New Project Announcement!

Hello, readers and writers! I hope folks are having a productive NaNoWriMo. I’m plugging away on my own work, which ties into the news I have today.

In the coming months I will be publishing a serial fiction story through BloodLetterPress, the Kamen Rider Calliope Project.  Every week you’ll be able to check in on our site to read the latest installment, similar to novels published in newspapers or magazines in the 19th and 20th centuries. The format has since mostly migrated online, and I’ve been interested in exploring the medium for awhile now.

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Inktober 3: The Third One

Well, here I am, a few days late and a dollar or so short–but, I am here, and that counts for something. It’s been an adventure fighting the inky beast, but guess what? It turns out that the ol’ beasty is actually pretty rad, and instead of fighting them, I should have just been like, totally embracing this inky fiend all along, you know? Anyway, all’s well that ends well, so with a cramped up drawing hand, and stars in my eyes, I can finally close this chapter of my sketchbook with a sense of pride. Continue reading Inktober 3: The Third One

Meet The Locals: Premade Characters for Stars Fall Up

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BLP had an amazing time running our game Stars Fall Up with folks who attended Jiffycon this past weekend! A huge thanks to all who showed up and hung out with us. Seeing people be excited about the game makes us 1020% more excited about it as well, and personally speaking, it makes me want to keep making supplements for the game.

So here’s our first offering. Below you’ll find six pre-generated character that we used at Jiffycon for our SFU session. They’re totally free to use and remix however you feel like, so go nuts. The character templates are purposely vague to allow for a great amount of customization from players, while not having to fret over coming up ideas for backgrounds and #tags.

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DEATHNOWRIMO and Discord

BloodLetterPress compatriots, the blessed month of Halloween has come and gone, and the long, dark hour of National Novel Writing Month is upon us.  Fear not the empty document, compatriots: it is prime DEATHWRITE season, and we are here to help you bring forth words from the deepest reaches of your imaginations.

The creators of DEATHWRITE have furnished you with a Discord channel, so that you may commiserate with BLP contributors and others who have chosen this undertaking.  Organize word sprints, swap ideas, beseech your fellows for feedback or inspiration, organize your own DEATHWRITEs at home and abroad, and feel the certainty of knowing that this struggle is not yours alone.

Additionally, BloodLetterPress invites you to participate in DEATHNOWRIMO: PUNISH YOUR NOVEL, a DEATHWRITE event dedicated to participants of National Novel Writing Month, on Sunday, November 19th, starting at midnight Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5:00).  This event coincides with our Extra Life charity stream.

Until then, compatriots, go boldly forth, unburdened by your inner editors.

It’s got to be here somewhere.

It’s what they all think, and what many of them speak aloud. Their weak boots filling with my waters, their feeble sight confounded by my mists, they trudge through the trackless stretches of my maze, jumping at cobwebs and the shadows of trees, bewilderment giving way to desperation and gray, empty hopelessness. And the mires swallow them up as they kneel. So it has been for seventy succulent years.

“It’s got to be here somewhere,” one now says, parting his way through thick, slippery vines. His eyes flick from shadow to shadow, from stump to imagined looming shape. His fear comes off him in a slow, oozing torrent that spreads across the surface of the water, but the map in his clutched hand and the hollow promise of gold in his jittery mind lend something like confidence to his voice. He is telling himself that he is confident, and he is just good enough at lying to himself to believe it.

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JiffyCon Roundup!

BloodLetterPress (represented by Miki and myself) made our live debut at JiffyCon this weekend!  Here’s some of the cool stuff we did.

We kicked off the morning by playing a game of Fuel Priest, a dieselpunk RPG in development by Timeless Caverns.  I personally think dieselpunk is a criminally underrated genre (and am working on a dieselpunk setting of my own), so I was excited enough by the concept of Fuel Priest when we sat down to play, but if I had known what I was in for, I would have been practically ravenous for this game.  In the 34 pages of their current design, the folks at Timeless Caverns have created a game driven by hope, desperation, and reverence, where characters are defined by their kinship with their tools and their various interpretations of a common dogma.  It’s a work of elegant design married to exciting and timely narrative themes, and I can’t wait to play it again, or see the next step in its evolution.

From there, we ate a quick lunch, and Miki went to play Brodie’s  Here Is My Power Button, which I’ll let them write about.  After navigating a logistical hall of mirrors, I found myself playing Elliot Baker’s Tiny and Chrome, a Lego-based car combat game in homage to Mad Max: Fury Road.  While I don’t speak from a wealth of experience, this was easily the most fun I have ever had playing a miniatures game—intuitive rules ensured that each turn passed quickly, and playing with five other people meant that the board state changed explosively every round.

Rhino, Speedy, T-Bone, Gasser, and Slevine lie rent asunder as Cadillac and The Incinerator square off with Hedgehog and Skeeter for the final showdown! Photo credit: Meguey Baker

And, finally, we ran a game of our own Stars Fall Up!  I did a terrible job of explaining the rules, but it didn’t take long for our shared story to take off into a madcap Pilot City full of gondolas and ziplines, werewolf law, and suspicious turtles, which culminated in a boss battle against a Voltron made of Radio Shacks beneath a total eclipse of Planet Marsha.  Huge thanks to Dylan, Brodie, and Aaron for checking out our game and lending your splendid imaginations to our evening!  And huge thanks as well to Modern Myths and the organizers of JiffyCon 2017, for giving us the infrastructure we needed to expand our community, meet new people, and feel like Real Life Professionals!

BloodLetterPress careens forward into November with more fresh content coming to you a couple times a week here on our website.  Our Extra Life fundraiser culminates on November 14th in a 24-hour video game stream on our Twitch channel, which coincides with a DEATHWRITE: DEATHNOWRIMO 2017 EDITION for you writers out there.  Until then, we hope your Halloween is the best ever!

Inktober Update: Nerd Out of Hell 2–Back into (Anime) Hell

As it would turn out, even the best laid plans have their way of going awry. You might recall that in last week’s Inktober Round-Up, I set a goal for myself this year: stick to a particular theme for each week of the challenge. I had intended to warm up with a few days of fun and fluffy fan-art before diving into a week full of witches, spooks, specters, and things that go bump in the night. This worked…for a few days. As my girl Emily Dickinson once said, “The heart wants what it wants”, and much to nobody’s surprise, my fragile little heart burns bright with an ardent nerd-fire that has yet to be quelled.  So here I am– a few days later than anticipated– proudly delivering another hot batch of fan-fueled Inktober magic:

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BLP Shenanigans for October/November: Live Appearances, Extra Life, and More!

Hello hello hello!  Wowie, dear readers, I am caffeinated!  And very excited to share what BloodLetterPress is going to be up to for the next few months!  We’ve had this blog up for a while now and have been churning out content ever since, but as the final days of Halloween Month draw closer, we’re getting ready to explode forth from our blog format into REAL LIVE APPEARANCES with our REAL LIFE SELVES!  Details under the cut!

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Going Around: Colorful Descriptions

Hey all, I (Nagi) am in charge of this week’s Going Around feature. I wanted to stick with the theme of fall, but we already did spooky last week. But the autumnal times are also periods of wonderful color, at least if you’re living in certain climate zones. So I want to ask:

Why is color important in creative media? What are your favorite examples of color in a piece of art or a narrative?

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