Hauntspace is go!


Ok so about two years ago now a friend of mine told me about a dream he had of a spaceship disappearing into another dimension called hauntspace, mentioning how it would make a cool inspiration for an RPG. We chatted about it a bit and that was that (the freind is even more flighty than me). In odd moments I jotted down ideas for this setting and ran them past my friend but soon realised that he had too much on his plate to really engage with the progress. With his blessing I carried on alone.

Hauntspace began to take shape. That shape had three defining features. First was the idea of a sci-fi game rooted in hard science, set mostly within our solar system rather than spanning endless inhabited planets with numerous alien races.
second was the theme and mood of a haunted house story, of the protagonists trapped inside with the ‘ghosts’. Third was a system to reflect one of my guiding beliefs in gaming, that every player should get their ‘time in the spotlight‘ as far as the story goes, the T.I.T.S. system.

So now I have an initial direction and some very loose framework for the T.I.T.S. system I decided to put everything together in a wiki as I like to develop in that format and I wanted to be able to share the progress with other gamers who could offer input and insight. Thus hauntspace has its own development wiki with no password needed to access it. Please chack out the Hauntspace Wiki and check back as it evolves.


Under the knife


So, just get the wife to loosen her loving embrace enough to take some time for herself and the bloody hospital wants to operate on me the same day. You start to wonder if them Gods might not have found a few dice in the back of the cosmic cupboard.

I have put them off and FISTULA the movie will probably be taking place at a later date.


World of Darkness Mummy Companion update


Another edit fest on the World of Darkness Mummy Companion done as dusted. Still waiting to regain entry to my website so I can update the version hosted there but at least the dropbox hosted PDF is up to date.


Why we ought to burn the sceptics!


I am interested in science, the wonders of the cosmos fascinate me, the unbreakable truths of mathematics and Physics comfort me and the sceptical and critical thought process enlightens me. While I am a pagan with a strong faith, I follow this religion because it has, so far, never clashed with our ever growing scientific understanding of the universe.

That being said, I will always be a passive observer to main stream science and so will most of you. I (we) don’t have access to CERN or to a deep space telescope, we don’t have grants or university faculties to study quantum theory. Our taxes etc pay for other, better, fans of science to do that for us and no matter at what level we dabble, we are not really active in the field.

This is a fact, get over it!

However there are still questions to be answered closer to home. Mysteries observable with technology we can obtain and use without a budget to make the bankers blush. There are fields in need of scientific investigation of a more inclusive nature; often because mainstream science isn’t interested in the answers or indeed, the questions. Studying UFO’s or Big Foot sightings, reports of the paranormal or psychic phenomenon scientifically is still very much in its baby stages and can be undertaken by the amateur, by you and me. While I’ll never be able to explore worlds beyond the Kuipher belt in any significant way, there are those who believe in unexplored worlds much closer to home and within my reach. Dimensions where something else might exist and where the belief in ghosts or fairies come from. Other forms of energy and conduction, magic and the like. The study of misinterpreted data is every bit as insightful as the study of a dying star.

Despite the general sneers and derision from the ‘proper’ scientists, fringe science is open to everyone who is interested; it’s the people’s last frontier. All those posters and blogger who truly are excited by science (along with the much larger group currently jumping on the meme bandwagon) ought to turn their interest towards things within their reach. Make their own discoveries using the same techniques and guidelines employed at Harvard and NASA.

It’s time the scientifically minded stopped putting the evidence they don’t like into a corner and smirking at it because the subject matter is a little peculiar. Science should not be about deciding what is serious and what isn’t based on beliefs and individual viewpoints, it should be about investigating the world and coming to unbiased conclusions based on evidence. Neither should science be about personal taste nor only seeking to prove the truth of something we already believe in. Science should be about finding the truth despite what we think possible or even probable, no matter where the evidence leads.

We may never discover a long lost Hominid living among us, but we still need to work out what all that demonstratedly repeatable evidence is. We need to examine all the evidence (and dismiss it if necessary) rather than taking the sceptical approach to science of disproving one piece of evidence and assuming that answers all the questions no matter how tangentially related. You know, footprints expand in the snow and end up looking like big feet, fine. But what the hell are all those people doing walking around barefoot at the top of the Himalaya or in the pine forests of the US? I don’t believe the moon landings were faked because its a preposterous idea as undeniable evidence clearly demonstrates. But among all that poorly thought out ‘evidence’ are those photos with the astronaut clearly stuck on afterwards. What’s that all about? Why was that interesting nugget thrown out with all the crap?

By its nature there are as many quacks in fringe science as there are in mainstream science but quack physicists don’t make as good TV as those from the unfunded division. It’s easier to focus on David Icke and his fellow nutters then on serious researchers sure, that’s how the media works. But don’t call yourself scientific if you rely on the same tropes! The current trend is for scepticism and secularism; but that leads people to believe far more scientifically unsupportable nonsense now than they ever did in so called simpler times. Worse still, this nonsense is packaged as being the scientific side of the argument.

I am never going to believe in visitors from other worlds or in Dinosaurs surviving for millions of years in various hard to get to places, but I when the sceptics start to speak up with their inherently flawed approach to science (or Mythbusters science) I’m glad these aren’t the only two choices. You see, no matter how preposterous the conclusion which seems to address all the evidence it is always better than the one which is deals with one piece but is disproved by others, or indeed, by the rest! An answer cannot be considered scientifically sound if there is evidence to disprove it and that is always the flaw with those who style themselves as ‘sceptics’ on this modern bandwagon.

The same idiots who used to believe that every light in the sky was a visitor from Mars (because it was trendy) are now being inclined to think that because one light in the sky was a weather balloon no new aircraft will ever take off.

That worries me!


WoD: Mummy Companion


So, first draft of the a World of Darkness: Mummy 2nd edition Companion (by yours truly) is available for download now, in the hope that I can get some feedback to help polish it up a bit.

The PDF can be downloaded here

Any feedback, please post it to sodium dot storyteller ands that at google mail dot com, cheers and thanks you.


goodbye infamy


The last nail in the Sodium Noir coffin came today. Some cunt in China spoofed my email address and i was getting 20,000 bounce notifications in hours and both Mozilla thunderbird and the PHP panel for the webmail seemed to refuse to apply the message rules to deal with it. Maybe I have some malware on my PC as a few other things have been odd recently but no scan detects any issues.

So the mail which continued to tie my nickname with the event that was Sodium Noir has had to be put down and now all links to my greatest achievemnet is no more. Feel a bit deflated to be honest.


Neutral Good (do what?) Human Bard


I Am A: Neutral Good Human Bard (6th Level)

Ability Scores:







Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)


A day in the life of …


I rarely get up before midday, but those times that I do these moments are spent staring at a TV (which I haven’t yet switched on) while gathering my thoughts and contemplating my Navel.

From Midday (or whenever I get out of bed) until the quiz shows start (about 4:30) I study whatever Open University degree course I am currently on.

Quiz shows (how else is a stay-at-home to broaden his horizons?) until 5:15 when I start cooking.

6PM the wonderful Annette gets home from work and I serve dinner. After which we vegitate in front of her bloody awful TV shows.

End of the night the wife goes off to bed and I watch the sky+ recorded versions of my TV shows (which I cannot watch live because we are watching her mind numbing rot) or I play a PC game.

2AM – bed, an hour or three staring at the ceiling and possibily, sleep.


Direction changed …


Not been active lately and the last post was all wrong. I am doing A219 exploring the clasical world instead now.


Direction locked in …


Right, to update the last post, next courses will be Heritage, whose heritage? (A180) for 15 points and World archaeology (A251) for 30 points both starting in October. Then next year I will do the 60 pointer Exploring the classical world (A219) and maybe Darwin and evolution (S170) for 10 points in the summer.

The following years will be – Understanding global heritage (AD281), Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds (A330) and Religion in history: conflict, conversion and coexistence (AA307) all for 60 points each – hopefully finishing in 2016 (ish).