46 and 2 in 7 of 150

We now interrupt this extended moment of silence with a brief and off-topic segway.

You might notice that I haven’t had time to commit to the blog as of late, and that’s due to several factors, but the good news is that things are winding down on a personal front, and hopefully I’ll get some time to get things back in motion in the near future.  Until then, I do have a tidbit to share.

Recently, my favorite podcast (the D6 Generation) held a contest to name a song that would be great as inspiration for an RPG campaign, and my entry was chosen as a finalist.  No, I didn’t win, but with 150+ entries, I was honestly happy to have made the cut.

My entry:

The song I’d suggest is “46 & 2” by Tool, which conjures visions of a Callidus assassin injecting herself with polymorphine, in order to infiltrate a Genestealer Cult on some infested world.  The brooding tones of Tool seem perfect for the 40k universe so, I think it would work great with the Dark Heresy system (keep in mind I haven’t played any games of 40k roleplay, so I’m not sure if it’d be more appropriate in say, Rogue Trader).
Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm38Ojh61lY

Thanks,

-Rob

If you’ve heard the song, I think you’ll agree that it’s a perfect fit for that sort of theme.  Not only is the music dark and forboding, but the lyrics mesh perfectly with the theme of transformation. 

As for the entry, brevity was actually a requirement of the entry, and though they normally allow for creative voice/video entries, this one had to be limited to a few sentences and submitted as a typed entry.

Anyway, I was chosen (on a purely subjective basis) as one of the top 7, and then was whittled down to the top three (thanks Raef), but I was beat out on a die-roll at the end.   I kind of wish that they’d have each taken the time to listen to the whole song and/or familiarize themselves with the lyrics, because I really feel this is a perfect fit.  It’s really for the best though, since the prize would’ve sat on a shelf in my closet and never gotten any real use. 

So, congratz to the chooser of “Nothing to Fear,” who walked away with about $100 in 40k Roleplay books. 

If you’d like to listen to the episode, you can find it here (episode 80, it’s the first real segment).  For those of you unfamiliar with theD6 Generation, or Tool, I highly recommend both.

Anywho, back to our regularly scheduled silence…

-Rob

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2 comments on “46 and 2 in 7 of 150

  1. I’m a HUGE Tool fan.  My addiction to them has faded a bit over the years, but the entire Aenima album is amazing.  It’s funny that you pick Forty Six and 2 as that song is generally believed to be about the next step in evolution.  I can’t say it better than this fellow, but check this out:

    “Basically, it’s believed that there are three levels of human evolution
    and each has it’s form of conciousness. There’s the 1st level with 44
    chromosones. These are primitve people’s like the aboriginies in
    Australia who do not percieve anything outside of themselves. They only
    see one large conciousness with no distinguishment between organisms.
    Then there’s the second level with 46 chromosones. That is us. We are a
    chaotic disharmonic conciousness that is basically used as a stepping
    stone between the first and third levels. The third level is 48
    chromosones. (Or 46 & 2, with 2 being the sex chromosones x &
    y). This is the higher level of conciousness. Our destination.

    But this is where the Jungian theory comes in. It is believed that you
    can not reach this third level of evolution without first delving into
    yourself and basically cleansing your conciousness for the next jump.
    That’s where the Shadow comes in. The shadow is basically everything
    about that is unseen that you are uncomfortable with or hate. This is
    also known as the Anima (hence the name of the CD).”

    All credit to Oberones over at songmeanings.net!

    I think it’s just fantastic that you picked this song.  It nearly spells out the evolution from Initiate to Space Marine.  The Shadow could be an allegory to Chaos!  Good pick Rob – I would have picked the same song. 

  2. I’m a HUGE Tool fan.  My addiction to them has faded a bit over the years, but the entire Aenima album is amazing.  It’s funny that you pick Forty Six and 2 as that song is generally believed to be about the next step in evolution.  I can’t say it better than this fellow, but check this out:

    “Basically, it’s believed that there are three levels of human evolution
    and each has it’s form of conciousness. There’s the 1st level with 44
    chromosones. These are primitve people’s like the aboriginies in
    Australia who do not percieve anything outside of themselves. They only
    see one large conciousness with no distinguishment between organisms.
    Then there’s the second level with 46 chromosones. That is us. We are a
    chaotic disharmonic conciousness that is basically used as a stepping
    stone between the first and third levels. The third level is 48
    chromosones. (Or 46 & 2, with 2 being the sex chromosones x &
    y). This is the higher level of conciousness. Our destination.

    But this is where the Jungian theory comes in. It is believed that you
    can not reach this third level of evolution without first delving into
    yourself and basically cleansing your conciousness for the next jump.
    That’s where the Shadow comes in. The shadow is basically everything
    about that is unseen that you are uncomfortable with or hate. This is
    also known as the Anima (hence the name of the CD).”

    All credit to Oberones over at songmeanings.net!

    I think it’s just fantastic that you picked this song.  It nearly spells out the evolution from Initiate to Space Marine.  The Shadow could be an allegory to Chaos!  Good pick Rob – I would have picked the same song. 

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