Ask @TheActualZakSmith:

How does one get in the publishing biz like Raggi has? Is it worth it to try?

Decide to dedicate your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to it.

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LotFP is a great company, and I love the writing, art, and book quality they consistently put out. Could you name some other companies that have similar standards that might not have the same "death metal" aesthetic that LotFP has?

There aren't any.
I mean, other people have done one or two really good things but as far as that combination of risky experimentation and quality control, there's nobody else.
Maybe Judges' Guild back in the day, and maybe Mike's DIY RPG or Satyr or Hydra in the future, but nobody else at the moment.

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How ticklish were you as a kid and where mostly? Or would you rather not say?x

very. ears.

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Hi. Couldn't find this in the blog (maybe I just suck at searching?), but how do you run the Alice class from R&PL on 5E?

there is no canonical way to do it.
i converted as i went. the best way to do it is probably start w a 5e rogue and hack in changes from there

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What's the best resources for those of us want to learn more about how to make a Hex map/crawl?

You can start here:
http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2011/05/method-for-making-d-sandbox.html
...then look at some good examples at the beginning of this--the Colossal Waste, Hexenbracken, the Kraal:
http://save.vs.totalpartykill.ca/grab-bag/

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Is lying *always* bad? Are there instances in which it is not?

Sure, like if you're trying to escape totalitarian genocide during World War 2-but usually when I point out lying it's not Anne Frank, it's some asshole lying to make the person they disagree with on the internet look bad.

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All good. Student budget, so I'll risk the waiting period. Even if I get something after the assignment deadline, I still think it'd be valuable. Cheers.

Not much of anything. Creative Writing major, if it helps? More than happy to plug your art on Facebook if that's a sell?

If you're not good at anything than you can pay my consulting fee. It's a sliding scale but the minimum is 200$. Or just wait and maybe I'll read it? I don't want to guarantee anything I can't deliver and I have like 12 things I'm supposed to read already.

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I'm writing an essay on David Foster Wallace, particularly The Pale King, and unfinished work in general. 300 words and counting. Any chance I could send what I've got to you and get some thoughts?

You can send it no problem zakzsmith at hawt mayle dawt calm but people send me stuff they want me to read a lot and I don't have time to read anything. If you want to guarantee I get back to you, we have to make a deal. Maybe we can trade. What are you good at?

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Thank you.

No problem, good luck.

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Thoughts on David Foster Wallace?

Oh god so many. He is one of my favorite writers. Zadie Smith's essay on him probably comes closest to what I'd say until I write my own.

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My girlfriend broke up with me because I don't apply myself in university and lack the sense of drive she needs to feel secure about our future. What do I do? Be as tough love as you want.

Answer these questions:
1. Do you honestly think there's nobody else better or equally good in the entire world? (I don't know her, you might be right)
2. If yes: Change your entire life to suit her and do whatever she needs even though she's clearly really shallow and materialistic. There isn't anyone better so you have to suck it up and take her, warts and all.
3. If not: Focus on stuff you're interested in and try to meet someone else you like as much or more.

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So we reached $900/month for a little bit there. Now that it's fallen back down, are you no longer going to hire extra content creators?

On Demon City? I'm pretty sure it'll hit 900 after the playtest week. It's pretty close already, so it's a moot point. I already have some ideas

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What exactly happened to Greg Gorgonmilk

I don't know and why are you asking anonymously?

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Any reason you didn't use Satyr Press for Demon City?

Small presses are small--that means they have a limit on how many books they can do at once. Sator (Satyr's literary wing) already had so many books already in the pipeline for the year by the time Demon City was announced there was no room for more. The same thing happened with LotFP and Maze of the Blue Medusa.

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do you have any pets?

yes but no animals

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How do you keep track of all the NPCs in a given campaign? Do you have a big binder or spreadsheet with a who's-who?

I just have scribbly notes on the page i use during the game.

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Do you use grids or battlemats or otherwise fastidiously track player movement and ranges and such during combat? Have you found this to enhance or detract from the fun and flow of combat?

When the set-up is complex and I happen to have miniatures handy I use them--and I use tabletop inches. It's pretty fun, but I can also do without if I need to.

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are you really real, Zach?

be less boring

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Piss tape is real?

My sources are silent on the subject.

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So now that it's over, can you explain what the fuck happened on Twin Peaks: The Return? Particularly the final two episodes?

I think I can in general terms, but I haven't thought about it hard enough to decode hidden messages which I suspect are a layer deeper than I've thought about it so far. Nor have I been compelled to.
The idea is that Cooper or the benevolent forces of the White Lodge or both together arranged everything so that Cooper would come back, defeat his doppleganger, and release Bob so greenfist could punch him out of existence.
Then Cooper tried to go through the spirit word back in time to just before Laura's death and lead her away from the moment she was supposed to be killed (This happens in Mulholland Drive, too--the lead's dying wish is to replay the past in a different way. MD was supposed to be a sequel to Twin Peaks.). Cooper leads her away, but he can't change the past that way--by erasing Bob or by going back in the past he's changed the timeline so that there never was a Palmer household in Twin Peaks.
So he can get rid of Bob, but he can't undo the wound at the center of the story. Laura can't un-die.
There's more to it I'm sure, but I don't feel very motivated to get in any further.

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What are some of your favorite album covers?

Slain By Yatsura (flaming guitar version), London Calling, Blood Guts & Pussy, Sepultura: Arise, Black Sabbath Vol 4, Wish You Were Here, Kiss: Destroyer, Immortal: Battles in the North, Rhyme Pays, Gravitar: Now the Road of Knives

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Do you sell prints of your art?

and posters and phone cases and t shirts and throw pillows and shower curtains and https://pixels.com/artists/zak+smith

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Didn't you have a post somewhere describing what a useful review looks like? Or am I imagining that?

I think it's in these AskFm questions. I think I use an early review of Pierrot Lunaire as an example.

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For real, what's the deal with bards ?

Something about the maximum possible disconnect between a what you want to be and what you could ever be.

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About Zachary Smith:

Zak Smith is a painter.
Zak Sabbath is in porn.