THE GREATEST BOOK IN THE WOOOOORLD
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It took two years to get to this point. Remember THIS post from the middle of 2017?
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And THIS post about crazy-ass Hugh Lupus?
Well now you can finally encounter Hugh in RPG form. I'm sure he never imagined that would be happening in his future.
This thing has been through so many changes and taken so long, its kind of mind-blowing. (It's still been twice as fast and Veins of the Earth.
A lot of crazy, crazy crazy shit happened to get us to this point. So look out for that documentary on whatever has replaced YouTube in 20 years time.
A great deal of thanks from me to Dirk Leichty, Christian Kessler, FM Geist and Jacob Hurst (And Chris McDowall for creating the rules), together we made something that is utterly unlike something we would have done alone.
This might also be the last, or one of the last, big massive project to come out of the G+ OSR community which will probably not exist in the same form in a years time.
This community, if it indeed is a community, or whatever it is, has got quite a lot done.
(Stage One; the Lab. Stage Two; A Lifeless Underground, Stage Three; Worldwide.)
Not quite 'life from lifelessness' but a lot nevertheless.
Knave, Black Hack, Into the Odd and a dozen more rulselights all exist, easy to play and easy to explain.
There are writers, artists, a massive choke point regarding layout and Kickstarter to finance things.
The growth and distribution of the technology, the democratisation of financing and payment through Kickstarter and Paypal, and the linking together of talented people worldwide means that small groups of itinerant individuals can now do what previously only corporations could attempt.
And because small groups of people can do it, we can do it in the manner of people, rather than that of more-exploitative (because every relation has some power in it) capital.
For instance you get give artists more freedom and find ways to make that work so that hopefully the dominant form of art slides back to being actual art, rather than digital blurs arranged by art directors.
And with a small group you can have much more equitable (but not perfectly equitable, becasue nothing is perfect) arrangements of payment and ownership.
And because the world is what it is, the dark side of humanity comes along with it and changes with the technology. Many of the large personalities driving the movement have feet of clay, the American base that makes up the majority of the market and creators is very focused on t̶e̶a̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶p̶a̶r̶t̶ momentarily adjusting its culture, the social networks that facilitate it are decaying into, or revealing their nature as, profit driven byzantine automata, slowly falling apart, interpersonal relationships are no less flawed for taking place outside the structures of a corporate authority.
It should not be forgotten that things have been, and can be, achieved. Its harder than it seems and harder than we might hope, and it displaces the moral contest for decency from a distant authority, where we can all sneer and mock it, to our living rooms and bedrooms, where we all have to come to grips that we are possibly, at times, each the bad guy. But things can be done.
Eh, just listen to Carl Sagan;
"It's easy to imagine skeins of historical causality. There were many possible historical paths.
Our ancestors walked from East Africa to Novaya Zemlya and Ayers Rock and Patagonia, they hunted elephants with stone spearpoints, they walked the Moon a decade after entering space.
It is beyond our powers to predict the future.
Catastrophic events have a way of sneaking up on us, of catching us unaware.
Your own life, or your band's, or even your species' might be owed to a restless few, drawn, by a craving they can hardly articulate or understand, to undiscovered lands and new worlds.
Each victory is only a prelude to another, and no boundaries can be set to rational hope.
Our particular causality skein has brought us to a modest and rudimentary, although in many respects heroic, series of explorations.
But it is far interior to what might have been, and what may one day be."