Dark Future Ahead 17 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

28 July, 2016

Looking at the future of fashion among other things.  Now, tune in for the latest interesting and cyberpunk inspiring stories that I have found:

The Museum of Fine Arts – Boston is hosting a exhibit called #Techstyle looking at the overlaps and twists between technology and fashion.  Reason magazine has a good interview with the curator here.  You can also look at the tech fashion accessories of CuteCircuit who are providing items for the exhibit.

For protection against the paparazzi, ISHU has produced a scarf made of reflective material that uses the light from camera flashes to ‘blind’ cameras.  Useful for those trying to keep out of the public eye, ISHU also makes neckties and other things of the same material.

On a different level, there  are bunches of companies recycling bit of piece of cars and bikes into bags, clothing and even clothing.  Good ideas for the sorts of things you might find in street markets and underground bazaars.

Would you wear leather made from vat grown human skin?  What if it included tattoos and was cultured from a celebrity?  Fashion is going to be strange in the future.

In flightFacebook moves closer to its goal of bringing the internet everywhere with the test flight of the Aquila solar powered drone, designed to circle for months and act as a broadband link for people and areas outside of usual connectivity.  (See a video of the test flight here.)

Lastly, a Dutch company is upcycling industrial waste, (ceramics, glass and insulation) into fancy bricks, read about it here.  Or visit the company’s, StoneCycling, webpage directly.

What visions of the coming dark future have you seen recently?


Tuesday Magic Item – Monarchomachs Blade

26 July, 2016

Sic Semper TyrannusGollaon leaned in to read the notice nailed to the courthouse door.  “Time to be leaving, my friend.”

“Civil war?” asked Voddick.

“Yes, it is a notice of abjuration, severing them from the authority of the king,” read Gollaon.

“He will not like that.  This will be getting decidedly uncivil once word reaches the royal garrison.”

“Thus, time to be on our way, such local conflicts never end well.”

Monarchomachs Blade

These swords are etched with faint words, so worn as to be almost unreadable, and usually show the signs of hard use.  The hilt is plain and the entire weapon is very utilitarian and practical.
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Where to Find me at Gencon 2016

26 July, 2016

At long last, I have my schedule for GenCon 2016.  I will be primarily working in the board game hall in the AEG section of said hall.  The list below is which game I will be teaching, so if you want to learn any of them drop by, we accept generic tickets if there is space.  After teaching, I may also have time to talk if you want to drop by 30-45 minutes after start but I do not have a good feel for this as I have not worked the board game hall before.

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Christmas in July! Gaming PDFs on Sale

22 July, 2016

Christmas in July?!



DriveThruRPG is hosting its latest Christmas in July Sale, where many, many companies have put their gaming PDFs on sale for 25% Off for the next week (ending 29 July so move fast).

For followers of my various campaigns, you can get Legends of the Five Rings from Fantasy Flight Games (boy, that seems odd to type), Dungeons & Dragons 5 materials from Tribality, Interface Zero from Gunmetal Games and a whole bunch of fun FATE-based games.

So, have a warm and merry Christmas in July!


PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Party Crashers” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

20 July, 2016

To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.

Episode Twenty Two: Party Crashers

Guest Starring: DD, Double Up and introducing:

  • Tora.  An androgynous young tiger with martial arts and stealth skills.  (A stand in for Toru, a Yakuza raised young woman on the run.  Played by L2.)

Dance!New student Tora is depressed because they are always excluded from events, Glitter and Pink decided to help her make new friends.  BB takes Tora salsa dancing, Double Up introduces Tora to the gun club, Glitter take them to the racing club, Pink shows off the comics club, they wrangle invites to a populars party.  But, in the end, Tora finds that they are happy just hanging out with Pink and the rest of the team, being part of a large group just is not their thing.

What really happened:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Bureaucrat’s Box (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

19 July, 2016

Something like thisVoddick tried to mute a sigh as the bureaucrat reviewed the latest version of the license request.

Gollaon shot him a warning look and shifted his chair to help conceal the noise.

“Well, everything seems in order . . .” the bureaucrat said.  “Now it just needs to be approved by the Permanent Undersecretary for Unusual Trades.”

Gollaon slide a pouch across.  “I am certain this will cover all needed fees.”

The bureaucrat’s grey face managed a watery smile.  “Very good, sir.  It should be ready for you tomorrow.”  He swept the pouch into a drawer and placed the papers in a secure red box.

Gollaon stood, quickly followed by Voddick.  “We shall be back tomorrow.”  Voddick kept his mounth shut until they were well away from the offices.

These solid wooden boxes are usually inscribed or otherwise marked with the symbol of the organization they are made for and the rank of the person who should be using them.  Most have a single lock but those of the higher-ranking members will have multiple locks.  They cannot hold a great amount as they are usually sized to hold a thick sheaf of papers and little more.

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Review – Kemononmimi: Moe Races for Pathfinder

16 July, 2016

Kemononmimi: Moe Races for Pathfinder opens some interesting thematic options for character race.  While they certainly will not be to the taste of every player, or fit in every campaign, there are some fun and interesting ideas here that are worth taking a look at if animal-themed races have a place in your game world.
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