Friday, February 22, 2019

Mirror Reaper

"Bell Witch partnered with Director Taylor Bednarz to create this feature-length music video to accompany the Mirror Reaper album. The film is a video collage comprised of dozens of archival films. Each of these clips are woven together with the album to build a patient, heavy, and haunting narrative. Listen to the full 83 minute album, Mirror Reaper, while being taken into the state of a lucid dream."

Check it out:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Interludes for 5e Dungeons and Dragons

Art by Max Gibson

It isn’t unusual for the characters in heroic fiction to engage in dialog or acts of storytelling that reveals something important about their pasts or gives the reader further access to their personalities. The system below gives a mechanical incentive for scenes of revelatory characterization:
  • During a period of natural downtime, a player may nominate themselves to roleplay an interlude scene.
  • That player must draw a single card from a standard deck. The value and suit of the card drawn determines the essential content of the interlude, as per the Interlude Table.
  • The player will then tell a story based on that theme in the voice of their character. The story should reveal something about the character’s backstory or give the other players a greater sense of who that character is, their motivations, their hopes and fears, etc.
  • After a player completes an interlude scene, their character immediately gains inspiration.
  • The next time an interlude scene is invoked, a different player must nominate themselves.

Interlude Table

First day on the job
Blossoming romance
New insight
Cunning plan
Patience rewarded
Dangerous attraction
False impression
Skilled leadership
Teamwork leading to success
Failure to express an idea
Goal achieved
Victim of greed
Recovery from injury
Victim of theft
Tragic loss
Hollow victory
Glorious victory
Spending a vast sum
Childhood nostalgia
Long journey
Last-ditch defense
Changing your path
Treasured daydream
Practiced deceit
Short journey
The devil in the details
Leaving someone behind
Feeling trapped
Prolonged battle
Sexual satisfaction
Guilty nightmare
Burden of duty
Familial happiness
Quick temper
Hard work
Falling in love
Fiery rebellion
Utter chaos
Maternal instinct
Emotional dependence
Sharp intellect
Rags to riches
Wise diplomacy


NOTE: This system is an adaptation of the interludes from Savage Worlds Deluxe, but I have significantly expanded the table found in those rules.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Worm Ouroboros

Episode 30: The Worm Ouroboros
The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison is considered to be a classic of the fantasy genre, rediscovered during the 1960s as the canon of modern fantasy was developed in a post-Tolkien world. Drawing its influences from classic epics of the Nordic, Celtic, and Greek cultures, the novel tracks the culture clash between the noble and straight-dealing denizens of Demonland and their treacherous enemies in Witchland. It also has characters with names like Goldry Bluzsco, La Fireez, Spitfire, and Cargo, so strap yourselves in for some real high fantasy nonsense.
What will Kate and Jack make of the numerous old timey ballads and poems within the book's pages? Which characters does it seem like the author wanted to make kisses on? Who in their right mind would publish a ravenously pro-war novel four years after the close of World War I? What do Electric Wizard, decadent literature, and McDonaldLand have to do with any of this? Listen to the latest episode of Bad Books for Bad People and find out the answers to these questions and more.
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Two Good Tubes: Cartoonist Kayfabe and Global Overkill

There are a lot of ways to waste time on Youtube, but there are also a few channels that are really worth sitting down and paying attention to. Here are two I'd recommend if the subject matter appeals to you:

Cartoonist Kayfabe
Cartoonists Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg sit down with an old issue of Wizard Magazine, flip through the pages, and give their commentary. I'm not even all that interested in capes comics, the main focus of Wizard's end of the comics industry, but the enthusiasm and knowledge Piskor and Rugg bring to the table makes this a fascinating channel. They bring multiple perspectives to the analysis: they reminisce about being young comics fans during the era, bring the knowledge that comes with being artists themselves, and the insider knowledge of being professionals working in the industry. And they're not afraid to cut a promo on some knuckleheads when necessary. They've got big plans for the channel; look for them to diversify the portfolio with interviews and expanded content in the weeks to come.

Global Overkill
Global Overkill is a recurring segment of the Canadian heavy metal channel Banger TV. Global Overkill is a deep dive on niche metal scenes around the world. So far, the series has delved into Quebec Tech Death, Australian Prog Metal, Icelandic Black Metal, Finnish Doom Metal, Lebanese Extreme Metal, Russian Heavy Metal, French Avant Garde Black Metal, South African Slam & Brutal Metal, Chilean Blackened Death Metal, Japanese Metal Girl Groups, Indonesian Grindcore, Brazilian Death Metal, and Chinese Folk Metal. Unfortunately, Global Overkill is on hiatus right now, but those previous episodes will keep you busy for a long time if you're into searching out wild new sounds from every corner of the globe. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Feast Your Eyes on This

Art that inspired me in January, 2019:

Anne Simon

Colleen Doran

Tom Parkinson-Morgan

Hyun Lee

Doug Mahnke

John Blanche

Djuna Barnes

Dan Mumford