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Friday, January 17, 2020

NEW PODCAST: RPG Pals Club Episode 25: "Nimmy The Robot!"



The City of Waterdeep has seen people captured within towers before, but has it ever seen an automaton captured within a church tower? Also, Kiir remembers the loan.

Monday, January 13, 2020

STATE OF THE BASTARD 2020!

Don't know about you, but I'm feeling 32...

And I've stopped giving a fuck. Not in a bad, "OH WOE IS ME KIND OF WAY" or the "Hahaha I'm SOOOOO OFFENSIVE AND REBELLIOUS (by telling the same hack jokes for years) I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK (because I'm really doing this to have fascists suck my dick)" way, but it a "Why bother with regretting it?" kind of way.

You're going to get criticized for bullshit anyway so why not embrace your weirdness?

If I didn't say "fuck it, why not?" and "Yeah, and?" I would not have done all the cool stuff I did for the past 10 years.

I was WAY busier with cons this year, and I got to play a lot of newer cons.

Megaplex- My first furry convention, the same weekend as AFO. I didn't know anyone there, since any of my usual con-rades but it was really easy to make friends at the Artist Alley where I set up my merch. And just in general, really.

That, and not having to be up on the latest anime made things a lot easier, since everyone is dressed as their OC.

Lumi-Con- The Halloween to Christmas's Holiday Matsuri! EVEN THOUGH PARKING WAS WAY EASIER! This was my first time being up in Tampa, and I saw all of my favorite people there, namely Symphonic Pheenix Force and Roborob.

Alright, let's get this on!

MOST RECENT SONG: "I Want To Fuck Krampus For Christmas"

I posted about it recently, but I'm still really happy with how it turned out. Between this and my Weezer song, "Remember", this was the a song where I felt like I was clever with my lyrics again, and I haven't felt like that in a while. It bodes well for 2020 ;)

2ND FAVORITE SONG I RELEASED THIS YEAR: "Mercedes Merced"

Krampus was my favorite, and a lot of other songs were re-records, but the other song I felt really good about (that I might rerecord because that bridge was kinda weak) was "Mercedes Merced". It sounded the most profesional, and it's my writing at my most pop, but not it's still not too simple.

COOL SHIT I DID:
Play My Song About The Goon For Eric Powell, THE CREATOR OF THE GOON!

He liked it a lot ;)

Held A Marathon Livestream
For 12 hours, April 27th, 2019, I streamed for 12 hours, with various friends of mine switching out between games to raise money for my transmission. It's the closest thing to me running a con, and it shares the same ethos: Here's a bunch of my friends who do cool shit, hanging out, talking about their cool shit, and playing some games we all enjoy together.

And I WILL be doing it again!

Once a season, just to promote fun things, cool people, and help with my con costs and production of merch.

Did music for a video game: RETROMANIA WRESTLING!
While I previously did music for a wrestling game, Suplex Saga, this one looks like it will actually come out! It fucking better since there are a lot of big names involved, like the Road Warriors, Tommy Dreamer and Colt Cabana!

Retrosoft Wrestling is currently holding IndieMania, a 32-man tourney of indie wrestlers, with the winner getting a spot in the game. So far there's been a pretty good spread, and a couple names I heard through the grapevine. Two of the guys I was pulling for just because I thought their themes would be fun to rework.

PODCASTS
RPG Pals Club- I started it this year, and it's so fun to edit. This is my first long term campaign I've been a part of, and every one of our characters and so well done, and so entertaining to work with. We each come to our PC with different philosophies and different goals, and Luke, our DM, has been MORE than accommodating.

I'd Rather Not- Yep, we're still doing this. Yep, still bullshit.

Yep, still fun.

3000 BRIGADE BECAUSE IT'S A REGULAR THING I DO AND IT'S NOT TECHNICALLY A PODCAST BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO PUT IT


Last year's show was put up on YouTube earlier in July.

This year's show was a fun mix, since I got to be a Herald, Green Link, and Johnny Fucking Cage of all people!

TREND I LIKED THE LEAST: People Getting Booted Off Of Social Media For Calling Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists TERFs

TERFs are basically people who pretend to be feminists but talk like Mens Right Activists, putting women in very narrow boxes that, like MRAs, say that you only matter when you can breed. And seems to focus more on excluding transgender people than promoting women's rights.

They get very butthurt when you call them out on their bullshit, and always search out that term, claiming it is a slur. After SonicFox was banned from Twitter for saying "Fuck Terfs", I wrote this song:

"Fuck Terfs (But Don't Have Sex With Them)"


TREND I LIKED THE MOST: Milkshaking Fascists

They take it SOOOOOOO hard! They're a group of people who are only tough because the cops are there, and when you fight back anyway, it's like all that facade disappears.

So if you've got an asshole conservative relative, just beat their ass.

Those kind of people find disrespect the most offensive thing of all, and their reaction to a punch or a milkshake is mor

FAVORITE SONG OF 2019: "Juice" by Lizzo

I first heard of this song after I found out it was the opening "Sexy Dance Number" for 2019's 3000 Brigade Show, and it's stuck with me ever since. Every time I listen to it, I find a new thing within the sound to obsess over, when it's a really simple song.

TOP 40 SONG I HATED THE LEAST: "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

Listen, you can't knock the kid, Lil Nas X made some good music this year. "Weeeeellll..." has joined the ranks of "Some-BODY" and "IT'S BEEN" in the ranks of songs that you're complelled to sing the rest of when you hear that first line. Billy Ray Cyrus's bridge makes the song feel finished and provides a great contrast between young optimism and the cynicism of a One Hit Wonder.

His EP 7 was really good, and while his rapping isn't anything stellar, he knows how to work with the beat, whether it's new wave, punk, country, etc.

2019: The People Didn't Fuck It Up!

"WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT THIS SOONER?" AWARD: The Switch

 Backlog? Why not simply clear it out whilst on the toilet?

I was able to break up this year's GOTY in to TWO Categories since I was able to play so many cool games!

OLD GAME OF THE YEAR RUNNERS UP:
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate- I'm not that good, BUT JUST SHOVEL THE SPIRIT BATTLES IN MY FAACCE AAAAHH I LOVE THESE REFERENCES!

4. Bastion- 90% of this game is due to the omnipresent narrator's sexy voice narrating most every move I do, the other 10% being the flowing combat.

3. Golf Story- Imagine if someone tried to make Tony Hawk's Underground 2 with the engine to GBA's Mario Golf, which is the best way to describe how Golf Story takes a singular concept of "Golf" and expands it to make a fun story mode.

2. Danganronpa 1 and 2- As batshit and Very Anime as the story can get sometimes, this series serves up dramatic and intriguing mysteries that leave me in suspense of what's to come next.

#1 OLD GAME OF THE YEAR: Hollow Knight
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Hollow Knight scared me way more than RE2 just through its environment alone: there's bugs every where, it's dark, and every new area you are in has you without a map until you can find the seller. If you die, you have to go on a corpse run ala Dark Souls, and even then, success isn't guaranteed.

And I loved every second of it.


It has all the components of a great Metroidvania wrapped up in pleasing package that's both a joy to look at while being

The backgrounds and enemies are hand drawn, giving it this organic look that makes it feel more uncanny than if it were just cel shaded, and even with more "comforting" environments like the City of Tears or the town of Dirtmouth, there was always this overwhelming sense of dread and melancholy. 

With every moment of relief in the stellar gameplay, I was further sucked into the world of Hallownest, with it's unique population trying to survive in a world that has long been left to rot.


NEW GAME OF THE YEAR RUNNERS UP:
5. Sayonara Wild Hearts- If I was more into Chvrches music, I'd put it higher because I respect the concept of a playable album so much.

4. Slay The Spire- StS takes my favorite part of Hearthstone, The Dungeon Runs, and expands it into a full on strategy game.

3. Resident Evil 2- Playing this coming off a run of REmake, RE 2 adds so many Quality of Life things, while refocusing the story to Anette Birkin in a way that signals that maybe Resident Evil would have been better off as an anthology series with more dramatic, unconnected stories as opposed to science fiction inspired by Romero. 

2. Dicey Dungeons- I'm a slut for Roguelikes, but DD takes the concept of "you play it with dice" as far as it can go, seeping into the adorable character design.

#1 NEW GAME OF THE YEAR: Disco Elysium 
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 I was up until 3 AM last night playing this, because there is ALWAYS another thread to pull, ALWAYS a new character you want to meet again, and ALWAYS a decision that can go horrifically wrong.

You play a detective who's lost their memory and is tasked with solving a murder, and then the game lets you go ahead. As you start to investigate, you find yourself embroiled in a union dispute that might force you to take sides to find out what's REALLY going on.

I was a fan of the Shadowrun games by Harebrained Games, because in addition to a well developed world, and interesting setting, each game has a focus on a central "hub" world that you return to in between missions, and develops as you get further along in the story. 

Disco Elysium is similar, as it takes place within the small municipality of ficitional city Revachol, and while the map is maybe 3 city blocks large, it's packed to the brim with intrigue, conflicts, and writing that is at times the funniest thing ever and devastatingly bittersweet. Plus, everything looks like it was made with water color, which gives it a nice, hazy tinge that lends itself to the surreal and dreamlike story being told.

Most importantly, the game features VO by the cast of Chapo Trap House and allows you to be super Communist, so it objectively has the best politics

ANNUAL REMINDER I SHARE A BIRTHDAY WITH MC BAT COMMANDER
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Saturday, January 4, 2020

The New Hotness In 2020

Yeah, so for future reference, anytime I do something new, I'm going to make a quick post about it.

NEW SINGLE! "I Want To Fuck Krampus For Christmas"




A song about love on Christmas. Krampus is the new hotness on the holiday season, baby! I was going to do this on the guitar, but when I got into Reaper, and played around with the synth, it sounded REALLY GOOD!

Artwork done by Jesse Davis

NEW VIDEO! "The Average Rhythm Bastard Live Experience 3(KB) (Anime Iwai)"


Part of my "Resolutions" for 2020 is to make a proper Sizzle Reel for my live shows to show off to potential cons and venues, but this had so many good moments and was such a good feeling to have all my friends from 3000 Brigade support me!

NEW EPISODE OF RPG PALS CLUB!
Episode 24: Look At Me, I'm A Jerk!


The City of Waterdeep has seen bands with grudges before, but has it seen one with a grudge that is out for revenge against a friend slash teammate? Also, Nivenya goes into a hole.

Our cleric gets very pupset, and Oi is a jerk to robots.

Another very obvious Aquabats reference:

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Catching Up Before The End Of The Decade

Hahaha, it's been a while...

NEW SONG ON PATREON: "Remember"
This is a song that I've had kicking around for a while, ever since I finished listening to the podcast
The Weezer Bracket. It was a podcast that, March Madness style in Song Vs. Song matchups, set
out to determine the Worst Weezer Song (spoiler: It was "Beverley Hills").

In the process, I've learned a couple things:
1. They have A LOT of songs that are "We're going back to our roots! We don't suck anymore, we promise!"
2. Rivers Cuomo has A LOT of weird song writing strategies.
Most fun: Adderall, tequila, and a nap on a hammock.
Least fun: A notebook full of chord progressions he refers to like a textbook.

From all of this, I kept getting the impression that Rivers Cuomo, after being embarassed by Pinkerton, got kind of... desperate for approval. One day at work, I saw that there's a special "Weezer Island" on Fortnite, and I went "HOLE- EEE SHIIIIIT"

Little by little, the song came to me.

NEW SONG ON YOUTUBE: "Mercedes Merced"


Last week, the trailer for Black Widow dropped, and while I haven't been keeping up with the Marvel movies, I have kept my eye on this one, since one of the villains is rumored to be Taskmaster.

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Taskmaster, as I've mentioned before, is one of my FAVORITE comic characters. His power, photographic reflexes, allow him to copy any movement he sees and replicate them perfectly; whether it's fighting like Iron Fist, shooting arrows like Hawkeye, or throwing his replica sheild like Captain America. He's a mercenary scumbag, but the fun kind of scumbag, where he'll interupt a villain's speech about their goals or whatever, and Tasky will be like "Don't care. Fuck you. Pay me". I love his dumb skeleton pirate costume, as well as his Tacticool Luchador from Udon, which I actually cosplayed as!

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He's been explored in a variety of ways throughout the years, and the song Mercedes Merced, was inspired by his 2011 limited series, "Unthinkable". Mercedes Merced is actually Taskmaster's wife, who he forgot about over the years, as his in order to use his powers and commit it to muscle memory, his brain "forgets" an explicit memory, and the series chronicles him reconnecting with his wife, then later forgetting her again to save his life. It's a really bittersweet tale, and I recommend it immensely.

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So for this song, I made it about a relationship you half remember but it ended up being way more important than you were led to believe.

HEY RHYTHM BASTARD, HOW DOES HE LOOK IN THE MOVIE?

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uhhhh... WHO WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT SOME CONVENTIONS?

ANIME IWAI RECAP!
FRIDAY!
-Iwaivor Series 2019!
We crowned a champion after a lot of fighting and a lot of promo cutting. We're slowly, but surely getting a grip on how to run future events efficiently. Namely, people REALLY aren't prepared to cut promos!

Also, as we get more popular, we're going to get more crowded, and we don't want to turn anyone away, so we'll just be doing 4-man Royal Rumble Heats until we get down to Two Finalists.

-My Concert!
Went swimmingly! It was my last concert of year, and my friends at the 3KB made sure it went over big and got HYPE AS FUCK!

-3000 Brigade Show!
Maybe it's because this is my 3rd show, maybe it's because I had so many costume changes, or maybe it was just that we were super confident in our show, but this year flew by.


First I was a Herald for the Fort Knights from Fortnite, then I was Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat, then Shitty Drag, then Green Link, and then Johnny Cage again. Then I went shirtless and the crowd went wild.

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-Also, I attended a "Fursona" panel, and this is the artist's interpretation of the "Thrash Panda" protag:
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PAX UNPLUGGED RECAP!
I LOVED PAX Unplugged this year! I sold a shit ton of MtG cards and got to play some new games.

Honestly, my favorite part of PAX Unplugged is the city of Philadelphia. My friend Owen's a local, and took me out to all the cool food places. I got a Wawa's, I got a proper Cheesesteak, I ate scrapple at the Reading Terminal Market, all those boxes were checked off.

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As for actually playing games, I played a round of Commander for the first time in a while, and my group couldn't have been nicer. I only had the Mind Sieze Precon from 2013, but it provided me with a nice enough base to build on, and I've been building a couple decks back here at home, with a third commander deck on the way. Oops...

Raccoon Tycoon Title

A game I tried and ended up buying was Raccoon Tycoon. It's a game about producing resources, selling them for profit, and buying property to help you on your way. You get into a good pace once you get going, and it is straightforward after a couple of rounds. It's got a nice, old world style, and even though raccoons are scavengers, not capitalists, it was worth picking up for $40.



Pat Baer, who helps run League of Heels, the PAX Wrestling Federation, also runs a lot of fun comedy panels, one of which is the Improvised Postmortem, where you make a game concept and make a postmortem on it on the fly from just a title. Loading Ready Run talent, and lots of other familiar faces are there, and did a great job!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "The Passenger" by Siouxie and the Banshees


Recently I checked out the series "Infinity Train" because the second season was advertise with a trailer that has this cover of Iggy Pop's "The Passenger". The Iggy Pop version was also used in the trailer for The Outer Worlds.

Outer Worlds rules, Infinity Train rules, this cover rules, and this was also in the credits for "I, Tonya" which I didn't mind, so if you want me to check out your thing, put "The Passenger" in the trailer.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Anime Iwai: Rushnanigans

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Spirit Of The Radio" by Rush


RHYTHM BASTARD AT ANIME IWAI: RUSH- FRIDAY!

3000 Brigade Presents: Iwai-vor Series 2019 
7 PM to 8 PM, Panel Room 1

"A Tag Team Throwdown where you and a partner can pummel your way through the competition to win the Championship Belt in some old school N64 Wrestling games! There will be thrills. Chills, spills, and maybe one of the commentators will wear a silly costume! Flashy outfits & ridiculous promo cutting encouraged."

Yes, we're back for Round 3! We still need to work on the belt stuff, but it's coming along pretty OK, I just need to test everything.

We ARE only taking 8 teams though, so pre-register here!

Other Panels I Might Check Out:

3000 Brigade Presents: Pun Panel 3000
3000 Brigade Presents: Ask A T-Girl
Anime Iwai Launch Party!
A Crap Guide To D&D: A DM's Lament
AMV Pool Party
Fursona 19

RHYTHM BASTARD AT ANIME IWAI: RUSH- SATURDAY!

Hardcore Nerdcore Punk Rock with Rhythm Bastard
5 PM to 6 PM, Panel Room 2 

"Want to take a break from the K-Pop and whatever some rando is blasting on their portable speakers in the hall and JUST ROCK THE F--K OUT?

Rhythm Bastard's been shredding the Florida Con scene for several years, and his brand of Hardcore Nerdcore Punk Rock has opened up pits in panels rooms a plenty.  So if you're the kind of person that wishes they had LAN Parties on the Warped Tour, this is 100% your jam."

You MIGHT hear something new!

Pre-Show/Doors Open for 3KB Live! 
7:30 PM  to 8 PM, Main Events

"It’s almost time everyone! Please proceed in an orderly fashion to Main Events for The 3000 Brigade Presents: 3KB Live! There may be song, there may be dance, but there won’t be seats once the show starts so grab ‘em while you can!"

Get there, because there will be shenanigans!

The 3000 Brigade Presents: 3KB Live! 
8 PM to 9:30pm PM, Main Event

"It’s 3KB Live! Your favorite troupe of cosplay actors are back and ready with a whole new show filled with your favorite video game and pop culture characters. Want to know more? Make sure to get a seat early to find out this season’s crazy plot."

We're finally making good on our "SNL Meets Video Games!" Premise! I can't reveal who I'm going to be playing, but it's safe to assume they will be a hunk of some kind.

3000 Brigade Meet & Greet
9:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Panel Room 3

"You just watched them live on stage and now they’re ready to answer all of your burning questions!  Come hang out with the 3000 Brigade and relive all of the moments with the cast & crew of this amazing performance group."

It will also be the time where I'll be taking autographs ;)

Hentai Variety Show (18+ ONLY)
11 PM to 1 AM, Main Events

"Florida's original 18+ costume contest and stage show has returned and will be harder, better, faster, and stronger than ever before! WARNING: NO CAMERAS, CELLPHONES, or BAGS of any kind will be allowed in past our doors. Bring your photo ID!"

This is always a sexy good time, and, like Rocky Horror, it's only as humilitaing as you're comfortable being.

if that makes any sense.

Other Panels I Might Check Out:

Nerds Know: Disney Sing A Long
8 Bit Wave Live
Pattern Making For Cosplay
How To Become A Foamsmith

RHYTHM BASTARD AT ANIME IWAI: RUSH- SUNDAY!

3000 Brigade Presents: Smash Game 3000
2-3pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
"It's the 3KB's take on the classic Match/Snatch Game. Come and enjoy the hilarity sure to happen when your favorite Brigaders do impersonations of their favorite celebrities in the classic fill-in-the-blank game."

This is the only thing I really CAN attend, but I will be out about throughout the day. Anyway, if you loved me at the preview show, you'll love me at this.

WHILE YOU'RE HERE...