Wegyet Wanders On

When I was writing Known Shippable, Will Not Fix one of the biggest inspirations to that book was the myths and legends of my people, the Gitksan.  Growing up we would be told origin stories of how the world was shaped by creatures or animals.  Often times these stories served as a guide on being a good human being.  These stories are still taught in schools in the villages up in British Columbia.

I always wanted my wife to discover these stories but long believed this particular book was out of print.  I got enormously lucky in tracking down an ultra-rare hard cover edition just before Christmas.

I am happy this book still exists and is mostly available on Amazon for purchase.  If you feel like diving into the myths and legends of the Gitksan this is your starting point.  Bonus points to the book for featuring both English and Gitksan translations.

You can buy the book here (with my Amazon Affiliate link).

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I’m on Twitch now, yay?

It’s kind of weird that I’d go all this time playing video games (after getting home from making video games) and I never got around to this whole streaming on twitch or youtube thing. I think honestly I’m not that interesting or have much to say. I just like mindlessly playing stuff here and there to unwind. Why not stream stuff if I have the gear to do so.

You will find me over at Hangar 77 doing my thing.  I’m loathe to stick to a schedule.  It’s kind of impossible being consistent when I’m doing odd hours, stuck in the commute, hanging out with the wife, or writing my books.  At least twitch keeps an archive of my streams for a limited time.

Oh hey, I’m off to a running start with two whole followers.  That’s pretty cool.

So the big twitch thing is listing your hot gear of your pc(s) and consoles used.  So here we go, all links are with my amazon affiliate account:

Everything is housed inside this Fractal Define R6.  It’s an awesome case that combines great looks and functionality.  It’s completely customizable with room for nearly everything.  I love it, and so can you.

Crammed inside is an Intel i7 8700k cooled with a Noctua D15 using the Chromax kit and fans.  These are installed on an Asus Hero Z370 motherboard using 16gb of gskill RGB ram.  The rig is powered by an Asus 1080 Ti Strix OC edition.  Sound is provided by the Soundblaster AE-5 card which is worth it given it can provide sound clarity and enough power for great headphones with it’s built in amp.  The OS is installed on the Samsung NVME ssd, with games mostly installed to the Samsung 1tb ssd’s.

Everything is captured using the Elgato HD60 Pro.  Gaming content is fed from my secondary pc, PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, or Nintendo Switch.  It’s a pretty decent card after configuring it in OBS Studio.

Currently I’m figuring out how to effectively use the Elgato Stream Deck.  Right now it’s completely unnecessary given I’m just doing let’s play stuff on twitch with a direct feed from the capture card.  No fancy titles, no graphics or animations, but there are times I found myself wishing for more 1-button touch functionality in OBS.

Just a sample of the nonsense I’ve streamed so far:

 

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Known Shippable – Reviewed

Reviews for Known Shippable are coming in now:

“The banal life of a Quality Tester takes a surreal turn in Known Shippable, Will Not Fix, a remarkably strange and entertaining novel by Roy W. Russell.

When everything you once thought of as reality is stripped away and shown to be nothing more than a bug-filled simulation, it can certainly make for a weird day. Casey, the intrepid QA tester at the core of this fast-paced tale, is as strange as the story itself, and more than neurotic enough to carry the story and keep readers interested. The stakes inevitably get higher, and Casey is forced to become the hero he never wanted to be.

This whip-smart novel is ideal for those with some knowledge or passion for computer programming and game development, but even non-tech brains can appreciate the clever writing and the mind-bending fun that accompanies a gradual breakdown of reality. As more layers of the bizarre mega-corporation controlling existence are revealed, the plot gets decidedly stranger, and readers begin to question the reliability of the narrator, as well as everything being described.

The writing can be a bit brief and choppy, but overall this updated version of the novel is polished and clean, with intricate bursts of humor, eye-rolling inside jokes, and enough bizarre action and mayhem to appeal to anyone looking for an innovative take on a sci-fi adventure.” Self Publishing Review

“The title Known Shippable, Will Not Fix is computer game developer speak – a language with which the author Roy W. Russell seems intimately familiar. A rollercoaster narrative revolves around the central character, Casey, who is employed as a game tester by an unnamed organisation. It is a low level/low pay job in which the only real benefit is free soda. Unexpectedly though, Casey is summoned to the office of his boss and offered a promotion which, having little option to refuse, he accepts. He reports the following day to a location known as Hangar 77, where he starts work on identifying bugs in the game we mortals would identify as reality. A line from his introduction to his new job would probably explain: ‘The world is a simulation, no different to the games he play-tested down the road.’ Here begins a bizarre series of events involving a huge cast of characters, some human, some animal, some indeterminate. Casey and his colleagues are able to view and control, to some extent, their own avatars in the game. This makes for some interesting and sometimes confusing situations where Casey’s avatar will try to identify bugs and look for fixes from within the game, often leaving one wondering which Casey is currently in play. The abstract situations and fast-moving narrative will confuse and amuse, but mostly will leave you breathless.

If you are unfamiliar with game developer parlance, you may have some initial difficulty with the text of Known Shippable, Will Not Fix. Author Roy W. Russell has used the common language of the gaming industry to imbue the book with a particular reality which, if somewhat oblique, seems to work. There are moments of tension and high drama, scary parts, but also passages that will make you laugh. One chapter in the story concerns two of the characters that are sent to ‘fix’ Australia – for example ‘Bug#10: So many different breeds of killer spiders. Un-spider Australia, man,’ and ‘Bug#15: (related to bug#10) Eradicate the following: Ticks, swarming beetles, millipedes, mole crickets, and giant centipedes.’ A quirky and original contribution to the sci-fi genre, Roy W. Russell is going to be a name to watch out for.” – Readers Favorite Review [4/5 Stars]

 

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EVGA 2017 Scavenger Hunt

I forgot it was that time of the year.  EVGA is doing a bunch of anniversary promo stuff.  Among them is the annual scavenger hunt found HERE.  There are eight prizes which consist of uber gaming pc’s.

Here is a list of known badge locations, apologies if there are dupes.  For efficiency open each link as a new tab, then hit the END button on your keyboard, click through to the trivia question, and then move onto the next badge:

https://www.evga.com/videos/
https://www.evga.com/podcast/
https://www.evga.com/concept/product_motherboards.asp
https://www.evga.com/support/knowledgebase/
https://www.evga.com/about/awards/default.asp?year=2014
https://www.evga.com/concept/product_powersupplies.asp
https://www.evga.com/folding/promo.asp
https://www.evga.com/support/register.asp
https://www.evga.com/howtorma/

The rest are found buried within the 1100+ press release articles, so this is where it gets random.

https://www.evga.com/articles/00799/

https://www.evga.com/articles/00572/

https://www.evga.com/articles/00996/EVGA-at-PAX-East-2016/

https://www.evga.com/articles/00555/

https://www.evga.com/articles/260.asp

https://www.evga.com/articles/00849/Memories-of-EVGA/

https://www.evga.com/articles/00693/

https://www.evga.com/articles/00447/

https://www.evga.com/articles/01081/evga-clc-liquid-cpu-cooler/

https://www.evga.com/articles/01114/evga-x299-series-motherboards/

https://www.evga.com/about/pressrelease/?id=121

These are the majority of the known scavenger links.  Good luck.

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Known Shippable, will get around to fixing…

Man, this site was so dead for the longest time.  Whoops.

mongycore.com was a landing page I was told to make when I was leading up to the launch of my first book, Feast: A Gitksan Story.

Before that I tried to make it a gaming news/reviews site, but was busy doing other things.

Here we go again.  This site is now mostly functional.  It has a working menu, with links to my books, links to merch/shirts I’ve made on Amazon, and a short bio.

I’ll try be more active in posting stuff should something ever need to be said – but most times I just spew nonsense out onto twitter to my dozens of followers.

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