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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Combo: Gaming & Gaming-Adjacent

GAMING-

The West Wards: The Watershed

Lybrti seeks to reunite the Auldgory continent from Storm Sea, across the fruited plain, over the Mountlands, to the Cold Ocean.

Of all the difficulties facing the Banner Ranks and other specialists in the employ of the Starry Empire, even beyond the timespace anomaly which is the Necropolis Sprawl, are the ruins of the Watershed.

Warlords and cultists of various stripes wage near constant warfare over navigable routes, potable water, and ranched foods, animal and otherwise.  Catamaran and canoe brave flooded streets beset with snipers and bombardiers eager to scrap or snatch-up anything at all of value from their peeling and crumbling cement apartment complexes along what centuries prior had been numerous cites of the Saints and the Angels.

Captain Tixa Ioq had briefly transposed there, following back to their source, corsairs attacking Northfork ships of the East's Battered Shore.  These same had been brought through from the sundown shore of the west coast to the whitecaps of the Starry Banner Navy's premiere shipyards and submarine bases.  Brought through a continuous portal by a demon, these desperate cutthroats and Cold Ocean denizen creatures fought with a ferocity previously unmet in battle.  Things went poorly for the Empire in this regard until other, tangential powers could be brought to bring desperately needed relief: namely, the adoption of the Wastelander-spirit of Blastar Firebloom in the person of Black Guard, Overcommander Zhanit Sworn.

Now, Lybrti, armed anew with the mysterious power of The Wasteland, the West Wards shall be brought under the Aegis of the Banner.

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Gaming-Adjacent

Writing lyrics which depict scenes and events from across the Grand Tapestry, including three from Auldgory, and one (so far) from Urutsk, at the point of the Shorrannin invasion.

More about the early days of my musical journey can be found here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

GAMING Post: Auldgory (default start and factions)

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Um, why do we need to know about factions when you haven't properly explained the extant Order of Things?

So, the monolithic entity which is the Starry Empire has within it, both a Republic, made up of citizen soldiers, but also includes the Noble Families of Ancient (Eastern) Bloodlines, Merchant Barons, and a Southeast of only loosely, 'loyal' subjects.

Play defaults to the PCs serving in the Banner Ranks of the Starry Empire, having gone into service at age 07, and beginning session 01 anywhere from 15 to 25 years of age.  Barbarian and Outlier characters are not only possible, but viable regardless of where the 'party's' initial deployment is located.

While it is possible to expend one's Blessings to dictate how the PC matriculated the service to that point (default is, Combat Rifleman), and which rank they achieved by start of play, there are other options, such as political aide, or, journalist.  Outlier and Barbarian hangers on or diplomats of unincorporated lands are just as reasonable an option.

However, Auldgory has the Endgame baked in from the get go, and Blessing points can be pooled to purchase caches, property, and to invest in the security and prosperity of Banner Ranks strongholds.  Or, Lodges may be joined (and infiltrated, or enemy groups destroyed), which require Downtime investments of increasing orders of magnitude (pop-pop) to attain, with no value for intermediate steps; Lodges hold Power (POW), and this can be appropriated for emergency use.

With a national Goddess who grants actual miracles and can even (not often) resurrect the dead, you can imagine the number of weblines which intersect to form a very convoluted, intricate, and merciless environment where who one knows may on the one hand save one's life, or by associative guilt, be brought into immortal peril.  This is where the Factions exist, and these are largely only the ones operating within the borders of the Empire.

The lands west of the Lashan Mountain Range/s are so varied, the distances so vast, that reaching another civilised polity (The Landmaster Concern of the Wide Roaming Lands chief among these) is a quest through alien wilderness, scattered with environmental hazards and unearthly arcane powers.  points west are the variable track of the Wasteland, which warps and alters all life which enters, and reorders the landscape into surrealistic bastions of Illogic.  ...and yet, it is the Voidbrood, from beyond space and time, who are the true menace: their least minions more than enough to corrupt and stall the advance of the Banner Ranks tasked with inevitable reunification.

I'll discuss the task resolution situation in a future post.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Non-Gaming Post: Travelllogue and Marissa Nadler Concert Report + (formatting errors corrected)

The drive through the mountains of Tennessee (Cumberland Gap, if not mistaken) was amazing. The telluric energy was so powerful, quenching a thirst I hadn't realised I'd suffered living so long in the limestone and muck of Florida, or initial forays into Continental life which Jax offers. Georgia, lovely as it is, doesn't begin to shine until the hills rise wild; lit in shimmering white of early morning mist.

Sadly, kitteh was not enjoying it, as he was gone when I came out from the hotel room I had rented: I'd fed him pouch Tuna and he had apparently recovered from the five hours of desperate panting to keep himself cool, as I have no A/C and only two functioning widows (at present). The ascent into the mountains was uncomplicated, but descending was further challenged by what I then thought was a low tyre; today, I found that the tyre was ready to come apart - likely from yesterday's return trip at maximal controllable speed. I had them replace the front-pair.

 [] Once in Nashville, I drove to the venue, but confused it for the place across the street, of which I took photos, and may post them if you let me know. From there, I saw the Music Hall, and found my hotel; fancy. The only 'iconic' Nashvillian meal I had wasn't great, but Will Arnold informed me I chose the wrong protein.

 [] Vanderbilt district was wonderfully familiar to a larger, more vibrant University of Florida, and the mottled brickwork of the corner spoke to me of Reconstruction/ism. --- Bought a binder, sheet protectors, a 5 Star notebook, and one each of a Black, Blue, and Magenta-Pink click pen. With these, I assembled my printed lyrics, re-read them, and then got to work on new lyrics. One good one came from this time, and one in the rough awaiting sober editing. This morning I wrote the thirteenth, printed it, and added it to my binder.

 [] Sunday at the End, was Marissa Nadler (& co.) 20th of 20 stops, back in Nashville. She was very kind to make time for me in moments she could rest between personal readiness, meeting visiting friends (who were very pleasant and upbeat), and then getting her game-face on for the show.

 [] First was a group whose name I never fully grasped or retained, one or the other, but the duo were likewise great fun to speak with, and welcoming. Links to the acts are listed below. The acoustic guitar, banjo, and backing vocals were a dreamy/hypnotic, very subtle Americana, as perceived with one ear-open napping on the couch in a safe place, like home. It couldn't have been a better introduction to their sound, and was a fantastic opening of the way, as it were.

 [] Next came the Nashville Ambient Ensemble (the Keyboardist was kind enough to speak with me about the local scene, and the Ensemble in particular, which was fascinating), their music is very serpentine, subtly complex, and by what I count as their third or forth piece of their set, suddenly of much higher energy and complexity: brain-stim to violin, electronics, and guitar. My already addled brain was blooming like an alien flower under the Ensemble's star.

 [] Marissa Nadler took stage, and as I stared at the floor throughout all but a few moments to look up, I was in the best mix of her music, old and new, with hints that something heavier is breeding in the dark wings. Marissa's self-effacing humour at the troubles she had with the particular entry point of Lemon Queen was so heartening -- she's a real Human, much to our delight. The hijinks with her tourmates not being on the same literal page and being surprised by the next song was fun, rather than consternating, and illustrates not only their familiarity with her work, but the camaraderie they share. The bassist, drummer, FX-pedal overseer, bard, whose name I either never clearly heard, or which leaked out of my mind; this guy is quick-witted and clutch as his musical chops illustrate. Milk(e)y, likewise, not only a seasoned Marissa Nadler tour vet, was similarly humorous and sharp to adapt to the changing situation directed by the Woman herself. 
 [] I picked up four CDs, had a few additional moments of chat with Marissa, and walked out with perhaps twenty minutes to spare on my prepaid parking.  A lot more to be said.

 [] During my stay, I saw episodes 2 and 3 of House of the Dragon, which is surprisingly great, like a high budget British TV production of one of the rarer Shakespearean dynastic plays. Also caught the HBO Elvis flowing montage production which was almost too fluid and flowing...great, but too much, I think. The third Wonderful Beasts with Mads Mikkelsen (swoon): "I am not your enemy, nor have I ever been." -- he excels in Satanologies (esp., Hannibal, and this role).  I then caught the most important portion of, Pawn Sacrifice, which was also very good.

 [] OK, Eis, out.

*** PLEASE: Don't let YouTube and Streaming services be the only 'support' you give to your fave artists. ***

 [] MARISSA NADLER :: Official Site 

  o Nashville Ambient Ensemble :: LINK 

  o Kyle Hamlett Uno/Duo/Trio :: LINK

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

AULDGORY This Week

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GODDESSES OF AULDGORY & ELSEWHERE
:: Including mentions of males of great power & renown

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Auldgoryan Witchcraft-

The various types of magic found on the Auldgory continent operate apart from each other, based upon their ideological/philosophical underpinnings.

The magic of Witchcraft on Auldgory is based around the concepts of Sympathetic Cause and Effect, where the caster desires a particular effect, and uses a focus which addresses the topic, and then performs actions which seek to join/divide, increase/decrease, create/destroy, etc.

The mindset of Auldgoryan Witchcraft is that the cosmos is ordered by these cause and effect balancing factors, that the forces which are beyond our sight are those also found within us and animals, plants, etc.  A chain of being in which the caster, the Witch, is on but one rung of the great ladder, and it is this interconnectedness which allows for the wise individual to effect change in things at various levels equal, below, and above.

When these concepts and practises are joined with the knowledge of the natural world as it exists in the current age, the Witch can brew potions which are capable of anything they have learned to affect, the Witch can also stir the medium in which all things exist and operate and in so doing, move much larger numbers of creatures/persons than could be affected by a potion, as well as change the weather of a given area.  In total, the Witch, alone, is capable of anything given enough time, resources, and experimentation.  Witchcraft is partly Alchemy, Astrology, Charming, Enchantment, Naming, Scrying, etc.  With such a diverse portfolio of capabilities, the Witch, even if they specialise, will never reach the same depth of knowledge and power as a practitioner of any single one of the fields, but is so much more potent by virtue of the variety of effects and diversity of capabilities.  The Witch can, with a twig, stir pond water into a scrying mirror, with a chant, can call forth rain and lightning or disrupt a forming storm, and with an herb-stuffed doll, stimulate nightmares of the already present concerns the target possesses.

Presenting this in the ARGUS system requires a decision to apply certain Ability Scores which will represent the Witch's particular concentrations, and then to further hone their specialisms within those.  Also necessary is the player's commitment to the philosophical grounding in the naturalistic focus of Witchcraft so that the practitioner-character does not begin to veer off into less essential pursuits and therefore lose the flavour of the Craft.

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Noodling with music and lyrics.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

AULDGORY: Starry Empire as Republic -- online game notes

 Consolidating the functioning of the Republic within the Starry Empire; here's a snippet I found today:

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STARRY EMPIRE AS REPUBLIC

Starry Empire with Lybrti as Empress

President as 1st Prince

Former 1st Princes become Dukes

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A Knight is a Citizen-Soldier

John: To clarify, and to make certain that you don't try and override me: Your character has been serving in the Banner Ranks for nearly 07 years, since your assignment as Squire.  During this time, your character has matriculated through the ranks and is poised now, at he end of 7 years, of attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). Your character is currently serving as a Sergeant (SGT).  Your 1 remaining standard Blessing point could be used for a full promotion out of Enlisted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Matt's character, although slightly younger, is also a SGT, in the same situation, largely due to the character's social background influence

So, to catch you [Matt] up.  Your parent, the Baronet/te employed multiple Knights, and one of them owned the manor on which John's character grew-up.  You had bumped into each other at holidays, but only started 'hanging out' in the military.

You are both at a Sergeant rank, and have been assigned to a military interdiction task force dedicated to stopping the flow of stolen military arms to the Solar rebels in the heartland, as well as the odd shipment bound to the Lashan Hillfolk rebels.

Your home region is heavily forested with old-growth indigenous trees as well as a smattering of alien life forms (flora and fauna) which find the conditions pleasant.  It is backed in the NW with mountains, to the east with mostly fresh water, and the rest which isn't forest are grassy plains.  This region used to be Michigan's Peninsula before lake Michigan was cancelled by the mountains.

Your Company is Leander's Leucrota, and the Company Mascot Cult is the Leucrota ritual.  You all partook of a Leucrota's brain after it had been feed a criminal from the area of operations for which your Company is responsible.  You now have the memories of the criminal, as well as the Leucrota's prior victims, such as perfect recall of bird songs, and the words uttered by its victims immediately before their ambush-deaths.

John's training has him specialised in Bugging, remote surveillance technology and repair.

We need to go through the process to determine your PC's capabilities.

OK, that's it for this week/

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Vrun, & Other Stuff

VRUN-

o Haven't looked into Hittite, yet.  I think I'll wait until I simply cannot get something done with Vrun as is, and then look to add only what it needs.

o It already proves to be truly Particulate, permitting math functions to be performed upon the Phonemes to create new, sub and super-structural words/phrases which still cleave to the parent sample.  This is apart from their numerical values -- not even in view for this discussion.  Very much like the Abrakadabra formula.  I don't know what to call this function which arose: stripping the Conditionals (vowels+) out, leaving the Noumenals (Consonants+), and it retained meaning and similitude to the origin text, and yet, stated something new which seemed obviously necessary after seeing it.

Other Stuff-

o I have been watching a lot of Dr. Sledge's ESOTERICA channel on YouTube; more than a few Old School D&D references in his videos.

o I have found several new-to-me female singer/songwriters, among them: Emilie & Ogden, Morgan Wade, Lera Lynn, and this one which doesn't seem to be indicative of her other work, which looks too weird for me: Fever Ray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFb5z3kUSQ

o I have a little hobby exploration planned: braising four old US coins into as many bezels and connecting them to ribbon-pins of medals.  One coin each is the Walking Liberty, and the other, Standing Liberty.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

VRUN Language Focus

o I have been diving deeper into Vrun and delineating what passes for Grammar in what is really more akin to Semiotic Icons.  The Durn influence upon the newcomer languages of the other Ethnicities (including the, Urq Keys, of Imperial Starships) was to provide their Grammar as the underpinning of all Human languages apart from true Outlier cultures, isolated and/or decidedly insular, as they were before disappearing into obscurity.

o I'm musing over adopting a variation on the Hittite, Animate, and Inanimate 'genders' for a test spin on Vrun, but, 'I ain't fer shur yet.'  I think the no/low Grammatical influence is a feature and not a bug.  Its meant to convey contextual data within Caste Clans daily operations, not facilitate poetry.  It is a very Vrun language.

o The shorter TV series idea is winning out, and I have spent hours thinking through scenes but have yet to commit their outlines to text.  I want to familiarise myself with Industry Standard formatting, and see if  my copy of, Scribus, would aid in this, or I'm better off staying in no-frills .txt mode.

o OK, That's about it.  O/O