SPECIAL NOTE TO US CITIZENS: Whatever your party affiliation, please, please, please take the time this coming Tuesday to exercise your franchise and VOTE!
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Freeman Dyson (of Sphere fame) Wants a Green Universe (via Mike Walsh)
Finally! (Maybe): A New Starship Troopers may help wash the taste of Verhoeven out of our collective movie mouths….(If they don’t have powered armor in this one I’m gonna bounce on over to Hollywood and give them a few rounds from my ‘Y’ rack; anything that’s left over is gonna get a taste of my hand flamer, a dose of fire pills and a couple of thirty-second bombs….)
Arisia’s Next Guests for BDSM Programming: Penny & Leonard (“Thank you Maam! May I please calculate another?!”)
Canopus Award (via Alex Shvartsman)
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Hi there everyone,
Jeremy Szal, fiction editor of SSS here. Just a quick note to let you know that StarShipSofa will be
open for submissions from the 1st of November to the 30th. We’re after all manner of science fiction
reprint submissions and from all corners of the globe. If you have a piece that’s published, we want
to see it. Please spread this around: the more submissions we get, more diverse and higher quality
your stories will be. For more details, check the guidelines on the website over here. We’re looking
forward to reading your stories.
Earlier this year we also ran a Translations Month Special, where we played stories translated into
English from other languages. I’m happy to report that we will be running a sequel, Translations
Month Special 2. We’re still building our line-up and are hoping to get stories from all around the
globe and showcase the international diversity and weirdness of the genre. Recommendations are
more than welcome.
That’s it for now! As always, keep listening and keep supporting us however you can. Even a
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Enclosed is a press release for our proof-of-concept short we filmed on location in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire entitled THE THREE HARES, which is now live, 31st October 2016, All Hallow’s Eve, on Vimeo and YouTube.
Here is a link to the proof-of-concept short:
Please find the Press Release at link below:
Here is a link to the teaser:
Based on true legends of the west country, THE THREE HARES focuses on the mysterious symbol of the Three Hares (three hares entwined in a circle connected by their ears) and three shape-shifting sibling hare witches.
RPGnet Newsletter #75
November 1, 2016
Kickstarter Spotlight – Kickstarters You Might Have Missed Edition
Typically, the Newsletter only does one Kickstarter Spotlight per month. After last week’s edition, however, two of your fellow RPGnetters put in requests for Kickstarter Campaigns to be featured in the Newsletter. So, this week, in place of our normal Threads You Might Have Missed feature, we’ll take a quick look at those two additional gaming-related Kickstarters. As always, if you have suggestions or requests for Newsletter content, please shoot me (Iustum) a PM.
First up, requested by RPGnetter El Ravager34, is Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods & Cthulhu Rises. This campaign from Excalibre Games US offers both the base game (Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods) and an expansion (Cthulhu Rises). Mythic Wars is a deckbuilding, dice-rolling tabletop game wherein the players battle it out between groups of deities called factions. The full game rules are available linked from the Kickstarter campaign, making it fairly easy for prospective backers to get a feel for whether this is the type of tabletop game for them.
Excalibre Games has been producing well-regarded tabletop games (predominantly hex-and-counter war games) for many years, so this foray into a different style is well-worth your time to check out. The Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods & Cthulhu Rises Kickstarter runs until December 2.
Second, RPGnetter Allandaros pointed out the Operation Unfathomable Kickstarter Campaign from Jason Sholtis of the Hydra Cooperative. (Full disclosure – Allandaros is a member of the Hydra Cooperative.)
Operation Unfathomable is a “gonzo funhouse” underworld campaign setting for the OSR Swords & Wizardry RPG. The Kickstarter campaign page has loads of previews of the book’s content and art, so a prospective backer should be able to discern pretty quickly whether it would be a useful addition to their OSR library. Also worth noting is that Sholtis is using primarily his own art in the book, which will definitely help maintain its consistent aesthetic. The campaign is also very transparent with regard to shipping costs and has some useful charts to help prospective backers make sense of the various pledge levels. (In fact, after seeing them, Yr. Humble Editor is more than happy to sign a petition that would make similar charts mandatory for all future gaming Kickstarters.)
Overall, if you have any interest in running an underworld-based OSR campaign, it is well worth your time to check this out. The Operation Unfathomable Kickstarter runs until November 10.
Christopher Cecil offered up a new Fuzzy Thinking: “A Hard Hobbit to Break.”
Fred Furtado of Superseeds rounded out his series on trophy-based superheroes in “The Trophy Room, Part Three.”
And, Sandy Antunes leapt back up on Sandy’s Soapbox with some tongue-in-cheek advice about “Making IP Theft Work for You!”
The week started off with four more new gaming accessory reviews from Antonios S:
- “Metal Tech Dice Set (black);”
- “Forest Dice Pouch (beige & black);”
- “Elvish Graphite Suede Dice Cup;” and,
- “BattleTech Dice Set: House Marik.”
Antonios S also reviewed to supplements for the Dice City board game. First up was “Dice City: Crossroads,” where Dice City becomes more tactical and more themed in a single expansion. Second was “Dice City: All That Glitters,” a meaningful, if somewhat limited, addition to the original game.
John T. Jessop took a look at “Red Mists: Swords Against Sorcery,” a slim, beautiful, visceral and flawed gem of an RPG that gets right most of what makes S&S such a compelling genre.
And, Edward Kabara reviewed the “Call of Cthulhu Seventh Edition Keeper Rulebook,” and found it to suffer from some design/layout problems, but to be a reanimation of a great rule system.
Have a good week, everyone.
I am extremely excited to share that Planetary Resources has finalized a 25 million euro investment and cooperation agreement with the Luxembourg Government and the public-law banking institution “Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement” (SNCI).
This funding will accelerate the company’s technical advancements with the aim of launching the first commercial asteroid prospecting mission by 2020.
We’re honored to be working with Luxembourg’s bold and visionary SpaceResources.lu initiative, and are excited to develop the resources on asteroids for a prosperous future for humanity, here on Earth and in space.
President, CEO & Chief Asteroid Miner
Planetary Resources, Inc.
2016 World Fantasy Awards
Final Ballot and Life Achievement Award Winners
David G. Hartwell
* Anna Smaill, The Chimes (Sceptre)
* Kelly Barnhill, The Unlicensed Magician (PS Publishing)
* Alyssa Wong, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” (Nightmare magazine, Oct. 2015)
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, eds., She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press)
* C. S. E. Cooney, Bone Swans (Mythic Delirium Books)
* Galen Dara
SPECIAL AWARD – PROFESSIONAL
* Stephen Jones, for The Art of Horror (Applause Theatre Book Publishers)
SPECIAL AWARD – NONPROFESSIONAL
* John O’Neill, for Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature
We hope you all enjoyed last October’s horror issue. Next up at Quantum Muse we return to our disordered and querky state of varity.
the November, 2016 issue of Quantum Muse is now up at www.quantummuse.com.
This month we feature the art of Alastair Temple.
following is a list of this months selections.
The Report by Harris Tobias
Ultima Ratio: Phase I – Retroviridae by John Henson Webb Deep Water by John Henson Webb Catching A Ride To Lovecraft by Andrew Dunn
Please remember to check out our weekly flash fiction and discussions.
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