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Helen Calder
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Some of these were new to me and might be new to you. So much plot fodder here. 
The true creepiness of the world is that, despite all our advanced technology, there's still so many unsolved mysteries.
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Love #23. Current obsession.
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There is something deeply creepy about these places.  Something about the pictures is tickling the back of my mind.  There's a killer plot in there for a horror/supernatural game I'm just not sure what it is.  

I do know that Scooby Doo and his friends would be all over a haunted water park, abandoned or not.
Ten haunting yet strangely fascinating abandoned water parks from around the world. Urbex at its best!
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Warren Ellis posted this to his Tumblr blog.  My first thought was that we're living in the beginning of the Shadowrun future and that we're all fucked.  Then I started thinking about it as plot. 

Here's an exercise for all of you and it can probably be applied to any setting.  Your players are up against a religiously driven militia.  There are rumors that the militia has been desecrating the bodies of it's enemies by burning them but when your PCs find some it becomes clear that organs have been removed. What are the militia doing with these organs or why?  Is it as mundane as selling them?  Are they magical components? Building a flesh golem?  Give us your best ideas.
The U.N. is looking into claims that ISIS -- considered the wealthiest terrorist group on record -- may be harvesting organs from slain civilians.
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What worries me is where this takes us, given that in fighting an enemy we become more like them.

The War on Terror (Pat. Pending) brought us to arbitrary detention without charge, suspended Habeas Corpus, extrajudicial execution by drones, extraterritorial prisons, torture both domestic and outsourced: a whole slew of violations of constitutional rights, let alone basic principles of law like natural justice.

I'm not even certain that those violations are entirely wrong.

IS were rejected by al-Qaeda for being too violent and undisciplined.

What will fighting them do to our humanity? 
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I hope no one minds me posting this here.  Some of you will have read some of The Department fiction that +Niles Calder and I have posted and I hope you've enjoyed it.  I am currently seeking Beta Readers for the first Department novel.  I'm trying to get it ready for a competition with a closing date in 21 days.

I'm looking for people who have enough time to read and comment on a complete draft sometime next week.  You need to be able to read the novel and then communicate any errors, continuity problems, stuff that didn't make sense and massively obvious cliches in just a couple of days. For my sanity it will help if you can also tell me what's actually working.

Thanks
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What was revealed when the beard "fell" off and why were they in such a hurry to conceal it.
Beard on burial mask of pharaoh was stuck on with epoxy after it was knocked during cleaning, say staff at Cairo museum
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Tutankhamen had a beard? Funny, I simply assumed he was straight. 
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An interesting look at the unforeseen consequences of a Murder investigation.  Quite long but worth the read.
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I'm crowd sourcing some information because Google has failed me. I'm hoping that some of you will have heard of this.

I remember a story of at least one phantom invasion of Britain by the Germans during the second world war. Someone rang a church bell an some forces were mobilized but it turned out to be nothing. I'm not talking about the mystery of Shingle Street but something else.
I'm I going mental or is this an actual thing? And if it is a thing when did it happen?
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As always, the Morningstar abides. 
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This is some Supervillain level shit. A global outage just as the Trading day begins in London? A "delay" in the sale of UK debt? Next thing you hear some dude called Moriarty will be named a government advisor.
Thousands of Bloomberg screens went offline in banks around the world Friday leaving many traders without access to market data, news and dealing systems.
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You mean like Frank Moriarty? Brother of John Moriarty, the landlord of the Blackened Hen? Frank advises on alcohol licensing I think.
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Interesting location for a contemporary game and an interesting NPC for a period game.  Also I'd like to see this sort of quackery in a classic fantasy setting.

Suggestions?
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I always wonder what was there every time I drive past, but am always too pressed for time to check.

This is definitely good "strange place" fodder for a game or story.
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There's got to be a plot here.  You could fit this into any setting.  Perhaps the PCs are the rescuers sent a letter about an imprisoned person.  Perhaps they are investigating the circumstances?  

Or perhaps Blanche is not so innocent?  Perhaps soon after she is released people start to die?

Ideas?

Trigger Warning - there's a photo of the emaciated Blanche after the link.
A truly despicable, depressing story about a poor young woman.
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Interesting re-examination of one of the strangest sounding tragedies in history.
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Anyone interested should check out "Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919" by Stephen Puleo. It's an easy read and a fascinating look at what happened.
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A little something for your contemporary or Shadowrun style game.  It's easy to imagine a state propaganda apparatus pushing people to stick almost anything online.

What if such a network was hijacked for supernatural or conspiratorial ends?  What if your crew was hired to hack into a government account to change the emails being sent out?
“NOTICE: We request every internet commenter carry out the following task today,” begins an email from the supervisor. It’s just another day in the propaganda department of Zhanggong, a district in…
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Excellent ideas! You have my support, +Helen Calder​! 
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The Helen Calder from Aberdeen who is the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison.

You might want to put me in your circles for Craft, Doctor Who, Sci Fi, RPG, Horror and Writing.  Basically I'm a huge geek.

I follow at lot of artists and I love to see all kinds of art and craft but I very rarely post images of my own.  I have an autistic son and although I don't post on the subject of autism I often read about it.
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