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Don't Turn Your Back Ends Today!

For those of you who don't know... today is the last day to back, Don't Turn Your Back. And you should totally back it:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/dont-turn-your-back?ref=nav_search

"Why?" you might ask. "Why should I back a card game from Evil Hat? Don't they make RPGs?"

Well, there are the obvious reasons, like the fact that +Evil Hat Productions knows how to deliver on their promises no matter what they produce, or that the Mad City is a pretty amazing setting. But those are obvious. You probably want the real reasons, the stuff that you have to step through the door of madness to see... stuff you have to do to the Mad City to understand.

"Okay. I'll bite," you say. "Take me to the Mad City. What is it like?" 

Well, my friend. It's intense.

DTYB is a deck-building/worker placement game. That means that each round, you're going to draw cards from your deck and place them somewhere in the Mad City. Each card represents a Favor owed, a Nightmare that's going to do your bidding for a short while. They can win you points in the game directly by occupying certain spaces, or they might get sent to the Wax King (and removed from your deck) to bank points for the endgame. You might put even send them up into the City Slumbering to see if you can snatch up more Nightmares to serve you. 

Regardless, every round plays out the same... but different. There are some hotly contested positions on the board, but the Mad City doesn't stay the same for long. New Laws are passed in the 13th District. Cards that occupied the High School graduate out, leaving a twisting, changing lineup of new opportunities. And, of course, new cards bought into your deck change what you're capable of doing from round to round.

I loved that this game felt like playing politics in the Mad City. It's a strange place, with some counterintuitive trends and strange Laws, but it also has a certain logic to it if you know where to look. The game captures all that perfect, and it made me feel like I was competing with the other players are precisely the right level: we were all racing to win, but we weren't spending the whole game punching each other in the face. Politics, man. It's a trip.

The cards, the art, etc, are all awesome. Seriously, this one is worth your time. We very nearly broke it out a second time last night. My roommate won't shut up about playing it again. I just hope he finally get some sleep...

(Disclosure: I received a free POD copy of the game to test it out and write a review, but no one told me what to write about. Most of this madness is all my own... Most.)
A worker placement/deck-builder board game set in a city of Nightmares. Play. Betray. Survive. Build your deck. Escape the city.
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11 hours left, less than $2700 to the next stretch.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/dont-turn-your-back
Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions is raising funds for Don't Turn Your Back on Kickstarter! A worker placement/deck-builder board game set in a city of Nightmares. Play. Betray. Survive. Build your deck. Escape the city.
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dontsayclazy: “harriedwizard: “Chris did the cover of Jim’s new Steampunk novel. Hey, how come that guy looks more bad-ass than me, Chris? It’s the sword, right? Harry ” Wow, he even manages to look...
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Amazon indicates late September.
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(From Sept 2014:) "Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever. The hope is they will multiply, breed and become the majority of mosquitoes, thus reducing cases of the disease. [...]

"The intracellular bacteria, Wolbachia, being introduced cannot be transmitted to humans. [...] The bacterium Wolbachia is found in 60% of insects. It acts like a vaccine for the mosquito which carries dengue, Aedes aegypti, stopping the dengue virus multiplying in its body. Wolbachia also has an effect on reproduction. If a contaminated male fertilises the eggs of a female without the bacteria, these eggs do not turn into larvae. If the male and female are contaminated, or if only a female has the bacteria, all future generations of mosquito will carry Wolbachia. As a result, Aedes mosquitoes with Wolbachia become predominant without researchers having to constantly release more contaminated insects. In Australia this happened within 10 weeks on average.

"The research on Wolbachia began at the University of Monash in Australia in 2008. The researchers allowed the mosquitoes to feed on their own arms for five years because of concerns at the time Wolbachia could infect humans and domestic animals." (BBC, September):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29356232
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Aussies apparently will put their money where their mouth is... or in this case their body.
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Support the first sourcebook for AMP: Year One, which includes a 2016 timeline, brand new powers and lots of additional player options
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Thanks for helping to spread the word, sir! :-)
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Congrats! Very happy you made it (even if I only backed this on the digital level because of EU shipping).
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Friends,
My girlfriend's (Eugenia Rose​) mom has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. She has started chemo but her best chance of beating this is by getting radiotheraphy at the same time. Unfortunately, this costs a lot of money. I find it hard to ask for charity, but we are now at a point where there are no more options and we need funds urgently (like this week) to get her started on radiotherapy.

So, if you ever wanted to buy one of my covers or hire me to do custom work, now is a great time for you to put some money down. Doesn't matter if you need it next week or next year. If you purchase the gift card I'm linking here, you can use it on all past and future premades or for custom work at any time, forever.

http://store.ravenkult.com/?product=cancer-drive-gift-card

If you'd rather kick some bucks in, you can donate to my paypal account at northerain@gmail.com. Most importantly, if you could share this post, that would be a big help.
This gift card is valid forever. It can be exchanged for premade covers, non-exclusive stock art or a custom cover. You're helping my girlfriend's mom get urgent radiotheraphy for lung cancer which...
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And the Fate Codex is finally part of the IGDN Bundle! We're so happy to have issues 4-7 as part of this awesome bundle of indie games from our fellow Indie Game Developer Network members!

https://bundleofholding.com/index/current/name/IGDN
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Amanda Palmer just landed at Patreon, hard. Go her!

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Patreon is empowering a new generation of creators. Support and engage with artists and creators as they live out their passions!
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I read through the whole off the Great Way trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it. As noted, the world- building was excellent and really helped hold the story together. The main characters were believable and truly sympathetic. Well worth the time! 
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Evil Hat is bring to the table a new board game via Kickstarter, drawing upon their Don't Rest Your Head Mythos, to create a well conceived, mechanically interesting and down right enjoyable experience. Quick Look Under the Hood For 2-4 players, Don't Turn Your Back is a deck building, ...
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Fred Hicks is a dad, a gamer, and a game publisher. He runs Evil Hat Productions, and does freelance art direction and layout work for the occasional other game publisher. The rest of the time, though, he's looking after his kids, and spending time with his wife. Life is good.

This is Fred's Google+ home. If you want to fight with him in his home, he will block you, not because you're a dick (but please don't fight with him here), but because his emotional health and sense of peace is more important to him than your alleged right to swing a virtual fist.
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