Monday, August 27, 2018

Farewell to a True American

Senator John McCain


While I personally did not always agree with his politics, I do wholeheartedly agree with the strength, courage, honor, and sacrifice that Senator John McCain showed in all aspects of his life. 

His love of country and unyielding stoicism in the face of deprivation and torture while in captivity in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton", and later against the rising tide of American isolationism and base populism shows the full measure of his quality. 

Our country is a poorer place with his passing, and the very real dangers he fought against, both at home and abroad, remain. But what we should all take from the life of Senator John McCain is that no matter our failings, our missteps, we can, nae, must, get back up, admit to our failings, and strive always to be better than we were the day before.

Jeffery B. Harris

“We have made mistakes. We haven’t always used our power wisely. We have abused it sometimes and we’ve been arrogant. But, as often as not, we recognized those wrongs, debated them openly, and tried to do better. And the good we have done for humanity surpasses the damage caused by our errors. We have sought to make the world more stable and secure, not just our own society. We have advanced norms and rules of international relations that have benefited all. We have stood up to tyrants for mistreating their people even when they didn’t threaten us, not always, but often. We don’t steal other people’s wealth. We don’t take their land. We don’t build walls to freedom and opportunity. We tear them down. To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is unpatriotic. American nationalism isn’t the same as in other countries. It isn’t nativist or imperial or xenophobic, or it shouldn’t be. Those attachments belong with other tired dogmas that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history. We live in a land made from ideals, not blood and soil. We are custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”
― John McCain, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fare Thee Well Koko, Daughter of Gaia.


July 4, 1971-June 20, 2018

Your lost kitten awaits you...may you mourn for the too early taken no more. 

You showed us how to be better than we are, you were our teacher far more than we yours.

Thank you for all you showed us of compassion and nobility.

A bright candle against the dark.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Where Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Hurts.

"Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind."

Anthony Bourdain

June 25, 1956-June 8, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

And Yet the Gates Were Closed...

The New Colossus

By Emma Lazarus, 1883

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Closed and barred gates are not U.S. The torch is guttering, do not let it go out, for the memory all those who came guided by the light of freedom, and those who yet strive to find it even now.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Present Arms.

Ronald Lee Ermey

March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018

 Semper Fidelis 

Keep your powder dry Gunny.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Fools Post

So we thought about doing the hackneyed all in good fun fake product post for a beastiary with some of our favorite tongue and cheek concepts with puntastic names.

If it proved popular we'd make it for real.

I decided we're better than that. Let us know if this is a product that you'd actually be interested in.

Stealthaphant - there's something equally comedic and terrifying about a large creature that actually does stealth well. In my imaginings this would be a magical beast created by a ritual (this would come with a spell similar to awakening in level.) The tucks would have arcane symbols carved in and the elephant amung other things would be more intelligent, able to change it's size and use invisibility.

EnHorser - Aside from fixing the somewhat criminal choice to make hoovestrikes a secondary attack for horses this is more of a animal companion archetype specific to horses and camels. Basically playing with the fact that being ridden down by calvary is terrifying because of the horse not the guy riding it. Cavaliers will squee if this comes to fruition.

ReVoltron - This is a 6 in one entry. 5 undead with the unique option to combine into a greater threat. Yes at least onf of them will be an undead lion.

Alley-saurus - Okay so Pathfinder and other fantasy often let us fight dinosaurs in jungles and the like but rarely do we see dinosaurs that are actually evolved for more modern i.e. sometimes cold climate. Nor do we see dinosaurs that actually make sense in say a city. Enter the Alley-saurus and probably a whole slew of dinosaurs that are modern reimaginings on the historic creatures. This is a concept I'm excited for.

Badgerdilles/Antlerboars - Some of the best monsters are hybrids of 2 animals, we have a bunch of these that I think the community would enjoy.

Necopoli-Ants - There's a real ant that basically can kill and control a wasps body called the pilot ant. In a world with magic we can make that so much more terrifying. Imagine an ant queen that can animate dead, and the swarm that lives inside of these zombie monsters. Got a jaded crew of seen everything grognards? They haven't seen this.

I've been toying with a monster book for years. They are expensive on the art budget and a bastard to put together, so the only way it works is if there's enough interest to put together a kickstarter.

I've helped and contributed to other kickstarters so if this turns out to be a thing I'll be calling in some favors. This is NOT a prank. I'm seriously considering this. I skipped the ThinkGeek style approach here let me know if it's something the community is genuinely interested in.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Farewell to You Timelord

Stephen Hawking
January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018

May you ever travel onward nomad of the mind.
This reality is diminished by your leaving.
But is better for your having passed through.