Monthly Archives: August 2015

Just what I need — another web site selling bundles of stuff that I’m interested in

This company is called Story Bundle and they sell book and comics collections. A current collection is called Women in SciFi, it’s curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and features books, novellas, collections, and songs by the likes of Vonda McIntyre, Cat Rambo, Nancy Kress, Linda Nagata, Catherine Asaro, Judith Tarr, and others.

This deal is available for another 11 days. There are two differences between this site and others. First, there is no charity. The funds are divided between the authors and the site, and you control the split. Second, they wisely have them available as a single downloaded zip, so much easier to get all the content. Everyone gets a single file of MOBIs and Epubs. So that’s pretty convenient.

$15 gets you everything. Just how many more of these bundle sites are there?!

https://storybundle.com/scifi

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An interview with Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games!

Not that other Steve Jackson, the fantasy writer. Slashdot did what might be better known as Reddit’s Ask Me Anything, Slashdot has been doing it for far longer than Reddit was a gleam in its creators eyes. The resulting email interview was posted on Friday.

And here it is:
http://interviews.slashdot.org/story/15/08/13/1344216/interviews-game-designer-steve-jackson-answers-your-questions

I used to read Slashdot extensively but for the last year or so I only read the first page, so I missed the post where people proposed questions. The questions that get modded up the most get forwarded to the interviewee, so it’s the things that are of the most interest to the community that are answered.

Reboot the Suit: A Kickstarter to properly conserve Neil Armstrong’s moon suit

There’s a Kickstarter going on to preserve Neil Armstrong’s suit that he wore on the moon, apparently the Smithsonian’s budget is mainly operational and special projects like this are not funded except through independent sources like grants or Project Kickstarter. The Kickstarter sought to raise $500,000 and has made that goal and are looking for more to extend preservation to other space suits, like Alan Shepherd’s.

One of the backer rewards is the files to 3-D print a replica of the suit’s glove. A lot of gamers are also science geeks of one sort or another and I thought that some of you might be interested in participating.

1996 edition of Deadlands Collection available from Bundle of Holding

It’s a heck of a collection, we had a lot of fun hours playing this game. Very interesting dice mechanics.

Here’s what’s bundled:
For just US$7.95 you get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $30):
Weird West Player’s Guide (retail price $7.50): The core book for players, with the original rules and setting that started it all. [Note: Deadlands has been adapted to several rules system. This revived offer re-presents the 2004 revision of Pinnacle Entertainment’s flagship 1996 game and its supplements.]
Marshal’s Handbook (retail price $7.50): The Game Master’s guide to the Weird West of 1876.
Fire & Brimstone (retail price $3.75): The Blessed folks of the Weird West — Baptist Bible-thumpers, frontier rabbis, soapbox evangelists, and wandering Buddhist monks.
Hucksters & Hexes (retail $3.75): The soucebook for magic (and poker) in the Weird West.
Rascals, Varmints, & Critters (retail price $3.75): Scores of Deadlands desperadoes, abominations, and freaks.
Smith & Robards Catalog (retail price $3.75): A full range of weapons and equipment, plus New Science gizmos and rules for fantastic devices and the madm– um, geniuses who create them.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $15.63, you’ll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection of seven more titles (retail value $25.50):

The Agency: Men in Black Dusters (retail price $3.75): One of the highest-rated Deadlands supplements, this training manual documents secrets the Agency (a secret service of the Weird West) doesn’t want you to know.
Book o’ the Dead (retail price $3.75): The secrets of those who have passed beyond the veil — and back. New rules for generating undead heroes, as well as over 50 new mystical Harrowed powers.
Canyon o’ Doom (retail price $3.75): The native peoples call it the House of Stone and Light. In its shadowed depths, unnatural things wait. An epic 128-page adventure.
The Collegium (retail price $3.75): The intrigue-filled association of mad scientists in the Great Maze boomtown, Gomorra, and their newest, least stable steamtech inventions.
Ghost Dancers (retail $3): The sourcebook for Native American Shaman characters, their powers, and the Happy Hunting Grounds where mad spirits dwell.
Law Dogs (retail $3.75): About law enforcement, and the enforcers who have to be as ruthless as the outlaws they pursue.
Lone Stars (retail $3.75): The Texas Rangers sourcebook!

The bundle is available for another five days.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Deadlands2015

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