Don't know why those photos came out sideways, but whatever you get the gist of things.

I was looking forward to getting my copy of The Curse of the House of Rookwood. What I wasn't expecting was just how nice the visual design of the ttrpg would be.

It should take me about 40 minutes to get home by bus, but today it took three hours.

After staying home so long, I had forgotten how terrible riding the bus can be.

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

Did you ever play SimCity, the version where you could use a cheat code to deliberately trigger various disasters? And then you'd trigger every disaster in the game, all at once, just to see the little Sim people panic?

2020 is making me understand how those Sim people felt.

Inspirations: Roadside Picnic, Annihilation, Sand Dogs, Plansecape's weirder monsters, Mirrormask, Neverwhere, other stories that I'm forgetting, where the supernatural is beautiful and strange and unfamiliar...

And people - like the PCs - sneak over the border to recover magical artifacts to sell to collectors.

So I'm looking for ideas of what might be inside the perimeter here.

What are some interesting, strange or unpredictable things the player characters might find there? What are the ruins of 1950s Las Vegas like when overrun with magical effects?

So say that when the US was testing nuclear bombs just outside Las Vegas, something went wrong and a bomb ripped an interdimensional hole in reality. On the other side of the hole was another reality. Weird supernatural creatures poured forth and destroyed the city.

The military was eventually able to cordon off the city and (mostly) contain these threats. But the area near the portal is now full of unpredictable magical effects.

You can learn the most surprising things from studying Finnish mythology.

Looking into it a little more, it looks like the movie is named after Ian Fleming's home in Jamaica, which Fleming named after a WWII espionage operation he masterminded. And Fleming named the operation that... it's not clear why he named it that. Maybe after a kind of duck?

Wait, is the James Bond movie GoldenEye named after a species of duck?

That seems like an odd choice for a spy themed action movie, but I'm not part of the Broccoli family, so what do I know?

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If I wasn't basically *stressed* because of the ridiculous amount of RPGs I have bought recently that I haven't even had the chance to *see*, I would buy the Black Lives Matter 2 Bundle:

If nothing else, for War Birds ( and Winterhorn (

Or, I don't know. Maybe I'll buy the bundle anyway 😓😓😓

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In case you missed it, Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality will give you a giant bundle of indie games for whatever price you want (default 10 USD, minimum 5 USD). The bundle is growing all the time. Even if you buy now, you'll probably get access to more games within the next few days.

"All proceeds will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund split 50/50."

It already includes awesome games like #MicroMages and #Celeste.

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"Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality" at Itch already past half way to the $2,000,000 fundraising goal.

740 works from 564 creators.

"All proceeds will donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund split 50/50."

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If I told you I'm going to go to a protest, and taking my kids, you might say (to me or to yourself) "That's crazy. That's dangerous."

Why would you say that?

What, in that situation, puts my kids in danger?

Obviously, it's the cops.

You know that, instinctively.

You know the risk of harm is there, and you know where it originates.

So maybe.

Just maybe...

Protests about dangerous and unnecessarily violent cops are happening for a good reason.

And maybe.

You know that too.

My game and many others appear in this bundle of games raising money for bail funds for protesters. Because we all need to support the fight for racial equality however we can.

There are several levels of donation, you can donate whatever you can afford.

Action movies are just musicals where the songs are all fight scenes.

And like in a good musical, the point of a good action movie fight isn't just spectacle, but to reveal the characters and relationships through their actions, or to force them to change and grow.

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You have two more days to take advantage of the GUMSHOE one-2-one bundle:

Two core books: Cthulhu Confidential written by Robin D. Laws, Chris Spivey, and Ruth Tillman, and Nights Black Agents: Solo Ops by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, plus many different adventures.

One GM. One Player. Two amazing games.

If you roll 9 d20s and take the middle result, it gives you almost exactly the same probability bell curve as 3d6.

I doubt this is useful to anyone, but I think it's strangely pleasing.

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