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Raven Daegmorgan
Works at herding children to do their chores and not punch each other
Attended Vermillion Community College
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Super excited to finally share this: issue #38 of the Lovecraft eZine is now available, wherein, alongside great weird fiction authors such as Peter Rawlik and Douglas Wynne, I have a published story!

Check it out and let me know what you think! And be sure to check out all the other stories: this issue has a great collection.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Cthulhu Does Stuff by Ronnie Tucker & Maxwell Patterson The Spaces Between by Pete Rawlik The Voyager by Douglas Wynne Endure Within a Dying Frame by Michael Griffin Catch Me …
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I'm reading through comments on mods that make Skyrim darker at night, and the biggest complaint about many seems to be "They make it too dark. You can barely see anything, and that's not realistic!"

Bwuh? It leads me to assume most of the people commenting it isn't realistic must have grown up in the city, because they've clearly never been out in the woods at night. (Seriously, have they never gone camping -- like in-the-middle-of-the-wilderness camping?)

Because, no, you can't see anything. Yes, it is actually pitch-fucking-black, except if you have a full moon, when you can probably make make out rough shapes (depending on the forest density, or if there's lots of reflective snow). But for the most part, even your hand in front of your face? Or when the sky is cloudy? Foggetaboutit.

Yeah, in the city you have all sorts of reflected, ambient light, and you can see at night fairly easily, even when there isn't a streetlight right there. But Skyrim takes place in a pre-industrial, sparsely populated wilderness area. As such, it's dark. Can't-see-shit-DARK. Wander-away-from-the-campfire-and-you're-fucked dark. Oh-my-god-it's-full-of-stars dark.

Or should be.

Cityfolk.
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My friends and I were at their family's lake cabin for a few days during the summer and this huge, black storm rolls in the first evening. No rain, just thunder and lightning.

A few of us had walked over to the main cabin, a hundred yards or so through the woods from the guest cabin, and were on our way back when there was this huge flash-boom and the power went out. We thought for a moment my friend's dad had turned the lights out on us as a joke.

We can't see anything. It is black.

So we start stumble-running through the woods towards the guest cabin with only lightning flashes to give us these momentary crude silhouette glimpses of what's in our way and telling us if we're still pointed in the right direction.

But for the most part we're running blind. Suddenly, I am flailing in mid-air because there's no ground under me. I fall into what is thankfully just a shallow depression, managing not to injure myself. So I scramble up the side and stumble onwards, managing to avoid running into or tripping over a single tree, rock, or bush.

We all make it back to the cabin -- someone who had stayed in the cabin finally found the flashlights -- and we were all miraculously uninjured, though one of the guys claimed he overshot the cabin and fell into the lake.
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A blog post about the skill system in Traveler recently helped me better verbally conceptualize the “only roll dice when people are going to die or things are going to explode” method I’d originally attempted to detail in the rules for my abandoned dark military sci-fi RPG, eXpendable.

I’ve always been really fond of that bit of design work, and am happy I was finally able to expound on it in a clearer fashion. Since eXpendable is highly unlikely to see the light of publication–it just never came together as a whole–this is the clarified method, minus rule-specific bits, for those who may find it or the reasoning underlying it useful to their own approach to play.

Hit the link for the method.
A blog post about the skill system in Traveler recently helped me better verbally conceptualize the “only roll dice when people are going to die or things are going to explode” method I'd originally attempted to detail in the rules for my abandoned dark military sci-fi RPG, eXpendable.
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NVM. I need to check dates on things better.
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The book cover I mentioned working on a while back has been approved by both the publisher and the author (who, I am told, loves it)! Sneaky-peeky below.

And I can announce this now: one of my fictional tales of the macabre is being published in an upcoming issue of a popular horror 'zine. I'll post a link once the issue is out.

In the meantime, the impending publication has given me a slight boost regarding working on, hopefully finishing up, some other fiction that has languished. Because, hey, validation! Someone else thinks my writing is good enough for other people to read.
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One of the most bizarre things missing in NMS, given the "it's an art game, look how pretty, explore and share" is the ability to take a HUD-less screenshot without having to go through two menus and press four different buttons--and the same when wanting to turn your HUD back on. There's no quick button to turn it off, no way to bind a key to do it, etc. It is incredibly aggravating.

BUT the modding community has stepped up and has already devised a way to do just that, binding the F5 key to that function for easy screenshots!

If that has been bugging the crap out of you as well, you can get it via the Nexus or on the No Mans Sky Mods website.

The modding community has also produced a few dozen other clever and helpful mods already -- the one that lets you fly lower is pretty nice, so is the inventory stacking mod (because, seriously, you can store hundreds of chunks of plutonium in a single slot, but only one Gek Charm? Whaaaat?).

#nomanssky


Mods chevron_right GraphicsOther chevron_right [MOD][NMSE] NoHUD – Toggle HUD On/Off with F5 (Full HUD toggle) description Description Hey guys this will be the first official mod from the NMSE (I'm not counting the tab fix since it's included). So this mod essentially does the Full HUD Disable when you press F5. To toggle it back …
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That would be awesome. You might be able to do something like that with Reshade--they seem to have it working with NMS now. I don't know if it allows for in-game tweaking, though.
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Have you ever been made uncomfortable just due reading a public apology written by someone you now feel embarrassed for, not due what they did, but because it was so completely overwrought, unnecessary, and self-flagellating -- like tearing of garments, sackcloth-and-ashes -- and they are writing about some minor gaffe as if they killed a baby while high on meth or carpet-bombed a third-world village?

Yeah, just had that experience. Jeez.
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I've been really into IFD (I Fight Dragons) for a number of years, and can usually be found listening to them when I'm working. But I've exhausted their output and simply need MOAR. Hence: does anyone have suggestions for similar bands, by which I mean rock-chiptune fusion with vocals?

Because my Google-fu is failing me thus far: I'm mainly coming up with instrumental chiptune or chiptune-fusion bands, which I am simply not interested in (nor nerdcore, either -- hip-hop is not my thing). So, to be clear, no instrumental-only bands, I've found tons of those, but am having trouble finding chip-rock with lyrics.
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If I'm needed, I'll be off exploring the universe. Leave a message. #nomanssky
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#firstsevenjobs

Forgot one:
Stealing all of +Wil Wheaton's Pokémon
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It's actually an on-going, seasonal gig. Wil doesn't hunt Pokemon in the winter; don't know why.

I heard it was because he has a severe Articuno phobia, but I think that's a news rag lie. I actually stole an Articuno from him in Ohio.
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Why not?

#firstsevenjobs
Paperboy (ten loong years)
Movie Projectionist (I was kind of shit at this)
Cemetery Groundskeeper
Bookstore Cashier (fired for having a penis. Really.)
Computer Lab Tech
Paperboy (again. But only a few months because...paperboy)
Theater Concessions Cashier

The more 'interesting' shit like "let go for my not being Christian putting my life in danger" or "school folded when admins. stole its money, fled to Mexico" doesn't come up until later.
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New page for the Bloodwood project. This is a two page spread, something I'd always intended, but never done before.
Official Post from Raven Daegmorgan: Of the north, we have barely spoken -- the endless plains stretch to the dark sea and the nomads of long-fallen kingdoms wander its expanse. The arm of the Empire is weak now, but signs of its occupation and peoples remain, as do the scars of a war remembered in myth elsewhere but here yet bear real
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    Writer, Illustrator, Techie, sometime Radio DJ, present
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Born in Minnesota, at the end of the road. You can find me on FB too, though I save that for people I've known for a while and spoken to semi-regularly.

I'm a bit of a jack-of-all-trades in terms of "what I do." I've been a 'projection tech', a bookstore 'sales associate', a groundskeeper at a graveyard, a lab assistant, a web designer, a produce manager, a computer programmer and technician, a freelance editor, a teacher, a pizza delivery guy, a graphic designer and illustrator, an author, and a radio DJ.

I've done tiny spots of other stuff too, like construction work, being an extra in a movie, and a grip on a commercial.

I'm currently and quite happily a stay-at-home dad to seven kids. Four of them are mine, and I married into three more.

I'm bipolar and OCD.
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  • Vermillion Community College
    1994 - 1996
  • Connecting Point ITS
    2000 - 2001
  • Mesabi Range Community & Technical College
    2004 - 2005
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