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CaptainPete

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  1. I'm thinking about it. I also have a place I can post some more, ahem, "quality content" that might get me some views for that sort of thing (I'm kind of all over the place when it comes to what I write, to be frank). There are a few issues that I'm working out right now. First one is copyright. While you don't need to register your work with the copyright office, it does help if/when things go to court, and I've had to file one DMCA take down for something. If you put something up like that and then try to file your copyright, I can't remember if it's more expense, harder to do, limits the statutory damages, or all of the above. I migth be able to get around it by tossing that sample in with some other stuff, if I publish another collection. So, it's something to think about. The other problem with putting something out there is getting people to look at it. I put up a few things (one story I was working on and another thing that was a collection of false starts) on Wattpad but it was becoming work to get people to look at your work. Plus, given how studios are clearly trying to harvest ideas from that place, I'm much more gunshy about putting stuff there. Um, the whole point of that was getting people to give you a chance. You either have to post your links a lot on social media (which annoys me to no end) or pay for ads, which only have a small amount of success from what I'm hearing. I get really frustrated with a lot of this stuff because I constantly hear "what's your brand?" Like, me, a person, has to be a brand. And it is the most disgusting and dehumanizing thing I've ever heard about creators. We're not people, we're products. And that's not how it works. What I'm MAKING is the PRODUCT, not me. This might be just me, but I don't buy something because of what brand it is (I might NOT buy something because of the brand but that summons the buzzing of bees, I fear if I continue). And I had exactly four authors that I would read just because it was them. And two of them are now dead. So, maybe that's how it works for others but doesn't work that way for me. That means that I have to try to figure out how to do something that is the exact opposite of how I work, which isn't easy. Sorry about the wall of text, all of this has been stewing in my head recently and I'm still sorting it out.
  2. I decided to sit down and watch all the MonsterVerse movies, since I keep forgetting to watch Kong vs Godzilla. After that, I'm probably going back to old science fiction B-movies. In "fun" news, I have all the tax documents I need... Except for my W-2. I hope I get that before the end of the month. I could use my interest-free loan back from the government. I had this thought on social media but I think there's enough people here that might be in a similar situation. So, I write. I put out a book about 4-5 years ago but it was hard and haven't really been able to finish enough since then to put out another. When I show rough drafts to folks, they say they're pretty good but I never seem to get around to finishing the longer things. I've been thinking about either putting up the rough drafts on my (never updated) "professional author website" where I have a Ko-Fi button, or maybe setting up a Patreon and just having the $1 option and putting it up there. I mean, yeah, charging for a rough draft isn't exactly great but we do live in a capitalist financial system, which means we have to make money. And since the publishing industry is going through a lot (and I mean a *LOT*) of changes, it's hard for a dude like me to get in on anything. The other thing is that I used to have a pretty solid group of people who would read my stuff online, back in the day, but that's fallen apart these days, and having those readers, people telling me that they were enjoying it, really helped me finish stuff. And, it's just... The last few years really messed up a lot of things for me. And I... I don't know anymore. Uh... I'm going to go now... Maybe I'm going to paint some things tonight. Time will tell.
  3. It's a solid fantasy adventure movie with some unique elements. I own it for a reason.
  4. Well, it is the weekend. After a week of not getting enough sleep, I doubled up on pills and just crashed for about 10 hours. It was glorious. Now, I need to get things done... Speaking of getting things done, I think I'm going to start showing off my terrible painting on my gaming blog. Which means I need to set up a thing to photograph them. And that's going to be fun. I should have enough stuff around the place to make it look nice. And I have a bunch of things unfinished that I should probably get done, too.
  5. I bought Mars Attacks! and plan on watching today before bed. This weekend will probably be a marathon of Attack Of The 50' Woman, Queen Of Space, and The Giant Behemoth. If you're sensing a theme, you're probably right...
  6. I'm just going to leave this here... You ever watch John Oliver's Last Week Tonight? You should look up the bit he did about the power grid, it's free to watch on YouTube.
  7. I've been on another "spooky story" kick. I have no idea why, when I work alone. At night.
  8. I heated up some sausage, tossing in a drained can of tomatoes with Italian herbs, and simmered it with a can of sauce. Pasta water is on the stone as we speak. Take that! Got to spend the night at a desk last night. Because another person who works there is sick. He's been covering for the one (confirmed) Plague case we have. Now, I get to worry if I haven't gotten it, too. But, to be honest, it's my blood pressure that worries me right now. I should quit smoking, but, I mean, have you seen the state of the world today? Besides, they keep my body count low...
  9. If you ever meet him again, please slap him with a fish for me. While the game is nice, there's a lot of stuff I found really, really confusing the first few times I looked through it. Also, the lack of any sort of rules for making your own scenarios was very... Annoying. It wasn't until I looked at the 45 Adventure book that everything clicked. It says it's a full game. It's not. I wouldn't have minded if it was labeled as an expansion. There is Retro Raygun, which I haven't played, but it has the look from what I've been able to learn about it. I passed on it because it was based around units and I'm not down for that. There's also some Raygun Gothic elements in the Counterblast minis but I keep forgetting to get the free rules sample from their website. There's also some talk about Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse getting a sci-fi setting and I have plans of converting groups to that. As for solo rules, you can easily adapt the villains in Perilous Tales to the genre. I mean, they have robots, mad scientists, and the blob. Oh, and Martian walkers. I feel attacked...
  10. A lot of his books are but are worth it. Just remember that he didn't mean to be culturally relevant. Also, you should follow him of Twitter, if you have it. He's fantastic. Also, he posts pictures of his cats. I'm (still) trying to read the final book of the Finder's Stone trilogy from Forgotten Realms, but I just don't get excited by it. I don't know what it is but I just don't get into books like I used to...
  11. I picked up physical copies of Fantastic Worlds and the Planet X expansion last year (maybe the year before?) but haven't used them yet. They weren't what I was expecting but I think I've figured out what to use them for, probably solo games, but looking over 45 Adventures helped me cement what to use them for. Sadly, FW is the only BYOM game intended to be Raygun Gothic that I've found. I recently finished a review of it and am working on a comparison of it and the other two skirmish games I'm going use for that setting. Good ideas but the Planet X expansion really makes it work. It's a shame they're off the radar, they could be making a killing if they did some more stuff for solo play, with things being the way they are currently. It's interesting that they went for a 2x2 board, because it also works with Perilous Tales, too. And some of the stuff it there could easily cross over. And now that I'm thinking about it, I might steal the AI stuff from Perilous to use for the solo play I want to do... Of course, I really need to work on a board but that's probably not going to happen for a long while.
  12. What about using IntsaMold? I picked some up ages ago and haven't gotten around to using it (I am bad at things). However, you just heat the stuff, put it around the part you want to copy, and it makes a mold you can use for green stuff. That's way, way easier than working with metals and, once you paint it, it should be hard to notice.
  13. Well, my Reaper and Bombshell orders arrived today, so I have a nice pile of raygun gothic minis to... Look at and pretend like I'm going to paint them at some point... I also have a "Gulper" that I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. Except for showing off, assuming we ever get to see people again. If anyone is interested "45 Adventure" has the PDF on sale at Wargame Vault. I bought it because of that. I don't know if I'll ever use it but it's good to have.
  14. Well, not much to report on my end. The Plague is hitting a lot of places and my company but I'm not going to work extra to help out. Every shift I work is a roll of the dice. When it comes to painting, I think I'm going switch over to my IMEF Bones guys and do up the two squads I have, in hopes that someday, I'll be able to use them for StarGrave or Rogue Stars. I might also work on the NOVA squads I have... But, first, I have to get some chores done. As for B6... I haven't done a KS for Reaper since the first one, for a few reasons. The main one being KS' workplace stuff and anti-Labor stance, as well as being broke and not really needing a lot of minis (especially fantasy stuff) until recently. If the focus of B6 is Chronoscope and sci-fi stuff, I might be tempted to give it a shot. We'll see what they put up for it.
  15. One of the things I have learned, having left (far, far, far) too many things incomplete and half-finished, is that short stories are important if you're having trouble getting things finished. The other thing is that I tell and re-tell myself the story in my head until I have the chance to get it down on paper. That's really helped make my first drafts better. The most important thing is the first draft IS NOT the best draft. Write the first draft, screw it up to hell and back, let it be terrible and flat and ugly. Because, if you don't have that draft, you can't improve it. Nobody, not Stephen King, not George R. R. Martin, not Tolkien, not anyone you've ever read has a perfect first draft. There's a quote I use a lot when I'm in my writing group: Ever tried? Ever failed. Try again. Fail better. Writing is a skill. It's like painting minis in a lot of ways, you have to start out terrible and learn to not be terrible, one paint-caked monster at a time. You just have to put the time into it. And I'm saying that mostly too myself. The only reason why I have an ebook on Amazon was just to prove to myself that I could actually do it. Is it perfect? Oh, hell no! But, it *is* finished. The nice thing about my job is that I can put "officer" in front of my name and it's not impersonating a LEO. However, I have to be careful about that. If tequila can be used to make artificial sapphires (or is it emeralds?) then it can be used in more science! This is also my preferred cleaning music. And writing music. And just "please dear angry man in the sky, don't let me fall asleep at the desk" music. In other news, my copy of the FrostGrave Folio, that I ordered on Christmas Day, is FINALLY turning up. I knew it was going to take a while but this is absurd. And I wouldn't be upset if: A. they hadn't given me an ETA of the 7th, B. not sent me the other two things in the order (including a book I bought just to be able to say "your book title isn't stupid, I have proof" and, C. they had sent along the updates BEFORE I started bringing in eBay. I checked their reviews and that's how I figured out that waving the stick was the best way to get things moving. However, I will not be ordering from them ever again. And my lungs feel a little off. Is it just the fluctuating weather? My new plasma lighter? Accidentally getting a lungful of acetone? Or is it The Plague? I may never know...
  16. This is not intended as an insult or said flippantly, but... Have you tried just writing stories? Wargames and RPGs teach a lot of traits and things that writing needs and writing doesn't have to be done on a schedule or with other people. You seem to like creating worlds and if you can't have other people explore them with you, why not explore them yourself? With the voices in your head? Honestly, when I couldn't game or hang out with people, writing helped. And, with the world on fire for the, whatever year it is, in a row, it continues to help.
  17. I did notice that there's no rules for vehicles but I don't really need them. At least right now. I do have some folks on motorcycles but I'll look at what rules to steal... It does look like I'll be able to do my "Raygun gothic" crews like I wanted and they don't need vehicles. Now, I need to sit down and try to figure out how to make a character.
  18. Well, I woke up feeling okay and don't seem to be getting worse. It might have been the weather change or maybe a mild reaction to the flu one of my bosses brought to work. I don't want to jinx myself. But, since I don't feel terrible, I'm going assume that I don't have The Plague. Since it'll be payday in the morning, I'm getting ready to place my Reaper order. I really want a pirate ship but I can't justify the expense. Yet, waiting until my tax return. But, I wonder if it will still be available by then? And I didn't buy it when I had the chance because I couldn't figure out where I would put it. And then "gamer brain" kicked in and I suddenly thought of a bunch of different things I could do with it... Right now, I'm thinking about creating a scenario for Ghost Archipelago about storming a literal "ghost ship."
  19. I woke up with a sore throat but it went away after i took a shower. I went to 7-11 get some supplies and as I was walking home, I started coughing and feeling like death warmed over. So, I guess I need to figure out how to get tested for The Plague...
  20. So... I think it breaks down like this: Zombies - Dead, slow, dumb Ghouls - Living (to a degree), fast, can be smart The causes don't really matter (demonic possession, viral agents, fungi, nercomancy, etc), it's how they act. Since I've run more than a few AFMBE games (and even gotten to play in one or two), I like it when zombies have some variety to them. One of my favorites was one a friend of mine ran, because the zombies were unique but still clearly dead. Sure, they were fast but it was magic, which I feel lets you bend or break what I said above.
  21. When it comes to racial tension, don't forget that "good ones" is something people/say. Also, it could be plausible that those who have integrated into human society could have reduced penalties because people don't hate them quite as much. Being useful is helpful for that. You might want to look at a caste system for the society, with that being the major determiner for social drawbacks, rather than what race they are. If you want people to play outcasts and the subjects of discrimination, you're going to have to offer them something important or fantastic. For example, back in the days of 2nd Edition D&D, my old DM made a race of humans that were monotheists (who were rather pushy about it) in a setting with a lot of Wicca/Witchy stuff, as well as the typical fantasy deities. However, they got ambidexterity, which was exceptionally rare and powerful. I picked a character from that, not because of the combat stuff (that was nice, too) but for the roleplaying possibilities. It was interesting to be the outcast and jerk but still being a begrudging part of the party. One of my more memorable characters for the party, DM, and myself. Just food for thought. All of that said, are you really sure you want to do the Humanity, F-Yeah! type of thing? I don't know much about your other stuff but I've seen the same thing a lot in games and it feels kind of... Stale. If it's where you want to go, go ahead. But, there are other options. Personally, I like having the elves being the guys on top, so to speak, and being able to take them down a few pegs.
  22. Wasn't that the source of the zombies in The Last Of Us? That fungus stuff? I haven't played it but I've seen it pop up when talking about them. I would also suggest that zombie fans pick up a book called "Zombie CSU" as it breaks down the responses from the various government agencies to them as well as how things would probably play out with the various "sources" of zombies. Personally, I perfect mutagenic infections or viruses for the outbreak of zombies. I also can agree that zombies *can* start fast, when they're fresh, but slow down once rigor and the other changes hit and the body starts to decompose. I may have put a lot of thought into this subject of the past 15 years.
  23. So... I just got a copy of this. What are some things you think I should know before I get started with it?
  24. I am a fan of the "classics" when it comes to zombies. While the slow shuffling hordes of undead probably couldn't cause the end of the world, they are more terrifying to me. Why? Because you can't bargain, change, convince, or otherwise do anything to effect them without killing them (again). To me, it's the inevitability of death, and undeath, of the slow ones that really gets to me. The fast ones, I can't even imagine trying to survive that scenario. I would self terminate in that situation. I can't run that fast and I'm not that strong, it's a hopeless situation for me. So, it doesn't appeal to me at all. It also doesn't feel realistic that there would be any survivors to something like that. Strong and fast, and they usually don't react to pain or are hard to kill? You have almost no chance of making it through that. If you want rules, there's always All Flesh Must Be Eaten, which can do either type, as well as many others as well. For wargaming, I'm becoming a big fan of Last Days, as it's easy and fun. And is mini agnostic.
  25. I am much the same way. However, if they're plain fries (McDonald's, looking at you), I go for Honey Mustard, regular yellow mustard, BBQ sauce, or fry sauce. I'm not a huge fan of ketchup but it is nice on burgers and, every once in a while, fries. My books turned up and I was out watching the mail carrier delivering them. What I didn't see was them folding the books to fit them into my mailbox. Was very glad that I got there quick. I now have Rogue Stars, Black Ops, and a Frostgrave supplement. Black Ops is not really my jam but I can appreciate it for what it is and might give it a try and some point. I really like Rogue Stars and might end up using my Raygun Gothic minis for it. We'll see what happens with that... Now, I need to pretend to be an adult and start getting ready. I really need to clean tonight...
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