2019 Survey of Foreigners in Kawasaki

About ten years ago, I applied to join the Kawasaki City Representative Assembly for Foreign Residents. My goal was to get the city to carry out a survey of its foreign residents, to find about the problems they were experiencing, in particular the experience of racism. At that point, there was no good data on experiences of racism in Japan, just a bunch of anecdotes. I found it relatively easy to persuade the other representatives that the survey was a good idea, and after adding other things that they wanted to know about, we proposed it to the city.

The city accepted the proposal, and five years ago carried out a survey. I was on the committees designing and analysing it, and I have already written about the results of that survey on this blog.

However, the proposal was for a survey every five years, which means that another one was due. And, it turns out, the city carried it out, this time with no involvement from me. They have sent me a copy of the report, which can also be downloaded online (in Japanese), and there is a summary available in English. I would just like to reemphasise that I had nothing to do with preparing the survey, or the English summary.
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Feats of Prowess

Feats of Prowess is a supplement for Torg Eternity, available on the Infiniverse Exchange.

This short supplement contains a couple of dozen perks for characters in the game. Perks in Torg Eternity are like feats, or advantages, or merits, in other RPGs. They are special abilities that allow a character to do things that other characters in the game cannot, and they are a good way to make your character distinctive, and develop them to match your vision. Thus, in some ways, more of them is always better. (The downside is choice paralysis, or the existence of more perks that would be ideal for your character than you can plausibly take.) These Perks are not tied to a particular cosm, which means that any character in the game could, in principle, take them.
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New Book: An Introduction to Shinto

I have just published An Introduction to Shinto, a book based on the first two years or so of essays for my Mimusubi Patreon. It is available as a Kindle e-book from Amazon, from any of the various national Amazons. (The link is to the US site, because I think most potential readers are in the US, but I think it will automatically give you a link to your local site if that is different; I get one for the Japanese site, for example.)

The book, I hope, does what it says on the cover: it introduces Shinto to an English-speaking audience that knows nothing about the subject to start with. I have focused, as with the essays, on the way Shinto is practised today and its contemporary place in Japanese society, rather than on history, architecture, or myth. All three of those would make suitable topics for future books, and future essays for the Patreon, although looking at what I have written so far, the book of myths is likely to be the next one.

Amazon gets the book to be about 300 pages equivalent, which seems right to me; it is about 100,000 words, so it is a substantial introduction. If you want a very brief introduction, you can read the whole of the first chapter, which is exactly that, for free through the Look Inside feature.

I hope that people find the book interesting and useful.

Special Offer: Home Front Philadelphia

The Cover ImageWhile so many of us are stuck at home, I am having a one-month special sale on my Infiniverse Exchange product for Torg Eternity, Home Front Philadelphia. For one month, until May 7th, it is available for $2.50 rather than the normal $4.99, but only through the special sale link. (All the links to on Home Front Philadelphia this page are the sale link.)

You might be wondering why the strange choice of start and finish dates. The Infiniverse Exchange opened on December 8th, and I do my sales analysis by calendar month, starting from the 8th. If the sale period perfectly matches the analysis period, it is easy to monitor the effect of the discount on sales. It makes my accounting easier.

Before the Planting

The Cover ImageBefore the Planting is the most recent thing I have written for Torg Eternity on the Infiniverse Exchange.

This one is a short adventure, set in The Living Land, and involves gospog fields, which are a central part of the background for Torg Eternity. The Storm Knights have to chase kidnapped refugees through the jungle, avoiding natural hazards, and then ensure that they can get to safety. In short, it is supposed to be “classic” Living Land.
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Mimusubi Patreon Special Offer

Note: The special offer is over now, but this post is still up as a historical record. You can find out what is happening with Mimusubi on the Mimusubi website, or the Mimusbi Patreon.

To celebrate the release of the video about Shinto that I helped Greg Lam of Life Where I’m From to make, I am running a special offer on my Mimusubi Patreon.

Anyone who signs up before this month’s paid post (which will go up at 11:55pm Japan time on the 31st), and whose payment clears, will get one or more bonus essays. What you get depends on the level you sign up to.
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Spirited Tools

The Cover ImageSpirited Tools is the most recent thing I have written for Torg Eternity on the Infiniverse Exchange.

In Torg Eternity, the rules of reality are different in different areas, and in the Living Land high technology and magic do not work, but there is a very high level of spiritual power. One of the fun things about the game is people from other realities trying to use tools that work perfectly well in the reality they are currently in, but which do not work in their own reality. Things can go wrong in entertaining ways. The problem is that, in the official material, the Living Land has almost no items like that. A lot of realities have technology that is above the level of many characters, and several have magic items in the same situation, but all the official things that draw on the Living Land’s high Spirit axiom are restricted to characters from the Living Land, who thus have the same Spirit axiom. That’s no fun.
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Infiniverse Exchange Bundle

The bundle cover imageThe Bundle of Holding, a very good source of digital RPGs at bargain prices, is currently running a bundle for Torg Eternity. I felt that this was a good opportunity to run a bundle of all the products I have written for Torg Eternity, and am selling on the Infiniverse Exchange. So, I have created a bundle at 50% off.

I actually made it yesterday, and I’ve already sold five of it. Five sales of everything (well, apart from the things that purchasers already owned) in a day is much, much faster than normal, so the limited-time special offer appears to be working its marketing magic.
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An Edeinos in Core Earth

The Cover ImageAn Edeinos in Core Earth is a small supplement for Torg Eternity, which I published on the Infiniverse Exchange earlier this year. In the game, earth (called Core Earth) has been invaded by a number of different realities, one of which, called The Living Land, has focused on North America. These realities have their own natives, who are human, or nearly so, in most cases. The Living Land, however, is an important exception. The native intelligent species there is the edeinos, who are humanoid lizards. This means that they are obviously “not from around here” when they travel in Core Earth.
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Home Front: Philadelphia

The Cover ImageHome Front: Philadelphia is another short supplement for Torg Eternity. In Torg Eternity, Earth has been invaded by different realities, and much of North America is under the influence of a primitive action reality called The Living Land. The city of Philadelphia, however, is an island of Earth’s old reality, called Core Earth in the game. I wanted to make it into a viable base for a campaign set early in the game’s timeline.
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