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Yay for this. Now watching.
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Ooh! Oooh! They interviewed me about #DELTAGREEN and now the podcast is up!

http://www.mu-podcast.com/mup-special-interview-with-greg-stolze-on-delta-green-2/

-G.
Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:17:06 — 70.7MB) In this special report, Keeper Jon and Keeper Chad, with an assist from Bret Kramer, check in with Delta Green designer and writer about Pagan Publishing’s Kickstarter for a new role playing game dedicated to the setting. This discussion was recorded on October 9, 2015. During the interview, Keeper Jon mentions …
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I'm praying the last days get the funding campaign to the 260K mark.
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So, before FXNow and XFINITY shit the bed, I watched about the first 45 minutes of AHS: Hotel, and so far the picture in my head is something like this.

BRAD FALCHUK: You will mate. You will make me a beautiful horror baby.
THE SHINING: Do we have any say in whether we do this or...?
FALCHUK: You will mate. You will make me a beautiful horror baby.
SE7EN: That's not sounding like 'yes.'
THE HUNGER: I'm down for whatever but how are we going to make that work?
SE7EN: I guess me and The Shining do it, and then you turn the baby into a vampire?
FALCHUK: You will mate. You will make me a beautiful horror baby.
THE SHINING: Yes Brad you have made your opinion perfectly clear.
LADY GAGA: Sorry I'm late! Can I get a no-fat soy latte for my wig engineer?
SE7EN: Oh good grief.
THE SHINING: I'm not moving a muscle until Angela Bassett gets here.

-G.
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LADY GAGA: Did everyone see everybody gang up on me and how I played everyone against everyone else and, oh, I got nominated for a Golden Globes?
THE HUNGER: Yeah, that's pretty cool.
SE7EN: But I have to wonder how Angela Basset can be even more good looking now than she was when "Strange Days" came out in... (hits up IMDB)... holy crap, 1995?!?
THE HUNGER: (smirks)
THE SHINING: Don't.
THE HUNGER: (pouts)
SE7EN: ...so good...
THE SHINING: Yeah, absolutely. Bates is a wonderful breath of stale air too.
LADA GAGA: Did you just disrespect Kathy Bates? You were cooing all over her like she turned you down for prom.
THE SHINING: No, I meant it as a compliment! I could listen to her say "Douchebag convention's downtown" all day long.
THE HUNGER: ...and if you spent a day talking to her, you probably would.
LADY GAGA: Meow!
SE7EN: (z-snap)
THE HUNGER: But you have to admit, the vampires crushed it this week.
THE SHINING: Only because you guys got Basset and Bates on your team, that's hardly fair. Paulson's good, real good, but she's only one human being.
LADY GAGA: ...also me...
SE7EN: Cry me a river. I've got John and one-half of Marsh.
LADY GAGA: ...Golden Globes nominated actress...

-G.
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OK, so with Halloween around the corner, how 'bout a vampire story I wrote a while back? Sorta vampire.

http://www.gregstolze.com/fiction_library/ENZYMES.pdf

-G.
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Cain? no...

(we loved that bit so so much. almost as much as "Sal? is that you?" )
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In today's #UnknownArmies game, a police officer was surprisingly sanguine with the plan "boil the remains of a corpse along with coffee beans and cardamom, then inject it into an institutionalized rock guitarist." But luckily, the "3ccs of the Three Cs" didn't work out.

-G.
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Ha! 3cs... face palm
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I tried to be upbeat this morning but it's really not natural to me.

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...uuuugh, why do we even HAVE a 6:20 am?
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I didn't put enough honey in my coffee, so I added more, and now there's too much honey in my coffee.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that there isn't just the right amount of honey in my coffee.

-G.
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Ok, Goldie Stolze.
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"His plans to build a giant wall sealing the US border with Mexico are entertaining, not least because it would be interesting to see a nation as heavily armed as America go into cocaine withdrawal."

Holy shit I am never crossing a sarcastic UK writer.

-G.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2015/nov/03/frontrunners-for-president-frankie-boyle
The US election feels a bit like The X Factor – they’ve thrown in a few wildcards in the early rounds to keep it entertaining but we’ll soon be back to two candidates belting out the same tired standards
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Two comments: Regarding free education, etc... If the Fed can print money and give it to the banks and buy government debt, it can print more to pay for our children's education and parents' retirement and medical expenses. It's called compassion; and as the richest country in the world, a little more money for the people instead of foreign governments sounds sensible and plausible.

As for the immigration, if we sent back the illegal immigrants and prevented any others from entering, two things would happen: 1) You could say goodbye to having fresh fruit or vegetables; and, 2) Next time you stay in a hotel room or use a public restroom, you had better bring some cleaning products. It's the immigrants that do all of the jobs that nobody else in this country wants to do.

Without the workers in the fields, janitors, chamber maids, bus boys, dishwashers, etc., things would come to a halt. 
Ask around, see if any 20 somethings or 30 somethings want to clean toilets and pick fruit for less than minimum wage? I don't think so... 

Politicians (on both sides) are phonies making promises to get in office; and when they get elected they answer to the big money people that put them there. I'm sure the major food growers in this country would lobby against any immigration bill that sends their cheap labor force back, or prevents future ones from coming in.
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I done contributed me a story to the RPG fiction blog. Here's an excerpt:

_Xo turned to gaze moodily out the bus window. “Besides, I think you need a prehensile tail to do Siracian Pimp Fu.”
“You could get an implant. Replace that ridiculous human gadget.”
“My penis? But it’s so… I don’t know. So nifty.”_

http://rpgfictionblog.com/2015/10/13/tuesday-short-story-playborg-photographer-by-greg-stolze/

-G.
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Shoot for the stars, Octobear. You're still classier than Octomom.

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+Greg Stolze​ when I lived in the US for a year, I found a number of cultural differences, but that was the one that came as the biggest culture shock to me. And it never stops being funny.
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WARNING: SEMI-INFORMED MIDDLE-AGED RUMINATIONS ABOUT GLOBAL AFFAIRS IMPENDS! If you're just here for gaming stuff and Alphabear jokes, give this a miss. It may also help to imagine me gesturing with a gin and tonic.

Ready? OK.

I think that when some prick is about to head-butt a beehive, maybe you don't want to stand in his way. I'm talking, of course, about Putin in Syria.

Obviously, Syria is a shitshow. Assad's in terrible shape. America's fair-haired insurgents are in terrible shape. ISIS doesn't care what shape they're in, their whole modus operendi is "be worse than everyone else." But let's look at context.

The broader Middle-East context started with Saudi Arabia and Iran having an edition war over whose Islam is the Islamiest. Then the US came in like alien invaders from Planet Haliburton, curbstomped Iraq, created a decades-long money pit, and threw up their hands saying, "We did our best. Our intentions were good!" And, in defense of that position, Saddam's gone. Anybody miss him? But pouring billions of dollars in raw cash and weaponry into an unstable region somehow failed to stabilize it.

Bush hard-charged into Iraq because (1) 9/11 left him aching to punch somebody and Saddam tried to kill his pappy, (2) Darth Cheney assured him that it'd be a cakewalk and that at the end of it, they'd have cake. (In this metaphor, oil is cake.) To be fair to Cheney, the first time he and a guy named Bush invaded Iraq, it was no big quagmire and he made a shit ton of money. He figured that, just like in Hollywood, the sequel could only be better and more profitable. Oh, and (3), the electorate was freaking out and nothing helps them sleep at night like military triumphalism.

Fast forward to the present, when Putin has an electorate freaking out because his promises to make Russia Great Again (conveniently pitched at people too young to remember what life under the USSR was actually, y'know, like) have boiled down to "everyone in Europe is pissed at us, but not as much as our former client states." But nothing says "great nation" like blowing up some foreigners, and ISIS' policy of doing stuff that makes Al Qeda say "Dude, whoa, you took that too far" (in Arabic) has left them as the air-campaign target that no one is going to defend at the UN.

I think Putin is Bushing.

The question in my mind is... do we even want to get in his way? What are the possible outcomes here?

One is, he gets sucked into a quagmire that he can't afford and can't win and either gets run out on a rail or, more likely, weakens his country to the point that it's less of a threat to Europe. A sad outcome (if you're Russian or Syrian) but how is it our job to stop other countries' leaders from making bad choices? Look how our last "nation building" experiments have worked out. We'll call this the "im-Putint" outcome.

The other possibility is he actually does it -- he beats fuckin' ISIS, stabilizes the Assad regime atop the corpses of every Syrian who wasn't degenerate enough to back Assad or ISIS, declares 'Mission Accomplished!' (in Russian) and milks the benefits of a sexy foreign victory. It's the "I'm Potent!" result.

I'd argue that outcome #2 (Putin wrecks ISIS) is not very likely but, even if it happens, it's hardly a clean win for Russia and a disaster for the USA. Here's why: ISIS isn't a country. You can just romp over and occupy it. It's an idea, and anyone who blows up its physical territory has wounded its least important component. ISIS-the-ideology is probably healthier when it's a memory of "the shining caliphate that was too beautiful and true for the West to tolerate," or when it's a promised future. Pretty much any time except the present when it's beheading your Christian neighbors and hauling your daughter off to be 'married' to some greasy foreign fighter.

I guess I'm trying to say that whomever gets the plaudits for 'beating ISIS' is going to become the next target of every ISIS-loving nutball on three continents. Does that sound like a great position to be in? Plus, the drawback to saving Assad is that you've then saved Assad and are entangled in his Syrian totalitarian drama, which is (I think both sides of the aisle can agree) a shitshow.

What's the smart play for the US? I think it's to gracefully withdraw from Syria with a regretful expression and vague gestures at our watch and phone. Get our people out of there as much as possible, make it rain money on the refugees, be super generous with them. This not only makes Europe grateful that we eased their migrant crisis, it makes the Syrians who remain less likely to hate us because their cousin in the US is sending them remittances and letters about how Americans aren't so bad, once you get used to the noise. It further weakens the Assad regime because you can't really run a peaceful, successful country when you've killed or driven out everyone who's sensible, capable and ethical. The fact that it's morally right to help Syrian refugees? Just icing on the realpolitik cake.

The only drawbacks to this idea are that (1) it costs money and (2) precludes a third-act climax of patriotic chest-beating U!S!A! triumphalism. The cost is only an issue if you don't compare it to the cost of fighting a war that can't be won in Syria and laying the groundwork for a generation of terrorist reprisals, but compared to not getting a win, is any price too high?

With elections coming up, maybe not.

-G.
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Well, this launched yesterday and is doing just fine...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcdream/delta-green-the-role-playing-game

But honestly, I think the big bulky 100% Stolze book is a stretch goal somewhere past the $120 level, so if you want to keep pledging, that would be lovely.

-G.
Arc Dream Publishing is raising funds for Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game on Kickstarter! Lovecraftian cosmic terror meets the War on Terror. The award-winning RPG setting comes thundering back in a new Cthulhu Mythos game.
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We did a lot of retooling after day 1. Added a fancy rewards chart and everything. 
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