January 18, 2020: Illuminated Site of the Week: Looks Like Someoneís Been Gazing Long Into An Abyss
Spring is right around the corner, so if you're preparing to cram for exams but can't seem to stay awake long enough to absorb the material, Oleg Vdovenko has the cure: his artwork.
If you're not familiar with it, be assured it's realistic enough to give you bad dreams for days (and if that's not warning enough for the parents reading this, to repeat: Some of the material isn't safe for work or kids regardless of how strong your personal fortitude is). Clearly influenced by life in Russia, many of his works deal with creatures and events that could only happen in the subterranean world of nightmares. Things crawling through walls, soldiers trying to stop them (even if that means appeasing them rather than defeating them), and people falling prey to them all look far too real. Some sections have the gall to sport a "Mature Content" warning, leading one to wonder how much worse it gets.
Maybe this can give some GMs game ideas; maybe it will offer authors writing prompts; it almost certainly gives everyone who witnesses it a profound sense of existential dread.
-- Suggested by Robert Troy Peterson
January 11, 2020: Illuminated Site of the Week: It Ainít Easy Being Green But Itís Becoming Fashionable
Druids. They're all about nature, change, and growth. Growth especially, and according to them their numbers have more than doubled in a decade. What's the appeal? Can it all be laid at the feet of Millennials? The British Druid Order claims they've got more going on than rituals in the woods, but really, isn't that what most of us want druids to be? Regardless, if you've ever seen yourself as a green ally it seems a new golden age has started, this time with on-line resources.
If Druidry isn't up your alley then perhaps a history-keeping and storytelling bard is the life for you . . . or maybe become an ovate, seeking the answers underlying all of nature. Don't worry if you don't know how to do any of this, they have courses for all these things. Plus T-shirts.
-- Suggested by James Matthew Neeland
January 4, 2020: Illuminated Site of the Week: Call Of The Wild, Man
Hark! What is that plaintive cry? Mating season? Wolves? Bears? Or could it be the long-sought proof of the existence of Bigfoot? Before we squatch – er, squelch – rumors of these magnificent cryptid beasties, give a listen to Stargell Blackstar's recording of a mournful and terrifying cacophony emanating from the depths of the Ontario wildlands. Vice offers an overview with commentary from some experts.
-- Suggested by Deidre Harrington
December 14, 2019: Illuminated Site of the Week: Repo Man
Pope Francis knows demonic possession is a problem on the upswing in this world, so he's encouraging priests to help combat the rising tide. Before anyone goes out to buy crucifixes and Bibles, though, he's not asking the general public to start speaking Latin at distressed persons. Hoping they make sure there's not some more down-to-Earth phenomenon behind it all, he reiterates "discernment" is the watchword and mental health professionals are the first line of defense. But men of the cloth are encouraged to make use of exorcists and not ignore this valuable resource merely because we've stumbled into the 21st century.
His remarks on how to better receive confessions can be found here, but if that transcript proves too steeped in flowery language, The Daily Beast has the story.