Profile

Cover photo
James Mendez Hodes
Works at Private Prep
Attended St John's Graduate Institute
Lives in New York, New York
1,193 followers|216,617 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1's

Stream

James Mendez Hodes
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Meet—or build—the perfect Ministry Initiative villain with Don Bisdorf's Nefarious Adversaries.
Nefarious Adversaries - Great heroes need great villains, and Nefarious Adversaries details a number of such nemeses suitable for the most vigor
1
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
Learn more about the otter man empire! The bit about cultural appropriation may be of particular interest.
 
Five or So Questions with James Mendez Hodes on Ironclaw: The Book of Horn & Ivory
I got the chance to interview James Mendez Hodes about his game currently on Kickstarter, Ironclaw: The Book of Horn & Ivory . We talk research and appropriation, and learn a little about the game mechanics. Enjoy, and don't forget to check out Ironclaw's K...
2 comments on original post
6
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
+PK Sullivan describes his process in writing Ports of Call: Homeworlds. LEARN how he got into RPG writing! READ about the juicy details of the new playable aliens and locations! DISCOVER the secrets of balancing your workout routine with writing about giant spider tourist traps! Fun for the whole family* and then some.

*I meant the book rather than the spider tourist traps, but … you know what, giant spider tourist traps are probably also fun for the whole family. Maybe they're the cute jumping spider kind.
4
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes
owner

Discussion  - 
 
Welcome to the new community for Thousand Arrows, Galileo Games's tabletop role-playing game of sixteenth-century East Asian warfare, powered by the Apocalypse Engine. Formerly called Samurai World, the game centers on the Japanese Warring States Period's battle, politics, and personal drama. Expansions and individual adventures will also bring the game to Joseon Korea, Míng China, and other times in Japanese history such as the Heian and Edo Periods.

We want to keep the momentum going from "Dragon King's Gambit," last weekend's KristaCon event at Dreamation. We had lots of fun and our players made a rough and hastily-assembled playtest really sing. Right now we're looking for your feedback on the moves, characters, and structure of DKG, as well as questions and general excitement about the game. I'll also post the game documents and my bibliography here, as well as the new tag system I've been writing.
5
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
There are still spaces open in Thousand Arrows at Dreamation! Friday (R213) and Saturday mornings (R296) 0900-1300, Sunday morning (R370) 1000-1400. If you like samurai, turtle ships, sea monsters, slave revolts, or having to fight alongside your mortal enemies while waiting for the perfect moment to betray them, you should get in on this. Here's the blurb.

You command the Japanese invaders, Korean defenders, or Chinese reinforcements during the samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi's conquest of Korea. Just when Japan's victory seems assured, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea strikes with his armada of monsters. Will you join forces with your mortal enemies to face down the supernatural threat, or damn civilization and seize this opportunity to crush your enemies once and for all?

+Brand Robins, +Brennan Taylor, and I are GMing. +Krista White, +Rachel E.S. Walton, +Judd Karlman, and +Joe Zantek are playing. What are you waiting for? Get involved in a land war in Asia! Also a sea war!
10
5
Kimberley Lam's profile photoKrista White's profile photoJames Mendez Hodes's profile photoJim Cummings's profile photo
6 comments
 
I already signed up for all three
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
Tha Illiad of MC Homer Updated!

I have translated Book 1, lines 245 to 316—that's 72 new lines—of Tha Illiad of MC Homer. For those of you just joining us, this is an ancient Greek-to-English translation of Homer's Iliad using the work's original Greek medium of hip hop. You can read it here: http://lula.transneptune.net/illiad/
… and back it on Patreon, here:
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=157348&ty=h

This cut has been one of my favorites to translate. I finished translating and rapping it faster than I've ever worked before. It features Achilles dropping a mic, Nestor babbling about how cool he and his friends used to be, and Agamemnon repeating "Achilles wants to rule everyone" four times in a row—although in my translation, he just says it once and the DJ scratches it for a bar and a half.
I've liked a few English translations of Homer's Iliad, particularly Alexander Pope's ridiculous rhyming heroic couplets and Robert Fagles's prose. Still I don
5
4
Add a comment...
In his circles
984 people
Have him in circles
1,193 people
Anne Petersen's profile photo
Adam Taylor's profile photo
Kit La Touche's profile photo
ABDUL MAJEED's profile photo
Ralph Mazza's profile photo
Anne Ratchat's profile photo
Kelli D. Andreas's profile photo
Soren Roberts's profile photo
Matthew Armstead's profile photo

James Mendez Hodes
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Teach your new Bulldogs! old tricks with our Bulldogs! d20 and Fate Classic bundles on DriveThruRPG! One price gets you all materials for each edition.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/94493/Bulldogs-d20-Edition
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/93603/Bulldogs-Fate-Classic-Edition
Bulldogs! (Fate Classic Edition) - Bulldogs! is a kick-ass science-fiction game using the Fate v3 system. This game is action-packed and includes sci-fi a
3
2
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
I am 4.5 episodes into Young Justice and these are my thoughts

robin: "so after the DM killed my last 4 characters, no one's putting one over on THIS one!"
superboy: "you're new to role-playing games, so we'll give you the strongest character. you'll probably be fine."
kid flash: "it's what my character would do!!!11!!!!11one!!!"
miss martian: "you know, I could just … solve the entire problem. with my powers. right now. maybe I could just—" "NO YOU GUYS NEED TO HAVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT"
aqualad: "don't worry, the DMPC is just there to help you guys in case you get really confused or in trouble. don't worry about the fact that he has objectively better powers than anyone. you've ever met. or thought about."
speedy: "I'm taking orgo this term"
8
James Mendez Hodes's profile photoAndrew Medeiros's profile photo
3 comments
 
I love the heck out of that show, and Masks by extension! 
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
So I wrote a book. It’s on Kickstarter now. It is about otters, and also Turkey and Africa. It would be pretty cool if you were to back it.

Ironclaw is a tabletop role-playing game about a fantasy version of Renaissance-era Europe and China populated by anthropomorphic animals à la Disney’s Robin Hood or Zootopia. This project, Ironclaw: the Book of Horn & Ivory, introduces a new continent inspired by Africa and the Middle East, and especially by Turkish expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can look forward to janissaries, galley warfare, Islamic science and medicine, and Barbary pirates; and boss characters inspired by Sayyida al-Hurra and Dracula. I am proud to add to the depressingly short list of fantasy depictions of these regions.

Also, when I started writing this book, I had this conversation with the editor.
Me: So a lot of this book is gonna focus on the Barbary pirates allied with the Turkish caliph.
Editor: That sounds pretty cool. They could be the Otter Lords of the Sea or something.
Me: Otter Lords, or … Otter Mans?
Editor: … you are not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Here is a map of the distribution of the Eurasian otter. Right in the middle of it is Turkey.
Editor: I talked to the publisher. He also says you’re not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Fine. But the caliph will just happen to be an otter. Also all the Turkish nobility. They will be literal otter mans.
Editor: That’s fine. You just can’t say it.
23
7
Mike Pureka's profile photoJames Mendez Hodes's profile photoCam Banks's profile photo
8 comments
 
Probably a bit too on the nose.
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes
owner

Discussion  - 
 
Here are the character sheets for all fifteen characters in "Dragon King's Gambit." This game will probably get another run or two, and it will probably become the basis for the next iteration of the system, so we're eager for feedback from players. In particular, I'm about to streamline the tag subsystem, so look out for that soon as well.
Drive
[DKG] character sheets[insert character picture here] Character Name Fancy Title | Age # Brief character description. Character Name Rings: 土 Earth±# | 水 Water±# | 火Fire±# | 風 Wind±# | 空 Void±# Moves Choose two to start. 土水火風空 Move Name Move text. Move Name Move text. Move Name Move text. Move Name Move text. U...
1
Jenn Martin's profile photo
2 comments
 
(Also Nongae was absolutely the perfect character for me- so much fun!!!)
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here's my pitch for the Thousand Arrows LongCon at Dreamation. What do you think?

The year is 1592. Bent on conquering all East Asia, the Japanese warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi has invaded Korea. With Chinese reinforcements arriving too late to stop the battle-hardened samurai overwhelming the last of Joseon’s disorganized defenses, a new threat emerges: the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea and his monstrous armada. Suddenly, Japanese intruders must join forces with their Korean and Chinese enemies against a living tide of death and devastation. Can humanity put aside its differences long enough to avert certain doom? And even if they survive, what will these erstwhile allies do afterward? You’ll play as soldiers, admirals, magicians, and monsters in a three-session mini-campaign for the fate of civilization, powered by (and perhaps ending in) the Apocalypse.
5
Craig “Tezrak” Hatler's profile photoMisha B's profile photoAdina Schreiber's profile photo
3 comments
 
Sounds cool!
Add a comment...

James Mendez Hodes

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'm experimenting with blogging my training notes rather than leaving myself voice memos I may never transcribe.
I'm going to experiment with blogging my training notes instead of just leaving myself a voice memo which I'll probably never have time to transcribe. They'll b
3
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
984 people
Have him in circles
1,193 people
Anne Petersen's profile photo
Adam Taylor's profile photo
Kit La Touche's profile photo
ABDUL MAJEED's profile photo
Ralph Mazza's profile photo
Anne Ratchat's profile photo
Kelli D. Andreas's profile photo
Soren Roberts's profile photo
Matthew Armstead's profile photo
Work
Skills
writing, editing, teaching, martial arts, running role-playing games for screaming children, running role-playing games for quiet children, really mostly screaming children though
Employment
  • Private Prep
    tutor, 2014 - present
    I teach teenagers to SAT and ACT real good.
  • Early American Women Poets
    website administrator, 2013 - present
  • The Brooklyn Strategist
    games master, 2013 - present
  • Champion Learning Center
    tutor, 2012 - 2012
  • The Container Store
    sales, 2011 - 2012
  • Kekst & Company
    intern, 2005 - 2005
  • Fulvio & Associates, LLP
    accountant, 2009 - 2010
  • The Buckley School NYC
    athletics instructor, 2008 - 2009
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
New York, New York
Previously
Santa Fe, New Mexico - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania - Andover, Massachusetts
Story
Tagline
Just dancing, officer.
Introduction
All evidence suggests I am probably a fictional character.
Bragging rights
I stole the Wǔdāng Manual, killed your master, and lived to rhyme about it.
Education
  • St John's Graduate Institute
    Eastern classics, 2012 - 2013
  • The Buckley School
    1991 - 2001
  • Phillips Academy
    2001 - 2004
  • Swarthmore College
    Religion major, Dance and English Literature minors, 2004 - 2008
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Lula, Mendez
James Mendez Hodes's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Weapons - Pathfinder_OGC
www.d20pfsrd.com

The Paizo Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules. This site is an SRD (System Reference Document) for the Paizo Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

: they're giant round fuzzy stuffed animals. hug them.
www.squishable.com

Do you need a snuggle? A cuddle? A snurfle? We know that feeling! Go ahead squeeze a Squishable! The world will be a better place.

Morsi Ousted By Egyptian Military
online.wsj.com

Egypt's embattled President Mohammed Morsi proposed a consensus government as a way out of the country's crisis, as an army deadline urging

Eternal Contenders In Stores Now! - News - UK Role Players
www.ukroleplayers.com

Eternal Contenders, which Chronicle City have published in partnership with Prince of Darkness Games, is hitting UK stores this week.

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Senior Male Athletes at Phillips Andover
feministing.com

Phillips Academy Andover, more commonly known as Phillips Andover, is a prestigious and highly selective boarding school in Andover, Massach

Acrobat Beetle
www.whatsthatbug.com

Subject: Black beetle in Santa Fe does a fearsome handstand Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico [...]

'Brave' creator blasts Disney for 'blatant sexism' in princess makeover
www.marinij.com

Marin filmmaker Brenda Chapman, who won an Oscar for writing and co-directing the animated feature "Brave," blasted Disneys sexy makeover o

The Humble Botanicula Debut (pay what you want and help charity)
www.humblebundle.com

Pay whatever you want to get Botanicula, Machinarium, Samorost 2, Windosill, Osada, and the feature film Kooky -- all while supporting natur

The best response we've heard to Daniel Tosh's 'misquoted' rape jokes - ...
austin.culturemap.com

Editor's note: By now, you've probably heard about the terrible (because it's all too common) incident that happened recently at the Hollywo

Indistinguishable From Magic - 5 Ways to Improve Prometheus (Spoilers) |
dresdencodak.tumblr.com

5 Ways to Improve Prometheus (Spoilers) I recently watched Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and while I did enjoy some of the movie, overall I fel

Hark, a vagrant: 346
www.harkavagrant.com

I like to work out, don't you? Really I just wanted to make a comic something like the drawings for the DRAW and WRITE posters you see below

Madness, Insanity, Derangement: Mental Illness in RPGs, Part I | Gaming ...
gamingaswomen.com

An investigator opens a dusty tome with an ominous occult symbol on it; the writings therein could give her unfathomable power, or they coul

I’M GOING TO NEED $3100
feedproxy.google.com

man, I could use that coffee table too. currently we don't have one(it used to hold up the fishtank with *soon to be* dead goldfish). Th

xkcd: Law of Drama
xkcd.com

< Prev · Random; Next >; >|. Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1124/ Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): http://imgs.xkcd.com/

Lady Gaga - Judas
www.youtube.com

Music video by Lady Gaga performing Judas. Follow Lady Gaga, buy the album on iTunes, and more http://bit.ly/m5Dr70 (C) 2011 Interscope Reco

Doing the right thing can be hard | Gaming As Women
gamingaswomen.com

Let's say you are someone who wants to do things right. You might be a player, a game master, an artist or a game designer; it doesn&#39

Tropes vs. Women in the Work of Bendilin Spurr, Sonic The Hedgehog Fine ...
twentypercentcooler.tumblr.com

virgiltexas: “ Anita Sarkeesian launched a Kickstarter to raise a few thousand dollars to fund a series of videos examining sexist tropes in

Violent mugger arrested in attacks targeting Asian
blog.angryasianman.com

Caught him. And just as he was trying to skip town. In New Jersey, police have arrested the mugger responsible for a recent string of violen

Monday Mystery: History Trivia Night! – MYRMECOS - Insect Photography - ...
myrmecos.net

In a change of pace from our usual identification-based challenges, tonight's mystery will involve a bit of historical trivia. How so? C

Deltron 3030 Return with “Pay The Price”
www.okayplayer.com

Deltron 3030, the supergroup featuring Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala, have released Pay The Price from their ne