Foxfire Forgotten Realms #1 Released

This Public Brainstorming Notebook for the Dungeon Master’s Guild, as well as the One Note that compiles all the future notes in the magazine, has been released over the last weekend.  I just had to pause a bit before announcing it here, as I usually do when I make a first submission somewhere so I can be sure that it won’t be rejected outright.  As with Æthercoil Magazine, it is free; you can use the Pay What You Want feature for tips.

As I mentioned previously, I’m compiling all of the notes behind a customized version of the Forgotten Realms which I’ll place all of my future Forgotten Realms campaigns in, remixed to accommodate multiple campaigns at once as well as experiment in campaign creation.  Parts that I can file the serial numbers off will eventually become part of Æthercoil.  A new feature with Foxfire Forgotten Realms is the addition of a One Note book which compiles all of the notes and provides a one-stop “4-D Spreadsheet” for the entire realm, which I can drop any campaign I wish in there.

In future issues

Parts of Foxfire Forgotten Realms #1 will require me to put some more general items into Æthercoil Magazine #5, which is almost finished with the first draft as we speak.  I should have this published in July.  In August, the new version of the Homesteading Mechanic should be ready for release.  After that…

Æthercoil Fiction Series.

I lot of people wanted me to get back into writing illustrated fiction; light fiction novels, you can say.  I haven’t been focusing much into that since I gave DeviantART the big “Fuck this Shit I’m Out!” having had enough of the drama there.  Since the One Book Shelf sites have been so successful for me, (Read:  I’m actually getting read and getting positive comments on,) using the DriveThruFiction site to put stories about the Æthercoil world there, this time for sale.

At least that’s my plan, the gods willing and the Mississippi doesn’t rise.   You stay the fuck away, Mr. Murphy!!

June 2017 Update

I’m happy to report that I’m almost finished Foxfire Forgotten Realms #1. With the massive text out of the way, it’s only the matter of about 8-10 illustrations to splice in there before I put it into the Dungeon Masters Guild.  After that, it’s finishing up the text of Æthercoil Magazine #5 and later the revision of the Homesteading Mechanic as well as getting the Æthercoil wiki up to date.

But I have to give my comments on the next modules from Wizards.

I don’t plan on doing The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan because I wanted to use the North for worldbuilding practice (with Foxfire Forgotten Realms).  Since Hidden Shrine is in Chult, it’s outside of my scope of interest.  Such is the case with the Tomb of Annihilation, since it’s set in the same continent.  It shouldn’t be, by any means, a bad module; I haven’t seen much of it yet.  I’m just having too much fun turning the dungeons in Tales of the Yawning Portal into entire campaigns.  Campaigns that will be showcased in Foxfire Forgotten Realms.

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, on the other hand, is another matter.  Hey, is that a betta fish on the cover.  Oh, nevermind.

This volume, more than The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide is the product of all those playtesting done to the Unearthed Arcana articles.  In here, all those various subtypes, feats, spells, custom systems, and many other tidbits that were apocryphal in D&D play will now become Cannon.  Because of this—and no, not because that eye tyrant’s threatening my life[1]—I’m already declaring Xanathar’s Guide to Everything legal in all of my campaigns, including Æthercoil.

Once I know what’s in that book, I’ll adjust the wiki appropriately.

[1] “Are you serious, David?  Killing you only makes you more powerful than I can imagine, and I can imagine a lot.” – Xanathar

Introducing Alice

Ladies and Gentlemen, my first computer build, and I have to say that I’m proud of myself:

For quite a long time, I wanted my next computer to be a build, where I put into the computer the stuff I know I need, that can easily get me back into streaming–which was my goal for some time now–as well as provide room for upgrading–which the previous HP build didn’t provide; buy cheap get cheap–which will come in the future.

So for my birthday, I went over to Micro Center to get the parts.  Micro Center is a way away for me, it’s at Brentwood across St. Louis from where I live, but it’s well worth it because you will never find a  better place to get a computer.  Not only does it have the most expansive assortment of electronics to buy, but it also has the Build Your Own Department in the back.  Where the real good stuff is.  Some say that the service isn’t the best in the world, but the selection is second only to online stores.

It also didn’t take me too long to make the build.  All I needed was two hours, a Phillips screwdriver, and a couple Youtube videos.

It’s not perfect yet, but right now I’m happy with “Alice.”  I need to get a power splitter for the optical drive, the cables from the power brick could be wrangled better, and I’d really like to have a separate graphics card, in there.  But I got Alice up and running, and that’s good enough for now.  There’s always room for improvement from here, and of course, I can get back to streaming my sessions on Twitch.

(Oh, by the way, I am naming my builds after Disney Princesses, starting with Alice…oh stop nit picking…I hope that, before I die, I get to Tiana)

Current Configuration of Alice:

  • Logisys Case with bundled 480W Power Brick
  • Asus H110M-a/M.2 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i3 CPU with Stock Fan
  • Kingston DDR4 8 Gigs of RAM
  • Scandisk 120G Solid State Drive (for the OS)
  • Barracuda 1T Hard Disk Drive (for Work Files, spare programs, Multiple Gig games and moving as much of the OS work files from the SSD as possible.)
  • An older 700G HDD for File History
  • An older Optical Drive (needs a Power Connection)
  • Blue LCD fan on back to go with the Red LCD fan on the front. (?)

Possible Improvements for Alice:

  • A Video Card with 2G of memory or more
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor. The Motherboard will accept them.
  • Liquid Cooling
  • an SATA Power Splitter for the Optical Drive
  • 8 more Gigs of RAM
  • A Third Case Fan (will require a power splitter cable)
  • More USB 3.0 ports
  • A better Web Camera
  • A better Microphone
  • Better Wire Management (more possible with the cable extensions)
  • Light up the Inside more!  I want people to see what I did!

The reason I haven’t been posting here

It’s been a long time coming and it took up most of my spare time, but I’m finally in the editing stage of the setting I wanted to do before Æthercoil:

With the possibilities Chapter 3 of Storm King’s Thunder brings and the multiple campaigns that Tales of the Yawning Portal can bring, I have the need to modify Chapter 3 to suit multiple campaigns well into the future.  To aid in this development, I decided to create a sister “Public Brainstorming Notebook” to Æthercoil Magazine for the Dungeon Master’s Guild.  Foxfire Forgotten Realms takes all the campaign ideas I have that focuses in any Wizards-sanctioned world (including the Forgotten Realms, Ebberon, Ravenloft, and all the others) and puts them in one place, most of them combining into a single universe.  (They said, “Make the Realms my own,” and by God, I’m running with it.)  I’ll write this magazine to coincide with Æthercoil Magazine where I’ll put in parts that I’ll use in other campaigns, where the agreement terms for content is less restrictive.

Issue 1 of Foxfire Forgotten Realms is in the second draft right now, and is scheduled to be released in June, alongside Æthercoil Magazine #5.  Expect both issues to be sent out at the same time for obvious reasons.  Think of it as my Dungeon and Dragon Magazine, respectively.

Also, it’s my birthday weekend (the reason why I’m cranky, and why it’s storming this weekend; it always storms on my birthday weekend, no fail) and what I’ll be getting for my birthday is a computer that I’ll be building.  I had enough with prebuilt computers that don’t have the power and the capability for upgrades, so I’m dumping all of the companies and becoming a builder.  With an 8-core processor, a separate 2-Meg Graphics Processor, and enough room to upgrade as I go, I think I’ll have a computer powerful enough to run a twitch channel, something that I wanted to do for several years now.  Once that’s up and running, things will pick up here.  At least I hope it will.

March 2017 Report

I knew that I would’ve needed to work til March to get Æthercoil Magazine #4 ready for DriveThruRPG.  All that’s left for that issue is a couple illustrations to color as well as the necessary grammar checking.  Once that’s done, the issue will be sent ASAP.  But that’s not the only development on the site.

As you see on the left, I’ve updated the Social Media and Support Links.  You can not only catch me on Google Plus, but also no Gab.ai and Minds.com.  You’ll notice that I prefer those two sites over the usual suspects; the reason is on principle.  Social Media sites who would censor, ban, shadowbanning which is a real dick move (I mean, come on:  Banning someone without telling them?  There ought to be a law against that.  That’s right, Reddit, I’m looking at you.) demonetizing accounts (that one’s for Youtube.) and outright kick out people for having an opposing view because they made someone feel bad, would just as soon kick someone like me out just because…well, because fuck David Gonterman.  It’s been done before.  That’s why I don’t do Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and most recently, DeviantART; I’d rather walk out of a place where I’m certainly not welcome in before I get thrown out at best, dragged out on a rail at worst.  I find social media that value freedom of speech, thought, and creativity a lot more welcoming.  Granted, some might find some of the commentators in Gab and Minds disconcerting, especially when you’re a Millennial College Student, but for someone like me who just want to create for a living without having to hear someone going “Check Your Privilege, White Boy!” every five minutes, I’m more comfortable in the sites I’m on then the more common ones.

“But Davey,” you’d say, “I know that you’re in the Alt Right, but come on.  You’re not a provocateur like Milo, or an abrasive Youtuber like Sargon of Akkard, or even someone like PewDiePie.  You’re a D&D Dungeon Master creating your own campaign setting.  Hell, you still even scribble a drawing or two and post it on that digital fridge door you call your web site.  Outside of a snide remark or unconventional view, you’re not that argumentive, you don’t shit post, you don’t go out of your way to be offensive, you just an honest joe trying to make good with your talents.  That’s not going to get you banned.  There’s nothing about you that will get you banned.”

And I say “Like that is going to stop someone from banning me.”

So, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook are out; and Gab.ai and Minds are in.  That’s just the way it is.

(Sidebar:  I separate “Alt Right” from “Extreme Right”.  “Extreme Right” is the ones that people warn you about:  The Spencers, the Stormfronts, the Neo-Nazis, the people who think that 1,488 is more than just a number, the groups that you’d probably see more in Gangland and Lock-up, as you should.  The Alt Right, by contrast, is the group of free-thinkers and open-minded folk who are counter to the prevailing Progressive movement.  This group might have Right in the label, but that’s not as much “right of center” as “right of Hillary Clinton.” They include Classical Liberals, Classic Feminists, Libertarians, Gay Republicans, Online Philosophers, Gamers, Middle Class people who voted for Obama twice, People of Color who reject Black Lives Matter, and other people who think that the current political establishment is out of touch with them.  People who didn’t like where their homeland is going with Obama and Hillary, and did not appreciate being called “Deplorables” while they’re at it.  People who might not have voted for Donald Trump, but prefer to live without worrying about Microagressions, Trigger Warnings, Intersectionality, and Pronouns that get that squiggly red line in Word at every turn.

To put it another way, The Alt Right of today is like the Counter Culture of the 1960-70s.

I consider myself part of the Alt Right because it’s the most welcoming group:  The Progressives see a Cis White Male, and the Extreme Right sees an Autistic; either side would see someone they’d want to punch.)

By now, the Paytron site is up and running.  I have it soft launched now and have some free artwork on it.  I’ll announce Magazine launches on there, but this won’t get much progress until I finish creating the Æthercoil Starter Set, which I’ve started work on last month.  You’ll get more information about it in Æthercoil Magazine #4, but the gist of the project is that I wanted to make a Starter Set that is more of a “RPG in a Box” than the Wizards of the Coast 5E starter set is.  My Starter Set will have everything you need to run a short dungeon delve, which is what you need to get people into both D&D as a game and Æthercoil as a setting, with minimal preparation on the DM’s part.  I should have this ready by the Summer.

Meanwhile, there is a more immediate support site linked here, in the form of a Ko-fi page.  I really don’t ask for much for you, the visitor, and hopefully someone who likes my work; just a cup of coffee will do.  At just three dollars a cup, you show me your appreciation of my work and encourage me to keep going, which only makes the java that much sweeter to my lips.

Also unspoken is the obvious:  If I get enough donations, I could get a new computer powerful enough to get me back streaming sessions, which is what I want to do in the first place.

In between issues #4 and #5, there might be a need for me to prepare something that might go into the Dungeon Master’s Guild.  My Curse of Strahd customization has been on the back burner, but there’s something else that piqued my interest.  While Chapter 3 of Storm King’s Thunder might not see a conversion into Æthercoil—it’s a detailed depiction of Forgotten Realm’s Savage North, after all—I have found both of my groups, the Encounters table on Wednesdays and especially my Thursday Roll20 group, are establishing their own home base in the Realms, with the possibility of creating a guild that their next characters will hail from.  A lot of DM’s actually rejoice at that, including myself.  It’s why I created the Homesteading Mechanic in the first place (Which will be revised in Æthercoil Magazine #5).  But that isn’t the only thing.

As you might know, Tales of the Yawning Portal isn’t a true Campaign per se, but a group of famous dungeons brought up to the current system.  Placing them into a believable campaign (instead of just throwing the dungeons onto the party end to end, which I don’t want) is going to be tricky, and might require a bit of overland travel.  Even with the main idea for my next campaign, an upgrade of Scourge of the Sword Coast which will link up with the Dead in Thay dungeon in this upcoming book, there’s a need for me to reuse Chapter 3 of Storm King’s Thunder.

Hence my first Dungeon Master’s Guild will be a variation of this Chapter, retooled to be Campaign Agnostic.  This version of The North can be used for any campaign needed, as long as it’s set in the North and there’s a need to have quests automatically set up.  You can just take the campaign you’re needing—be it purchased or homemade—and just drop the “Reset Savage North” into it, saving you that much headache in the design.

The Reset Savage North document will not be discussed in Æthercoil Magazine, obviously, but I might have it up for discussion in my Social Medias as well as Reddit, which has a well-established community with plenty of people to bounce ideas around.  (Until I get shadowbanned for being a Cis White Male, of course)

Feburary Update: Pateron is up, New Player’s Wiki

There was a time when things got a bit swamped for time for a couple weeks, but I managed to get stuff done.

First of all is the switch from a GoFundMe to what I wanted to have, a Patreon.  This is where most of my newer content, including my Æthercoil campaigns, will be promoted.  Right now, my Patreon is soft-launched; it’s out but there’s little in it yet.  I have it out now so I’ll have a place to put in and preview Æthercoil’s first official adventure, the Starter Set.  As Patrons show up and put money into the system, I’ll add adventures that expand to that Starter Set as well as start up campaigns.

The second is the official launch of the Player’s Wiki.  This is the official “Player’s Handbook” for Æthercoil.  Since the campaign setting works with D&D 5E (You can even use the Basic Rules to get started), I use a lot of material from the Rulebooks and build on them.  This Wiki references a lot from these books (having them available is required since the System Resource Document and the Open Game License doesn’t allow me to just Copypasta whole parts fo the books.) and accepts most of the Unearthed Arcana.  I put in there the parts that I created and modified for the players to use.)

As I mentioned elsewhere, if Wizards of the Coast has any problems with the wiki, please let me know first before you hit me with the Cease and Desist.  I’ll change the part that’s the problem.

February will see some more action on this site.  I’m working on the second draft of Æthercoil Magazine #4, with additional artwork which will have a view here, as well as the Starter Set. Once both is put in official form, the Patreon will really have a proper start, and hopefully my New Years Resolution will come true.

A New Year’s Resolution

By the time I’m typing this, fireworks is flying outside for the ringing of the new year.  2016 is gone, thank fucking God.  2016 was a mixed bag for me, and it’s not because of all the deaths, Donald Trump or—IMHO the reason 2016 is “The Worst Year Ever”—the Cubs winning the World Series.  This was the year that one door got closed for me; web comics, and another door opening; Dungeon Mastering and Campaign Creation.  Granted, both were going on since the beginning of 2016, but it’s the just-now-past year is when I believe the transition took place.

I’m saying this because I feel that I got my groove back when it comes to creating with Æthercoil.  Probably the biggest criticism I may have gotten, or what some would say about me, is that I don’t have a work ethic; that I won’t work hard to achieve what I want.  But I don’t consider myself “a lazy good for nothing SSI case” because I can work hard.  The Proof is in my Dungeon Mastering.  I find myself typing away at my computer planning sessions, doing research, and even worldbuilding with Æthercoil Magazine.  Sometimes late into the night and into the next morning.  I also find myself enjoying this work, which is something most people would never muster up for any job they’re stuck with.  Come now, will anyone say without the influence of drugs or alcohol that they really enjoy having a career in fast food?

Granted, I used to feel this way about making art too, but not anymore.  I think the reason why is the motivation to get me going, the carrot vs the stick.  Up until I started posting stuff on DriveThruRPG, I got nothing but the stick.  Sure, I requested some level of critique and proof reading of my work, but in almost every possible case, the feedback devolved into a long-winded denigration of me and the dismissal of my work.  It got to the point where I didn’t want to post anything anymore because I know that I’d get chewed out over it.  Not critiqued, just chewed out.  That does not promote a good work ethic as some of you know.  Would you want to continue working with a boss that rags on your ass from 9 to 5?  Most people who favor their mental and physical health won’t.

Compare that with people actually shelling out money for my work, which is happening on DriveThruRPG.  Granted, right now it’s not much; I only get enough to pay for stuff I get over at the Dungeon Master’s Guild.  But it’s more than what I got from all of Ballad of Johnny Briz and possibly the previous several projects put together.

That’s the kind of encouragement I needed.  Not someone going all R. Lee Ermey every time I turn on my screen.  I’m exaggerating, of course, but this is what I mean by the carrot vs the stick.

This encouragement leads me to a rare instance for me:  A New Year’s Resolution.  I honestly believe that what I’m doing behind closed doors, the planning and the campaign making and up til recently the streaming, can become a job for me, and even though it might not get me out of SSI (At this time, that’s asking too much) it should be enough for me to supplement it.  Getting that Job Going, and having it going strong throughout 2017 barring shit-hitting-the-fan catastrophes like those listed in Æthercoil’s timeline, will be my New Year’s Resolution.

The first part of this job will be to set up a Patreon.  I tried to get it going for Ballad of Johnny Briz but it didn’t get anywhere.  I think this second attempt with Æthercoil will be somewhat more successful.  Not only do I have a regular release of Issues here, but I also have some items that I can put in as Patreon Awards.

One of which is an Æthercoil Starter Set that will work with both the D&D 5E Starter Set and Basic Rules.  Instead of a campaign, I believe that a good way to introduce people to D&D is a good old-fashioned dungeon crawl, with a variety of puzzles and creatures to match wits with.  4th Edition had such a dungeon delve, while the 5th Edition Starter Set dropped the ball on this.  This is something I’d like to rectify with the Æthercoil Starter Set.

This will lead into a series of short modules that link together like Adventurers’ League modules.  While they work as independent episodes and can be run in any order, they will follow along with a common theme:  Adventurers discover a modern world invention.  Adventures find out what to do with said inventions.  They then take it to their hometown and improve said hometown with this invention, and the results of their using this invention creates effects throughout the entire world.  Once I find out what kind of invention is needed, not too hard, I hope to create monthly adventures that I’ll release on Patreon.

That is my plan for 2017, and I’ll keep you posted here as developments happen.  But there’s something that you can help right now.  You’ll notice that GoFundMe link in the left.  https://www.gofundme.com/starting-a-dd-campaign-series

The reason why I stopped streaming on Twitch, something I’d like to get back to, is because of my computer.  The AMD A8 computer I have right now can do D&D Sessions very well, but it can’t do that and stream at the same time.  Even with the use of Infiniscene, the workload proves too much for my computer to effectively stream.  I’m going to need a better machine, a gaming machine to play and stream at the same time, and even though I managed to save some money, and put in enough in a saving account for such items, I don’t think I can get a new computer during 2017 by myself.  People on SSI don’t have much to save, even if the thing you’re saving for is going to be used for what will become a job.

Hence the GoFundMe.  I’m looking for $1000 US to purchase a gaming computer that will be designed for streaming.  Not just sessions but campaign design, artwork, map making and all the other things related to Dungeon Mastering.  If not in a session, I hope to have a nightly stream where people can look over my shoulder to see what I’m typing or drawing on, at least for 2-3 hours, but if I’m going strong, definitely longer.

Besides, I’m not asking for much.  We live in a world where people gave $55,000 for someone to make a $10 Potato Salad, and $10,000 to protect Betty White from dying in this past year.  Don’t get me started with those who gained six figures for the inanest of causes.  Yeah, I know I’m not the most popular person on the internet, but does that mean I can’t find a hundred people that will part with a single ten-spot so I can buy something I will use for a job?  I doubt this is the case.

Whatever or not the GoFundMe gets anywhere, I’ll still be working on the Patreon, since I already have stuff to put in there.  Watch this space for further developments.

Æthercoil Magazine Issue 4 for February 2017

Up til now, I could pace my issues of my public worldbuilding notebook for every other month.  Issue 4 will arrive a month later than expected, February at the earliest or March if I can’t help matters.  There’s more than just the holidays which includes a family reunion out of state that warrants this.

I’m at the point where I can reconstruct the Player’s Handbook Wiki for both my D&D campaigns and Æthercoil.  (In fact, any option that I experiment with or have a player in my table work with, will become Æthercoil Legal; there are some exceptions of course, including options from the Wizards rulebooks.)  The initial form of the flavor texts for this Wiki, including various tutorials and home rules, will be written in the Magazine, and then transferred to the Wiki.  This will include revisiting former options (Including the Engineer and Jester classes) and giving them one more once over.  This also includes the short story snippets where each character option is described (Unless it’s taken from said rulebooks; there’s only so much I can legally copypaste into the Wiki).  I’ll also will expand on the weapons, armor, equipment, kits and the other options such as Feats, Backgrounds, Spells, and the many Prestige Classes.

While I’m doing this, I’ll be considering this a warm up to bringing back Jamie’s story.  The Red-Haired Elf began in Issue 2 and I intend on continuing her story come hell or high water.  I intend to tell the world of Æthercoil through both fiction and campaigns, eventually into published (read: selling the PDFs and forming a Kickstarter for printed publications instead of using Pay What You Want as a tip jar.) Hopefully, the fiction will get the people interested in the campaigns.

It’s not certain whatever Æthercoil will become my Forgotten Realms.  But if this leads me into another setting, at least Æthercoil would’ve granted me plenty of practice in worldbuilding.  Not to mention working in a field with a community that doesn’t get as toxic as it did in DeviantART.  Even with reddit, things have been positive in comparison.  So far so good.

December 6 Update

I haven’t put much here as of late because I’ve been very busy with the projects, especially with the campaigns, as well as wrestling with the streaming gremlins.  As I’m doing so, I experimented with some other social media.

This magazine isn’t political heavy; I’m not one to lay that part too thick.  However, I’m right of center, left of someone like Donald Trump or the RPG Pundit, but still a lover for what some consider as basic concepts like free speech, concrete Truth, solid culture based on western morals—if not western geography or ethnicities—and the idea that, one; a Role Playing Game becomes “inclusive” and “diverse” with the Players and the Dungeon Masters instead of the designers; and two; actual inclusivity would include me, which is unlike what some people claim inclusivity would be.

During 2016, we found out what some people’s answer of what inclusive is:  Without a whole swath of people who would meet them half way if they weren’t shat on all the time.  The one who would include even someone like me into the group is the one who became successful.  Not me as a white cis male with autism, but me as a human being.  Acknowledge me as a person and someone who deserve to be on the same planet as you, and I will vote for me.  Do what Hillary Clinton has done, and I’d just go, “Geez, why don’t you get it out of your system and call me a f—–[1], why don’t you?” and leave.

This is why I got out of most social media:  Any social media who would suspend anyone because they do not uphold the views held by those running said media would in turn on me from using this same service just out of utter spite.  Those who ban Milo because he’s Alt Right would ban me because fuck me; I’m just not welcomed in the same planet as them.  That is the reason why I don’t use Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and most recently DeviantART.  I don’t make comics anymore because even if I do make a character who was gay and possibly trans—Forensic Investigator Jim Goodlow who became the human host for high-tech sentient character costume Scarlet, for example—I would still be denigrated for being homo and transphobic.  I don’t write fiction because even if I make the best quality novel I ever made—and I even have a good idea for it late in a podcast I’ll mention later—I’ll just get mass rejected by every publisher without even a thumb through[2].  And forget about having me into any fan group, because straying one iota from some group’s standard of what is acceptable is the equivalent of drawing the Prophet Mohammad.  In Mecca.  During the Hajj.

This is what led me into the Role Playing Game community, because most of the group—diverse as it is—have welcomed me with open arms, have a very viable marketplace of both ideas and materials, and have a well-made open tent based on 5th Edition (with a bunch of other systems) in spite of what their detractors would think.

Note to self:  Write a small article describing a difference between an Old School RPG and a Storygame RPG.  It’ll be a fine read.

It is this welcoming to views that might not match lockstep to authoritarian norms is why I’m on Google Plus, at least for the moment.  While I’d occasionally get a caterwauling SJW—or worse, a conspiracy theorist talking about a flat earth—Google isn’t banning me outright because of a snippy remark.  My most recent addition to my Social Media is gab.ai (https://gab.ai/DavidFoxfire) which is a still-in-beta alternative to Twitter after that service got all SJW on us, which I got in because they value free speech, and because of that, my existence in that service.  Granted, you’ll get some extremists views there, but if that’s the price for being in a media that won’t ban me because David Gonterman, then so be it.

Another place in the social media I found a home in could use some help, which I’ll do to repay the kindness given to me.

It took me a while for me to find the link—I was looking in the wrong place—but I managed to find the stream that I was in. It’s called ‘Bass to the Bone,’ is located at https://soundcloud.com/user-47740498 , and could use some help with the logo and possibly some web pages.  I might design one as thanks for such a positive experience.  It could’ve easily denigrated to an hour long prank, which might have happened before the turn of the millennium, but it didn’t.

That alone is enough for me to support this blog further.  I might not be the most famous person around.  Some would say that I am ‘famous,’ but I deny it; famous people don’t have to worry about being on Social Security because people want to make paying deals and want me towork with them.  Me?  I’m hard pressed to find someone who’d even talk to me without hiding behind some pseudonym because they’re either a troll or too afraid to even associate with me.  Famous people don’t have to look for someone to say anything positive about them.  Before TV Tropes grew up and decided not to be a troll site, it exclaimed that there wasn’t a single person saying anything positive toward me.  Famous people can help groups gain publicity.  Me?  Between the Clinton and Bush presidencies, I was pretty much kryptonite to anything I was near.

So, I appreciate people who approach me and give me a fair shake on their blogs, which is what Bass to the Bone has done.  They’re nice to me, I’ll repay the favor.


[1] I don’t use this in the more expected sense.  If you’re being called this epithet before you reached graduation, especially before you reached puberty, homosexuality is the least of your problems.

[2] And don’t get me started with getting any awards; I know that they’d rather vote “No Award” than let me have it.  This even includes the Participation ones.

Youtube Alternative Update

I found out that DailyMotion has an hour limit on videos, and I do not have a desire to cut my videos up to make it fit.  However, downloading the videos from Twitch and re-uploading them into YouTube seem to work.  That will do until I find a suitable alternative.  (I might need to get a paid account somewhere to have the features I need though, oy!)

Meanwhile, the Capre GM podcast rescheduled my time with them to this  coming Saturday, the 29th.  I’ll let you know more as time progresses.

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