Let's have a salon

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:00 am
jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
[personal profile] jenett
Several years ago, I ran a series of weekly salon posts, where I'd post a topic to get us started, people would show up in the comments, and conversation would ensue. Now seems a good time to try them again!

(You should not feel restrained to keep on this topic! Start other topics! Encourage topic drift! That's part of the point. Feel free to ask random questions, there's a chance someone might know about the thing.)

This week's question


What are you learning right now that you're really interested by? (That might be a project for work, for personal stuff, a gaming geekery thing, a book you're reading, a podcast you're listening to, the fact you're learning a lot about Dreamwidth and how it works this week, or anything else.)

What do you like about it? What are you finding more challenging?

Things currently contemplating


I'm currently reading Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, which is well-researched and has a really interesting structure where he's looking at different pieces of it through small slices (individual people, towns, situations) and tracing back to the origins as much as possible. I really like books where the information part is well done, but the structure creates connections between pieces of information in helpful and new ways.

Notes:


* Consider this a conversation in my living room, only with a lot more seating. I reserve the right to redirect, screen, and otherwise moderate stuff, but would vastly prefer not to have to.
* If this works this week, I'll do an updated FAQ and continue.
* If you don't have a DW account or want to post anonymously, please include a name we can call you in this particular post. (You can say AnonymousOne or your favourite colour or whatever. Just something to help keep conversations clear.)
* If you've got a question or concern, feel free to PM me.

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 05:05 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Sailor V being Sailor V (even more sailor v)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
What are you learning right now that you're really interested by?

Well, there's working on getting ready to run a Pathfinder Adventure Path (Strange Aeons, it's got a lot of Cthulu-esqe stuff going on), so I'm learning about the Mythos and getting all the stuff ready for the game.

I'm also learning all the best ways to do home improvement without money. :D

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 05:18 pm (UTC)
makamu: (fanfic is by boji)
From: [personal profile] makamu
Fellow Pathfinder player/ newbie GM here who has been in love with the PF community since it started *shyly offers fist for fistbumb*

That sounds really interesting - I have been rather out of the loop for a while when it comes to new content, but this sounds really up Paizo's alley. Any resources you'd care to share? I have been trying to get into the Mythos via Lovecraft for ages, but always become turned off by the overly racist stuff even for its time, so any recs for how to navigate the issue/ other entryways would be much appreciated

i love this icon for such things.

Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Text: Inventory: your brains, Fezzik's strength, Inigo's steel, a wheelbarrow and a holocaust cloak. (gaming)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
Strange Aeons is actually really interesting so far, because they're pulling a lot of the nice creepy stuff out of the Mythos without the racist bits while still keeping it Pathfinder-appropriate. They have the Player's Guide up on Paizo.com for Strange Aeons, which does give a good bit of info (without spoilers).
Tor.com is doing an H.P. Lovecraft Re-Read, which they describe as 'two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories'. They acknowledge a lot of the crappy bits and enjoy the good bits (the dude had a way of making the back of your neck crawl). I have found that some of it helps? They aren't glossing over his bad bits.

(And there's an ebook available of all the actual written stuff if you want to read some of it as well without actually buying it. Legal, even.)

Re: i love this icon for such things.

Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 05:57 pm (UTC)
makamu: (favourite Tolkien quote by brouhaha)
From: [personal profile] makamu
Firstly, love the icon! (note to self: get yourself an RPG icon, stat)

I'll check out both the Player's Guide (I have to fsmliarise myself with the new books I might need anyway). and the Re-Read. Thanks for pointing them out.

Re: i love this icon for such things.

Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Text: Inventory: your brains, Fezzik's strength, Inigo's steel, a wheelbarrow and a holocaust cloak. (gaming)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
A lot of it is still considered Open Gaming so it'll be on the SRD; the only things not on the SRD is setting stuff. (Which, considering my habits of mixing homebrew setting with Golarian, isn't a bad thing for me.)

Re: i love this icon for such things.

Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
makamu: (Krimhilde by areyouaddled)
From: [personal profile] makamu
Yes, I know. I personally do use a lot of the campaign setting material for Golarion, so the Paizo guys are quite familiar with the quirky German over here :)

Right now, I am trying to get a better grasp of Rovagug and I am hoping the Mythos research will help with that... Care to trade headcanons and mixing techniques?

Re: i love this icon for such things.

Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Atia from Rome on a white horse. (i'm the lady)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
YES Winter Tide!!!!! I am trying so hard not to spend the extra money right now (I have a $5 credit on Kobo, but I have to make sure the bills are done first) to get the whole book.

If you want the entire collection of his original stuff, here's an ebook of it - epub and mobi.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Have you ever read The Laundry Files by Charles Stross? It's a mixture of spy, computer whiz, and the immense horrors in the dark beyond, and mixes horror and humor beautifully. Love the books. Reread them all the time.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 01:44 pm (UTC)
dejla: (act of faith by commodorified)
From: [personal profile] dejla
He is just SO good that it makes me feel inadequate. Annihilation Score takes us in a slightly new direction, which first baffled me, but I got into it pretty quickly. You'll have to tell me what you think of it.

But you're right, once I finish a couple, I head off for Phyrne Fisher.
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