‘Cause One Business Wasn’t Enough…..

So I’ve started another business.

RPGNow is spinning it’s print-distribution program off as a separate business, which will be run (and owned) by me.

RPGNow Distribution (as it is called) will take print versions of PDF-publisher’s products (wow, that’s a lot of P’s), and act as a broker between the publishers, the printer, and the distributors. Basically, we’re a fulfillment business. I help the PDF publishers get their products printed, I rep their products to the games distributors to get them into retail stores world-wide, and for that, I get a cut of the money.

Here’s a copy of the official press release:

Effective October 1st, RPGNow’s distribution program will be spun off under new management as its own company, RPGNow Distribution. The new company will continue to work with RPGNow publisher clients to deliver print versions of their products to distributors world-wide, giving retailers the opportunity to stock proven products that had previously only been available in electronic format.

RPGNow Distribution will be operated by Gareth-Michael Skarka, an RPG business veteran with experience at every tier of the games industry from retail to distribution to publishing, including most recently as director of RPGNow’s print-on-demand program. “RPGNow’s publisher clients will benefit from the increased focus that spinning the program off as a separate business will bring,” he said. “This will allow each business to concentrate on its core: The publishers on producing great games, RPGNow on electronic delivery of those games, and RPGNow Distribution on getting those games to the retailers.”

“We’re confident that RPGNow Distribution is in good hands,” says James Mathe, owner of RPGNow. “We feel that Gareth’s experience and the responsiveness he demonstrated while handling our customer service for the past 4 years makes him the best person to handle the program and give it the attention that it deserves.”

RPGNow Distribution will begin handling all fulfillment duties for existing clients beginning in October. Solicitation for new distribution clients will begin at that time, and existing clients should expect more information later this month. Any clients with questions, or prospective new clients, are welcome to contact Gareth-Michael Skarka directly at gmskarka@sbcglobal.net


Even though October 1 is the official launch date, I’ve already started handling things — talking with the existing clients, speaking to the distribtors and the printer, etc. It’s made for a pretty hectic week, while we get the wrinkles ironed out.

I am SO ready for a drink tonight.


Congratulations, America. Our tax dollars now pay for torture.

The United States will be the first nation on Earth to authorize violations of the Geneva Conventions.

Here’s the text of the “Agreement on Common Article 3” in PDF, for torture-defending assholes like (“it’s necessary, or otherwise our women will be forced to wear burkas!!!!OMGWTF!!!11!”), who prefer to have “liberal propaganda” like this properly cited for them.

It only takes a single read-through to see that the Senators have capitulated entirely, that the U.S. will hereafter violate the Geneva Conventions. In addition to the elimination of habeas rights in section 7a, the bill would delegate (in Section 8) the authority to interpret “the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions” “for the United States,” to the fucking President (except that the bill itself would define certain “grave breaches” of Common Article 3 to be war crimes… small comfort there, since it would permit most of the more coercive CIA techniques to continue.). So this language would literally cut the legs out from under Supreme Court decisions like the Hamdan decision, by saying that the President alone has the authority to interpret. Yes, that’s unbelievable — read it yourself. It’s there in black-and-white.

And in the worst part of the bill, for purposes going far beyond the questions of torture and interrogation — section 7 would preclude courts altogether from ever interpreting the Geneva Conventions — any part of them — by providing that “no person may invoke the Geneva Conventions or any protocols thereto in any habeas or civil action or proceeding to which the United States, or a current or former officer, employee, member of the Armed Forces, or other agent of the United States, is a party as a source of rights, in any court of the United States or its States or territories.”

I can hear the NeoCon assholes (like ) now: “Who cares? They’re terrorists, and they want to bomb our Walmarts, put our women in Burkas, and KILL US ALL!!!”

Yeah….that’s true….it’s not like these provisions are ever going to accidentally result in the torture of an innocent man, now will they?

Every Conservative voter who put these criminals in power should hang their heads in shame. History will judge you as the ones who destroyed what this country once stood for.

Friday Music

Getting things started, here’s my favorite track from Joe Jackson, who most of you know only from his single “Steppin’ Out” — this was the follow-up, which did get some play. I love it, and it was a great soundtrack for yesterday’s grey day. Joe Jackson – “Breaking Us In Two.”

Keeping to the downtempo and achingly beautiful for a moment, this song (which I think I may have posted before — who knows?) is a lovely thing, from the opening cello interlude, all the way to the end. Badly Drawn Boy – “The Shining.”

OK…enough of the downtempo. Let’s get yer asses moving. It’s Friday, so here’s a little funk from his Royal Purpleness: Prince (feat. Sheena Easton) – “U Got The Look (The Long Look 12″ mix)” “Color u peach and black — Color me takin aback– Crucial, I think I wantcha…”

Here is the removed-for-copyright-violation version of “O Fortuna” turned into the baddest-ass dancefloor stomper EVER by Apotheosis in the early 90s. I seem to recall moving to this at more than one GenCon White Wolf party. Apotheosis – “O Fortuna.”

Regina is an electronic pop group from Finland whom I discovered this week. A really catchy song, even though she’s singing in Finnish… Regina – “Minua Ollaan Vastassa.”

More eclectic pop, this time from one of my favorite 90s artists, Ben Folds. In a period marked by detuned fuzzy grunge guitars, his piano-based alternative-pop really stood out and grabbed me. Here’s my favorite track from the album Whatever and Ever, Amen.: Ben Folds Five – “Battle of Who Could Care Less.”

A brilliant mash-up — the vocals from David Essex’s “Rock On” (“Hey, shout — summertime blues, jump up and down in your blue suede shoes…”, with the music from the Doves’ “Firesuite,”, which combines into a wonderful bit of sweeping, drift-y pop. Go Home Productions – “Essex Dove.”

We’ll finish off with another get-yer-ass-moving track, from the Swedish electronic act Covenant. Imagine Kraftwerk meets Depeche Mode meets Shriekback….sorta. Doesn’t matter –It has the coolest title that I eventually would love to use for a Sci-Fi Horror project: Dead Stars (Plus, the niftiest lyric: “Dead Stars still burn.”) Covenant – “Dead Stars”