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thanks for posting this.. .it's been on my "replay until nausea sets in" list. So far, so good. And I think the tallest dancer is absolutely beautiful, as long as we're rating them. :) Watched all episodes of The Guild yesterday and today.. great stuff. So glad there are creative people out there and that we have a medium for them to share their work.
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I'm sure I was the annoying kid bystander a time or two in my life. My earliest video game memory is probably 1979 or 1980. My soon-to-be-stepdad played very minor league hockey, so my mom and I would go to his games (this would be in Toronto somewhere, memories are fuzzy from age 6). She'd watch and cheer and do things that a supportive girlfriend would do, while I'd wander the arena. They had "Crazy Kong", which I never had money to play but was probably Donkey Kong. But the memory in question was the day the bar left a cocktail version of Space Invaders on free play. Imagine my joy!! And then imagine my joy when I realized I could hit "2P" instead of "1P" and play two games at the same time! (switching sides of the table, of course) That kind of thing leaves an impression on a kid. So much so, in fact, that my parents (mom and stepdad) a year or so later bought me an Intellivision for Christmas. But the night before, when they were hooking it up to make sure it worked and played correctly, they realized one of the games (Space Battle) was unplayable on a Black & White TV, which we had. So they rented a color TV so I could play it properly the next day. Such was the time. And it wasn't 29 years ago!!! It was... it was... umm... crap.
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I ran a Paranoia game ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia_(role-playing_game) ) a number of years ago, just to get a feel for the system. As part of the "Visit R&D to Acquire Questionable and Lethal Items" I gave my players actual physical objects that they were supposed to hang on to. One poor player in particular got a sock full of pennies, which I described to him as "A bag of 500 copper discs". He had no idea what to do with them, and I gave him no guidance, so he hung on to it throughout the entire adventure. Of course, this being Paranoia, at the end of the adventure, I asked him to account for all 500 copper discs. It was only then that he realized that he had accepted them without counting them, and was therefore (in the Computer's eyes) responsible for them. Of course, I had no idea how many pennies were in the bag, but I still had him executed for failure to preserve Computer property. Nice thing about having six lives, you can kill PCs off a few times and not feel too bad about it.
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You make me want to cast something right now.... Very cool thing you're doing. Looking forward to more!
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Thanks to these posts, I'm carrying around a d20 everywhere I go. Even went with me to Los Angeles. And it inspired a new line of thinking in a board game I'm designing, so it's all good in the hood. Or it would be if I was wearing one. There's two types of gamers, those who read the flavor text top to bottom, and those who just hit "next, next, next" until they get to the next fight. Not surprised to see you're the former. :)
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Or you could just play Paranoia.. Lovely cinematic roleplaying without all the rules to weigh you down. But having said that, this sounds like a good idea. Pew pew ftw.
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"Number One, if I said that Mister Worf's head looked like a fanny, would you join me in a hearty laugh?" This will be priceless. Bully for you, Wilington!
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So happy I can bring my iPhone to work.... great listening, been so long since I did any RPGing...
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If I meet you next week in a dark, shadowy corner of Los Angeles, will you sign my regular, non-home-produced copy? How about a well-lit streetcorner, with lots of shops and bustling pedestrians? How about if I buy you lunch at LA Mill Coffee? I'll even teach you how to play Dominion at no additional cost! (note that only some of the offers above are tongue-in-cheek.. you've got me wanting to visit LA Mill Coffee now....) Oh, and of course, congratulations on the across-the-board increase in sales!! The more people exposed to your writing, the better off the world in general is, I'd wager.
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Bittersweet for me! I could be in the area that week, but it would be to substitute in the event of a work stoppage within my company, so I'd be working 12 hour days, and in Anaheim to boot. To be in the same city during that event and behind some computer monitor would be torture. :P
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More like the people who enjoy picking dice up off the floor and knocking over miniatures roll d100's. But that's just my experience...
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2009 on one more from orccon at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil Wheaton gots my money, yo. Looking forward to it. Chris, I just got an email with the link in it, so I suppose that's where it is for you as well. I'm Wiling to bet that Wil will get it to you if you forward him your receipt when you can lay hands on it.
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I've had some great board game moments lately with my daughter.. she's 7, almost 8, and we've played Settlers and Dominion, both of which she's picked up on pretty quickly. But the best is where she's playtesting one of the games I'm designing, and she'll just come up with questions out of nowhere. Like I'm sure she's forgotten all about it, then she suddenly asks me how it's coming or gives me an idea. It's just really stunning to see her becoming this whole other person day by day. So.. Yet Another Reason to Love Games.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2009 on the best ten minutes of the day at WWdN: In Exile
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