@DamnitJim There was a real fear that the UK would intervene on the Confederacy's behalf, both because of trade revenues and to gain another foothold on the continent. Whether that was realistic or not is debatable, but the British earned a reputation as opportunists for a reason. You can hear it in a lot of the war songs/marching songs of the period.
When we studied the Civil War in AP History in high school, we debated how much this had to do with the timing of the Emancipation Proclamation (among other things, like the language in it that specifically avoids freeing slaves in loyal Northern states. I enjoyed this class.). I don't think it was the only reason for it, of course, and I don't think the political situation in Britain at the time would've made siding with the Confederacy at all tenable. But it was certainly interesting.
Off the coast of the Zephyr Isles congregate thousands of green-winged terns, their dark feathers blackening the water. The fishermen and sailors consider them bad luck and shoot them if they get a chance, although it's bad luck to eat their flesh, which tastes foul enough at any rate. The locals say the birds cluster around near whenever somebody's about to die, waiting to steal their soul. Sometimes they fly about silent as the grave, and that means that their prey's escaped. Sometimes they make a deafening din of jubilation, and fly off back to the island where they nest. No one speaks that island's name, nor approaches it neither, for its ringed about by sheer crags and surrounded by fierce whirlpools that will drag a ship into the rocks.
I've heard tell of a small, wooded island that moves around, so no one may find it twice; I've heard many names for it but most call it the Wanderer. At the center of the island is a pool of water so still and clear you'd think you could reach out and scrape the bottom with your fingers, but the best divers of the Bay of Emeralds have tried in vain to reach its depths. Still, they say the water is good to drink- but don't harm a single living thing on that island, beast or bird or tree. One mad old drunk in a bar in Balig told my uncle of how he alone refused out of fear to eat from a wild pig they'd caught. He woke up the next morning alone. Their clothes and gear were all still there, but his shipmates had vanished. Swore he saw a lot more pigs running about, though.
There are a lot of people hearing alarm bells going off in their heads with the recent announcement of multiple Walmart Supercenters closing, all at once, in multiple states (some of which are states being prepared for the Jade Helm military exercises), all claiming a "plumbing" issue, with recent news of some type of underground tunnel projects involving Walmart and DHS.
Over the last year Caterpillar has shuttered multiple facilities with the claim of consolidation, and now some Walmart facilities are closing in Florida, California, Texas, and Oklahoma, with no notice given to employees, citing "plumbing issues," yet major news outlets report that no permits had been applied for by Walmart for future repairs.
In a previous ANP article we quoted a former military man as stating via email "Walmart's are outfitted with extensive communications, communications that are identical from store to store and even country to country," stating he believes "the primary purpose for Walmart's, similar stores and malls will be for supply depots for military and initial staging area for local civilians to be processed (clothes ID's etc.), then moved to sanctuary's/FEMA camps after processing." He continues on to point out "the delivery entrances and storage are already set up."
A former Navy Seal also shares his take on the underground tunnels recently reported on, stating "The tunnels are already in place. they are using the 6 months, which brings us into September, to clear the places out and configure them for supply depots, communication hubs and pre-processing centers."
As much as I like Apocalypse World (and its many spin-offs like Dungeon World), it is still a Game About Stats. It is one of the most focused Games About Stats that I have seen in a long time; it doesn't matter what the other person's skill is, if you succeed lives on your stats alone. This keeps the game rules part more understandable and accessible. Mind you, all the AW games are pretty damn dark.
I'm intrigued. Looks like they'll be going with the basic d20 dice style, so nothing too unusual. The story sounds interesting enough. I like the idea of risks increasing with magic use over a set number of spells. Not too sure how well the 'GM Freedom' part would transfer to a MU*. People tend to like to know what they need to roll, not have it just made up on the spot. But that's really the only stand-out ping to my cynic-meter.
I don't really know my thoughts on this crazy. I mean she and Adam did make Firan which had a strong rape and slavery element. So, it is unsurprising she would make a tasteless joke like that. I'll totally grant that she did good to apologize. The sincerity of that is not what I know because I only know the Firan her.
I can't promise anything, but I will try to be better next time. I kinda suck at games though. Especially ones I haven't played in over a decade. (I don't know if you saw it, but the Roman died).
Seriously though, whether it's me, or you look up someone actually good on Youtube, I really suggest anyone who loves Lovecraft to check it out. The graphics are a bit dated, but it was an awesome game.