Project I’m working on! Go check it out!
Project I’m working on! Go check it out!
More refined versions of the cover and back from the Grand Regimes first tabletop RPG, The Department of Enforced Marketing Presents, for your Consideration: the Rules of Living and Correct Existences. Set when the New World® has just been rolled out, and everything that everyone is seeing or feeling or tasting or touching is now being affected by the Grand Regime, The Rules of Living and Correct Existences allows for incredibly flexible situations. It’s not uncommon for a gunfight to move seamlessly into an argument with a floating human finger, that results in you taking drugs to come up with an idea for how to steal food for you and your family. It’s an expansive, multi-sided peak into this horrifyingly fun universe. Coming July 2017!
The Grand Regime is a huge, multi-sided, multi-pieced universe with video games, comics, paper RPG’s, and several rabid, starved weasels we trapped in boxes made out of bones and a strange leather and taunted for days before setting loose in that room in your home you haven’t been in today. Go look! Or … don’t. Maybe don’t. I might wait a bit, were I you. Each of these pieces is going to be unique views into this horrifying near-future America, though we’re now post America. Since each is going to have different views have a different styles, though all will have a lot of overlapping themes and there’s characters and themes that jump from piece to piece.
The first is a game, called Still Alive. It’s for Android and iOS and well burned piles of meat, as well as having an option for playing with a Chromecast (or, on a later update, with an AppleTV) using your phone or pile of meat as a controller. MacOS and Windows 10 versions will follow, as well as a Nintendo Switch port in the future.
In addition to Still Alive, there’s going to be two other big pieces that are coming out at the same time: a comic series, or at least the first book of one, and a paper RPG. ‘If You Can’t Find it In Your Heart, Check The Lungs’ is the first book in a series about the ridiculous things humans had to do to exist during the Great Void in History, a period of time the Grand Regime requires me to inform you simply didn’t exist, and that knowing about it, or even recognize it, is covered by the Illegal Information Act of 2060 and knowing it can result in the loss of one or multiple limbs. And finally, there’s a paper RPG we’re starting to play test already, that’s final form will be a really cool series of documents and a book issued by your local, friendly branch of the Department of Enforced Marketing. It’s a very flexible and equally horrifying turn-based paper RPG focused on unique adventures ranging from run and gun bank robberies to dystopian spying adventures to working towards building a criminal empire to full scale rebellions.
Coming July 2017:
Still Alive is the first match three game you’ll have an emotional attachment to, and the first time your phone will ever literally bleed. OK, that last one might not be entirely true, but still. It’s part match 3 game and part side scroller adventure in a dark, creepy, unforgiving series of worlds, where physics puzzles and computer hacking allow you to manipulate the colors, availability, and special tools in the match 3 game, but needing food and water has turned out to be a serious flaw when you don’t know when you will have access to either again, and can only carry so much. The game follows the story of a gender neutral scientist’s march through a series of horrifying adventures while trying to get home, ranging from escaping eldritch horrors to fiery hellscapes covered in dust and bones to mixing chemicals for a Quantum Disruptor out of dead bodies and ritualistic vats on an infected, slowly dying planet. Fun!
If You Can’t Find It In Your Heart, Check The Lungs is three different stories, woven together into a longer graphic novel. A genderqueer soldier with a complicated family history tries to head home without being killed or, worse, having parts of themselves erased. A ex army medic, made of equal measures of awesome and awkward, is forced to act as a mixture of therapist, psychiatrist, primary care physician, aesthetician, surgeon, drug smuggler, and hero all rolled up into one. And a french radical, burned over and over by intelligence networks and rebellions, is asked to put his mistrust and general hatred of humanity aside to save it again.
The Department of Enforced Marketing Presents, for your Consideration: the Rules of Living and Correct Existences is fun, and weird, and easy to get into once you start playing it. It’s flexible enough to give you tons of different strange and horrifyingly funny adventures in this world we’ve spent a lot of time developing and shaping. Characters ranging from the feared, terrifyingly capable lawyers to the teachers that now roam the train and truck lines with illegal books and art to the drug-fed police and military and a lot of others.
But like I said, this is the start of something much bigger. We have a number of larger games that have all taken baby steps but will take much more time to develop, some of which are going to piggyback onto each other. These include:
Coming January 2018
The Office Workers: A 2D side scroller hacking game centered around the story of an office worker in the Grand Regime, with versions for iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch and Mac OS/Windows 10. Office workers are burned out, hollowed-eyed husks of human beings with few rights and less dignity. In this story, Dora Musk scrapes by while being forced to participate in horrible activities. As Dora, you get to choose between working as an activist for an amoral group of rebels fighting to tear down the Grand Regime at any cost and won’t let petty things like “ethics” and “human suffering” get in the way, or working as an agent for the Grand Regime and making the world better - if only for you and your family, or if you’re really feeling gutsy none of the above. And all the while, you’ll be choosing whether or not to help the leftover queer and religious activists that have banded together to actually help humanity with petty things like food and shelter and basic medicine.
Kept Alive by a Strange, Glowing Sphere in the Sky: Continuing the story from ‘If You Can’t Find it in Your Heart, Check the Lungs’, Kept Alive follows the stories of Grainne, Édouard, and Mila as they progress through their adventures. There’s lots of drinking, Mila and Grainne meet for the first time, and the world comes apart just a little bit more.
Coming July 2018
Still Alive, Part 2: Like it’s prequel, this is a game for Android, iOS, and piles of burned meat, with a MacOs and Windows 10 version to follow. The scientist’s story of horrifying wonders and weird, glowing organs floating in midair continues with new, terrifyingly complex challenges. Set five years after the end of the first game, part 2 explores new environments and worlds on an adventure that takes us through exciting and disturbing settings, including the dungeon of a sadistic office manager and a slowly sinking underwater lab filled with ghosts and demon like creatures.
[Title Redacted for your Safety]: The third book in the series, [Title Redacted for your Safety] is a story where the Grand Regime gets more involved, but less “more involved” in the sense of a divorced dad making up for lost time with good intentions and depressing trips to their new apartment, and more “more involved” in the way a serial killer gets “more involved” in the life of their chosen human sharpening block.
The Department of Enforced Marketing Presents, for your Consideration: The Birth and Death of us All: The second edition of the tabletop RPG, only now it is set in 2070, after the world is now firmly in the control of the Grand Regime and things haven’t even begun the great spiral out of control. Technology has grown darker. The world has more sharp edges and more pointy sticks and more chanting circles and certainly more blood in it. Technology is now injectable, some parts of the population try to exist entirely in a dream universe, and the worship of AI entities has become even more popular then before now that they are officially approved as a religion.
Coming January 2019
S/Laughter: A grandfather, hearing his granddaughter thinks that the Grand Regime “was the righteous winner” and that “the rebels were all scumbags and monsters,” tells her the illegal stories of her family history in the Terrible Wars. Told as a mixture of lessons taught through an electronic board game, action sequences where you play a younger version of grandpa detailing the story of his exploits to his granddaughter, and cinematic animations, S/Laughter is a story about coming of age in horror and despair, and of how the world around us shapes who we are.
Home is Where the Fire Is: The fourth book in the comic series, this is the story where, let’s face it, if you haven’t already killed your gods in a vague, desperate attempt to- wait, no, sorry, this is the one with the nanobots and the cult worshipping government-mandated soda. Sorry everyone. That whole ‘kill your gods’ thing is, well, I’ve been having these weird dre-it’s not important. I said it’s not important. Why are you looking at me like that?
Coming July 2019
Separation Anxiety: A stealth-focused action adventure for consoles and PC/Mac about the strength of parental instincts and human beings moral flexibility. Aubrey Williams, a mother, is sitting home alone relaxing while her children sleep, is visited by several agents from the Grand Regime demanding she ‘surrender the project and deactivate.’ When an AI takes over her body (played by you) and kills the agents asking for her kids, she freaks out and tries to grab her children - only to discover her oldest is not only not there, but hasn’t been there for months. This launches Aubrey’s investigation into the complex and intricate plot around her children involving demons and drug-induced nirvana and using the teeth of unspeakably old horrors to modify who you are as a being.
Coming January 2020
We’re all statistics, but math lies: The fifth book in the comic series, where a lot has changed since the books started and the stories have smacked together and been pulled apart and smacked together again - kind of like one of those old taffy machines, but with slightly less blood and viscera.
Coming July 2020
Split: An Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Mac game designed to rip apart your soul (or anyone else’s soul you happen to have,) add tiny little pieces of fluff, and stitch you/them/it back together. You play as Marcus Vanderbilt, who is just trying to get by in the only way that he can. His sister, suffering from a chronic heart condition that requires incredibly expensive medicine, looks over his back as a sort of digital angel while he works for the local mob families that are loyal to the Grand Regime, trying to do clean up work without getting involved in the before or the after of what he cleans. And all of this while he desperately fails at trying to cling to his sanity. But when one of the bodies he “cleans up” starts talking to him, convincing him to try and wipe out the crime family he works for, things start going haywire. And with every other faction pushing each other out of the way to kill him, his own mob family either dead by his hand or joining the hunt, and the city locking down while the Grand Regime fights a coordinated assault, getting out of the city alone is going to be its own monster. An action packed adventure-FPS, Split is a game where your worst enemy is your own inability to see the world for what it is.
Coming December 2020
Unspeakably Old Religions: The sixth book in the comic series, things get weird. And I mean, really weird. Crawling on paintings made of blood and bone and stretched human skin to reach the corpse throne of an indifferent jester of a god-level weird. But weird can be good sometimes! Right?! I’m sure of it! It has to be … right?
No one makes it out alive anyway: The seventh and final book in the comic series, this thrilling and disturbing finale is one where people scramble just to keep their heads above water and everyone gets ready to use their bodies as the last little bit of fuel to get the rocket home. Things fall apart and come together and fall apart and come together until we all don’t recognize what things were in the first place.
Satellite: The pièce de résistance of the entire series, Satellite is a free running, open city, first person exploration PS4/XBox One game about the impossible and by definition false nature of extremes, and the balance existence requires. It is a game about religion and government and the false promises of both, without ignoring the beauty, power, and importance of both. You play as the first person returning to earth after hundreds of years of existence in space. A mixture of the countries outside of the Grand Regime, along with the queer, religious, and those deemed either defective or incapable of conforming to the Grand Regime’s ways were either forced off the planet or executed, save for small patches of ground providing contact points with the satellites and allowing them to harness resources for the people who need it. But a hundred years ago, when religions were dug up and misused to direct the people, the Grand Regime finally collapsed. Either during their last, desperate attempts at survival or as a final act of hatred they released their plagues - nanobots designed to rip apart anything coded as a human being, viruses that infect and cause veins to explode, and AI hard coded to shoot every human until they ran out of bullets, then blow themselves up near as many people as possible. They destroyed everyone on the planet - including those at the contact points. This meant that humanity would be banished from the surface until it was thought safe to return. You are the first to return in over 100 years. Supplies have been dwindling and they need people to go down to the surface and reconnect the satellites. This turns to a fight for survival as you crash land in a city filled with the remnants of a terrible war, the last of the nanobots, and an eerie, supernatural force that makes it seem the whole planet does not want you here.
We’re really excited to show everyone the different pieces of this universe. There simply isn’t enough queer characters in the world today, there’s not enough representation of the variety of humanity - there are too many characters who are perfectly healthy white cis het copies of characters from other stories. But we didn’t want to just make stories with token characters - we’re making adventure stories. Our focus is on presenting fascinating stories, games, comics, and more. We want to create an interesting and unique world that people can really sink their teeth into, regardless of how many rows of teeth there happen to be in your mouth.
Gah! So excited!
Person: *says something*
Me: *all i hear is white noise* what?
Person: *repeats what they said*
Me: *still hears white noise coming from their mouth* ???? What??
Person: *repeats what they said again*
Me: *still can’t process what they’re saying* im sorry, i don’t know what you said…
Persom: UGH OMG NEVERMIND
concept: instead of the words ‘trigger warnings’, academic institutions and academics who are against them must use the words ‘accessibility for students who have overcome trauma to work for their education’
‘to support academic freedom, we do not support accessibility for students who have overcome trauma to work for their education’
‘in this class, there will be no accessibility for students who have overcome trauma to work for their education’
‘you want me to include accessibility for students who have overcome trauma to work for their education? grow up.’
This might come as a surprise to some people, but Canada is not perfect. Some Canadians may want to say that not all cops are going to or even capable of harassing the public in the ways discussed above. “I know a good cop”, “my sister’s husband is a good cop”, “who do you think is going to help you if you’re a victim of a crime?”
What is important, however, is that nearly every Canadian law officer understands how our society works, and understands that they hold privilege of preferential treatment above the law if they are to ever commit a violent or demoralizing act against another human being.
Canadian cops are treated like they embody the stereotype of the honest, polite Canadian that the worlds sees us as. But in reality, they are humans - and even sometimes, monsters.
Punctuation Matters by The Visual Communication Guy
I’ll never understand writers who don’t care about punctuation. It adds control, clarity, meaning, and variety.
My English major ass appreciates this so hard 👌🏻🙌🏻
He was considerated as one of the most unlucky drivers of the history of Formula 1 championship. He never won a Formula 1 race, but he got 5 poles position, climbed on 11 podiums, scoring 83 points in all his career, from 1963 to 1976. His best result in the F1 Championship is a 4th place in 1967 with the Scuderia Ferrari.But Amon managed to win eight non championship races, including his wins to the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Bruce McLaren and they drove the Ford GT40 Mk.II
Harley and Ivy shared a romantic kiss
No one can take this from us, wlw
C A N O N
GAY DORKS BEING GAY IS THE BEST THING EVER OKAY?
Harley is canon bi :D
Every time I post either a pro or anti BDSM, I get hate mail from the other side.
This pisses me so much off because 9 out of 10 times, it’s a non survivor passing judgement on me/us.
We are survivors of sexual abuse.
- Anti - BDSM
On one side we need to freedom to develop our voice against the minimization of the “rape culture”. We start by bashing 50 Shades of Grey because it’s our intro into seeing how pervasive “rape culture” is in everything & everywhere.
It’s our first attempt to combat the mind games that were used against us to think that our abuse was wanted, needed, and normal. This is called “rape culture” grooming and it is rude for you to attack her first vocal expression to get out of this.
VS. THE OTHER SIDE
We, sexual abuse survivors.
- Pro - BDSM
This BDSM grooming has already been planted into our psyche.
Pure, true, BDSM has rules, which does not make it “true” domination, but a necessary drama therapy process to help us process our internal self-hate. It is a compulsive psychological dynamic that will continually come up in us until we process through it.
We need this role play therapy to heal, so:
- STOP JUDGING OUR therapeutic process.
- STOP JUDGING US because these sexual preference have already been “groomed” and implanted in our sexual psyche.
I am an INCEST SURVIVOR. This website 1000% supports SURVIVORS, and that means very complex psychological dynamics that a non-sexual abuse survivor feels they are entitled to make moral judgement on.
THE MORALITY OF BDSM is duality. BOTH SIDES.
and the harm is that your “perceived” entitlement to express your morality, hurts & stunts another #LAVENDER sister’s psychological growth to process these very complex dynamics within domination & sex.
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Any & all remarks, littering with ignorance, on this post other than 1000% support for this #LAVENDER sister’s growth, will get you blocked!
Water is wet.
No, but this was actually an astonishing discovery to me after I first started hormones. I was convinced that there was no way I could get these types of symptoms, no way, no how, except maybe if I was cycling progesterone. So when I started feeling them, I had no idea what they could be or what the cause could be. It wasn’t until I discussed them with other trans women, and they were like, “uhh, yeah, that sounds like a period, you do know we get those, right?” that I really started to entertain the possibility, but even then I’m still just like… but how… does that even work?? And also why, since I obviously don’t have a uterus??
But yeah, trans lady periods are apparently a thing for a lot of us.
wait so do you bleed too? because that’s a byproduct of the uterus getting rid of all the tissue and shit after an egg passes through. but damn, that sucks that you still get the symptoms even if you don’t have the uterus.
Nope, no bleeding. Which makes the entire thing kinda pointless, which is why I don’t understand why it happens. But clearly it does. It’s weird.
(based on personal experience)
- Weird sense of humor, lots of puns
- taken for granted probably
- u either are the biggest nicest mom friend or a fucking mess there’s no inbetween
- people always have a lot of expectations for you
- u love superman, you wish he was your dad
- you love suffering and are dead inside
- you’re salty and bitter
- you do everything out of spite
- you wanna fucking deck the joker and sometimes batman
- u crave constant validation but rarely admit it
- doing ur best, and are probably p hard on yourself too
- you’re either p kinky or vanilla as fuck
- u arrive two hours later w starbucks
- u’re sarcastic as fuck
- you had a weeabo phase, or are still going through it
- u always rot for the little guy (or the forgotten ones)
- u love girls probably
- would die for cassandra cain and barbara gordon and p much every single female character
- have a neat sense of humor
- also always down to fight even if you dont show it
- youre always down to fight, even if you’re not believe me spiritually u are
- love animals, would die for them tbh
- are also v salty and loud about it
- will punch a bee u dont give a fuck
- are p soft when ppl get to know u, and v loyal as well
- you’re a fuckening nerd
- also weird but w a cool fashion style (or want to have it)
- ur too pure for this world
- ur probably also p gay
- maybe not a lot of ppl pays attention to u but youre out there doing ur thing and i respect u
Mine is Stephanie and that is extremely eerily accurate
Mine is Jason and I can confirm this is true.
it’s literally his house
how does he get in and out of his own house
when your creators forget to give you a way to leave your own fucking house
Marvel’s version of the sims “deleting the door” or “deleting the ladder in the pool” type situation.
Seventy-one percent of police who’ve been shot and killed this year weren’t murdered by black men with cornrows or hoodies. They weren’t gunned down by Latino gang members in low-rider drive-bys. Those stereotypes would be too convenient. Instead, 71% of police who’ve been shot and killed so far in 2016 have been killed by good old-fashioned white men.
Doesn’t fit the “super predator” narrative… #Love it!
I rather have it. I like being notice because of my actions. Giving you the freedom feels a bit too free. I wish to do something with my character. Make them INTO something. In Fallout NV and Fallout 3 I help people but for the caps. I threaten them. I kill them. And I get that bad karma. And at the endings (mostly for NV) they change depending on your karma. How about a little example
The Courier, fair and kind-hearted to those in the Wasteland, ensured that Mr. House would keep New Vegas stable and secure for future generations. Mr. House afforded him/her every luxury at his disposal in the Lucky 38, out of gratitude - and a quiet sense of pride for his choice in lieutenants.
The Courier, who had a mixed history in the Wasteland, kept the status quo at Hoover Dam. Mr. House would keep New Vegas stable, if not free, for generations. Mr. House afforded the Courier every luxury at his disposal in the Lucky 38
The Courier, cruel and merciless, had ensured that Mr. House would maintain complete control over New Vegas and everyone in it. Mr. House afforded him/her every luxury at his disposal in the Lucky 38, partly out of gratitude, and partly out of fear.
This makes your character UNIQUE! I could care less about being a good person. I wish to remind in the middle. I wish to be evil sometimes. I acting like an asshole and getting my way throughout the wasteland. But in fallout 4, I feel as if a little piece of my character can’t act out just right for me to be contented. Kinda lame actually. I feel restricted. You dig?