Death Stranding, and a little Healing

Death Stranding poster of Sam sleeping, cradling the BB pod.

Content Warning: This post contains spoilers for the end of Death Stranding, and conversations about my personal experiences with abuse, neglect, and daddy issues. This is some very personal crap that does little by way of analysis or critique of the story.

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Save the World — Grow Fruit Trees from what you eat!

A 10-page zine collecting information on how to grow trees from fruit seeds. That way you, too, can help to save the world! While eating something delicious! I’ve been working on this zine a little while as a collection of information I’ve uncovered while foraging. After collecting sumac seeds and apple seeds, I thought I could share what I learned!

If you’d like to enjoy this post as a downloadable PDF instead, please access it here. Thank you!
Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/playerprophet#NQKck
itch.io: https://playerprophet.itch.io/grow-fruit-trees

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6 Tips to Using a Planner for your Mental Health

A spread of two pages of a planner depicting days in November 2018. There are dates marked for classes, a therapy appointment, etc.

Hello, I’m Dawn and I’ve been battling my own mental health as far back as I can remember. I struggle to this day with depression and anxiety.

I’ve kept a journal off and on for much of my life. I decided in 2018 to keep one to track my days, so I could stop beating myself up about how much I didn’t do. A few months in, I used it for exactly that, and it worked, pulling me out of a downward spiral of self-hate. In my depressed haze I was discrediting how hard I was working, and looking back in time, I was grateful for what I did manage to do.

Depending on your particular hangups, my routine might not work for you, but I think it could help others. I recommend that you use a daily log, be it a spreadsheet, phone calendar, or physical day planner. Make sure it has all 365 days a year. Other than that, you can use whatever you please. I use a Hobonichi Techo because it had a cool Earthbound jacket, and getting something expensive held me hostage to make use of it.

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[DRAKENGARD 3] Cruel Miracle COMIC

Posting this here because I want a reliable source to upload the art.

Created for the Snow in Summer exchange @drakenierswap on twitter, for kadamidee who asked for angst about Accord knowing about Zero’s bad end. This was a fic that turned into a comic at the LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE because I thought it would work better. I think it does, but because of the quick heel-turn, it’s very unpolished. Oh well, I still like it anyway. :) I hope you did, too!

Zero, from Drakengard, walks with sword in hand, shadow of a dragon flying above her. The narration reads: "Zero, in her habitat as a creature in her own right, could be an interesting object of study. It is in my interest as a recorder to hope that my observations provide perspective."
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Chapter 8: The Hostage, and the TWS soundtrack!

Hi everybody!

Sorry for the delay on updating! It’s been a busy time preparing for the Channel A kickstarter!! So today I’m posting the missing page and the one I should have posted yesterday. I hope you enjoy where this subplot is going!

In addition, my darling Clark Powell has released the Official Those Without Shadows soundtrack! Well, the first part, anyway. There are a few tracks here that haven’t appeared in the story in any way yet! I hope you look forward to some of these. At least one will be appearing in a game in Chapter 9. Please look forward to it, and support Clark!

Now that we’re in the middle of con season, I also wanted to note the cons I’ll be appearing at now that I’ve got that together. You’ll be able to find me at:

DCAF: Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival: August 19th
Capercon: September 21-23rd
Hal-Con: October 26-28th

I hope you come visit me if you’re around!

-Dawn & Team TWS

BACKPOST: Chapter 7: The Conflict COMPLETE!

Hello my darling readers!

Thanks for reading The Conflict! This is the final page in Chapter 7. If it seems like a cliffhanger, that’s because we’re in a three-chapter arc that I’ve been referring to as the “Ganymede Arc”. Unfortunately, we couldn’t solve it all in the course of a single chapter. I promise, it’ll be good!

Now that we’re in the middle of con season, I also wanted to note the cons I’ll be appearing at now that I’ve got that together. You’ll be able to find me at:

DCAF: Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival: August 19th
Capercon: September 21-23rd
Hal-Con: October 26-28th

I hope you come visit me if you’re around!

-Dawn & Team TWS

BACKPOST! Chapter 6: The City complete!

Originally posted 31/05/2018.

Hello!

Sometime before the previous update of The City game segment, my patreon pledges broke $50 per month. A long time ago I promised that if that happened, I would post the rest of the chapter at once. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice until afterward, but getting the Atini game online was pretty stressful. It was probably for the best that I didn’t worry about having these ready then, too.

But, here they are now!

Stay tuned next week for the debut of Chapter 7: The Conflict.

-Dawn & Team TWS

BACKPOST! Those Without Shadows: Back to weekly updates!

Originally posted 24/05/18.

Hi everybody!

Thank you so much for your patience! Today I’m updating with the next game segment: The City. It might not look like much compared to the other games, but I made it myself! Well, and with the support of Team TWS. Thank you, everyone! Moving forward, I’ve learned a lot about code and will be able to proceed on the game segments faster, by myself! With backup. I really cannot stress how I couldn’t have done this without Sean and Christian.

Now that’s taken care of, I hope to brush up some other things on the site, too. I realize that the game in Chapter 4 is in bad shape, and I can update the credits and about page. Look forward to that too!

From here out, and until further notice, we’ll be doing one page a week again, every Thursday. I hope you stay tuned! :)

-Dawn & Team TWS

[Devlog] PATRIAH The Bachelors #2: The Large Man

Please mind the Patriah content warnings when reading this post: Patriah contains depictions of physical and sexual violence against women. Above all, be safe.

Bachelor #2 in Patriah is referred to as “The Large Man” upon first meeting the protagonist. His name is Paul.

Who is Paul? Where did he come from? What does he do for a living? These are details that are difficult to get out of Paul. He’s a huge man, and the eldest of the bachelors. One thing is certain: he is not thinking about the long-term. Marriage is not his goal. His goal is sex: carnal pleasure and instant gratification.

Paul is based on morally ambiguous bad boys like Mink from Dramatical Murderand Robert from Dream Daddy. They’re the kind of men who have more going on than is immediately apparent. They have personal goals and needs and will do what it takes to fulfill them. Paul, on the other hand, seems pretty shallow. He wants your body and, given the opportunity, he will take it.

In spite of Paul’s aggression about his desires, Paul is inherently aware of the system that has brought him where he is, and the penalties he will suffer if he steps out of line. Where Joshua respects the game and the rules, Paul plays by them begrudgingly and would love to reject them as soon as possible. He is eager for Patriah to fail to play by the rules, so he can take advantage of the situation. Responding passively to his advances may seem safer, if you can endure him, but nothing will stop him (and enrage him) as effectively as polite refusal.

Paul is physically intimidating, and dwarfs Patriah. Compared to him, she looks (and feels) very small and fragile. The threat of physical violence by Paul is very present. He’s the kind of man who might remind women that turning someone down may lead to murder, and avoidance might be the correct response.

Be Careful, but be Kind.

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[Devlog] PATRIAH The Bachelors #1: The Man in Glasses

Originally posted here, on Patriah’s itch.io page.

If you have played the Patriah demo, you should already be familiar with Bachelor #1, Joshua.

Joshua is a combination of a couple of dating sim tropes, as he is both the Glasses Guy and the Rich Kid. Joshua’s family is very well off, and happens to be a part of the Birth Management System that manages eligible women and their care. Did this connection get him a leg up to be one of your bachelors? Probably not, says Joshua. He believes in the fairness of the system and the lottery.

As someone who is very familiar with the Birth Management System, he knows all of the standards and rules as well as the loopholes. Joshua knows where he can get away with something, but more importantly he values respecting the foundation on which the BMS was built. If Patriah obeys the rules and behaves properly, Joshua is satisfied and content that he can win her over. If she pushes boundaries and defies those rules, he knows the arguments he can make to see no punishment in taking what he wants from her

Joshua is an example of someone at the center of a powerful institution that wants to keep him out of trouble. He is the Harvey Weinstein and Max Landis of an even more dramatic patriarchal system. Joshua will only act on his lust for Patriah when it is safe for him to leverage that power, after she’s stepped out of line.

You can play his route now in the Patriah demo!

Something that will be in the full version of the game that isn’t there now is Joshua’s interaction with the other Bachelors. When Patriah spends time with her other potential suitors, Joshua will become desperate. If you’re curious, I hope you play the full version to see his behavior.

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