They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore. Well damn them! You and me, Mad Overlord, we’re gonna give them back their heroes!

Just a bit from a short story I am writing… as always, remember this is a rough, rough draft.

Please drop me a line to let me know what you think.

The engine roared as the car roared down the remains of the broken highway. Two motorcycles speed along either side of the rusty black machine. The cycle with a passenger swung a baseball bat at the tainted window, making a spiderweb of cracks with the first strike and splintering it completely on the follow up swing.

The driver of the black car gazed at his attackers hidden behind a full faced gas mask. An odd growling, howling noise that could not be hear over the roaring of the engines, came from the motorcycle driver as his passenger continued his assault upon the car with the bat.

The motorcycle on the driver’s side of the car as the driver pulled out a pistol and began to take aim, only to have two tons of steel slam into them. The front suspension bent sideways from the force and snapped. Sending the driver into the air,landing chin first. Their feet landing second a short distance ahead, the drivers back now bent like a torn apart paper clip.

The car and the remaining motorcycle raced onward, neither unconcerned with the fate of the other driver. They both swerved around a derelict car in the middle of the highway,left there years ago. As they emerged on the other side, the motorcycle swerved back with the passenger poised to jump to the other vehicle, baseball bat at the ready.

The car slammed on its brakes. The passenger tried to grab onto what ever they could to prevent themselves from launching themselves onto the target no longer there, the only thing there, was the driver. This caused the driver to swerve to try and re-balance the bike, but failing. All three of them hit the pavement. The passenger hit first, their arm bending almost all the way around their back from the friction. As the driver and bike struck, the driver of the car swerved out onto the shoulder of the road to avoid striking them. An odd fluke in the broken pavement of the road caused the driver and bike to bounce directly in front of the cars path. As they disappeared under the car and the sound of metal striking metal immediately followed by a crunching sound.

“Shit.” The driver said even before the car struck them.

Stay Mad.

Be Good.

I miss MAD Magazine. There. I said it. And I’d say it again if I had too.

As people in the world get more and more politicized, which cannot be good.

They also lack the ability to laugh at themselves, which also cannot be good.

MAD Magazine relaunched in April, but it is SO politicized now, which cannot be good.

So instead, watch this tribute to the old MAD, which made fun of everything. No safe zones. Everyone gets triggered.

And that can be good.

I see so called ‘normal’ people become triggered over everything,  attack each other over pointless things, and essentially make a mess of the world they say they are trying to save – it they are normal and main stream, I am glad I am a crazy person.

Stay MAD.

Be good.

Two updates in two days! Plus, Finally Pics from Gary Con…

I have a loooong back list of things I need to post. More stuff from Hendl’s Landing, Maps of the City at the End of the World….   I am a bad Mad Overlord… BUT, I finally am posting my pics from Gary Con!

That and another update on the Castle of Blackwoor Moor D&D Adventure.

So what are all these pictures? Pictures of some of the groups I ran. They were all wonderful people, but some of them had a mild disagreement…. In a future post, I should talk about what happens when players do not see eye to eye at a gaming convention and how I handled it.

Hanging out at Frank’s place. No matter what you think of people like Frank, but for me… He and Jim Ward remind me of my dad. Very down to earth and no nonsense kind of guys. Not very politically correct either.  I hope I remain friends with them for years to come. Oh, and he has a copy of my book on his bookshelf as you can see in the next picture.
The pretzel sticks and Root Beer in Wisconsin is TOP NOTCH… if any one tells you different, they were lying to you.
My Character in Jim Ward’s game. I was killed by a giant scorpion. But I had a fun time, but my introvertness was kicking in and I just got tired being around people so much. In hind sight, I was glad I died. Ha!

Enjoy.  I hope to update more soon… I am talking to a few people to do the editing for the D&D module. Once I learn more, promise to let all of you folks know.

Plus, plus… more youtube videos are coming.. but I need to find someone who can perform a duet with me… and some one who wants to help me burn things.  Don’t ask, it will make sense once they are complete.

Stay Mad.

Be Good.

 

Its About Time! *angry face*

Blackwood Moor

The plan was to have this done back in April and have the sequel to Castle of Blackwood Moors done by now… but China.

 

What do I mean? Well, the CCP in all their wisdom, decided that only 100 games will be available to the Chinese public PER YEAR! With well over 200 Chinese game companies, if you do the math…  you can come up with the conclusion that most game companies here came up with…

STARK RAVING PANIC!!!!

Luckily, I work for a company that makes mobile games for non-Chinese markets so we wont be affected much (I hope). But the majority of the companies here are now trying to make games for a western market… aka. they will fail horribly.

Why do I say this?

Well, pull of a tree stump little bippy and I will tell you.

China has the most draconian internet in the world (North Korea doesn’t allow their people to have internet, otherwise they would take the prize for this).  Logically, this means that Chinese people really do not have an accurate view on what outsiders are like.  How could they? The government filters everything they see and hear about anything non-Chinese.

Now imagine these people were trying to create a game that others would play passionately… or write a story that captivated the hearts of others?

Simply put, they can’t.

People might get mad at me for saying that, but in the 7+ years i have been here now, I have seen well over 100 games try to make it outside of China and SEA (south east asia) and I have seen ALL of them fail. When they do, its always the same song and dance, “They just don’t understand Chinese culture.”

This is the most ignorant reply ever. The United States is made up of ALL cultures. But its easier to blame others than to say something which would be more accurate, such as, “I guess we really did not understand what they wanted.”

But that is the underlying thought of how the Chinese game design mind works though.

One of these days, I should really write a book about my game design experiences here. I am sure some will find it interesting, while others will want to tar and feather me.

Oh. I forgot what I was talking about. Because of the above situation, things have not been stable here at all. But excuses aside, I just sent the first draft off to a proof reader (I am trying to get a few). If you want to be a play tester, please drop me a line at madoverlordmail@gmail.com and I will try to hook you up.

Be Good.

Stay Mad.

Excuse-APHONE! and, more nonsense.

While I am trying to get this rough outline done by the end of the month… AND trying to pass both of my classes…  Writing updates are going to be slow.

In the meantime, please enjoy what I do in my free time to stay creative but I don’t want to write since I do it 14 hours of a day.

A Mad (Overlord/Magazine) look at… The Road! (Which is a great book if you haven’t read it.)

Please like and leave comments.

Stay Mad.

Be Good.

 

Writing, writing, writing… And this crazy stuff.

Hey hey Mad Minions!

I just wanted to let you know.. I *am* still writing.  And I am taking a few online classes from UCLA. A Narrative Design class (so I can become more proficient in my job) and a Novel writing class… since my sentence structure needs help.

Hmm.  After writing this… maybe I should post the work I have been doing for those classes here. Would that be interesting? I guess I will post it and let you decide.

In the mean time, please enjoy the following nonsense.

Stay Mad.
Be good.

A hint at what is coming from Mad OverLord Studios.

Hey! Where have I been?

My poor Alienware of 6 years died a few months back. *Places hand over heart* and so I had to get a new computer.

Which was a CHORE because, living in China, I did not want a computer from here since the government likes to add a lot of… lets just say “Special modifications” just in case President Xi is watching.

So I now reveal… well, not reveal but that is what I am using to type this…. my DELL XPS 15! Its a great machine with six cores and this thing rocks the socks and then some. I have a lot of things to talk about not to mention getting back to writing. But with out further ado…  A video that gives a hint what is going to start happening. I sound like a goof because this was the last day of GaryCon and I was super tired and losing my voice..

Thanks for hanging in there my fans during my technical difficulties.

Stay Mad

Be Good.

Talking with Jim Ward.

As I get around to finally posting about GaryCon X (a month late, yeah yeah), one of the things I got to do is speak to Jim Ward about the first science fiction Role Playing Game, Metamorphasis Alpha.  It was a precursor to Gamma World, (honestly my favorite RPG – Sorry D&D) and it was filled will all sorts of fun, weird stuff.  Some people I know are looking for an IP to base a game off of and I immediately thought of Jim and MA. In this video I am talking about what makes MA so great and why it stands out.

Jim, if you eve come to my little corner of the internet, Godspeed sir, you are one of the good ones and one of the main influences on my writing.

With out further ado, here is the video.

Oh, and since this post was not up to my normal levels of weirdness, I just wanted to add…

Wiffle ball bats.

Stay Mad.
Be Good.

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside, And I take a deep breath and I get real high, and I scream from the top of my lungs – where’s my cheese? Oh wait, I mean, WHAT’S GOING ON?!

Another quick update on whats going on… the pictures of GaryCon X are coming… as well, as the D&D adventure based on Castle of Blackwood Moors.

I am going though the book, bit by bit to cut out a lot of the “You see this” and, “you see that,” and “Why are my shoes on the wrong feet?” To cut it down for a D&D style audience. It’s taking a bit… the book *IS* over 500 pages after all. But I am hoping to have this off to the editor by mid-April.  After that, off to the next project!

One thing at a time Ax, I know, I know.

SO! In case you were wondering JUST how bad my handwriting is…  here are some pictures of the rewriting!

Until next time,

Stay Mad,
Be Good.