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Friday, August 12, 2016

I've got spurs that jingle jangle jingle.....

Writing for the site again, it's going slow, but I finally have enough of a foundation that the train is moving... I have am picking scabs at dozens of new entries for the district guide, and in fact have a solid outline for pretty much the entirety of the project detailing Night city beyond the sourcebook. I have collaborators on that project I believe that I am excited to be working with, John and Nancy Taft...John and I are kind of Heart Bypass buddies, we had them at roughly the same time, but we are long time Cyberpunk pals. That's in addition to some of the small contributions to the District Guide project made by others over the years. Anyone else who wants to collaborate on the project, if you have ideas from your campaign you wanna see made into Datafortress 2020 canon, please get with me, here, on facebook, or by e-mail. I am also giving lots of thought to Glass Road, and think I might be moving forward on that simultaneously. And finally, I have a side project, not related to Datafortress, one I may actually try and sell/get published... its a couple of ideas that have been kicking around my head for a while. I also think I may have finally figured out a position I can run game from, so I might be running an online game or two very soon. Any of my CP peeps, or any of my friends really if you wanna try something new, if interested, let me know as above...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A small rant on image farming and wiritng inclusively...

Writing fan supplements for an RPG offers advantages ages that other forms of writing do not. For one, it often allows me to choose the illustrations first, and write based on them, as opposed to the more traditional way of writing, which is to pray you can find or create an illustration to match after the fact. However, occasionally I need to find very specific images, because I have written myself into a corner. And because I can't do anything easy, the specifics of these images are often crazy difficult to find, anywhere. Case in point, i Am working on a write-up for a lesser, but upcoming, Asian based street gang. Now, because I am running a game at the same time, some of this is my fault, such as, I need to find an image of a fairly attractive south east Asian girl, preferably Vietnamese or Laotian, with a horrible scar around her eye... she is third in command of a gang in Night City called the Ghost Disciples. A gang made up of orphans and runaways of mostly Asian or mixed descent. I also need to find suitable group shots, which is also more difficult than it should be. I have a simply ridiculous number of images waiting in the wings to be used, more than I will probably ever be able to use, and more added daily, but sometimes the right image eludes me completely. In these times, as I am trying to be a better ally, and a better writer, I find myself worrying a lot, especially when trying to walk the fine line between cool homage to the concepts of my favorite media, in particular Hong Kong and exploitation cinema, and cultural sensitivity. Sometimes it's impossible to avoid stereotypes, but I always try to make the character or concept more than any stereotype. When such stereotypes are present, it's due to the cool factor, and never the negative connotations. But even the positive stereotypes are still stereotypes, and still can be harmful. In the end, I write for myself, and of course for my gaming group, and while to me, having a gang based on blaxploitation and kung fu in a cyberpunk city, and having their leaders be based on Sho Nuff, Pam Grier, and Jim Kelly, who also run a pizza, sushi, and taco arcade attached to their dojo, is the coolest thing I could imagine.... I do still worry that it might come across as offensive. I worry about that, I worry about making anyone feel marginalized. I didn't used to, but I like to think I have grown since then, and these days it's important to me to be a better writer, and a better person. Without sounding like to much of a pretentious ass, in the very small niche circles of people who play Cyberpunk 2020, I am afforded a small bit of fame/infamy. Some people like people, some people hate me, but in this small circle, I am pretty well known. However, even though the creator of the game is a person of color, the game's audience, like most RPG's, is predominately white. Before I started my site, when I still lived in KC, I counted POC in my gaming group. I live in NW Arkansas now, where trying to find anyone, let alone POC, interested in playing Cyberpunk is a nightmare, one not made easier by the limitations of my back problems. Now in my online circle of friends who play the game, there are a couple of people of color. I listen to the input and feedback of these people very closely. But I worry that asking directly for it, would in itself be problematic. I am an insecure mess if you couldn't tell. Anyway, if any of you fans of the site out there are people of color, or gay, or women, or really any group that might feel marginalized, if you come across something on my site that you feel is problematic, please feel free to talk to me about it,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Finally, I have gone through and meticulously cleaned up all the broken links (I hope), and replaced all the old links to e-mail me with my new e-mail address (wisdom000@gmail.com). I also used the opportunity to clean up some of the image heavy pages where things would get jumbled and difficult to read. Removed most of the background images that made reading some pages a headache (especially Lost Angeles and Autumn Blade) and in general just cleaned things up a bit. I hope you guys enjoy the effects of this maintenance run, and please, if you find a broken link, or an e-mail pointing to the old *droc* addy, let me know.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but I may be working on stuff for Datafortress 2020 again...

Monday, February 15, 2016

I am still alive!

It's an abnormally warm day here, and I have been awake long enough and am on enough meds to venture out to the garage where my computer is and let everyone who might be concerned know what is happening. For most of my life I have had back problems, stemming from hurting my self while helping build levees around KC during the great midwestern flooding of the early 90's. What started out as minor pain became much worse when I was in a minor car accident a few years ago, which shifted my L5 vertebrae out of alignment about 3 years ago.. The condition has deteriorated into crippling pain that not only cost me my job, but has left me with no means to find a new one, and for the time being no source of income. I have trouble even walking from the bedroom to the living room, and only leave the house when absolutely necessary. I also cannot sit up straight, such as in a computer chair, for more than a few minutes. I am on heavy painkillers, but that is a temporary measure at best, as soon enough my body will acclimate to them. To complicate matters, as some of you know, about a year and a half ago I had problems with my heart, which led to the placement of 2 stents. Unfortunately the stents did not work, and in September I underwent double bypass surgery. It's a strange thing to be cracked open like a buffet crab leg and have your heart molested by a room of strangers... Luckily, thanks to the ACA I have insurance, but the situation has not helped matters at all. I just graduated from cardio-rehab, though the pain did prevent me from making any real progress with it. Still, my heart it seems, is at least ok again. The day I got out of the hospital, my laptop, long suffering and held together with positive thinking and angry stares, finally gave up the ghost completely, leaving me without an accessible computer. I have my old PC here in the garage, but it is ridiculously slow, still operating on windows xp. I am looking into disability, but have been denied twice already. I see my lawyer about it Wednesday, a disability lawyer who works pro bono. And just after I will be seeing an orthopedist, where we will again talk about surgery I am sure, an option that as of yet has been unavailable to me due to the medications I take for my heart. Though if I understand him correctly, surgery would help with the radiating down my legs, but would likely due little for the back pain. Still, I am trying to stay in good spirits. I am alive, doing as well as can be expected. My family is supportive. Anyway, I am just dropping this while the garage is accessible to me to let you know that I have not forgotten or abandoned Datafortress, it is merely that I am unable to update or really work on it for the time being. And all the progress I had made on an the projects I was working on were lost with the lap top. I also can't post on any of the forums I used to frequent, notable View From The Edge and the Cyberpunk 20777 Forum. If you are a poster there, pass on the message that I miss those guys. Anyway, wish me luck. Stay safe, and thank you everyone for being fans of the site.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thank you all so very much...

I am absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude. I never dreamed I had this much support. In just a few short days your donations have paid for the next two years of hosting for the site. I am afraid I have never done this before, and so the proper etiquette escapes me. I do noy know if I should give a list of my noble benefactors, or what recognition they desire. I do know this... I am so profoundly grateful to you all, to everyone who donated money, to the people that shared the links and spread the word, the people who gave a kind word, and the people who have just enjoyed my work over the years. Thank you, thank you all, from the very deepest wells of my heart.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Datafortress 2020 needs donations...

I hate doing this, I truly do...

I just lost my job, my medical problems are slightly overwhelming at the moment, and I am afriad keeping a paid host for Datafortress 2020 is just not high enough on the priorities list of necessary expense right now.

It has been suggested numerous times now, for several years, that I should set up a donations page for the site, and it was an idea I resisted.  Mostly out of stubborn pride.  However, in light of the fibancial problems I find myself in, it seems this is my only recourse.

So here we are.  I want to thank you all in advance, from the bottom of my heart,  for whatever part you play in keeping Datafortress up and running.