Day of doing responsible things

May. 24th, 2015 07:30 pm
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This was my day!

Notary for passport form
handed off noisebridge docs
got z. his package
put all the jars of coins in the garage ready to be coinstarred
got my data off an old laptop onto a 1TB hard drive
hired a guy to come move the fridge and the kids' bunk bed
mopped behind fridge
scrubbed out freezer
bought cleaning supplies to scrub freezer etc
cleaned out the kids' beds, which were nastily full of trash, dust, cables, old socks
gathered up 5 loads of laundry
mailed c. to ask her to come do all the laundry tomorrow
ordered new checks
paid bills
threw away a lot of papers
looked for a.'s keys (failed to find)
looked for m's wallet (also failed)
z. came over
the guy who is treasurer for NB came over
a. came back home from her mom's and i fed her dinner
emailed people about work thing, worked a bit

A very responsible day. I think I did too much scrubbing and walking. I laid down in between doing everything at least. The house still overwhelmingly has crap all over the place.

I am trying to look for some WisCon posts and reading a bit of the tweets but am just too domestically overloaded to feel engaged.

The fabulous bit of the day is that I did get a lot of my old data. WHEW.

sketches daily

May. 24th, 2015 12:44 pm
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I finally got a drawing app on my phone! It's called Procreate, because someone thinks they're funny. And I'm drawing more! Because I always have my phone with me, you know? And the challenge of learning to use this app is fun. Also basically learning to fingerpaint. It's funny the things that provide motivation. Anyway, I'm trying to take 15 minutes a day to do the @sketch_dailies prompts. I've started posting them at my public twitter and my tumblr. Dunno how long I'm going to keep it up, but I've got 3 so far!

New vid: "Pipeline"

May. 24th, 2015 09:54 am
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[personal profile] brainwane premiered a new vid at Wiscon 2015!

It's called "Pipeline".

Because the tech industry's got a blank space, baby. And it'll write your name.

Why not thinking about it is not okay

May. 24th, 2015 11:41 am
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This is something I posted to tumblr and am reposting here.

Apparently, Bob Singer apparently spoke at a convention and excused Charlie's death on the grounds that the writers just were not thinking about her gender and her orientation - as though that's an excuse. Fozmeadows argues that given the history of treatment of gay characters, they are not excused from thinking about these issues.

I have a slightly different take - I think they're lying.

This is how they’re lying: Of course they don’t say, “Oh, she’s gay, let’s kill her.”

What they do say is, “I’m making a show about two people who travel the country killing monsters. And of course those characters: (1) will survive, and (2) will be white; and (3) will be male; and (4) will be straight.”

And then they say, they want to introduce someone to be the ruler of hell, and the angel who saves Dean. And of course those characters have to be white males, too - who are portrayed as straight even though there’s no reason why they would be, given that they aren’t even human and are borrowing bodies anyway.

So at some point, someone thinks, well, we can’t populate our entire show with straight white men, can we? So you get people of color (Kevin) and gay women (Charlie). Except they’re marked for death, right from the get go - because it’s fundamental to the show’s premise that people of color and gay people and women aren’t even in the class of characters who are untouchable by virtue of the narrative.

So when the creators say, “We didn’t think about whether Charlie was gay when we killed her,” that’s true. Because the decision was made much earlier - when they decided that gay people don’t get the kinds of roles that make them so critical to the narrative that they are functionally invulnerable. And that’s why “we didn’t think about her orientation” is not an excuse.

You know when it will be an excuse? When gay people get to be Sam and Dean. Then they can kill off the semi-regular gay characters and I promise not to raise a peep of protest.

AMV: Just A Dream Away

May. 24th, 2015 10:28 pm
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My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty 2015 premiere. Post in progress!

source: Star Trek: The Animated Series
audio: They Might Be Giants, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
length: 2:01
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 48MB mp4 | .srt subtitles
summary: Man has a dream, and that's the start: the final frontier is still out there, just a dream away.

Embed and notes to come!

OMG james rhodes

May. 23rd, 2015 09:26 pm
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Listening to how he plays piano, blowing my mind. He makes glenn gould sound like a soulless prancing robot pony. I am listening again to beethoven sonata in d major (pastoral) which i played the hell out of in high school (painfully learning bar by bar so i know it really well to listen to) and rhodes is so brilliant with it that I am feeling embarrassed for my attempts to emotionally interpret it. crap! he plays bach so well i'm in tears! good stuff.

WE ARE NOT THINGS

May. 23rd, 2015 12:59 pm
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I watched Max Max: Fury Road last weekend and like just about everyone else, I FUCKING LOVED IT. Bullet points of love and TL;DR below:

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Book rec: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

May. 23rd, 2015 09:50 am
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On the edge of the dangerous Wood is a village, and nearby lives a Dragon, and every ten years the Dragon demands a daughter from the village. This is that story: except it really isn't.

cut for mild spoilers )

I have liked Novik's work in the past (both professional and non-), but this was significantly better than anything she's done since the first of the Temeraire books, and speaks really well of the work we can look forward to in future.

More than anything else, this novel reminds me of Patricia McKillip's work, with a touch of Robin McKinley. It's now a tossup whether this or The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy novel I've read in the last two years.

A good day for working on games!

May. 23rd, 2015 11:55 pm
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I have been feeling a little down about having so many ongoing game projects and so rarely making any progress, but today was good for all of them!

Copper Rose aka the f/f vampire dating sim: Had a very productive conversation with co-writer a few days ago, since then have had a bunch of Inspirations and sent her long rambly emails she will hopefully find inspiring and not overwhelming. She's currently in crunch mode for an actual paying writing gig so veers between "no time for Copper Rose" and "please distract me" and is only up for planning, not writing, but we've been hammering out lots of world building, plot and characterisation details.

Marathon Twine Game aka the SUPER SECRET FFA PROJECT (not actually that secret): just saw my cowriter make a comment about working on stuff I sent them a different long thinky email about, hooray! Have I mentioned Marathon here? It's a 90s FPS with some very cool plotting, mostly in text based terminals. You can also just read the terminals separately if you don't want to play/watch a Let's Play. FFA has a small but evangelical group of Marathon fans who sucked me into it by talking about it's cool morally ambiguous AI, who is indeed very cool. I made an off hand remark about how it would be cool if there was a Twine version putting the terminals in context and then ended up coding one, and another anon agreed to help me out with the text *waves*

SOON remaster aka that time travel game I actually finished but only by massively cutting corners: finished another sprite! I'm redrawing all the art and it's slow going since I want to make sure everything is consistent and pretty as opposed to the very rough quality of the original game, and I have to be in just the right mindset.

Northanger Abbey the dating sim aka exactly what it sounds like: continued adapting the text! I overdid this for a while and needed a break, today's the first time I've done any in ages. They have just arrived at the Abbey. Still not sure how well I'll be able to make the original sections mesh with the adapted parts but will cross that bridge when I come to it!

Saturday 23 May 2015

May. 23rd, 2015 10:38 pm
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Originally posted at http://puzzling.org.

It’s been alternatively sunny and cloudy in our last week in our current house. Dark clouds gathered and thunder rumbled as we heard that second hand furniture buyers are booked up into June, and can’t come and help us with our nice wardrobes which we’d be sad to trash. The sun shone and birds sang when the friends we had over for dinner on Thursday turned out to be moving in the same week we are, only to an apartment with absolutely no storage whatsoever, and they would take our furniture from us. Little rainclouds descend every time some unreliable jerk from Gumtree fails to pick up stuff from our front porch. And so on.

Overall, at the moment we are proving to be a cheap way for other people to furnish. Earlier today two weedy young removalists came today and effortlessly hefted our sofa bed, bookcase and barbecue to Julia’s place. (I got to assume the risk of transporting the gas bottle for the barbecue; that they don’t do.) Our older bikes are off to Bikes For Humanity. Our largesse is getting down to a cheap white cupboard and some plastic outdoor chairs. Thank goodness.

Tonight the up and down reached amusing proportions. Because we will now have a cross-suburb childcare run to do, we’re considering buying a car again after several delightful years car-free, and tonight Andrew did our first test drive for a car on sale by a private seller. All went well with the drive, fortunately, well enough that we took the vehicle identification in order to run the standard checks. And so we sat in a McDonalds running the history checks… to discover that it had a write-off history. I guess there are situations where I’d buy a repaired write-off, maybe (although for the last couple of years that hasn’t even been a thing that’s possible to do in NSW) but buying from a private seller who didn’t disclose it isn’t one of those times. Then on the way home, A had such a nasty cough that we had to stop the car so that Andrew could take her out and hold her up so she’d stop sounding like she was choking on a fully grown pig. She was overtired and frantic and he had to fight her back into her carseat. Then we made it another couple of kilometres before I shut V’s window using the driver controls… right onto his hand, which he’d stuck out the window.

V’s hand is fine. A can still inhale. We don’t have a car that’s a undisclosed repaired write-off. Sunny day.

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May. 23rd, 2015 07:23 am
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So, [personal profile] elisem stopped by on her way to Balticon, and we mutually enabled each other: she got me and [personal profile] sarah hooked on Ingress (more info on Wikipedia, since the website is not at all that informative; the pithy explanation for it is "It's a game of virtual capture the flag"), and I got her hooked on Bush Whacker. \o/

Sarah's already level 5 and I'm already level 4. This is apparently a Very Fast Progression, given that we both signed up on Thursday, but I have infected Sarah with a bit of my "that escalated quickly" attitude toward life, so. :)

(If anybody wants to start playing, let me know, I'll send you an invite.)

We are both playing for the Resistance. Baltimore is apparently a heavily Enlightened town, which means plenty of tasty, tasty AP. Last night we were out wardriving (Sarah driving the car with me double-fisting both our phones hacking the portals we were passing to get the loot from them) and on our way back home, we thought, hell, let's capture the portals nearest our house. So we pulled into the driveway of the church nearby -- many of the portals are churches/museums/memorials/sculptures/etc -- and managed to take it down. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, a car came tearing in and two minutes later the portal was green again. We made someone leave the house at midnight to come recapture a portal. It was kind of the best thing ever.

We are leaving tomorrow for a five-day cruise in the Bahamas. I am looking forward to seeing what portals we find on our way. :D

The 100?

May. 22nd, 2015 09:02 pm
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So I'm watching the pilot of The 100, and... argh? I hear it's good, but this is not convincing me: everyone is DEEPLY stupid.

What episodes must I watch to be convinced of the worth of this show?

Supergirl pilot

May. 22nd, 2015 05:53 pm
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Which is now *ahem* available in the usual places.

My nonspoilery review: The characters are likeable and I think the show has potential, but the pilot itself felt very rushed - they wanted to pack in not only her entire backstory, but the full set up for the season's arc. As a result, each plot point came and went too quickly, with little time to savor the fun things, be tense over the action, or really feel much emotion about anything. It also left Kara's characterization fairly one-note and a bit inexplicable.

So basically, I'm hoping they'll slow things down in future episodes and not feel like they have to tell half a season's worth of story in 46 minutes.

On Josh Duggar and Mike Huckabee

May. 22nd, 2015 07:44 pm
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TW child abuse, sexual assault

so, this is what i have to say about Josh Duggar.
Q: what's it called when you hush up your own children being raped to preserve your reputation?
A: it's called Omelas. and if you, like Mike Huckabee, care nothing about walking away from Omelas, i don't want to know you. that's all.

Vicious, by V. E. Schwab

May. 22nd, 2015 10:42 am
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I’ll quote the cover copy, so you’ll see why I was interested in this.

"A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates--brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find--aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge--but who will be left alive at the end?"

The blurbs talked a lot about moral depth, complexity, and ambiguity. Between the blurbs and the plot, I thought I’d get The Secret History with superpowers, starring Professor X and Magneto.

The first fourth or so of Vicious is exactly that. The rest, not so much. I had very mixed feelings about the book as a whole, and not just because the actual book matches the plot but not the implications of the blurb. The first fourth is a stunning work of storytelling. I was absolutely glued to it. The compulsive readability wanes as the book goes on, but maintains reasonably well throughout its length. Throughout, the structure is cool, the prose is good, and many of the ideas are interesting.

Here’s what’s not so good: the characters. The two main guys seem interesting when they’re at school together – morally dark, sure, but Schwab does a great job there of suggesting complexity, hidden depth, potential for great good or great evil, etc. Then they become superheroes, and turn into one-note sociopaths.

Eli, who suddenly becomes a religious maniac serial killer, is more like a half-note. His POV sections are really boring. He’s on a delusional mission from God. He kills people because he’s on a delusional mission from God. That’s literally it. When he thinks of Victor, it’s just as someone he needs to kill because he’s on a delusional mission from God.

Victor either also becomes a sociopath, or was always one; it’s hard to tell. His POV is more interesting because he does think about things other than hurting or using people, but basically, he hates Eli (no complexity there) and wants to kill him, and will torture, kill, and use people without hesitation or qualms to bring Eli down.

I expected a fraught, love-hate relationship between them. Nope! They just want to kill each other. I expected moral ambiguity. Nope! They’re both sociopaths. Pitting one sociopathic murderer against another is not moral ambiguity, nor does it bring up interesting moral questions. “If a bad guy kills a worse bad guy, does that make him a good guy?” is not an interesting question. (Answer: No.)

There are three other POV characters who get much more limited page time. One is also a sociopathic murderer. Another is a collection of potentially interesting traits that don’t cohere into a real-feeling character, but at least is not a sociopath. The last is an actual, believable, three-dimensional, mostly coherent character who is not a sociopath. The book would have been more interesting if it had been entirely about her.

There may or may not be something about the process of becoming a superhero that turns people into sociopaths, or turns certain people into sociopaths. This is discussed but never really explored or resolved. Of the four superheroes who get significant page time, three are sociopaths but it’s unclear if they were before they got powers.

I recommend this if you’re OK with sociopathic POV characters and want to read a cat-and-mouse game between two sociopathic villains. On that level, it’s pretty good. If you’re looking for more human characters, I can’t recommend it. Which is too bad, because if the whole book was more in the vein of the beginning, when it seems like the characters might have actual depth and complexity, it would be stunning.

Vicious

Book Blogging Catch Up

May. 22nd, 2015 09:23 am
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I'm SO BEHIND on this oh my god. Further attempts to catch up on my book blogging below.

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch: The latest in the Peter Grant Rivers of London series, which felt a bit filler-y after the last book, and was distinctly lacking in Nightingale to my dismay, but Peter is one of those narrators who it's just nice to spend time with. He has such an engaging, chatty voice as a narrator, and his architecture geekery continues to charm me. In Foxglove Summer, he's in the countryside investigating a case involving a missing child rather than in London, and it's a nice change of setting. Also nice to see more of Beverly and Peter together. I really liked it, though I found the ending to be super abrupt.

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen: I "read" this as an audiobook, and took my sweet time with it, so I don't remember the specifics of it. An interwar mystery set in London (yes, this is still the incredibly niche genre of mystery that is my favorite), it was a charmingly enough read audiobook and the down on her luck Lady Georgiana is a fun protagonist. Lady Georgiana is thirty-fourth in line for the throne and flat broke, and ends up embroiled in a mystery when a dead man is found in her family's London residence. An inoffensive mystery that is neither boring nor particularly compelling.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: Why yes, I did read this because quotes from it were showing up all over Steve/Bucky gifsets on tumblr! (Said gifsets gave me an embarrassing amount of FEELINGS, I don't wanna talk about it.) A retelling of the Iliad from Patroclus's POV, and focused on Achilles/Patroclus, this makes Achilles about 10000x more likable, and is a nice blend of historical realism and epic. I liked it, in much the same way I like especially good Greek mythology Yuletide fics. The Achilles/Patroclus relationship is rendered with directness and beauty, and I really liked Patroclus's narrative voice, though it seemed distant at first.

The President's Daugther by Ellen Emerson White: Meg Powers' mother goes from senator to president, changing Meg's entire life in the process. This book goes to some predictable places, but it does so with skill and a keen attention to character, and I ended up really liking it. Meg struggles with the new spotlight of being the First Daughter, with seeing less and less of her mother, with making friends when her new position makes her somewhat isolated. I really enjoyed this book for its clear-eyed look at the Powers family. The best YA remembers that adults are fully formed people too with their own character arcs, not just obstacles and learning opportunities for the younger protagonists, and this book is particularly good at showing that. Meg's parents have some real struggles of their own, and there's genuine friction in the family that's not reduced to melodrama or stupid miscommunications. Everyone feels very real, reacting in very real ways. I absolutely loved the depiction of the mother daughter relationship here too. Also, real talk, I ended up kind of in love with Meg's mom. President Powers is awesome.

True Pretenses by Rose Lerner: Lerner's romances are always a breath of fresh air from the overdone alpha male rakes so prevalent through the rest of the genre. Hero Ash Cohen is a conman who raised his brother Rafe who's determined to give his brother the life he wants, free of the job. Heroine Lydia Reeves is an heiress who desperately wants to help her people with her philanthropy, but her money is tied up in her dowry. Ash sees a prime opportunity to matchmake and land a big score by setting his brother up with her, but of course Lydia and Ash end up falling for each other. This is a romance that does the work of building a relationship between Ash and Lydia, rather than just relying on sexual attraction and the demands of the genre. Ash and Lydia are likable people who communicate with each other like goddamn adults for the most part. Sadly, this is kind of a rarity in the genre, so I'm always thrilled to see it. Definitely a recommended romance.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl: I feel like this is a microgenre but I can't quite think of any other examples of it, just that there's a lot of familiarity to the shape of the story: Blue Van Meer is a precocious and very smart teenager who falls in with a clique of variously interesting and damaged teenagers at her new school, the elite St. Gallway. Said teenagers hang out with the "cool" film professor who mentors them and has secrets of her own. Blue also has a famous-ish professor dad and a dead mother. It's a fun read with a great voice, full of references to various other movies and books and such, because Blue is a lot like her erudite father. Blah blah mystery happens, coming of age, father-daughter relationships, teenagers. There's some interesting twists, but ultimately there's nothing here that will really stay with you, because if you've read one book in this microgenre, you've probably read them all.

Adventure Time Vol. 5 by Ryan North: Delightful as usual. Even if you're not a fan of Adventure Time, Ryan North's voice is strong in these, and that makes them worth picking up if you like his other work.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: A somewhat kinder, gentler take on the post-apocalypse. This is a quiet and elegiac novel about what happens after a pandemic takes out most of humanity, and it lives in the small scale. This is ultimately a very literary take on the post-apocalyptic genre, and I mean that as both praise and criticism, because if you're looking for a kicky spec-fic take, this is assuredly not it. A significant amount of the novel is set pre-apocalypse, and follows an aging actor and the people whose lives he touched in ways both large and fleeting. The post-apocalypse part is mostly focused on a traveling company of musicians and actors, whose motto is "Survival is insufficient," and who bring art and beauty to the remains of civilization. I found myself carried along by the book's gentle pace and its mingled sorrows and beauties, and while I did really like it, I could also see all the ways in which, in a different mood, I could have hated it. Still, it gets a lot of points from me for being a literary post-apocalyptic tale that isn't unrelentingly grimdark.

Okay, this post is getting long and I still have five books left. More catching up later.
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angels of the meanwhile coverHey, folks! I’m Alexandra Erin, author of Tales of MU, Sad Puppies Review Books, and that blurry screenshot of a Tumblr post where Superman is singing to Batma that you saw on Facebook that one time.

Can I tell you a secret? I’m terrible at self-promotion. It’s my greatest weakness as an independent author. I’m lousy at networking, I just hate putting myself out there, I’m always worried that I’m making a nuisance of myself, that I’m annoying people, that what I’m doing is not good enough to call attention to…

Right now I’m at WisCon, and I’m doing my best to get over it because there are just ten days left to reserve your copies of Angels of the Meanwhile, an electronic chapbook of poetry and prose put together by caring friends to help Elizabeth R. McClellan (@popelizbet) with the unexpected medical expenses from the shoulder injury that has kept her from joining us.

I would not be here in Madison if she had not come first and then dragged me along with her the next year. I first met many of the people who have contributed their words to the collection here, too: people like the inimitable Amal El-Mohtar, the incomparable Saira Ali, and the unstoppable C.S.E. Cooney. Later today I’m going to be on a panel with the celebrated author and poet Ellen Kushner, who has also generously contributed a piece. Many of the other contributors are part of the larger WisCon community

The whole long list of authors and poets who have stepped up to contribute both new and previously published works is both astonishing and humbling. You can find the table of contents here, though there are also a few late additions I’m still slotting in. All the works listed there and more can be yours. How? Just make a payment in any amount you deem fair in the PayPal form below, and the money will go directly to Lizbet, helping her recoup out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost income, and other related losses from her shoulder injury.

Email Address (For Delivery)

When we’ve finished editing and formatting the final manuscript (projected for July), you’ll receive a package in your email containing the collection formatted for Kindle as well as Nook and other e-readers, and as a PDF. No e-reader? There are free apps for the e-book formats, and the PDF is readable on any computer or smart device.

We’re taking this pre-order route in order to give Lizbet the immediate financial relief she needs while still delivering a product equal to your gift and worthy of the talent that has been contributed to the cause.

Thank you for your help!

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write. Please leave any comments there.

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Today we went down to the games store to play BattleTech. There's a small but loyal group of fans who play the original skirmish minis game there, in its modern incarnation which doesn't look out of place on the shelf even if its rules are still 80's-tastic.

For the uninitiated, BattleTech is basically what happened when North American military history enthusiasts got ahold of the first Macross Saga anime VHS cassette tapes, and officially licensed its mecha designs for a tabletop "wargame" of the kind that was state-of-the-art back then. Most people aren't into that kind of thing, so you're more likely to have heard of the MechWarrior series, which are PC and console games set in the BattleTech 'verse.

BattleTech returns to its anime roots, with this amazing fan-made animation. Click here if you can't see the video.

Over the decades, BattleTech has had tons of lore written for it, of a sort which is actually kind of refreshing coming from Warhammer 40,000. Because while "40k" fetishizes neo-feudalism, BattleTech deconstructs it, in much the same vein as Analogue: A Hate Story. The giant "mechs" shooting at each other are largely a backdrop for stories of political intrigue and interpersonal drama, each of which serves to underscore just how dysfunctional societies are in their time and have been throughout history.

Case in point: The recently released House Kurita Handbook, which we're dying to get our hands on, describes an interstellar realm which deliberately regressed to be an echo of feudal Japan ... or at least, of the parts of it that future space settlers idealized. Including state Shinto shrines devoted largely to warrior ancestors and the Coordinator, and not so much to nature or traditional gods.

Our personal BattleTech character -- we create one for every game -- is a shrine maiden at one of the few which enshrine Inari Ōkami, in our headcanon. Because this is a mecha anime, some of the miko are entrusted with the shrine's ancient BattleMechs, a "lance" of four with widely varying capabilities. They are some of the few women who were allowed to pilot these vehicles before Theodore Kurita's military reforms, and over the years they have been subordinated so much to the male-only DCMS that they are not even permitted to use live ordnance.

Until now!

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