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I'm listening to Black Sabbath's first album while finishing prep for my first DCC session. Seems appropriate. I'll be running Sailors on the Starless Sea this Saturday.

I'm excited to finally run a DCC adventure after several weeks of getting familiar with the system. I'm a former Pathfinder GM (and PFS Venture Captain) that got completely burnt out on d20 and fantasy gaming. After a long break (and some Savage Worlds and Numenera therapy) I'm ready to embrace the dungeon crawl again. The DCC rules system feels so liberating, and weird, and...exciting! In some ways it reminds me of the weirdness of Monte Cook Games' Numenera.

Okay DCC Judges....I plan to run Sailors in one session. I'll spend a few minutes on the immediate setting (homebrew) and then get straight into the adventure. I'd be thankful for any advice, tips, and tricks for running this funnel.

I want to create a memorable gaming experience for the players. I want them to beg me to run more DCC. Help me make this awesome! :-)
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Thanks, +James V West!
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For all you Browncoats out there. Firefly action figures are coming. 
Firefly Malcolm Reynolds Legacy Collection Action Figure - Funko - Firefly/Serenity - Action Figures - Firefly Malcolm Reynolds Legacy Collection Action Figure More details to come.
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I want a Reaver.
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This morning I noticed an email from DriveThruRPG.com that advertised a new offering from Monte Cook Games. MCG Luminary Cards for $99.99. I followed the link from the email only to find that the product was not available. I can only guess that whatever this is was had been put up for sale to the public by mistake and was promptly taken down. 

My Google-Fu turns up no information. Is this something for me to get excited about or should I just pretend I never saw it? :-)
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glad I'm not the only one who uses DrivethruRPG for my printing needs.
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The Ninth World setting of the Numenera RPG is one of my absolute favorites. Here's a chance to help fund a short film that takes place in this world. 
 
It's live!

The crew creating the Numenera short film has just opened their Kickstarter. YAY! Will you be their first backer? 
Joan Manuel Urquiaga Valdes is raising funds for Numenera: Strand on Kickstarter! From the world of endless imagination to the big screen, Numenera comes alive. Brought to you by Valdes/Eriksdotter & Monte Cook Games.
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I wonder who the tenth backer was?
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I want to play this guy in a tabletop RPG!
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Well, I guess my house rule that you CAN fire multiple shots in a 10 second round is well grounded.
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"Out for delivery"

For a geek/gamer like me that lovely three word phrase is right up there with "I love you" and "roll for initiative". 

I'm going to spend a large portion of this weekend pouring over the Dungeon Crawl Classic RPG core rule-book! I've been hearing and reading so many wonderful things about this game and its enthusiast community.  +Goodman Games  seems like the type of awesome game company I like to support. 

Thanks to +James Walls and others for recommending this game! 

#DCCRPG  
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Lou Zocchi is a fun guy to chat with. Last time I saw him, at a regional con in 2013, he asked me, "You think there's any use for a d40 in Pathfinder?" :-) 
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I ordered the first 8 issues of Crawl and they arrived yesterday. I've only had the chance to thumb through the first issue but I like what I've seen so far. Next week I'll order the last couple of issues to get caught up.

Next on my list is Crawling Under A Broken Moon, Crawljammer, and Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad. I'm really enjoying all the fan made content for DCC.

Are there any other DCC RPG zines out there I should be throwing money at? 
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I'm a big post-apocalypse fan. I'll be ordering all of the print copies of your zine this Friday, +Reid San Filippo   :-)
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I'm ashamed to say that out of all the Appendix N authors I've only read one: Tolkien. I aim to fix that, starting now. +Ken Austin loaned me this book and I've just started it. I hope to finish it quickly so I can still participate in reading the book club selection when it begins. 

For those of you that have read Leiber, what do you think of his work?
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Classic stuff. Some of my earliest readings. 
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The second novel by author +Ernest Cline is coming out in July. Cline's first book, Ready Player One was an incredibly fun read. I'm excited to see what Cline does with this new one, Armada. 
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The synopsis reminds me of The Last Starfighter. 
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I've been listening to the Spellburn podcast for the past month. I'm currently listening to episode 22. I noticed that no new episodes have dropped since December's ep. 34. Is this show still in active production or has it run its course? I hope it hasn't ended.  I find tremendous value and entertainment in each episode. 

Are there any other good quality DCC RPG podcasts out there? 
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Adventurer, Conquerer, King System.  An OSR, with current problems linking their downloads. Was truly interested, but this community and game...!!!
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You Always Remember Your First #DCCRPG

Meet Svelis, the staff wielding Elven forester. While he isn't particularly strong, quick, or smart, this Elf is kind of tough.

Will he survive his first taste of life as an adventurer and reap the rewards he deserves? Or, will he die at the hands of some evil abomination before he even gets started?

(Rolling up a 0-level character for Dungeon Crawl Classics is quick, simple, and fun!)
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Out of the 3 characters I rolled up last night, this one seems like the best of the bunch. 0-level character funnel is gonna be brutal! I hope Svelis goes out like a hero...or while screaming and crying after being caught in some terrible trap. Either way is cool.

I'm loving the randomness of character creation. I'm going to continue making more 0-levels today just to see what pops up. 
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I'm just getting into chapter 1 of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG rulebook. The art is amazing! I can already tell that I'm going to love this game.

This is one meaty tome!

Here's a photo of the DCC RPG book (background) sitting next to the Pathfinder Core Rulebook (center) and the Numenera rulebook. The other photo is of the awesome art on the inside front cover.

It's time to crank up some 70s heavy metal and get to reading!

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Excellent! 
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I'm interesting in the following topics:

  • Tabletop RPGs 
  • Geocaching (I’m one90proof on geocaching.com)
  • Geek culture
  • Books (I enjoy many different genres.)
  • Writing 
  • iPhotography: I'm amazed at the quality of photos that can be taken/edited on a mobile phone. 
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The Ninth World Guidebook: Your Book and Your Campaign!
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Announcing the Winners of the Recursion Design Competition!
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Thoughts on a Sword of Air Sandbox Campaign (Swords & Wizardry)
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Emergent Play is the Only Way - Room 209 Gaming
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Rant - Podcast Pet Peeves or How to Get You Podcast Off of my Regular Li...
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We don't care. Really. No matter how fucking cool and exciting your last gaming session was, if you can't turn that 7 and 1/2 minute meander

Cypher Chronicles, vol. 4-2015
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Jen's Pro Gen Con - An Interview with my Gamer Wife
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Transforming my Wife of Twelve Years into a Gamer I started dating Jen back in August of 1997. Those were some great years! I was a freshman

Missed a Day of Posting for the First Time in Over Two Years - Starting ...
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Just got home a few minutes after midnite. The delay was not work related. Or maybe it was. Rach and I met a recently retire Detective at ou

Story Seed - Unexpected Find
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Nuts & Bolts #14 - Quattro con Carnage - Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG ...
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This blog references the Quattro con Carnage experiment being run by +James Walls and specifically the third and fourth sessions featuring t

The Tiny Fishing Community on Migingo Island | Amusing Planet
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Migingo is a tiny rock island, less than half-an-acre or about half the size of a football field, located in Lake Victoria, the largest lake

Story Seed - Darkest Night
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Image source: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Night-Sky-168834734 Night had fallen by the time I returned home. With the power out I was remin

Why You Should Play - Numenera
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Why You Should Play – Numenera Over the last year I’ve written up dozens of play reports, and while the early blog entries were simple summa

Our First Numenera Session
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My most recent game session was my group's introduction to Numenera. I haven't even read the whole corebook myself, but couldn't wait to div

Story Seed - Icarus 2.0
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not sure where I found this .... "You're mad Pemberton, that contraption will work no better than Daedalus' own invention did for his son."

Actual Play Recap - Numenera Fiasco Playset - Playtest #1
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I've been a fan of Numenera since its inception, and a fan of Fiasco since +Wil Wheaton featured it on TableTop. Late last year I decided to

Cypher Chronicles, vol. 2-2015
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Iadace
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I purchased a used 2011 Hyundai Elantra from this place a few days ago. John Hinckle was a pleasure to work with. This was my first experience with Autonation Honda and I was extremely pleased with the whole car buying process. I would recommend John and Autonation to anyone looking to purchase a new (or used) vehicle. Pro Tip: They have free iced coffee and popcorn!
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I dined at the restaurant a couple of times a few years back and we recently had Brick Pit BBQ brought in for lunch at work and it was fantastic. Best BBQ I've had in a long time. Pulled pork, ribs, beans, and potato salad. All of it was excellent.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Unfortunately, this place was closed last week. I'm sad to see it go. The locations in Pensacola, FL are still open.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
First visit. I had the Cheesesteak with sautéed onions & mushrooms and jalapeños as recommend by the owner. This is the best Cheesesteak I have had outside of Philidelphia. The owner is from Philly and has his bread and cheese shipped in from there. Super nice guy. I will most certainly go back. Next time I want to try a Gyro.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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I took my Mom here for brunch today as I've been eager to try this place. I've been drooling over the menus on their website for a couple of weeks now. First things first...the service was excellent. Our server, Anna, was so sweet and very attentive to our needs. That girl "gets" customer service in a way that many her age in that line of work just don't. Anyway, about the food...cornbread muffins were brought to our table with a homemade maple syrup butter. The muffins were so light and tasty and the butter was fantastic. I ordered a bowl of Truffled Crab and Corn Bisque for an appetizer and was very impressed. It's not overly rich, as some crab bisques are, but it's chock full of flavors and I loved every spoonful. Mom ordered the Pecan Praline Belgium Waffle, served with praline sauce, candied pecans, whipped cream and powdered sugar. It's very sweet, too sweet for me in fact, but it is very tasty. Kids would love this dish and I bet it would be a great dessert shared with another person. Mom loved it though so that's what counts. I ordered the Shrimp & Grits (Gulf shrimp sautéed with leeks, andouille, and wild mushrooms, served over Anson Mills yellow corn grits). All I can say is WOW! This dish was amazing. I found myself slowly savoring each bite, with my eyes closed, not wanting it to come to an end. There are so many subtle flavors in each bite. Each spoonful was like a little piece of heaven. The bill came in just shy of $40. For the quality of food you are getting I feel that this is a bargain. The menu is fine dining but the atmosphere is casual. I will most certainly be going back. They have only been open a month. I hope the word gets out and they succeed because with one meal RBS Chicken Shack just made the short list of my favorite restaurants.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Heroes is my favorite place for pub food in Mobile. I've eaten here many times over the years. The first time I had The Funky Philly...a very tasty sandwich. Every other time I've been here I've had The Club, which is delicious! The Spinach and Crawfish Dip, served with hot pita bread is outstanding. They have a pretty good beer selection and enough TVs to cover whatever sporting event you might want to watch.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Cobb Salad = AWESOME! The 5 cheese pizza is incredible too but just a little too greasy. But hey, some folks like that way.
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