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First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:26

Creative Team Dan Jurgens & Brett Breeding join Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ciarán Hinds at inaugural ACE Comic Con Long Island

Second, more Limited Cover without Trade Dress available as bonus for Premium VIP Packages

LONG ISLAND (Nov. 16, 2017) –  ACE Universe, the new media and entertainment company founded by Comic Con legends Gareb & Stephen Shamus, announced that the original creative team behind the infamous SUPERMAN VOL. 2 #75 issue, AKA the “Death of Superman,” will be in attendance at ACE Comic Con Long Island on December 8-10.  The issue’s original Artist & Writer Dan Jurgens, Penciler/Inker Brett Breeding, as well as new cover artist Greg Horn, will be on-site all three days for autographs.

This inaugural ACE Comic Con will take place at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, and will feature the best of pop culture and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Originally released in 1993, SUPERMAN VOL. 2 #75 drew national attention when DC killed their greatest Super Hero.  The legendary issue only contains 22 panels, and every page was a single panel.  When a gargantuan monster called Doomsday begins a mindless rampage, the Justice League is called in to stop the colossal force of nature.  But it soon becomes apparent that only Superman can stand against the monstrosity.  The battle rips across America, culminating in front of the Daily Planet building in Metropolis with Superman heroically ending the threat of Doomsday with one last punch before collapsing forever.

All VIP guests at ACE Comic Con will receive a SUPERMAN VOL. 2 #75 Variant Homage Cover by Greg Horn.  In addition, all Premium VIP guests will receive a SUPERMAN VOL. 2 #75 Variant Homage Cover by Greg Horn as well as a second, even more limited SUPERMAN VOL. 2 #75 Homage Cover by Greg Horn with the Trade Dress removed, perfect for signing.

“Greg Horn really hit this cover out of the park,” said Stephen Shamus, President, ACE Comic Con.  “Once we got approval to reprint this historic issue, I knew there was only one person for the job!  And to have the original talent on the book – Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding and Greg Horn — on hand to sign this limited edition, is truly special.”

Seasoned fans and families will be among the first to experience the newest in Film, TV, Gaming, Comics, Collectibles and Virtual Reality along with live performances worthy of the Nassau Coliseum.  More than 90 vendors and 50 top artists and writers will be showcasing their work and skills during the weekend.  ACE Comic Con has also partnered with a unique family-themed show called “Kids Comic Con” to bring a fun “show within a show” programming for youngsters including art classes with master illustrators, costume contests and workshops to create their own comic books.

Tickets for ACE Comic Con Long Island are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting www.aceuniverse.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum.  Kids under 10 years-old get in for free.

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X-O MANOWAR #11 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:23

Valiant is proud to present your first lettered look inside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #11 – the FIRST ISSUE of “VISIGOTH,” an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for 2017’s best-selling comics powerhouse from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Mind MGMT) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead)! From “SOLDIER” to “GENERAL” to “EMPEROR”…to outcast! The whole of X-O Manowar’s battle-fueled past year in the Valiant Universe has all led to this…and now the fate of Earth’s last Visigoth – and the extraterrestrial kingdom he brought to order beneath his armored gauntlet – is about to be decided in blood and steel…

Aric of Dacia’s bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned him scores of allies…and a legion of scorned enemies. Now, stripped of his crown and cast out of his kingdom, the man known as X-O Manowar must return to his roots as a sword-wielding warrior of Earth if he is to survive the relentless band of intergalactic bounty hunters that have been hired to kill him cold. But with few places left to turn, could the last Visigoth’s best hope be the all-powerful…but insidious…weapon he once swore away: the X-O Manowar armor?

In 2018, Valiant’s relentless, best-selling science-fiction epic comes full circle! On January 24th, Matt Kindt and Ryan Bodenheim command a bold new introduction to Aric of Dacia’s one-man conquest of a hostile alien world as “VISIGOTH” takes hold, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #11 – featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man), Ariel Olivetti (Punisher War Journal), and Jay Anacleto (Marvels: Eyes of the Camera)!

Plus: Arriving in stores alongside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #11 on January 24th, get caught up on Aric of Dacia’s ascension to the throne with the X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL 3: EMPEROR trade paperback collection – re-presenting the series’ latest chronicle of war amongst the stars by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Dept. H) and blockbuster artists Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage) and Renato Guedes (Wolverine) for the low, introductory price of just $9.99!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV172017)
Interlocking Variant by ARIEL OLIVETTI (NOV172019)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by JAY ANACLETO (NOV172020)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JANUARY 24th (FOC – 1/1/2018)

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV172039)
$9.99 | 112 pgs. |  T+ | On Sale JANUARY 24th (FOC – 1/1/2018)
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-235-5

X-O MANOWAR #11 – Interior Art by Ryan Bodenheim
X-O MANOWAR #11 – Interior Art by Ryan Bodenheim

X-O MANOWAR #11 – Interior Art by Ryan Bodenheim

X-O MANOWAR #11 – Interior Art by Ryan Bodenheim

X-O MANOWAR #11 – Interior Art by Ryan Bodenheim

X-O MANOWAR #11 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa

X-O MANOWAR #11 – Cover B by Giuseppe Camuncoli

X-O MANOWAR #11 – X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Jay Anacleto

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First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:02
Image Comics’ EXPO will be held in Portland, Oregon and will host a line-up of exciting creator-owned announcements Image Comics is pleased to announce that IMAGE EXPO will return and for the first time ever and will be held in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, February 21st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Leftbank Annex. Tickets are now available for purchase here.

IMAGE EXPO is an all-day event for fans, the retailer community, and the press to experience a showcase of exciting Image Comics announcements. IMAGE EXPO 2018 will feature a line-up of some of the hottest names in comics and offers a unique experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic-focused programming. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and media.

IMAGE EXPO will be an all-day event featuring some of the hottest names in comics soon to be announced, as well as special surprise guests.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. Image Comics is pleased to offer General Admission tickets available for $25, Premium Admission tickets available for $100.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes a program guide book and access to EXPO programming.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes admission to EXPO programming, program guide book, an Image Comics branded canvas tote bag, boxed lunch (valued at approximately $17), three (3) exclusive IMAGE EXPO variants, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative pint glass, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative enamel lapel pin, and access to priority seating.

Join us at the official IMAGE EXPO After Party which will be held from 7-10 p.m, location and further details to be announced. No ticket necessary, swing by and mingle with other members of the comics community, fans, industry professionals, and creators at this fun get-together.

Seating at IMAGE EXPO is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary (passes are limited).

Members of the media interested in requesting a press pass should fill out this form. Comics retailers interested in obtaining their complimentary pass should fill out this form.

Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store at this IMAGE EXPO 2018.

Image Comics fans can follow the latest IMAGE EXPO updates at imagecomics.com. We hope to see you there!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs


First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:45

Superstar artist Esad Ribić (Secret WarsUncanny X-Force) will make his creator-owned debut, teaming up with acclaimed writer Ivan Brandon (BLACK CLOUD, DRIFTER) for the darkly satirical sci-fi series VS this February from Image Comics. Painted colors from Nic Klein (DRIFTER) and design by Tom Muller round out the powerhouse creative team.

War has become a spectator sport.

Privately funded armies of superstar soldiers march into battle for fame, profit, and the glory of their sponsor nations. When a new generation of soldiers arrive, top gladiator Satta Flynn is about to discover how fleeting the limelight can be—and how punishing.

“Making VS is a dream,” said Ribić. “After all these years, it feels great to be able to create my own world and tech from scratch.”

“Working with Esad is mindblowing,” added Brandon. “I want to live in this world. Probably very briefly, as it’s incredibly dangerous.”

VS #1, Cover A (Diamond code: DEC170585) by Esad Ribić and Cover B (Diamond code: DEC170586) by Esad Ribić and Tom Muller, hits comic book stores Wednesday, February 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Harrow County # 26

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:35

Title: Harrow County # 26
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Script: Cullen Bunn
Art, Lettering and Cover: Tyler Crook
“Tales of Harrow County”: Script Tyler Crook, Art Alise Gluskova
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: out of 5 stars
Website: www.darkhorsecomics.com
Comments: Emmy sends a haint to do her bidding. The haint must do her bidding but you can tell it really wants to please her. It is a creature that most would fear and shy away from. So for it having Emmy care about him is a blessing.
Emmy here is deeply hurt but Kammi her sister.
Kammi is the evil version of Emmy and she has her own haints.
Bernice Emmy’s friend has grown powerful in her own right. Powerful enough to stand against Kammi we will see. You can just feel the evil emanating from Kammi and the determination from Bernice.
Kammi is the face of evil.
“Tales of Harrow County: Exterminator” This is a tale about an Exterminator who found love and then it ends very weirdly. This is Harrow County after all.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Pitiful Human-Lizard # 16

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:30

Title: Pitiful Human-Lizard # 16
Publisher: Chapter House Comics
Creator/Story/Art/Cover: Jason Loo
Colour Assists: Meaghan Carter
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.chapterhousecomics.ca , www.facebook.com/pitifulhumanlizard
Comments: Mother Wonder and Human-Lizard are off on a deadly space adventure to fight aliens. They join up with Mother Wonder’s old team of Divine Paladin’s. The Human-Lizard keeps getting put down as not being good enough and it is to his credit that he does not listen. He knows his own worth.
The Paladins have been interfering with other worlds and one decided to push back. More than push back. The Daikottans attacked and they had a weapon that could hurt and even kill the Paladins.
The Paladins are in for the fight of their lives something they are not used to.
The Human-Lizard did need to be used more. Having him stay on the sidelines does not make use of the star of the comic.
The different looking aliens are great to see.
The overall comic is done in a laid-back style. The heroes are definitely shown as heroes just it is not overly done.
Mother Wonder and the other Divine Paladins are really too stuck up. You will enjoy seeing them brought down a peg or two until it turns harmful.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

When you shouldn’t trust a trusted root certificate

Malwarebytes - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:30

Root certificates are the cornerstone of authentication and security in software and on the Internet. They’re issued by a certified authority (CA) and, essentially, verify that the software/website owner is who they say they are. We have talked about certificates in general before, but a recent event triggered our desire for further explanation about the ties between malware and certificates.

In a recent article by RSA FirstWatch, we learned that a popular USB audio driver had silently installed a root certificate. This self-signed root certificate was installed in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store. Under normal circumstances, you would have to agree to “Always trust software from {this publisher}” before a certificate would be installed there.

However, the audio driver skipped this step of prompting for approval (hence “silently” installing).  The silent install was designed to accommodate XP users, but it had the same effect in every Windows operating system from XP up to Windows 10. The installer was exactly the same for every Windows version. Ironically enough, the certificate wasn’t even needed to use the software. It was just introduced to complete the installation on Windows XP seamlessly.

Why is this a bad thing?

Root certificates can be installed for purposes such as timestamping, server authentication, code-signing, and so on. But this particular driver installed a certificate valid for “All” purposes. So any system with these drivers installed from any of the vendors will trust any certificate issued by the same CA—for “All” purposes. Under normal circumstances, only a certificate issued by Microsoft would have “All” in the root certificates “Intended Purposes” field.

Having a certificate in the Trusted Root Certification Store for “All” intended purposes on a Windows system gives anyone that has the private key associated with the certificate the ability to completely own the system on which it is installed. The impact is the same as for any Certificate Authority (CA) behind certificates installed on Windows systems.

An exception is that in some instances large companies may choose to do the same with the intent to perform SSL decryption at the perimeter for outbound traffic. So, not only does silently adding a root certificate break the hierarchical trust model of Windows. It also gives any owner of the private key that goes with that certificate a lot of options to perform actions on a computer with that certificate installed.

How can they be abused?

An attacker who gets ahold of the private key that belongs to a root certificate can generate certificates for his own purposes and sign them with the private key. Any certificate with the root certificate already in their Trusted Root Certification Store on a Windows system will trust any certificate signed with the same private key for “All” purposes. This applies to software applications, websites, or even email. Anything from a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack to installing malware is possible. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, security researchers at the University of Maryland found that simply copying an authenticode signature from a legitimate file to a known malware sample can cause antivirus products to stop detecting it, even though it results in an invalid signature.

Methods of abuse

There are several ways of abusing certificates by criminals. They can:

Of all these methods, it stands to reason that stolen certificates, especially those intended for “All” purposes, are the most dangerous. So introducing one of these just because you want to install a driver or to enable easier customer support, and not letting the user know, is inadvisable at best.

If you think that the number of certificates in use by malware authors can’t be that large, have a look at the suspects that have been reported at the CCSS forum.

How can I remove certificates I don’t need or trust?

A list of known signing certificates that are being abused by threat actors has been made available at signedmalware.org. As explained earlier, using signing certificates gives criminals a lot of options to bypass system protection mechanisms, which is why you might want to remove those from your machine. There is also a test site where you can check if any of the software programs that are open to an MitM attack are active on your system.

To delete a trusted root certificate:

  • Open the certificates snap-in for a user, computer, or service. You can do this by running certmgr.msc from your Run/Searchprograms box or from a command prompt.
  • Select Trusted Root Certification Authorities.
  • Under this selection, open the Certificates store.
  • In the details pane on the right-hand side, select the line of the certificate that you want to delete. (To select multiple certificates, hold down control and click each certificate.)
  • Right click the selection you made and in the action menu, click delete.
  • Confirm your choice by clicking yes if you are completely sure that you want to permanently delete the certificate.

Please note that user certificates can be managed by the user or by an administrator. Certificates issued to a computer or service can only be managed by an administrator or user who has been given the appropriate permissions.

You might want to back up the certificate by exporting it before you delete it. For the procedure to export a certificate, see export a certificate.

If you want to look at the Thumbprint, aka serial number, of the certificates, you can use this Powershell command to list the non-Microsoft certificates in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities:

Get-ChildItem -Path cert:\currentuser\AuthRoot -Recurse | select Thumbprint, FriendlyName, Subject | ConvertTo-Html | Set-Content c:\users\public\desktop\certificates.html

This will create a html file on the public desktop that shows the list by Thumbprint (in reverse order) and where you can look up the Friendly Name and Subject that belongs to a Thumbprint.

For those that do like to keep an eye on things, there is a guide by Xavier Mertens for a piece of code that alerts you about changes in the certificate store.


Since root certificates are intended to heighten security, it should be clear to those issuing them that they should be treated as such, and not as something that they can install willy-nilly whenever it suits their needs. The whole point of prompting users is to establish a chain of trust that they should be able to rely on. And in this case, the prompt was bypassed only to enable installation on a no-longer-supported operating system. That both ruins user trust and introduces unnecessary security risk for a rather shallow reason.

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Categories: Techie Feeds

Far West - Soon to be SIX YEARS Late - You Won't Hear from Gareth Again until Delivery Time - Unless You Read his Daily Twitter Feed

Tenkar's Tavern - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:25

Ah, Far West. Still no closer to completion. How do we know that? Because Gareth isn't updating the Kickstarter page until there is "something concrete to deliver."

Next month will put the project in the SIX FUCKING YEARS LATE category. I don't think ANY Kickstarter creator has outright lied to their backers about the state of their project as much as Gareth has. Six years is a lot of time to lie.

Which actually makes sense as to why Gareth is maintaining radio silence. Pretty much every update he's made over the past six years has been full of misstatements, falsehoods and outright lies. In order not to make new lies he needs to keep his virtual lips from moving.

I still think if Gareth could have figured out a way to write Far West at 140 characters a clip we'd have a completed project already. Oh course, it would have to be scraped off Twitter, which is where our friend seems to spend all of his waking hours these days.

Just think, all I have to show for my $150 is:

It was days away in May... of 2016

See, he never said what "year" this "June" was in.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Tango Shawl Tutorial

Moogly - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:31

I know some of you have been waiting for this one! And I’m so excited it’s finally ready – here’s how to crochet the Tango Shawl! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. How to Crochet the Tango Shawl – Right Handed How to Crochet the Tango [...]

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One More Time, For PAX Sake!

Looking For Group - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:02

Well friends, we’ve put a lot of miles in the air this year and it all comes to a head this weekend at a brand new show, PAX Unplugged! It’s a brand-new tabletop gaming show in Philly, and if I’ve […]

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Categories: Web Comics

Spider-Man Hits a Milestone in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300!

First Comics News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:58

The epic 56-page issue hits comic shops this February!


New York, NY—November 15, 2017— He’s a staple of the Marvel Universe, and this February, Peter Parker’s legacy will be honored with a milestone issue in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300!


A celebration of the Spider-Man legacy, PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 follows the reveal of Peter Parker’s true identity as he goes up against the Tinkerer in what promises to be his biggest challenge yet! It’s a Mighty Marvel story worthy of a 56 page epic as the webslinger is joined in his fight by several Marvel heroes, including Black Panther, Iron Heart, Hawkeye, Wasp and more!


“We don’t take important issue numbers like #300 for granted,” teased executive editor Nick Lowe. “In this issue, Chip and Adam not only tie together all the threads they’ve laid down over the last year, but twist and turn you bigger than you thought possible and tee up the next arc that EVERYONE will be talking about.”


Don’t miss PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300, coming to comic shops this February!







On-Sale 2/28/17 


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Dice of the Gods

Zenopus Archives - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:36

A suited man juggles five polyhedra dice - is this an early DM? No, more likely it is supposed to be a math teacher.

These photos were posted to the Acaeum recently (see this thread), and show a set of dice found with a OD&D White Box set. The dice themselves are the standard Polyhedra Dice sold by TSR in the '70s, which per Jon Peterson were sourced from a California company, Creative Publications. But the packaging they are in is something I've never seen before. The title, Polyhedra Dice, is identical to the title TSR used in their catalogs and product lists of the era (follow link to see an example). While the dice obscure some of the text, I can make out the letters "CREAT..." near the green 8-sider, indicating the original packaging was indeed supplied by Creative Publications, not TSR or another company.

Most of these dice that I've seen are ones from the Holmes Basic set, where they came in small sealed bag without a paper insert. The set was also sold separately (see catalog link above), and I had assumed these were sold in the same form. But possibly at some point TSR re-sold sets with the original CP packaging, or possibly this set was ordered directly from CP.

The back of the insert begins with the following paragraph:

"To the ancient Greeks the five regular solids (tetrahedron - 4 faces, hexhedron - 6 faces, octahedron - 8 faces, dodecahedron - 12 faces, icosahedron - 20 faces) were known as the "dice of the gods". They were prized for their beauty and believed to have strange, cosmic meanings"

Following this is a list of suggestions for using the dice, which are mostly obscured by the dice themselves.

See also: 
The Marked 20-sided Die
TSR Percentile Dice in the '70s

The dice set together with Men & Magic. Photo source same as above.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

In the Vicinity of Gyrfalcon, Everybody Has Their Hand Out

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:00
This week we had the second session of our GURPS Dungeon Fantasy campaign, "the Dungeons of Zyrd." It found the PCs bribing the snooty butler of the vintner and crime boss, Pnathfrem Lloigor, to gain access. They offered Lloigor their services for--well, something.

He admitted to doing a bit of trade in counterfeit world stones. These he acquires from the dwarf excisemen encamped near the Tower of Might in Castle Zyrd. Another group of adventures had gone to secure more forged jewels from the dwarves, but that party (led by the Brothers Salasius) were late in returning. They agreed to complete the task. They were to make contact with a dwarf named Rogov.

Setting out, they paid a flatboatman to take them across the Broad River and to wait for their return. A mile up the road, they found the way blocked by a group of hobgoblins who demanded tribute. The price was rather steep (every coin they had), so the party entered combat rather than negotiate with such an unreasonable group of humanoids.

Art by Iain McCaigThe hobgoblins had been neglectful in securing distance weapons, and this cost them. A rain of javelins, sling shot, arrows, and magical fire dropped two of them quickly and sent the other three running for the woods. Fearing reprisals from a larger hobgoblin band, the party pursued them, and cut them down in the forest.

That unpleasant business out of the way, they continued on toward Castle Zyrd.

Treasure: None; Deaths: 5 Hobgoblins.

Outtakes: Gesture Sweater

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:00


If you saw last week’s post on my wonderful new Gesture Sweater, then you have likely already seen some good photos of just how beautiful this sweater can be. Now let me show you what it looks like when I’m clowning around High Park with the kids! Look at us, making a little family totem

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First Comics News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:35

Dear Dad,

It’s that moment when you appear from behind the curtain.

Every single night, before I perform, I think about what you told me. That the single most important part of any match is when you walk out onto the stage — and the crowd sees you for the first time.

“Whether it’s 50 people in an auditorium or 100,000 in a stadium,” you said. “The instant they see you, they can tell right away whether or not you really believe in yourself.”

I remember my first match, standing in the dark, listening to my heart racing. I knew the crowd was just waiting — not waiting for me, but waiting to judge the next person they saw emerge onto the stage. I knew my peers were watching on the monitor just a few feet away. I felt the walls closing in. I could barely breathe. It was like I had forgotten everything I had learned about wrestling up to that point.

People were going to think I was a fraud — that I was just trying to piggyback a career off of your name. I wasn’t Charlotte Flair yet. I was still just Ric Flair’s daughter. I feared the worst.

I mean, how could I really be prepared? How could anyone live up to the legacy of Ric Flair? The Nature Boy! The limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, etc. etc. — Ric Flair! One of the most decorated superstars in the history of sports entertainment. It was an impossible expectation to live up to.

In that moment, I actually feared that I wasn’t made for WWE. Quitting wasn’t an option … but how was I going to commit 100 percent when I was afraid of my own shadow?

I was nervous about the fans in the crowd. I was nervous about the Superstars in the back. But most of all, I was nervous about one very specific thought.

I couldn’t bear the thought of disappointing you.

I remember that first drive to Tampa. Nine hours in my Honda trying to convince myself I was making the right decision. It all happened so fast — I really had no idea what to expect when I signed a developmental contract with WWE. I certainly didn’t consider myself a WWE Superstar at that point.

I had always just been your daughter.

I was your biggest fan, but I never had dreams of having your life. That was your life … and that was Reid’s dream.

Then, over dinner at WrestleMania 28 one night in Miami, Reid convinced me to follow his dream with him.

I didn’t have to ask for your approval — because I already knew exactly how you’d respond. I knew you wouldn’t second-guess me.

As soon as I reported to NXT, though, I started second-guessing myself every step of the way.

“You’re not going to get any handouts for being Ric Flair’s kid.”

“You’re not going to get any handouts for being Ric Flair’s kid,” everyone kept saying before I got to Florida. But the last thing I wanted was to be carried anywhere because of my name.

You know I’ve never once regretted being “Ric Flair’s daughter.” But when you’re in a gym full of your peers … and you realize that some of them have spent their entire lives working for an opportunity to stand in that ring? Well, it doesn’t help if they think you’re only there because of your dad’s legacy.

One thing I always took pride in was being an athlete. And so physically, I felt like I could hold my own in WWE. But I quickly learned that life in WWE was much more than that. I remember those first days trying to figure out who my character was. I felt so out of place, always needing to explain myself, unsure and embarrassed in front of my peers.

Do I “woo” or not “woo”? If yes, how many times? If not, what should I do instead? I knew that I had a lot of work to do in developing this persona, so I used my athleticism to my advantage in the meantime. Every week kept getting more intense. I had to learn the basics very quickly, or else — regardless of what my last name was — I wouldn’t make it anywhere. I’d never been more nervous doing anything in my entire life.

Then one day, in one drill … there was a turning point. The “blow-up” drill. We were competing with the men that morning, and we were about halfway through — when I looked around, and I realized that I was holding my own. Suddenly, I was a little more confident. My athletic ability made up for the lack of belief in myself as a performer. Knowing I was earning respect for my hustle kept me in the game mentally for the moment.

“Okay,” I thought. “I can compete here. I just need to keep doing … that.”

Every day would be a challenge, but I’d always show up determined. Eventually, things started clicking.

All those years making me see a trainer, never missing a practice, and attending camps before summer vacation was paying off. It’s like you were grooming me since day one. I didn’t realize it at the time, but you were there for me every step of the way.

I remember sitting beside you at the first NXT pay-per-view.

It was the first time since Reid had passed that you and I sat in the crowd together. We watched an incredible women’s match and I remember when the camera turned to us, you were holding back tears. We still hadn’t gotten over what happened, but for a moment we realized that WWE was reuniting our family.

It was also the moment I realized I never wanted to be sidelined.

We both had no idea how much the landscape for women in WWE was about to change, but I was determined from that moment to be the best. The Four Horsewomen were about to be born. A name only granted by a Flair.

It wasn’t going to happen overnight — but the locker room began to feel a certain energy. We all wanted to push ourselves, and bring out the best in each other. We worked hard, and then we worked harder. And after a while, people really started to notice the women’s division. We started to steal the show in NXT and became the main event.

A few months later, I faced Natalya at my first-ever NXT pay-per-view. We were both absolutely determined to raise the bar — to show the world what this generation of WWE women were capable of.

Of course you had the best advice — and the hardest to hear: It’s one thing to get to the top, it’s another thing to stay there.

I won my first championship that night.

And of course you had the best advice — and the hardest to hear: It’s one thing to get to the top, it’s another thing to stay there.

I listened, but thought I had it all figured out. I felt like I had learned a lot by then … and by the time that Becky, Sasha and I debuted on Monday Night Raw, I pretty much thought I knew it all.

I should have known better.

The 2015 Survivor Series was in Atlanta — Flair Country, only a few hours from our hometown. I remember stepping out from behind that curtain.

And everyone was booing me.

I looked around the arena — I still remember the faces. They hated me. They hated me. And I had no idea why.

Then I thought about what you said. They can tell right away whether or not you really believe in yourself.

But I did! I believed in myself. I mean, I thought I did.

I finished the match, got back to my hotel … and started to wonder if maybe the company had gone with the wrong girl. I’d had so much success in NXT. How did I lose all of my confidence again overnight? What was different?

I called you to see if you could figure out what was wrong.

“What do you mean?!” You said, in disbelief. “Kid, you did great out there. You’re not doing anything wrong.”

“But didn’t you see the match? Dad — they hate me! They’re booing! I’m supposed to be the good guy! Why can’t the fans see how hard I’ve worked? Do they think I’m not good enough? Not pretty enough? Not … Flair enough?” Finally I had said what I was afraid of, most of all.

I was afraid that I couldn’t carry on our last name.

And that’s when your voice raised, just a little, like you were about to ground me.

You’re getting a reaction — that’s all that matters.” Click. You hung up because you knew that’s what I needed.

I sat back and I thought about everything. And I realized what you were trying to say: That if the crowd wasn’t going to like me, then I should give them a reason not to like me. That if this was going to be my last name, then I shouldn’t feel anxious about it — I should own it.

And right there, in that hotel room … I think that’s when I realized, for the first time, that I was truly ready. That I was truly my father’s daughter.

If the crowd wasn’t going to like me, then I should give them a reason not to like me.

That I was truly a Flair.

Every night, in that ring, I was going to be Charlotte Flair — and take whatever came with it, from that point forward. Whether I was booed or I was cheered … all I knew was, people were going to react when I was in the ring. And I was never going to doubt myself like that ever again.

Looking back, that phone call with you … it was probably the most important moment of my entire career.

It was the night that I stopped being a rookie — and started becoming the Queen.

So much has happened over the past few years — so much that I would have never thought was possible when I first moved to Florida in that Honda. Or when I first stood behind that curtain, my nerves racing, my mind second-guessing every move my body made. And I’m so glad — I’m so grateful — that you convinced me it was all in my head.

I’ve had the opportunity to hold multiple championships … main event pay-per-views … steal the show in front of 101,000 people … and be a part of the most revolutionary group of women to ever compete in WWE at the same time….

But my favorite part will always be the opportunity that we had to work together. From seeing your tears and your smile when I won my first WWE championship title … to seeing your even bigger smile every time you helped me “cheat” — thanks, dad — to retain the title … to seeing that look in your eyes when we’d walk back to the locker room, win or lose … I can’t think of anything that makes me happier.

It was truly an honor, to be able to work alongside you. It only made me want to work that much harder. To be that much better. And to be able to continue your legacy in the profession that you helped pioneer for almost 50 years.

“Know who you are when you go to bed at night.”

I think about you saying that every day when I’m on the road.

You knew your whole life that you were Ric Flair. That you were the Nature Boy. That you were the limousine-riding, jet-flying so-and-so who would go on to become a 16-time world champion — the only person to enter the WWE Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. Who even now, at the tender age of 68, would rather be standing in a ring than anywhere else on the planet. You knew.

But I never knew — not like you did. I was never quite as confident when I started out … and I was never totally sure, in those first few years, that I was doing the right thing. But no matter what, you were always there to support me. And everywhere we went, I mean everywhere we went — you would always tell people how proud you were that I was your daughter.

It hasn’t always been so easy for the two of us, of course. And at times, the truth is, it’s been very hard. But I’ll always be grateful for how you’ve been there for me, whenever I’ve really needed you. And I hope you know that your love and support has gone a long way toward making me the woman I am today.

As far as my career goes, if you’ve taught me anything, it’s that I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it could be. It’s still early in WWE’s Women’s Evolution — and I mean that in the best way possible. There’s still a lot of work to do. And there’s still a lot of history to make.

And I plan on being the one to make it.

I just hope that, when all is said and done, they say the same thing about me that they say about you:

Nobody could have done it better.

Thank you for everything, Dad. I love you as big as the sky.

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Looking For Group - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:01

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Thoughts on Thouls,the Throghrin,& Old School Monster Ecology For Your Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 02:42
I've been thumbing through the B/X Dungeons & Dragons rule book today on my lunch break; we've been incredibly busy at work today. Hence the late posting on my blog but whist zipping around the monster section I noticed the Thoul. They've been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.I love using Thouls because their Sword & Sorcery weird feel I began to want to use them for my next up Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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RICH REVIEWS: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex # 1

First Comics News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:41

Title: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex # 1
Publisher: Storm King Comics
Writer: Mike Sizemore
Pencils, Inks, Colors, Letterer: David Kennedy
Cover Art: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: Sandy King
Price: $3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.stormkingproductions.com
Comments: The visuals are stunning. You will be left with no doubt this is a future sci-fi story. The scenery of space and the vehicles there will will leave you in awe.
Jake leads a rescue team to a asteroid mine that has gone silent. As they investigate the site you will get a ominous feeling of dread as if something is waiting.
The slow build up of suspense is well done. When it comes it comes out of nowhere still going slow as the terror builds. Than it arrives.
The characters you get a brief introduction to them here enough so that you want to know more about them. The rookie is cute.
This story plays out like a movie and it would make a great sci-fi horror movie.

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Kickstarter - Critical Hit & Fumble Dice

Tenkar's Tavern - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:10

I like dice. I like them - a lot.

The Critical Hit & Fumble Dice Kickstarter by New Comet Games is all about putting critical and fumble dice into your hands.

I waffle back and fourth on using criticals and fumbles in the RPG campaigns I run. And when I do use them, it can be anything as simple as double damage or full on tables. These dice certainly simplify the use while still giving a nice variation of results.

Buy in on the Critical Hit & Fumble Dice Kickstarter is as little as 10 bucks a set plus shipping. Hell, that's nearly an impulse buy ;)

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