Gaze into the void…

And the award for the most awesomely creepy album cover on the planet goes to... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndOR_E1kWJ4 Void Mother, by Obscure Sphinx. Their music is pretty darn good, too. Give it a listen. (Fair warning: Get ready to settle in and let the let the music envelop you. There are no singles here.) The album cover... Continue Reading →

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The most powerful bass lines in the world

The bass guitar is at its best when it's played like a weapon. Don't agree? Well, listen to these songs and you'll see what I mean. If you don't agree after that...well, fight me. We'll start with one of my all-time favorites. A song that always makes me want to whip out the ol' bass,... Continue Reading →

5 indie authors you need to read UPDATED: 6!

There's no way to fit these writers into the same box, other than to say that they're fiercely independent-minded and they're all swimming against the stream in one way or another. They all write speculative fiction -- sci-fi, fantasy, alternate history, horror -- but in very different styles. And more than anything, they all aim... Continue Reading →

Just leaving this here

Take a look and a listen -- and pay attention to the lyrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFxsnOm2kLg Dave Mustaine knows WTF is going on. Talk about a song that takes no prisoners... The only thrash outfit that can hold a candle to Megadeth is Testament. (Next time I spin up some Testament, I'll probably start thinking I got... Continue Reading →

The indestructible girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 2)

Here's another flash-fiction story I wrote by way of setting up the second week of our Marvel superheroes roleplaying campaign. Wednesday, in the not too distant future Sidney Malloy puts her strawberry protein smoothie in the cup holder, wipes the sweat off her brow, and turns the treadmill up a notch. On the curved, wall-to-wall... Continue Reading →

The amazing elephant girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 1)

So here's a little thing I wrote -- I guess you could call it flash fiction -- to get the players set up for our second Marvel Superheroes roleplaying game session. It picks up the tale a few days after our characters' first superhero action ever. Wednesday, in the not too distant future The alarm... Continue Reading →

Marvel superhero roleplaying week 1: The first encounter

In our first game session, we had a run-in with some baddies who tried to kidnap a friend of one of the player-characters. The characters hadn't met at this point and had no idea who each other were. This is the first time they've crossed paths. They're not costumed crusaders yet, either; this is the... Continue Reading →

Superheroes: No school like the old school

I don't know how many people even remember the old Marvel Super Heroes roleplaying game anymore. It's old-school -- published by TSR in 1984 and updated with an advanced version in 1986 -- and also short-lived, as was already out of print by the time I found it in the early '90s. It had been... Continue Reading →

The best guitar solos ever

After seeing the post on awesome guitar solos at Amatopia, I started writing a comment, but quickly ran into a big problem: too many great solos. So I left a link to a single Rush song (because Rush) and collected the others for a post of my own. So here goes. Similar rules for the... Continue Reading →

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