Why Skyrim… WHY?
Why Skyrim… WHY?
FUCK I JUST WOKE UP MY ENTIRE HOUSE
..and I’m getting weirdly emotional about the episode “Innocents of Ryloth” and I don’t know why. The story about the two clone troopers saving a little twi’lek girl orphaned by the war… It’s just wrecking my shit. I’m sitting here bawling on the couch over an ugly and poorly animated Star Wars cartoon for god’s sake. What the hell.
are you ever in the middle of saying something or showing someone something and you realize that literally no one cares
I’ve literally stopped talking mid-word in a story and no one has noticed.
This is my life. Friends, family, even my wife. I’ve seen the eyes glaze over, or their attention suddenly focus on anything but me. Especially when I talk history…
Sounds ominous, doesn’t it?
We’re looking for some new writers. That’s the long and short of it. We have some really awesome people working on our books right now, but the problem is that some of the same people are working on all our books, and that’s not a good situation long term. Leads to burnout and so forth. And having new perspectives and voices is a good thing.
Here’s the way this is going to work, then.
1) Digitally sign the submission NDA (attached to this post).
2) Attach that with your submission (see below) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your name, address, a quick CV with any other published work (especially for RPGs), and tell us what game line(s) you think you’d be best suited for.
3) Wait feverishly.
We’re looking for submissions no longer than 1000 words. Ideally, that’s 500 words of setting or fiction and 500 words of mechanics. If the proportions aren’t exactly even, don’t worry about it. What we’re really looking for are writers that can create compelling and evocative game material, and that know how the mechanics work.
We’ll accept mechanics for CWoD, NWoD, and GMC rulesets. If you’re doing NWoD, you’re probably best served doing something compatible with the God-Machine Chronicle rules revisions, because…we’ll, you’ve seen the release schedule, use your imagination.
Want to take a bloodline that appeared in a prior Requiem book and update it to GMC rules? Awesome. Want to make up a faction of mages and give them a few sample spells? Terrific. Write some flash fiction about an unnameable horror from the Deeps and then tell us how it works in a mechanical context? Great.
Some things to consider that are pretty much true across game lines:
1) “Affect” and “effect” trip a lot of people up. Know the difference.
2) “Loose” isn’t the same as “lose.” Know the difference.
3) Avoid using “there is” and “there are.” It’s a passive construction, but more than that, it doesn’t really tell us much. “There is a chair in the corner.” Yawn. “An overturned chair sits in the corner.” Better. At least we know something happened.
4) Different game lines shoot for different tones, but in general you want not quite as chatty as a forum post, not quite as formal as an essay. Don’t talk to the reader (this is OK is some circumstances, but generally don’t do it), and don’t begin sentences with “OK,” “See,” “Now,” “Look,” or “Hell.”
5) Taking inspiration is OK, but if I can recognize that your bloodline is just the Night’s Watch (or whatever) with the serial numbers filed down, that’s not good.
Sound good? OK, let’s see it. There’s no time limit on this; we’re always looking for good writers. But, y’know, the sooner you submit, the sooner we can read your submission. We will try to respond to all submissions with at least a “yes, we’d like to hire you, we’ll let you know when something comes up” or “sorry, your writing isn’t what we’re looking for right now,” but that’ll depend on how busy we get.
So… I’m working on a submission for this…
And the more I think about it, the more I’m doubting myself. Not so much my writing ability (though that’s floating around too), but rather whether my concept is even worthwhile.
Currently, I’m working with an idea I’m calling “The Legion.” It’s basically a group of mages (M:tAs) that are on a crusade against all order. This includes Technocrats, mortal governments, and even the Traditions. They started out as a sub-group of the Cyberpunks (i.e. Virtual Adepts) before they went completely off the reservation. Now they’re waging what is essentially a terrorism campaign, hiding behind masks/cloaks, throwing like minded sorcerers/sleepers between them and their enemies, and even using out-and-out mind control to achieve their ends.
They’re basically intended as an antagonist group (and conceptually have been used as such in past games of mine), complete with implied Spiritual/Demonic influence driving them further and further past the realm of morality and sanity.
I admit to taking some inspiration from real-life hacktivism for this, which is part of the problem on my part (i.e. Is it too close and/or too real). Not to mention I’m finding it difficult to fit a faction write-up into 1000 words including mechanics. I have a set of rotes ready, foci listings, and at least one Talisman to throw into the mechanics. That’s not the issue. The issue is more that as I write, I’m finding that I just can’t do them justice in the “fluff” end of the spectrum. Part of me is considering scrapping the fluff and replacing it with some short fiction (my real forte), but transitioning from fiction to the rotes/mechanics I have would be kind of rough.
Sure I could start fresh (and I still might), but I like the concept. Then again, I’m debating the concept’s validity for this purpose anyhow. So, I just don’t know…
tl;dr - I’m doubting myself while I can’t sleep and posting at 3am for some reason.
She is not a (disney) princess! She is a khaleesi
sorry I had to
This is perfect!!! God this cast is funny!!!
Hannibal Season 2
I will see your season 2 prediction and raise you a season 3 preview.
You are actively hurting your own movement.
You are tearing down the progress people have worked long and hard for in the name of who can be the most radical.
And seriously? Fuck you for doing it.
- [Oppressed] people don’t have to be nice…