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First, my Father’s Day was pretty great. I asked to get no gifts and didn’t receive any but the cards were wonderful. We also went out to brunch. My wife is pretty cool on the idea of going to a restaurant for breakfast–and my son actively hates it–so this is something I sorta love but get to do only once a year. And yeah, I ate more than I should have.

We went some distance to a little place called Mulleady’s, mainly on the rule that we could get things we never make at home, like blood pudding, boxty, scotch eggs, and other things we didn’t order. Sadly, marrow wasn’t on the bfast menu, but maybe another time. One downside of going there is that it really doesn’t many people before it becomes uncomfortably loud.

Second, you may have seen news articles everywhere recently claiming that bike share programs increase head injuries. They’re wrong. Head injuries fell after bike share programs were introduced, but they didn’t fall as fast as other kinds of injuries. Therefore, according to the media, head injuries rose because, among those injured, a greater percentage of them had head injuries.

It’s statistical fuckery. To quote the linked article: “A more critical view would be that the researchers went looking for evidence that bikeshare programs are dangerous, and upon failing to find any, cherry-picked a relatively unimportant sub-trend and trumpeted it as decisive finding.”

My wife rides almost every day and she always wears her helmet. When I rode (back in my office job days) I wore a helmet all the time, too. We also have lights, reflective vests, and all the safety gear that people make fun of. But it’s important to remember that nothing makes the streets safer for cyclists than having a whole lot of cyclists on the streets.

Third, I’ve sent out copies of The Great Way in hopes of getting blurbs for them, and the first two have come back. Both are wonderful and make me feel like dancing around my apartment singing “I Feel Pretty.”

Fourth, I’m currently at work revising my pacifist urban fantasy, and never in my life have I had so much trouble making headway. My revisions are creeping along at a pace barely better than my first draft days. Stuff is difficult, you guys.

Fifth, I bought the first edition of CHILL (by Pacesetter) way back when it first came out. I bought the second edition enthusiastically, and when I made that six-figure deal for Child of Fire, I rewarded myself by buying up all the Chill books I didn’t already own.

Even though the game is pretty much unplayable.

Pacesetter’s first ed. was fun and had simple game mechanics. Mayfair’s second edition improved on things, but still couldn’t deal with Fear checks. You could prep a haunted house, prep the monster that would be there, arrange the clues the players needed to find or the person they needed to save, but what you couldn’t do was predict who would pass a Fear check. If all the players made it, the monster would not be able to stand against them. If only one made it, that player would have to face a villain designed to challenge a party while his compatriots ran screaming into the streets.

It was impossible to create a balanced confrontation, because you could never tell how many players would make that Fear check (the first thing to happen in every encounter), so you didn’t know which would stay in the scene.

And let’s be honest, any time a GM takes control of a player it sort of sucks, especially if you make the run in terror.

So, none of the games I tried to get off the ground ever went anywhere. My friends had no interest in horror games, since they’re pretty much the opposite of jokey power fantasies, and the only truly successful Chill game I ever ran was with my six-year-old son, and it was one session.

Still, it was great fun to read, and now I’m foolishly excited to see that, after a couple of false starts, there’s a third edition on the way. The previous attempt at a third edition got as far as informal play tests, which I took part in until assholes drove me away, but I’m hopeful for this. I don’t even know anything about the game, but I’m foolishly hopeful.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Jun. 17th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
Pacifist Urban Fantasy brings my mind to a screeching halt particularly when considered against Ray Lily and the Twenty Palaces. Still I will be interested in seeing what you come up with.

Glad Fathers day was good, and I have no opinion on bikes at all.

Very glad your initial attempts at getting cover blurbs came back so positive. And for some reason CHILL rings a faint bell. I think I never bought it but I probably looked at it at one point or another. Sadly I had to dump my gaming collection when moving which was a crying shame. :(
Jun. 17th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
Dump your collection? That's awful.

And this UF was meant to be a happy change of pace after Circle of Enemies. It still doesn't quite work, but I'm hammering away at it.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:14 am (UTC)
I still kinda want to write a crossover between your pacifist and Gary the old dude taxi driver from my Walker Papers. :)
Jun. 17th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've only done one character crossover, for the Suvudu "Cage Match", and it was 100% awful. I have crossover PTSD!
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
> Third, I’ve sent out copies of The Great Way in hopes of getting blurbs for them, and the first two have come back. Both are wonderful and make me feel like dancing around my apartment singing “I Feel Pretty.”

I didn't get mine yet for some reason. Are you sure you've used the right amount of stamps? Better send some more copies just in case.

Either way, I already prepared a blurb for you, because I'm nice like that:

"I've invested my sense of self-worth into this book's success by funding it with my dollar money so buy it or get mauled in sleep by KGB Death Bears."

"Oh and it's good. Probably."

- Some Guy on the Internet.
Jun. 17th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
You should be glad not to get a blurb copy, because it hasn't been proofread or formatted to look nice. Your reading experience would be awful and I'm the one who would be facing the bears.

Soon, though. Soon.
Jun. 17th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
*steeples fingers*
Jun. 17th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Are you planning on epublishing all three ebooks at once or will you stagger them a bit, btw?
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
It depends on how they come in, frankly.
Jun. 17th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
My gut feeling is that you should stagger them at least a little bit. But what do I know.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Kickstarter backers will get pbooks all at once. That's definite. I can't afford to ship each volume separately. Ebooks are a little more complicated. We'll see. The plan is to drop them all at once like a Netflix series.
Jun. 17th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Except for my copies, you should send those to me all at once, immediately.
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