Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 20:56 on 07-10-2011, Michal
Hmm, I would've expected more, considering he flipped out when The Witcher RPG appeared (of course, he seemed to have no idea about the Witcher books in Poland, otherwise I'm sure his righteous rage would've been directed at Sapkowski 20-some years ago for daring to use an albino as a main character).
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at 20:24 on 07-10-2011, valse de la lune
Not much vitriol, I'm afraid, though he does suggest reading stuff like Drizzt books will make you physically ill. And a forumite over there posted fanfiction featuring both characters, which sadly Moorcock never commented on.

No vitriol aimed at Drizzt/RA Salvatore is ever undeserved, in any case.
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at 19:48 on 07-10-2011, Arthur B
He has expressed bemusement about people commodifying stuff he and his friends made up for lulz.

How does he feel about Drizzt? I mean, I know he isn't a fan, but any vitriol aimed at Drizzt is usually deserved and Moorcock usually brings good vitriol to the table.
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at 17:37 on 07-10-2011, valse de la lune
Pffft.

I know how Moorcock feels about Drizzt, but I don't think I've ever seen him interviewed re: WH/40K. Wonder why.
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at 16:52 on 07-10-2011, Arthur B
I've changed my mind. Wolfe's aristocracy, making him write Warhams would be an affront to his dignity.

Moorcock should write some 40K stuff instead. Simply for the whole snake eating its own tailness of it all.
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at 16:23 on 07-10-2011, valse de la lune
That would be beautiful.

Not sure what to make of it all, really.


Easy income, perhaps? Maybe that's cynical of me, though. It could be that all these authors honestly enjoyed those games.

That reminds me, Jeff Vandermeer wrote a Predator tie-in once. It's supposedly quite good.


I must have this.
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at 15:57 on 07-10-2011, Arthur B
Oh boy, I hope Gene Wolfe writes a Warhams book.
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at 15:31 on 07-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Sort of, valse. I've also seen a Bioshock prequel by John Shirley on the shelves, and some rather uninspired Resistance novels by William C. Dietz. Not sure what to make of it all, really. Kinda reminds me of Star Trek novels back in the 1970s and 1980s, where you could find the likes of James Blish, Joe Haldeman, and Norman Spinrad in between other, now forgotten names.

That reminds me, Jeff Vandermeer wrote a Predator tie-in once. It's supposedly quite good.
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at 15:06 on 07-10-2011, valse de la lune
Anyone noticed the trend of mid-list SF/F writers getting into game tie-ins an awful lot lately? Karen Traviss, Peter Watts, Greg Bear, Greg Keyes, and who knows what else (for Gears of War, Halo, Halo, and Elder Scrolls respectively). Funny seeing that the likes of David Gaider and Drew Karpyshyn are desperately trying to pass themselves off as Srs Bidness Authors while churning out bloody fucking terrible Mass Effect/Dragon Age tie-ins (which probably would never have been published if they didn't work for a studio that owns the franchises). Oh how the twain shall meet.
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at 11:07 on 07-10-2011, Arthur B
re: Jim Woodring-esque grotesqueries: I'd say we're already there with that art. Mutant-on-mutant bullying is always so painful to watch.
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at 05:41 on 07-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
The moral conundrums raised by these comics are fascinating. Can an all-powerful extraterrestrial who has committed multiple planetary genocides for no reason save his own private amusement credibly oppose bullying? Does an anarchist socerer's advice against bullying ring hollow when he himself has a history of manipulating acquaintances to his own ends, up to and including sacrificing them to arcane evils in the name of self-preservation?

Anyway, it appears the Internet has not fully corrupted the site yet. Once we get the Team Fortress 2-referencing comics and the Jim-Woodring-esque grotesqueries, then the event horizon will have been crossed and all will be well.

Gotta say, though, a lot of this advice doesn't seem that helpful, at least not against the sort of bullies who actually have no qualms with beating the crap out of and/or poisoning you.
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at 05:38 on 07-10-2011, Sunnyskywalker
Totally random: somewhere on the wilds of the internet is a syllabus with the title "The Age of Justinian: The Empire Strikes Back." Unfortunately I can't find the part where the young Chosen One Petrus becomes Darth Justinius.
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at 04:30 on 07-10-2011, Michal permalink
at 01:05 on 07-10-2011, Arthur B
Arthur, seeing as how you're the resident expert on Ramsey Campbell, what did you think of The Darkest Part of the Woods?

I like it, the family homecoming theme fits nicely with Campbell coming back to the Cthulhu Mythos. He's clearly having fun back on the old stomping ground.

=Also, this book, Antichrist, and the Slenderman Mythos all appear to be slowly convincing me to stay the fuck away from trees for the rest of my life. Is that normal?

Nah, it sounds like hyperbole to me.

Related: hyper bole.
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at 00:59 on 07-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Arthur, seeing as how you're the resident expert on Ramsey Campbell, what did you think of The Darkest Part of the Woods? I'm just over halfway though it and I've been enjoying it quite a lot. It's reminding me quite a lot of Midnight Sun, though with the added twist of the protagonist being the only sane woman who doesn't quite realize how creepily distant her family is becoming.

Also, this book, Antichrist, and the Slenderman Mythos all appear to be slowly convincing me to stay the fuck away from trees for the rest of my life. Is that normal?
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at 12:51 on 06-10-2011, Arthur B
Mustelids can't do logic puzzles, silly.
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at 09:45 on 06-10-2011, Claire E Fitzgerald
I mean as series champions, inevitably.
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at 23:53 on 05-10-2011, Arthur B
Do you mean as part of a question or as contestants?
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at 23:04 on 05-10-2011, Claire E Fitzgerald
A propos of nothing in particular - why aren't there ferrets on Only Connect?
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at 20:58 on 05-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Well, it appears that Hallowe'en will be upon us shortly. To get into the spirit of the season, I'm going to start sharing some random creepy/disturbing/what have you that's been cluttering up my browsing history. You know, for the kids!

I'll start off with a brief mention of the works of Nikolai ("Kol") Belov, who provides a sober warning as to what can happen if you let a Russian get ahold of Flash animation.

This also applies to Ukrainians.
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at 19:19 on 05-10-2011, valse de la lune
Know something weird? My PC refuses to load Authonomy. Wonder if I "accidentally" hosts-blocked it or something.
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at 08:38 on 05-10-2011, Arthur B
"An online community of discovery where writers become authors."

Oh god I'm going to be mocking that all day.
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at 06:26 on 05-10-2011, Michal
Earlier events in the playpen led me to take a look at authonomy. It reminds me of the old Baen's Bar (now gone, I believe), where various authors would try and spam their way to the top.

I say let the editors read their own damn slush pile.
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at 21:21 on 04-10-2011, Ibmiller
Interesting (also slightly daunting) discussion. I personally really like Tolkien a lot, but then, I tend to share a larger number of his assumptions than I think is common. I'm not sure a response from that perspective would be helpful, though, and almost certainly would constitute derailing, so I shall attempt to merely learn from, and not bother, the conversation.

However, I was reading random links the other day, and found this discussion a very interesting discussion of what exactly Tolkien was doing ideologically. Certainly doesn't answer the whole "kings are good" assertion (and while Aragorn certain is a bit idealized, I don't think that you can look at Thorin from The Hobbit and say he's "rah monarchy" without any nuance or depth).

As for The Last Ringbearer, it sounds an awful lot like Gaiman's "The Problem of Susan," which has always bothered me because of the deliberate cruelty involved. But I've not taken the time to read it (TLR, not Gaiman), so I can't say for sure. I'd say Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals (and Snuff, but I've not gotten that yet, so can't say for sure) is a better look at the same concepts (for all the flaws you find in late Discworld).
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