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Monday, July 19, 2010

Some Common Sense

Common Sense.  It's a quality sorely lacking in most on-going internet skirmishes and what passes for discussion online.  Now, Thomas Paine's classic might not solve or settle any of the last round of kvetching nor stave off the next bit of gum-flappery and text-flinging, but it is a book well worth reading, especially for those who live in the United States.  This is the book that really got things rolling right around the time of the American Revolution.  It's right there with Adam Smith and Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac in terms of influence and impact.

It's a sourcebook that we're using for the underlying competing political models involved in Riskail, but we'll discuss that over at the Riskail blog.  Eventually.

Right now, we'd like you to take a look at Wowio.  Their tag-line is "Books Evolved," and they offer a bit more than just eBook version of crapulous creeds and political screeds--they offer a load of really high quality articles/essays (for Free) on Graeco-Roman Mythology, Eric Drexler's updated & Expanded Engines of Creation (about Nanotechnology), and more--including a massive pile of Webcomics that might distract you with pretty pictures and such (dubious) treats as XXXena Warrior Pornstar...we kid you not.  It sounds like something right off of the Playing D&D with Pornstars blog...but it's a webcomic.  We think that the concept/title is probably the funniest thing about it, though, so we haven't downloaded it ourselves, and probably won't.  You go ahead, if it's your cup of tea.

Wowio is a growing community, a sort of social network meets online distributor hybrid that delivers loads of remastered 'Classics,' contemporary eBooks, PDFs, and webcomics.  It is also fairly virgin territory for enterprising RPG enthusiasts and publishers to explore and exploit.  It *might* even open things up a little bit beyond the same old sets of eyeballs scouring the same old forums, which has been a real limiting factor in the development of anything approaching a realistic, let alone healthy or growing market amongst the RPG end of the pond.  Endless competition for the same six hundred hearts and minds is a losing proposition from the get-go.  A waste of time.  Scavenging the carcass of previous publishers is a stupid business model.  We need to extend outside the digital confines of what is comfy and known and boldy go forth into the Wilderlands like a bloody-handed barbarian and found fresh new kingdoms out there, past what is established, already tapped and mapped and sapped dry of all real economic juice.

We're hunters by nature, not scavengers.  How about you?

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