Monday, April 5, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 147: The Great Big Round Table of News

                         

In This Episode

This is an ACP Round Table.   Join Erin, Weer'd, David, and Oddball as we discuss:

  • Rob Pincus and Dan Gross' controversial Ammoland article;
  • Hunter Biden's revolver and problematic 4473;
  • the Spree Killing in Boulder, and the store's unfortunate policy on guns;
  • and the various Appeals Court cases challenging the Bumpstock Ban and the right to Open Carry.




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Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Gaki (V:tM 3rd edition)

Last week, I rolled a Natural 20 in real life. 

Over the past 6 months or so I've been looking for things which I wrote online 15-20 years ago, and while I've managed to track down most of them through the Internet Archive and backups of old mailing lists, there was one thing I couldn't find, and thought I would never find, because I thought I never shared it with anyone outside of my private gaming group. I had tried everything I could think of to find it and had resigned myself to it being lost to the mists of time. 

Last week I was Up Too Damn Late and the thought occurred to me to Google a specific text string. I knew that it wouldn't work, of course -- everything else had failed, so would this succeed? -- but I could honestly say I'd tried everything I could think of to find it. 

The first two Google hits were my missing creation: a writeup of the Gaki (a Japanese vampire) as a clan for Vampire: the Masquerade, written between 2001 and 2003. (Yes, I know about Kindred of the East. I never cared for it, mainly because V:tM is deeply rooted in Biblical mythology and KotE isn't. I also didn't much like the version of the Gaki which first appeared in the original 1992 World of Darkness sourcebook, but I used that as a jumping-off point.)

Have you ever read something and realized just how young the author was? This gives me a strange combination sensation of nostalgia, deja vu, and "Oh, you sweet summer child," because I was in my late 20s when I wrote this, and it shows. It's not just a matter of "I would have done this differently," although that's definitely part of it; there's also the fact that this piece feels like it's trying so hard to do everything right by explaining everything, instead of leaving things vague so that GMs can incorporate it into their games. Plus, it has that old White Wolf conceit of "Supernaturals did everything important in the world, so if you reference real world events there needs to be a supernatural link explaining how or why." It even has the obligatory Kewl New Discipline that every new bloodline needed to draw the players. 

At any rate, here's what I wrote 20 years ago. I'm showing it to you now so that when I update the Gaki for V5, you can see the difference between my writing styles of the then and now. 


Monday, March 29, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 146: The Government Ruins Everything

                        

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the ATF raid on AutoKeyCards.com,  and a poltifact "fact-check" on Background Checks that is woefully non-factual;
  • David tells us why we need to keep politics out of the classroom when teaching people about firearms;
  • and Matt from Geeks Gadgets and Guns talks about some deceptive marketing in the latest crop of micro 9mm pistols.




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Sunday, March 28, 2021

V5: Nagaraja (my version)

Let's talk about predators.

Predators and prey always exist in unequal numbers; if there are too many predators, they end up eating all of the prey, and then the predators either starve or move elsewhere in search of food. Conversely, not enough predators means that the prey species ends up outstripping its natural resources and, again, either dies off or moves on in search of more food. As in all things, there is equilibrium.

Even vampires must obey this equilibrium or perish. While they have an advantage in that they do not need to kill in order to feed, which both reduces the drain on the prey population and allows for a greater concentration of predators in a smaller area, this is tempered by the disadvantage that vampires are not apex predators and that a suitably startled, informed, and brave percentage of the human population can and do take matters into their own hands to cull the numbers of vampires.

Furthermore, legend has it that in the days of the First City, when kindred ruled over the kine as gods, that there were havens within the High House of Caine for more than 200 vampires. Given the size of cities in the early days of human civilization, this is a great concentration of predators within a small space, and it is only by the strength and will of the First Vampire that the City did not fall to decadent bloodlust.

But think for a moment: 200 vampires, all ostensibly of the third generation as Caine forbid the creation of more; the third generation, from which come the mightiest vampire clans. Don't you find it likely that at least one of those kindred would have succumbed to the pressure of ecological equilibrium and developed a taste for other kindred?

After all, Diablerie had to come from somewhere.

The entire document may be found here.

Normally, this is where I'd place my justification for why I did what I did, but I don't know if anyone ever reads that part of my posts or not. I'll just leave this blank for now, and if anyone wants to know why I made these choices, I'll gladly answer. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 145: Bipartisan Outreach and 'Moar Hogg'

                       

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the follies of anti-gun activist David Hogg's company "Good Pillow";
  • they also rejoice in a very good NPR segment on, of all things, the Pink Pistols;
  • then Oddball gives us his thoughts on a video by Tacticool Girlfriend and Gun Penguin;
  • next, Xander has Independent Thoughts on keeping Second Amendment activism non-partisan;
  • and finally, guest Sean Sorrentino provides us with us his opinion on the anti-gun bill HB8.




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Friday, March 19, 2021

Pink Pistols on National Public Radio


This is a story about how we win. 

Last week I was contacted by someone from National Public Radio who wanted to know if I could put her in touch with a new gun owner (one who bought a firearm for the first time within the past year) who was also queer. 

I was happy to introduce her to Ermiya Fanaeian, who not only restarted the defunct Salt Lake City chapter of Pink Pistols, but was previously a gun-control activist who changed her stance due to the recent uptick in violence against transwomen. 

The result of that introduction is a 5-minute interview by Scott Simon, which aired on March 13. I encourage you all to listen to the interview below, or read the transcript on the NPR website.

 
You may not know it, but this is an amazing step forward for Pink Pistols and Operation Blazing Sword. For years we have struggled to make our voice be heard by those who need it most: queer people who have been told all their lives that guns are bad and all gun-owners are potential murderers, and therefore don't even know that we exist and that the Second Amendment is for them, too. 

All of that changed this week, because National Public Radio is listened to by many, many people on the left, and they heard an obviously left-of-center queer woman telling them that she owns an AR-15 for protection and that they should, too. Just this one interview is better than any advertising we could buy, and so many people will hear it and wonder if maybe they should buy a gun because Ms. Fanaeian has one. 

This is how we win: by normalizing firearm ownership and getting our message to those who need to hear it. I'm proud to have been a part of this, and if you're a Pink Pistol or a volunteer for Operation Blazing Sword, you should feel proud of this too. 


Monday, March 15, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 144: Point and Counter-Point

                      

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss an anti-gun lawsuit/fishing expedition by the State of New Jersey against Smith and Wesson;
  • Xander brings us his independent thoughts on training vs. gear;
  • Matt from Geeks, Gadgets and Guns presents his counter-point that maybe a pistol red dot sight might be a piece of gear that improves your shooting;
  • and David closes out the show with some loving history about the 1911 pistol.




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