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May 15th, 2011

Welcome, Friends!

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nono, bliss stage, sweetheart
As of October 29, 2007, just about everything on this LJ is friends-only. However, I am totally easy - just drop a comment here if you'd like to be added.

The Friends-Only policy isn't principally because I'm posting lots of super-private emo stuff (although there is some of that). It's because I post lots of different kinds of things, and I like to use the Custom Groups functionality to manage who sees which posts. Right now, the categories of posts fall roughly into the following groups. Let me know which of these you'd like to see when you ask to be added, and I can put you in the right filters!

StoryGames: Gaming related posts. I principally write about weird-ass Dirty Hippie Story Games rather than "traditional" role-playing or adventure gaming.
SocialCircles: Posts about and for various social communities I belong to. This is more for "public"-level personal posts and the like. If we're LJ-friends-but-not-friend-friends this is your spot.
MippleCity: This is for stuff that's specifically relevant to Minneapolis.
OnlineFriends: We're friends. You care about my life and I trust you at least a little bit, but you're not in Minnesota.
LocalFriends: We're friends, and you're in Minnesota.
Family: You're part of my family or someone I'm very close to.
Political: Stuff specifically related to my various political or social causes. Feminism, GLBTQ issues, human rights, etc.
AdultsOnly: Stuff about sex, kink, and other "mature audiences" content.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like it here!

October 7th, 2009

My Brain, It Is Broken

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kyouka-sama

Not quite as broken as l_the_fangirl, perhaps, what with Katawa Stage and all, but still broken.

blackbluesock commented:

I had a kinda silly but I think would be awesome idea after looking at Tigerbunny icon's...a fandom Bliss Stage where we purposely use characters from anime/video games etc. I'm more interested in finishing in the current campaign right now, and building the backstory might be a tad difficult, but I'd think it'd make for awesome oneshot or something, I'm amused by the idea of the strange pairings it'd form.

And like the fool I am, I picked up the gauntlet.
How about you?Collapse )
Not going to make this HAPPEN any time in the immediate future, you understand... other responsibilities call. But....



I am collecting the responses and keeping the All Fandom All Stars page up to date. Who knows where this may lead?

UPDATED 10/09/2009: Noted repository of entries and made readable/searchable by all and sundry.

June 2nd, 2009

Northern Cross

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For those of you who come to me for my Bliss Stage content (I know, talk about your niche audiences!!), my local face-to-face game is getting under way, and I invite you to drop by the web site I've set up for it and spectate, kibitz, or just steal stuff liberally. I think some of the material I've put up would come in handy for anybody planning to run or play the game.

Ben, please, please let me know if anything steps over any IP lines and I'll modify it or take it private.

July 22nd, 2008

I never released this one, because it hasn't been playtested or really tweaked up. It's a fun little accessory, though. It gives the GM basically all the mechanical nuts-n-bolts for tracking the progress of a mission. It's especially well-suited for a big, interwoven mission in which different pilots are targeting different mission goals. Those can be a pain to keep track of for the GM, because they (well, I, anyway) keep needing to ask players to tell me again what their trauma/terror values are at and what the condition of their anchor link is from last mission action.

This one has some warning caveats attached to it. It couches pretty much all the game-mechanical stuff in in-fiction metaphors and terms. These may not mesh up with your game. The look-and-feel may not mesh up with your game, either - I think of this as something that runs on the Authority Figure's laptop or tablet computer. I'd kind of like to try my hand at doing a low-tech one sometime, where it goes with a "chalkboard" look and uses more mystical/spiritual jargon instead of technobabble.

I may try to do something like this for Interludes at some point - probably a "psych report" sort of look. Some of the interlude rules are a lot harder to translate into in-fiction language, though.

July 21st, 2008

Bliss Stage has been in the air lately, and that's reminded me that I have something on my hard drive that I keep meaning to put out there for the world at large. Ben, LMK if it's an issue.

I built a couple of "character sheets" for the game back when it was in playtest. They should still be pretty usable. I don't think they're quite as purely functional as the play sheet that's actually out there, but they are v. pretty. And they feel very Gasaraki to me.

Available in delicious color, or elegant (and printer-friendly) B&W.

Please let me know if you use them, and how they work for you!

June 24th, 2008

Last time out, I told you about how Corellon-who-does-not-belong got himself plunked into Rao's Dream and ended up making himself some Land and some Sun when he got tired of bein' all wet in the dark, dreary Sea. Well, now we got ourselves an actual Cast Of Characters to work with, and things start to get a little more interesting...

Next time, I'll tell you about a few lessons, a little misbehavin', and a little bit of love at first sight.

June 23rd, 2008

A few years back, I took it into my head to play around with the D&D tropes through a less “Tolkien”/European/Classical lens. I took as my precepts:
  • I should use the existing Greyhawk list of deities and portfolios, but could feel free to re-imagine their nature and relationships and rearrange them into new groups
  • The mythology created should mesh up with a fairly standard “D&D world” – there would be the usual races, classes, monsters, etc., but again I would be free to re-skin (often literally!) and re-imagine them
  • I would avoid the common tropes and narratives of Europe in favor of those drawn from Asia, Africa, and pre-Colombian America
  • The gods would not be remote, Apollonian incarnations of abstract principles. They would *be* those things, personified. And they would be very much like people – motivated by recognizable emotions of lust, compassion, respect, family, anger, etc.

I had a lot of fun with the project, although I never “completed” it – does one ever really “complete” world-building and myth-making? I hope one day to run another game somewhere in the Dream of Rao – maybe one that delves into a cranny of culture or myth that I haven’t yet touched!

Inspired by this thread at Story Games, I’ve decided to start publishing some of the mythology I created here. Maybe it will serve as inspiration (or at least a warning) to others who want to get away from the “default” D&D concepts and venture off into the wilds. Prepare to meet Pelor and Corellon and all the rest as you’ve never seen them before…

These stories are mostly presented as the sort of thing an entertainer or village elder might haul out for an audience of young men & women over a fire at night. They’re rough-edged, often bawdy or scatological, and not especially subtle. I’m sure theologians tell these stories differently, if at all. I hope you enjoy!

The first few stories behind the 

Tune in next time, when

Beory and Pelor do what comes Natural

January 5th, 2008

Beware the memage

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yuki, sql
(on edit: Seeing as it seems to have actually spread outside my FL... let's make this one public)

It's all wimsey70's fault. We clearly have different genres of music, though. I think mine is sort of trippy dub, in the vein of Spiritualized or Boards of Canada.

Dig this



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October 25th, 2007

The End of An Era

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yuki, sql
This is it. As of Sunday, the days of Tigerbunny Design Bureau are over. I'm not moving on from here, but the new incarnation that I've been talking about will be revealed on Sunday. Most of the content will go friends-only, and my friends-list will get a haircut, so if you haven't chimed in on the check-in thread, you should!

Thank you to all of you who've dropped in and read my yammerings over the last 2 years!

September 28th, 2007

In my fantasy world, this would be TRUE FACT.



xkcd wins the internet again.
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