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Vitoria, widow of a shepherd, avenged her beloved husband`s death and seeks to take righting wrongs to a next level. Meet the leader of The Hatchet League. The Hatchet League is a fictional superhero team that features female characters from Romanian literature. In the original stories, they are usually depicted as female peasants with no special powers whatsoever, but brave, ambitious, caring and with a strong sense of justice. The challenge was to illustrate them from a contemporary perspective based on their qualities and original context.

Well, that's just nifty.
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This is a pretty cute animated short explaining Campbell's "Hero's Journey", which you may or may not buy into.

Downside: All of the narration, and all of the examples save one, focus on male characters.
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Brand manages to sum up my feelings on Campbell pretty well, starting at 1:00:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAUYQj5GFJw

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How many RP does it cost to buy my wolf a "Dog/Lesser Wolf" as per MonBu p.236? 10, like it says for "Bodyguards, Squires, and Apprentices" in BWG?
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I punted and went 7, since that's how many RP I had left. This is for a one-shot, so I am playing things a little loose.
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What are the spirits the Spirit Hunters hunt? The Great Wolf lifepaths mention that Spirit Hunters hunt "spirits, demons, and other creatures of spirit nature"' but what does that mean? Are these the same spirits dealt with in Spirit Binding? Or is this general terminology for magical creatures in general?
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+Drew U Make 'em what?

I know that Luke uses "spirit weapon" in the texts to mean (AFAICT) "magic weapon", and including demons in the above makes me think that while the category includes spirits raise through shirt binding, it's broader than that.
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Holy crap, there are so many must-have Kickstarters launching this week and last! Strike Force, Apocalyspe World, Mutant: Genlab Alpha, and the BW Codex that keeps chugging along. And here I was trying to cut back. /shakes fist
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Ugh, tell me about it!

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Happy "Fuck You, Heart Disease" Day

Today is the first anniversary of my heart attack, a bizarre milestone to be sure; I have to wonder if I'll be acknowledging it in the years to come (quite likely, really). It's also bizarre that this time last year there was a severe blizzard that almost got my ambulance stuck in a foot of snow, and this year it's sunny and almost 50 degrees out. Thanks, Obama.

But I'm alive and feel pretty normal most of the time, which is nice. There's definitely been an impact, but it seems to lessen in severity as time goes on. I take my meds, am mindful of my limitations (still have to be careful how I use my left arm, due to my defibrillator implant), and just get on with life.

The biggest lasting day-to-day change has been my diet. Spurred on by The China Study and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, I've gone not only vegan, but low-fat vegan. It's bit of a PITA, as it goes against the grain of just about all of the food on offer in America, but at least I find it tasty and fulfilling, so my willpower remains strong. And, as I posted about recently, my cholesterol is now crazy low, which I feel pretty good about.

It's still weird to think "I am a heart patient," or face the fact that there are certain activities I just should avoid (drinking, winter sports, certain kinds of exercise, etc.), but these moments are thankfully more and more fleeting.

Anyway, FUCK YOU HEART DISEASE. From Hell's heart I stab at thee!
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At least I was at a good hospital, with great cardiologists nearby. Apparently I suffered Takotsubo, or Broken Heart Syndrome. The why of how this nerve, or procedure triggered this in the first place is why my heart is now pictured in books about Takotsubo.

The last thing I remember before my heart stopped was that the doctor called for an adrenaline shot, and I told them that I was sensitive to adrenaline as that's a trigger for Cluster Headaches. It's so silly in hindsight, I didn't quite understand what was going on. The injection got my heart going again, and I woke up to see my dear wife in tears in the operating room, while nurses and doctors where everywhere.

I think that blizzard of yours sounds rather scary too, given the condition you must have been in.

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In other words, the tech sector doesn’t have to be the poster child of inequality’s abuses. It could actually be a role model. Take just one potential remedy as a thought experiment. Let’s say we decided as a society that no private company should have a pay ratio above 40:1. That would lead to a radical decrease in income inequality, and it wouldn’t involve a cent of additional taxes. Every private company would be allowed to keep the exact same portion of its income. The government wouldn’t be extracting money out of the private sector; it would just put some boundaries on the way the private sector distributes its money internally. Critics would scream that such a dramatic intervention would be terrible for business, but of course the one sector of the economy that has already voluntarily embraced this ratio turns out to have nurtured the most profitable corporations in the history of capitalism. This would no doubt be fiddling with the natural markets for wages, but we fiddle with these all the time, through progressive income taxes, earned income tax credits, subsidies, and tax incentives. We have a minimum wage. What if we had a maximum ratio?
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How about if we just let capitalism destroy itself?
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I'll take it. I wish it was Dick and not Damian, though. 

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Six years too late, I found some AdBu errata (I think).

The Spirit Chaser on p.158 has incorrect lifepaths. "Born to the Pack, Yearling, Lone Wolf, Spirit Chaser" won't work, as there's no lead from Yearling (Wild Pack) to Lone Wolf (Outcast). There's needs to be an intermediary lifepath, or else the leads for Yearling are wrong (MonBu, p.205).

Apologies in advance for flaunting my possession of the AdBu in anyone's face.
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When I finally get one, I'll remember this.


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I finished reading Marc MIller's Agent of the Imperium this week.

I know, I know; game fiction by a game designer, WTF Mark don't you have better things to do? Maybe not. But! I downloaded the sample chapters from Amazon out of curiosity, and I was so hooked that I went ahead and bought the novel.

The book is about Jonathan Bland, a "Decider" for the Imperium who is, at the time of the novel, a personality stored on a "wafer" that can be plugged into anyone with a jack built into the back of their neck. Essentially, bureaucracy is his superpower, he speaks with the full authority of the Emperor/Empress, and he is one of a handful of expert personalities carried on capital ships and activated when a given situation's threat level reaches a certain point. He doesn't fight battles or warp space or anything. He makes decisions. Big decisions. Decisions that determine the fate of entire planetary systems — event he whole Imperium — and thus billions, even trillions, of lives. In Traveller-speak, he's the one who decides when a system is declared a Red Zone.

The novel follows him throughout a few centuries of Imperial history, focusing on his various activations, as well as some personal endeavors, not to mention his time in "heaven", or at least where his consciousness exists while he's not active.

The novel is full of Traveller goodies, including UPPs for every system he encounters. Thankfully, you don't need to learn how to decode them, as the gist of each is presented in plain language. And we get to see various species like Vargr and Hivers, and common ships, and even some psionics.

Miller's prose style is very no-frills and matter-of-fact, which befits Bland's essential nature, and lends gravitas to some of the events described; the contrast between the description and the described is chilling at times. It's part of what hooked me at first.

It's also a side of Traveller I've never really seen. This is the top of the Imperial food chain; no scruffy free traders or military grunts. The tech is beyond anything I've seen commonly described in the RPG, and the scope is so high-level that it'd probably be better suited to a baordgame than roleplaying — or meta-level games like Microscope.

The downside is that the book, despite being a page-turner for me, does meander a bit. It also just kind of ends, and various threads and plot-lines I thought were building up to something never seem to pay off. There quality of the writing seems to degrade a bit as the novel progresses, inclusive of some typos that increase in frequency as you near the end.

That said, I enjoyed the hell out of the book and would love to see more from Miller. It could be that I'm just not familiar enough with Traveller's sources to see how derivative the setting might be, but I found it fascinating. Much like M.A.R. Barker's Man of Gold, it made me want to grab my Traveller sourcebooks off the shelf and, you know, read them.
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Oh, I did not expect this!

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St. Vincent's new signature guitar model

Not only is this cool because St. Vincent is awesome and this is one of the most refreshing designs I've seen in recent memory, but also simply because you can probably count on one hand the number of women who have signature guitar models. It's also cool given that Music Man's product line is generally focused on shredders and hard rock dudes.

My only critique would be that I wish the headstock was as angular as the body.
Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style. Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man's San Luis Obispo, California factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man ...
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+Paul Czege I might go a certain amount. It's not a type of design I typically lust for, but I like it. I love the rosewood neck, though.

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"Gilmore Girls" will return to the small screen thanks to Netflix, and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are slated to reprise their roles as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
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Because FUCK YOU I'M LAUREN GRAHAM.
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