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Kickstarter - 12 Days of The Folio Christmas! (1e / 5e)

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 23:49


Suddenly I am struck with the realization that the 12 Days of OSR Christmas are right around the God damned corner.

What brought me to this realization?

12 Days of Folio Christmas.
And not to be left out of the Christmas season, AotG is offering up the chance to grab all the various Folio back issues and mini-adventures in a 12 Days of Christmas pledge.  Not only will you get the 3 mini-adventures we want to produce, but you'll get a special PDF delivery from December 25th through January 5th!  Yep, that is a present in your email each of the 12 days of Christmas, or better yet, you can send them as a gift to a friend and fellow gamer!Shit. Does this mean OSR Christmas should start before or after Christmas? God damn it! This requires some thought now.

Did I mention The Folio is an easy series of adventure to hack into your own campaign? Probably not, as I'm too busy worrying about OSR Christmas...


Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Lunch Witch # 2 Knee-deep in Niceness

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 23:38

Title: Lunch Witch # 2 Knee-deep in Niceness (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Writer/Artist/Cover Artist: Deb Lucke
Color Flatter: Marcia Patricio
Additional Cartooning and Photography: Paul Hartzell
Price: $ 14.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.papercutz.com
Comments: The Lunch Witch has been acting not exactly nice.
The art style is something else, you have to see it. It is simple yet stylish. It compliments the characters perfectly.
The Lunch Witch does make up some very untasty dishes for the students. You stomach will turn seeing what she puts iin them. The mere though of eating it will have you gagging.
The Lunch Witch does have some active familiars. They are caring which is funny since they want to make sure she is not. So the familiars cast a spell to help her out. As often happens when when a spell is cast by a being who has no idea what they are doing things do not go exactly as planned.
Ms. Grunhilda Blackheart the Lunch Witch must undo the spell cast.
Mr. Williams the Lunch witch’s dog finds being on his own makes his life a whole lot harder.
Scout is like a Boy Scout trying to earn badges. He does try so hard. With Grunhilda though his attitude does change, her attitude is infectious.
This is a fun and creepy read about a witch that you will care for and fear. She is evil but with a spark of kindness in her black heart. The has its own unique look which just adds to the weirdness of this book.
The Lunch Witch will draw you into her magical spell.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Tor Browser zero-day strikes again

Malwarebytes - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:56

A newly found vulnerability in the Firefox web browser was found to be leveraged in the wild. It is not the first time this has happened, as some of you may recall back in 2013, the FBI used a nearly identical one to expose some users running the Tor Browser.

The Tor Browser (based on Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release) is used worldwide by all people who want greater anonymity online which includes political activists or dissidents wanting to bypass limitations or surveillance put in place by oppressive regimes.

According to Mozilla, “the exploit took advantage of a bug in Firefox to allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system by having the victim load a web page containing malicious JavaScript and SVG code“.

Via this exploit, an attacker can collect the victim’s IP and MAC addresses, as well as their hostname which it sends to a remote server (5.39.27.226). This server is now down, but we were able to reproduce the exploit and observe the TCP packets where the data would be sent.

It’s worth noting that not all exploits are meant to infect the target machine. In this case, for example, the goal is to leak user data with as minimal of a footprint as possible. There’s no malicious code downloaded to disk, only shell code is ran directly from memory.

This zero-day can be thwarted by adjusting the security slider to ‘High’ within Tor Browser’s Privacy and Security Settings, but that is not the default option. Alternatively, people running Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit were already protected against this 0day.

This latest attack continues to increase the concern over the Tor Brower’s efficacy against exploits and how other browsers such as Google Chrome or Edge work to handle memory corruption and sandboxing. One thing is for sure, browsers and their plugins remain the best attack vector to deliver malware or leak data via drive-by attacks.

Both Mozilla and Tor have released a patch to address this zero-day.

Categories: Techie Feeds

Meet the Next Class of X-Men in GENERATION X!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:54

New Series Launching as Part of ResurrXion

New York, NY—November 30th, 2016 — For the first time in years, the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning throws open its doors once again in GENERATION X #1! Join writer Christina Strain (Runaways, Civil War II: Choosing Sides) and artist Amilcar Pinna (Astonishing X-Men, All-New Ultimates) as they join forces to bring fans the next generation of mutantkind – if the students survive!

 

Once a shining beacon and safe haven for young mutants everywhere, the next class of X-Men begin their long journey right here at the Xavier Institute. But let’s face it: not all mutants are created equal. Some young mutants aren’t cut out to be the next X-Men. You just hope will survive their first run-in with a Sentinel. But Jubilee isn’t about to sell her class of underdogs short. Under her instruction and mentorship, she hopes to navigate them through growing pains and dangers that would put even the most seasoned X-Men to the test!

 

“Traditionally, the Xavier Institute’s been the place for societally rejected young mutants to seek shelter,” says writer Christina Strain. “Once there, they’re taught how to properly harness their powers and sometimes, after graduating, some of them have gone on to become full-fledged X-Men. But let’s be real for a second. Not every young mutant is X-Men material…”

 

What do you do when you’re the outcasts among the outcasts? When you don’t fit in – even at the school you were promised you’d belong? You forge your own path. Welcome to Generation X, hope you survive the experience! It all kicks off this Spring when Strain & Pinna bring you GENERATION X #1!

GENERATION X #1

Written by CHRISTINA STRAIN

Art by AMILCAR PINNA

Cover by TERRY DODSON

On Sale This Spring!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

The Fillbach Brothers’ ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT Goes Live on Kickstarter This Thursday!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:43

The latest Fillbach Brothers graphic novel ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT begins funding on Kickstarter on Thursday 12/1 at 10AM CST.

So, what is ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT, you ask? It’s an occult, trucking adventure that takes place on the wide and open roads of the U.S. of A.! Follow Jim Kowalski – a transporter of paranormal and unearthly things, people, and paraphernalia or in other words, he’s a fancy-shmancy truck driver for the Illuminati Transport – his pooch Geech, and crystal skull of doom Rico as they pick up the remains of unwanted supernatural incidents. But, what happens when whatever the hell it is in his truck escapes? Where does a truck driver even begin when the fate of the world is in his hands?!

Sound like your cup of tea? Click here to check out the Kickstarter Preview Page before ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT launches.

With the help from Kickstarter, the Fillbachs want to bring ILLUMIINATI TRANSPORT to print as a standard trade paperback found in comic shops and in an Exclusive-To-Kickstarter variant cover of the trade (see below). 

Along with pledging for the ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT trade paperbacks, the Fillbach Brothers are offering other super swanky rewards including: 2 different glow-in-the-dark ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT t-shirts, Fillbach Brothers 11×17 art prints, other original graphic novels in the Fillbach library and custom ink commissions!


Categories: Comic Book Blogs

FOUR-PART CW CROSSOVER IS HERE!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:26

That’s right…the wait is finally over! The four-part #DCTV crossover has arrived, and Hector’s here to let you know what to expect (and also mess with reality a little bit…like you do). Supergirl sets the stage, but things really explode in this week’s Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow with an all out alien invasion featuring the Dominators! Will our heroes triumph? Or will we all be speaking Dominatish next week? Watch and find out!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

The Flash Clip + DC Super Hero Girls LEGOs

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:26

DC All Access is ready to dominate! In today’s all new episode, we take a look at an exclusive clip from tonight’s spectacular episode of The Flash, which kicks off the three-part “Invasion” crossover. Plus, we look at some of this week’s must-have new comics, enjoy a clip from the new episode of DC Super Hero Girls, and give one lucky fan the chance to walk away with the massive Batman: The Animated Series Batwing from DC Collectibles.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Injustice: Ground Zero Sets Stage for Injustice 2

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:26

If you’ve ever wondered how Harley Quinn views the world, then you might think about adding Injustice: Ground Zero to your digital pull list. In this DC All Access comics clip, we talk to writer Chris Sebela about this new digital first comic that tells the story of Injustice from Harley Quinn’s point of view. In a world where heroes are villains, can Harley actually be a force for good? Crazier things have happened, puddin’.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

HULK HOGAN BREAKS HIS FOOT

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:17

First leg day after breaking a small bone in the side of my foot,doctors say I need to wait another month ,brother HH

— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) November 29, 2016

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Linda McMahon Meets With Trump

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:11

Linda McMahon met with Donald Trump Wednesday as the president-elect continues to assemble his cabinet.

“The meeting went great,” McMahon told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. “Anytime … the president-elect of the United States asks you to come in for a conversation, you’re happy to do that. We talked about business and entrepreneurs and creating jobs … we had a really good conversation.”

When asked if Trump had offered her a position in his administration she told reporters to “stay tuned.”

It’s unclear what potential post McMahon could get. She told the Connecticut Post earlier this month that she wasn’t interested in an ambassadorship.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Go Behind the Scenes of MONSTERS UNLEASHED in New Video!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:00

Featuring Interviews, Artwork and New Story Details!

 

New York, NY—November 30th, 2016 — Run if you can! Hide if you must! Monsters have invaded the Marvel Universe! As skyscraper-sized behemoths rampage across the globe – it’s all hands on deck in the highly-anticipated MONSTERS UNLEASHED event! Kicking off on January 18th in comic stores everywhere, series writer Cullen Bunn and five superstar artists bring you a blockbuster epic that has to be seen to be believed. But before heroes everywhere go toe-to-toe with these gargantuan beasts, hear from the minds behind the massive monster mayhem with a special MONSTERS UNLEASHED BEHIND THE SCENES FEATURETTE.

 

 

Featuring interviews with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Senior Editor Mark Paniccia and Assistant Editor Christina Harrington – get the inside scoop on all the wall-to-wall action fans can expect inside MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1! Plus, fans will get an opportunity to meet Kid Kaiju, a brand-new character who’ll have some MONSTROUS repercussions for the entire Marvel Universe!

 

Heroes unite as Avengers, the Champions, the Guardians, the X-Men the Inhumans and more make their desperate stand against armies of towering beasts of destruction! But do they stand a chance? Something big is coming to the Marvel Universe – and it all kicks off in MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – smashing in to comic shops on January 18th 2017!

 

MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 (NOV160745)

MONSTERS UNLEASHED LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (SEP168783)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Teaser Variant by GEOFF DARROW (NOV160751)

Variant Cover by KEN NIIMURA (NOV160746)

Hip-Hop Variant by MIKE DEODATO (NOV160752)

Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (NOV160747)
New Monster Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN (NOV160749)
Monster vs. Hero variant by MIKE MIGNOLA (NOV160750)

Party Variant by ART ADAMS (SEP168756)

Party Sketch Variant Also Available (SEP168757)

Video Game Variant Also Available (NOV160748)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 1/18/16

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Engage – Thursday, December 1st – Christmas Banquet and Billiards

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:48
Christmas Banquet and Billiards
Thursday, December 1st
6:30pm
Sanctuary

If you’ve purchased your tickets to the
Christmas Banquet, don’t forget that
it’s happening tomorrow!

Get your laugh ready for a hilarious time
with Matt Falk.

We’re dressing up!
Come out in your best outfits: cocktail dresses for the ladies,
and button up shirts for the men.

Afterwards we’re heading to Triple B’s
121 Scurfield Blvd
to play some pool!
We’ll head there for
approximately 9:00pm. 

 

 

Categories: Churchie Feeds

Calendar spam on Apple systems

Malwarebytes - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:00

Mac and iOS users have been seeing a lot of strange entries appearing in their calendars for a while now, but there has been a big increase over the last few weeks. There are a couple different explanations for this, but the good news is that neither of them involves malware.

The first cause has been occurring for a couple years, since the introduction of a new feature in OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and iOS 9, which suggests events found in other apps. For example, if you get an e-mail in Mail with information about an airline flight, that flight will show up in the Calendar app as a suggestion.

If this happens for a specific event from a spam e-mail, or any other event that you don’t want in your calendar, you can simply select it and click the Ignore button. Easy peasy.

However, maybe you don’t want to see those suggestions at all. If that’s the case, you can turn them off. First, in Mail on OS X, open the preferences, click the General icon, and change the “Add invitations to Calendar” setting to Never.

On iOS 9, a similar setting can be found in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, where you should turn off the “Events Found in Mail” option. On iOS 10, that option is named “Events Found in Apps”, and is found in Settings > Calendar.

You can, of course, still add events found in Mail, and any other app that supports it, using the data detection features in macOS. Simply hover over the relevant info and click the down arrow to start the process of creating an event in the calendar:

The second cause for these problems is a bit more troublesome and has become a very common problem in just the last few weeks. Spammers have learned that they can send calendar invitations to your iCloud address, thus spamming not your e-mail account but your calendar itself.

Worse, these invitations show up in the Notification Center, so the spam actually shows up within the interface of macOS and iOS, rather than just in Mail.

If that’s not bad enough, getting rid of these invitations is another problem. Sure, you can simply decline them and move on… but the problem with doing that is that accepting or declining these invitations sends a response back to the spammer, which could confirm that your address is good, thus leading to further spam.

There are many blog articles and forum posts out there about how to delete these messages without notifying the sender that you have done so. The prevalent wisdom says that adding the events to a temporary calendar, then deleting that calendar, will delete the events without sending a notification. This seems to be backed up by the fact that macOS will give you the option to delete without notifying:

Unfortunately, I’ve been testing this for a couple days, between my calendar and my wife’s calendar, and it doesn’t work for me. Even if I click Delete and Don’t Notify, or if I do this from iOS as some sites suggest, the sender will always get a notification that the invitation was declined.

I’m not yet sure whether this is an absolute or whether certain settings cause this to work in some cases and not work in others. It’s possible this will work for some people. However, it’s certainly true that you can’t rely on being able to delete those events without notification, and you won’t be able to tell from your end if the notification was sent or not.

How big a deal is this? Potentially, it could result in a sudden flood of new calendar spams. It’s also possible it could result in nothing at all. It’s hard to know which is the case, but the risk of the former is definitely unappealing.

So, what can be done? There are several things that need to be addressed: reporting, removing, and preventing the spam.

Reporting

These spam events can be reported to Apple so that they can close the offending iCloud account. This will be like shooting at a moving target, but nonetheless, it’s important to shut down each iCloud account that sends this kind of spam.

To report it, open the Calendar app on your Mac and locate the event there. Do not accept or decline it, but drag the event to the desktop. Dropping it there should create a file with an icon similar to the Calendar icon and ending in “.ics”. This file contains all the information about the event, including who sent it.

Next, send a message to spam@icloud.com briefly explaining the problem (nothing more than a few sentences at most), and attach that .ics file to the message. Once the message has been sent, you can delete the .ics file, but don’t delete the event from the Calendar app!

Removing

After you’ve reported the spam, you’ll want to “quarantine” these spams in a junk calendar. First, create a new calendar in your iCloud account, which you can do in the Calendar app on macOS or iOS, or even on iCloud.com itself. Name that new calendar something like “Junk,” and make sure that it isn’t shown on the calendar. (On macOS or iOS, uncheck it in the calendar list to hide events in that calendar.)

Next, without accepting or declining the spam event, move it to this Junk calendar. This can be done in the Calendar app on macOS. It can also be done in the Calendar app on iOS by tapping the event, then changing the calendar on the Event Details screen.

At this point, the event will still be there, but it will be in a different calendar and will be hidden, so you won’t see the spam events mixed in with your other events. Leave them there. If you have items in the Notification Center for those events, close them without accepting or declining.

At some point, after you haven’t gotten any more calendar spam for a few weeks or months, you should be able to safely delete the Junk calendar, and any notifications won’t get through because the offending iCloud accounts (which you will have reported) should have been banned by that point.

If by some chance you keep getting that spam for a long time, you can create additional calendars periodically (Junk 2, Junk 3, etc) and delete the older ones after a while.

There are no guarantees, of course. All this relies on Apple closing those accounts in a timely fashion and if Apple suddenly gets swamped with more spam reports than they’re prepared to handle, it’s possible that it may not happen quickly.

Prevention

There is also the question of how to prevent this from happening in the future. Unfortunately, again, the conventional wisdom appears to be failing. Many sites are saying to log in to iCloud.com, then go to the Calendar there and click the gear button at the bottom left corner of the page to open the iCloud Calendar settings. Then, click the Advanced icon and change the Invitations setting from the default (“In-app notifications”) to “Email to youraddress@somewhere.com”.

In my testing, however, this did nothing to prevent an invitation from showing up in the Calendar app. I’m unclear as to whether this is because this setting doesn’t behave as people are assuming it does, or if it would have worked if my spam filter had caught the e-mail message with the invitation before it hit my inbox (it didn’t).

So, I won’t say this isn’t worth trying… if you’re getting lots of repeated Calendar spam, it would definitely be worth trying to change this setting and then train Mail’s spam filter to catch those spam invites. Of course, it’s also possible that this may result in legit invites ending up in your spam folder, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on that.

However, the most important preventative step you can take requires some premeditation. My iCloud e-mail address is a jealously-guarded secret… not many people outside my family know that address, so it never receives spam. If you can pre-emptively do the same with a new iCloud account, using an e-mail address that you only use for that iCloud account and nothing else, then that will go a long way towards avoiding spam.

Of course, this does nothing to stop the problem once it has started. However, you may be able to change your Apple ID e-mail address, which would help to cut off the flow. If your address ends in @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com, you may not be able to change it at this point, but for anyone else it would be worth a try.

You’ve probably gotten the message at this point that there really aren’t any ideal solutions. All this is unfortunately a hassle right now. After watching Apple for 32 years, though, I’m fairly confident that this is something they’ll take action to correct… but, if they do, it will likely take some time, and an update to macOS and iOS, to implement anti-spam controls on the Calendar.

Categories: Techie Feeds

Tavern Chat Reminder - It was a November to Remember

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 15:18

Can you believe its Wednesday again? Does a week of time really go by so fast?

In any case, November was the "official" "soft" launch of Swords & Wizardry Light. Its also the month I found out I would be going to NTRPG Con 2017 "on the arm" (NYPD speak for "free"). Did I mention its the strongest month EVER for RPGNow affiliate sales? The Tavern's FB group surpassed not just 1,000 members this month, its surpassed 1,100 members. Of course that means live video streaming come December. Oh, and of course there is that little event, hardly worth mentioning, of the release of TSR Era releases coming to Print on Demand.

Yeah, November would have been perfect if it wasn't for the small, health related issues that threw a monkey wrench into certain plans. Ah well, December is usually allergy free for me. Cold and flus are a whole 'nother issue though ;)
chat.

So, Tavern Chat. Tonight. 9 PM Eastern. Here. In the chat box on the right.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.
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