Archive for May, 2009

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Mechaton vs. Tyranids

May 14, 2009

I dug out the cheap digital recorder for some other projects and found this old clip I took of the aftermath from a Mechaton game last year I played with Jono and Ben Lehman.

We had 3 factions – two with mechs and one with tyranids. Jono had a uber tyranid which he hooked up with magnetic limbs, so we could have bits come off for damage.

It was quite epic and fun. It was pretty cool the way in which we ended up with mech/corpse piles at certain locations, appealing to our inner 12 year olds.

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It’s Magic!

May 12, 2009

Sometimes, ignorance is not an excuse as much as an admission of guilt…

There are more readers than ever before, of every color; the internet has made their cross-conversations visible, persistent, and potentially powerful, reaching into spaces where they were formerly invisible.

(I realize that this is a “what I meant to say” post, but it *is* what I meant to say. Or do mean to say, at least.)

bests, Lois.

It’s 2009. Why are people still invisible in spaces where people specialize in imagining futures, both the better ones and the worse ones to avoid?

Why is it “boggling” that NDNs, as much as any other people, would use the internet? Why is it their concerns would still be invisible even then?

Why is it that, when presented with several conversations from people invisible (to you), the answer is then to not consider what is said, but invalidate and silence by claiming that this “new” fantasy, which is the same as the last 400 years of history books and popular media, both fictional and non-fictionally fictional, cannot be criticized?

Conversations require both speaking and listening.

We’re not dealing with invisibility, we’re dealing with people who choose not to see us, silence us when we speak, and then act as if the problem the whole time has been one of logistical communication – like we lived in Alpha Centauri and we didn’t have the internet and communication technologies to connect us.

Any civilized behavior (“seeing humans as humans and treating them such”), sufficiently advanced, seems like magic, right?

ETA:
Looks like we have some answers and they’re not pretty:

I’m currently assuming there will be African slaves, possibly even more (since there won’t be any Native Americans to have already done a certain amount of prepping land for human occupation, nor to be exploited later).

That’s right folks, humans weren’t occupying the Americas, just convenient terraforming anthropoids that stumbled around prepping the land for REAL humans.

For fuck’s sake.

(Also: We’re pretty worldwide and numerous for invisible things.)

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Dominating in “None”

May 12, 2009

Big thanks to digital_femme for hipping me to Ghost in the Machine: Digital Multiculture – which pretty much sums up the same stuff we’ve been saying forever.

I couldn’t help but think of the very same things I said on the Bear’s Grove Race & RPGs podcast last year.

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It all comes back round again

May 11, 2009

“The other and more hopeful point is that never before have so many Readers of Color existed to *have* the conversation, or been able to communicate with each other to do so.”

The comment which I linked that quote from? It’s what I call blathering. It’s not uncommon when people are having their privileged and poor behavior pointed out to them, after all, they have no social framework of how to deal with it- the cognitive dissonance of having their “lessers” correct them, often leads down sadly predictable paths of defensiveness.

You can see it’s blathering because it jumps from topic to topic without making a point at all along the way, and the statements made, are made without thought about what is being said.

I could pull dozens of links, but I’ll just pick a few that are easily at hand for me:

POC in SF/F carnival- the carnival might be recent, but the people talking aren’t.

POC Carnival 9 – What I heard about you, and what that meant for me.

“For the last time, just because it is not happening in full view of white people does not mean that it is not happening. I am so tired of dealing with this attitude that wanting sci-fi to represent and respect the reality of life as a person of color is somehow asking too much. Especially when the reaction from white authors who are told “Hey you’re doing it wrong” is to say “Well then I won’t do it at all” like we’re supposed to be a-okay with being erased, ignored, or misrepresented just to get a few crumbs from the table.”

“Dragons are not universal. If I am defensive, it is because I have had to learn how to love Tolkein while trying to find myself in the unmapped lands in the East where the Green and Blue wizards disappeared to.”

Avalon Willow’s Open Letter to Elizabeth Bear and the history of us in/not in spec fic media.

Digital Femme and the Wackness Amplifier.

And, my own piece on the line between ignorance and willful ignorance…

Steve Barnes interview w/Locus 2003 (via LadyJax)

Look ma! We really do exist! An SF/F geek of color shoutout thread

All they see is themselves…

The Remyth Project

(I’ll probably come back to this post to add more links, because really)

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Ghost Town

May 8, 2009

I’ve been fiddling for about a year now with the idea of an rpg set in the Gold Rush era, where you have Chinese immigrants doing another shit job- exorcising ghosts. Digging up all the issues of the era, of the colonization, slavery, genocide, etc.

Reading rushthatspeaks’ LJ post on The 13th Child just gave me a chilled thought about a modern brother game to that idea:

I really think the lack of history explains a lot about this country. I mean, one of the quintessential American genres of movie is the road-trip movie, where you have forced character bonding through the fact that they are forced to spend time together in a car through all those miles and miles and miles of– empty space. You can’t do this in countries where every single thing has a name. Something historical is bound to intrude on you. Something outside yourselves is liable to break in.

Imagine the roadtrip where the land wasn’t empty, just full of ghosts. And everything else that such a roadtrip entails.

It really makes me shudder. Would it probably work better as a movie or graphic novel? Probably. Still, I’m going to let that sit in the back of my head as an idea.

(ETA: Will have to play some Steal Away Jordon, Grey Ranks, and Carry before I even really take it there. Still.)

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