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C.T. Phipps

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About C.T. Phipps

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    Grimdark Author Extraordinaire
  • Birthday 12/19/1980

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    Ashland, Ky
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    Being married to my beautiful wife. Writing. Fantasy. Urban Fantasy. Horror. You know, the usual.

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  1. Richard Nell's KINGS OF PARADISE is one of the few grimdark books I think which stands up with George R.R. Martin. Joe Abercrombie's THE FIRST LAW is also up there. And the Rob J. Hayes series BEST LAID PLANS duology. Scott Lynch's GENTLEMAN BASTARDS is also really-really good.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Fun present for my birthday. One of my readers requested a review of my book...on the vampire lady site!
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    https://www.dualshockers.com/werewolf-the-apocalypse-earthblood-publisher-release-window/ Werewolf: The Apocalypse's video game is set for 2020.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    The World of Darkness documentary (only available on Fandango and Amazon UK Prime as far as I can tell) shows a lot of screen shots from the game. Basically, they got bogged down in minutia and the ambition of the project. Like "customizable jackets over finishing the damn game" minutia.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    In any case, for those who might feel inclined to back the Kickstarter, Chicago by Night 5E is really awesome. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed/description * The Lasombra clan getting detailed. * Their new discipline of Oblivion. * 40 NPCs for Chicago and its surrounding areas * A adventure hook generator with other forty story seeds. * The new system for detailing NPCs that include current plots and hooks and roleplaying methods. * A full-chronicle detailing whether the PCs will help the Lasombra join the Camarilla or prevent it from happening. * A coterie guide * An actual write-up of Chicago by Chicago natives * New Loresheets That's in addition to the two stretch goals which have been met but could always use more padding. * THE CHICAGO FOLIO - A supplement of in-universe documents, letters, e-mails, and transcripts of the various characters interacting. Plus a whole new collection of NPCs and plot hooks. * LET THE STREETS RUN RED - Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Chicago's suburbs, and rural Illinois get detailed in 3 (at present) new chronicles showing the rest of the Rust Belt and how it relates to the Windy City. Fans had the chance to insert their own NPCs into canon (within reason), be used as art models, and determine the fate of certain NPCs. I bought Prince Maxwell, 3 NPCs (I've okayed it that I can use two to bring back Allicia and Evelyn from FORGED IN STEEL), and a piece of art I'm going to use for myself as an Anarch.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    The TV tropes page just got put up if you like that sort of thing. It has a lot more info. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TabletopGame/VampireTheMasqueradeFifthEdition And sadly, Werewolf5E has been delayed due to being retooled. They were going to do a Second Imperium with an EVIL faction of Garou wanting to exterminate 90% of humanity like Ra's Al Ghul, causing a split in the species. Which I thought would have been awesome. Basically, we're more likely to see what it's current state is after the Cyanide game.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    They're kind of an amazingly easy group of people to talk to. I e-mailed them and ended up talking with their CEO who is perhaps freerer with info than he should be. More or less it amounted to the fact they really bought V:TM and the WOD because they wanted to make/license to make as many World of Darkness games as they could. The tabletop game is more like a story bible to them now. They just want to ease into it and get their engine, storytelling teams down first as well as gauge interest. Especially after the failure of the MMO.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    It goes like this: * 1st Edition * Second Edition * Revised (Now 3rd Edition) The release of a 20th anniversary Vampire: The Masquerade one-shot rulebook which sold so much that it was expanded to a whole gameline alongside Requiem. It also inspired Paradox Interactive to buy White Wolf Entertainment and then say, "Okay, let's just do Masquerade again." That became 4th Edition and it was Metaplot free until a book called Beckett's Jyhad Diary that retconned away Gehenna, the Kuei-Jin invasion of the Anarch Free States (except a small group in Bloodlines), canonized Bloodlines, and laid the groundwork for 5th Edition. 5th Edition came out this year. It's changes being summarized as: 1. An alliance of intelligence agencies and the Society of Leopold have formed "The Second Inquisition" (they call themselves Project: Daylight) and have begun a massive purge of vampires globally, eliminating all the vampires of London and even somehow taking out the Tremere Council of Seven (possibly with help) before realizing just how HUGE a job it is. The Masquerade is now much more important since like a Grand Theft Auto game, the more you violate it, the more likely SEAL Team 6 will kill you. 2. The Methuselahs of every clan are being summoned to the Middle East--probably by the Antediluvians. This frees up a lot of power in the various groups. A small number resist but are greatly weakened in the process. 3. The Sabbat has collapsed as a huge chunk of them go to fight in "Gehenna" and are killed there 4. The Anarchs break away formally with the Brujah and Gangrel with the help of the Followers of Set as the Camarilla tries to dissuade the hunters by sending them after the Anarchs. The Anarchs control Berlin, Cuba, Australia, California, and Las Vegas now. Lots of South American and Central American cities are contested. 5. The Assamites join the Camarilla because the Tremere are greatly weakened and it amuses them to do so. 6. The Lasombra who didn't go to the Middle East are debating joining the Camarilla. They will have whether they do detailed in Chicago by Night. So it's back to Anarchs vs. Cammies and city-based chronicles until the new Sabbat return from the Middle East crazier and more occult-obsessed than ever (and having been purged of all the weakest members).
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    Alas, Baba Yaga met the Final Death in 2004. A bunch of Brujah communists are now in charge of Putin. Which makes no sense as Putin is obviously a Ventrue with a feeding restriction of dissenting freedom lovers.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    Oh. you missed something. It's no longer Requiem. Requiem was retired and it's back to the original World of Darkness. Chicago by Night 5E is a sequel to 1st and 2nd edition Chicago by Night. Theo Bell, Lucita, Dracula, Modius, the whole bunch. They "unbooted" the reboot.
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    Any Vampire: The Masquerade fans here?

    IT'S NOT ENTERTAINMENT, ITS A LIFESTYLE! *sips from goblet* My dark princess compels me to acknowledge no fault!
  12. It's been a crazy week. White Wolf Entertainment gets folded into Paradox Interactive, effectively dissolving it. The Chechen government calling out the company and threatening to sue it for their portrayal in a game book. OH and a fifth edition of Chicago by Night is in its last week of Kickstarting. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed/description Meaning, the world's greatest game supplement is getting updated something like 27 years later. I mean, 5E has been plagued with a lot of controversy but they have some real potential here, especially if Onyx Path Publishing is taking over again. I loved Beckett's Jyhad Diary.
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    I wrote an R-Rated space opera series called LUCIFER'S STAR. It is a trilogy that's two books in and so far people seem to really like. I had the idea as the basis of, "So, after the Battle of Endor, what happened to all those TIE pilots and stormtroopers? What if one of them discovered that he was the bad guy?" Bookbub did a nice release of it. I enjoy the LOST FLEET series a great deal but it got a little repetitive toward the end and I haven't yet finished the second series. It's nice competence porn with space tactics even though the protagonist's whole deal is he's not the legendary figure everyone believes he is. The Honor Harrington series was good right up until War of Honor when the heroes became cused with a bad case of invincible. I recommend stopping there. The protagonist, like Lost Fleet, is way OP but that's just how these things work I believe. I had a lot of fun with Alexis Carew which is a steampunk Age of Sail series where the British Empire is in space and feuding with, well, Nazi Germany because apparently Napoleonic France wasn't good enough for it. They're a YA series but I've enjoyed every one of those books a great deal. Pirates, slavers, dashing French nobleman, and more. I also recommend two Warhammer series in CIAPHAS CAIN which is about a cowardly soldier pretending to be a hero (and accidentally pulling it off) as well as Dan Abnett's GAUNT'S GHOSTS series. On the humorous side of things, there's a great space station-based series called HARD LUCK HANK that stars a Patrick Warburton-esque professional legbreaker who has the superpowers of being invulnerable. The space station is constantly threatened by outside forces as he struggles not to be involved then inevitably fails.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    My review of the Labyrinth Index, the latest Laundry books: 3,5/5 THE LABYRINTH INDEX is probably the book which is the most like a James Bond pastiche after a long period of the series poo-pooing on the very concept. It stars an arrogant sexist protagonist who fights against a sinsiter cartel with a world-ending scheme that doens't actually make a whole lot of sense. The big difference being that Mhari is a woman sexist against men (referring to her boyfriend and partner as "****boy" for most of the novel) plus she has a team of minor Laundry characters accompanying her on a mission. In that respect, it's more like the Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movies. I can't be too hard on Charles Stross because he's reversed one of his earlier decrees of the Laundry when he declared that everything from Howard Phillips Lovecraft was true(ish) other than the existence of Cthulhu, who he calls Old Bat Wings. Charles said that was the one element of the series which wasn't true--and is apparently now like vampires in that he was totally lying. Cthulhu's presence is revealed early on and he is also revealed to be the master of a longtime group of petty antagonists for the Laundry in the Black Chamber. In this book, Mhari is dispatched by the Prime Minister (Mr. Everyman who is basically Johm Simm's Master with godlike power and a hatred for all Jews--which include Christians and Muslims BTW) to the Americas. Someone has wiped the President of the United States from its 300 million citizens' memories and this is probably the prelude to something bad. Much gunplay, shoggoth summoning, and character growth for Mhari occurs. We also get snapshots into other characters views on events. Charles Stross has been struggling to keep the Laundry relevant with the cataclysmic weirdness in politics these past few years and this is the book he finally gives up on. Brexit, Trump, and other contemporary issues flat out don't exist in the Laundryverse now with a fictional new heroic President taking their place while the U.K. has bigger issues than its withdrawal from the EU. It's probably for the best but costs the series some of its meticulously researched realism. Then again, I suppose that went out the window with K-syndrome superheroes and PHANGS. The short version is this book is...okay. I give props for the use of the Black Chamber, Cthulhu, American military history, and the return of characters I like such as Peter. However, the fact Stross writes his heroes as overtly evil (siding with Nyarlathotep versus Cthulhu is even namechecked as "Stalin over Hitler" but that's not exactly reassuring). A bit like Mo in The Annihilation Score, Mhari is a deeply unpleasant person. While she undergoes some character growth, it seems consistent Stross prefers to write his men as nardy and devoted to their partners while the women are overtly dismissive to them when not doing "necessary" evils. It showed up in The Nightmare Stacks as well. So, it was okay, I guess? I think the series has lost a lot of its charm without Bob Howard and none of the other protagonists really work well. I liked Mhari more than Mo and she's probably the second best protagonist but this feels like the kind of fiction which Charles Stross used to mock in earlier books and that's a bit odd to now have to take completely straight.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    I have but it's all in one series that outsells all the others. It worries me at times.
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