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FEMININE ANTI-COSMIC NIHILIST MAGIC OF DEATH

You have been lied to all your life. You’ve been told that magic is meant to be in the hands of old bearded men of kindly paternal disposition, protecting the status quo. You’ve been told about young men destined for greatness and learning to command power that is rightfully theirs. When women are shown to possess magical power, they are scantily class Enchantresses, housewives duped by the devil, feeble old crones who hate the young, or precocious young girls eager to prove themselves to the boys.

Stories all constructed to comfort and pacify you. To give you heroes and role-models to rely on, to give you villains than you can sneer at and be confident of their defeat. They make you feel so safe.

But you are not safe.

Upon the solar winds ride the cosmic keys to our creation and times, received by women with but one desire: tear reality asunder. Now they have the means. They have always had the will. Existence is over.

Vaginas are Magic! is a book of blasphemous, dangerous magic featuring spells that only women characters can cast. It also includes a new magic system for use with Lamentations of the Flame Princess and all other traditional class-and-level tabletop role-playing games.

(Book's almost done, and I'll have to do a bit of fundraising starting when it's completely in the can, hopefully at the end of the week. There won't be a pile of extra copies this time out, so if you don't have a local store, joining the fundraising will be the way to get yourself a copy and help get this weird thing into peoples' hands worldwide. Much more info about the book when that starts. The pre-order/sponsorship drive will last one week.)
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+Victor Garrison There's a "mystery machine" joke in here somewhere.
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If there's anyone in Helsinki that can convert 355 .cr2 files to .tif and low-res .jpg that has time for me to stop by today with a usb stick and get it done... it would be appreciated, because otherwise I'm at a point I need to shitcan a project I've already poured near 4000€ into. It's a time-sensitive project that if it's delayed might as well throw it in the trash, and I'm already REALLY pushing it.
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Yeah, I was this || close to catch the next flight to Helsinki... :P
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Doing accounting today.

I spent over 150,000€ on LotFP last year.
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+Charlie Mason I'm not going to go crawling through all the records (and I'm rather loathe to quote specifics publicly anyway), but I use otavankirapaino.fi for the vast majority of my printing and I will say their prices are very reasonable.
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A few days ago I emailed the Finnish ISBN office telling them I was just about out of the ISBNs they sent me years ago and they just sent me 100 more, just like that.

No charge.

That cracking sound you just heard is every US-based publisher throwing heavy objects at their screen.

For reference, this is the shit people have to deal with in the US: https://www.myidentifiers.com/get-your-isbn-now
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Oh man, those Publix subs...
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It would seem to me that simply providing an endless list of someone's awards and award nominations, without speaking specifically about any particular performance and why it was great, doesn't refute a charge of being overrated. It supports it.

Replying to stupid and shallow with more stupid and shallow doesn't help.
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The way people talk about Streep or Streisand or Oprah or Madonna like they are the sun and moon just because they are a successful lady who is good at their job sucks a little sometimes because I can't tell you how many shitty reviews take a shot at an over 30 actress who's "no Streep." Like we have to mark all the other actresses in the biz along some Megan Fox-Meryl Streep continuum. That's dumb. But nah she's real good in a lot of shit.
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So +Grim Jim has invited me to do a public video chat with him.

And for a bit, I was hesitant. "Oh god, that's going to start a bunch of shit." He's got a bit of a reputation.

But you know what? It's a conversation. Most of the problems in the RPG scene, and probably life in general, is that people just won't fucking talk to each other.

And for me to not talk to him not because of what I think of him, but because I'm worried about what other people will think of me talking to him, would be absolutely dishonest and cowardly.

I mean, bloody hell, at one point +Mark Diaz Truman was trying to get me and Fred Hicks set up for a chat. I was going to do that, but I'm hesitant about Desborough? What the fuck is wrong with me?

If you promise an honest conversation, I don't care who you are, I will talk to you.

So, yeah. My internet connection is wonky and hangouts don't work very well for me anymore, but otherwise, I'm in.

And for everyone else, think what you will, but judge him for what he says, judge me for what I say, and be honest enough to not confuse the two.
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+Michael Clarke Yes, being seen talking to the wrong person could endanger my ability to do books about fuckslugs, elephantsharks, bored ghosts, space thoughts, vampire eggs, and cuntwhips.
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Broodmother is #1 at RPGNow again.
Your one-stop online shop for new and vintage RPG products from the top publishers, delivered fresh to your desktop in electronic format.
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+Kiel Chenier I ordered the print version from Raggi in December. Can't wait to see it.
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So we did a photo shoot this past weekend.
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I love the persistent characters in the products! Fantastic!
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Next, they'll take a really hard look at whether RPGs cause suicide.
A group of boys, aged 9 to 11, plays D&D every other weekend, but their parties never include girls their age. Meredith Jacobson’s DnDnG explores the possibility that their female friends…
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So, I asked the little lady and she wasn't surprised that both genders play D&D (her reply: you and I both play D&D, so boys AND girls).
I asked her to whom it would probably appeal more, and she didn't really know but guessed equally. I tried to trick her by insinuating that it must appeal more to one gender or the other, even if only by a tiny amount, but she sticked to her answer.
Finally, I asked her if girls and boys could play together and also this was obviously true: 'If I can invite boys for my birthday party, then we can also play D&D together' (next week she is throwing a werewolf themed birthday party).
So, there is that.
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Creative decisions are a ptbtbt.

Like, for LotFP it's been in my head that magic just "is" and all Magic-Users are simply insane. Something about learning about the inner workings of the universe and being able to control them to some degree leads to a detachment from humanity and its ethics and morals and blah blah blah.

But then when I woke up today I was thinking "You know, if I'd had some setting where magic was this moral force with a good and bad side, like Star Wars, and people already talk about Black Magic and White Magic a lot, then I could have released two magic sourcebooks, and titled them Black Power and White Power!"

... I'll get my coat.
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You might end up with some hilariously surprised and disappointed customers... which, I guess, is just icing on the cake.
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OK, that latest Sherlock episode was absolutely mental.

How long has it been since I've seen a Moffatthing and when it ended was all Keanu whoaing?

Years and bloody years.

Good to see he's still got some of the good stuff in the tank.
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I really enjoyed it too. I was definitely Keanuing - mostly because I wasn't expecting anything so sneaky.
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Things that shouldn't annoy me, but do, so now I'm going to annoy you:

Facebook does that annoying shit that whatever one of my Facebook contacts likes or comments on, I see it in my feed. Fucking annoying. (The solution I'd implement to improve every bit of social media: Eliminate all sharing/retweets/etc., anything that makes someone see anything except the direct posting from the people/organizations one chooses to follow.)

So Zootopia's Facebook page posted overnight: "Amazing news for fans of Zootopia: (link) Zootopia Wins the Golden Globe for Best Animated Picture! Congratulations to the amazing cast and crew!"

OK. I didn't see Zootopia, so I'm not a fan, but I've liked things that have won awards in the past. Hell, I've produced things that have won awards in the past.

These awards are good for the creators. That some combination of press, critics, or the public (depending on the award) says "We liked this. We really really liked this."

It's weird, there being four kinds of success in producing "creative work." There's commercial success, which lets you keep going and lets you try new things and gives you more options away from work but isn't "fulfilling" in itself. There's the success in knowing that your audience likes what you do which is the big thing that justifies all the stress and effort of doing a thing for public consumption just so. There's the personal pride in the work, before anyone even sees it, that "I did this thing that I really love and I know it's good".

And then there's getting a trophy, which is ultimately the least meaningful, but boy oh boy for a few minutes it's just the best. And it feeds back into commercial success, and is a handy bludgeon to use against naysaying pissing contests.

But the trophy being good news for the fan? eh.
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I've been fairly happy with the FB Purity filter. Removing "commented on" and "liked this"-stories are among the settings you can choose: fbpurity.com - F.B. Purity - Clean Up + Customize Facebook

It's a browser extension that allows you more customization of the FB "experience".

It's a constant war of attrition between FB and these guys, of course. I've seen FB censor reference to them in chat and similar tricks. Expect to update or re-install now and then. 
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