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Geoffrey Grabowski
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Check out the awesome full-pager from +Mel Uran up on the Redbubble page for the Dreams of Ruin! This piece depicts "puppet theatre" -- violent and emotionally stirring performances put on by the puppets of woe for visitors of the forest to see. With no visitors, the forest will still make them happen, but visitors to the forest tend to be the focus for such events. This self-propitiation is a process similar to nitrogen fixation among plants.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/dreamsofruin

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Today, I talk a little bit more about the financialization angles of the scheme that I chose to use to commercialize my latest project, a book called The Dreams of Ruin.

Particularly I talk about ways that I think it can be extended in the future to achieve more expansive ends that add to open culture while still offering financial return to participants who need yield to be drawn in.

+Bryant Durrell I think this might interest you?
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HEY!
Did you know there's this funky spam-art gaming blog thing I'm doing to promote my new book? Did you know it has all kinds of material about how creepy horrors from other realities are invading northern Pennsylvania as a promotional stunt? Because why not waste a few counties to demonstrate the power of the dreams of ruin? Why not indeed?

Check it out people, we have raw feeds of field reports and the picket drone logfiles. Don't let them die in vain folks, pay attention to my book.

Did you know we're going to sell art on Wednesday? Did you know my promo guy Connor wrote this extremely long blog post brimming with enthusiasm about our novel sales model, where we sell the book to its fans?

You did not? That is because you did not read the blog my friend!
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I always knew something was off about the Poconos.
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W00T! The day is here! I can talk about the terms I'm publishing Dreams of Ruin under!

Short form: I'm not interested in selling copies of the book. I want to sell the whole thing into the copyleft. I don't /wanna/ own it forever!

Long form: READ THE DANG BLOG. I have talked about this with lawyers, game designers and God knows who else, all in writing.

I'm /really/ excited to be able to publish under these terms! It's at least as big a deal to be able to dispose of the work ethically as to produce it. Using this concept was at least as big a motivation in doing the book itself, and that's impressive because the book is SO FLY.

I've enjoyed it a great deal while I worked on it over the last year. Now I want to publish it in a way that produces some value for me and then cuts the sucker loose so I don't have to deal with it for the rest of my life.

So go read the blog. Note if you need to immediately tell me I'll shoot my eye out, you'll have to run back here and do it, because I have comments disabled.
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+Gretchen S. 

Yeah I felt the time clause was important because you need some rigid point at which you could discount the need to verify and it didn't matter if the publisher was a fraudster or defunct.

Part of the problem I'm trying to address is the issue where so much mid-XXth century stuff is fading out of existence because there's nobody to say it's okay to reprint it.
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Hey crazy kids. My new project - The Dreams of Ruin - is beginning its publicity run up. Here's the first blog.

This project is awesome. Probably the best gaming material I've ever written. Certainly the most fun I've ever had, in no small part due to the complete freedom offered by the Labyrinth Lord license and my approach to the work.

Anyway more to say about the money part soon but today - I'm here, and I have this thing in my hands for all you beautiful people.

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Consider me lashed.
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Today is a big day for our project! This is our first release of commercial material. This is a gorgeous print called "Brain Lasher Slavers" by +Bleys Ingram. It's one of the full-page illustrations from Dreams of Ruin, and represents one of the charming groups of individuals you might meet in the forest. In this case, it is brain lashers and a phase tiger hunting beast, methodically sweeping the forest for captives to sell to other denizens of the outer darkness.

It is for sale in every format known to man at our redbubble store!
http://www.redbubble.com/people/dreamsofruin/works/14594273-brain-lasher-slavers?ref=recent-owner


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Sometimes you get to write things, and those things are ridiculous. For example, flow rate analysis of sprinkling holy water over 8 mile hexagons at a given volume per area unit. This is the most cheerfully ridiculous thing I produced for a book that is manifestly a pile of wild assertions.

If the divine ichor is worth some multiple of holy water, you can just generally shift your row on the chart.

Edit: I should say that I did a volume analysis with the classic basins from Gary's rules and the manufacturing capacity was such that it did not place on the chart. However amusing it would have been to compute how many thousands of basin/loads per hex/year were needed I did not choose to burden the table with (other, less game-useful) junk data.

Suffice it to say, the very best Gary-style basin is not going to help. Maybe you will keep them out of the vicarage if you work hard at it.

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One of the many tables within the book.
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Sometimes solving the problem is just making it change shape. Sometimes you get an idea of the scope of the problem and are just like "no way." This table is a little of both.
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Without spoiling it totally -- it's very much rooted in the pre-"folktale supremacy" age of fantasy gaming (not sure how else to describe the era). It's much more Zelazny than Zipes.

It's aimed at high level characters aware of planar travel, and involves a bunch of trippy science fantasy stuff that will just steamroller you if you are stick-and-potato heroes in wool cloaks squishing around in the mock dark ages.
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Now that it has started its prodromal phase, I'd just like to remind you worthy readers that The Dreams of Ruin project has a Twitter feed,@dreamsofruin.
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The latest Tweets from Dreams of Ruin (@dreamsofruin). An upcoming supplement of RPG horror!. Pittsburgh, PA
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RELEASING A NEW WORK -- MAY 15

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS
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Busy is good! I've been kind of out of it myself for busy, but Sweetie's keeping a toe in.
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