank you, everyone.  Thanks.

We're roughly $1,300 away from having full plotting support done for Mode 1 and Mode 2 movement!  Any contribution helps - even raising an existing contribution by $5 or $10 bucks can help lift this boat into orbit.

The two stretch goals after that are dropping the "after Kickstarter backers get theirs" price for the Android and iOS apps, to make it easier for you to point your friends at the app and get them to download it to a tablet or a phone with at least a 5.5" screen. 

I'm amazed that we've gotten this far, and amazed that we're close enough that what I figured were "far off" stretch goals are within reach!  You can help too!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant
Ken Burnside is raising funds for Ad Astra Games AVID Assistant on Kickstarter! A tablet-based assistant for Ad Astra's 3D space games.
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"It's Over 9000!"

The AVID Assistant Kickstarter is trucking along - we just broke the $9,000 barrier.  Roughly 450 to go to hit the iOS version stretch goal!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant
Ken Burnside is raising funds for Ad Astra Games AVID Assistant on Kickstarter! A tablet-based assistant for Ad Astra's 3D space games.
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Sure, Justin.
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Our Androids Dream of C-Beams Off The Shoulder Of Orion...

Well, they do now, thanks to your kind generosity!

That was amazingly fast.  I've got a few more stretch goals ready to post, and will put them up once we hit the iOS version!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1386934735/ad-astra-games-avid-assistant
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I am pleased to announce that my piece The Hot Equations is a Hugo Award Finalist for "Best Related Work" at Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, WA.

I have it for sale at the Ad Astra Website as a 99 cent download; you can also get it (and all of the other Hugo Finalists in eBook form) by purchasing a $40 Supporting Membership to Sasquan here:

https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php
Welcome to the Worldcon in 2015, also known as "Sasquan". You may use the online form on this page to register for Sasquan. Or you can download our paper (PDF) membership form and mail that in with a check (or credit card info). For registation in other currencies, please used these alternate ...
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Yay! Well deserved!
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Writer, game designer, page layout wonk, graphic designer.
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  • Demand Media
    Technical Writer, 2008 - present
  • Ad Astra Games
    Creative Director, 2006 - present
  • MCI Inc.
    Technical Writer, 2001 - 2003
  • Steve Jackson Games
    Print Buyer, 2004 - 2005
  • Amarillo Design Bureau Inc.
    Marketing Director, 2005 - 2006
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Game designer, freelancer writer.  Based out of Milwaukee, WI. Purveyor of recreational mathematics.  Sometimes poet.
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Designer of the only playable set of 3-D space combat games to reach the market. Designer of a very small RPG. Sometimes fencing instructor.
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    English, History, 1988 - 1990
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