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Submitted by Chris Van Deelen on Oct 23
Another week has come and gone and we’re all that much closer to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars story. How can you tell I’m really eager to see this movie? This blog will mark another change, and I’m hoping my regular readers will enjoy it. As usual you’ll get a couple reviews, my thoughts on yet another Kickstarter, my progress when it comes to writing and projects and so forth.
Submitted by Chris Van Deelen on Oct 20
Here we go! As you might have surmised from the title of this blog, it's pretty much the same old, same old. A few reviews, a brief update on what I've got planned, and a little rant. Seriously - some things never change. So here is what you've all come to expect. That vague announcement from last week, I’ve had a little time to think about what I’m going to do and I’ve come up with a pretty good plot. It’s just going to take time to get it written.
Submitted by Eric Lis on Oct 15
Today will be my last post to this website. I thought it might be fun to look back at the ten things I most enjoyed learning writing this column.


Although tiny in size, this mutant creature of the Weasel family is a feared predator. The main reason is the creature has such a high metabolism; it spends much of its time hunting for food in order to stave off starvation.

The average specimen is about three feet in length, and weighs maybe thirty pounds. The creature’s fur automatically adjusts to whatever environment it is inhabiting, giving it excellent camouflage, and typically allows the creature to surprise on a 1-3 on a d6. The little creature is incredibly fast, and even though its attacks would normally not cause much in the way of damage, the fact it gets multiple attacks each round more than make up for this.

Another creature which was greatly affected by the uplift virus was the common Manta Ray. These creatures, although very rare, are said to be one of the first humanoids to appear out of the radioactive waters surrounding the Caribbean.

They have very little in common with the creature which spawned them, having taking on a purely humanoid shape, although they are still an aquatic species. They are tall and lithe, usually about seven feet or greater in height, and weigh around 175 pounds. The flesh is a slick, bluish-white in color and they possess no body hair at all. They are in fact quite streamlined and perfectly adapted to living in the warm ocean currents. The heads do possess a large frill, which is quite similar to that of their ancestors. The feet end in long, three-foot long flippers which help propel them at great speeds in the water.

As always, a special thanks to Hatchet Man for supplying the image which inspired this write-up.

Before the final wars, Madagascar boasted a variety of unique and un-usual animals. The island did not suffer quite as much devastation as the rest of the world, as there were no serious targets for the various nations to attack. Still, this did not spare the island from the literal fallout unleashed with the countless missiles, bombs and other forms of mass-destruction unleashed.

One of the more common species to be found on the island are the primate-like Lemurs, and as is the case with so many species, many died out due to the wars, and even more which survived mutated.

Mechamagic is what I am calling the blend of mechanical power and eldritch energy that made up much of the incredible array of items and machines that ran, and ran through, the Machine City centuries ago. The Clanking Ruin, the husk of the the Machine City, is a ruin, filled with danger, adventure, and amazing items and machines that are found nowhere else.

A plain man, with a grey beard, humble mien, and still humbler clothing, stepped forward, and said, "Peace be with you, Aga. I am he; I am your servant. May your footsteps be fortunate, and your shadow never be less!"

Here is Part 6 of Robot Wasteland. If you have not had a chance, you can read chapters One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.

Going back centuries before the final wars, the common honey bee was on the verge of extinction. Many did not really heed the warning, not fully realizing what was at stake, not fully comprehending if the bee’s died out, and then a significant portion of the plant life would likewise perish.

There were those who did see the writing on the wall and ended up doing what they could to help protect the bee’s – after all, if they became extinct, then mankind could quite possibly follow in their footsteps.

Special thanks to Ray Ducette for the image which inspired this creation!

Strange mutant ticks which are found in nearly all temperate and tropical forests across the globe. These creatures are feared for several reasons, first and foremost is the fact that whenever they are struck by kinetic energy, it causes them to explode! The second is they tend to attack in swarms, and although tiny and relatively easy to kill, they are able to teleport wherever prey happens to be taking refuge.

The average specimen is only about six inches, and their bodies remain almost unchanged in appearance except for the increase physical size. They are typically a dark, reddish brown in color and have eight legs. There is a large white spot located directly on the center of the back, and seems to have no real purpose.