Conversation around the Thanksgiving table:
"You know that Fifty Shades of Gray started as Twilight fanfic? There’s a recognized subgenre where people use the same characters, except they aren’t vampires or werewolves or whatever.”
"That seems strange. I guess if they did that with Superman, it would just be about Clark Kent."
"I wonder if Peter Parker would be as successful a reporter without all those Spider-Man photos?"
"Well, at the beginning of his story he’s just a bright teenager, right? So without Spider-Man maybe it’s just ‘The Catcher In The Rye’.”
"Wait, maybe it IS! ’J.D., we can’t call the main character ‘Peter Parker’ or we’ll get sued. You have to come up with another name.’ ‘FINE. How about Holden Caulfield?’”
(Unfortunately for this theory, ‘The Catcher in the Rye' came out ten years before Spider-Man was introduced.)
FIVE PEOPLE WHO REBLOG THIS BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY WILL BE RANDOMLY CHOSEN TO RECEIVE A FULL SET OF ALL 1100 SUPERFIGHT CARDS FROM THE PILE OF CARDS WHOSE BOXES GOT ALL MESSED UP ON THEIR WAY TO THE WAREHOUSE. YOU CAN WIN OUR TRASH! (No really, the cards are fine. So are the boxes. Just dings I didn’t want to ship.)
SUPERFIGHT HAS SOME NEW RULES, for those of you who missed it! Here they are:
Separate the white cards from the black cards.
Everyone draw three white cards and five black cards.
Pick a player to be the Ref of the first fight.
Ref: Draw a white card and two black cards from the decks, and place them on the table.
Let’s say it’s a T-Rex with a lightsaber who throws grenades. Two powers almost totally erased by those ornamental arms.
Okay, everyone else, there is your Opponent. Choose one white card and one black card from your hand as your Fighter to beat that T-Rex.
Let’s say you play a Samurai who can clone himself. That T-Rex is screwed.
Okay, Ref, now pick a direction, left or right.
Everyone then plays one black card on the player next to them in that direction, skipping the Ref.
This is your chance to really make some people angry. Do it. Make their flying kindergarten class afraid of heights. They deserve it. They locked your fire-breathing chimp in an antique diver’s helmet last round.
Now Ref, pick which Fighter would do the best against your Opponent. the Fighter you pick takes your white card as a Trophy.
(That self-cloning samurai had a fighting chance, but someone put him in a giant hamster ball.)
Argue with everyone else about why they lost (they’ll start the argument for you). Listen to them argue with each other. Laugh as friendships are permanently destroyed. This is the best part.
Now change Refs somehow and do it all again. Always have a hand of four white cards.
Play until you are sick of playing, and whoever has the most Trophies wins.
Oh, and keep an eye on SuperfightGame.com for updates, news about new expansions, and all kinds of stuff!
Or buy a Superfight gift card for someone you hate!
Thanks to Eclectic Gamer for the rule suggestion! And to the entire Superfight community for thinking of new ways to play and hate each other!
Oh look what the Moxie people sent me.
I am not ashamed to buzz market this challenging elixir of New England.
This is extremely great.
Warning: Crazy people are everywhere
Is there some way we can use this technology to get people not to post bogus copyright notices on their Facebook walls?
Kickstarter update for 'Time To Break Up The Band' -
A few weeks ago, I started a kickstarter fundraising campaign to help me record and release my next album. People could pledge $10 to preorder the album, or more to get various other rewards. The campaign ends tomorrow (Monday) at 10:10 pm EDT.
Since it started, I’ve reached my original fundraising goal, and have also reached two subsidiary ‘stretch’ goals. The result is that now the CD will include a couple of full-band covers (Tom Waits’s ‘Way Down In The Hole' and the Flaming Lips's 'Waterbugs’), and my friends Chris Monti and Tracie Potochnik are each going to record a cover of one of my songs (their choice which), with the recordings to be distributed for no extra charge to anyone who pledges any amount of money to the kickstarter.
I’ve got some other stretch goals. If I make $207 more dollars and reach $2500 total, then I will commission artists Shaenon Garrity and Scuffy Genius to each make an illustrated lyric sheet to one of my songs (they choose the song). I’ve worked with both of them before; earlier this year I had them design shirts based on my songs, both of which turned out great. The lyric sheets would be distributed to anyone who pledges any amount to the campaign as high-resolution PDFs, again for no extra charge.
I have other things I can do if the campaign meets additional goals (see the website at http://kickstarter.jwgh.org/ for details), so I’m excited to see what happens in the final push! Any help you can provide in spreading the word is appreciated.
Voices United for Separation of Church and State presents Jacob Haller -
On Saturday I (assisted by Joe Auger) opened for Australian songwriter and secular activist Shelley Segal, and Steve Alquist recorded my entire hour-long performance! I hope you enjoy it.
Here are links to the individual songs:
Thanks to Shelley Segal, Americans United, the Humanists of Rhode Island, the Artists’ Exchange, and Joe Auger for making this event as successful as it was!
Shelley Segal’s set was also recorded, and I thought it was really great! You can watch it here: