So here's a strictly utilitarian post:
-Vornheim Contest Winners I haven't forgotten you. I am just getting things settled 'cause I'm here in Montreal for the moment. Be getting your prizes to you as soon as I am free and you email me saying which ones you want.
-Constantcon fans, note that the Google + game calendar on this here page (on the right there) has been changed to Eastern Standard Time, since I myself have changed to Eastern Standard Time. Some cool stuff going on this week including Gigacrawler and James Q starting a series of old TSR modules.
-Kenneth Hite waxes audiopoetic on Vornheim: The Complete City Kit over on This Just In...From Gen Con
-As long as I'm pointlessly hocking my book to a bunch of people who probably already own it I would be pretending to be more modest than I actually am if I did not point out that Jeff rather dubiously claims it's an achievement comparable to blowing up the Death Star.
-Played a lot of games lately, but the only one that wasn't basically just D&D was playing Empire of the Petal Throne for the first time courtesy of ckutalik. Which was basically D&D. (In a good way.) The sophisticated/barbaric/exotic southern hemisphere atmospherics were all there and operative (reminds of me of William Burroughs and JL Borges more than I expected. but everything does, I guess.) but, really, anybody who says you need a linguistics degree to grasp or play in this setting is just hanging out in the mezzanine flinging peanuts. It's a game, it has a setting, you fight things, it's fun. Recommended.