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Raven Daegmorgan
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Been playing with the Skyrim Creation Kit...man, what a godawful tool: not functionality-wise, as it is full-featured and easily learned. But it crashes every ten minutes. Serious pain in the ass.

I've been merging the Solitude Expansion, Solitude Reborn, and a couple other minor Solitude mods into a single mod, because I like the additional sprawl of Reborn, and the fortifications from Expansion: together they make Solitude seem like the capital city it should be. But since they modify the same worldspace they are incompatible -- unless you re/move the conflicting elements.

This has meant learning to use the CK, and thus entailed starting completely over a couple times (hours and hours of modding that had to be redone)...but, hey, jumping into the deep end to learn to swim.

Again, though, CK crashing. every. ten. minutes. Frustrating.
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+Nathan Guest Hadn't come across that one in my Googling (although I had tried an elevated permissions fix). Applied this, but no dice. Still crashing regularly.
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The latest illuminated page of "Rose, Thorn & Mist" -- The Whispering Forests, page 7 of Locales -- is up.
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So...a thing came out recently and there is a section whose material is pretty clearly based on some unique work I published a few years ago. No mention of this, or my name or influence, is made anywhere in the product itself.

It isn't directly copied, but the concept and even a couple specific details come pretty directly from mine; it is an "Owlman isn't Batman, he's just similar to Batman" situation.

Am I wrong, or was that a dick move? If it was, do I contact the other publisher and politely ask what gives? If anyone has dealt with this kind of situation before, what the hell do I say?
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Good news: established a friendly dialogue and the publisher is looking into the issue. Hopefully we'll have this resolved post Gen-Con.
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"Non-GMO water" and "non-GMO rocksalt" are apparently both real products for sale for actual money...someone saw the suckers (as in 'one born every minute') coming from miles away.
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This product contains dihydrous monoxide. That can't possibly be good for you.
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Excellent clip.

I agree it is aggravating to watch self-styled heroes of multiculturalism declare "white media" isn't multicultural enough when referring to "white" media outside of the US.

Most of these would-be hero types are from the US, and despite pretensions to worldliness and education, they don't get Europe. They may know there's a bunch of different "cultures" across the pond, but they don't really grasp what that means. To them Europe is just all a bunch of white people in different funny hats, essentially.

There is no real conception that Finns are not Slavs who are not Russians who are not Norweigans who are not English who are not Irish who are not Jewish who are not Italian who are not Greek who are not Spanish, and so on. And that these differences have deep historical and cultural roots, as deep as the differences between, say, Mexican and American culture and people.

This lumping "white people" into a cultural monolith, as a single people based on a lack of skin pigmentation, feels like a distinctly American shallowness, seemingly arising from the monolith of the continental American cultural ghetto and from the young-and-brief shared history for the majority of its people.

Whereas the complete opposite is the case in Europe, whose various peoples have old-and-storied distinctive histories as disparate tribes and nations, despite all of them being "white."

I suspect the idea is foreign to the American psyche because wherever you drive everybody here is American. Or rather, over here, whites are white Americans everywhere you go. So to a significant extent "white" = "a culture" if you grew up in the US. ("Culture" itself seems to refer to skin color in the US -- "black" culture, "asian" culture, etc.)

That's not the case elsewhere in the world.

What the would-be multiculturalists really mean when they say "white media" is "American media." They just have no idea that's what they mean. So when they argue "You should have more Africans and Asians in your game about Polish mythology" they don't understand what they've argued is exactly "You should have more East Indians and Aborigines in your game about Inuit mythology."
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A final note on respecting other cultures and rampant imperialism
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I put aside Skyrim modding for a bit and have been playing the hell out of FTL, the Advanced Edition, with the Captain's Edition mod. Daaaaamn. Normal difficulty and I'm barely making it through Sector Two.

FTL is basically my carrot. I work on the Bloodwood project, I get to play FTL. However, my constant thwarting in FTL is making me reevaluate its viability as a carrot. Still...must...make...Sector 8!

Also, picked up Homeworld Remastered Collection during the Steam Summer Sale -- and apparently if you don't play something for over a decade, you can't actually remember the controls. Who knew?
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Some of you may be wondering, "Raven, where's the next page of Bloodwood? Come on, man!"

Well, it's done. Aaand it's not.

You see, I promised myself when I started this project I would not post a page I wasn't 100% happy with (ok, 99% because otherwise, you know). That I was not just going to make something and toss it up because I "should".

And I am just not happy with the finished page. I have tweaked, adding and removing elements. I have sat and stared, and stared. Yet it is missing something that makes it feel complete and evocative in the precise manner I'm looking for. It is flat. It is just not good enough to warrant posting. Oh, the design is beautiful. I'm very happy with that. But not the written entry.

In fact, this following bit was written last month as the descriptive text for Patreon, in getting ready to post the page:

"I have a feeling I should expand upon this material at some point, as the text on this page seems too short to truly evoke the environs of the cliff, and leaves the reader feeling unsatisfied. Perhaps I am wrong...

...Later, we learn of where these pools-turned-to-rivers flow, southwards. And more of the mountains -- what it is the elves find so desirable there we should speak of it here at greater length."

I do not think I am wrong any longer. My feeling about the material on the page has only grown more unsatisfied since, as I have considered and compared it to the quality and content of the other pages.

Which leaves me wondering how to proceed.

There are more finished pages after this -- do I move on to those and post this page at a later date? That seems the most reasonable course of action, but at the same time I do not necessarily like the idea. Though each page is its own individual artifact, there is a somewhat cumulative nature to the revelations of the narrative (as it were), particularly these early pages (and we are, after all, only on page nine at this point).

At the same time, it could take months to find the problem and rewrite the page to the point I am happy with it, months without the release of any content. And I do not feel that meets another promise made to myself: that if I was going to utilize Patreon, I was going to make sure content was posted monthly, to be fair to my patrons, and so as not to lose steam.

This page deserves to be seen, just not in its current form. In fact, it has steadily become more apparent this page needs to be two linked pages instead. Yet pages take me a long time to write and edit into a form I am happy with; consider the writing I have done since starting the Patreon project in December: a total of four or five new pages, plus additions to existing pages (not including rewrites and alterations), consisting of thousands of words of which perhaps half-to-three-quarters have been kept as good enough.

For example, almost seven paragraphs about the goblin hive of Kharm'zuul, where elves dream in cobwebbed slumber, of which I kept three (and waver on the third). Or nearly a full page on the broken land of the Pillars of Ka, at the foot of the Dragonbone Mountains, the text of which I abandoned completely as lacking quality and especially coherence with the rest of the project. Or the Legion city of Rivenford, which sits upon the Dun. The Ritual of Purple Orchids. The demon queen of the Spider Ghosts. The three gods of the elf-taught druids. The dragon oracle of the volcanic moor.

We need to talk about the eternal mists hiding nixie whirlpools and water spirits who drag the unwary down to gold-lined beds of weed, and the hidden naga lairs claimed of elder elf-holds secreted behind waterfall and within narrow, bramble-choked crevice. Of the precarious cliff-cities of the goblin Unshaelieghe, who worship the water below and dragonbone stolen from the Mount, and the abandoned elven citadels carved from the living stone of the Talon, floating instead of falling, tethered with bridges of spider-silk rope, and from which the waters inexplicably pour.

But the page just doesn't do that enough right now; or maybe not the right way.
<p>Some of you may be wondering, "Raven, where's the next page of Bloodwood? Come on, man!"</p><p>Well, it's done. Aaand it's not.</p><p>You see, I promised myself when I started this project I would not post a page I wasn't 100% happy with (ok, 99% because otherwise, you know). That I was not just going to make something and toss it up because I "should".</p><p>And I am just not happy with the finished page. I have tweaked, adding and removing e...
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Here is a direct link to the latest page in the Bloodwood project. Please feel free to share the link to the Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/greyorm

Any comments on the project so far? What do you think of it, the various pages, the style? I'm interested in your feedback, whether you're a patron or not.
How else do you tell stories about elves to men than by telling stories about how men see elves?That's one of those touch-points I try to keep in mind while writing entries about the Bloodwood; get too close and personal with the elves, too "National Geographic Anthropological Study" or "Guidebook to the Elven Kingdoms" about it, and they risk becoming humanized--or as it is often known to fantasy and science fiction fans, the "men-in-funny-hats"...
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Finished the conversation with the publisher, and after checking into the sources his writers used, he honestly believes it was a case of spooky parallel development. I'm going to consider the issue closed.
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Took a quick a break from working on the Summer issue of the Lovecraft eZine to put up the next page of the Bloodwood project. Let me know what you all think, and please share the link!

Also, if you're into elves, check out the "Wardens of the Wild" Kickstarter -- it's an RPG book dedicated elves: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brianberg/wardens-of-the-wild-a-lorebook-of-elves-rpg-supple
The Bleak Moors. I really like this locale. It feels dynamic. There's so much action suggesting itself here, histories and relationships. Some of which has expanded into future pages where more is told of bandit shamans and elf-worship, little of it good.The reader here is provided with glimpses of local cultures, the unique geographies, hints of the elves and their history, and even myths of what lies "beyond the map's edge."It's full of color a...
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Hey now +Raven Daegmorgan I'd say that because I'm a used car salesman not because I'm a dwarf.  As a dwarf I'd be more like, "Why ya asking for my gold when you can your own you lazy elf lover."  :p 
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Come join me on Patreon and pledge your support for the Rose, Thorn & Mist illuminated manuscript project! The latest page, the one that gave me so much trouble last month, is now finished and available to view.
Before perfectionism delays posting, I present the Cliff of Talons.This page has been one of those I have had to rewrite, and add to, and cut from, and cut from, until it met the standards I have been refining as this project progresses.My intent with the text on each is not merely to deliver staid facts to the reader, but to present the seeds of stories that immediately bloom in the mind's eye, text that is pregnant with scenes, to evoke action ...
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Nostalgia Ahoy!

This was it, for me, the first computer RPG I remember playing. And I played the hell out of it. Never did finish it, never got my hands on a copy of BT2, though I did finish BT3.

I didn't actually own a copy of any of the games, mind you, but my best friend's brother did. This was in the days when everyone just shared copies of their floppy disks (the actual floppies, not the small hard-case "floppies") -- and we photocopied the code wheels that were supposed to prevent piracy. (On the copier at the legal firm my mom worked at, ironically enough.) (And on that note, check out the text on the $30 reward level. HAH!)

The number of hours I spent playing BT1, with a pad of graph paper to map the city and dungeons (remember trying to find the damn advancement guild so you could actually level?), running away from mad dogs and gnomes, until I could finally summon blue dragons and stone golems into that extra "summoned" spot in the party? Frost horns! Crystal swords! Four-letter magic words!

I wish I could afford one of the special edition boxed sets just to pay Brian back for all the fond memories the BT games provided.
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ah. EGA, not CGA. Just really weak color selection.
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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 graphic designer and illustrator, a pizza delivery guy, a (published) 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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