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Cam Banks
Works at Atlas Games
Attended University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Lives in Saint Paul, MN
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Game designer, writer, editor
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  • Atlas Games
    Brand Manager, 2013 - present
  • Margaret Weis Productions
    Creative Director, 2007 - 2013
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin - Auckland, New Zealand - State College, PA - North Shore, New Zealand - Lawrence, KS
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Introduction
Born in the mythical antipodean utopia of New Zealand, wisely regarded by scholars as the fountainhead of cultural excellence and the only place on Earth capable of filling in for Middle Earth, Narnia, and Ancient Greece, Cam Banks was lured away by the siren call of a life with meaning and purpose. Cam now lives a quiet, pastoral existence in the Twin Cities of Minnesota with his beautiful wife, their two sons, and a cat. He pays the bills by writing and editing role-playing games. In his free time, Cam likes to read and write fantasy fiction, watch movies and television with his wife, play video games with his oldest son, and allow his youngest son to chip away at his sanity.

Cam’s work has appeared in almost every one of over a dozen Dragonlance game sourcebooks published by Sovereign Press and Margaret Weis Productions, and twice in Dragon Magazine.
His work on the Bestiary of Krynn earned a silver ENnie Award in 2004 for Best Monster Supplement.

Following his work on Dragonlance, Cam has been involved in the design and editing of licensed roleplaying games based on Universal's Serenity and Battlestar Galactica, Dead Gentlemen's Demon Hunters, The CW's Supernatural and Smallville, TNT's Leverage, and Marvel Comics.

Cam's first short story, “Chain of Fools,” appears in the Dragonlance anthology Dragons of Time; Tracy Hickman Presents the Anvil of Time: The Sellsword (April 2008) is his first published novel.
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  • University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Dice Porn: Feng Shui 2 Edition

Boxes and boxes of dice arrived in the +Atlas Games offices today! These six-siders have "exploding" sixes and are rolled in pairs: one red (positive die), one white (negative die).

Kickstarter backers who backed the game at a certain level get 3 pairs of these dice as a set. Very schmancy. Thanks Q-Workshop!
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those are easy on the eyes!  

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A Daily Show Quest

Many of you already know about my almost-thirteen-year-old son, who is smart and funny and generous and deals with many of the challenges of being an Aspie. But I bet many of you didn't know he had a Jon Stewart birthday party when he was 3.

We really want to be able to have him see Jon at the Daily Show in NYC before he departs. Seems like a tough challenge, but here, Jess talks about why:

http://profbanks.com/?p=1000
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My one year old dances with wild excitement every time the Daily Show theme starts up. It is his favorite thing ever. I support this goal!

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Most game developers who hire me learn that I am an incredibly difficult person because I have issues with my own ability to do work despite having done enormous amounts of good work in the past. Fortunately they have kept most of their rants to themselves and allowed me to create things, but I have a feeling I need to stay on this side of the developer line more often in the future.

That said, I'm thrilled to be able to say that I wrote some of the upcoming "Out of the Abyss" adventure for D&D, with +Steve Kenson as the developer in question. Steve is one of the nicest guys I know and has likely put up with worse people than me, but I am deeply grateful that he didn't nuke me from orbit in the process.

Can't say anything else, because that's how this goes. But there were several other talented folks working on his team and so if you have plans to run D&D campaigns later this year, you can't really beat this one for blood, sweat, tears, demons, and all that you've come to expect from Green Ronin and Wizards of the Coast.
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Yeah, what Dave said.

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Everyone who has been saying that Mad Max: Fury Road is great is 100% correct.

Well done, Australian and South African movie creator types. And well done George Miller and Margaret Sixel for a spectacularly well edited & directed masterpiece of post-apocalyptic in-your-face middle-fingers to Men's Rights Activists and Red Pill assholes.

Plus Zoe Kravitz. 

5 stars.
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I'm going to see it again. So much of that movie happened at me. I didn't realize I was tensely clutching my own arms for minutes at a time without noticing. 

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Feng Shui 2 Proofs!

Our friends at Bang Printing sent us these wet proofs of the interior of the FS2 core rule book and it looks amazing. I love this stage of the production process. Huge tip of the hat to +Hal Mangold for the art direction & layout, and of course +Robin Laws for the juicy content.
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I will never regret killing thrill kill mandrill!

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We can do it! Live the experience this year vicariously through This Just In!
 
We are 60% there with 10 days to go. If you're on the fence, now the time to jump off and push us over the finish line. Great gaming and con content is not far away. 
Mark Reed is raising funds for This Just In From Gen Con on Kickstarter! Dedicated to Giving you the Best 4 Days of Podcasting (and Gaming.)
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Cam Thinks About Tabletop Game Tech

What's the most interesting new tabletop RPG mechanic you've seen lately? Is it new or just more mainstream because of a high profile game?
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We should try to keep this thread alive and breathing! So I'm gonna mention the Soliloquy & Aside rules from the massively underrated game Forsooth!. (EDIT: Take a look at the "foreshadowing".)
They're very genre-specific, but their power is so amazing!
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And here's the other other Sentinel Comics RPG announcement from the Critical-Hit Studios side of things.
 
In partnership with Greater Than Games, we here at Critical-Hits Studios, Inc. are pleased to announce that we are designing the official Sentinels of the Multiverse Roleplaying Game.
In partnership with Greater Than Games, we here at Critical-Hits Studios, Inc. are pleased to announce that we are designing the official Sentinels of the Multiverse Roleplaying Game.
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I hadn't yet heard who was designing the Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG, but this made me quite a bit more excited.

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One of the most info-packed Dragonlance books we produced in the 3.5 D&D era was Races of Ansalon which was also fantastic because I once again got to work with +Clark Valentine (he wrote the elves chapter). It's now available once again on DriveThruRPG in PDF form, ideal for anyone planning to run a DL campaign in any edition (since there's a lot more to this book than stats.)

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/27946/Races-of-Ansalon-35?affiliate_id=407
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Good times, man. Because wow did that outline need shredding.

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The future of Ars Magica! It's maybe not what you think. 

Or maybe it is!
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Magicshoe has been in the works for a while and I'm excited as hell for it. Fiasco is new to me but I am certain to give it a try. My AM5 campaign has restarted and the players are more energized than ever. 

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Suit up and get your hero on this GenCon with Greater Than Games & their impressive slate of events!

https://greaterthangames.com/content/events-at-gen-con-2015
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I'm just generally excited. :)

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This Just In is also covering Metatopia! This is relevant to the interests of many designer types.
 
I've teased that TJIF might make it somewhere other then Gen Con... Well it is official Gen Con is not our only destination this year so we just upped the kickstarters needs... but we are incredibly honored and beside ourselves to be apart of Metatopia and bring our listeners with us.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1745448595/this-just-in-from-gen-con
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