The Living Flame and the Living Myth
The Living Flame and the Living Myth

And Abbie thought she couldn’t throw together a costume in time for game! All of that last-minute cosplay prep must have served her well.

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In other news, I’m really excited to announce that I got the chance to do some writing for The Strange, by Monte Cook Games! It’s my first foray into game writing, and I’m so honored that I got the opportunity to work with the fine people at Monte Cook Games.

My co-writer, Anthony Pastores, and I had a challenge – to write a Recursion that embodied the strength and spirit of Lakota myths and legends. I’m really pleased with what we came up with, and I hope you will be too!

Here is a short teaser of what the Recursion is all about:

The old stories still live. Tale-tellers practice their art, the constant flux of their tellings and retellings weaving an ever-changing tapestry of myth that shapes the fabric of reality. Landmarks, villages, and even the patterns of stars shift across the landscape, the familiar freely mixes with the mythic, and elements of dim ages stubbornly persist alongside images pulled from modern Earth. Even today, a tale told powerfully enough might just become true.

Ohunkakan: The Living Myths presents an ancient recursion. Spun from the traditional stories of the Lakota people, shaped and reshaped by the timeless war between the Thunderer and the Horned Serpent, and peopled by spirits, Ohunkakan is vivid and changeable: every object seems to shudder and breathe with life as if freshly imagined. Find creatures, artifacts, characters, and a fascinating, highly detailed description of this unique recursion in Ohunkakan: The Living Myths.

The best part is, there is a free PDF of it available to download RIGHT NOW! Click on the image (created by the amazing Winona Nelson!) below to check it out:


News: Posted June 25th, 2015 by Alina

^ 8 Comments to “The Living Flame and the Living Myth”

  1. Razor Says:

    As someone who is JUST starting as a player in a game of The Strange, this is pretty awesome.

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 7:07 am
  2. Disloyal Subject Says:

    Ooh, system I haven’t heard of before!
    And… Wow. Dealing with sacred stories is a pretty heavy responsibility; I don’t envy you, but I certainly trust you to do it right. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this!

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 7:21 am
  3. GeekGothGal Says:

    Alina, congratulations! That’s so exciting!

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 11:46 am
  4. soilent Says:

    Guess abbey will go and become a name in hollywood. Her costumes may not be up to movie rate yet, but if she gets access to the propper resources and tools, shit’s gonna be awesome.

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 1:08 pm
  5. As a cosplayer, I can confirm that this is entirely accurate. Working on a costume gives you a much more detailed knowledge of everything that’s wrong with it, even if everyone else says it looks great.

    Between this at the convention arc, where she had a different costume in every strip, Abbie is perhaps the most accurate representation of a cosplayer in any comic I’ve read.

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  6. HelenaRe Says:

    Oh wow! I’ll have to check out that game. The main tribe in and near my hometown are Lakota and I miss those stories.

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 6:53 pm
  7. Krystal Says:

    Aren’t Thunderer and the Horned Serpent Cherokee (Tsalagi)? Did their tales extend to the Plains, where the Lakota lived?

    Posted June 25th, 2015 at 11:03 pm
  8. The Other Mike Says:

    Every artist is their own worst critic.

    Posted June 26th, 2015 at 4:07 am