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Fun #rpg tip:

Never use "It's what my character would do!" as an excuse for being a crappy person and ruining everyone else's good time. You are the driving force behind your character, and even if they're a heinous person? You don't need to act it out.

Always get consent from other players (and GM!!!) if you want to push things.

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Why aren't there more indie designer/publisher cooperatives?

Why are we replicating the business models of traditional publishing, even in supposedly "indie" spaces?

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“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater — one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately.” —Stan Lee, 1968

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The new Indie RPG Pipeline is live!
(link: theindierpgpipeline.blogspot.c)
Through the Pipeline, I look to help spread the word of new indie tabletop roleplaying games being released and going into crowdfunding. You can follow by blog, rss feed or by daily email digest.

Weird internet rabbit hole: reading about the company that owns Newsweek. It turns out to be a tiny online startup, apparently run by poorly paid laborers pushing out clickbait and almost fraudulent digital storefronts, while illegally working on student visas to an obscure Christian college that is run by a fringe sect that implies, without ever quite stating, that their leader is the second coming of Jesus.

20 RPGs that influenced me, in roughly chronological order.

Dungeons and Dragons
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness
Teenagers from Outer Space
Over the Edge
Unknown Armies
Dogs in the Vineyard
My Life With Master
A Penny For My Thoughts
World of Dungeons
Cthulhu Dark
Project Dark
The Skeletons

(I tried to cut the list down to 10. but couldn't.)

I just learned that my home town's founder was originally from Salem, Massachusetts. And his grandfather and aunt were two of the primary accusers of witchcraft during the Salem with trials.

This is the sort of weird historical footnote I wish I had known in high school, when I was planning out horror and conspiracy RPGs set there.

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We continued our campaign of my surreal road trip hack of Archipelago. One player had never roleplayed, so this was sort of a weird introduction.

Over the course of play, she wound up also roleplaying her PC's evil universe alternate universe self. That would be a weird thing for even an experienced roleplayer. But she did a great job playing both characters, highlighting the small number of defined personality traits the characters had, and driving the game toward interesting conflicts.

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

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Achieving anything in life nowadays is 5% talent, 5% hard work and 90% not being distracted by the Internet.

I was going to playtest a game I made about the role of witches in D&D, but I determined at the last second that the subtext of the monster was irredeemably misogynistic (despite my best efforts to change that).

So I quickly made up a completely different game (a hack of Archipelago III by Matthis Hilter) about some friends in a surreal road trip across parallel universe. And that seemed to go pretty well.

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Man, my RSS reader is full of defunct blogs that never update any more. Many of these haven't updated in years. There's one that last updated in 2011.

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The Indie RPG Pipeline is a posting board to keep track of upcoming indie tabletop rpgs. When I see a new indie rpg released, going into crowdfunding or looking for playtesters, I post it here.

If you use RSS feeds, you can add the following subdivisions:
For New Releases
For Games in Crowdfunding
For Games looking for Playtesters

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If you're blogging about gaming or tangential to gaming, please consider adding to your announcements for new posts. Imagine being able to so simply aggregate like-minded blogs!

Sudden realization:

Movies that door poorly at the box office are called bombs.

Movies that do well at the box office are called blockbusters.

But blockbuster as a word comes from WWII slang for bombs that were powerful enough to destroy city blocks.

So "bomb" and "blockbuster" are simultaneously synonyms and antonyms for each other.

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Anxiety is fun because sometimes you think your entire life is a lie but it turns out you were just hungry

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A Mastodon instance for tabletop gamers.