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Ha! Everyone here in the Boston area knows about the Great Molasses Flood! :D
Over on the Mirror.co.UK website, there is a recent article titled "Dead weird: After the 'atomic wedgie' here are 21 of history's most bizarre deaths" that got me thinking about how to start tabletop RPG scenarios.  I think ...
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+Franck Michaux Don't worry, we've all seen Red Dwarf, so can handle vindaloo monsters and suchlike. 
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Cult-like Obscurity and I are best buds! I know cult-like obscurity, and you are not cult-like obscurity! :D
I generally get 5000 views a month on this blog. I though that was a pretty healthy viewer count, some months (especially recently), I've received 10,000 views. I'd have thought that this would be enough to make a minor blip ...
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Compared to me, you live in a blaze of public attention and adulation.
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Well, after being accused - perhaps justly - of spamming with my last "Luna in Lowell Was Right!" post, I have decided there is only one thing I can do. I am going to set up a new circle, consisting only of people who are interested in stuff I am writing. I will only post stuff about what I am writing to this circle, to the Roleplaying Games community, and to the Better Mousetrap Games community, both of which I own. The BMG community is tiny, so there is no significant overlap with anything else.

If you are interested in the crazy, unpopular, and ridiculously niche things I write about, feel free to +1 or comment to this message. This will reduce circulation of my garbage to a stupidly low minimum, but since this is entirely opt-in, no-one can accuse me of spamming. Thank God I don't give a rat's ass whether anything I write sells a single copy - otherwise I'd be doing what everyone else is doing instead of designing idiotic baseball RPGs or  "what if science in 1880 was basically correct" RPGs that nobody gives a dead cockroach about - because I'm cutting off my nuts as far as getting anyone new to read what I write. I'd rather do that than be spamming anyone!

Meantime, I will not post to public, and only post to my Gamers circle about general interest stuff, which means maybe once in a blue moon.  I'm not here for a popularity contest. I'm here to talk about roleplaying! That means I will continue to comment on other posts I like, and not spam!

Here's hoping this will make folks who do opt-in more ready to comment, because I live for discussion! :D
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Any friend of Brad's is a friend of mine, +Noah Doyle! Welcome aboard! :D
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Galilleani Cultures in Lowell Was Right!

Galilleani typically have a free-wheeling lifestyle, with mature males maintaining a harem of between two and ten females each, rarely with the same individuals each breeding season. These are known as “breeders”, and are generally low-level workers. As they age, male breeding activity tapers off quickly, and the male Galilleani enter a long, fruitful period in which their imaginations and intellect increase in inverse proportion to their interest in breeding.

Female Galilleani, on the other hand, have longer breeding lives, though at a lower level than males, retaining their usual intelligence throughout their breeding period. They foster and maintain close relationships with the co-wives of their various mates long after these breeding harems have broken up.

The Oddfellows

This is the term for males of breeding age who do not for whatever reason attract mates. Some are defective in some way, others are disinterested, and still others prefer their own gender. They do retain their intelligence through the breeding years, and often attain high rank early, but without wives, cannot access the female Wives Network, and thus miss many opportunities.

The Wives Network

This is the relationship web of co-wives, which functions in the anarchic Galilleani system as bankers, investors, and government rolled into one. They bankroll projects by their ex-mates and former co-wives which interest them, after coming to a general consensus. There is not one Wives Network - nothing so fixed is possible with the Galilleani - but many such networks, though it is always spoken of as if it were singular.

The Elder Clubs

These are the associations of post-breeding males, who gather together for companionship in clubs when their breeding days are done. These clubs are a secondary source of infrastructure investment, but as these clubs are considerably smaller than the Wives Networks, their financial impact is lesser.

Human and Martian Enclaves

There are small enclaves of humans and Martians on all four Galillean moons. They have generally cordial relations with the Galilleani, but the Galilleani have no more concept of Martian-style Houses than they do of human governments.
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Venus in Lowell Was Right!

Venus is a young, flourishing hothouse of a planet. It is covered at all times by a thick cloud cover, which spreads the light, giving it somewhat longer periods of light than darkness by prolonging twilight. It rains virtually every night, and many days as well. The heat along the Equator is brutal, and humans do not flourish there, except in the highest mountains. The lowlands are left as the haunt of the Kraat. The cooler, more temperate and polar regions are more friendly to humans. Even these would be considered tropical or sub-tropical on Earth.

Venus’ animals and plants are more primitive in organization than Earth’s, with the equivalent of dinosaurs reigning supreme, and flowering plants being new and not well evolved. Insects have not evolved to pollinate flowers yet, so native venusian flowering plants rely on wind dispersion and self-pollination. Bees and other pollinators have been imported from Earth and Mars to service non-native plants, and have begun evolving into Venusian types. however, specializing in venusian flowers, and they in turn have begun to co-evolve to attract the outworld insects. These insects are now to be found all over venus, including the equatorial, Kraat-dominated, regions.

There are two generally hostile groups of settlement on Venus. generally, the polar areas and the highlands are the domain of venusian humans, while the lowlands and equatorial areas are the domain of the Kraat. The interfaces between these, however, are always in dispute, and a continuous low-level warfare is endemic in these places.

Both venusian Humans and Kraat have begun domesticating a few of the smaller, smarter dinosaurs, and hunt others for meat. Except for areas with significant Mercurian or Earther involvement, the general technology level is medieval. Hunting dinosaurs is extremely dangerous, but a single kill can feed a village for a long time. Villages are always protected by elaborate defenses, from both predatory dinos and Human/Kraat enemies.

Politically, both Humans and Kraat are organized into a few powerful city states of no great extent, with much onorganized settlement of the back country. Human city states which trade with non-venusians have slowly been climbing the technology ladder, and as a result can control larger hinterlands. Still, the most advanced of them would only qualify as early Renaissance in technology. Far-sighted rulers have begun sending people out into the solar system with outworlders, to return and become teachers on Venus.

The Kraat have refused trade with non-Kraat entirely. This may change at any time, as it is obvious to see the superiority of the more advanced city states compared to the most advanced Kraat. If this happens, it will result in a complete revolution of Kraat thought, based as it is in a hatred of the human interlopers.

Trade items from Venus include art objects, plants and exotic animals, handicrafts, dinosaur meat and skins, and tourism and big game hunting.
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Resharing this - had a bad link!

Try https://www.gofundme.com/DeboraSilva
 
Our friend and neighbor, Debora Silva, is a sweet girl whose mother is very ill in Brazil. She's started a GoFundMe page to get enough money to fly her and her little brother down to Brazil to see their mom before it's too late. She has had some very rough times in her life, but she has retained a sweetness and openness that is very rare. Help her if you can, and pass this along if you like. I don't usually put stuff like this out there, but I want to help Debora do this.

Thank you very much!
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Our friend and neighbor, Debora Silva, is a sweet girl whose mother is very ill in Brazil. She's started a GoFundMe page to get enough money to fly her and her little brother down to Brazil to see their mom before it's too late. She has had some very rough times in her life, but she has retained a sweetness and openness that is very rare. Help her if you can, and pass this along if you like. I don't usually put stuff like this out there, but I want to help Debora do this.

Thank you very much!
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Here's a picture of Kevin Glasheen - a Boston rocker who passed away recently. To the right of his face are the names Carnelian and The Phantoms - two of my bands - on the walls of the band room at the Rat. Courtesy of the Boston Groupie News.

I'm not sure who wrote them there - probably Piggy! :D

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I'll be there with bells on!
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Luna in Lowell Was Right!

Luna is the accepted multinational name of Earth’s only moon, which has many names in Earth languages. Luna was used by the Martians as a raiding base for taking human slaves, and they left a number of intact structures on the far side of Luna, which humans discovered and re-inhabited when they became capable of reaching Luna. Great artificial farms were renovated and adapted to Earth crops to feed the growing population.

Martian artifacts were found and studied, and through understanding of the underlying principles, many devices were created and refined. Most important were the various crystals used to enhance and control PSI abilities, which before this were elusive and almost unusable. The famous Luna University located here grew out of these scientific explorations and research units, one of most prestigious institutes of higher learning in the Solar System.

This complex is known as Luna City, and it has grown, with new structures built by Humans and Martians, as well as the various Galileani. Luna city is the only place near to Earth where Humans, Martians, and Galileani can meet and trade. The gravity is almost identical to that of the Galilean moons, and the Galileani have built huge flight cages to live in.

The Great Concourse of Luna City is famous for the availability of anything from anywhere. Great liners from Earth put in here, and hotels and restaurants have sprung up to serve the tourists. Luna City is the stepping off point for travel anywhere in the solar system.
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Movies in Lowell Was Right!

Films in the Lowell Was Right! universe are exceedingly important. Films transfer culture, unifying peoples and grouping them around important concepts. A movie made by a culture embodies the core concepts of that culture in a portable package, accepted as intrinsic truths and transferred during the willing suspension of disbelief created by the audience while watching the movie.

This is the core concept of propaganda, but movies made as propaganda are far less effective in transferring culture than those made as entertainment, because of the intensity of the state of suspension of disbelief engendered by the entertainment. In these films, the cultural core is deeply embedded in the entertainment matrix, never stated, but informing all of the actions of the actors.

Embracing the cultural core illuminates the entertainment just as embracing the entertainment transfers the cultural core. Each reinforces the other. The  more you see the movies, the more you understand the culture that created them, and the more you understand the culture, the more pleasure the entertainment can create.

In Lowell Was Right!, movies are the primary medium of entertainment. Not only feature films, but newsreels, shorts, and serials as well, are viewed in the communal environment of the theater. All of the cultures of LWR! are entertained communally, whether by performances onstage or on film.

Staged entertainment - plays, opera, music, speeches - is ephemeral, and locally variable.  Each performance is different, and cannot be exactly repeated, whether re-staged in a different performance, or in memory. Films are different, and can be repeatedly performed exactly, without variation. Use of movie magic - models, pyrotechnics, forced perspective, lighting - can vastly emphasize the shared fantasy, and thus the effectiveness, of the movie.

Books can be solitary entertainment, but depend on active imaginative engagement by the reader, and - while effective within a culture - can be difficult to transfer across cultures. Musical recordings are the only solitary entertainment which can compete with movies are portable, transferable entertainment, but the information they transfer is almost entirely emotional. Even so, recorded music is far more portable than film culturally, as basic emotions are universal even without a cultural context.
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That's entirely relative! :D
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