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Oh yeah...feeling lucky today!!!
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They are slot machines by Konami (if I remember correctly) and they feature generic (and horrible) computer graphics of fantasy themed elements and the D&D logo.
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WiP by the inestimable +Matthew Adams. He says it's not finished yet, but I think it's gorgeous this way...and I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves.

This may not end up being the final cover of #Spacepunk, which is my slow crawling (development-wise, that is) SF setting I hope to finish some day, but it's something I've wanted as a visual stimulus for my creativity.

Matt's style very much matches up with the sort of style I see for this game, so I'm really thrilled he was able to work this up for me.
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Er, I've said it now so I'll double-down. ALL of them, and twice on sundays.
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Oh man I need this!!! Can't wait!!!
 
Issue 4 of Vacant Ritual Assembly will be out soon. We've got a #narcosa adventure, a bunch of new art from +Sean Poppe, furious gods of the barbarian territories, a #driftwoodverses preview, cover art & a Yoon-Suinian feature by +Anxious P., and Yoon-Suinian interview with +David McGrogan.
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A weird dream last night. #gameable

The world rusted and died; I thought I died too, but instead I woke up in a land called Nephirium, a place of islands where the Last Dynasty held eternal court, under the rule of the Living God Sen Aurauk, a vampire Cloud Dragon and the Last Dragon of the Mortal Realm.

It was pretty elaborate.

I lived a solitary life on the Golden Coast, in a shelter I'd made out of the shell of a mega-crab, mostly fishing and trading in a honey I collected from the human-faced fish I caught in the Endless Ocean, as well as trinkets that would wash ashore: relics of the unfinished war between the vampires of the Last Dynasty and the demonic vampires of the deep ocean.

I was covered in trinkets, like some makeshift armor I'd cobbled together. It made me look inhuman, which somehow kept the vampires from turning me.

Of course, now that I think about it, it makes more sense if their aversion was because I stunk of the ocean.

Anyway, the vampires would occasionally come to me from their distant, crumbling stone cities, looking for 'withering relics', but I have no idea what these are. I'd simply say "not today" and they'd slink back into the shadowy forest.

What surprises me is the overall logic of the place; like the last civilization on earth was all vampires, sure, but the fact their emperor was a cloud dragon meant he could manifest clouds to block the sun, and somehow I knew this is why only these islands were left, and the rest of the world was gone and under the ocean, because his cloud powers, while grand, could only shroud so much area.

Of course, it doesn't make sense there was plant life then, so it isn't all logical, but if I were to gamify this, I'd make the plants vampiric too.

Regardless, I remember living and both playing it, so I was both frightened of the place and felt completely safe there, in that weird way that dreams bend reality.

And I've obviously been reading a LOT of RPG books lately, as the whole thing felt like a casual mash up of R&PL and Yoon-Suin and several G+ posts I've read recently.


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Daughter's drawing. #gameable
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I'm thinking about a gaming idea of something I want to try out personally sometime in the next few months. If you'd be interested in receiving something free and game related, please email me your physical mailing address.

Use subject: SDM GameMail Project

No information will be sold or used for any kind of purposes outside of me sending you something free and game related in the mail at least one time.

This may become an ongoing thing, but for now consider this a one-shot experiment.

The theme for what you would receive will be related to D&D/Fantasy, although there may be hints of other genres.

It may or may not be useful to you.

It may or may not contain content that is not originally mine.

It also may or may not happen, depending on how my thoughts on this develop and if I talk myself out of following through.

Feel free to share this with anyone you might feel is interested.

My email address: thesecretdm@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest!
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Great questions, +Ed Dove!

There is absolutely no reciprocity OR pay-it-forward aspect built in; no expectation on my part whatsoever, although if people are inspired to do similar or pass content on or whatever, they certainly are welcome to.

It's more about me just sending something random, game related, that a person may find useful.
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The dungeon I'm prepping for my group has large, flightless, carnivorous parrot-beasts. They are heard first, mimicking human speech, and possibly even carrying on banter of previously slain prey.

Any suggestions for names and further suggestions for setup of encounters?
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For awhile tonight I kept thinking that "Silent Nightfall was the perfect dungeon to encounter large parrot-creatures:
http://killitwithfirerpg.blogspot.com/2015/05/silent-nightfall-fan-map.html
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/121800/CE-5--Silent-Nightfall?language=en&site=&manufacturers_id=3367

But as I read it over, realize my memory failed:  They're Owls!

Ah, well, would still probably work with the things reskinned.
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I'm thinking this image will be the entrance to the dungeon of my meatspace adventure coming up in a couple of weeks. I've rarely had PC's on rafts, but I like the idea of starting off with the party riding rafts into a dank, subterranean cave. I also wanted to hint at the presence of aquatic creatures deeper in the dungeon, so I think having these twin statues at the entryway is ominous.

I've been writing the place as a "Lost Sacred Temple" dedicated to an ancient, obese fish-beast, but I'm still trying to figure out the details of a "B-Story" that runs parallel to the temple storyline...such as the arrival of a Dwarven mining team that has breached the interior of the temple, or an invasion of Deep Earth Insectoids scavenging for food, either of which has come into conflict with the few surviving cultists that have stayed here through centuries tending to the needs of the obese fish-beast in its vile, filth-filled sluice.

Suggestions welcome.
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I need an artist for a small project!

This isn't game related, but for my main job.

My District Manager is named Ferrara, and he references Ferrari often. He's a great guy and has been an incredible influence on my in my career, and I wanted to show my appreciation by giving him an art gift of a modified Ferrari logo with his own name and wit an elephant instead of the horse.

Is anyone able to assist with this? Let me know rates and timeframe...happy to pay for this.

Thanks everyone!
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No game tonight, but had a five hour brainstorming session to help my friend prepare for their Sunday game that started with a Necro-Druid and evolved into a corrupted Vivimancer with a spell book made from the Tree of Life.

And now I'm left wondering what that book would look like.
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I had a giant magical spider in one of my games that was grown and corrupted by feasting on magical energy. Its lungs were spellbooks gone awry, wet and pulsing and flexing.

Maybe the book would be like that damn trumpet vine, always questing out with tendrils, wrapping onto things if unattended. And if you cast from it, then slime mold quests out of its covers.
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As a jewelry consultant, we see a lot of these kinds of sharks in their natural habitat.
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This weekend I heard about the "Mandela Effect", and while I don't actually believe the theory, I think it's intriguing and totally gameable.

The one that's screwing me up the most though is "Snow White".
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As a psychological effect, I have no trouble believing it. The human mind is a weird thing.

As a quantum mechanics effect.... Yeesh. No, but it is key to the Neal Stephenson novel Anathem along with Plato's Cave. 
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I am a writer, with an interest in both blogging and tabletop game design. Specifically, I play and write about D&D, and am especially interested in games, formats, systems, etc. that would be considered "old school". I'm interested in more modern games as well, and am always open to new ideas and trying new things, but when it comes to storytelling and gameplay, I believe there is still a great deal of potential to tap with Dungeons & Dragons and its many variants.

I also enjoy SF and Horror, reading/writing fiction, and generally having fun and being social online. I'm definitely always up for a conversation, so feel free to reach out to me; it's a pleasure to get to know new people, and Google+ is awesome for making new friends.

I am currently working on two personal projects, which I'll discuss and share from time to time using the hashtags #Waste and #Spacepunk. The former is a fantasy/post-apocalyptic setting like *_Dark Sun*_, only a bit more warped and eroded: in *_Waste*_, players are exploring a landscape of dying dreams built out of the minds of dead gods, stitched together by an enigmatic race of Horror-spiders.

In *_Spacepunk*_, players are trapped in a pocket universe full of thousands of bizarre civilizations of varying age and technological advancement, all layered on top of one another and desperate to avoid an inevitable fate of annihilation when they fall into the singularity that marks the end of the pocket universe.

In addition to these two setting projects (which may inevitably be renamed when they go to publication), I've also been blogging on and off since 2008. For years I operated as _The Secret DM_ (http://thesecretdm.com), occasionally taking time off from both blogging and gaming as I focused on other things (work, family, etc.).

Now I'm in the process of building and launching a new blog, where I'll feature original content (including commissioned artwork by well known and up-and-coming artists) and focus more on my personal development as I transition from occasional blogger to full fledged industry writer and game designer.

I'm also a proud father with a beautiful wife and two beautiful children, one of whom has just started her own gaming experiences at the table...something I'm very interested personally in exploring further.
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I've had the esteemed honor of visiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and it was a life changing experience. I also created the game project http://magecrammer.com.
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