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11/25/2020
Category: Books : The Neamhain Prophecy : 
Author: Brett Baker (10:18 am)
I am pleased to announce the release of "The Neamhain Prophecy. Vol I: Ascension. This book is a lot of firsts for me. The first book in the first series I have written that is open-ended (meaning I don't know how many volumes there are going to be,) the first book I have written with multiple protagonists and multiple POVs, the first book and series I have written for the paranormal/urban fantasy genre, and The first series I have written that is LGBTQ friendly. I hope you will check it out.

Amazon (Paperback) | Kindle
11/24/2020
Category: Books : Song of the Multiverse : 
Author: Brett Baker (5:41 pm)
To celebrate the impending release of "The Neamhain Prophecy, Volume 1: Ascension" there is now an ongoing Kindle Countdown Deal on "Song of the Multiverse, Volume 1: Adagio of Awakening." From now until the evening of November 30th, you can buy the ebook version of Adagio of Awakening for just $0.99!

You can get your copy here: here
07/18/2020
Category: Books : The Neamhain Prophecy : 
Author: Brett Baker (2:54 pm)

Big news!: This is the cover reveal for my upcoming novel Ascension, the first volume in an open-ended paranormal/urban fantasy series about gods making their way in the modern world. The cover art was done by the incomparable Chaz Kemp.
07/12/2020
Category: Books : The Neamhain Prophecy : 
Author: Brett Baker (6:27 pm)
So I have a new series coming out soon called the Neamhain Prophecy. Volume I, called Ascension tells the story of Zoe and Liam Fairchild, who discover they are the children of gods. Naturally this means they are gods themselves, but their divinity has to be awakened by immersing themselves in the Well of Eternity. And that's just the start of their adventures. By the end of Volume I these two godlings are guaranteed to turn reality upside-down.

So keep an eye out. The Neamhain Prophecy, Volume I: Ascension will be coming soon, and will be followed shortly after by Song of the Multiverse, Volume II: Allegro of War.
03/31/2020
Category: RPGs : Prowlers & Paragons : 
Author: Brett Baker (12:36 pm)
The Waiting Room Edition of Prowlers & Paragons is available now on Drive-Thru RPG. Check it out for epic superhero action and big handfuls of dice!
Prowlers & Paragons Waiting Room Edition
07/13/2019
Category: RPGs : Prowlers & Paragons : 
Author: Brett Baker (11:18 am)
So I have put my other projects on hold while I work on not one, but two settings for the Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, a superhero tabletop RPG that that Kickstartered in March and is pending release by the end of the year.


The first project is based on superhero anime series like My Hero Academia and One-Punch Man. It's called "Way of the Hero: Myounamizu City." It is mostly done at this point, except for a few finishing touches.


The second is called "Age of Pulp," and I am co-authoring it with Scott Crosson. Age of Pulp is based on the pulp comics and series of the 1930s, stuff like Flash Gordon and Doc Savage, so instead of superheroes running around, you have costumed detectives and masked mystery men.


I'm very excited for the opportunity to be able to create these settings, and I hope the growing P&P community enjoys them.
05/31/2019
Category: Other Stuff : 
Author: Brett Baker (4:41 am)
I canít sleep. I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind races with thoughts and possibilities. 48 years of life has brought me to a strange place where I find the complicated dynamics that have shaped my life being revealed to me; I say revealed and not discovered by me because I am convinced that I cannot discover anything of my own accord. It is as if I lack the understanding, and then suddenly that understanding is uncovered within my being. It is a strange time in my life, one where I am led to questionÖ everything. I question why my life has taken the path it has, I question why I have made the choices I have made, I question what is right and just, what is truth, and what is reality.


I even question if what is right and just, if truth, and if reality truly exist. There are theories, legitimate theories, that the reality we live in might be a mere simulation; an advanced simulation run on an advanced computer, and we are merely characters moving through that simulation. As a longtime avid gamer, I canít disprove that theory, anymore than I can disprove the existence of God. It is simply inconclusive. Therefore, I must accept it as a possibility. If the nature of reality cannot be proven, then I must accept that questions about the nature of reality are irrelevant and let reality itself fall away as I continue to question elsewhere.


Why do I question? Aside from my amusement at the irony of questioning why I question, I think itís a legitimate question to ask. Iím searching; searching for answers, searching for truth. Iím searching for what I can prove to be real, what I can stand on; for a foundation upon which I can build my house; build myself. 48 years of life have torn down who I thought I was, and now I am asking myself the question, who am I? Not just what do I think or what do I believe, but who am I?


In an effort to understand myself I look to the world around me for answers, but the world around me is shifting and unstable. Like myself 48 years of life have seen the world itself slip into chaos; merciless, selfish chaos. I donít think I will find answers there. And in the end, isnít this the question we are all asking ourselves? Who are we? Some of us, most of us spend our lives accumulating wealth and possessions as if they might convey some meaning onto our lives. Certainly, they convey value, because we as individuals, and society as a whole assign them value. We all want a nice house filled with furniture and personal possessions, we all need to be mobile, so we all want a nice vehicle to get us around, so that we can conform to what society tells us is a successful person who has value. But do these things really give us value? Do these things really make us any better than anybody else? In truth, I must conclude that they do not. Possessions only have value because we assign them value. Do we have an inherent value, and if so where does that value come from? Certainly, I believe I have value, that my life has value, and I think that most people believe their lives have value as well. This is something that goes beyond the empty materialistic veil that the world tries to pull over our eyes, telling us that if we make a lot of money, if we live in nice houses, drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes we are valuable. In fact, many of those people who have those things in an effort to create greater value within themselves attempt to minimize and curtail the value of others, which is something I inherently see as a contemptible act.
No instead, I think that our value is something deep within us. But the answer to finding that value isnít something I will find by looking out there. I have to delve within. I have to question, I have to search.


And if the world is false, if the world is illusion, if the answers canít be found in the world around us, then the world itself must be stripped away. That which is false ultimately has no value. For all I know the world might actually be nothing more than an MMO video game, and I might just be a player character, and not even a particularly impressive one at that. Yet here I am questioning whether that might actually be the case where of my other fellow player characters are not. They adhere and conform to one belief system or another, and they accept what the world tells them is true because the acceptance of these truths make them comfortable. While I do have my own biases and my own beliefs, can I truly and honestly search within for the answers that I seek if I do not commit them to scrutiny? No, I donít think I can.


So what do I value? While I have possessions, while I need possessions, they offer me no truth. There is some value to be found in them because they offer me function, but itís a temporary value at best, because all possessions expire, and when they expire their value expires with them. There are things that I do value that last. Love, compassion, human kindness. These things give life meaning. They give me meaning. Why? Because when a person shows me compassion, or does something nice for me, it confirms that I have value. They value me. I find my meaning in those moments. So it seems to me that a meaningful life is one that maximizes these interactions. Likewise, rejection, rudeness, these things make me realize that the person I am interacting with places no value in me, and prompts me to respond in kind, so a meaningful life is one that minimizes these types of interactions. When a person fails to acknowledge my value whether it be in a job, or a relationship, or it just be some random individual I run across in the street, I remove any value I had placed in them, and I move on searching for value elsewhere. This is a human response; a rational response, and it is a just response.


So if true value cannot be conferred by society, but it can be conferred by individual people, then it is individual people in which I must place my hope and my faith. But what about God? God tells me from his various works that I have value, and I admit that I do take comfort in the value that he offers. Yet God is nebulous. I cannot interact with him like the person that I interact with. Yes, I can pray, sometimes I even feel a physical sensation that I have come to believe to be his presence, but the truth is, for all I know, that physical sensation may just be my own body responding to my own conscious want for divine interaction, and not the presence of an all-powerful creator being. I accept on faith that God is with me, but even still, I cannot prove that he is with me. I tell myself that God wants it this way, because God demands a choice; you can accept him, or reject him. Adam and Eve rejected him in the garden when they ate of forbidden fruit, and mankind was cursed ever since, or thatís how the story goes. But in the end, I can no more prove this than I can prove Godís existence. Still, he has value to me. He gives me comfort, and that has value. He shows me infinite patience and compassion, and I believe he guides my steps. And yet, not everybody will choose to believe like I believe, and to respect the choice that I believe God demands means I must respect their choice as well. To fail to do so is to defile the choice that God demands, and defiles the person who has chosen to believe differently than I do; it devalues them, and is in fact an ungodly act.


So am I searching for value for myself, or for all people? Am I in this journey of searching merely for myself? Why am I even writing this down? Ultimately, I donít know. I am writing it down because I feel compelled, even driven to record it. If this is just for my own benefit, or for the benefit of others, well time and circumstance will reveal the answer to that question. But this leads me to the next question, is the value that I seek, the value that we all seek merely an internal thing or is it something external? Or is it both? If value is something that can be conferred by others, and yet it is fully internal then it is a mere sensation, a feeling, and it is a temporary sensation that will eventually pass at that. And yet I value it, and therefore it cannot be merely external. I must conclude that for the concept of value itself to have any value it must be both internal and external. But the concept of God only offers me internal value, not external value. While I am open to discussing my faith, I have never really plumbed the depths before of why I feel it to be a private affair, and I cannot determine ultimately whether the act of sharing my faith values, or devalues the individual with whom I am discussing it. In this day and age, with the tone of the world turning so much toward disparity over even the smallest and most minute of details, is there a way to offer my faith consistently in a way that does not devalue the individual that has chosen differently than I have? I suppose the real question here is this: is there external value to be had from my faith? I must conclude that the answer is that itís inconclusive. So can true value be gained through faith? Perhaps, but perhaps not. That too is inconclusive.


So value is both an external and internal thing, yet it cannot ultimately be conferred by the world around us, or by faith in God. So where does true value lie? And how do I know that Iím not a player character in some MMO? How do I know that any of this is real? How do I know that Iím even real? It is my capacity to question. Here I am questioning the reality in which I exist that implies that I have some value beyond said reality. If I indeed am a character in a video game, then there must be more to me than what is within the game, because my understanding extends beyond the game. Perhaps my value might extend beyond the game as well. But what if weíre not in fact living in a video game? What if the universe is exactly what it appears to be? Well here I am still questioning reality. My understanding still extends beyond reality, and this implies that perhaps so does my value. Does this imply some kind of afterlife? Perhaps it does, but not necessarily. The question of an afterlife is much like the question of God. Ultimately, although it brings me comfort on a personal level it is inconclusive, and therefore the value of it is also inconclusive. And like my question of belief in God does that mean that I must reject it? Not necessarily. But if I am to respect the concept of choice, the idea of free will, then I cannot devalue those who choose to believe differently than I do.


So ultimately, here I am standing in nothing, searching for something. Where is this place that I have arrived at? It is a beginning; the beginning of a journey, the beginning of a search for truth, for value, for me. Where will it lead me? I honestly have no idea, but the uncertainty of it is as important as the journey itself, I think.
03/25/2019
Category: RPGs : Prowlers & Paragons : 
Author: Brett Baker (7:01 pm)
As of this writing, the Prowlers & Paragons Kickstarter is 6 days in, and has $20,521 of the $28,000 goal. Help my friends at Evil Beagle Games get this great project funded, and get a super-fun superhero tabletop RPG in the process!




http://bit.ly/PnPUE
03/25/2019
Category: Books : Song of the Multiverse : 
Author: Brett Baker (6:47 pm)
"Song of the Multiverse, Vol I: Adagio of Awakening" has received its first review, and got 4 of 5 stars. You can read the review here:


https://mybookabyss.com/2019/03/25/adagio-of-awakening-by-brett-j-baker-royal-crown-press/


Naturally, I will be addressing the grammatical issues she addresses in the review. That is the beauty of digital publishing, you can always go back and revise, even if the book is for print. But she says a lot of great things about the book too. You can get your copy here.
03/19/2019
Category: RPGs : Prowlers & Paragons : 
Author: Brett Baker (6:54 pm)


The Prowlers & Paragons kickstarter launched this morning, and has raised over $8000 in less than 8 hours. If you play tabletops and/or like superheroes this is the game for you. Click below to check it out!

http://bit.ly/PnPUE

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