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I'm getting tempted again to run a Torchbearer long game on Saturday. There's so much fun stuff I would hate to miss, but I've also had more fun running Torchbearer than any other game. Would anyone like to switch off GMing with me part-way through it?
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While I'm kind of into the idea of playing Torchbearer, I'm more into the idea of getting to see Clinton. 
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I have been having existential angst over whether to stick with Linux or go back to OS X for my next computer. It seems like such a silly thing to care about, but it's driving me nuts.

In the Mac's favor, I've traditionally handed down my computers to my spouse, who uses a Mac, so we get longer use out of it. On the other hand, I can't ever upgrade or replace parts myself, which is a downer, as I've always done that to increase my computer's lifespan.

In Linux's favor, I prefer using it for the most part. I work with LInux machines and write software intended to run on them all day, so that's easier. On the other hand, it's easy to run Linux (and Windows) in a virtual machine on a Mac; it's not easy to run OS X in a virtual machine under Linux. OS X has plenty of good software I would enjoy using. The same's true for Linux, but as I said, I can run Linux software no problem on a Mac; the opposite is not true.

The money difference isn't unimportant, but it's not as big of a deal as usually stated. I am getting a machine to last me several years, so the difference is about $400 more for a Mac. For a Linux machine, I'm torn between the T440 and an X230t. I love the tablet mode and size of the X230t, but the display is so much better on the T440.
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Alex, I went with a Mac, but I'm doing all my serious development work in a virtual machine running Ubuntu.
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Anybody out there know of a situation where a builder put a secret room in a building and the building's owners didn't know about it? Looking for any dirt on architects or builders with a secret agenda.
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The builder who built my house put in a back door. Luckily I'm a security expert and found it before it could be exploited.
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This unbound theme is pretty inspirational. I have an idea. The specifics of it I'm keeping close to my chest because I am always embarrassed of things I make, but the core idea is that players would play the last people of one group being displaced by another group. The form of the game is an oral story -- written down for the competition -- that a mother of the displaced group tells to a member of the dominant group. At one point, the mother says, "I will tell you about my sons and daughters. Perhaps your sons and daughters will tell their story some day."

This is the hook, the RPG at the center of this. You, members of the dominant group, will retell stories about the last of these people. (When I say you, I mean the players. The characters are members of the displaced group.) It has been easy to introduce the characters, as I can tell the stories of all six children. What I'm struggling with is how to describe game mechanics. It seems jarring for this storytelling mother to say, "Now you know of my children. To tell their stories, you will need two dice, one black and one white." That is pretty ridiculous. 

What would you do? I'm thinking of introducing another narrator, a member of the dominant group in the future, who could say, "We play this game to honor these defeated heroes. We tell what could have been. To do this, we take two dice..."

Advice welcome!
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Sounds awesome. Maybe use key phrases to underpin the challenge mechanic? For example, other players could ask questions, or challenge by saying things like "are you sure that's how it happened?" and/or offering a different account. Resolution could be based on voting on who gave the best/most interesting account of what happened.
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Total earnings so far for our offer of Family-Friendly RPGs are -- get this -- US$25,000 and 74 cents. This collection of nine introductory tabletop RPGs has reached #3 on the Bundle of Holding's list of top sellers (behind the Indie Cornucopia, earlier this month, and September's Bundle of Fate), and its 1,715 copies put it at #2 behind the Fate bundle's 1,805 copies. And there's still one day and 10 hours left for this twice-extended offer. It's a big holiday present for our indie RPG designers and the two charities they selected, Save The Children and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thanks to all our customers who have lifted this offer into bestselling territory!

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