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streams: We're hoping to stream tomorrow at 7pm Eastern - it's being postponed due to some health stuff of Brie's. But! This means we may have John on to talk about the work he does filming and editing Leading with Class! Put your questions in the comments for him to respond to tomorrow. We'll post before the stream so you can easily find it!

Snow day in New Mexico!!! So much gaming so early in the morning.

Hot mess of this afternoon. Someone (not me) released their goblin fanatics.

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For new-ish users to #Mastodon, especially on my instance: Welcome! Here is the best write-up on the how things work around Mastodon:

Also, lurking is fine, but the strength of #Mastodon is in the diversity and engagement. Reach out make new friends. Follow people; report bad users (I will take care of them) and I look forward to seeing your #boardgame pics.

Lastly, creating an #introduction post with hashtags of your interests will help with discovery!

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I believe Mandy Morbid, Hannah, Jennifer, and Vivka Grey. I believe the people that their abuser harassed, exploited, manipulated, silenced, and isolated. I believe the people who say there are more like him in our community.

( wording borrowed from @lumpley )

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Luke Crane (he of the Burning Wheel) is reviving his ash can venture at adapting old school Basic D&D to Musketeer-inspired adventures in Paris, and it is now becoming something quite unique, involving an almost global gazetteer of the peoples, politics and events of that most tumultuous Year of Our Lord 1648:

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@lumrunner Yes :-) Have a look at the Local timeline and you'll see toots.

There isn't exactly overwhelming traffic, but there's some movement and sometimes questions or comments spark interesting conversations.

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If you're following me on (Mastodon), please also follow me as @paulczege
It's my identity address on Friendica. Because of federation you can follow it right in Mastodon (whether you're using Friendica or not) and then you'll see everything I post from it as well.
With the shuttering of Google+ I may gradually start using it more. It lets me share to groups, and has a higher character limit for posts.

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Posting another reminder on the public bits. ...for new #mastodon people:

My go to article to start with is here:

WRT following people, just poke around and put hastags in your profile and maybe your #introduction post.

There is a project out there called #trunk that also helps get people started on following others:

Definitely browse the local and federated timelines and don't be afraid to look at other instances pulicly available areas.

All game design is model building. All play is exploring the model space.

All game designs are false (i.e. have failure points). We learn by designing and falsifying our designs.

But we know ahead of time they are wrong. These falsifications don't tell us that our designs were false but rather where they were lacking.

The lack of falsification tells us that our play isn't rich enough to go beyond our current model (design).

Apologies to Andrew Gelman and other modeling folks ;)

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Turn's Kickstarter provided us with many copies of Turn to give out to individuals & organizations that support marginalized people! Complete this form to enter to receive a copy when it is printed!

Turn "Bison" Community Copy Marginalized Recipient Form

Check out Turn here:

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Brief promo:

I'm a designer and editor for RPGs, and I also write about games on I can do

- mechanics design
- setting design
- proofreading
- line editing
- developmental editing
- sensitivity reading/diversity consultation (mental health, physical disability - primarily invisible illnesses), queerness, nonbinary identity)
- basic theory analysis
- interviews on design & industry
- game text product reviews (tip jar)

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Bragi wants to know if you have any questions for this week's stream on Wednesday at lunchtime. Reply here if you have one and Brie will address it on stream!
Make sure to check out the Patreon for our YouTube channel!

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Starting tomorrow, the two VSCA titles up at are available for 50% off, just to get you to check out this alternative to The Usual Places.

The Beta series is next. Which is all about capturing and holding buildings.

We finished up the Alpha TTS for last weekend.

This shot is from somewhere in Alpha-4

By the end of the Alpha series I have a really good idea on movement, squad maneuvers, and to not run into the open when there is a MMG or HMG.

Very tightly balanced.

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Against the Cult of the Reptile God at One Shot Saturday

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Well we're in the final Wolfspell stretch now and I can't believe what a whirlwind two weeks it's been! We've got 31 hours left if you were looking to get in on the kickstarter and take home a beautiful trifold LP sized edition of the game!

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#Queer scholars & #scholars of queerness,
one month left to submit abstracts/deadlines for the 2nd CIRQUE #Conference:
"Performativity: Pasts, Presents, and Futures"
Pisa (Italy), June 28-30, 2019
#CallForPapers (& proposals of non-paper activities) at

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