An interesting quote

I was reading an editorial by the former publisher of the National Review endorsing Barack Obama. It was interesting. But this is not a political post.

He quoted someone I must admit I’d never previously heard of (but has an interesting Wikipedia entry):

“Every great cause,” Eric Hoffer wrote, “begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

That struck a cord with me. I don’t know if it’s true, but my gut suspects that it is. I’ve seen the “great cause” of independent role-playing games go from a movement to a business. Is there any way to fight human nature and the lessons of history and stop it from becoming a racket?

The Voice of the Future

The Serial Homicide Unit playtest period is closed. Thanks to all of you who requested playtest materials, whether you playtested or not. My most extreme gratitude to those who playtested the game and gave us greatly useful feedback. Serial Homicide Unit will be a far better game because of it.

It will also be a far better game because we’ve secured the confident and creepy voice of Russell Collins to do the recording. Russ is probably best known to readers of this LJ as gainsclockwork, the designer of the hitman RPG, Contract Work, and the man at DexCon and Dreamation in the pinstripe suit, rubber gloves, and air of menace. Russ has also composed and arranged the music for the game, as well as playtesting it. Kat and I greatly appreciate the talent he brings to our game.

Things are really looking bright for the future of Serial Homicide Unit.

To those waiting to get their hands on the finished version of the game: You’ll have to wait a bit longer. I hope to be soliciting preorders around Thanksgiving, and shipping them in time for Christmas. Watch this space. And watch your back. There’s a killer out there…