Category Archives: Random musings

This is Highly Disturbing

Earlier today I was made aware of a comment Zak S. posted on the Demon City Kickstarter page. I’ve included a screenshot below.

Screenshot taken from the Demon City Kickstarter page on May 10th 2019

Personally I find this highly disturbing. What he’s doing here is an attempt to monitor spaces where he’s not welcome anymore. Regardless of whether he is eventually found guilty of anything or not, this is unacceptable behavior. There’s also a badly veiled threat included in this: “I likely won’t weigh in, but I will make a record of it and that record will come in handy soon. There will be accountability on all of this.

Sigh. I don’t know what he’s trying to accomplish with this. Is he collecting “evidence” for a lawsuit? Is he hoping people will censor themselves out of fear? Is he planning to send in his followers? Whatever his plans are, this is IMHO a bad strategy. This behavior is exactly why people have avoided him in the first place, long before any accusations. Damn, I am so sick and tired of his shenanigans…

Recommendation: Kestrel Investigates

I guess Monday is a good day for off-topic posts. But what I am about to share with you, is just too awesome. I recently stumbled upon a web series called “Kestrel Investigates” about a British paranormal investigator called Agravain Kestrel and his elusive cameraman Mike. At first glance it might look like just another shaky paranormal investigation video blog on YouTube, but instead it’s a very British satire of the genre. In my opinion it’s brilliant!

Two series have been released at this point, and series three is currently being worked on. I have enjoyed every single episode tremendously and I can’t wait to see how the story of Agravain and Mike continues after the cliffhanger ending of the second series!

And to give this post some RPG-related spin, you can watch it as inspiration for the “The Unexplained” tabletop RPG. You can check out my review of said game here.

Let’s talk Minecraft

Yes, I know. This is a tabletop roleplaying game blog, not a computer game one. But it’s also still my personal blog, so I guess a small detour from our regular content is in order.

Minecraft is a game that I started playing pretty early. I guess it was still in an alpha phase back in the day. The game was simple but allowed for a lot of creativity. The survival aspects added a sense of urgency and danger to the game and eventually the game also got a proper ending with “The End”.

But Minecraft became much more interesting for me with mods. Nowadays there are countless mods for single and multiplayer. Mods that add creatures, new machines, new mechanics, different world generation, and much, much more. These days I prefer to turn Minecraft into a more peaceful, constructive experience by playing modpacks focusing on technology and machines.

Instead of being a survival game, Minecraft becomes a game about building machines and complex logistical systems. My wife for example is more interested in building cool houses and creating elaborate farms, so we recently decided to build a modpack suited for both our play styles (and there’s also a small side project more focused on technology). I also started a dedicated blog about my Minecraft shenanigans. If you’re interested to learn more, I recommend you check it out.

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So why Minecraft? And why now? Minecraft helps me to be creative. I can easily create things in game. A lot of the gameplay is about building stuff after all. Other creative endeavors of mine weren’t so successful lately, so this is definitely a good thing.

So, let’s now return to our regular program. Winking smile